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Setting the Scene for 5G

Opportunities and Challenges

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This report sets out the landscape for ICT policy-makers, national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and operators as the expectation of 5G technologies to transform citizens, businesses, governments and economies becomes a reality.This report highlights 16 key issues – and responses – for policy-makers to consider as they formulate strategies to stimulate investment in 5G networks. Together they represent powerful means of calibrating an overall approach across major aspects of migration and, where appropriate, embarking on a judiciously facilitated, accelerated transition to 5G.

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5G overview

This section introduces the role of the ITU in developing 5G standards as well as the potential benefits that 5G can generate. While the ecosystem is not fully developed, 5G may not yet be an appropriate consideration across all regions. In addition, there is some concern that the initial deployment of 5G in dense urban areas may increase the digital divide.

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