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.




The ITU has highlighted 5G networks and artificial intelligence (AI) as fields of innovation necessary for enabling smarter societies. 5G is the next generation of mobile standards and promises to deliver improved end-user experience by offering new applications and services through gigabit speeds, and significantly improved performance and reliability. 5G networks are expected to be enhanced with AI to make sense of data, manage and orchestrate network resources and to provide intelligence to connected and autonomous systems.


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