Horizon Research and Market Analysis is pleased to announce
the availability of the first in a series of reports, ‘2017 Global 5G-LTE Policy Brief’. Author by UK-based Dr. William
Webb, this critical and incisive report poses some challenging questions, and
offers guidance for technology solutions providers, and policy makers.
Author, Contributing Analyst William Webb, shares expert
insights in the report ‘Spring 2017
Europe 5G-LTE Policy Brief’, leveraging his experience in regulatory,
manufacturing, start-up, consulting, and standards organizations; Webb recently
served as president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
5G is the subject of unprecedented amounts of hype and
promotion leading some to believe a revolution in wireless communications is
However well deserved the hype over 5G is today, it occurs
against a backdrop of international uncertainty with turbulent politics, which
makes this an important time to analyse 5G policies to understand what 5G might
In Europe, technology power houses such as Ericsson and
Nokia have embarked on a series of successful pre-commercial 5G trials. The
European R&D and Test & Measurement communities play a key role in
validating core radio network capabilities for emerging 5G technologies. Yet,
the regulatory and economic foundation for region-wide acceleration may not be
solid enough to support what some call this ‘revolutionary’ step.
Though many aspects of the 5G vision set it apart from
previous generational successions, it is best understood as part of a steady
evolutionary process of enhanced mobile connectivity, building on earlier
generations of which 2G, 3G and 4G remain in widespread use. In order to
understand 5G it is necessary to understand the context, value chains and
regulatory environments associated with current generations.
This is the first in a series of reports looking at 5G
across the different regions of the world. This report focused on 5G in
Europe, others will consider 5G in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region.
The aim of the report is to both inform and influence stakeholders, fostering
sensible, realistic dialogue between regulators, technology providers,
governments and others. It will guide those currently involved in all aspects
of wireless communications and assist those interested in entering the market
to take advantage of the opportunities new generations of technology inevitably