5G NOW. Industry Summit
29 November 2017
Regulatory environment for stimulating 5G.
5G can be a key enabler of this digitalisation, accommodating the diverse connectivity… needs of industrial applications (e.g. high speed, low latency, resilience, ubiquity etc.) through a common “system of systems” approach. Industry Verticals expect 5G to deliver enhanced levels of service assurance and guarantees to cater for specialised use-cases.
5G networks will be the platform for new innovations, including the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, ultra high-definition video, remote health care, and augmented reality. Along with many disruptors yet to be imagined;
Before 5G arrives, we need to get started. We need to increase connectivity, create new business models and new business value. This is necessary to support the integration of verticals and enable the digitization of traditional industries, thus driving forward the digital revolution;
Enhanced connectivity in a thriving 5G ecosystem will only take place with a regulatory environment that puts private investment at its core, for both mobile and fixed networks. Europe needs to accelerate the deployment of networks to meet the needs of businesses and citizens
- The new regulatory framework: we need simplification of many rules, which should be future-oriented, pro-investment and pro-innovation, based on an assessment that we need the infrastructure-based competition.
- The clear frame for investment development: predictable, with adequate returns, based on certainty, aimed at long term solutions and 25 years period of licenses. We need to involve and mix: private and public financial sources. 5G Action Plan will require to maintain and develop financing for the 5G Action Plan in the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2020-2027.
- The new institutional harmonization: radio spectrum harmonized decisions are necessary, starting from the 700 MHz decisions and implementation in all MS to 2020. We have no time for further delays. The timely assignment is needed.
- The avoidance of the fragmentation: There are many dimensions of the fragmentation – related to the territorial differences (urban-rural), related to the level of the advancement of the implementation of the European Law. We can observe the different coverage of accessibility of 30 Mbps – 71% homes across the EU. Around 50% of EU homes were covered by networks capable of providing downlink speeds at 100 Mbps. But only 11% of all homes have the subscriptions at 100Mbps+. The existed, huge differentiation between urban and rural areas requires the different business models and the need to pay attention to this problem.
- The proper road map – which requires good timetable, well designed expectations, the list of needed decisions and frameworks, the analysis of possible advantages, the targeted actions. The development of integrated solutions, tests and large-scale pilots – is necessary in all sectors and countries at the same time. The standardization roadmap for each sector, relying on industry- led processes is needed.
- The cooperation among all stakeholders: we need an effective collaboration of all: EC, RSPG, BEREC, MS, business, SMEs, cities and regional authorities. The first step is key: the timely implementation of the changes in all National Broadband Plans (with country specific recommendations) – with proper composition of multi-technology approach – FTTH, Wi Fi, G.fast, 2 G, cable, satellite – and adequate regulatory flexibility. A strong 5G dialogue must be further developed between vertical industries and the telecom sector, starting from the basis of an in-depth mutual understanding;
- Innovation and Research.
Helps to prepare for next phase of industrialisation; Europe should be the early mover in planning and allocating future spectrum for mobile broadband, especially for 700 MHz; Additional new spectrum will be required for 5G services in order to deliver enhanced capabilities including new usage scenarios;
- The adequate knowledge. It is important to avoid the exclusion of some social groups, especially people living at the rural areas and the elderly generations. In addition – we need to support the digital skills development and improve the digital literacy – it is important as part of Action Plan for taking the opportunity to use all consumers’ advantages, which 5G will bring to us, also related to the new 5G labour environment in the coming future.
5G should be Europe’s success story.
– The success of 5G will depend on EU-wide scale support, with Member States acting coherently with deep cooperation with all business partners.
– All players in the digital value chain should operate on a level playing field, with equivalent and proportionate privacy requirements to innovate in data-driven markets. There is no justification for imposing stricter obligations on Electronic Communications providers than on other providers of digital services. Converging digital services need converged regulation that is light-touch, future-proof and that facilitates a European single market for services. Regulation should define principles to protect competition, focusing on outcomes rather than on means (e.g. how operators evolve and manage their networks).
– 5G will require a step-up in investment in mobile access points and supporting fixed infrastructure. Achieving a dense deployment of 5G infrastructure requires greater harmonisation and simplification of rules and the removal of deployment barriers, including: right-of-way for the installation of passive facilities; supportive municipal site rental charges; removal of taxation on sites and antennas; and predictable, harmonised electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions limits.
– A 5G vision requires the broadband infrastructure which should correspond to the users’ need for connectivity.
– In order to realize the vision of the European roadmap should contain goals concerning access to high-speed broadband and reliable high-quality mobile services. A condition for reaching these goals is a continuously accelerated expansion and communication between different technologies.