Next generation 5G wireless networks are likely to prove the next major step in the evolution of new business online. The world’s leading ICT policy makers see the 5G revolution as the greatest positive upheaval in the field since the creation of the GSM standard in the early 1990s.
Radio frequencies are the most critical natural resource affecting global development. These are controlled and administered by regulators. It is extremely vital to reserve sufficient frequency spectrums for future 5G use. By ensuring this, regulators can play a major role in the positive development of mobile networking and improve the lives of virtually every global citizen.
“Possible business areas and models to benefit from 5G networks can range from health care and security to retail and manufacturing, and everything inbetween. Fast 5G networks can become a powerful enabler for businesses, but only if the regulators allow the frequencies to be used without prohibitively steep license fees”, said Matti Pennanen, Mayor of Oulu.
“The Davos of ICT” Debates 5G
Experts agree that 5G can act as a strong base for controlled, operator-independent data networking, and initiate a new, open business platform alongside the current framework. An operator-independent mode of working is highly important in enabling 5G mobile services especially indoors. The success of future Internet of Things solutions depend on this model: current operator-controlled business models do not offer sufficient support for their development.
“Regulators are soon set to face an unavoidable moment of truth. Will they have enough courage to make radical choices in allocating and licensing radio frequencies to push positive development? The US has already taken the first decisive steps in this direction – will Europe be left behind?” said Professor Matti Latva-aho of University of Oulu.
These questions and challenges will be debated this week at Global Forum, “the Davos of ICT”. This year the Forum is hosted by the Finnish city of Oulu, a hotspot for developing next generation mobile networks. For already 40 years, Oulu has been acquiring the know-how and skills to emerge as the leader in radio technology ecosystems. The world’s first 5G test network was opened in Oulu in May 2015 as a joint effort between businesses, the University of Oulu, and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
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The City of Oulu
Oulu is the capital of Northern Scandinavia and blends a creative atmosphere with high technology, entrepreneurship and highly skilled people, the unique culture of a modern seaside town and a vibrant countryside.
Oulu has a strong portfolio of globally focused technology companies and universities combined with young and creative citizens. The area has proved to be an excellent environment to create new innovations. Oulu’s unique ecosystem enables utilization of the latest radio technologies, like 5G.
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