Monday, 22 October 2018

International trade wars threaten to spark a 5G arms race – but is Europe even in the running?

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 01 June 18

A new industry report, issued by Northstream warns that Europe is slipping so far behind the US and Asia in the race for 5G that it risks compromising its digital future

5G is rarely out of the headlines, but this week a visit to Huawei's 5G roadshow in London and the news that Ericsson had secured a €250 million 5G finance package, helped bring it back into the spotlight. Operators in Europe are making the right noises about 5G and are quick to emphasise the transformational potential of fifth generation mobile networks, but appear split over whether it is better to be first to market, or keep your powder dry until the technology is fully refined and tested. BT has committed to have a fully commercialised 5G product in the market by 2019, while O2 (and its parent company Telefonica) has taken the opportunity to claim that any 5G launch made prior to 2020 will essentially be nothing more than &quot…

5G is rarely out of the headlines, but this week a visit to Huawei's 5G roadshow in London and the news that Ericsson had secured a €250 million 5G finance package, helped bring it back into the spotlight. Operators in Europe are making the right noises about 5G and are quick to emphasise the transformational potential of fifth generation mobile networks, but appear split over whether it is better to be first to market, or keep your powder dry until the technology is fully refined and tested. BT has committed to have a fully commercialised 5G product in the market by 2019, while O2 (and its parent company Telefonica) has taken the opportunity to claim that any 5G launch made prior to 2020 will essentially be nothing more than &quot…

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