The UK Government has a clear ambition to be a global leader in 5G.
In its view, the 5G ecosystem has the potential to transform communications in the country, far beyond mobile phones.
With enhanced mobile broadband connections and considerably faster speeds, it is looking at 5G for ultra-reliable networks with incredibly low latency, so people and things can link up like never before.
Good digital infrastructure is therefore, a building block of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, Digital Strategy, and 5G Strategy.
In common with other regional governments, France is keen to deploy 5G to retain competitiveness in the digital era, but the process will be a challenge in terms of innovation.
France is keen to back innovation, which is being driven by a new digital revolution, whose driving forces are data and connectivity.
Very early on, the country committed itself to stay at the forefront of artificial intelligence, which has the ability to turn raw data into an instrument of competitiveness.
Today, the country is calling on industry stakeholders to innovate, experiment and to take hold of 5G technology and transform connectivity by making data exchanges at workplaces faster, more secure, more fluid and more energy efficient.
The US government under the Trump administration is very clear about 5G: it is mandatory to develop and deploy secure and reliable 5G communications as soon as possible.
On multiple occasions, the US government has stated that it sees 5G technology as a cornerstone of the world’s economy, and that it is determined to use it as a diplomatic tool.
This support of the US government is necessary as the mobile and fixed networks are currently lagging behind in the global race for 5G leadership and are far from being considered the best networks in the world. Given these facts, it’s no surprise then, that 5G is being viewed as both a strategic and economic priority in the country.
The 5G technology is a hot topic for the German government as it seeks to follow Europe’s objective of deploying the network for 2025 and becoming a leading market for 5G applications.
To reach this objective, Germany plans to develop a 5G initiative comprising specific measures in five fields of action:
1. Step up network rollout
2. Make available frequencies based on demand
3. Promote cooperation between telecommunications and user industries
4. Targeted and coordinated research
5. Initiate 5G for towns and cities
Through this plan, the government has highlighted its support towards the co-usability of existing carrier infrastructures for small cell networks and promoted the idea of sharing responsibilities, by backing businesses that want to develop alternative local 5G networks.
In addition, the German government has sought to close the digital gap by substantially expanding mobile communications capacities in central places and in unserved rural regions not covered by telecom operators.
Japan has been a global leader in mobile communications from the beginning of the telecommunications industry, mostly driven by a culture of innovation. It is therefore, not surprising, to see the government invest heavily in 5G technology.
While other nations may view 5G as a deep disruption to Japan’s economy and industries, it is of utmost importance to Japan that it remains ahead of competitors in the 5G battle. This is because the country relies heavily on telecom technology exports to support its economy and trade balance.
Expectedly then, Japan is actively supporting the emergence of a 5G ecosystem and the roll-out of 5G practical applications, to boost its industries, spur innovation, and regain technology leadership in the telecommunications sector.