December 19, 2018

How smart countries could hit economic boom with 5G

How smart countries could hit economic boom with 5G

…5G to add $565b to global GDP, $152 billion to tax revenue

…Millimetre wave spectrum is key, says GSMA

By Prince Osuagwu (Hi-Tech Editor)

After proffering tips, recently on how Nigeria could deploy 5G successfully,  the GSM association, GSMA has also released a report which says that countries that would be smart to deploy the technology with the right spectrum band stand the chance to unlock a cumulative $565 billion into their Gross Domestic Products, GDPs through their mobile industries

GSMA also beats its chest to posit that in addition to such humongous addition to GDP, efficient deployment of 5G will also accrue up to $152 billion in tax revenue to such countries from 2020 to 2034.

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Nigeria has already cleared three spectrum bands for trial and is gearing up to kick start full 5G operations in earnest by 2020.

According to GSMA, “unlocking spectrum for the mobile industry to deliver innovative 5G services across different industry sectors could add $565 billion to global GDP and $152 billion in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034.

Many countries of the world are jostling to deploy Next-generation 5G services because it is touted to carry the capacity to improve access to healthcare, education and mobility whilst reducing pollution and increasing safety.

However, GSMA warned that these outcomes rely on government support for the identification of sufficient millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum for the mobile industry at the next ITU World Radio communication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19).

The report, “Socio-Economic Benefits of 5G Services provided in mmWave Bands”, is the first to examine and quantify the impact of mmWave spectrum on the overall contribution of 5G networks to society.

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GSMA said that mmWave spectrum will carry the highest capacity 5G services. It has the ideal characteristics to support very high data transfer rates and ultra-reliable, low latency capabilities, which will support new use cases and deliver the benefits of 5G to consumers and businesses around the world.

Head of Spectrum, GSMA, Brett Tarnutzer, said:  “The global mobile ecosystem knows how to make spectrum work to deliver a better future. Mobile operators have a history of maximising the impact of our spectrum resources and no one else has done more to transform spectrum allocations into services that are changing people’s lives. Planning spectrum is essential to enable the highest 5G performance and government backing for mmWave mobile spectrum at WRC-19 will unlock the greatest value from 5G deployments for their citizens.

“More than 5 billion people already rely on the mobile ecosystem to deliver services that are integral to their daily lives and fundamental to the economic sustainability of the communities they live in. 5G can offer more benefits and a whole new range of services to even more people, but this will not be possible without access to this vital spectrum.”

New Possibilities for consumers and industry

mmWave 5G will not only provide consumers with ultra-fast mobile broadband services including immersive entertainment, but will stimulate a host of applications that will enable citizens and businesses to do tomorrow what they can’t do today. These innovations will include enhanced remote healthcare and education, industrial automation, virtual and augmented reality, and many others.

In healthcare, improved telemedicine including tactile internet capabilities, better preventative medicine using always-on remote sensors and wearables, and remote surgery and ‘smart’ instruments will only be made possible because of the speed and latent capabilities enabled by mmWave spectrum.

Next-generation robots, remote object manipulation (controlling machines with precision at distance), drones and other real-time control applications in digitised industrial centres are expected to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve safety as well as lead to innovations in products and processes.

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In autonomous transport, mmWave 5G will enable driverless vehicles to communicate with each other, the cloud and the physical environment continuously to create highly efficient public transport networks. These and many other innovative use cases are expected to deliver 25 per cent of the overall value created by 5G in the future.

Global growth from mmWave

The early lead already being established in 5G in the Asia Pacific and Americas regions are expected to generate the greatest share of GDP attributed to mmWave 5G, at $212 billion and $190 billion respectively. Europe is forecast to have the highest percentage of GDP growth attributable to mmWave of any region, with 2.9 per cent.

However, the advantages are not restricted to early-adopting mobile markets and, as the rest of the world deploys 5G in subsequent years, economies of scale derived from spectrum harmonisation will stimulate even faster growth. Regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean could see growth in GDP contribution from mmWave 5G applications of over 65 per cent per year from 2026 until 2034.

According to Tarnutzer, “it is critical for governments  to recognise the  importance  of  the  mmWave aspects of  5G  when making decisions  at the upcoming WRC-19. Making the right decisions now on spectrum will be vital to stimulating the rapid growth of economies, especially in developing markets, in the coming decade. mmWave spectrum has the capacity to support the innovative services expected from the highest performance of 5G, and only the mobile ecosystem has the technical expertise and track record in collaboration to deliver them at a price acceptable to consumers and businesses around the world.”