National Infrastructure Commission launches consultation on 5G rollout in future

Friday, May 20th 2016

Presently 5G is still at an early development stage, with a number of different teams working on a potential standard for the mobile technology. Therefore, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has initiated an 8-week long consultation on 5G's future. It seeks to understand the future deployment of Mobile Broadband services based on 5G across the UK, what it will deliver and the hurdles that may get in its way.


As of now, the standard is not fully defined, nor is there a clear understanding of how it will work finally. Recent developments indicate that some operators may rush to deploy the service even before a final standard has been agreed upon. This may create problems later, if and when something different is adopted by other countries later on.


It may be recalled that in the 4G race the UK was lagging behind, owing to legal disputes and long-running disagreements between Ofcom and operators over spectrum and related issues. On the contrary, the delay gave UK a more mature or advanced 4G hardware deployment.


Those responding to the consultation should do so by 11th July of this year. The NIC expects to come out with its recommendations and assessment by the end of the year. This will support the 5G strategy of government to be revealed during spring of next year.


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