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Communication & Networks

Seven steps lead to 5G success

The new 5G mobile communications standard is considered a key technology and a key competitive factor. If Germany is to become the leading international market, seven specific steps will have to be taken, according to a recent analysis.

19 Apr. 2018
Source: Roland Berger GmbH
Source: Roland Berger GmbH

In 2016 the federal government set the target of making Germany the first country with a nationwide 5G mobile network . In the publication "Success Factor 5G" , the management consultant company Roland Berger and the Internet Economy Foundation (IE.F) described the current situation and analyzed what needs to be done to achieve this objective. So far, each new mobile standard has led to an innovation boost, they wrote – but not necessarily in Germany. That makes a "fast and nationwide 5G rollout" a must.

The authors have worked out seven specific recommendations for action . These include rapid frequency allocation, fast tests, and ambitious expansion goals. In addition, federal investment in access networks will be required. Moreover, it should be possible for customers to automatically use the network of another provider if none is offered at their own at locations ("national roaming").

The new coalition agreement also states that Germany is supposed to become the leading market for 5G. According to this, the government initially wants to equip five "priority" regions with this mobile communications standard. The auction proceeds of the 5G licenses are to flow into an investment fund for the expansion of the digital infrastructure.