5G Policy Positions and Details

Accelerating the roll out of 5G.


5G mobile technology will, like electricity or the automobile, benefit entire economies and benefit entire societies. This is because the global 5G standard (5G New Radio) will advance mobile from largely a set of technologies connecting people-to-people and people-to-information to a unified connectivity fabric connecting people to everything. 5G has the potential to elevate the standard of living across the globe. According to a study conducted by IHS, 5G is expected to bring in 13.2 trillion dollars of economic output and support up 22.2 million jobs by 2035*.

In order to access the benefits of 5G, governments and regulators that support policies to release the right amount and type of spectrum can secure next-generation wireless communications systems and infrastructure to the benefit of their citizens and industries.

In general, 5G use cases can be broadly categorized into three main types of connected services:

  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband: 5G will not only make our smartphones better, but it will also usher in new immersive experiences, such as VR and AR, with faster, more uniform data rates, lower latency, and cost-per-bit.
  • Mission-Critical communications: 5G will enable new services that can transform industries with ultra-reliable/available, low latency links—such as remote control of critical infrastructure, enhanced auto and pedestrian safety, and medical procedures.
  • Massive Internet of Things: 5G will seamlessly connect a massive number of embedded sensors in virtually everything through the ability to scale down in data rates, power, and mobility to provide extremely lean/low-cost solutions.
  • A defining capability of 5G is also the design for forward compatibility—the ability to flexibly support future services that are unknown today.

See our policy position on spectrum to learn more spectrum release for 5G. 


Download IHS 5G Economic Impact Study here