Governments implored to issue enabling Policies for Digital Advancement

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As advanced mobile networks are a critical element of the digital future, governments worldwide are encouraged to adopt policies that comply with modern technologies.

The mobile industry encourages all governments to set up policies which enable 5G technologies and to adjust regulatory frameworks that no longer conform to today’s Digital economy.

This was revealed by GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide in their recent publication titled, “The Mobile Economy 2019”.

According to the publication, the first priority for governments is to allocate sufficient spectrum for 5G, which compared to other previous Mobile generations, requires larger contiguous blocks of spectrum in the Midrange for example 3.5 GMz and mmWave, for example 3.5 GHz, to achieve its potential.

Given 5Gs need for network densification, according to the GSMA publication, governments are encouraged to adopt national codes for new mobile sites and modification of existing sites and should facilitate access to existing public sites e.g. buildings, and street furniture for operators to deploy network equipment.

Besides 5G, there remains a need in most countries to modernise regulatory frameworks for the mobile sector as the world has changed and regulation needs to adjust with the times.

The biggest benefit of 5G is its low latency (
the amount of time a message takes to traverse a system), or the short lag time between a device pinging the network and getting a response.

Authorities should be looking at two key areas for review and reform; firstly, regulatory frameworks should be reviewed and updated to promote market dynamism, competition and consumer welfare, while discarding legacy rules that are no longer relevant in the context of the digital ecosystem.

Secondly, governments should reduce the sector-specific tax burden to encourage investment in New technologies. By setting the right regulatory context, incentives for technological innovation and investment that benefit all society.

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