This summer we are publishing a series of “Spectrum 101” research notes that revisit the basics of modern spectrum management.
This week we turn out attention to 5G verticals – the idea that the next generation of mobile networks will focus on industrial applications, rather than the mass consumer market.
This widespread expectation, we argue, is driven by two factors: the new capabilities that 5G will bring, and the flimsy business case for consumer 5G.
But how many industries will adopt the technology, and what this means for spectrum management, remain contested.
There is a range of views on how best to make frequencies available for industry. At one end you can issue exclusive-access spectrum licences for a localised area, and at the other regulators can auction the spectrum to MNOs and rely on them to provide these services.
As always, we encourage readers to join the debate.
The PolicyTracker Spectrum 101