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Many of the debates around 5G focus on the technology solutions, but issues of policy and strategy must be considered as well. As part of their evidence gathering exercise in advance of the finalisation of their current work on 5G at the end of this calendar year, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is supporting CW in delivering this series of two debates. Also sponsored by Ofcom, Cambridge Consultants and Huawei, the debates will to look beyond R&D and focus on how new sustainable business models may provide a return on investment and how the regulatory landscape might keep up with technological change.

The next generation of mobile communication technology, 5G, will undoubtedly have a significant impact on consumers, citizens and enterprises. The prize is nothing less than a substantial boost to UK productivity and global competitiveness… if the UK wireless community can get it right.

Meanwhile other countries are investing heavily in 5G. However, the scope of what 5G actually comprises, how new sustainable business models may provide a return on investment, and how the regulatory landscape might keep up with technological change, all remain matters for serious discussion.

This series of incisive debates, designed to bring clarity and widespread agreement to the premises and vision for 5G, will critically examine 5G proposals and assumptions in order to test and validate them.

Debate 1: 24 October 2016 'Technology Readiness'
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Mathys & Squire LLP, London

What’s left for 5G now that 4G can do IoT and Gbits/s speeds? With WiFi expanding, separate IoT networks being deployed and fibre penetration increasing will we see multiple specialised network or one unifying system? What would be the implications?

Debate 2: 8 November 2016 'Business Cases'
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BT Tower, London

Will operators see increased ARPU from 5G? If so which services will drive this? If not, what’s the business case and deployment model? What regulatory and market framework is needed to ensure consumers and businesses get the connectivity they require?

Please use the links below to learn more and to register your interest in attending each of these debates. These events are FREE but places at the venue are limited and so attendance is at the discretion of the organisers.

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