1st reaction to 5G promise for London by 2020

Charles Russell LLP reckons laws probably need changing

extremely ambitious goal - dowden

An interview given to the UK newspaper, Daily Telegraph, here by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has caused quite a stir. He appears to have promised 5G mobile data will be available for all  in London by 2020. Let’s hope he didn’t mean just the City of London, which is only a square mile. Anyway, it is one hell of a pledge and could prove a major headache for his partner which appears to be the University of Surrey – which is based near GoMo Towers in Guildford. However, leading law firm Charles Russell LLP, believes that the regulatory environment will have to change for this deadline to be met.

As GoMo News previously reported here,  earlier in the year [March 2014], British Prime Minister, David Cameron, had announced that the UK government was going to commit some £73 million.

Given the speech was at Cebit in Hanover, Cameron also said that the UK would work closely with Germany. This was supposed to be on 5G but the emphasis was on the IoT.

Vincenzo Lanni, partner, and Malcolm Dowden, both consultants with Charles Russell LLP, claimed, “2020 is an extremely ambitious goal.”

They continued, “Meeting it will require governments and regulators to play their part by undertaking a rapid, comprehensive and radical review of the laws and licensing regimes that may lag behind technological development.”

In order to be better than 4G, of course, 5G must promise “massive capacity and massive connectivity.

It will have to be able to serve the vast data demands of Smart Cities; social media; cloud-based enterprise; and the inevitable Internet of Things [IoT].

They argue, however, that any concerted move towards 5G requires not only substantial technical innovations, but also legal and regulatory reforms.

Lanni/Dowden, say, “5G requires a fundamental rethink of spectrum management – propelling a current system based on the close management of licensed spectrum to [an alternative model].”

And what would that be? They argue that it will be “one concerned primarily with the prevention or management of interference between networks and devices designed to latch on to any available, probably non-contiguous frequencies.”

In layman’s terms, the UK government allowing EE to use existing spectrum to roll out desperately needed 4G connectivity before freeing up the required spectrum that the other players such as Vodafone needed, was a massive cock up.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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