5G mobile technology
Produced in partnership with Purvi Parekh of Anakiya Consulting
5G mobile technology

The following TMT practice note Produced in partnership with Purvi Parekh of Anakiya Consulting provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 5G mobile technology
  • What is 5G?
  • 5G standards and specification
  • What can 5G be used for?
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M)
  • Enhanced mobile broadband
  • Ultra-reliable and low latency communications
  • European position
  • 5G Action Plan
  • European 5G Observatory
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for TMT?

This Practice Note looks at the concept of 5G mobile technology, including:

  1. What is 5G?

  2. What can 5G be used for?

  3. European position

  4. UK position

  5. Legal and regulatory issues

What is 5G?

Each generation of mobile technology has brought in something different: 1G introduced analogue voice, 2G introduced digital voice, 3G introduced mobile data, and 4G enabled widespread mobile internet use. The ‘G’ in each case stands for generation, with each generation of wireless being faster, more secure and more reliable than the previous generation.

The next generation of communication networks and services will be the fifth-generation wireless broadband, more commonly referred to as ‘5G’.

According to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), which is a representative body of mobile operators around the world, a 5G connection will fulfil the following criteria:

  1. one to 10Gbps connections to end points in the field

  2. one

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