Cities Need a Multidimensional Approach to 5G

In a Smart Cities Dive article, Guidehouse Insights explains the role cities will need to play in the future of 5G development

As new communication technologies amplify smart city innovations, 5G networks can help address important barriers to development.

In a Smart Cities Dive article, Guidehouse Insights’ Eric Woods, research director, discussed what city leaders should be aware of for future 5G capabilities.  

Woods said enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable low latency communications are the three core capabilities represented by the promise of 5G. 

As the telecommunications industry, national governments, and international standards bodies, drive 5G technology, city leaders will need to consider the impact of 5G and their role in its development across the following dimensions:

  • Changing perspectives on city assets and infrastructure
  • The transformation of city services
  • 5G as a catalyst for economic development
  • The need to address digital exclusion
  • The greater focus on cybersecurity and data privacy

“Cities implementing a smart city vision need to be thinking about their future communication needs and the impact 5G may have,” Woods said. “Each city must understand its role in the evolving 5G ecosystem and the most effective way to leverage its specific assets and influence.” 

Read the Smart Cities Dive Article

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