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European regulators are taking contrasting approaches to enterprise 5G spectrum

Caroline Gabriel Principal Analyst, Research

"Industrial services are critical to the 5G business case, but regulators in Europe will need to take creative approaches to spectrum allocation to reap the full benefits."

Enterprise and IoT services are central to the 5G business case and to many governments’ digital industry programmes. However, MNOs are not prioritising these services in their network planning, leading some industries to call for their own spectrum to ensure that 5G-enabled transformations are not delayed. This comment analyses early moves by European regulators to broaden spectrum allocation, and considers the potential impact for industries.