With the deployment of 5G and the demand for reliable, secure and robust connectivity, mobile network operators need to address the intensifying complexity of their networks that is driven by the increasing volume of devices, multiple new technologies, and more diverse service requirements.
The shift from the traditional network resource management model – where technology-related capacity, performance and availability are key – to successfully operating high-performance service-driven networks in a secure manner means that the operations and optimization of 5G networks must transform from being technology to end-user service centric.
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Timely licensing of harmonized spectrum suitable for 4G and 5G is a requirement to achieve early mass market services and applications.
Spectrum regulation should aim for attaining harmonized and unrestrictive regulatory conditions for 5G and 6G systems.
A wave of 5G auctions and renewals of existing licenses are expected over the next five years.
Network regulation should support long term stable rules that stimulate investments and usage, foster infrastructure competition, and uphold the principle of technology neutrality.
Policy makers should support an open and non-discriminatory internet and a framework for net neutrality that provides consumers with access to the content, applications, and services they want, while promoting continued investment, experimentation, differentiation, and innovation.
Cyber-attacks target all kinds of devices, services, and networks, and come in a variety of forms, including information theft, fraud, identity theft, denial of service and malware. Security status of mobile networks is a key consideration to protect end-users.
Data protection regulation should define neither the technology nor the means used for the collection and processing of the personal data.
Data should be able to flow by default. Any limitation to cross border data flows should be limited to clearly defined exceptions in line with WTO principles such as GATS Article 14.
ICT industry has been and is a vocal advocate for global open trade and the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers, benefitting competition, economic growth and access to technology that benefits society.