EC initiates socioeconomic study into the wider benefits of 5G

Real Wireless, Tech4i2, InterDigital Europe and Trinity College Dublin to assess socioeconomic impact of 5G in Europe

EC initiates socioeconomic study into the wider benefits of 5G

A new study into the socioeconomic impact of 5G in Europe commenced on 22 May, led by a group of industry experts and academics from Real Wireless, Tech4i2, InterDigital Europe and Trinity College Dublin.

Undertaken in partnership with the European Commission, the main focus of the study is to develop a better understanding of the potential economic impact of 5G networks in new areas such as health and transport. Research will examine the potential social benefits of the next generation of wireless technology and identify where 5G will make a difference.

The project will determine the key use cases for 5G, identifying their relative potential in terms of social and economic benefits in the European context. It will test the proposition that 5G can offer specific additional value over 4G to particular vertical user sectors, via work that will be fully informed by and consistent with the 5G PPP initiatives while offering a fresh and independent perspective.

The consortium was selected by the European Commission to bring its independent approach and wide knowledge of both commercial and technical aspects of wireless technology. The study will be carried out over 12 months by a consortium comprising:

• Applied economic research consultancy Tech4i2
• Independent wireless advisors Real Wireless
• Wireless research and development company InterDigital Europe
• The national telecommunications research centre in Ireland, CONNECT headquartered at Trinity College Dublin.

The work will shed light on the journey to future deployment of 5G and its impact on economies across Europe, allowing stakeholders to plan effectively. The study will allow the European Commission to work closely with regulators to plan future policy in areas such as spectrum allocation planning and future market regulation.

“After working with the European Commission on several other key projects, Real Wireless is proud to be an integral part of realising 5G and its impact in Europe,” commented Professor Simon Saunders, project director.

“The socioeconomic effects of this new generation of wireless will be unprecedented, and understanding these will be crucial in securing Europe as a global leader in 5G. The consortium we have assembled to work on this project offers a uniquely informed yet independent perspective on these issues.”

The study will be informed by inputs from stakeholders via a series of stakeholder hearings which will be held on 22 September and via a workshop which will be held on 19 October, both in Brussels. To find out more about these events and follow project progress, join the project’s dedicated LinkedIn group at


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