Top telecoms executives called for a total overhaul of Europe’s regulatory framework and reiterated their call for unified oversight across the 27-nation bloc, during their first post pandemic Mobile World Congress that takes place this week in Barcelona, Spain.
The European Commission has laid out a connectivity plan which by 2030 will cover all European households with a Gigabit network, and all populated areas with 5G, but big telcos executives are calling for more cooperation in order to succeed, including more regulation over big tech.
Key findings include:
- By the end of 2025, 5G will account for just over a fifth of total mobile connections, and more than two in five people around the world will live within reach of a 5G network.
- In 2021, 5G networks have been launched for the first time in Indonesia, Kenya, and just this month, Tajikistan.
- Although 4G has significant headroom for growth; Globally, 4G is expected to peak at just under 60% by 2023 as 5G begins to gain traction in new markets. In leading 5G markets such as China, South Korea, and the US, 4G has peaked and, in some cases, begun to decline.