5G: Revolution or Hype?

15 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2019

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Christopher Eldred

University of California, Berkeley

Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis

Kenji E. Kushida

Stanford University Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Jonathan Murray

Digital Prism Advisors

John Zysman

University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: August 1, 2019

Abstract

Is 5G revolutionary? Will the “fifth generation” of wireless technology not only update our network from 4G, but spark deep and widespread change across economies, industries, and the lives of consumers? 5G hype certainly abounds. But the theory of 5G is difficult to put into practice. Despite the drumbeat of hype, it is not clear how quickly 5G will be deployed. Just as unclear is how transformative 5G will be when it does arrive. This paper will explore the promises and limitations of 5G through the lens of four critical issues: first, the question of how network operators will build 5G, if they do build it; second, ways that governments can use policy to make sure 5G networks get built; third, 5G’s potential impact on network architectures and competition among computing infrastructure providers. Finally, this paper will explore 5G’s role in the rise of China, international competition, and related debates over network security.

Suggested Citation

Eldred, Christopher and Kenney, Martin and Kushida, Kenji E. and Murray, Jonathan and Zysman, John, 5G: Revolution or Hype? (August 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3443740 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3443740

Christopher Eldred (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720
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Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis ( email )

Community and Regional Development Unit
Davis, CA 95616
United States
5305745943 (Phone)

Kenji E. Kushida

Stanford University Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Jonathan Murray

Digital Prism Advisors ( email )

New York, NY
United States

John Zysman

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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