The mobile industry has steadily advanced, evolved and matured with each new generation of technology over the 40 years since its inception. Regulatory approaches to spectrum management and assignment have evolved in parallel and there is broad consensus regarding what constitutes regulatory best practice. The introduction of 5G will require a fundamental reassessment of spectrum management best practice as the economics of the wireless industry are fundamentally changed. These shifts in policy will be essential to underpin the creation of the anticipated socio-economic benefits promised by 5G. Realising the 5G vision will require an enormous amount of investment on the part of telecommunications companies as spectrum above 6 GHz can not be deployed across existing macro networks. Setting 5G spectrum prices at the right level is therefore crucial if regulators are to achieve their objectives.
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