Report on the diversification of the 5G ecosystem
In 2020, BEREC published a radar plotting the 5G related developments according to the anticipated time horizon with the aim of helping National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) prioritize the regulatory aspects that might need attention. The radar identified a number of themes that BEREC and NRAs may look into in more detail in the coming years in order to address 5G related developments. The themes include: Convergence, EMF, End-user, Interoperability, New Business Models and Value Chains, Numbering, Privacy, Quality of Service (QoS), Roaming, Roll-out, Security, State Aid, Sustainability. Following the publication of this radar, BEREC carried out a survey to determine from past and on-going 5G trials and pilots, which of the mentioned themes can be interesting to look into further. This survey took also into account that BEREC’s Work Programme for 2021 was already exploring further some of the topics listed in the BEREC 5G Radar such as EMF, Sustainability and Security. The survey was completed by BEREC’s members and participants who could consult with their national key stakeholders who were members of consortia that participated in 5G trials and pilots. Following the analysis of the information submitted, the theme ‘New Business Models and Value Chains’ was identified as the theme which should be explored further. Moreover, BEREC was also seeking to determine the anticipated pace of innovation.