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Europe’s 5G field of dreams: if we build it, will they come?

Simon Forge (SCF Associates Ltd, Buckinghamshire, UK)
Colin Blackman (Camford Associates Ltd, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK, and CEPS Digital Forum, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Belgium)

Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance

ISSN: 2398-5038

Article publication date: 14 August 2017



Proponents of 5G predict a huge market for 5G goods and services with millions of new jobs being created. The purpose of this paper is to make a realistic assessment of the 5G initiative, with a focus on Europe.


The paper reviews the technical, economic and policy literature to analyse the case for 5G in Europe.


The 5G initiative in Europe, as well as globally, has so far failed to assess objectively the future needs of its customers, whether consumer or business, to articulate a set of sound business cases.


There is little independent assessment of 5G in the academic literature. The paper makes an original contribution through questioning the dominant supply-driven industry perspective.



Forge, S. and Blackman, C. (2017), "Europe’s 5G field of dreams: if we build it, will they come?", Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 337-352.



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