Vol 7, No 4 (2016) > Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering >

5G as Disruptive Innovation: Standard and Regulatory Challenges at a Country Level

Muhammad Suryanegara


Abstract: Understanding 5G from a
perspective of innovation is to explore both technical research and development
(R&D) and non-technical issues. While 4G has been considered as an
incremental innovation from its predecessors (3G and 2G), design features and
key technologies have indicated 5G as a disruptive innovation. Consequently, 5G
will create new market values, in which new services and applications will
emerge in unexpected ways. Hence, it is predicted that policy makers will face
significant challenges concerning 5G implementation in their respective
countries. This paper aims to investigate the challenges to standards and
regulations at a country level. The discussion begins with the challenges
because of the emergence of non-human markets as well as the complexity of
multi-device technological platforms. Due to anticipated massive cloud-based
applications, security issues of cloud-based applications will be a subsequent
challenge for national policy makers. Finally, as 5G may require various
supporting technologies, the challenge for the policy maker is also to trigger
national development of local standards.
Keywords: Disruptive innovation; Mobile technology; Policy maker; Regulation; Standard

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