Mind the connectivity gap: The role of 5G, Wi-Fi and satellite-based communication technologies in emerging markets
19 September, 09:00 to 18:00, County Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 7PB
About the session: Emerging markets continue to face the challenge of increasing coverage to rural, underserved areas and low-income populations, whilst building and maintaining reliable and high-speed communication networks, including Wi-Fi and 5G. These technologies and new digital developments, such as satellite direct to handset, have the potential to bring many benefits to emerging markets, but also face regulatory and policy challenges, as well as high costs. It is clear though that both terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks will play a role in reducing the digital gap, and as such, a multi-stakeholder approach to developing emerging markets is required.
What are some ways that emerging markets can address the high cost of building and maintaining communication networks? How can stakeholders work together to ensure that the deployment of Wi-Fi, unlicensed, and 5G networks in emerging markets is fair and equitable for all? How can the benefits of these technologies be maximized while also addressing any potential negative impacts?