The 5G race is becoming interesting with every passing day. A key aspect is that it is becoming a regional affair. There are going to be regional leaders in the technology instead of global leaders. The technology also heralds coming of age of the Asian service providers. The operators in China, Korea and Japan are already playing a key role in the development of the global 5G ecosystem.
China Mobile, China Unicom and others in the country have already made a huge investment to help the country make a mark in the global 5G scene. Similarly, SK Telecom and other South Korean telcos are also conducting a number of tests and trials to take a lead in the 5G race. Be that as may be the competition is more regional and we are likely to see the emergence of regional 5G players instead of global ones.
A letter has been signed by the leaders of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, the five Nordic countries. The intention of the letter is to increase the velocity of the process of development of 5G mobile systems. The primary moto of the letter is to support the fact that these countries are also a part of those who are planning to roll-out the fifth-generation wireless services. While the Swedish Prime Minister has been hosting the annual summit of the leaders of the Nordic country, he chose to make the announcement.
According to the announcement, the government of these five countries has agreed to support the telecom companies that are either supplier of infrastructures like Nokia, Ericsson or the mobile operating companies like TDC, Iceland telecom, Vodafone Iceland, Tele2, Telenor, and Telia.
The Nordic countries have been leading the market in terms of recognizing the potential of wireless services and deploying those. Therefore, the track record clearly shows that the countries have not only gained technical abilities in the past by collaborating in the mobile network sector, but they also have been able to create technological jobs that offer high payments.
The Nordic Mobile Telephone System was first created by the manufacturers of these countries and soon the world promptly adopted the mobile services. Mobile users varied from single users to corporate consumers to enterprise users. The success was definitely based on the collaborative efforts as well as the technological grounds. It also ensured that the Nokia from Finland and Ericsson from Sweden are the two most well-known contestant in the endeavor of Europe. These two companies are still two major GSM patent holders in the world.
Although the Nordic countries were in the forefront of leading the market with the first generation as well as 2G mobile services, the past decade met some changes in the leadership platform. South Korean and American companies started to dominate the mobile communication market. On the other hand, Chinese infrastructure companies outpaced the market leaders like Nokia and Ericsson.
Presently, large companies in the US and in Asia are planning the roll-out of the fifth-generation mobile services. Many companies have joined their hands together to successfully deploy the 5G services swiftly. Therefore, it can be said that as the fifth-generation mobile service is a group effort, more and more companies are likely to work together soon as well. If Europe wants to return in the competition and gain the market outside Europe, the European telecom companies must take initiatives such as the Nordic action immediately.