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Britain could be stuck with an outdated telecoms industry without a plan for 5G

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The enormous benefits of full 5G are clear. Developing high capacity, standalone infrastructure promises to be a gamechanger for our transport network, for industrial settings such as smart factories, and for public services such as hospitals. What is less clear at present is whether the UK will get to feel the full benefits of the next generation of mobile technology in the near future.

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about what the 5G revolution could mean for the UK in the years to come. With an investment friendly environment, the prize for the whole of the country is undoubtedly huge. But the less uplifting reality is that there are barriers to achieving that prize. The current regulatory and policy environment is simply not going to work for many of our smaller cities and towns. And for the UK as a whole.

Decision-makers in Westminster and Whitehall cannot afford to brush aside the considerable cost of failing to make the UK........

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