Middle East braces for 5G opportunities and challenges

The Middle East is gearing up for 5G more quickly than other regions globally, and while enterprises should start thinking about new business models, they will also face security and investment challenges.

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is gearing up for 5G more quickly than other regions globally, and while technology executives should start thinking about the new business models that super-fast mobile connectivity can enable, they will also face security and investment challenges.

The region is expected to be amongst the first in the world to launch commercial 5G networks, according to the GSMA, the mobile operator trade association. A new GSMA study predicts that there will be more than 50 million 5G connections across the MENA region by 2025, with 5G networks covering approximately 30 per cent of the region’s population by that time.

The report also highlights how mobile broadband (3G/4G) networks account for about half of total mobile connections in the MENA region today and are forecast to increase to 70 per cent of the total by the end of the second decade.

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