GSMA warns Europe will fall behind in 5G race without policy changes

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Mobile industry body the GSMA has warned EU policymakers that without a more pro-investment regulatory environment, Europe risks falling behind the US and Asia in terms of 5G coverage and adoption.

A new report published by the organisation claims mobile technology delivered €757 billion to European GDP in 2021, while 108 operators in 34 countries have launched commercial 5G services, reaching 6% of the population.

Norway leads the way with 16%, ahead of Switzerland (14%), Finland (13%), the UK (11%) and Germany (10%).

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However, the GSMA has warned that Europe will continue to trail the rest of the world unless there are changes …