China and India will eventually become the largest 5G markets but demand is already rising in the US for 5G equipment, Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm has told the newspaper Dagens Industri. Praising the way in which the Trump administration has prioritised 5G by simplifying planning application processes and making frequencies available to operators, Ekholm sees the president’s decision to abolish net neutrality as a step in the right direction.
“You will have to prioritise data traffic with 5G. If you are going to have remote operation, you don’t want it being disturbed by a guy on the street playing games,” he says.
The exclusion of ZTE and Huawei from the 5G rollout in the US and Australia has not created any business opportunities for Ericsson; on the contrary it has created market uncertainty, which has led to an investment hold-up problem, according to the CEO.
Commenting Europe’s slow 5G rollout, Mr Ekholm says the regulatory environment has scared away investors and that more thought needs to be given to future competitiveness. He warns that Europe is lagging behind China.
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