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The Impending 5G Era and Its Likely Impact on Society

Nyamapfene, A; (2016) The Impending 5G Era and Its Likely Impact on Society. Journal of Independent Studies and Research - Computing , 14 (1) pp. 43-47. 10.31645/jisrc/(2016).14.1.0007. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper looks at the emergence of the fifth generation of wireless networks, commonly referred to by the acronym 5G, from a perspective informed by the literature on digital divides and digital inequality. 5G has been designed with the goal of minimising inequalities in physical access, in particular differences in access that arise as a consequence of the rural-urban divide. Together with the Internet of Things, 5G is likely to usher in a new era of economic growth, and to lead to general improve- ments in quality of life. However, the impact of 5G on socio-economic status is not so clear cut. In some instanc- es, 5G is likely to magnify social inequality, while in other instances it is likely to narrow social inequality. 5G also has the potential to alter existing socio-economic hierar- chies, and this paper cautions policy makers and social elites to minimise the negative impacts of attendant social transformations.

Type: Article
Title: The Impending 5G Era and Its Likely Impact on Society
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.31645/jisrc/(2016).14.1.0007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.31645/jisrc/(2016).14.1.0007
Language: English
Additional information: © Author(s) 2016. This article is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ((http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
Keywords: 5G, digital divide, digital inequality, Internet of Things, IoT
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096520
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