5G Deployment and the Socio-Digital Divide

by Jon Glasco

Photo by Rodrigo De Mendoza on Unsplash

Consider a future scenario when social and digital inclusion are interconnected in the lives of most citizens. Think of this as an optimistic scenario in which higher social inclusion is enabled by new bridges across the digital divide.

Where does 5G technology fit in this scenario? Will 5G serve as one of the ‘new bridges’? An issue raised at the 2019 Smart City Expo in Barcelona is whether deployment of 5G networks and services will contribute to inclusive cities envisioned in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To paraphrase various sources from the Expo: “5G has the potential power to decrease the digital divide and ultimately increase social inclusion while helping cities achieve the SDGs.”

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