Our governing authorities are walking a tightrope amid fast-breaking advances in 5G technology. There will be large and influential private concerns involved, and crucially so if the public is to gain anything from the array of new and interesting platforms being created. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and whoever forms the next government will have to be sharp to avoid even minor mistakes that could lead to all the benefits going to corporations and the public being denied what it rightfully deserves. There have been worrying claims that the major telecom players – True Corp, Advanced Info Services and Dtac – are not yet fully prepared to invest in 5G as much as will be required. They are still grappling with the costs of previous state concessions, and enormous bids will be needed to secure 5G licences. The sums involved could boggle the mind of the average citizen, leaving the general public unable to fairly judge who should do what and how much should be paid. Thus, it’s the authorities that will have to make the judgements and, if they don’t have public interests foremost in mind, the situation will become precarious. They need to determine whether the existing… Read full this story
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