The implementation of the 5G technology is a challenge for any society, including Serbia. RATEL announces that the auction for the 5G range should be prepared in 2020.
In that sense, Serbia is not behind Europe, where this job will not be finished so quickly either, says the director of RATEL, Vladica Tintor, emphasizing that it's not a question of who implements the 5G system sooner, but who is readier in market terms to use the technology.
– The implementation of the 5G technology for its own sake doesn't make much sense, as citizens are already provided with a good service. If the economy is ready to accept this transformation, in line with the government's efforts toward digitization, the sooner this is done, the more the 5G technology will make sense – Tintor said.
He says that, in late 2018 and early 2019, many European countries had these auctions and that many more are planned.
RATEL, he says, together will other state institutions, will enable the auction to be ready for the next year, but he says that this will not be the only requirement for the 5G technology to be implemented in Serbia.
As he said, mobile operators pay a lot for the licenses and they have certain expectations when it comes to returns on their investments.
– The fifth generation of mobile telephony has an entirely different business model compared to the previous generations – Tintor said.
He explained that the previous generations of mobile telephony had been based exclusively on the user experience in the sense of telecommunications and that the fifth generation would certainly emphasize that segment in the sense of faster internet, enhanced services and the possibility of watching TV program on phones in real time.
However, he adds, the business model is such that the idea is to include many other sectors in the telecommunications sector, including driverless vehicles and agriculture.