5G Business Models & Trends in Rural Communication

Keywords: 5G, Business Models, SDG, Rural communication


The 5G suite of technologies currently rolled out globally represent the potential to establish internet access and connect rural communities to the already connected modern, global community, i.e. closing the digital divide. Further 5G can provide substantial support to UNs 17 Social Development Goals (SDGs). There is also no doubt that there is a substantial risk that the promising potentials are not realized, mainly due to the lack of viable business models leading to that the private sector will not provide all the investments necessary to establish 5G technology in developing countries. This uncertainty makes it relevant – even necessary – to consider the alternative solutions to rural internet access.


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Author Biography

Knud Erik Skouby, CMI, Aalborg University, AC Meyers Vænge 15, DK-2450 Copenhagen, Denmark

Knud Erik Skouby is professor and founding director of center for Communication, Media and Information technologies, Aalborg University-Copenhagen – a center providing a focal point for multi-disciplinary research and training in applications of CMI. Working areas: Techno-economic Analyses; Development of mobile/wireless applications and services: Regulation of telecommunications

Project manager and partner in a number of international, European and Danish research projects. Served on a number of public committees within telecom, IT and broadcasting. Further served as a member of boards of professional societies; as a member of organizing boards, evaluation committees and as invited speaker on international conferences; published a number of Danish and international articles, books and conference proceedings. Editor in chief of Nordic and Baltic Journal of Information and Communication Technologies (NBICT); Chair of WGA in Wireless World Research Forum; Past dep. chair IEEE Denmark.


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