A new report by Oxford Economics, commissioned by Qualcomm Incorporated, found that 5G integration using mmWave spectrum has the potential to boost global productivity by 1.7% of global GDP in 2030 – equivalent to 10% of global GDP growth in this period.
These productivity gains are enabled through 5G’s enhanced capabilities—faster speeds, lower latency and greater traffic capacity—which will continue to unlock value across industries through new use cases, applications and services.
As a part of this study, we also surveyed executives in key markets and found that businesses are investing in anticipation of the potential benefits from 5G technology, and a majority have already started realising improvements in the speed and accuracy of their operations.
5G is also expected to be the platform for future technologies such as AI and IoT. Almost two-thirds of the executives surveyed for this study said that 5G influenced their decision to adopt IoT or cloud in their businesses, and 70% said they believed they would fall behind competition without 5G.
Other benefits of 5G technologies include greater social equity due to increased opportunities, increased remote work possibilities, encouragement of investments in technologies such as AI and IoT, and expanded access to education and health care services.
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Anubhav and Matt, members of the Economic Consulting and Thought Leadership teams, are world leaders in quantitative economic analysis and original, evidence-based research, working with clients around the globe and across sectors to build models, forecast markets, run extensive surveys, and evaluate interventions using state-of-the art techniques.
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