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Surveying 5G Techno-Economic Research to Inform the Evaluation of 6G Wireless Technologies

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posted on 18.01.2022, 23:25 authored by Edward OughtonEdward Oughton, William Lehr

Techno-economic assessment is a fundamental technique engineers use for evaluating new communications technologies. However, despite the techno-economics of the fifth cellular generation (5G) being an active research area, it is surprising there are few comprehensive evaluations of this growing literature. With mobile network operators deploying 5G across their networks, it is therefore an opportune time to appraise current accomplishments and review the state-of-the-art. Such insight can inform the flurry of 6G research papers currently underway and help engineers in their mission to provide affordable high-capacity, low-latency broadband connectivity, globally. The survey discusses emerging trends from the 5G techno-economic literature and makes five key recommendations for the design and standardization of Next Generation 6G wireless technologies.

Funding

National Science Foundation 2037777

IMF Digital Infrastructure Costing Estimator (DICE)

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Email Address of Submitting Author

eoughton@gmu.edu

ORCID of Submitting Author

0000-0002-2766-008X

Submitting Author's Institution

George Mason University

Submitting Author's Country

United States of America