Joyce Hakmeh is a Senior Research Fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House and the Co-Editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy. Joyce leads Chatham House’s work on cyber policy issues where she provides regular analysis on issues that sit at the nexus between technology and geopolitics. She has a background in international law and has worked for the UN and other international organizations.
While COVID-19 has caused delays in 5G implementation, the crisis also underscored the importance of its swift and effective deployment. Business leaders and scientists from the G20 member states have voiced the urgent need to improve digital infrastructure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting that 5G is key to future economic recovery. How can policymakers overcome procedural roadblocks and resistant stakeholders and allow 5G to play a significant role in the post-pandemic recovery?