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Globally, 5G has the potential to add 12 trillion dollars to the economy and create 22 million jobs by 2035. Monaco has adopted this technology, which opens up a multitude of prospects.

In summer 2019, Monaco became the first state to achieve full 5G network coverage. The roll-out of this fifth generation mobile telephony standard by operator Monaco Telecom and its longstanding partner Huawei seeks to address the saturation of the 4G network in the face of rapidly expanding usage.

A highly controlled regulatory and health framework surrounds the introduction of this technology: the maximum limit for exposure to radiation in the Principality is below that of the strictest European standards (6 V/m).

At least 10 times faster and more powerful than 4G, 5G technology will facilitate the integration of digital into every sector of the Monegasque economy: energy, health, the media, industry, transport, and so on.

Among the new digital applications that 5G will open up are the development of remote surgery and driverless vehicles.

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Numerous other applications are already envisaged. Monaco’s Fire and Emergency Service hopes to use the technology to improve its responsiveness and victims’ chances of survival.

Firefighters are getting ready to use surveillance drones equipped with high-definition cameras, and a pre-diagnostic app that is connected to the hospital and can be used at the scene of an accident.

After “2G, which was the spearhead of this mini-revolution in our wireless communications, […] 3G, which introduced the era of mobile internet […] and 4G, which transformed our phones into actual computers and led to the emergence of a platform economy […] in Monaco, 5G is the promise of a better quality of life for everyone and some incredible economic opportunities,” says Frédéric Genta, Country Chief Digital Officer.

The 5G roll-out is the first pillar of the Smart Principality, as part of the #ExtendedMonaco programme.


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© Michael Alesi

The health of Monaco’s residents is our priority. The comprehensive adoption of the ANSES and WHO standards on exposure to electromagnetic radiation and the creation of the strictest standards in Europe offer proof of this commitment.

Frédéric Genta, Country Chief Digital Office, at the 5G launch on 9 July.

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