Public and private sector leaders and organizations within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) need to be prepared for the outstanding advantages and unprecedented threats that fifth-generation mobile technology (5G) will bring. The speed, scale, and responsiveness of 5G will revolutionize global telecommunications, but, as it expands the attack surface by bringing billions of new devices and connections online, it will also give rise to complex new security challenges.
Through ultra-reliable low-latency communications, 5G will empower the creation of an entirely new digital landscape and enable real-time functions like long-distance surgery and autonomous, networked vehicles. In addition to economic activity spurred by the building and operation of new 5G infrastructure, the productivity gains, novel services, and major innovations made possible by 5G technology will add an estimated $1.5 trillion annually to the global gross domestic product. To claim a place in the vanguard of the 5G revolution, nations and industries must situate themselves now to quickly leverage rapidly multiplying 5G opportunities while minimizing their exposure to 5G-related threats and vulnerabilities.