We are approaching a new chapter in the evolution of high speed wireless networks with the introduction of 5G technology. This innovation will dramatically improve the way we communicate with connections at least 40 times faster and four times greater capacity than 4G LTE.
5G technology will have major economic implications, in our region and beyond. According to various studies, the emergence of 5G will create 3 million new jobs, $500 billion in GDP, and $275 billion in private investment in the U.S. alone. According to some global forecasts, the 5G infrastructure market is estimated to reach $2.86 billion in 2020 before skyrocketing to $33.72 billion by 2026.
20.4 Billion Devices Connected by 2020
$500B in Gross Domestic Product
 Accenture Strategy: “Smart Cities: How 5G Can Help Municipalities become Vibrant Smart Cities” : https://api.ctia.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/how-5g-can-help-municipalities-become-vibrant-smart-cities-accenture.pdf
 NENA, 9-1-1 Association: “9-1-1 Statistics”: https://www.nena.org/?page=911Statistics
 Research and Markets: “5G Infrastructure Market – Global Forecast to 2026” : https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4nlzgl/5g_infrastructure
The PA Partnership for 5G began as an effort to inform the public about the future of connectivity and its merits for Pennsylvania. Our mission is two-fold: to educate Pennsylvanians about 5G technology and the infrastructure required to support it; and advocate for statewide legislation that serves to promote small cell deployment throughout the Commonwealth.
The House version of the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act (HB 1621) – was introduced on June 14, 2021. Senate companion legislation (SB 769) was introduced on June 15, 2021. Both bills were approved by the committees to which they were referred and are awaiting further action in both Chambers.
Upon passage, the bill would create a legislative framework for the deployment of small cell nodes, the backbone of 5G technology. While 5G devices and networks are expected to be commercially available beginning in 2019, Pennsylvania currently lacks the infrastructure to access 5G technology.
Both HB 1621 and SB 769 aim to set standards for fees, provide a streamlined permitting process and encourage an environment which enables small cell deployment. Currently, 5G deployment is dependent upon the rules and ordinances set forth by each individual municipality in the Commonwealth, rather than one, uniform statewide process.
The PA Partnership for 5G was formed in May of 2019 and has grown to include more than 50 organizations, businesses, non-profits, and trade associations that all recognize the positive impact that 5G technology will have on their industry, clients, customers, and employees.
Members of the PA Partnership for 5G in the Capital Rotunda