There are several studies that try to show the economic impact of the implementation of Next Generation Networks and in Portugal several figures have already been used. APDC is now contributing with another analysis, in a study commissioned from The Boston Consulting Group that was revealed today at the Predictions & Broadband Summit conference that is taking place in Lisbon.
In this study, the economic and social impacts to be extracted from the Next Generation Networks, directly and indirectly, accounted for 3 billion euros, which represents 1.8% of the Gross Domestic Product within 3 to 5 years. In addition to direct investments in infrastructure, which amount to 1.9 billion euros, the analysis includes indirect investments of over one billion euros and additional benefits, such as cost and service reductions.
According to this analysis, there is also the impact resulting from the creation of 15 to 20 thousand permanent and qualified jobs, although in the infrastructure implementation and service development phase, 40 to 45 thousand professionals should be involved.
Xavier Martin, CEO of Oni and coordinator of this study, recalls that New Generation Networks are not going to change the world on their own, but can materialize a change in various areas of the knowledge society. The idea of the study was to go beyond the vision of telecommunications, identifying 26 services that can be enhanced by RNG and that are presented in three places.
“There is a potential for disruptive growth [com as RNG], but it is necessary to combine two factors: if we do it well and quickly Portugal gains a competitive advantage and can attract foreign investment and create valuable services, and it is necessary to have new business models and disruptive services “, justifies the study coordinator.
Although stressing that it is not easy, Xavier Martin believes that it is necessary to capitalize on the opportunities that the new generation networks offer, also defending that it is worth taking risks and remembering that those who intend to innovate in a favorable context are typically late and that normally the main impediments to innovation are in the leadership of the company.
The study presented today should only be concluded in September, now opening space for the participation of all interested entities with contributions on the topic.
For now, there are also the contributions of dozens of companies and entities in the sector with the presentation of proofs of concept of services supported by RNG for different areas, from electronic government to health and safety.