The mobile industry is embarking on the transition to fifth-generation (5G) technology, which builds on the achievements of 4G while also creating new opportunities for innovation. 5G is ushering in a new era that will see connectivity become increasingly fluid and flexible.

This four-week course covers the key aspects of 5G technology and examines the role governments and regulators can play in helping unlock the benefits of future 5G services for their citizens.

Course Objectives

  • Learn about the underlying technologies and concepts associated with 5G.
  • Discover the key differences between 5G and previous generations of mobile technology.
  • Understand how governments and regulators can help accelerate the development of 5G technology and services in their countries.

Course Enrolment Criteria

This course is open to:

  • Regulators
  • Policymakers
  • Representatives from academia and international organisations working on regulatory or policy issues

We cannot accept applications from individuals working in the private sector or those not involved in policy or regulation.

Course Completion Certificates

All of our courses are certified by the United Kingdom Telecoms Academy (UKTA) and can be used as evidence of professional development.

To qualify for a course completion certificate, you must view all the course sessions and answer correctly all the quiz questions you will find as you progress through the sessions. You will also need to fill out the course survey.

You do not have to complete a final project to earn a course completion certificate but we strongly encourage you to create one. Putting together a final project will give you an opportunity to reflect on the principles covered during the course and help you discover how they could be applied to your own country. If you submit a final project the course trainer will provide you with valuable feedback that you may find useful in your day-to-day work.

Course Structure and Study Time

The course consists of four sessions and you will gain access to all of them on the course start date. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the content of the course during two live chat sessions as well as on the course forum.

It should not take you more than two to three hours of study time per week to complete the course in four weeks. You will have, however, seven weeks to complete it. If after seven weeks you have not completed the course, you will have to start it again next time it is offered.

If you decide to submit a final project, it will probably take you four to six hours to put it together. You will have seven weeks to submit your final project.


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Duration: 4 weeks
Start date:
16 November 2023

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Faisal Zia
Technical Director

Faisal is responsible for GSMA Foundry, which looks at driving innovation and addressing the telco industry’s significant challenges in the 5G era. Subject matter expert in 5G, energy efficiency, AI and automation, backhaul and new applications in infrastructure sharing.

Faisal has over ten years of experience in IT and telecoms, leading commercial and technical initiatives in 5G, emerging technology, technology strategy, and more recent leading portfolios such as Network Economics, RCS, Telco Cloud and Multi-Access Edge Computing.



Kinya Mugaine
Insights Manager

Kinya works on the GSMA’s Capacity Building program and manages the development and delivery of training content to regulators and policymakers worldwide. Prior to joining the GSMA, Kinya worked with international NGOs, including UN-Habitat. There she worked on their Participatory Slum Upgrading program and public institutions, focusing on urban renewal and redevelopment, including the Directorate of Housing and Slum Upgrading in Meru, Kenya. She holds an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Land Economics from the University of Nairobi.

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