Capitalism vs. Corporatism: The American 5G Race—A Conversation With Declan Ganley

Smart cities, innovations in medicine, and next-generation defense technologies could all be realized through 5G internet.

But wireless entrepreneur Declan Ganley says the United States is losing the 5G race to communist China, and largely has itself to blame.

Ganley’s Rivada Networks wants to eliminate barriers to entering the wholesale 5G market by allowing anyone—smaller carriers, entire industries, even individual businesses—to buy 5G bandwidth through a new 24/7 marketplace.

Today’s one-off auctions only benefit a handful of big corporations with deep pockets, he says. And those corporations are using this advantage to crowd out competition, stifle innovation, and keep the price of internet high.

Declan Ganley is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Rivada Networks, a leading public safety communications business with operations in the United States and Europe. Ganley has been the founder of wireless broadband and cable TV businesses in western, central, and eastern Europe, including Broadnet, which deployed broadband wireless networks in ten EU countries, and Cabletel, with a cable multimedia network in Eastern Europe. He is the patented co-inventor of Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage technology.

Ganley served as chairman of the Forum on Public Safety in Europe and North America from 2005 to 2007, where senior leaders conferred to provide policy and implementation recommendations to governments, legislators, public safety, and defense entities in Europe and North America. He was an adviser on technology and terrorism to the Club De Madrid group of former heads of government and served as a member of the Futures Group of the Irish government’s Information Society Commission. He was awarded the JCI Entrepreneur of the Year title in 2001 and 2005.