IoT is not just a technology; it is a business strategy, according to Craig Price, SVP mobility products and marketing, PCCW Global, who spoke to Telecom Review about the company’s IoT roadmap and the relevance of its Console Connect platform in the era of 5G and IoT.

Read more: PCCW Global providing end-to-end IoT connectivity

With 5G wireless networks continuing to be deployed in 2020, the issue of 5G cybersecurity remains a huge area of uncertainty. Despite telcos’ enthusiasm to roll out the network as quickly as possible, Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, stresses that security is not a feature that should be added after the design of a product or service, but rather as an integral part of the design process. He believes that building secure products from the ground-up requires a strong reliance on a root of trust.

Read more: “The era of secure, private and ethical by design is here,” says TELUS CTO

The digital revolution has exposed abundant value opportunities for companies to raise efficiency and develop new kinds of products, services, and business models. Accenture is the engine to help transform businesses and leverage the new technologies that are disrupting the industry as we know it. Only by building strong innovation capabilities, can companies successfully make the wise pivot and manage disruption. Xavier Anglada is the Strategy & Consulting lead for Accenture in the MENA region, and is leading his team in harnessing the power of innovation and disruption in the digital era. Telecom Review sat down with Anglada to explore how disruption is playing out in the Middle East, and how companies can leverage new digital technologies to power through their digital transformation journey.

Read more: Accenture’s Xavier Anglada on harnessing digital disruption

Notes from the Chief Editor

For many years, the ITU and GSMA were calling for access to the internet and connectivity to be considered a human right. However, it is access to technology that has to be a human right. All populations around the world should have an equal opportunity to use technology.

We all know that technology adoption has changed societies for the better and has saved lives. Today, political interference with the technology industry does not affect companies, but rather affects consumers – the end users mostly.

The US ban on Chinese technology companies, the ban of VoIP apps in many countries and of social media in others, have made access to technology unequal and unfair. 

Of course, many governments have said that the ban is for security reasons, given that many social media platforms can be used for nefarious purposes; no need for examples as they are numerous.

But, why won’t this issue be regulated on a global level? Many countries use alternative platforms. Consumers in China use WeChat instead of WhatsApp and they have their own google platform. In Russia, consumers use their own platform of Facebook. The UAE has its own legal VoIP app, etc.

Why does the deployment of 5G networks in the USA or Australia cost so much more than other countries? Because the market is not open, and this means consumers pay extra. Why can Canadians buy the Huawei P30, but their US neighbors cannot? Why is it that if we’re only looking at security issues (if there are any), we can’t keep politics away?

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