COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of telecommunications and the need to have resilient infrastructure capable of ensuring a seamless experience in light of the rise of remote experiences’ trend. EY published recently a study entitled “Top 10 risks in telecommunications” which sees failure to maintain network resilience in a post-pandemic world emerge as the most pressing challenge for the industry. Telecom Review spoke to Tom Loozen, EY global telecommunications leader, to discuss the outcomes of the study and highlight its main findings.

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Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East Region, discusses the future of the ICT sector in rebuilding post-pandemic economies and bringing digital to every person home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world

Read more: Building a smarter tomorrow on the back of a sustainable ICT sector

The first half of 2020 has been nothing short of transformational for several industries as businesses everywhere had to adapt in order to survive. Thanks to the ICT sector, many businesses have managed to stay afloat and new solutions were even created in an effort to ease customer business operations and manage consumer expectations.

Read more: Rosenberger’s Vick Mamlouk expresses confidence in future of ICT sector

Notes from the Chief Editor

Last week, I was at MWC in Shanghai and 5G was at the center of all  discussions. The main vendors for 5G innovation - from Huawei and ZTE, to Nokia and Ericsson - were present at full capacity to show 5G’s capabilities and what to expect in the near future. It was a real 5G special edition by the GSMA!

The 5G recipe
Everyone is awaiting the full advent of 5G as it will provide the best capacity for all IoT devices such as smart sensors in all fields: health, artificial intelligence testing, smart agriculture, education, public security, utilities, smart meters, video surveillance, self-driving car, cars for disabled people and much more. Most importantly, with 5G, all applications will take place in real time, with no latency. 

Some 5G devices are already available from Huawei and other Chinese handset/smartphone manufacturers. WiFi smart routers and smart sensors are also now available.

5G ready: Asia is leading

There is no doubt that Asia is the most ready for 5G. And it’s not just about commercial announcements, but consumers have already started enjoying 5G speeds and ultra-connectivity, and the intelligent connectivity driving smart devices.