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Enterprises Need to Cut Through the Hype Of 5G And Understand Its Applications for Them: MetTel’s CTO, Ed Fox

Smart Industry News:

In the next two years, which emerging technology do you think has the potential to transform the telecommunications sector in the US? 5G, IoT, Blockchain or any other? Why?

5G is transformational, we just need to cut through the hype of what’s real and what’s not. 5G is so different from other one-step wireless generation deployments (i.e. 3G, 4G etc.) as for the first time what’s leading the marketing hype is the applications and not the technology. 5G’s promise, at least how it is being marketed today, is contingent upon an enormous amount of tech innovation on both the consumer and the business side. There is a confluence of a handful of technologies that are enabling the 5G wireless network revolution but the focus is undoubtedly on the enabling of applications (driverless cars, remote robotic surgery, AR/VR etc.)  In the past, 4G, for example, was new speed and smartphones and the applications were built post wireless transformation. Enterprises really need guidance from someone they trust to cut through the hype and tell them why, when and for what they really need 5G and when lower-cost connectivity will still meet their objectives.

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