inCITES Consulting at GSMA Mobile 360 Series
inCITES Consulting participated in the GSMA Mobile 360 series – Europe to share ideas and debate around Europe’s Digital Single Market agenda, the current status of the Connected Cars market and how to attract and retain female talent in ICT so to close the existing gender gap.
- Europe was a leader in 3G, a laggard in 4G and it is already lagging behind other regions in 5G
European telcos are calling for a regulatory framework that will incentivise private investments, support network co-investments and remove unnecessary burdens. Specifically, Orange’s deputy CEO gave Spain as an example of a country that lifted all the regulation on FTTx and that drove significant investment in the country from a multitude of players. The current unharmonized regulatory environment in Europe presents a high burden to the regional telcos and it has allowed countries in other regions to innovate and scale faster and get ready for the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution that 5G will enable.
- Satellites will play an important role in 5G
Except of providing connectivity to remote rural areas, backhaul and the required spectrum to address bandwidth-starving services, satellite communications offer a wide range of opportunities for new applications. To make these applications a reality we would need to integrate the satellites with other pioneering technologies such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, expert systems, pattern recognition and multi-agent systems. Three of the many benefits that satellites could bring to 5G are Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation with high precision and Satellite Communication to complement the fixed and mobile networks.
- 5G will unlock a whole variety of new use cases for Connected Cars
Some perceive the cars as the third big wave of things that we will connect as society, after computers and smartphones, which will drive significant economic growth. However, the ICT industry is no stranger to Connected Cars which have existed for over a decade now. 5G will enhance some existing use cases but primarily unlock a number of new ones inside and around the car. Car industry OEMs see many opportunities for connectivity and new business models ahead with the deployment of 5G networks though they believe that innovation will be hindered if and when the "Telecoms Code" gets applied to the Internet of Vehicles as it will limit their ability to monetize the data generated by them vehicles.