1. What are the major trends influencing the evolution of the technology sector right now?
The big talking point right now has to be 5G. That’s because this will be the year that the new mobile data technology begins its transition from theory to practical application. Operators are starting to plan and build their networks, and we will see the first 5G-compatible equipment coming onto the market. 5G is also a significant building block in many of the other technology trends that already underway, such as the internet of things and the development of connected cars and new mobility solutions.
2. Where do you believe that 5G will have the greatest impact?
It’s too early to say! We know that the demand for mobile data services is continuing to grow extremely rapidly, and 5G will play an important part in fulfilling that demand, alongside continued investment in today’s networks. Plenty of existing and new cases are out there that will benefit from the speed and capacity offered by 5G, everything from advanced manufacturing systems to remote medicine. Nevertheless, it’s also true that the “killer app” for 5G technology has not yet emerged. As with previous generations of communications technology, the most significant applications may surprise us all.
3. Do you believe 5G technology will have important implications for the logistics industry?
There’s broad consensus that business and industry will drive the adoption of 5G technology rather than consumers, at least in the early stages. I’m sure that logistics is one of the industries that will find innovative applications. We deal with complex networks of physical assets and large quantities of data, which is exactly where business and industry expect 5G to have a significant impact. Potential applications range from improved track-and-trace technologies to warehouse automation and eventually autonomous vehicles.
Published: April 2019