5G ecosystem critical but incomplete if key players missing

5G ecosystem

Damien Dujacquier, senior partner at Roland Berger, firmly believes that, unlike previous technologies, 5G will roll out in Asia first – led by China, Korea and Japan. Also, he says that the big thing about the 5G ecosystem is that it’s not only about communications – it will become an enabler much like IT, and it will involve all industries. It is revolutionary because it will enable massive IoT rollouts and bring reliability and latency to the market.

Because 5G will provide the infrastructure that supports all other industry sectors, it will require collaboration between sectors to realize the most benefits. Open systems will be key, and network security will be an issue not only for the network operators, but also for all players in the ecosystem. Nobody is going to regulate security at a global level.

That said, it will be up to governments and regulators in each region to define safeguards. With regard to data security, nobody really knows who is doing what – and they’re not necessarily perceiving the bigger picture. Some governments understandably perceive data security as an issue, but what should be of greater concern is “life security” where live data is being used for things like autonomous vehicles and sensors monitoring health, etc.

In an interview with Disruptive.Asia, Dujacquier argues that governments and regulators should facilitate 5G innovation through cooperation, not stifle it with excessive regulation and zero-sum mentalities. In fact, cooperation is absolutely essential precisely because the 5G ecosystem needs to involve all parties for it to succeed.

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  1. Found that very interesting – some it reminded me of a theme I was blundering around a year or so ago when I was wondering if 5G was actually a telecoms thing at all (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/idle-thoughts-6-5g-really-telecoms-thing-robert-machin/).
    Seems to me that what many of these discussions lack is an analysis of, or even a vision of, what a future IoT might look like. Working back from that to a definition of 5G and its importance as an enabler to that vision would be helpful, taking 5G out of the realm of the abstract and speculative somewhat. I sense it’s in the heads of some smart people – but I’m not really finding it expressed anywhere.
    Loving the soup-strainer, Tony – very dapper.

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