In our N-sight of 17 September 2019, we invited experts to share with us their perceptions of our mobile business, including the impact of 5G and of eSIMs for business, concerns about radiation and health, and much more.
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5G in industrial operations
An astounding 44% of industrial organisation have connectivity issues, complicated by:
said Frédéric Vander Sande, Vice President TMT, as he began the joint presentation with Stefaan Vyverman, Sr. Managing Consultant, of Capgemini.
And while companies are very aware that 5G is coming: there is less understanding of what it will mean for them. Stefaan explained that 5G will go beyond connectivity itself, to offer the first mobile business platform. This opens up the possibility of a wide range of services, many of which haven’t even been invented yet.
The level of interest, or ‘appetite’, for 5G varies by sector (slide 6): aerospace, defence, manufacturing and infrastructure show the highest eagerness to implement 5G in the next 2 years. Companies are also willing to pay more for 5G benefits – more than the telcos think (slide 7).
However, the road to 5G contains a lot of potholes and disruptions, Frédéric and Stefaan explain. Because of this, they don’t expect to see commercial 5G before 2022 (slides 8-9).
So where should companies be now in the 5G voyage? Now is the right time for the stakeholders – government, telcos and businesses – to prepare:
The future of mobile technologies
What are the megatrends to expect from mobile and intelligent technology? Fabrizio Cortesi, Director EU Policy and Strategy of Huawei, shared the company’s global vision of ubiquitous connectivity, pervasive intelligence, personalized experience and digital platform (slide 2).
There are 5 pillars that will enable 5G, he continued:
The real change (i.e. disruption) of 5G will be connectivity, Fabrizio shares: using the service and its Quality of Service requirements to determine what network configuration and structure to use (i.e. a virtual network slice).
5G is more than just another business, he emphasised: it will impact key economic issues including public services, agriculture, information and communications, transport, etc. The energy-efficiency of 5G will have a further socio-economic impact, touching everything from education, to food availability (slide 8).
Wrapping up, Fabrizio shared his conclusions:
eSIM: threat or opportunity for mobile operators?
We then turned from 5G to eSIMs, with Kristof Vanhuffel, Product Marketing Manager Mobile Connectivity,
of Telenet. eSIMs are not so new, Kristof began: they have been around since 2012 and mainly used for M2M applications. But they offer a lot of opportunities for consumers and for businesses (slide 6).
eSIMs make the activation flow much easier: with a QR code (physical or digital), an MNO app, GSMA Discovery Server… And they offer real benefits for consumers, as well as businesses and operators (slides 8-10).
But for operators there are also risks:
New opportunities await us in the near future, with devices that cost less, are smaller, are waterproof, and offer a '1 model fits all' concept. We’ll be seeing new players and business models, as well, while traditional industries will become connected (slide 13 highlights the use case of the automotive industry).
Health effects of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields
Electromagnetic radiation has increased around us, with the popularity and high adoption of smart and wireless devices (not just 5G), we learned from Prof. dr. ir. Guy Vandenbosch, Radiation Expert at KU Leuven. Research shows that it can impact our health (slide 23-27).
After explaining the technical aspects of EM fields, and the different technologies (from radio, to GSM, to DECT, etc.), Guy introduced a 'pragmatic' approach to the problem. Rather than ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Achievable), he recommends ALATA: As Low as Technically Achievable.
To conclude, Guy highlighted that ALATA levels are dynamic, and needs to be modified when our perception of ‘connectivity needs’ changes.
"#5G goes beyond connectivity to become the first mobile business platform". Frédéric Vander Sande and Stefaan Vyverman share their insights and conclusions on the potential impact of 5G. #MobileCommunications #Innovation #KnowledgeSharing @CapgeminiBE pic.twitter.com/ShlQpJ7Gyq— Beltug (@Beltug) September 17, 2019
5 pillars enabling #5G. Fabrizio Cortesi takes a dive into the future of #MobileCommunications. #Innovation #KnowledgeSharing #SDN #NetworkFunctionVirtualisation #NFV @HuaweiEU pic.twitter.com/HdBRZPyThI— Beltug (@Beltug) September 17, 2019
#eSIM, a world of opportunities, both for consumers and businesses. Kristof Vanhuffel explains. #SoftSIM #MobileCommunications #Innovation #KnowledgeSharing @TelenetEN @Telenet pic.twitter.com/7nEkYr9b1H— Beltug (@Beltug) September 17, 2019
So, how harmful really is the radiation of electromagnetic fields? Prof. Guy Vandenbosch shares his insights, scientifically based. #MobileCommunications #5G #4G #ElectromagneticRadiation #ALATA #Innovation #KnowledgeSharing @KU_Leuven pic.twitter.com/MFbvfrmvJz— Beltug (@Beltug) September 17, 2019
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