In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our telecoms experts with guest speaker Raphaël de Cormis, VP from Thales Digital Factory, will discuss how the crisis has changed the development of 5G.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on the 11th of March 2020. The past six months has shown the importance of investing in the digital economy as a whole and the development of 5G as a network to support this.
It was recently revealed that at the height of nationwide and local lockdowns, nearly 1.5 billion schoolchildren were affected by school closures worldwide. With workers advised by governments to ‘work from home if they can’, access to fast, reliable internet connection became a necessity and whilst countries such as South Korea or China are well equipped in terms of fibre and 5G networks, a number of countries in the EU are not, with many homes still relying on local networks of copper wires and internet connectivity notoriously slow outside major cities.
In the wake of this crisis, investing in the development of an extensive and reliable 5G network has become absolutely critical to both ensure that member states can continue to function in the event of a ‘second wave’ but also to assist in the economic recovery of the continent which will be highly digitally driven.