IoT is not just a technology; it is a business strategy, according to Craig Price, SVP mobility products and marketing, PCCW Global, who spoke to Telecom Review about the company’s IoT roadmap and the relevance of its Console Connect platform in the era of 5G and IoT.

Pin It
Read more: PCCW Global providing end-to-end IoT connectivity

With 5G wireless networks continuing to be deployed in 2020, the issue of 5G cybersecurity remains a huge area of uncertainty. Despite telcos’ enthusiasm to roll out the network as quickly as possible, Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, stresses that security is not a feature that should be added after the design of a product or service, but rather as an integral part of the design process. He believes that building secure products from the ground-up requires a strong reliance on a root of trust.

Pin It
Read more: “The era of secure, private and ethical by design is here,” says TELUS CTO

The digital revolution has exposed abundant value opportunities for companies to raise efficiency and develop new kinds of products, services, and business models. Accenture is the engine to help transform businesses and leverage the new technologies that are disrupting the industry as we know it. Only by building strong innovation capabilities, can companies successfully make the wise pivot and manage disruption. Xavier Anglada is the Strategy & Consulting lead for Accenture in the MENA region, and is leading his team in harnessing the power of innovation and disruption in the digital era. Telecom Review sat down with Anglada to explore how disruption is playing out in the Middle East, and how companies can leverage new digital technologies to power through their digital transformation journey.

Pin It
Read more: Accenture’s Xavier Anglada on harnessing digital disruption

Notes from the Chief Editor
Typography

Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly and it has been a hot topic at worldwide ICT discussions, including the focus of the impressive ITU event in Geneva early June. It is expected that AI's importance will rapidly accelerate science and technology; this will drive large-scale businesses and industries, and also enable the creation of entirely new sectors in ICT. In turn, this will make AI smarter, faster, more reliable and secure.

Artificial intelligence, along with other key science and technology developments, will help transform the interest of the global economy to the ICT sector. However, this comes with concerns from analysts.

Artificial intelligence will impact many fields, not only ICT, but also others such as autonomous vehicles, connected cars, smart sensors, smart detectors, self-replicating machines, personal health management systems and equipment, etc.

There are concerns about the impact of AI from a social, economic and human resources perspective. This is because if every firm replaces a large part of its human workforce with smart software and robots, unemployment levels will rise. Estimates vary from 28 to 70 percent or more in the next few years.

How can we replace these lost jobs? Who will create more jobs? What is the influence on other sectors? If people are unable to earn an income, there is less consumer spending and the entire earn vs. spend ecosystem will be damaged and a social crisis could arise.

Say, artificial intelligence does not get deployed soon. Inevitably, it is imminent and those concerned must remain prepared to face the changes its impact will have in all fields and at every level.

Pin It
Advertisement