The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc to almost every single industry out there and over the past few months, the pressure has been on for telecom operators and vendors to take it upon themselves to ensure efficient connectivity and to help businesses function and navigate the ‘new normal’.

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As the world comes to terms with the effects of COVID-19, telecommunication providers have certainly proved just how crucial they are to the functioning of everyday life, and, even amidst this major disruption, there is now a real opportunity for operators to gain service and reputational ground with customers.

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The coronavirus pandemic is a humanitarian crisis that continues to take a tragic toll on people’s lives. There’s no denying it is also acting as a catalyst for change on a scale not seen before.

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Notes from the Chief Editor

5G is set to be commercially deployed. Commercial testing from the USA, Canada, Asia and the Middle East is running frequently. Telecom operators and vendors alike are excited about 5G deployment and expect it will bring their businesses up and running again.

A lot of promises are coming with 5G. Operators are looking for increased data traffic, sales and super-high speed which will allow consumers to use more data, especially when video streaming. Vendors are looking for new deployment as 4G markets are almost saturated, and the 5G will increase their businesses.

But, how smooth will the shift be from 4G to 5G? Who is ready for the technical and regulatory challenges, and for the adoption of new prices? How will consumers embrace 5G in terms of upgrading their packages?

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