MWC 2018 heralds the era of ‘intelligent connectivity’


The Director General of the GSMA has said he believes two themes – 5G and Artificial Intelligence – would define the “most ambitious and exciting MWC yet” and help usher in an era of “intelligent connectivity.”

Speaking in a keynote at the event, Mats Granryd cited recent deployments at the 2018 Winter Olympics and the accelerated schedule for commercial rollouts as evidence of the shift.

He said that by 2025, there would be 1.2 billion connections and 5G networks would cover 40 percent of the world’s population, helping power new technologies such as augmented and virtual realities.

Intelligent Connectivity Era

But it is AI which will benefit the most from 5G, he argued, adding that the concept has been around for decades but it is only the advances in machine learning and adoption of smartphones that have made it a reality. Superfast 5G connectivity, he said, was the final piece of the jigsaw.

“To be truly life changing, AI needs hyper-connectivity with ultra-high speed and ultra-low latency,” he said. “We will move into an area when we connect everything and everyone intelligently. “Voice will replace the screens that dominate our lives today.”

The GSMA has always promoted the mobile industry as a positive force for society and Granryd stated his belief that mobile networks can help tackle inequalities, the environment and disasters.

This article was sourced fromTechRadar

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