This morning Eric Levander, General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Global Sales at Intel, gave a lively presentation on the London Tech Week Headline Stage at TechXLR8.
He looked at the digital transformation and disruption which is sweeping through every industry whether they like it or not. "If you aren't reinventing yourself, then someone else is doing it for you."
Levander drew attention to some of the ways digital is impacting us personally and changing what it means to be a citizen, giving the examples of e-citizenship in Estonia and 1-click tax returns in his native Sweden.
After so many years of talking about 5G and beginning to do trials, Levander said it is great to finally see it start to take shape. Intel are demonstrating their VR technology here at 5G World and he is excited to see this and many other use cases of 5G develop. He emphasised that whilst previous generations have had narrower goals, "5G is so much more than just another G. It's not just about personal productivity, this is about everything else."
Levander spoke about the steps Intel are taking in moving towards a 5G future, in continuing to develop smaller, cheaper, faster less power-hungry transistors, but urged that in is not individual technological advancements that will bring 5G to life. "5G is not just about the radio interface, you have to maintain an end to end view from cloud to client." By looking at the use cases we can develop the next generation network that consumers and industries want and need.
"5G is so multi-faceted," Levander said. "We have to make sure we collaborate. We can't do everything on our own."