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Markers and milestones

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be the world’s cheerleader for 5G

Intel drone light show at the opening of the Winter Olympics 2018, PyeongChang
Intel drone light show at the opening of the Winter Olympics 2018, PyeongChang

Like the snowflakes that have arrived in Barcelona, upgrades, innovation, and milestones have been swirling about in the halls of the Fira Gran Via at this year’s Mobile World Congress as many of our stories this week show. Indeed, on the lead up to the show, the world’s first 5G call was completed by Vodafone and Huawei. As the world teeters on the outskirts of this rather provocative and undoubtedly transformational technology (essential for AI, robots, and drones anything needing to transmit large amounts of data in real time), February 2018 will go down as another step along the way in its delivery, not only for MWC but also for the Winter Olympics at PyeongChang, where 5G was showcased prominently with technology from Intel, Ericsson, and Samsung.


However, the year of years for 5G is probably 2020 with the roll-out of commercial standards and networks expected, and the Tokyo Olympics acting as its prominent cheerleader with talk of a Toyota flying car lighting the Olympic torch. Book your tickets now.


All this talk of Olympic activity leads me to audience participation time. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, we’re running a quick survey about attitudes towards cloud-based platforms for smart city services, which will form part of a white paper to be launched in April. All participants automatically get put into a prize draw as a thank-you, and you can win an Amazon Gift Voucher. Who dares, wins!



Melony Rocque

Launch editor

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