Shubhendu Parth (sp): What is your outlook on 5g for the enterprises?
Magnus Ewerbring (ME): I am overwhelmed with the interest that the world has for 5G. Of course, it depends on country to country and where they are in terms of licensing and roll-out, and so on. But the direction has been very clear. When compared to the other Gs, the big change now is that the industries are really geared up for using 5G. The earlier technologies –3G and 4G – introduced data for consumers and unleashed a lot of potentials. Now we are taking a step to offer networks that enterprises can embrace. On the 5G front, Ericsson is serving operators which are live in four continents now. We comprise the only 5G bands that are commercial. We have been very early here. We are also present in North America, Europe, Asia, and in the Middle East. We have 40 live networks across the world and there are more to come.
SP: So which sectors, you think, would emerge to be the early adopters? Also, where is the industry, as of now, on the adoption curve?
ME: It may be a bit hard to say who are the early adopters but I can say where the potential is based on the study we conducted to understand the value of 5G for enterprises in 2030. Starting with the largest ones, these will be healthcare, manufacturing, energy, utilities, automotive, public safety, and media and entertainment. The first five are the dominant ones.
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