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If 5G is the answer, what is the question?

John Aloy, Head of Public Sector Strategic Sales at O2, looks at what 5G can really deliver.

Do you hear, time and time again, about how 5G is the answer, even when you haven’t yet agreed what the question is? Or maybe when you’re not even talking directly about connectivity?

Working in the tech industry, it can be frustrating having tech-led conversations rather than helping those in the real world look at how 5G can help transform their businesses or public services. Beyond that, it can even open up opportunities for improved outcomes for the whole of the UK, potentially transforming every sector it touches.

5G is not just about robots carrying out open heart surgery from the other side of the planet, or autonomous trucks racing around the country delivering the latest toys before Christmas. Some of the best use cases I’ve heard sound perhaps less exciting, but really have the ability to move the dial on the economy, like more efficient maintenance equipment or even sensors in railway sleepers looking to extend the life of a piece of wood.  These are the real changes that’ll change the world and bring about the sci-fi enabled future that we were promised as children.

Working closely with our partners in 5PRING, WM5G, Deloitte, Wayra and the Digital Catapult, we’ve built something special. We’ve developed a really exciting set of programmes providing education, technology and business process advice together with a physical infrastructure that’s unrivalled anywhere in the UK.

Here you have the chance to learn about what 5G really is, what it can do and what it can’t.  It has the power to connect buildings, transport and services in ways we’ve never seen, completely revolutionising everything, from the way traffic flows on our roads, to the way we receive health care.

We clear up a lot of the uncertainty and doubt about what the art of the possible is. We can help you turn that knowledge into ideas, refine it into a business case and then create something tangible – a prototype for your organisation.

What’s more, this is all entirely complementary. We, along with our partners, have invested in this programme and the West Midlands region to really help supercharge the adoption that will help support economic recovery and maybe even find that next unicorn.

What about timings? From start to finish, the programme will take you about four months, from the first educational programme though to graduating with a working prototype. By the end of your journey, you’ll have the knowledge and the tools to answer your burning questions about 5G, as well as a clear business case as to how this will help you better serve your customers.

So, we know enough about 5G to believe it really is the answer. Let us help you find the right questions for your business. To find out more, visit our dedicated 5PRING website or feel free to reach out to the team to learn more.



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