Technology & Innovation

A strategic C-suite playbook for navigating the 5G world

July 13, 2020


July 13, 2020

Emily Wasik

Senior editor

Based across three continents – in NYC, Berlin, London, and Brisbane, Australia – Emily has spent the past 14 years working as an editorial lead, intelligence consultant, research analyst, journalist and trend forecaster. She has worked for global media powerhouses from the likes of Huffington Post and VICE Media to business intelligence firms and innovation labs like PSFK and KKLD to Fortune 500 companies from Coca Cola to MINI.

Emily specialises in identifying white space opportunities, finding the stories worth telling, and creating a heightened level of awareness about how the world is changing and the opportunities to be seized. She has presented at various conferences around the world and used to be the host of her own creative intelligence podcast.

At Economist Impact, she has led various research programs – from conception to creation and cross-platform execution – across innovation, tech, healthcare, workforce, education and sustainability, and the pivotal nexus where all these things intersect.

Emily studied interdisciplinary creativity (journalism, public relations, marketing and creative writing) at Queensland University of Technology, and international business (minoring in economics and anthropology) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She can speak fluent German and has spent 12 years learning Japanese.

Today, 5G presents telecom companies with their own opportunity to be the envelope-pushing pioneers at the forefront of this new chapter.

About the research

Today telecom operators are fortifying their 5G efforts by buying spectrum, filing patents and creating test labs to explore use cases. They are forging development partnerships with the likes of tower companies, infrastructure and cloud providers, municipal authorities, broadcasters, manufacturers and software start-ups. 

Now their challenge is to move from experimenting with 5G technologies to developing viable business models. But what will the new revenue streams encompass and how will experimentation be balanced with commercial strategy? What new mindsets, cultures and attitudes will 5G engender as partnerships across diverse sectors and backgrounds are formed? And, crucially, what security implications will arise? 

This briefing paper, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by VMware, presents a playbook for the telecom C-suite on how to harness the business opportunities that 5G will unleash and develop actionable strategies to gain a competitive edge. It draws on comprehensive desk research and expert interviews with the following telecom industry leaders and academics: 

  • Alex Choi: senior vice-president of research and technology innovation at  Deutsche Telekom 
  • Laxmi Akkaraju: chief strategy officer at GSMA
  • Jennifer Gill Didoni: head of Cloud Portfolio Management at Vodafone Business 
  • Mischa Dohler: chair professor of wireless communications at King’s College London

Emily Wasik is the editor of the report. The author is Adam Green. 

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