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March 20, 2018

This Week in 5G: SXSW, The Rise of Smart Manufacturing .

Ariz Matute
Director, Digital Strategy

Welcome back to our weekly roundup of news and updates on the next generation of wireless. Here are five highlights in “This Week in 5G”.

5G…By the Numbers
Last week, CTIA released the results of a new Accenture analysis, showing how modernizing federal reviews of new wireless infrastructure could significantly lower the cost to deploy 5G networks by $1.6 billion over 9 years. You can read more findings and download the full report here.

SXSW: 5G & VR Storytelling
Film, music, and interactive media converged in Austin this past week for the annual South by Southwest festival and conference. While brands have always used the event to showcase the latest technologies, one notable keynote discussed how upcoming 5G wireless networks will “help to mainstream VR, untethering users and bringing VR experiences to mobile devices.”

The Rise of Smart Manufacturing
We know that many business sectors will benefit greatly from faster wireless technologies, including transportation, healthcare, and energy. FierceWireless has this explainer on how AT&T, Qualcomm and others see ‘smart manufacturing’ as a 5G opportunity. Smart Manufacturing of the future will help to reduce network construction, and maintenance costs, while significantly boosting both productivity and safety.

Meet the ‘5G Crusader’
Last Monday, Axios published a Q&A with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr – “FCC’s 5G Crusader”. Reflecting on his recent trip through the Shenandoah Valley, Carr writes, “I got to see first-hand how the FCC’s proposed order will result in more broadband and in turn greater economic opportunity and jobs for communities across the Commonwealth and the country.”

What to Watch for
On Thursday the FCC will consider a proposal to modernize federal reviews of new wireless infrastructure deployments. CTIA President & CEO Meredith Attwell Baker, in a recent op-ed, said: “… the federal government has a unique opportunity to jumpstart wireless investment and move the U.S. one step closer to winning the global race to 5G wireless.”

Our eyes will be on next week’s FCC Open Meeting. Be sure to check back next week for a recap from the meeting, as well as more 5G news and developments.

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