5G Technology Is Fantastic, But Can We Afford It?

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Wednesday November 8 11:00am EDT | 10:00am CDT


Professor William Webb, CEO Webb Search


About the Webinar

The 5G community has set out a beguiling vision of a communications network that is faster, higher capacity, lower latency and able to manage a wide diversity of traffic. But achieving this will require massive investment in small cells, backhaul, new core networks, mobile edge computing and much more. This comes at a time when mobile operators are mostly seeing revenue fall and profitability reduce and are cutting back on investment as a result. 5G proponents are looking to enterprise for new revenue streams, but is this feasible and are there alternatives such as dense Wi-Fi and standalone IoT solutions that could deliver more cost-effectively? This webinar will look at the economics behind 5G and show that there are funding gaps to bridge in many areas.


Webb ConventionalAbout the Speaker

William is an independent consultant at Webb Search and CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing a new M2M technology. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was IET President 2014-2015. William has published 15 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey, Southampton and Trinity College Dublin Universities, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities.