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5G: The Future Is Now

February 11, 2020 AT&T Forum

On February 11, the AT&T Policy Forum hosted a discussion on the real-world examples of the creative ways businesses around the world are leveraging 5G technology to increase performance, information sharing, mobile connectivity, and innovation.

The event kicked off with a keynote address from Mo Katibeh, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Business Marketing.

Read our latest blog based on comments made by Mo Katibeh at the event.

A panel discussion followed, moderated by Steven Overly, Politico reporter, technology policy and industry. Panelists included:

  • John Godfrey, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Samsung
  • Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
  • Karen S. Rheuban, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, and Senior Associate Dean for CME & External Affairs Director, UVA Center for Telehealth
  • Shailesh Prakash, Chief Information Officer, The Washington Post

After the panel, there were demonstrations of the innovative 5G technology in use today.

Event Recap

Today, as 5G technology begins to enter the marketplace, companies and communities everywhere are readying themselves for the transformative connectivity it will provide.

In fact, AT&T is already connecting factories, hospitals and stadiums to 5G across the country to demonstrate how this responsive and high capacity network can be used in the business, health, sports and entertainment sectors. And, by working with AT&T, these businesses and organizations are on the forefront of innovation, helping to discover new uses for our 5G technology.

At AT&T, we are excited to help lay the foundation for this technology and to better position ourselves to enable its many potential uses. In fact, in a recent AT&T Policy Forum blog, Mo Katibeh, EVP-Chief Marketing Officer of AT&T Business, dove deep into AT&T’s approach to 5G, explaining that the two flavors of this technology – 5G using sub-6Ghz spectrum and 5G using millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum – will eventually, and in different ways, radically transform connectivity as we know it and enable businesses to accomplish things they have never been able to before.

To learn more about the business point of view on 5G, Mo Katibeh, along with the AT&T Policy Forum, recently hosted a presentation and panel, titled “5G: The Future Is Now,” to discuss creative ways businesses of all sizes can use 5G technology to increase performance, boost information sharing, expand mobile connectivity and propel innovation.

The panel, led by Steven Overly of Politico, considered questions related to 5G from a variety of industry perspectives such as health, tech, business and media.

While John Godfrey, of Samsung, noted that 5G’s agility and flexibility will be particularly transformative for businesses due to the scope of device connectivity, Karen Rheuban, M.D., of UVA’s Center for Telehealth, weighed the opportunities 5G will present in the medical field, such as remote monitoring and consultations for patients who may be immobilized or in a situation with minimal access to medical services.

Meanwhile, Karen Kerrigan, of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, emphasized the ways in which 5G can help small businesses improve customer engagement and the consumer experience and called for business-friendly policies at the state and local levels to facilitate the deployment of 5G. At the same time, she acknowledged the technology at some point will necessitate a reskilling effort to allow workers to use the technology advantageously and to minimize gaps in accessibility.

Lastly, Shailesh Prakash, of The Washington Post, pointed to the exciting possibilities of 5G technology in enhancing news coverage and reporting, such as through immersive storytelling and real-time reporting. The Washington Post and AT&T are working to bring 5G technologies to The Post’s newsroom and to explore how to use 5G in their coverage of the 2020 presidential election and other top news events across the country. As the technology emerges, Prakash is using a new version of a familiar pattern to speed adoption: gather those employees who seem most enthusiastic about the possibilities and give them room to experiment.

For 5G, identifying potential use cases only marks the beginning of the journey. As we begin to navigate the transformative effects of 5G on our industries and way of life, open conversations with industry and public sector leaders are of crucial importance. We look forward to future opportunities to host and engage those interested in the power of emerging technologies such as 5G.

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