Does 5G raise the consumer engagement opportunity?

Feb 19, 2020

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Panel Discussion

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Rosalind Singleton, Chair, UK5G Advisory Board - The Internet is a big part of this. 5G will make a massive difference as we build out these networks and aim for ubiquitous connectivity. There is no reason why we shouldn’t have a social contract as well as a geographic contract for connectivity. Why shouldn’t local government be able to use the networks for social/civil use? Allowing a combination of public and private networks to build out connectivity to the digitally disenfranchised.
Nick Green, Marketing Director, Three - 4G moved the market on almost by accident. Online apps became mobile apps. The emergence of the mobile first economy has been astonishing in its uptake and impact. 5G is going to give customers a new way of engaging with that mobile only if not first world.  
Andrew Coward, CEO, Lumina Networks - There is an assumption in the 5G business model that we are going to unlock a lot of new revenue. Ten times more base stations, ten times more backhaul. If it’s just more bandwidth then it is just an incremental upgrade from 4G and hence the expectation of more spend against it is unlikely given the elasticity of demand from the consumer market. 


  • Rosalind Singleton, Chair, UK5G Advisory Board
  • Nick Green, Marketing Director, Three
  • Andrew Coward, CEO, Lumina Networks

Filmed at: Great Telco Debate, London, December 2019

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