We are in the midst of a major technological shift towards a world powered by intelligent device-to-device connectivity. The possibilities of connecting people, things and places in new and innovative ways seem endless. Every sector and industry will be impacted by this wireless connected future, underpinned by the roll out of 5G. From transport and manufacturing to health, safety and government, connected technologies’ impact on society is expected to be far-reaching.
The Financial Times, in partnership with Qualcomm, present the second in the Essential Future Series, which will draw on the findings of the Essential Future Global Public Survey, providing insights from business, technology and policy leaders across 12 countries and their views on connectivity, innovation and the future.
In Europe, the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy aims to place the EU at the forefront of connectivity and create the most effective environment for a connected world. In this context, a series of policy and public-private initiatives are already under way. They will set 5G and connectivity targets, encourage investment, ensure spectrum availability and accelerate the development of new connectivity-based innovation ecosystems.
- How do we make sure that the potential economic and societal value of a connected world become an everyday reality for citizens?
- How should policy and regulatory frameworks be aligned to enable additional breakthrough technologies?
- What rules on intellectual property and standards are needed to incentivise the necessary R&D and investment to deliver the connected future?
- What are the essential conditions for 5G and the Internet of Things to flourish?
- What are the new dilemmas and challenges that expanded connectivity will bring about?
- What role will cross-industry collaboration play in fostering a more connected future?
- How can industries – including automotive, healthcare and manufacturing – be empowered and transformed by 5G?
The Essential Future Forum will bring together senior policy makers and business leaders for a high-level discussion on the transformative technologies, innovative network architecture and policy and regulatory frameworks required to build a thriving connected future that benefits citizens and economies.