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October 18, 2019

Six Key Takeaways from 5G Futures .

    Six Key Takeaways from 5G Futures

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    Nick Ludlum
    Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

    5G—the next generation of wireless—is a game changer.

    From driverless cars to connected healthcare, drone delivery, AR, VR, smart cities, the Internet of Things and so much more, the industries of the future will be built on 5G wireless.

    And they’ll be built in cities and towns across America that are among the first communities anywhere in the world to be covered by 5G wireless networks.

    Recently we had the privilege of hosting our inaugural 5G Futures regional event series in four of those cities: Houston, Denver, Minneapolis and Indianapolis. I was honored to speak to a cross-section of their business communities alongside some of the leading policymakers at the federal, state and local level, as well as some of the innovators who are making 5G happen.

    Here are my key takeaways.

    5G Leadership Matters

    Policymakers and business leaders agree—leading in 5G is important for our communities, and for our nation. These new networks will drive new levels of investment and economic growth and are vital to our long-term economic competitiveness.

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    “Winning the race to 5G is vital for American competiveness on the global stage. It’s also important the U.S. leadership in winning the race to 5G is driven by the same free-market approach that allowed our nation to win 4G and 3G before that.” – Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX

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    “For America’s long term economic competitiveness we all want that innovation, investment and creativity to stay and happen here.” – Angela Smith Jones, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, City of Indianapolis

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    “The facts are clear. The U.S. is winning this race to 5G. Right now we have the world’s largest commercial network. We have about 33 cities that are live today. And we have a path to about 40 cities having 5G by the end of the year.” – FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

    Work Remains

    Despite America’s early leadership, there’s still more to do to speed the deployment of these networks and unlock a new cycle of innovation. That includes forging close public-private partnerships as the infrastructure build-out continues.

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    “The U.S. must continue to lead the way in the development of 5G technologies and deployment. I am proud of our state of Indiana. We have taken a leading role among states.” – Senator Todd Young, R-IN

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    “Between wireless networks and social activities, the way we live is fundamentally different than just a little over a decade ago… There is an incredible amount of work to be done and we have to recognize that connectivity is at the root of it.” – Phil Weiser, Colorado Attorney General

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    “We need leaders from the public and private sectors to understand the technology, and to work together to take this technology from the lab to the living room. We can all be rightfully proud to be part of the industry and community helping to shape that 5G future.” – Jeff Tollefson, President & CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association

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    “We can decide what our 5G future is going to be. Indiana is well positioned to be a leader in the area of 5G, and we’re looking forward to that future.” – Sean Hendrix, Managing Director, Indiana 5G Zone

    5G Will Have a Huge Impact on Cities

    From infrastructure investment to GDP growth and job creation, 5G will have a huge impact on local economies. It will also enable new services, power smart cities and reshape our communities.

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    “We are here today because Houston is leading the way in 5G…Not only in the U.S., but globally. 5G will drive 20 thousand jobs to Houston and over $3 billion to our local economy.” – Meredith Attwell Baker, President & CEO, CTIA

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    “5G is the foundation for creating smart cities. If Houston can lead in the deployment of 5G networks, we can gain a competitive advantage and attract new businesses and startups to Houston.” – Brett Perlman, CEO, Center for Houston’s Future

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    “Right here in Minneapolis and St. Paul, what’s expected to come is $600M of infrastructure investments, creating $1.1B in GDP growth, 6,500 additional jobs, [and] $400M in smart city benefits.” – Rep. Marion O’Neill, Minnesota House of Representatives

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    “5G is going to be key to getting data into and out of [smart city] systems.” – David Edinger, Chief Information Officer, City & County of Denver

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    “Houston is leading the charge for 5G. It’s going to transform our cities to safer, smarter and more resilient places to live.” – Jesse Bounds, Innovation Director, City of Houston

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    “The Twin Cities are prepared to take advantage of #5G technologies and re-imagine our region and the world.” – Jonathan Weinhagen, President & CEO, Minneapolis Regional Chamber

    Making the Digital, Physical

    The last forty years of our society have been driven by technology, defined by taking physical, analog experiences and making them digital. 5G will invert this, embedding the power of the digital world in our physical reality, putting data centers in the palm of our hand and in everyday objects all around us.

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    “5G technology introduces 100 times the bandwidth of data, which allows 100 times the connected devices. [5G] is about the multiple number of devices that can be connected in technology sectors.” – Sandeep Chandel, Director, Ecosystem Development, Ericsson

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    "[5G] reacts a lot faster than your wireless device today. Together with the faster speed, it allows you to take the computing that happens on your phone, and put it together with the edge. Allowing you to have a computing center in your hand.” – Roger Entner, Founder, Recon Analytics

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    “We all rely on computing resources and processes these days. From our smartphones to our computers. Imagine a situation where you can have compute accessible on any kind of device.” – Jonathan Wood, GM, Business Development & Partnerships, Next Generation and Standards, Intel

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    “In Indiana, we’re at the crosshairs for the disruptive nature of 5G. This will be about digitizing the physical economy.” – Bill Soards, President, AT&T Indiana

    5G’s Potential is Coming Into Focus

    Speakers reflected on how 5G’s unique capabilities will transform industries and fundamentally change the way we live, work and play. From closing the digital divide, to unlocking new, un-thought of applications, 5G’s disruptive potential is limitless.

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    “5G is transformative. The next-generation wireless technology will transform the way we live our lives, the way we work, the way we play, every interaction with industry.” – Paul Challoner, VP, Network Product Solutions, Ericsson

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    “It’s well beyond the smartphone and beyond smart cities. 5G will disrupt the structure of industries.” – Tom Cullen, EVP, Corporate Development, DISH Network

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    “5G brings faster speeds and lower latency that enable real-time applications, as well as a far denser Internet of Things. All of that together allows for an adaptable technology that makes way for all sorts of use cases.” – Doug Brake, Director, Broadband & Spectrum Policy, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

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    “With 5G technology—wireless technology in general—it will save the world in a lot of different ways. From traffic control to remote surgery…the better job [industry does], the better impact we’re having on society.” – Daniel Feldman, Managing Director, Strategy & Network Partnership Development, Verizon

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    “5G is not just about throughput, it’s about connections. Everything that needs to get connected, will get connected.” – Ranjeet Bhattacharya, Principal Solutions Director, Ericsson North America

    The Most Exciting Part is What We Do Not Know

    When 4G was launched, no one could have anticipated how central smartphones would become to our daily lives, or predicted the sharing economy, the app economy and dozens of other innovations. 5G is even more transformative, and the most exciting part is waiting to see what innovations entrepreneurs will think of next.

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    “We don’t know the promise of 5G, and that’s what excites me. Use cases are coming up, and we won’t know the limit of what 5G will bring.” – Majid Khan, Managing Director, Community Strategies & Business Development, Verizon

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    “One area that I’m most excited for, are all the things we aren’t talking about; all the applications we don’t know yet. That’s the magic of 5G.” – Mishka Dehghan, VP, 5G Development, Sprint

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    “When you look at where we were five years ago, to where we are now—it’s almost hard to predict where we will be years from now [with 5G].” – Paul Weirtz, President, AT&T Minnesota

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    “We’re going to see many innovations come along once the [5G] platform is fully deployed and its capabilities are well understood.” – Alice Tornquist, VP, Spectrum & Technology Policy, Qualcomm

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