Industry leader: 5G an opportunity for dialogue

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Added On August 18, 2019

In an exclusive interview with CNC, the CEO of a Britain-based technology innovation center said 5G is not a race, but a real opportunity to share and for dialogue, especially between Britain and China.
 
Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult Center, believes there are tremendous opportunities for the UK and China to collaborate around new technologies.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) JEREMY SILVER, CEO, Digital Catapult Center
 
"We have different markets, they have different dynamics, and so we can learn from each other. The tremendous technology innovation that is happening in China right now is exciting to see. And we would love to learn more. And to share some of that."
 
Established in 2013, the center is part of Innovate UK's Catapult network, which aims to transform and promote innovation in the country.
 
Silver said each country may take a different approach to 5G development. While some countries pay more attention to improving 5G infrastructure, British businesses have focussed on 5G applications and services.
 
38SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) JEREMY SILVER, CEO, Digital Catapult Center
"If you look at the picture around the world, some people would like to say it's a race. I don't really believe that. I think we all develop at the right speed for our own economies. But I think that we all have a lot to share, and that in particular the UK and China, there is a really interesting opportunity for dialogue there."
 
According to Digital Catapult, 5G will enable large-scale businesses to contribute up to 15.7 billion pounds  per year to the British economy by 2025.
 
Silver acknowledged, however, that "tremendous challenges" still have to be overcome before a full adoption and application of 5G can be realized.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) JEREMY SILVER,  CEO, Digital Catapult Center
 
"The sophistication and the complexity of 5G as a technology requires both a very complicated network configuration, and also a really good engagement with those individual companies so that they understand how to use it and how to get to grips with it."