Intelligence Brief: Is Czech Republic ready for 5G?

first_img As a part of our blog series this year, we have looked at Sri Lanka, Taiwan and South Africa to study how suited they are for launching 5G.Our next market in focus, the Czech Republic, exudes such readiness given its sound 4G adoption (see chart, below, click to enlarge). What makes the country particularly interesting, though is an existing need of 5G in in support of Industry 4.0 aspirations.With three established players (T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone), in Q2 the Czech Republic had around 14.8 million mobile connections, mobile penetration of 138 per cent, mobile broadband penetration of 80 per cent and 4G network coverage of 99.6 per cent.Needless to say, the country exhibits impressive statistics, serving as a solid foundation for 5G. To that end, a steady shift towards 5G is predicted, with connections penetration forecast to reach 22 per cent by the end of 2025, which is quite impressive relative to other European Union (EU) countries.Beyond any 5G foundations, the latest developments from the country’s operators and regulator show how momentum is accelerating to help bring 5G into the mainstream.Operators’ strategiesO2 Czech Republic became the first operator in the market to launch commercial 5G services in July, during the pandemic, by refarming existing LTE frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz spectrum bands.Vodafone, in turn, announced it would disconnect its 3G network by Q1 2021: it expects to use the frequencies more efficiently allowing additional available bandwidth for 5G as it stands ready to launch a network in October.Industry 4.0 focusAlong with these on-going developments, the Czech Republic is joining only a select few EU countries in reserving spectrum for enterprise use.The regulator is promoting Industry 4.0 by reserving a spectrum block in the 3400MHz to 3600MHz band specifically for its deployment by enterprises. The holders of these blocks will be obliged to allow the industry an independent use of the radio frequencies.Now, the key questions are why does Industry 4.0 matter so much for the Czech Republic and what role will 5G play?The answers lie in the importance of the manufacturing sector, which contributed 32 per cent to the nation’s GDP in 2019. The booming industrial sector now leads all other sectors in terms of employment and gross value added. However, two key challenges threaten this success: an increasingly acute labour shortage; and low productivity, which is pushing the nation into a middle-income trap.Technology and automation can possibly address the above challenges, delivering digitised production lines and robotic systems in support of smart factories. The development of such applications and platforms, of course, will largely depend on the existence of fast, reliable and high capacity networks. Offering low latency, high speed and throughput 5G, then, promises to be the technology which will enable Industry 4.0.But what do operators need to be conscious of in the push for Industry 4.0?Simply launching 5G won’t be enough to make Industry 4.0 a reality. Operators need to be proactive on the following areas to get a leading advantage.• Partnership and collaborations: It is critical to develop strong collaborations with vendors, other ecosystem players like software and platform companies, and also with manufacturers to establish more 5G use-cases for industry and for the application of smart factories• Early trials and developments in manufacturing: As important as the right partnerships are, equally important is leveraging those partnerships to run trials of applications and solutions in Industry 4.0, such as automation, data analytics, AI, Robotics, Drones and so on. This provides an opportunity for the Czech Republic to lead other countries in Industry 4.0 developments and specific use cases within its domain. Likewise, early efforts will help to work through inevitable technology teething pains• Don’t let auction delays stop you: If auctions experience a snag, service providers have good prospects to replicate what operators in other countries did by not waiting and launching 5G without dedicated spectrum, using existing frequencies to get moving on the path. This will offer operators a window to continue planning networks planning and use cases well in advance of long term spectrum rights.The Czech Republic’s telecom landscape is robust and appears ripe for 5G launches. Moreover, the existing requirements of Industry 4.0 and the ability of 5G networks to deliver on those promises clear synergies. The manufacturing sector gains by automation and reduced labour dependency. Operators, meanwhile, benefit from a new customer segment (manufacturing) and can better support consumer demands at the same time.The nation presents an opportunity to offer some of the interesting developments in Industry 4.0. What is required, at this juncture, is for operators to act quickly and work towards partnerships, and expedite 5G launches as the technology can serve as a much-needed boost to the sector coupled with lift to the economy.– Bhawna Jain – senior research analyst and Akanksha Hira – research analyst, GSMA IntelligenceThe editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. 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Comment / TIACA: ‘This year was about survival – next year, see our value proposition’

first_img The reports of TIACA’s impending death have been grossly exaggerated – to misquote Mark Twain.There has been a great deal of speculation over the success – or otherwise – of TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum (ACF), its biennial cash cow, which can tide it over financially until the next show.But this year, following years of losses, heavy competition in the events market and a second-tier cargo destination for the ACF (sorry, Toronto) in a country which has limited bilateral air rights with big spenders in the Middle East, meant that many in the industry thought it would be TIACA’s last stand. And yes, this month’s ACF was not busy; this was no Munich. On the plus side, as someone said, there were no “tourists” – everyone there had a good reason to be there. And everyone had more time than usual, a benefit for its networking purpose. Toronto is lovely. And the conference schedule, while too full, had some great content.But it wasn’t about the content, it was about the money – and whether TIACA has a role to play.On the financial side, it has – apparently – turned a corner. This is the first year it has made money since 2010, next year it will be “close to breakeven”.“Our financial concerns are over,” said vice chairman Steven Polmans. “We have made savings, achieved savings by cutting out things that were not necessary. And we improved revenues. The TIACA Times, for example, is no longer a cost, but a revenue stream.“We were so close to the edge that people realised that play time was over. There were no more soft solutions. Everyone realised it was all or nothing.”The big TIACA news from ACF was that it will no longer run its own event – it has formed a joint venture with Messe Munchen, the Munich behemoth and now also purveyor of Air Cargo Africa and India. That event organiser will, well, organise the event, but the cost and profits will be shared, with TIACA in charge of content.It makes perfect sense, along with the plan to hold it regularly in Miami. The constant change of ACF venue meant that they had to start again every time: finding a venue and negotiating, getting new contractors, investigating domestic rules and sending materials and staff. Costs can double – especially outside countries such as the US, where many of the venues are state subsidised.So that leaves TIACA’s raison d’etre.Interestingly, the last few months has shown that there certainly is a role for a cross-supply chain association.This brave new world is all about data sharing, collaboration. Take blockchain, a technology best shared. Look at the success of the recently formed Blockchain in Transport Alliance. Its purpose is to educate, and to define common standards and usage for members which include Target, Panalpina, Google, FedEx, Ryder, Delta, Whirlpool, PWC and universities. Members can discuss use cases, adoption and implementation, and work together on a technology that many have been afraid of. BiTA has a clear purpose for its members from across the supply chain.This should be the new destiny of TIACA. It is already cross-supply chain. What better use than to help members tackle new technologies, creating common-user platforms, working collaboratively.In this respect, it is also helped by the fact that Mr Polmans, for one, works at an airport which is used to creating communities from its own diverse user groups.This isn’t about saving TIACA. This is about something the industry needs – and TIACA, after a few years in the wilderness – just happens to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people.However, its role is for its members to decide.“This year was about survival, next year we are going to our members with our value proposition,” said Mr Polmans. “The agreement with Messe Muchen allows us to focus on our content, not on the ACF. And we want members to tell us what they want.“This has to be mutual. We’ve shown our commitment by making it financially healthy again. Now members must contribute.”Training has become a large part of TIACA’s remit, via its agreement with SASI. But it needs to be more. With that will come a rise in membership fees, which are absurdly low.“If members don’t want to pay, then they don’t want us to deliver content,” said Mr Polmans. “If all they want is the ACF, that’s fine.“For the last year, we have taken control. Now it’s up to the members to determine what value we can offer them.”It seems obvious, as the success of organisations such as Air Cargo Netherlands, Air Cargo Belgium, BiTA– or any of the clusters of logistics ecosystems that have sprung up has shown. Supply chain communities and the technology that binds them are currently king – and TIACA is well-positioned to harness that new trend. By Alex Lennane 31/10/2018last_img read more

10 Big Stories Of 2018 For Metro Atlanta

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility It’s time to look back at the top stories of 2018.  WABE was busy covering elections, Amazon HQ2 deals, the Gulch and more in Atlanta and around Georgia.Some of our reporters sat down to talk about our 10 biggest stories of the year:Atlanta Gets HackedIn 2018, cybercriminals held the city of Atlanta hostage virtually, with a ransomware attack, shortly after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took office.Around 5 p.m. on the morning of March 22, the city officials said it got reports of computer outages, and said that’s when officials first discovered hackers were demanding a ransom.WABE business and technology reporter Tasnim Shamma sits down with WABE’s Jim Burress to talk about the company’s decision not to come to Atlanta.Cyberattack At City Hall2:14HQ2 Falls ThroughOne of the biggest stories of 2018 was about something that did not work out for Atlanta.The online shopping giant Amazon announced metro Atlanta would not be home to its second headquarters (“HQ2”). Instead, it picked Queens, NY and Arlington, VA.That was after more than a year of sweet-talking and offering $2 billion worth of tax incentives.WABE business and technology reporter Tasnim Shamma sits down with WABE’s Sam Whitehead to talk about the company’s decision not to come to Atlanta.No HQ2 For Atlanta2:21New Projects For MARTAIn 2018 came a decision that determined the future of Atlanta’s transit agency. MARTA’s board voted on how it will spend $2.7 billion from new sales tax revenue to expand around the city.As WABE reporter Stephannie Stokes tells Jim Burress, the process of picking the new transit projects got a little contentious.MARTA Picks Projects2:20Atlanta United Wins A CupAtlanta United broke a decades-old curse for the city this year, by winning the Major League Soccer Cup. The last time the city won a national sports championship was in 1995.It was a dramatic moment in the fast rise of Atlanta United, in just two years of existence.WABE reporter Emma Hurt talked with Jim Burress about the team.Atlanta United Champs2:23Gulch Deal PassesThe Gulch development deal took up a lot of airwaves and a lot of City Council’s time this year.The plan to redevelop the empty piece of land downtown drew a lot of criticism for the up to $2 billion in tax incentives, but it narrowly passed the Council in November.Construction still hasn’t started yet, as critics have sued over the validity of the financing.WABE reporter Emma Hurt sat down with Sam Whitehead to talk about the Gulch.Gulch Deal OK’d2:17Midterms Electrify GeorgiaGeorgia’s midterm elections seemed to last the entirety of 2018. Fierce, lengthy primaries in the Republican and Democratic parties were followed by competitive general elections.Republicans again won all statewide offices, but Democrats had some victories in Atlanta’s suburbs.As WABE political reporter Johnny Kauffman tells Jim Burress, that made the state look more competitive than in years past.Georgia Votes2:19Problems At The PollsGeorgia’s voting machines, as well as the rules surrounding who gets to cast a ballot in the state, claimed a lot of coverage in 2018.As WABE political reporter Johnny Kauffman tells Sam Whitehead, the election might be settled, but issues surrounding the ballot box are anything but.Georgia’s Voting Issues2:13Hurricane Michael’s DevastationUnlike Hurricane Irma in 2017, Atlantans probably won’t remember Hurricane Michael as the culprit for going days without electricity.But in the Florida Panhandle and south Georgia, Michael was devastating. Dozens of people were killed. And farmers will continue to count losses for years to come.As WABE’s Molly Samuel tells Jim Burress, the devastation to Georgia tallied billions of dollars.Michael Hits Hard1:59Atlanta Tries Bail ReformAs a general concept, bail is supposed to be about making sure people come back to court.But for minor crimes, such as traffic violations, those arrested in Atlanta were finding themselves on the hook for hundreds of dollars just to get out from behind bars while awaiting a hearing. If they couldn’t arrange payment, they’d sit in jail for days or weeks or longer.As WABE’s Lisa Hagen tells Sam Whitehead, 2018 was the year Atlanta passed a measure to try to fix that.Taking On Bail2:22Google Fiber’s Broken PromiseMore than three years after Google Fiber announced Atlanta would be the third city to get its super-fast and relatively low-cost Internet service, few homes had been connected.A year-long investigation (in partnership with Atlanta Magazine) by WABE’s Jim Burress uncovered how deeply Google Fiber’s unmet promises went—and why the company failed to deliver.As WABE News looks back to the biggest stories of 2018, Burress and Sam Whitehead revisit “The Big Disconnect: Google Fiber’s Unmet Promise In Atlanta.”What Happened To Fiber?2:22 Share Related Stories Add to My List In My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more