Deep-diving into the telecom industry to understand their engineering priorities.
Telecom firms are racing toward full-scale 5G implementation and their key focus areas include strengthening network architecture and recruiting the talent necessary to enable this transformation. Telecom giants such as Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei have announced 5G-centric projects in various locations across the US and Europe and have collaborated with network operators such as AT&T and Verizon.
Telecom companies and network providers are undertaking efforts to upskill their existing workforce to enable 5G capabilities. Firms like Qualcomm, Intel and Cisco have implemented internal training programs while leveraging off learning platforms such as Udemy and Coursera are offering 5G engineering courses and courses geared towards 5G research and standardization. Telecom firms and network providers have also collaborated with universities such as the University of Texas – Austin, and New York University to undertake large research programs to accelerate 5G.
China is expected to become the largest 5G market in the world with some estimates suggesting over 400 million connections by the end of 2025. Huawei has taken the leading step to fuel China’s dominance in the 5G space by making significant contributions toward developing 5G standards and being among the first to carry out 5G trials. While full-fledged commercial implementation of 5G is still some time away, the race to become pioneers in this technology is most definitely on!