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CEC Power Hour | Making Connections: 5G and Last Mile Enterprise Strategies
One of the more positive aspects of the COVID pandemic and recovery efforts is the critical importance of ‘last-mile’ connectivity to revive and reshape markets, improve the customer experience as online transactions increase, and enhance revenue streams. The technology can not only support millions of devices operating at ultrafast speeds but raises the bar in terms of security and the efficiency of mission-critical services. The technology is particularly adept within areas of dense wireless communications such as metro areas, which is a big plus as a sizable segment of the business workforce continues to work remotely.

All is not sunny in the coming 5G world, however. The short-range technology is not as resilient as traditional wi-fi when it comes to physical obstructions, for example. The costs associated with 5G roll-out and maintenance are also high, in some cases requiring expensive changes to cell towers and infrastructures. From a user standpoint, 5G also takes a significant toll on battery life, and the upload speeds initially promised do not meet the reality of first-iteration equipment.

In this session, experts will discuss the merits and possible misfires of 5G in the enterprise as companies look to beef-up last-mile connections to recovery, profitability, and resilience. We will be joined by Jim Houchens, Program Area Chief Engineer & Director for Mobile and 5G at The MITRE Corporation, and Doug Pearce, Senior Vice President, Technology at Waterton Associates.

Mar 11, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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