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DIGITAL SME LIVE 5G – Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs

24 June at 12:00 pm1:00 pm CEST

The race to build 5G networks and secure 5G rollout across the world is intensifying. 5G technology promises significant benefits to all economic actors. For SMEs, 5G could be a “game changer” technology to help them increase productivity and efficiency and create new opportunities across the value chain. 5G offers a combination of faster speed, higher capacity, and lower latency. Coupled with high mobile adoption rates, SMEs and other companies will be encouraged to adopt a “mobile first” approach to their business. “Mobile first” could be the preferred channel to offer products/services to customers, and could also provide employees with greater flexibility, which my lead to higher productivity,

Nonetheless, there are challenges. There is a need to increase awareness among SMEs and public authorities about the societal and economic benefits of 5G. SMEs also need to convince larger organisations that they can fully deliver on 5G if they want to become trusted partners.

The European Union seems to be taking a carefully balanced approach between economic and security interests by defining strict security criteria for 5G.
What will this particular European path mean for building the 5G infrastructure across Europe? How will this effect SMEs and what is the impact on the cost of the technology vs. security? This DIGITAL SME Live conversation on June 24th will investigate the current debate around 5G and explore the opportunities and impact that would bring, especially for SMEs. Tune in on Wednesday to learn more!


Robert MacDoughall, Head of Enterprise Public Policy at Vodafone Group

Jacques Magen, CEO of InterInnov


Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary General, DIGITAL SME


24 June
12:00 pm–1:00 pm CEST
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