The event is taking place at 9:30am EST | 2:30pm GMT | 3:30pm CET.

Luis Jorge Romero will be speaking at the Closing panel session with John E. Smee, Vice-president of engineering, Qualcomm Technologies: Powering tomorrow’s technology innovations with 6G.

Communications technology has been essential in keeping people and businesses connected during the covid-19 pandemic. It is helping people to survive and thrive, and businesses to keep driving economic growth. As we emerge from the crisis, technologies such as the fifth generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, will strengthen and speed connectivity worldwide. In doing so, 5G could be critical to immediate and long-term global growth. A report by Accenture predicts that in the United States alone, 5G rollout could transform up to 16 million jobs and generate $1.5 trillion for the economy in the next five years.  

With continued momentum around the 5G rollout, we can alter the way we live our lives, the way we do business, the way we consume and connect with others. In unlocking the potential impact of connectivity and communications, government and industry leaders will need to find ways to enable the development of digital ecosystems and 5G related products while protecting against legitimate concerns of intellectual property theft and security. 

Regulators have an important role to play in fostering the conditions for a robust innovation economy, and this work will require much consultation and coordination. For instance, innovative businesses will need to be protected and rewarded to give people and organisations the incentive to push technological boundaries. Join the Economist Events for Powering the innovation economy with 5G to hear corporate leaders, government officials and experts debate how best to nurture the promise and potential of 5G technologies to enable long-term, robust economic growth.

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