By Arnaud Comerzan, Senior Manager Regulatory and Frederic Doucet, Senior Manager, Sofrecom

For many years, mobile operators have built their marketing primarily around network-related statements: coverage, performance and quality of service. Owning and being the exclusive users of their infrastructures was thus enough to protect them to a large extent from competition, as such assets were then considered to be highly strategic.

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5G technology, with its speed 10 times faster than 4G LTE, can help businesses realize many long-held ambitions like real-time augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), distributed machine learning within the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, smart cities, edge computing, etc.

Read more: Is your network infrastructure 5G-ready?

The coronavirus is currently spreading at an incredibly rapid rate all over China, which has led to a surge in the number of new cases in many other countries. This is not the first fatal virus which has spread like wildfire all over the world.

Read more: The coronavirus epidemic: A recipe for disaster for the global economy?