Agriculture has played a major role in the birth and expansion of human civilisation for tens of thousands of years. With each millennium that passes, humans have found new and innovative ways to further develop the process of farming, harvesting and livestock domesticating in order to achieve maximum output for the continuous survival of their kin. This principle is in no way any different from what we are currently facing now in the digital era, albeit with a little help from 21st century technology.

Read more: Agritech and the future of farming in Southeast Asia

The rapid acceleration towards 5G network mobilisation is pushing service providers all over the Asia Pacific region to find newer and more progressive modes of connectivity and seamless integration across multiple sectors.

Read more: CISCO aims to revolutionise network efficiency for service providers across Asia Pacific

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), a subset of the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to transform a variety of industries. Digital transformation has reverberated across several, if not all, industries and it will definitely continue to do so over the next few years, especially with the rise of 5G network adoption across the globe, it will give IoT the power to function in the best way imaginable.

Read more: What Industrial IoT means for the future of the manufacturing sector

On the evening of December 10, and as a wrap up to the 13th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit 2019, Telecom Review organized the 8th edition of its Excellence Awards ceremony where every year, industry leaders are recognized for what they have accomplished during the year.

Read more: Telecom Review announces the winners of its Excellence Awards

The fourth industrial revolution has arrived, bringing with it a digital cache of untapped potential ranging from biometrics to blockchain. Companies, enterprises and institutions across multiple sectors are now gunning to become the first within their industries to adopt, implement and fully utilize these emerging technologies that come with such rapid global digitisation. Out of all the new technologies that will undoubtedly change our lives, Big Data is the most crucial and in-demand field that not only allows us to harness incredible amounts of data at any given time, but helps us collect, curate and analyse specific aspects of that data that can be used to leverage actionable insight and ameliorate real-time decision making challenges. 

Read more: Big Data: Asia’s newest socio-economic ally

The Telecommunications Standardization Bureau (TSB) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) works on developing international telecom standards. It currently includes 11 study groups which are dedicated to developing standards which range from fiber optics, all the way to the application layer. Some of their study groups are technical in nature, while others are more regulatory in nature such as managing telephone numbers internationally, managing the secure use of IoT-powered devices on 5G networks, managing economic and policy issues, tariffs, international roaming and internet connectivity charges.

Read more: ITU’s Bilel Jamoussi discusses region-specific challenges faced by MENA region’s telcos

With Malaysia poised to be one of the next key players in the race towards 5G deployment in Southeast Asia, Telecom Review Asia Pacific sat down with TM ONE’s Chief Network Officer, Ir. Azizi Hadi to discuss the transformative plans for 5G in the region and the importance of working closely with customers to ensure a smooth and seamless transition into the next phase of the digital revolution.

Read more: CNO of TM: “5G is a journey and we all need it”

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