Telecommunications beyond covid-19

Recently, Tony Jin Yong, CEO of Huawei Iberia, publicly stated that “connection is one of the engines of digital transformation, but also of personal relationships. It is precisely in the current context that both connections are closer than ever ”. The current pandemic has led us to integrate into our daily lives some trends that were expected but that we saw as future because we had not yet joined in a generalized way in our usual practice. One such trend has clearly been the integrating and empowering role of social relationships and the subsistence of economic activities that
have made telecommunications possible
. Today, a society without the option to communicate digitally would be the equivalent of a society without light in the last century.

Despite this critical role of telecommunications in maintaining the economy and maintaining personal ties during this crisis, in some areas – and perhaps precisely because of this fundamental role – telecommunications as an essential service have been called into question, linking them to alleged damages such as social control or the impact on health. Reality shows, however, that without an efficient network of connectivity infrastructures this crisis would today have much greater catastrophic dimensions.

We must work on development of transparent, participatory and orderly models for the deployment of services in our territory

The debate is positive and necessary, as long as it serves to bring improvements and not to destroy or obstruct progress that is already seen as essential in a world subject to unpredictable ups and downs. But it is not enough to think that the functionality of this sector has been key today, in that double facet of social connectivity and support for economic activity. We still have to specify many variables about the possibilities that the development of new technologies – particularly 5G – offers us in the medium term to multiply our social and economic capacities.

And precisely, to give the best response to the negative perceptions that are being generated these days, we must work on the development of transparent, participatory and orderly models for the deployment of infrastructure and services in our territory. That is to say, network models that, through competitive competition processes and in collaboration with the administrations, demonstrate being at the service of all telecommunications operators and of society in general, guaranteeing both the sustainability of the investments and the public interest and the privacy security of the people. The success of the model also depends on making an effort to promote knowledge, the satisfaction of social expectations and the dissemination of the real nature of these new technologies.

In this crisis, telecommunications have risen to the podium of services essential and even essential to guarantee both the subsistence of economic activity and personal development. Now, the great opportunity lies in promoting the definitive leap for the development of the true digital transformation, which makes it possible to consolidate the practices, habits and realities that are allowing us to overcome this situation and which allows us to develop new digital resources to face the crises of the future . The world is going to change and that change is not possible without an increasingly powerful, advanced and secure telecommunications network. The first step to do this is to define and share the model for its management, implementation and exploitation.

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