5G

5G: where were we?

10 February 2021

Prior to the global pandemic that is Covid-19 indiscriminately pulled the rug from under the world’s economies, we were heralding the arrival of 5G. Since then, governments in Asia and the rest of the world have, quite rightly, been more focused on keeping their populations alive than investing in a new technology.

Now, a year on from the first-known cases, vaccines have been developed and the future looks a lot less bleak. It’s also time to get back to “normal” and  find out how 5G has progressed…or not. Sanjeev Verma, chief executive officer at core network product vendor Squire Technologies, says “5G was well on its way in southeast Asia prior to Covid-19 taking a firm grip on proceedings and disrupting pretty much every industry on the planet”, including telecoms and the burgeoning 5G market.

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Q&A

Q&A: Mattias Tidebrink, VP, video security & analytics, Motorola Solutions, Asia Pacific

10 February 2021

Mattias Tidebrink, VP, video security & analytics, Motorola Solutions, Asia Pacific

Mattias Tidebrink, VP, video security & analytics, Motorola Solutions, Asia Pacific

What was your big career break?

My big break came when I moved from engineering into sales. I saw this as an opportunity to expand upon my technical expertise by providing trusted advice and also by guiding customers on their future technology decisions. Having a strong technical background means I can get involved in deeper discussions with more stakeholders at different levels across our customers’ organisations. I find it helps me to quickly understand their operational needs and to match those needs with the right solution.

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Critical Comms

Keeping connected in the toughest environments

09 February 2021

According to the United Nations’ Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 report, Asia-Pacific nations experience more natural disasters than any other region in the world. Between 2014 and 2017, nations in this area were affected by 55 earthquakes, 217 storms and cyclones, plus 236 cases of severe flooding, impacting 650 million people and causing the deaths of 33,000 people. Then, if you consider the various war zones/armed conflicts, terrorism and unforgiving, often treacherous terrain synonymous with the world’s largest continent, it’s a part of the world that needs a solid critical comms backbone more than most.

Given the region could be hit by something anywhere, at any time, likely with little or no warning, its paramount that the emergency services and local communities are able to maintain connectivity to save lives. So, just how prepared is the critical communications set-up in relation to each country and indeed southern Asia as a whole?

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Q&A

Q&A: Jon Lederman, vice president of AI, Rajant

09 February 2021

Jon Lederman, vice president of AI, Rajant

Jon Lederman, vice president of AI, Rajant

What was your big career break?

I’m a very independent person and prefer charting my own path, so founding and launching two startups - SonicCloud and Spinor - was a break for me. The experience you gain starting a company is immeasurable, and it is impossible to achieve in a classroom or working at a large company. Being an entrepreneur pays back incalculable dividends in leadership, creativity, self-actualization, dealing with success and failure, ethics, and working with people.

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