The implementation of the 5G network will improve competitiveness and positively impact the country’s economy, according to experts from the telecommunications firm Altice, which last October received authorization to implement fifth-generation mobile technology in the Dominican territory.
The Dutch Armand Toonen, vice president of International Business at Altice Dominicana, and the Portuguese Paulo Pereira, director of Altice Labs, agree that this advance represents an opportunity not only for the network operator, but also for the country and its commercial partners .
“5G is a huge opportunity for the country,” says Toonen. “If we take advantage of this opportunity and integrate this element of 5G into the digital transformation of our companies, our companies are much more competitive and you can compete much more to be the preferred partner for nearshore and to hub logistic. That is a competitive advantage for the country, it will create jobs, more money for exports, a big economic impact ”.
Companies that integrate 5G as part of their digital transformation process will initially be the great beneficiaries of this technology.
Large ecosystems such as smart cities require more time to get going.
“If you have 5G, that will not immediately mean that you have a smart city, because you have to create an ecosystem where, for example, the city council has the garbage collection service that has to connect with 5G, but you also need For the city council to define the rules of the game, you need trucks that have sensors and a platform where you, as a user, can tell what time they came to pick up the garbage at my house ”, says Toonen by way of example.
Pereira believes that attitude is “fundamental” to design and strengthen this type of ecosystem. It is necessary to invest in scientific advances and create the conditions so that small companies can benefit from this technology, although at the beginning some type of incentive must be established.
“There is not a very large market either, but if we have a solution the market will adapt; This has been the case with 4G and it will also be the case with 5G, ”says Pereira.
To the attitudinal factor, Toonen adds the need for a combined effort between the state and the private sector.
The education sector will also play an important role because new skills will be required to support the development of these types of ecosystems.
Greater speed, the possibility of having more connected devices and – “the most differentiating thing”, according to Pereira – a shorter latency time are among the advantages of 5G. These characteristics allow the installation of a monitoring capacity to collect data, transform it into information and make decisions in real time.
“The difference with 4G is that you can act immediately and in real time,” says Pereira.
Altice Dominicana held a 5G innovation event called Altice Trends, to explain the impact that the implementation of this technology will have on the development of the country.