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Europe risks losing ground through divisions over 5G

5G dominated the airwaves as much as cable issues at the recent Anga Com show in Germany, but without that much clarity or insight. A few notable points did emerge, such as a tendency to point east towards China and other leading Asia Pac countries rather than west to North America in the context of 5G leadership. At the event’s CTO panel for example, Elmar Grasserhad from Sunrise, the second largest Swiss telco after Swisscom, argued that Europe was lagging behind the leading Asian countries not just over 5G mobile infrastructure but also the associated advances in what he called data-centric thinking. He then praised his own country for enlightened roll out of 5G even though it will be dominated…

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