Go­ing be­yond buzz

2019 is here. Are we liv­ing in the fu­ture? De­pends who you ask. The big­ger ques­tion is what life fur­ther into the fu­ture might be like – and what role tech­nolo­gies like 5G could play in shap­ing that fu­ture.

Comms MEA - - Comment | Editor -

Be­lieve it or not, 2019 is here. Wel­come to the fu­ture. Now it’s time to fig­ure out ex­actly what comes next.”

Jan­uary is­sues for print mag­a­zines are some­times funny things.

Of­ten, they’re used to take a cur­sory glimpse at the year ahead, serv­ing as a spring­board and set­ting the tone for what’s next in terms of editorial cov­er­age.

We’d be kid­ding our­selves if we didn’t say this is­sue is do­ing that, in a way. But we’re also look­ing at some­thing much, much big­ger than what’s con­tained in the pages of our hum­ble Dubai-based magazine and what we’ll be writ­ing about in the months ahead. In fact, we’re look­ing at the very fu­ture of so­ci­ety.

That’s what we’re told 5G will be, any­way. But is that nec­es­sar­ily true? We went out to our com­mu­nity to find out. We also went to Lon­don to find out, where be­tween try­ing to pre­vent our­selves from freez­ing to death (amaz­ing how just a few months in Dubai makes any tem­per­a­ture be­low 40 de­grees Cel­sius even more un­bear­able than you al­ready thought), we spoke with a bevy of peo­ple at Huawei’s Global MBB Fo­rum. Need­less to say, they had some rather in­ter­est­ing things to say about just how much 5G could change the fu­ture of hu­man­ity.

It may be a new year and the per­fect time for a fresh start (as ter­ri­bly cliché as that phrase may be), but we’re also bring­ing back some stuff from last year. Namely, the spe­cial re­ports. For the sec­ond edi­tion, we asked around about the fu­ture of WiFi – and how telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies can profit while de­liv­er­ing the ser­vice (read: free) those of us that com­prise the masses ex­pect As men­tioned when we in­tro­duced the spe­cial re­ports last month, think of it as a bit of in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing, un­rav­el­ling a rid­dle, wrapped in a mys­tery, in­side an enigma. Or, per­haps a more apt metaphor, tak­ing some­thing that might sound ut­terly in­com­pre­hen­si­ble and trans­lat­ing it into lan­guage any­one can un­der­stand.

We’re also bring­ing back our coun­try pro­files, a deep dive into the so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal cli­mate in Mid­dle East and African coun­tries and what it means for busi­nesses – and what it might mean in the fu­ture. This month, we’re tak­ing a look at Le­banon. As it turns out, the Mediter­ranean na­tion is much more nu­anced than just hav­ing some of the best food in the re­gion.

There’s a lot more we could say, but it’s prob­a­bly fair to as­sume you get the point.

Be­lieve it or not,

2019 is here.

Wel­come to the fu­ture. Now it’s time to fig­ure out ex­actly what comes next.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing VR aboard a 5G con­nected bus in Lon­don.

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