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.
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.