Friday, 22 October 2021

"What role should 5G play in the development of smart cities?"

Rowan Thomson
Thursday 01 April 21

We recently caught up with Sri Lanka Telecom's Anuradha Udunuwara to discuss the role of 5G in enabling smart cities and digital urban spaces, ahead of our upcoming virtual event 5GLIVE What role has 5G played in the development of smart cities? According to ITU, more than half of the world's people live in cities today. By 2050, nearly seven in ten people will be living in cities. Cities account for more than 70% of global carbon emissions and 60% to 80% of energy consumption. Rapid urbanization has created additional challenges such as social inequality, traffic congestion, and water contamination, and its associated health issues. This shows that cities need new approaches – smart approaches.    The moment we hear “smart cities” we tend to think of futuristic, high-tech large cities that are efficient, clean, and a delight to live in. A common perception is that smart cities are all larger cities that are well resourced. The problem with this perception is that it excludes the majority of cities which are not large or well…

We recently caught up with Sri Lanka Telecom's Anuradha Udunuwara to discuss the role of 5G in enabling smart cities and digital urban spaces, ahead of our upcoming virtual event 5GLIVE What role has 5G played in the development of smart cities? According to ITU, more than half of the world's people live in cities today. By 2050, nearly seven in ten people will be living in cities. Cities account for more than 70% of global carbon emissions and 60% to 80% of energy consumption. Rapid urbanization has created additional challenges such as social inequality, traffic congestion, and water contamination, and its associated health issues. This shows that cities need new approaches – smart approaches.    The moment we hear “smart cities” we tend to think of futuristic, high-tech large cities that are efficient, clean, and a delight to live in. A common perception is that smart cities are all larger cities that are well resourced. The problem with this perception is that it excludes the majority of cities which are not large or well…

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