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Cisco CEO to Telcos: Team Up With Us on Enterprise Killer Apps to Make Money Off 5G

February 27, 2019 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Believe the hype about 5G. “This is one technology that feels like the hype is going to be reflected in the reality,” said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins on stage during a keynote at MWC Barcelona today. And he’s also got the scoop on the killer app for 5G. “My 17-year-old son, taking his 5G phone and turning it into a hotspot and 20 of his friends playing Fortnite. Joking aside, Robbins said that while 5G has been all the rage for the past few years at MWC, this event is different because this year operators are starting to roll out 5G networks. “5G doesn’t only create a tremendous opportunity from a business perspective, but it also opens up a world of opportunity for the applications and the capabilities that we can deliver to help people all over the world,” he said. It also requires a different infrastructure and a new way of thinking about the network. While early 5G trials and connectivity pilots run on existing 4G LTE networks, turning the hype into reality will require next-generatio...