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Ex- O2 Chief Warns of UK’s ‘analogue’ Thinking on Smart Cities

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In an interview with the Financial Times, Ronan Dunne said slow-moving planning laws were holding back innovation and that a “radical overhaul” was required to pave the way for 5G networks.

Smart cities are an urban development in which communications technologies are combined with internet-connected sensors to manage a city better, by gathering data and acting on it in real time.

For instance, a driverless car might communicate its position to a network, and lights could be changed to redirect cars and ease congestion.

5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks is set to be launched in the UK in 2020, yet remains poorly defined- there are no standards or specifications.

Source: Sky News | Technology (Monday 19 September 2016)

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