Connecting and communicating
If 2020 was the year everything went digital, then the flow, sharing and connectivity of data has never been more important. Working from home, online retailing, digital doctors’ appointments, remote education, emergency responders, track and trace apps etc have all relied on strong, quick and resilient telecom communications.
Ofcom data shows that in February 2020, about 35% of UK adults made a video call at least weekly; by May, almost 75% had such a call as part of their weekly routine. Everyone has experienced the irritation of a dropped Wi-Fi signal in lockdown; it’s the difference between being able to get something done and not being able to. Extrapolated across a society, it’s the difference between functionality and everything grinding to a halt.
Crown Castle is a leader in North America in providing communications infrastructure, with over 40,000 towers, and 80,000 miles of fibre laid. Already, 80% of 911 calls in the US are made from mobile devices1 and these need wireless connectivity of the sort Crown Castle provides. Crown Castle is an essential part of the 5G rollout, which will enable data speeds as much as 100x faster than 4G, unlocking hundreds of billions of new GDP, and facilitating remote learning and remote hospital diagnoses.
Already much of life is lived on wireless devices like mobile phones. In the future, machines, appliances, autonomous cars, and even traffic lights may be connected and communicating with one another, requiring hyper reliable, hyper speed data transmission. Companies like Crown Castle, or KDDI, one of Japan’s leading telecoms companies, which is working with car companies to connect onboard vehicle equipment with the cloud, will be central to connecting and protecting societies in the 21st century.