Future Connectivity

Global telcos are racing to be the first to take 5G mainstream – and national regulators have the power to sway who wins. ‘Smart’ cities edge ever closer as satellite and other technologies offer new ways to interconnect urban infrastructure. As space becomes more crowded, investors sniff opportunities for profit

The industry has been burnt in the past by setting unrealistic expectations

Success will depend on aligning customer need with appropriate pricing structures

Global policymakers are in a fierce battle to set the standards for next-wave internet

Adverse space weather could knock out satellite systems and cost trillions of dollars

The superstars of modern communications operate in multiple orbits but each have different roles

Companies inside and outside the industry are taking an active interest in start-ups

More from this Special Report

BT’s Marc Allera explains how the UK could move to the front of the pack

Range, cost and speed will determine the best tools for each job

A look at two companies that have integrated connected devices into their operations