Episode 45: Everything you need to know about 5G, with Guy Kawasaki and Cristiano Amon
Upon hearing about the promise of 5G beyond its blazing fast speeds, Guy Kawasaki was stunned. “So you are discussing, in a sense, something as big as the industrial revolution, the computer revolution, the internet revolution. This is not just internet, better. This is a different curve.”“Absolutely correct,” replied Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, in our latest episode of The Qualcomm Podcast.Guy, an author and creator of The Remarkable People Podcast, recently joined our show as a guest host, talking with Cristiano about all things 5G. They dove into the ways this next generation of wireless is already booming around us, from 5G smartphones and PCs to Guy’s own experience at a 5G-powered Chainsmokers concert. Even in the fight against the pandemic, the technology is already making a difference around the globe. And looking forward, the duo also discussed how 5G can bolster new opportunities for entrepreneurship and transform industries across sectors, including auto, gaming, and many more.
Examining How COVID-19 is Accelerating 5G Technology with Qualcomm’s Cristiano Amon
The Six Five with Patrick Moorhead and Daniel Newman
On this special episode of The Six Five - Insiders Edition hosts Daniel Newman and Patrick Moorhead welcome Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the tech industry and technologies like 5G. Qualcomm’s Resilient Culture in the Spotlight During COVID-19 Qualcomm has always prided itself on its resilient culture and while this pandemic is definitely unprecedented, it’s not the first time Qualcomm has been put to the test in recent years. Currently 90 percent of Qualcomm’s workforce is working from home with 10 percent of employees still working on campus. Cristiano shared that the company is still hitting benchmarks and is seeing 90 percent productivity level. A lot of processes got put to the test, but employees rose to the challenge and are making it work. Cristiano also shared that managers and leaders have seen a shift in how they operate. They have more responsibility now to over-communicate and maintain engagement with employees. Teams across the organization are having more video meetings and the company is seeing more messages via collaboration tech to keep morale up among employees. Embracing the Opportunity Times like this give companies the opportunity to show who they really are and many in the tech space are going above and beyond to do just that. For example, carriers all over the globe proved to be invaluable as other businesses are depending on them to remain connected and keep people employed. Qualcomm has had a long history of philanthropic endeavors so it’s no surprise that the company has donated money and resources to a variety of organizations locally and nationally. For instance, when the pandemic forced schools to shift to remote learning, Qualcomm donated laptops to underserved students in the San Diego community. Cristiano shared how Qualcomm shifted their own supply chain to help other companies secure parts needed to make ventilators. They also started using 3D printers to make molds for masks that many hospitals and medical providers around the country are desperate for. These are just a few examples from an extensive list that reaffirm Qualcomm’s mission to embrace the opportunity to use technology to make our communities and world better. Wireless and 5G Technologies Contributing in the Future We are seeing a few shifts right now at home and across a variety of industries when it comes to wireless and 5G technology. People are realizing the power that these technologies can deliver. Here are just a few examples: Enterprise Transformation at Home. People are upgrading their WiFi networks, buying new devices, and improving their home connections to be able to handle the increased bandwidth to maintain productivity during this work from home experiment. Mindset Shift for the CIO. Prior to COVID-19. CIOs mostly viewed 5G and other wireless technologies through the lense of “how will this fit into my system.” Now there’s a shift to “how to adapt our system to serve my workforce,” which has included upgrades to the cloud, collaboration platforms, and turning to ACPCs. Use Cases in Remote Learning and Telehealth. Medical providers and schools the world over have been forced to accelerate their technology transformation. Digital transformation has been on the back burner for many years in these industries, but now it is the number one priority. COVID-19 is Accelerating 5G Build Out The technology that has seen the most growth during the COVID-19 is clearly 5G. This unfortunate situation has put pressure and spotlight on telecom companies to keep companies and individuals connected. The focus for a 5G rollout until now had been in urban areas, but with most people at home in suburban areas carriers are making upgrades to support network capacity that hadn’t seen this demand before. In general, carriers are able to build more now that there are fewer people out in the streets. Construction is happening faster than before with a resolve to make connectivity stronger. More base stations are being built, quotas and goals are being met before deadlines. In China, carriers built 150 thousand base stations in the first quarter alone and will easily meet the goal of one million base stations by the end of the year. On the consumer side, while the roll out has been slow, 30 percent of phone activations in China were 5G devices in March — a huge leap forward. And while not every country or region is seeing success, the economies that had previously embraced 5G are doing well now. If you’d like to learn more about Qualcomm, the advancement of 5G, and other technologies please visit their website. Be sure to listen to the full episode below to hear more insights from Cristiano, Daniel, and Patrick. While you’re at it, don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode.
Episode 31: The REAL story of 5G from President Cristiano Amon
When Cristiano Amon first started working at the company, he was tasked with its infrastructure business (in other words, the things are phones connect to like base stations). That was back in the beginning days of 2G (yes, he’s been with us a long time, fortunately). At the time, not many believed that there was a need for CDMA technology, but Qualcomm continued to pursue it, developing it until it became the norm.Fast forward 24 years: Amon is now president of the company he loves, and helped establish Qualcomm as the world leader in 5G connectivity.“People wanted 5G … 5G could create new use cases, bring innovation back to mobile, create new players, change the landscape,” says Amon.In this episode, we sat down with Amon to talk about his tech background, his journey to Qualcomm, the intensive R&D behind 5G, and more.
Pocket-lint podcast episode 3 - What’s next for Huawei, we interview Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon, and which console should you buy?
This week’s show is a busy one. Stuart sits down with Pocket-lint editor Chris Hall to find out what Google blacklisting Huawei means for current customers and future customers. Stuart catches up with Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon at the EE 5G launch event to talk about why he and the company believes 5G is so important.And then Rik, Cam, and Stuart talk games consoles, and in particular whether now is the time to get an Xbox, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, or wait for it, nothing. This show is sponsored by Honeywell Home from Resideo - making the smart home simpler. Visit us at pocket-lint.com, check out our latest videos at Youtube.com/pocketlintcom or sign up to our daily newsletter at https://www.pocket-lint.com/info/newsletter.Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!Hosted by Stuart MilesProduction and Editing by Stuart MilesGuests: Chris Hall, Rik Henderson, Cam Bunton, and Cristiano AmonMusic by Lee Rosevere - Let's Start at the Beginning and Southside See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.