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TIP Summit 2018: why the tide is turning for rural connectivity

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 6 Nov 2018
  • Last modified 6 Nov 2018
From the Rural First blog, written by Dez O'Connor (Business Development Manager) at Cisco

A few weeks ago, I attended Facebook’s annual Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Summit at London’s ExCel Centre.

Billed as the ultimate event for those in the software-centric technology space, I saw it as the perfect fit for our 5G RuralFirst project.


5G allows us to transform a traditionally hardware-based industry into something software-defined, enabling agility, cost-efficiencies and new services. We can be part of an ecosystem of companies that explores new business models, thanks to the opportunities provided by innovation in dynamic spectrum sharing, network slicing and the internet of things.

With 5G RuralFirst, this allows us to pioneer new ways of bringing high-speed connectivity to rural parts of the UK.

Of course, it was also a great opportunity to meet likeminded people in this space and see what else is happening out there in the industry.

To find out what Dez learned over the course of his two days, read in full here.

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