The 5G Future Forum, the global industry group focused on driving standards and adoption of 5G and Mobile Edge Computing, today announced a call for new members.
5G and Mobile Edge Computing deliver low latency networks to mobile and connected devices while improving data throughput, reliability, power efficiency and security. This technology makes a range of transformative use-cases possible including machine learning at the edge, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented/virtual reality.
The 5G Future Forum was established in January 2020 by América Móvil, KT Corp., Rogers, Telstra, Verizon, and Vodafone. The application period for new members begins on April 1, 2021 and closes on April 20, 2021.
“The 5G Future Forum has made important progress in developing specifications that are accelerating the 5G and MEC ecosystems,” said Rima Qureshi, Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon. “We look forward to welcoming new members to 5GFF, as wider adoption of the specifications will benefit our customers and the entire industry.”
“Edge computing will be a catalyst for innovation across industries, delivering new solutions and allowing businesses to rethink how they work” said Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business. “To truly unlock this important part of the 5G ecosystem, ease of use across geographies and devices is vital. New members of the 5G Future Forum will help to continue the progress toward this goal.”
“America Movil is pleased to welcome the inclusion of new members to the 5G Future Forum, we believe this will enhance and accelerate the work we have developed to bring more innovation to the MEC ecosystem and the 5G Network, ”said Ángel Alija Guerrero, COO of América Móvil. “By accelerating a mature 5G environment and achieving its benefits, it will be possible to reach a larger number of industries and subscribers, and this requires a joint effort by the entire Telecommunications sector, therefore it is important for the 5G Future Forum to invite additional members.”
“When uncertainties are rampant, a breakthrough can provide a beacon of opportunities previously untapped,” said Jae-ho Song, CDXO of KT Corporation. “With a bolstered ecosystem of expanded partnerships, KT believes the 5G Future Forum will play a pivotal role in establishing the global edge market that drives innovation, collaboration and competition among ecosystem players.”
“Rogers is proud to be a founding member of the 5G Future Forum and we are dedicated to helping accelerate the delivery of 5G and MEC at a global scale,” said Jorge Fernandes, Chief Technology Officer at Rogers Communications. “As we continue to lead the roll out of this next generation technology across Canada, we remain focused on building our robust 5G ecosystem with strategic investments, cutting edge technology and world-class alliances such as the 5G Future Forum. We look forward to welcoming new members to the Forum who will provide additional perspectives and best-practices on the optimal strategies for successfully deploying 5G and MEC.”
“Collaborating with a strong and global ecosystem of partners – including service providers, cloud providers, technology partners and large enterprises – is crucial to bringing MEC to life and unlocking a range of new applications that will prove vital for economic momentum in these uncertain times. By combining our 5G leadership and capabilities, the 5G Future Forum members will foster and develop new technologies that can be deployed and utilised in the most efficient and cost effective way possible,” said, Nikos Katinakis, Telstra Group Executive Networks & IT.