Alex Holt, KPMG's Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications shares the big themes at Mobile World Congress 2017 and reflects on KPMG's Best British Mobile Startup competition at the event.
Alex Holt reveals the key themes from Mobile World Congress
Representatives from across our global Technology, Media and Telecoms practice (TMT) went to this years' conference to engage with international industry leaders on the trends and products of the future.
The big themes to emerge from the largest annual gathering for the mobile and technology industry were: the internet of things, artificial intelligence, the evolution of content, virtual reality, regulation and 5G.
Telecoms giants discussed the introduction of 5G in 2019 and Ofcom, the UK regulator, which has revealed it expects 5G to arrive by 2020. The European Commission estimates the economic benefits of 5G could be worth €113 billion by 2025.
We also had our Tech Growth team, led by Patrick Imbach, bring four start-ups from across the UK to take part in a pitching competition, KPMG’s Best British Mobile Startup. SafeToNet - a cyber security business that protects children from abuse and harmful content on social media, was named overall winner by a panel of tech specialists including Andrew Cockburn, Head of Trade (Technology) at the Department for International Trade (DIT).
Watch our 3 minute video to see highlights from the conference.
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