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CONNECT WITH: NEIL SHAH

Hi Neil, please introduce yourself. 

Thanks for arranging this. I am Neil Shah, Vice President Research and Partner at Asia-based firm Counterpoint Research. I have been an Industry Analyst for more than a decade covering high tech and telecom sectors.

What are some criteria that you’ll be looking out for the awards? 

I would be looking out for how companies and their solutions are contributing to the industry, driving innovation with their technologies, expertise to make a difference to the consumers, enterprises, and societies as a whole.

 COVID-19 has accelerated advancements in tech – were there any particular advancements in 5G that were significant? 

COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation journeys for individuals and companies as a whole. Remote working, collaboration to remote healthcare monitoring to remote learning is becoming a new normal driving surge in internet bandwidth, constraining network capacity, customer experience and redefining latency requirements. 5G with its novel architecture, advancement in RAN and broader spectrum choices addresses these exact problems which are brought to the surface by the pandemic. These issues which will be addressed by 5G advancement thus include capacity, throughputs and latency as the deployments evolve over this decade.

In light of COVID, what are some news ways operators will be able to monetise 5G ? 

In light of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is going to be the killer app for operators deploying 5G to bring high-throughput, high-capacity and ighly-accessible broadband network to the corners of the world which do not have access to fixed broadband connectivity. Bundling this access with various services is a blue ocean opportunity for operators.

Finally, what do you like doing in your spare time? 

Read books, be updated with latest technology, play & watch Cricket and spend time with my kids, family and friends.

Learn more about the awards and meet judge Neil Shah at ConnecTechAsia 2020, happening 29th September - 1st October. Register your visit here.