Twitter is the go-to platform for business people and prosumers looking for informed opinion, news or comment on technology. Much of this focuses on 5G or related innovations, and recent rollouts of 5G networks in the UK and US have sparked considerable debate on the next-generation network. The following 20 influencers work in fields as diverse as education, government, media and advertising; but all share useful information and opinion on the next generation network. Prepare to be informed and entertained.
1. John Legere (6.6m followers)
Joined May 2013
T-Mobile’s outgoing CEO John Legere is outspoken and eccentric, and he uses social media to connect with customers and employees from whom he gleans market intelligence which feeds through to company strategy. He regularly disparages his competitors (including their 5G plans) on Twitter. And he has 6.5m followers, demonstrating that these spats are of interest to the wider public as well as tech enthusiasts.
Looking at @TMobile over the past decade and A LOT changed. We broke up with AT&T. We revolutionized the wireless industry. We listened to our customers. Get ready for another decade of (you guessed it) even more #uncarrier! #20for20https://t.co/yfxu039ghdJanuary 1, 2020
2. Glen Gilmore (301k followers)
Joined November 2008
Glen Gilmore provides digital marketing strategy and training to the Fortune 500. He has collaborated with some of the biggest tech companies and organisations in the world including Amazon, Huawei, Verizon, IBM and Nato. He also advises on trends, digital marketing and transformation best practices, as well as online community building, influencer relations, online reputation management, compliance, and governance.
By 2035, the #5G industry will be worth $13.2 TRILLION and have created 22.3 MILLION #jobs.REPORT: key industrial advances, social impact areas & the drivers of 5G⚡️👉 https://t.co/B6XGmvl8GH #tech #innovation @wef #CES2020 #SmartCities #robotics #IoT #DigitalTransformation pic.twitter.com/nykWxgUzJYJanuary 7, 2020
3. Sarah Janes Gratton (177k followers)
Joined October 2008
As a producer, author, and a former theatre performer, UK-based Sarah-Jayne Gratton is not your typical 5G influencer, however this social media strategist puts her communications skills to good use as a member of the Siemens influencer community and is a key opinion leader for Huawei. She speak and writes regularly on 5G and related technologies.
5G-connected households are coming, but when?Ericsson's unmissable new Mobility Report tells all...👉https://t.co/3cAaV4IdbW#5G @EricssonNetwork #EricssonInfluencer@Ronald_vanLoon @mclynd @jblefevre60 @MikeQuindazzi @diioannid @dinisguarda @kashthefuturist @gvalan pic.twitter.com/5KbeUNyhlgDecember 3, 2019
4. Diana Adams (150k followers)
Joined March 2009
Atlanta-based Diana Adams works as a technology journalist, an Ericsson influencer and is the co-founder of Adams Consultancy Group. Her self-declared passions are digital transformation with a focus on IoT, AI, mobility and big data. She teaches in tech and is outspoken on the ethical benefits of widespread 5G rollout.
#Mobile Connectivity and its Mighty Effect on Global Economic Growth📲https://t.co/CsFO8Q1qC7#5G makes this topic especially relevant. Depending where you live, the digital divide can feel like a blessing or a punch in the gut.@EricssonNetwork #EricssonInfluencer #ICT #IoT pic.twitter.com/NHWN8Z8J0IDecember 11, 2019
5. Mike Quindazzi (141k followers)
Joined February 2014
Mike Quindazzi is managing director and US digital alliances leader for PwC. He is a regular keynote speaker on the trends shaping the future for business and society, including fintech, AR, AI, robotics and digital transformation. Quindazzi currently serves on the executive committee at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, leading a number of important economic development initiatives.
Pilot One is the smallest #8K smart 360 degree camera on the market >>> #CES2020 >>> https://t.co/WlLQcG4w5Y via @MikeQuindazzi >>> #AR #5G #CES #IoT #defstar5 #BigData #VR #Smarthome >>> https://t.co/FpCGx9MiJP pic.twitter.com/8XaRRBnNw5January 7, 2020
6. Michael Fisher (133k followers)
Joined September 2011
Michael Fisher is respected for his mobile technology reviews, perhaps best known for the YouTube videos he made as reviews editor for Pocketnow. Any mobile tech reviewer worth their salt will be well briefed on the pros and cons of 5G, and he is no exception. Fisher is now operating as MrMobile, an independent reviewer, and has extended his remit to gadgets and smartwatches as well as phones.
The sum total of filming equipment I'm bringing to today's Verizon #5G test drive in Providence RI. (Note the lack of camera! Shooting this entirely on the Note 10+ and Note 10+ 5G.) Questions about Verizon mmWave since my last 5G video? Hit me! pic.twitter.com/Xa2LXweuTHAugust 27, 2019
7. Dr. Sally Eaves (97k followers)
Joined April 2015
Sally Eaves is CTO for Intrepreneur International and a member of the Forbes Technology Council. She is a thought leader on innovation and digital transformation, with a specific interest in types of technology enhanced by 5G – including AI, machine learning and robotics.
Check out my latest article: Industrial Companies are Ready for 5G, says Capgemini https://t.co/Gg7uXBeuNf via @LinkedInJune 6, 2019
8. Antonio Grasso (91k followers)
Joined December 2015
Founder and CEO of Italian start up Digital Business Innovation, Antoinio Grasso has been working in IT for more than 35 years. Perhaps best known for his ethical vision and interest in how digital transformation can help developing countries, he uses Twitter and other social media platforms to spread content on new, emerging technologies and how they can be used to transform the world for the greater good.
5G communications networks will enhance the performance of the internet of things, autonomous vehicles and other technological advancements in the 2020s. Link >> https://t.co/8yLFR93SVY @Stratfor via @antgrasso #5G #IoT #IIot pic.twitter.com/noZLHLeXlISeptember 22, 2019
9. Kevin L. Jackson (67k followers)
Joined December 2008
Jackson is the CEO and founder of the GovCloud Network, a consultancy formed to assist agencies and businesses make best use of cloud computing. He writes regularly on 5G and its impact on healthcare, retail and financial services.
According to @ATTBusiness, 2020 is the year for #edgecomputing! They have outlined their strategy to make the most out of this in a new post by @MoKatibeh. https://t.co/3mS3YnYSCN #ATTInfluencer @ATTBusiness #CES2020 #5G pic.twitter.com/pls0qEN7pCJanuary 7, 2020
10. Ajit Pai (67k followers)
Joined May 2012
Ajit Pai is a lawyer and chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Before being appointed to the FCC, Pai had a career spanning government and telecoms, where he held positions with the Department of Justice, the US Senate, and Verizon Communications.
If this is how China is willing to use its leverage over basketball, e-sports, and flag emojis, imagine what could happen if we let Chinese companies' equipment into America’s #5G networks.October 16, 2019
11. Graham Cluley (92k followers)
Joined January 2008
If you think the world of cyber security is a dull place, then you've never met Graham Cluley (or seen his Twitter feed). Cluley has been working in cyber security for almost 30 years, and is an award-winning speaker, writer, and podcaster. And as edge computing and 5G open a whole new world of vulnerabilities, you can be sure that Cluley will have an insightful take on the issues at hand.
Security researchers have found close to a dozen vulnerabilities in 5G, which they claim can be used to track people's real-time location, spoof emergency alerts or silently disconnect a 5G-connected phone from the network altogether https://t.co/R8T73tc6QbNovember 12, 2019
12. Kathrin Buvac (2.5k followers)
Joined January 2012
Kathrin Buvac is president of Nokia Enterprise, and is a prominent ambassador for Women in Tech. Buvac leads a team that provides enterprise networks, industrial automation and digital solutions to customers in a number of sectors. And as industrial 5G begins to gain traction, Buvac will provide a unique view from the world of the enterprise.
What an incredible day to learn about the Active research Environment for the next generation of Automobiles enabled by 5G. Big thanks to our colleagues from Daimler, Bosch and our own Nokia team. #nokiaforindustries https://t.co/0KYnmVQFZONovember 28, 2019
13. Michael Dell (665k followers)
Joined July 2009
Not many people have done more to push a company forward than Michael Dell. Whilst at Austin's University of Texas in 1984, Dell launched a computer company that would go on to become one of the world's best-known brands. As well as spear-heading Dell's growth, he also played a huge hand in transforming Austin into one of America's most tech-savvy cities. And having moved beyond selling PCs, into developing enterprise-level servers and other equipment, Dell now has a serious focus on edge-computing, and an interest in how data can be manipulated in the cloud, via technologies such as 5G and Wi-Fi 6.
By leveraging #AI, our new @Dell Optimizer software "really, really gets you" @PCWorld says. Another way we help make work more seamless, intelligent and enjoyable. Plus WiFi 6 and 5G #CES2020https://t.co/SqDbSPSwLDJanuary 10, 2020
14. Dalith Steiger (105k followers)
Joined October 2011
Dalith Steiger is one of the co-founders and a managing partner of SwissCognitive, the Global AI Hub, which was founded in 2016. It is one of the world’s leaders in providing solutions relating to AI. And since its inception, SwissCognitive has connected to over 150 companies spanning 30 different industries that represent over two million employees. Steiger has a keen interest in how AI and 5G will complement one another, and open up new opportunities over the next decade.
#AIBest of @Ronald_vanLoon https://t.co/OVaw0XSTh2 #5G Adoption Key to Succeeding with AI, #IoT and #Roboticsby @Sudipto_Martech @MarTechSeriesRead more https://t.co/PxKETCzHmR#AI #BigData #Art ..@SwissCognitive - Join our weekly https://t.co/h1S7D8tSPW pic.twitter.com/IstDDfFzh2August 23, 2019
15. Cristiano Amon (31k followers)
Joined January 2011
If you're looking for a company with a lot of skin in the 5G game, look no further than Qualcomm. Qualcomm Technologies developed the first 5G NR modem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G, and continues to develop 5G chips for mobile devices. Cristiano Amon is Qualcomm's president, and is an outspoken advocate of 5G and its capabilities.
This was a good discussion about the real status of 5G around the globe. #5G is front and center at #WEF2020 👊 https://t.co/7Ie4h0lOIn pic.twitter.com/4ZYGLbxRGlJanuary 22, 2020
16. Tommi Uitto (1,219 followers)
Joined July 2009.
Tommi Uitto is currently President, Mobile Networks, and a member of the Group Leadership Team at Nokia. Unless you're fluent in Finnish, you'll have to hit the translate button on most of Tommi's tweets, but as Nokia's head of mobile networks, he's perfectly placed to deliver ongoing insight across the 5G landscape.
My first ever ride in a self-driving vehicle, at Nokia campus. It navigates with LIDAR, and is the only such vehicle in the world capable of driving in bad weather. 5G is used for remote control driving SAE Level 4 and for uplink video feeds. #nokia #sensible4 #gotcha #espoo #5G pic.twitter.com/NVRjqAc2hUMarch 4, 2020
17. Marc Allera (11.1k followers)
Joined August 2016.
Marc Allera is currently CEO of BT’s Consumer division: BT, EE and Plusnet. And since joining the Twitter platform in 2016 Allera has built up a considerable audience, thanks to the regular updates and insight he shares via his account. Having spent a decade working at Three UK, Marc joined BT in 2011.
I said at yesterday's @EndersAnalysis conference that we have #5G in more places across the UK than any other operator.And we've just upgraded three more – with #5GEE now live in Staines, Waltham Cross and Dartford 👍 pic.twitter.com/eiFfXWZ5flMarch 6, 2020
18. Mats Granryd (38.1k followers)
Joined November 2015.
Mats Granryd is Director General at the GSMA, the global industry organisation that represents the interests of mobile network operators (with a membership of more than 750 mobile operators). In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events. Granyrd's Twitter feed is a fantastic place to get a snapshot of what's going on in the mobile industry, thanks to his extensive list of connections, and he also shares his own views from time to time.
A fascinating report from @vodafone on how industry is working with operators to realise the benefits of 5G. Spectrum must be used and managed as efficiently as possible to ensure a 5G future that will benefit everyone. https://t.co/HwFloz6pNr pic.twitter.com/9MiXjOeZDbNovember 29, 2019
19. Michael Sievert (64.6k followers)
With John Legere stepping down from the top spot at T-Mobile, Michael Sievert is now the president and CEO of T-Mobile US, and a member of the company's board of directors. In November 2019, T-Mobile announced that Sievert, then-COO, would step up to the CEO position in May of this year. However, as the T-Mobile Sprint merger was finalized, the company took the opportunity to promote Sievert a month early.
Following on from Legere will be no small feat, especially when it comes to social media, but – juding from previous posts – Sievert's approach is likely to be similar, and you can expect some ruffled feathers along the way.
Whoa 👀 Don’t sleep on @LGUSAMobile! The #LGDualScreen is a pretty fresh idea 🔥🔥🔥 Oh, and yes, @TMobile will be carrying it 😉 https://t.co/FDAWgugeXrFebruary 27, 2020
20. Caroline Chan (1,884 followers)
Joined January 2018.
Caroline Chan is General Manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platform Group, Intel. Thanks to her role at Intel, Chan is immersed in the world of 5G, and regularly attends industry events related to 5G technology, sharing her insights with her followers. You may also get some Texas Longhorns tweets thrown in for good measure.
#5G plus #EdgeCompute : perfect marriage #IamIntel https://t.co/9RggFRG5GaNovember 8, 2019