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Top 15 5G influencers on Twitter

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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 15 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 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. He has 6.5m followers, demonstrating that these spats are of interest to the wider public as well as tech enthusiasts. 



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.



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.



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. 



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. 



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.



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. 



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.



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.



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. 



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.



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.



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.



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. 



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.



Nicola Brittain is a freelance journalist with expertise in technology, telecoms, media and finance. She worked as news and analysis editor at Computing Magazine, and more recently has freelanced for Diginomica, Investment Week and Portfolio Adviser. She is currently writing a novel.