Lord Mandleson to chair Ericsson debate on 5G’s role in the UK economy

Ericsson event announcement.
(Image credit: Ericsson.)

As part of a series of free webinars, Ericsson has announced the registration for its latest ‘Ringside Session’, which will look at the role 5G can play in shaping the UK’s economy in a post-coronavirus world, where increasing efficiency, enhancing connectivity, and improving sustainability are key.

The live debate will be titled ‘5G and Europe’s recovery: time for a step change’, and will take place on Tuesday, October 13 2020, at 11.15 CET (10.15 BST).

The 5G topics the panel will cover include looking at what a 5G rollout might mean for the UK and Europe, what it might cost, which economic sectors stand to benefit the most, and how the environment might be affected.

"Investments now will shape Europe’s economy for decades to come and will determine whether the recovery is truly sustainable, digital, and inclusive."


“Securing Europe’s economic recovery is the priority for EU institutions, national governments and European businesses,” Ericsson said in its promotional material for the event. “We have seen unparalleled investment in the economy to support employment and to stimulate economic activity. Investments now will shape Europe’s economy for decades to come and will determine whether the recovery is truly sustainable, digital, and inclusive.”

Moderated by Lord Peter Mandelson

The panel discussion will be introduced by Arun Bansal, executive vice president and head of market area Europe and Latin America at Ericsson, and will include Lord Peter Mandelson as moderator, with confirmed speakers including:

  • Dr. Barbara Frei, Executive Vice President Europe Operations, Schneider Electric
  • Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, Telia
  • Anthony Whelan, Digital Policy Advisor, Office of the President, European Commission

“Enhanced connectivity via 5G has the potential to transform how European companies - from Europe’s largest to millions of SMEs - deliver products and services across a range of economic sectors from manufacturing to healthcare to agriculture,” Ericsson said. “More efficient industrial and agricultural processes and use of energy will also help drive sustainability and lower emissions. 5G connections will drive inclusive growth by tackling the digital divide and driving better outcomes for citizens using public services, patients and consumers.”

If you would like to join the live debate, and discover what leading figures have to say about how 5G can help drive the UK economy over the next 12 months and beyond, you can register to attend here.  

Dan Oliver

Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.