Making 5G Global: Accessibility for All

3 June 2021 10:00 BST | 11:00 CET

In markets where 5G has launched, the latest wireless broadband standard is shaping up to be the fastest generation of network technology ever adopted. It has become a key growth driver for operators globally not only because of the experiences it enables, but also due to the accessibility and affordability of handsets.

After just two years from launch, 5G smartphones available to consumers include not just premium flagships, but also a robust selection of mid-end and, increasingly, affordable-range devices.

Appealing to young, modern smartphone users, these budget friendly phones come packed with the latest technology and features, including AI-enabled quad-camera imaging systems, premium screens, superior audio, high-performance chipsets and great battery life. We are quickly moving to a world where 5G will be accessible across all segments, enabling more consumers in emerging markets to connect to super-fast networks for the first time.

This webinar brings you the story of how technology has evolved over the generations, the impact it has had on usage patterns, and how both are likely to evolve over time. We explore 5G within this context, looking at how today’s young people use smartphones to enhance their lives and the key technologies supporting them.

List of Speakers:

Kalvin Bahia

Principal Economist
GSMA Intelligence
Kalvin is responsible for delivering economic analysis across a range of GSMA programmes and initiatives. He works particularly closely with Mobile for Development (M4D), working on digital and financial inclusion topics, and also carries out research on spectrum policy, regulation and competition. Recent work includes analysing the impact of public policy reforms on the deployment of mobile infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa and assessing the impact of mobile money regulation on usage. Before joining the GSMA, Kalvin worked at Ofcom and the UK Competition Commission.

Rajen Vagadia

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Vice President & President

Qualcomm India Private Limited

As vice president at Qualcomm & president for India & SAARC regions, Rajen oversees the entire regional sales and business organization for all go-to market activities under the Qualcomm Technologies and Qualcomm Technologies Licensing businesses. His key responsibilities are to manage operations focusing on driving growth through carriers, OEMs and ecosystem partners.

Based in Mumbai, Rajen has close to 30 years of experience in the telecom industry, covering diverse areas in manufacturing, business development and sales, supply-chain & strategy. He joined Qualcomm in 2011 and during his tenure, has played a key role in driving the LTE (Long-term Evolution) growth for India and expanding opportunities for the Adjacent Technologies business in the country. He also led the business development of the Internet of Everything (IoE) across different verticals covering smart cities, healthcare, automotive, wearables, home automation and industrial automation.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Rajen has held local and regional executive level positions at Motorola, Tata Teleservices Ltd, Elcoteq and Reliance Infocomm Ltd.  in the areas of business development and outsourcing. He was also an entrepreneur early in his career.

Peter Richardson

Vice President of Research

Counterpoint Research
Peter has 27 years experience in the mobile industry with extensive experience in market analysis and corporate development. Most recently Peter was Global Head of Market and Competitive Intelligence at Nokia. Here he headed a team responsible for analyzing and quantifying the industry. Prior to Nokia, Peter was an equity analyst at SoundView Technology Group. And before that he was VP and Chief Analyst of mobile and wireless research at Gartner. Peter’s early years in the industry were spent with NEC and Panasonic.

Madhav Sheth

VP, realme and CEO, realme India and Europe

Madhav spearheads realme’s strategy development, product engineering, business development, market operations and brand building initiatives. He focuses on the development of both AIoT products and smartphones for the Indian consumer, aiming to make their lives better with trendy, high-tech, smart lifestyle smart products spanning across personal, home, and travel segments.

Johnny Chen

Brand Director
Johnny leads realme’s global brand marketing team, developing a long-term strategic framework for the brand, coordinating brand efforts across different geographies and countries, with a goal to provide a brand that’s for realmers. Johnny’s vision is to develop a brand that speaks for realmers, has values that they seek and is a brand that they trust. In the next five years, his objective is to establish realme as the most adored tech brand by youth across the globe.


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