Catalysing One Nation, One Government with ‘IndEA’

On July 1st 2017, India launched its GST. For a country of nearly 1.28 billion people, comprising of 29 states and 7 union territories this is a defining moment. The idea of abolishing all other central and state taxes, and introducing one tax, GST, was mooted 15 years back. It took more than a decade to finally get to a point when consensus was reached and the formal launch (or rather the transition) to GST happened.

A Q&A with Thomas Magedanz – 5G Technologies and Smart Cities

Digitalization is forcing the convergence of networks and platforms that have traditionally remained separate. Mobile networks have previously been the domain of telecommunications providers, but as new mobile generations emerge the reach of the network is also becoming an enterprise domain.

We spoke with Thomas Magedanz, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the Technische Universität Berlin and Director of the software-based networks competence center at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, about the expectations for 5G networks, why 5G technologies are being tested with Smart Cities applications and how standards can drive the global network interoperability that 5G will require. Thomas was a keynote speaker at The Open Group Berlin 2017 in April.

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