The global telecoms industry must focus on boosting profitability while resisting a growing divide between nations and regions, GSMA director-general Mats Granryd said in a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress 2021 Shanghai.
Telecoms Industry May Shift To ‘Bad Actors With Bad Intentions’ – GSMA’s Granryd
Challenges such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had boosted the mobile industry with greater infrastructure to help nations gain “a backbone for recovery”, Granryd said.
Despite posting strong growth in 2021 “with consumer optimism at a nine-month high”, he warned the industry may shift towards “bad actors with bad intentions”.
Such groups held a “growing breeding ground for hate, anti-science, anti-truths, isolation and even violence perpetuated on 24/7 digital and social channels”, he said, citing conspiracy theories on 5G cybersecurity and attacks against base stations.
Further splits in the telecoms ecosystem “could threaten interoperability, scale and security”, he said, adding the sector should work jointly via key business partnerships.
Operator investment was crucial to the industry, which had led to linear growth via infrastructure, spectrum and boosts to generational versions of mobile technology from 2G to 5G, Granryd added…