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IBM became the latest U.S. tech company to launch a cloud platform for 5G telecom operators. The company signed up Samsung and Nokia as partners. A cloud platform leverages the 5G network by setting up software instead of physical equipment to propagate the network.

The telecom operators will build 5G networks faster, reduce the operational costs while at it and customize their services into packages that they can then sell to clients in manageable offers.

The U.S. government has led the push to get big U.S. companies into the 5G space. The technology promises to change everything.

The fast network is on the way

The U.S. government’s actions to ban Chinese companies that had a leg up on 5G might be seen by some, as a ploy to give American companies time to catch up and have a stake in the promising new network.

The new technology promises to provide a fast network that will enable self-driving cars to work better. Even remote surgery seems possible with almost no lag in data transmission.

Smart factories have also been brought up as a possibility, where more manufacturers will push for increased automation. Microsoft and Amazon have already launched their cloud platforms for telecom operators who are deploying 5G.

Working together is the way forward

Most companies are focusing on collaborating instead of competing because most of their telecom partners will need to run their networks on multiple clouds. IBM acquired Red Hat last year for $34 billion, under the leadership of Arvind Krishna, the CEO.

The technology from Red Hat is powering IBM’s telecom cloud and has signed up 35 partners already to build the ecosystem to make all this possible.

The pandemic continues to accelerate many of the plans that these companies had for digital transformation.

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