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Responsible 5G – A Top Manager's Perspective

Responsible 5G – A Top Manager's Perspective

Written by Michael Gizicki-Neundlinger | Reviewed by Simon Ladinik

Created on: 29 Jun 2020 | Updated on: 01 Jul 2020

News category: "News on Living Innovation"

Thomas Arnoldner on how to create a trustworthy 5G infrastructure

The 5G infrastructure is a key enabling technology for the digital transformation. It promises to push development in many crucial sectors, e.g. artificial intelligence, tele-medicine and the Internet of Things. Recently, however, 5G has provoked public concern.


How will 5G really change the way we live? What are benefits and challenges for businesses and people? How can we create a responsible, trustworthy 5G infrastructure?


Our guest in this week's Responsible Innovation Story has very clear answers to these questions. Thomas Arnoldner is Chief Executive Officer for A1 Telekom Austria Group. A1 is the market leader in the Austrian telecommunications sector and spearheads the 5G rollout in the country. Thomas Arnoldner sees a fine line between the opportunities and challenges ahead of us.


“5G opens business opportunities at an unprecedented scale, but we need to discuss ethical limits.”


Our most important insights from this interview with Thomas Arnoldner:

  • 5G will be a fundamental prerequisite for the next phase of the digital transformation.
  • To create the 5G infrastructure we want, we need to have a broad societal discussion including the leading ICT companies.
  • Only then, we can harness to full potential of the 5G revolution.



The interview was taken prior to the outbreak of Covid-19. Therefore, social distancing measures were not implemented.


Enjoy watching the full interview at!

Click on the time stamps to watch the respective topics:

00:00 5G as Enabling Technology

02:28 The Business Case

03:00 Responsible 5G

04:35 Europe's Leading Role in Global Competetiveness

06:44 Responsible 5G as Europe's Unique Selling Proposition

09:38 Debunking Technology Myths

11:44 The Crucial Role of Future Generations

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