Ford taps Vodafone for 5G; Toyota chooses Nokia Oyj


Today’s 5G networking environment globally is starting to look like a pretty cosmopolitan effort a la “We are the world” or other classic projects with that kind of robust buy-in.


Specifically, today reports are breaking that the Ford company is contracting Vodafone to install 5G infrastructure at its campus in Essex in the UK.


Reuters shows that the British government is spending 65 million pounds on 5G innovations overall.


This particular system, company leaders say, will speed up the manufacturing of Ford electric vehicle components.


“For a single EV product, this could generate more than a half a million pieces of data every minute,” Ford spokespersons said in a press statement.


At the same time, Toyota is getting a Finnish firm Nokia Oyj to install 5G in its facilities in Japan.


“5G networking will help the manufacturing process to evolve into a more automated operating environment,” Nokia Oyj reported in a press release three days ago. “With super-fast speeds, ultra-low latency and multiple simultaneous connections via Massive MIMO, 5G is a major step forward to delivering the manufacturing industry’s transformational applications, services and workflows.”


International cooperation is a good sign for global networks. It presents more of a possibility that different countries will do the partnership and collaboration that is required to roll out global tech advances.


However, health concerns still persist. Consumer advocates and others question the use of additional radio frequency spectrum to improve voice and data communications and whether that has any health risks attached to it.


“In an appeal to the European Union, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warn about the danger of 5G, which will lead to a massive increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation,” report European stakeholders. “The scientists urge the EU to follow Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe, asking for an independent task force to reassess the health effects.”


Look for more news on 5G rollout, because, despite any challenges, this type of networking seems to have reached the critical mass it needs for a sea change, at least in the enterprise world.