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As countries around the world put up their best fight against the pandemic, the ICT industry is playing a key role in this journey. There are several examples to showcase the same—from keeping in touch with friends, family members, and customers to fulfilling basic needs such as health and education.

In a webinar organized on May 22 by Hindustan Times, in association with COAI and India Mobile Congress, experts highlighted some of these successful ICT applications. The latter are real-life use cases deployed by Huawei Technologies.

Emmanuel Coelho Alves, Senior Marketing Director, Huawei Technologies, spoke about how 5G telemedicine is proving especially instrumental in the protection of medical personnel and quarantine ward automation, among others.

For instance, remote gene sequencing, which is a 5G application, is helping improve the detection rates of Covid-19.

Similarly, unmanned or self-driving vehicles that spray disinfectants on their own are helping reduce the risk of infection of those working in quarantined areas. Infrared temperature measurement tools and mobile trolleys for quarantine ward consultations are other examples of how the healthcare sector is currently benefitting from using ICT.

The advent of 5G is also making it possible to provide telemedicine facilities in rural areas, with lesser transmission lag. Patients can communicate with their family members or counselors, and receive 24*7 medical interventions.

Governments across the world, meanwhile, are using ICT to collect information about the epidemic and facilitate collaboration among different stakeholders. Alves highlighted how the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare, especially, is helping governments and hospitals. According to a research cited by Alves, cloud and AI-assisted diagnosis is proving to be six times faster than a manual one.

When it comes to the online education space, 5G technology is proving to be of paramount importance. Students can enjoy better download and upload speeds, and can connect with educators seamlessly from the comfort of their homes.

On why 5G is important, Rajan S Mathews, DG, COAI, 5G, said: “For applications requiring low latencies, you cannot do without 5G. 5G gives you 2 milliseconds or less, whereas with 4G you can go up to 12 milliseconds. In an increasingly dense, sensor-driven environment, 5G is absolutely essential."

Watch the full webinar here.

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