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Racing Towards 5G, Addressing Cybersecurity

By Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Thu, 11/18/2021 - 16:52

Outdated infrastructure stands in the way of a 5G Network, which promises to catapult Mexico’s digital transformation and contribute to a multi-billion-dollar growth. Addressing cybersecurity challenges requires a joint effort among state and nonprofit regulators. Tec de Monterrey inaugurated its national cybersecurity hub in hopes to develop specialized human capital. Global tech companies’ preference for Mexican talent has given rise to an advanced technology development hub.

Meanwhile, fearing their product would underperform in the market, Google reportedly pulled the plug on its anticipated Pixel foldable phone. Among this year’s inventions, products to fight the global pandemic stood out in TIME’s "The best 100 inventions of 2021.”

 

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Mexico

 

Outdated Infrastructure Obstructs Billion Dollar Growth

The development of 5G is expected to catapult Mexico’s digital transformation and add between US$48 billion and US$68 billion to the national GDP over the next ten years, according to Cisco Latin America. However, existing infrastructure poses a challenge to this growth. 

Cybersecurity Requires a Joint Effort

The most efficient way to achieve an efficient use of new cybersecurity technology is through action by regulators, state entities and various nonprofit associations, says expert contributor Martín Portillo, CISO, Huawei Technologies Mexico.

Mexican University Inaugurates National Cybersecurity Hub

Tec de Monterrey inaugurated the national Cybersecurity Hub, headquartered in its Santa Fe Campus, to improve cybersecurity among stakeholders and develop skilled human capital through specialized laboratories and entrepreneurship networking areas.

Mexico Considered an Advanced Technology Development Hub

Global tech companies’ preference for Mexican talent has given rise to an advanced technology development hub, says NDS Cognitive experts. Academia and tech company partnerships promise to continue producing highly qualified talent needed to support digital transformation efforts.

 

International

 

Google Postpones Pixel Fold Until 2022?

Fearing that the Pixel foldable phone would underperform in a saturated smartphone market, Google has reportedly dropped the Passport project before it was officially announced. References embedded in the Google Camera app code indicate that a newer model called Pipit is set to be announced in 2022 after the launch of Android 12L, which was designed specifically to support folding devices.

TIME’s Best Inventions of 2021

Among this year’s inventions, products to fight the global pandemic stood out in TIME’s "The best 100 inventions of 2021,” including watershed inventions such as a radon detector, an air purifier and telemedicine solutions.

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Cinthya Alaniz Salazar Cinthya Alaniz Salazar Journalist & Industry Analyst