Tuesday, 12 May 2020 11:14

RMIT to offer 5G courses in association with IBM

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RMIT University will offer two courses in 5G technology in association with IBM, the university says, adding that both would be fully credentialled by the university. The university did not specify when the courses would be offered.

One course, titled Internet of Things Strategy in the 5G Era will run for six weeks, while the other course, 5G Technology and the Opportunity for Business, will be a one-week affair.

In a statement, RMIT Online chief executive Helen Souness said the two new courses, part of the Future Skills portfolio, would help future-proof Australian businesses against industry disruption.

“The advent of 5G technologies holds incredible economic potential for businesses and individuals,” she said.

"For Australians to keep up with the hyperconnectivity that will ensue from the rollout of the 5G network, as well as the emergence of booming technologies like VR and AR, employers will need to understand the technological implications and business impacts from a strategic perspective.

“For education to keep up with the breakneck speed of technology, we’re extremely proud to partner with leaders like IBM, to provide students with the essential tools and knowledge they’ll need to handle the technological implications of the 5G rollout.”

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, there had been periodic announcements from the country's two big telcos, Telstra and Optus, about their 5G progress, with each trying to outdo the other in hype.

But since the country went into lockdown, the advertising blitz has quietened and the rollout of 5G has also slowed.

By mid-year, the newly merged entity of Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG Telecom, will also get into the act of competing for the 5G dollar. Some phone manufacturers, like Samsung, OPPO and LG, have already released 5G smartphones in Australia.

The RMIT statement said IDC had predicted 41.6 billion IoT devices would be used worldwide by 2025, and GSMA anticipated that 5G would inject $2.2 trillion into the global economy by 2034.

IBM Australia and New Zealand managing director Katrina Troughton said the 5G rollout was a great chance for Australia’s tech innovators on a global scale.

“Anticipation of the 5G rollout has been creating waves for years now and thanks to the vast pool of talent and skills we have in Australia, we have a unique opportunity to contribute to global 5G innovation in a remarkable way,” she said.

“We’re thrilled to be at the forefront of 5G education and training as a result of our partnership with RMIT.”


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