China, which is the source of the original outbreak of coronavirus, successfully cause problems for global supply chains, however the outbreak, which is now a global pandemic, has led to over 120 countries and 120,000 or more confirmed cases, which has significant consequences which are not predictable and very far-reaching.

An organisation by the name of Mobile World Congress has provided a telecommunications conference for many years, and was one of the first to cancel it in an effort to prevent the coronavirus from spreading despite having Keynote speakers. There are employees that have been told to work from home, and it is because of this that missed partnerships and delayed initiatives have been more problematic.

The technology industries and telecommunication industries want to do everything that is safe, promoting healthy solutions for their workers. Videoconferencing has become more broadly available than ever before which has assisted governments in sending out more accurate information in regard to the virus. Plus, smart city technologies have become more useful as this pandemic spreads with abandon.

1) The immediate impact on businesses associated with the coronavirus has been supply chain problems which have become extreme.

This virus which originated in China has affected the lives of many citizens, many of which were forced into quarantine in order to control it. Partial and full shutdowns of factories and manufacturing plants were done, some of which were responsible for the production of technology which was used for creating products and goods. One of the companies that was affected was Apple, specifically for the production of the iPhone, and there are other countries including Foxconn which also shut down many of their facilities which were located in China.

2) Coronavirus has spread, and as it has, tech conferences have been canceled, and this has eliminated the possibility of building partnerships and relationships worldwide.

The Mobile World Congress, a conference that was supposed to occur in late February in beautiful Barcelona, was canceled as a result of the coronavirus spreading in that area. The cornerstone event at this conference related to keeping industries connected, and it often brought together businesses such as Fusion Voice & Data, that were there to share innovations, networking skills, forge business partnerships and provided many other benefits. The rescheduling of events has been planned, and it is because the coronavirus continues to spread that many others have canceled their events completely.

3) The pandemic has highlighted the need for remote interactive equipment and technology and 5G technology seems to be the best way of accelerating this option.

Lightning fast 5G speeds are going to provide communication that is almost instantaneous, and this is perfect for remote interactions between enterprises and organisations that are decidedly working toward a solution as the coronavirus spreads rampantly.

4) Virtual reality could be a great way for the coronavirus to be handled in regard to technological sharing of information.

Coronavirus outbreaks have been very problematic for Google, Apple, and Microsoft, causing them to tell employees to work from home. There are businesses, such as Amazon, that do have employees that travel, and nonessential trips to places like Italy and China, as well as the US, have been modified or canceled. This is simply the safest way to interact within this pandemic, guided by the need to inhibit collaborative efforts and focus upon hands-on training. Hands-on training is not possible, and that’s why VR technology may be the best way to both include collaborative efforts and hands-on training that must be done.

5) Smart city solutions are also a primary focus, causing investors to look at this technology as a crisis management tool.

There have been many cities around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus and they have utilised this smart city technology. The use of drones by the Chinese police, specifically using thermal sensors, have been utilised to check for fevers. In South Korea, the government has made an app which makes it easy for caseworkers and self quarantined individuals to communicate, providing information that can be helpful and they can also answer questions. The Australian government has created a chat bot which can connect with citizens that may have questions and it is also used to prevent disinformation from spreading.