The agri-food business meets in Lleida to reflects on the arrival of 5G to rural environments


The meeting addressed the need to vertebrate the territory through advanced infrastructure, process automation and the challenges of water management and data use

The conference “La tecnologia 5G i el seu impacte en el sector agroalimentari” gathered experts of the agri-food and ICT industries last May 9th in Lleida to analyze the challenges and opportunities that will emerge with the deployment of 5G in rural environments. The event, organized by SmartCatalonia in the framework of the 5G Barcelona initiative, was supported by the Diputació de Lleida and focused on the need to vertebrate the territory with advanced infrastructure, the challenges of water management, processes automation or data use.

The fourth vice president of the Diputació de Lleida, Eloi Bergos, precisely stressed the importance of having a public optical fiber network throughout the territory to curb rural depopulation and to take advantage of all the opportunities offered by advanced digital technologies. In this regard, the Director General of Digital Society, Joana Barbany, highlighted the work of the Government of Catalonia to transform the region into a reference technological hub through, among others, a cohesive territory in infrastructures; an open, digital and efficient government and the full potential of the new digital innovation economy.

The Catalan ICT sector is already very solid and well-equipped for the implementation of 5G technology. The director of SmartCatalonia, Daniel Marco, emphasized this, presented the 5G strategy of Catalonia and announced the creation of a board formed by public and private entities that will work in new use cases and business models around 5G.

This has been the third of four sectorial revitalization conferences on 5G that are taking place around Catalonia this year.