This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes how COVID-19 has influenced hotel tech adoption; the push to speed up the 5G rollout; and more.
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Pandemic pushes hotel tech adoption
The Wall Street Journal reports that technologies hoteliers once viewed as gimmicky, such as delivery robots, are now viewed as essential changes to ensure guest safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cleaning and delivery robots that help cut down on human interactions are gaining steam.
“We always saw it as a good novelty,” hotel investor Bob Alter told The Journal. “Then comes along the pandemic and people want to not interact with people.”
US government hopes to speed up 5G rollout
While 5G itself is very fast, it’s adopting has not been, and Wired reports The White House and the U.S. Department of Defense are looking to change that. The U.S. government has announced “a plan to accelerate the process by making a crucial new chunk of spectrum available to the wireless industry.”
“It’s a big deal,” for the wireless industry, Jason Leigh, an analyst at IDC who focuses on 5G, told the news outlet. “The U.S. is desperate for some mid-band spectrum.”
Start-ups weren’t as hurt by downturn as expected
The New York Times reports investors had originally expected carnage across the landscape of tech start-ups due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic downturn. But business seems to have bounced back quicker than expected for many.
“When the coronavirus pandemic first hit in March, many technology start-ups braced themselves for The End, as business dried up, venture capitalists warned of dark times ahead and restructuring experts predicted the beginning of a ‘great unwinding’ after a decade-long boom,” the newspaper reports. “Five months later, those doomsday warnings have not translated into the drastic shakeout that many had expected.”
Compiled by Sean McCracken.