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RMIT Online partners with IBM on Australian-first courses to prepare for the proliferation of 5G technologies

Courses to skill-up leaders and decision makers working in sectors that will be transformed by IoT.

  • The International Data Corporation has predicted by 2025, 41.6 billion IoT devices will be in use worldwide, while the widespread launch of 5G will see an uptake reaching 2.6 billion by 2025.
  • RMIT Online’s courses to skill-up leaders and decision makers working in sectors that will be transformed by IoT, including healthcare, logistics, telco, mining and public sector.

Melbourne, 12 May 2020 — RMIT Online has announced a partnership with IBM to deliver two Australian first, industry-led courses — IoT Strategy in the Era of 5G and 5G for Business. The programs will equip IT and business professionals with the necessary skills and tools to future-proof their businesses in preparation for the broader rollout of 5G across the country.

Forecasted to inject $2.2 trillion into the global economy by 2034, the rollout of 5G is set to account for 1.8 billion connections worldwide by 2025, revolutionising communications technology by offering Australian businesses the opportunity to improve productivity through greater connectivity and costs savings, as a result of faster download speeds, lower latency and higher capacity. Meanwhile, IoT devices are becoming increasingly pervasive, with IDC predicting the number of devices to reach 41.6 billion globally by 2025.

Amongst the countless benefits, the widespread adoption of 5G will transform the industrial internet and be a major enabler of driving productivity improvements across businesses and the nation as a whole. The industry co-designed course will ready the Australian workforce for the significant revolution, offering a practical approach to incorporating 5G enabled IoT technology within an Australian business context, helping students to gain an understanding of the implications and benefits of the emerging technology, and enabling them to apply strategic decisions to ensure their businesses stay ahead of the technology curve.

Helen Souness, CEO of RMIT Online, believes that the newest additions to the Future Skills portfolio will help to future-proof Australian businesses against industry disruption.

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

Katrina Troughton, Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand foresees the 5G rollout to be a monumental opportunity 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. We’re thrilled to be at the forefront of 5G education and training as a result of our partnership with RMIT Online.”

Professionals enrolled in the IBM co-designed IoT Strategy in the 5G Era course (six weeks) will explore the fundamentals of 5G and how it is changing the IoT landscape to understand the key drivers and business impacts of the emerging technology across the Australian business sector. 5G for Business course is a shorter one week offering, designed for business leaders interested in gaining a deeper understanding of 5G technology, through daily live Q&As and interactive learning. 

The online courses will be fully credentialed by RMIT University.

View IoT Strategy in the Era of 5G here.

View 5G for Business here.

This article was originally published on 11 May 2020