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Bringing together technical knowledge, industry experts, and new research to capture the opportunity presented by advances in connectivity.
The world’s digital connections are about to become broader and faster, creating a platform for every industry to innovate and boost productivity. While 5G networks promise ultra-high speeds, low latency, and greater reliability, the 5G revolution is only one part of the story. There’s also an evolution in existing technologies, with new generations of fiber, cable, Wi-Fi, and short-range technologies.
The McKinsey Global Institute identified hundreds of applications that companies can run on this new digital backbone, which could increase GDP by trillions across the global economy. Yet to realize the full value at stake, persistent issues need to be solved. The McKinsey Center for Advanced Connectivity brings together McKinsey’s experts in connectivity with the firm’s knowledge within individual sectors to help clients overcome these hurdles and capture the opportunity of a more connected world.

$1.2–2T+

in global GDP

from new use cases in automotive, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing

70–80%

of use cases

possible using today’s technology

Featured insight

Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

– Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.

Featured Blog

Blog Post

Can connectivity help narrow the growing retailer gap?

– With e-commerce continuing to fuel consumer expectations, traditional retailers may find new, tech-driven use cases are just the boost they need.
Blog Post

Healthcare’s connectivity cure?

– Technology has long been touted as the solution to many of modern medicine’s ills, but it may finally reach its potential over the next, connectivity-fueled decade.
Blog Post

Understanding the growing global connectivity divide

– Given the massive expense of rolling out connectivity infrastructure, the extent of deployment and distribution of value will vary greatly among countries and markets.
Blog Post

The key barriers to realizing advanced connectivity’s full value

– Although existing technology can already enable many valuable, new use cases, several structural hurdles are holding back the promise of connectivity.

featured videos

Designing the 5G factory of the future

McKinsey's Center for Advanced Connectivity helped a leading equipment manufacturer build a greenfield factory of the future.

Connected World: A broader evolution beyond the 5G evolution

The world's digital connections are about to become broader and faster, creating a platform for every industry to innovate and boost productivity.

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Featured experts

Venkat Atluri
Senior Partner, Chicago
Delivers large-scale performance improvement through technology, innovation, and agility; builds and transforms businesses by...
Gaurav Batra
Partner, Washington DC
Specializes in helping semiconductor, industrial, and high-tech clients tackle top-line and operational challenges
Fan Gao
Partner, Shenzhen
Advises telecommunications and technology clients on topics relating to transformation, technology, M&A, and strategy
Ferry Grijpink
Senior Partner, Amsterdam
Helps telecom and media companies grow their businesses, shape new markets, and transform their organizations.
Eric Kutcher
Senior Partner, Silicon Valley
Brings engineering and enterprise technology expertise to help tech and industrial companies achieve their full potential
Alexandre Ménard
Senior Partner, Paris
Leads our Telecommunications Practice and media and technology work in France—with a focus on technology and operations—and specializes...
Philipp Nattermann
Senior Partner, London
Works extensively with telecommunications and media companies on addressing the challenges arising out of market transition to...
Davide Schiavotto
Partner, Milan
Works with telecommunications, high tech, and media clients to design bold digital strategies and organizations capable of realizing...
Naomi Smit
Partner, Amsterdam
Leading clients through digital transformation and advanced connectivity
Dr. Martin Wrulich
Partner, Vienna
Delivers innovation and strategy expertise for telecommunications and high-tech companies around the world

New at McKinsey blog

Blog Post

How our latest work helps leaders get ready for the 5G revolution

– A new McKinsey report and center will guide organizations through the evolving field of advanced connectivity.

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