TERUS forum launched to help UK firms break America
Technology companies hoping to expand into the US market are faced with a humbling prospect. The United States is a mature and competitive environment with established competitive players and different operational expectations that belie the many shared elements of language and culture. For the victors, particularly in technology, it also represents an Aladdin’s cave of business opportunity.
With over a thousand UK tech companies already operating in the US, and many more knocking at the door, a consortium of government and business professionals has launched TERUS, the Technology Executive Roundtable US, specifically to help technology and life science senior executives whose growth strategy involves expansion into the United States.
The founding partners of TERUS include the UK Department of International Trade, law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, accountancy and advisory outfit Frazier & Deeter, transatlantic business consultancy Marketing Partners, transatlantic insurance broker La Playa, immigration specialists Samartin & Friends and Silicon Valley Bank.
Daniel Glazer, partner at Wilson Sonsini, leads the firm’s US expansion practice. "The US offers the promise of massive commercial opportunities and plentiful venture and growth capital. However, doing business and raising money in an unfamiliar, highly-competitive environment requires thoughtful advance planning and clinical execution," he said. “TERUS will provide practical US guidance based on the experiences of those who have already tackled these challenges."
Frances Moffett-Kouadio, director of exports USA for the UK's Department for International Trade said, "Today's launch of TERUS highlights the opportunities for the UK's technology and life sciences sectors to expand into the United States. With 15 UK tech unicorns and almost 1,500 UK tech companies already active in the US, I look forward to seeing even more businesses expand across the pond. TERUS will offer opportunities to share good practice and to hear from experts who have already achieved success through international expansion.”
Malcolm Joy, lead partner of Frazier & Deeter UK, said, "Software and digital companies, in particular, see the enormous opportunity of US expansion. This forum will enable them to learn from other entrepreneurial companies and experienced advisors to understand some areas where planning can help prevent unfortunate surprises."
Ericsson: 5G will be fastest adopted mobile generation in hi
Ericsson’s June Mobility Report projects that nearly 600 million 5G subscriptions will be active by the end of 2021, making it the fastest adopted mobile generation in history.
The longer range forecast is for around 3.5 billion 5G subscriptions and 60 per cent 5G population coverage globally by the end of 2026.
China, the US, Korea, Japan and the GCC (Gulf states) will lead deployment, with Europe lagging behind. The latter got off to a slower start and has been mired in infrastructure battles over the provenance of hardware.
North East Asia is expected to lead 5G deployment with an estimated 1.4 billion subscriptions by 2026, while North America is expected to account for the highest 5G subscription penetration.
Key findings of the Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2021
5G remains on track to become the fastest adopted mobile generation in history with subscriptions increasing at a rate of about a million per day
China, North America and the Gulf Cooperation Council markets are leading the way on subscriber numbers, while Europe is off to a slow start
5G subscriptions with a 5G-capable device grew by 70 million during the first quarter of 2021 and are forecast to reach 580 million by the end of 2021
5G ready for 'advanced use cases'
Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of networks, Ericsson, said, “We are in the next phase of 5G, with accelerating roll-outs and coverage expansion in pioneer markets such as China, the USA and South Korea. Now is the time for advanced use cases to start materialising and deliver on the promise of 5G. Businesses and societies are also preparing for a post-pandemic world, with 5G-powered digitalization playing a critical role.”
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