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London tech scene is bringing in billions

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London’s tech scene is bringing the city billions, according to a new report by Digital Reality, which claims that there are four major industries that contribute to these earnings.

The Digital Capitals Index: London, says that artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), 5G and blockchain (opens in new tab)are the big four of innovative technologies which will create new jobs, form new businesses, improve multiple industries and increase public service efficiency.

Combined, the industries will have added $7.70 bn to the capital’s economy this year. Internet of things (opens in new tab) is the strongest one, raking in $3.81 bn, or 49 per cent of the total. AI is second, with 32 per cent of the total, or $2.45bn, while blockchain sits at number three, with 17 per cent, or $1.28bn.

5G, despite being in its early stages, has already brought in $160 million, or two per cent. Within the decade, 5G is expected to surpass blockchain and become the third largest technology.

Internet of things is heavily dependant on 5G. Having millions of connected devices, including parking metres and traffic lights, but also cars, door knobs, TVs, home speakers and all other kinds of devices, means they’ll need a solid supporting network.

With higher speeds, but also larger bandwidth and the promise of easier connectivity for a bigger number of devices, 5G (opens in new tab)is expected to be a real catalyst for IoT.  

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.