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COVID-19: Impact on smart cities and opportunities for telcos (Clone)

The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt our urban centers. The pandemic exposed our cities' vulnerability to effectively tackle health crises of such a magnitude. Even our ‘Smart Cities’, barring a few, have been no exception. COVID-19 has successfully jolted our smart cities and municipalities out of their inertia, making us realize that this may not be the last healthcare crisis to hit us. Even if this pandemic caused severe damage to the world economy, and cities are facing massive revenue deficits and slashed budgets, we are still seeing the increasing deployment of smart city technologies around the world at all levels of government to help fight against the Coronavirus.