IPC’s Shawn Dubravac: COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerates Industry Shifts Already Under Way



On May 19, Barry Matties spoke with Shawn Dubravac, chief economist for IPC. While discussing other topics, Matties asked for Dubravac’s perspective on shifts in the market, who observed that the recessionary trend might be behind us; the markets are already showing recovery. Still, it could take a year or so to fully recover.

Dubravac continued, discussing the value of companies adjusting to new market opportunities by incorporating investments in new equipment, processes, and automation, as well as upgrading infrastructure. He also mentions insights from Matt Kelly, chief technologist for IPC.

The market opportunities in 5G infrastructure will be key for our industry well into the 2030 timeframe, Dubravac pointed out. Even as he sees 5G as key, Dubravac also shared his thoughts on where (and why) 5G deployment may change in response to COVID-19.

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