The world of crowdsourcing has been a fixture of the technology world for some time now but TIM has argued that 5G will see a network built according to the demands of its customers, rather than vendors.

"It was like being handed the keys to the truck and being told to 'go and do the business'," is how Stéphane Allaire describes being told by Martin Bouygues to set up an IoT-focused unit within the French telco.