The European 5G Conference 2021

Event Overview

Taking place virtually, the 2021 edition of The European 5G Conference will be held on 23-25 February. Now in its 5th year, the European 5G Conference has an established reputation as Brussels’ leading meeting place for discussion on 5G policy.

With the European Commission currently consulting on a review of The 5G Action Plan, this year’s conference will focus on this and more. It will look at the role that 5G can play in digital recovery, and more broadly on the way forward to ensure that Europe’s 5G goals and objectives are fully achieved.

Key Themes

    • The 5G Action Plan Review – a review of Europe’s key 5G policies
    • 5G and the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) – maximising the opportunities
    • The impact of Open-RAN and other emerging trends on the European 5G ecosystem
    • Ensuring the Security and Resilience of 5G Networks in Europe – NIS Directive, Toolbox on 5G Security and more
    • Building a Safer, More Sustainable World with 5G
    • The Connectivity Toolbox – reducing the cost of 5G deployment
    • Developing a new Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) for the 5G era
    • Allocation and licencing of 5G spectrum – progress and challenges
    • Where next? Looking towards B5G and 6G

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Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
www.forum-europe.com
Forum Europe events are where people and policy meet. We have been organising policy conferences in Brussels and around Europe since 1989. Our events provide unique insights from the people behind the policy and those seeking to influence it. Our expert team develop conference programmes with impact and provide first-class event logistics. Forum Europe is more than an event management and conference production specialist. With offices in Brussels and the UK, we operate across Europe and globally. Through our international arm, Forum Global, our events cover five continents, and engage policymakers and industry at national and regional levels around the world. Our mission is to drill down to the issues that matter, creating policy events that are ahead of the curve, facilitating frank and open debate on some of the most pressing issues facing Europe and the world today.
Event Partner
Analysys Mason
www.analysysmason.com
Analysys Mason is a global specialist in telecoms, media and technology (TMT). Since its formation, Analysys Mason has been instrumental in shaping spectrum policy around the world through our wide-ranging studies helping regulators and operators to develop spectrum strategy, efficiently manage spectrum, formulate spectrum licence conditions, value spectrum and prepare for spectrum awards. With offices in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas, the Middle East and Africa we are respected worldwide for our exceptional quality of work, independence and flexibility in responding to client needs. For over 25 years we have been helping clients in more than 100 countries to maximise their opportunities.
Event Partner
BNE
www.broadcast-networks.eu
Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE) represents Europe’s terrestrial network operators in Europe and internationally. Terrestrial broadcast network operators are responsible for managing, operating and maintaining the infrastructure that brings TV, radio and other wireless and over-the-air services to homes, cars, and other users. As an organisation, BNE support an efficient and fair regulatory environment that give European citizens universal access to the TV and radio they watch and enjoy. BNE’s 18 members are operating in 20 European countries : Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, UK and Sweden.
Event Partner
Coleago Consulting
www.coleago.com
Founded in 2001, Coleago is a specialist telecoms management consulting firm. Our expertise has been developed exclusively within the telecoms sector and delivers a rare combination of telecoms-related commercial and technical skills and experience. Since 2001 we have worked on over 110 spectrum related projects in developed and emerging markets. Since 2017 our spectrum projects included the transition to 5G, including valuating spectrum most relevant for 5G such as 600MHz, 700MHz, 3.5GHz, and mm wave. We advise regulators on spectrum policy, spectrum roadmap, spectrum pricing, spectrum auctions and capacity building on the topic best practice in spectrum auctions. For mobile operators Coleago delivers regulatory advocacy and responses to consultation, spectrum valuation, bid strategy development and live auction support. Coleago also authored complete bid books for spectrum licence awards by means of a beauty contest.
Event Partner
Ericsson
www.ericsson.com
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future. Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities. With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front. Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.
Event Partner
ESOA
www.esoa.net
ESOA is a non-profit organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of satellite operators from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. The Association today represents the interests of 21 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe. Together ESOA Members provide invaluable communications services to the whole world including emergency communications, live broadcasting, maritime and aero communications, secure services for governments, 24-7 monitoring of industrial processes such as energy plants and a whole range of other communications capabilities that society has come to rely on.
Event Partner
ETNO
www.etno.eu
ETNO represents Europe’s telecommunications network operators and is the principal policy group for European e-communications network operators. ETNO’s primary purpose is to promote a positive policy environment allowing the EU telecommunications sector to deliver best quality services to consumers and businesses. Sign up to the weekly #ETNODigital newsletter at https://www.etno.eu/news/etnodigital.html
Event Partner
EWIA
www.ewia.org
The European Wireless Infrastructure Association is the European trade association of wholesale wireless infrastructure providers. Our members invest in and operate wireless infrastructure essential to the delivery of mobile voice, wireless broadband and other wireless networks. EWIA advocates policies that encourage the network infrastructure investment and deployment necessary to make advanced wireless broadband available everywhere for consumers, businesses, health care, public safety and the countless other sectors that rely on always-on wireless connections.
Event Partner
Facebook
www.facebook.com
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Event Partner
GSA
www.gsacom.com
GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) is a not-for-profit industry organisation representing companies across the worldwide mobile ecosystem engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. GSA actively promotes the 3GPP technology road-map – 3G; 4G; 5G, – and is a single source of information resource for industry reports and market intelligence. GSA Members drive the GSA agenda and define the communications and development strategy for the Association. The GSA Spectrum Group develops strategies and plans, and contributes studies and technical analysis to international, regional and individual country policy-makers and regulators to facilitate the timely availability of spectrum for use by mobile network operators.
Event Partner
GSMA
www.gsma.com
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Event Partner
Huawei
www.huawei.com
Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. We have more than 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world. Huawei is a private company wholly owned by its employees. Through the Union of Huawei Investment & Holding Co., Ltd., we implement an Employee Shareholding Scheme involving 104,572 employees. Only Huawei employees are eligible to participate. No government agency or outside organization holds shares in Huawei.
Event Partner
LYA
www.lya.com
LYA is an expert consultant to the telecommunications and broadcasting industry focused on strategic advice, research and spectrum matters including auctions.LYA’s focus is on providing value-added services in development and implementation of strategy and business plans, investment analysis, support of acquisitions and divestitures, due diligence reviews and financial modelling. We provide regulatory and policy analysis, including expert evidence, and auction consulting services. LYA’s clients include mobile carriers, investors and regulators.LYA has independently developed Auction Platforms supporting different formats (SMRA, CCA, and clock auctions). LYA’s Auction Platforms have been used extensively to conduct mock auctions and simulations leveraging robot bidder capabilities. The Platforms are secure and configurable for use by auctioneers. The LYA team brings experience and expertise across different auction formats, spectrum bands and applications around the world.LYA also offers its clients the ability to conduct private auctions of spectrum licenses or other assets and handles all key tasks supporting the sale. Please visit www.LYA.com for more details
Event Partner
Nokia
www.nokia.com
Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.
Event Partner
Orange
www.orange.com
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators present in 28 countries. At 30 June 2018, Orange has worldwide 149,000 employees and a total customer base of 260 million customers, including 199 million mobile customers and 20 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In accordance with its strategic plan “Essentials2020”, Orange places customer experience at the heart of its strategy ‘HumanInside’ with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.
Event Partner
Qualcomm
www.qualcomm.com
Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. While many of our inventions and breakthroughs reside “under the hood” of consumer electronics, they have transformed the world in a big way. They have helped propel mobile to the forefront of the technology world and to the top of consumers’ wish lists. They have created new opportunities for mobile ecosystem players — the wireless device makers, the operators, the developers and the content creators of the world. And more recently, our inventions and breakthroughs have inspired fresh, new ideas from those companies — large and small — new to the wireless space. We are engineers, scientists and business strategists. Together, we focus on a single goal — invent mobile technology breakthroughs. We pioneered 3G and 4G — and now, we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries including automotive, computing, IoT and healthcare, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined.
Event Partner
SES
www.ses.com
SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) television reach in Europe, O3b Networks, a global managed data communications service provider, and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. Further information available at: www.ses.com
Knowledge Partner
Aetha
www.aethaconsulting.com
Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous data-driven quantitative assessments to help businesses, regulators and policy makers make major strategic and regulatory decisions. We work with our clients to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them in a constantly changing environment. Aetha helps operators and regulators to analyse the opportunities and threats arising out of changes (whether real or proposed) in their radio spectrum holdings. Throughout the recent unprecedented growth of wireless services, Aetha's staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. Our consultants have assisted regulators to award spectrum and develop regulatory frameworks, including supporting the European Commission to tackle issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend. We also support operators to understand their spectrum needs, value spectrum and bid in auctions. Each year we support 10-15 bidders in spectrum auctions - a total of over 80 award processes between mid-2011 and 2017 across all regions of the world. Our technical knowledge, combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach, ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.
Knowledge Partner
NERA
www.nera.com
NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation. NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Supporting Partner
5G IA
www.5g-ia.eu
The 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) is the 5G collaborative research program that is organized as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program – The European Union Program for Research and Innovation. It is aimed at fostering industry-driven research, monitored by business-related, technological performance and societal KPIs. The 5G PPP will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for ubiquitous next-generation communication infrastructure over the coming decade. In the 5G PPP, the 5G IA represents the private side and the European Commission the public side. The 5G IA is committed to the advancement of 5G in Europe and to building global consensus on 5G. To this aim, the Association brings together a global industry community of telecoms & digital actors, such as operators, manufacturers, research institutes, universities, verticals, SMEs and ICT associations. The 5G IA carries out a wide range of activities in strategic areas including standardization, frequency spectrum, R&D projects, technology skills, collaboration with key vertical industry sectors, notably for the development of trials, and international cooperation.
Exhibitor
Specure
www.specure.com
Specure specializes in spectrum auctions delivery and QoS measurement and monitoring of the internet access service. We are a private company (GmbH), established in October 2014 in Vienna and operating under Austrian law. Since the company’s inception, we have collaborated with numerous telecom market regulators on innovative solutions that help with their regulatory jobs. We also rely on world-wide partner network to deliver solutions efficiently and with best possible local support.
Supporting Partner
Wireless World Research Forum
www.wwrf.ch
WWRF’s goal is to encourage research that will achieve unbounded communications to address key societal challenges for the future. We are using the term “Wireless World” in this broad sense to address - the support of innovation and business, - social inclusion and - infrastructural challenges This will be achieved by creating a range of new technological capabilities from wide-area networks to short-range communications, machine-to-machine communications, sensor networks, wireless broadband access technologies and optical networking, along with increasing intelligence and virtualization in networks This will support a dependable future Internet of people, knowledge and things and the development of a service universe.

Speakers Include

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Pearse O’Donohue

Director for Future Networks, DG Connect
European Commission

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Michel Van Bellinghen

Chairman, BIPT Council; & Chairman BEREC

Jonas Wessel

Jonas Wessel

Chair, Sub-Group on New Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP), RSPG

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Meta Pavšek Taškov

Head of Mobile Communication
Agency for Communication Networks & Services of the Republic of Slovenia

Peter Stuckman

Peter Stuckmann

Head of Unit – Future Connectivity Systems
European Commission

Andreas-Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy
European Commission

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Matti Latva-aho

Director – 6G Flagship
University of Oulu

Harald Gruber

Harald Gruber

Head of Digital Infrastructure Division, European Investment Bank

Luigi Ardito 240

Luigi Ardito

Senior Director, Government Affairs
Qualcomm

Carlota 240

Carlota Reyners Fontana

Head of Unit - Electronic Communications Policy
European Commission

Guillaume LeBrun 240

Guillaume Lebrun

Global Connectivity Policy
Facebook

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Maarit Palovirta

Director for Regulatory Affairs
ETNO

Cristina Data 240

Cristina Data

Director of Spectrum Insight and Analysis
Ofcom

Diego L 240

Diego Lopez

Head of Tech Exploration
Telefonica

Bart 240

Bart Groothuis

MEP & Rapporteur on Europe’s cyber security directive, NIS
European Parliament

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Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho

Head of Unit for “Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building”
European Commission

Eric 240

Eric Fournier

Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs
Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR)

BernardBarani 240

Bernard Barani

Deputy Head of Unit – Future Connectivity Systems
European Commission

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Aarti Holla

Secretary General
ESOA

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Branimir Stantchev

Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband
European Commission

Agenda

All times listed are in local Brussels time (CET). 

Day 1
2021-02-23
Day 2
2021-02-24
Day 3
2021-02-25
10:00 - 10:10
Welcome and Introductions
10:10 - 10:30
Keynote Presentation
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Pearse O’Donohue
Director for Future Networks, DG Connect, European Commission
10:30 - 11:45
Session 1: The 5G Action Plan Review – revisiting Europe’s key 5G policies

Adopted in 2016, the existing 5G Action Plan set a number of key targets for 5G deployment across member states and provided a roadmap for how to achieve these. 4 years on, the investment environment has changed massively with the COVID-19 pandemic and public funds launched to enable Europe’s recovery. Against this background, the Commission is consulting on a ‘5G Action Plan Review’, with the aim of setting out new goals towards full 5G deployment as part of the planned Digital Decade Strategy. This session will discuss the current state of play regarding rollout and deployment in Europe, and the key issues that this review of the 5G Action Plan will address. Moving forward, it will look to identify the areas on which future European 5G policy should focus, and at the path forward to ensure that Europe’s 5G goals and objectives are fully achieved.

 

  • Where do we sit with regards to current rollout of 5G networks across Europe, and to what extent can the 5G Action Plan be said to have met its goals of ‘…making 5G a reality for all citizens and businesses by the end of 2020’?
  • What will the 5G investment agenda look like in a COVID 19 recovery world?
  • Where is Europe compared to other regions when it comes to the deployment of small cells and other network infrastructure? What barriers to deployment are being seen and what can be done to speed things up?
  • What are the key areas that need to be revisited as the Commission looks to update the 5G Action Plan? What are the new targets and what are the deadlines considered to hit these?
  • How will 5G ecosystems for verticals shape the 5G investment and regulatory agenda?
  • How has the 5G investment agenda across key areas been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, and how can this be taken into account as work on the new 5GAP begins?
  • How the cyber toolbox be integrated into an amended version of the wider 5G Action Plan, and what support may be available to help meet the costs of implementing this?
  • What should be the key focus of Europe’s 5G Policy moving forward, and how can all stakeholders come together to ensure that the full potential of this key technology is fully met?
  • How can 5G networks contribute to the green deal and how can citizens’ concerns on potential health and environmental issues be addressed?
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Moderator: Janette Stewart
Partner, Analysys Mason
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Peter Stuckmann
Head of Unit - Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission
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Michel Van Bellinghen
Chairman, BIPT Council; & Chairman, BEREC
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Maarit Palovirta
Director for Regulatory Affairs, ETNO
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Aarti Holla
Secretary General, ESOA
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Tobias Martinez Gimeno
EWIA Chair and CEO of Cellnex Telecom
11:45 - 12:45
Lunch Break
12:45 - 14:15
Session 2: EU recovery strategy and investment opportunities for 5G infrastructure and new use cases

Presentation: Announcement and overview of EIB study on Access to Finance to support Investments in 5G Service innovation and take-up
Shiva Dustdar, Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank

 

Panel Discussion: Investment in 5G Infrastructure and Applications – maximising the benefits of a ‘once in a lifetime’ funding opportunity

 

 The new EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) provides an unprecedented level of public financing (€750 billion) to kick-start the relaunch of the economy and boost private investments in key sectors and technologies. In this context, investments in 5G have been made a priority and will constitute a large part of the €130 billion targeted to digital for the period 2021-2023. It will accelerate the infrastructure deployment in ‘challenge’ areas (e.g. rural areas, 5G communities, along roads and railways) and pave the way to ‘advanced 5G’ and 6G. At the same time, the EU aims at boosting the new use cases and new ecosystems that are key for digital transformation using not only R&D instruments but also venture capital funding. This session will look at how this can be best achieved using the full range of EU programmes and which are the areas that can benefit most from the funding that is available. It will look at the role that the RRF can play in stimulating broader public and private investment in 5G moving forward, and at the potential that this once in a lifetime opportunity offers to unleash the power of 5G.
 

  • What funding instruments are available to facilitate innovative and forward-looking 5G related projects, and how best can they ultimately stimulate private investment in these areas?
  • As we start on the path towards recovery, how can public funding ensure that 5G is not only a step forward for technology, but also a step forward for affordability and accessibility of service?
  • To what extent can public funding help to overcome current market failure in delivering connectivity to rural communities and other ‘challenge’ areas, and ultimately stimulate private investment in these areas?
  • What funding is available to bring innovation onto the next level and in particular how can venture financing help SMEs and start-ups developing 5G applications and services in Europe?
  • How can the Commission help to simulate investment in modern 5G ecosystems and encourage operators to make the step-change to more advanced networks?
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Moderator: Michael Opitz
Partner, Arthur D Little
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Shiva Dustdar
Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank
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Philippe Lefebvre
Head of Sector, 5G Deployment Strategy, DG CONNECT, European Commission
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Harald Gruber
Head of Digital Infrastructure Division, European Investment Bank
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Luigi Ardito
Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm
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Sun-Joung (Susanne) You
Senior Investment Director, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH
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Adrien Bresson
Network and Security Project Director, Ministry of Economy and Finances
14:15 - 15:00
Showcase Sessions 1

Stage 1 – 5G MmWave deployment – State of play in Europe – Hosted by Qualcomm
Stage 2 – Developing Competitive Advantage via your Spectrum Strategy – A Playbook for Operators and Regulators – Hosted by LYA
Stage 3 – 5G and cities: Why collaboration and connectivity is key to smart transportation success – Hosted by Ericsson

 

More information available here.

15:00 - 15:45
Break
15:45 - 17:00
Session 3: Staying sovereign – delivering a diverse, sustainable and European-led ecosystem for 5G and beyond

All around the world, countries and regions are battling for digital supremacy and to be seen as leading the way in the development of 5G and other key technologies. Whilst Europe is arguably currently well positioned in the international technological race, the potential to address the broader value chain is clear. Europe is home of two of the 3 big equipment suppliers, is blessed with world-class researchers and science labs, a thriving and innovative start-up community, and arguably the most highly skilled and developed vertical markets in the world. As we enter the era of 5G, and already start to look further ahead to B5G and even 6G, this session will look at how policymakers and industry can come together and form strategic alliances to harness some of these key competitive advantages. It will look at the best way forward to enable Europe to keep control of its digital destiny and set course for a more sustainable, inclusive, and world-leading digital future.

 

  • What emerging supply market trends are being seen in Europe and around the world?
  • What might the emergence of more open and interoperable interfaces in Radio Access Networks (Open-RAN) mean for the development of 5G in Europe? What advantages could it bring and what challenges exist?
  • What timeframe is likely to be seen for the emergence of Open-RAN solutions? Will this be an interface for 5G, or is it more likely to be tool to aid the emergence and development of 6G technologies?
  • As technologies and systems advance, what is the best way forward in order to deliver the robust ecosystem of trusted suppliers that is necessary to maintain a strong European position in delivering secure wireless technology?
  • How can European companies be helped to grow with independence and what work needs to be done to facilitate the development of a diverse and sustainable 5G ecosystem in the EU?
  • How can European stakeholders work together to keep control of Europe’s digital destiny and ensure that we are playing a major role in shaping both the technology agenda for 5G and also the technology capacities for 6G systems as the basis for future digital services towards 2030?
  • As the journey ‘beyond 5G’ already begins, what potential technology trends are likely to play a part in shaping 6G, and how can Europe ensure that it is in a position to take advantage of the benefits offered by these future technologies?
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Moderator: Marc Eschenburg
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Bernard Barani
Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission
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Matti Latva-aho
Director – 6G Flagship, University of Oulu
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Colin Willcock
Chairman of the Board, 5G Infrastructure Association
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Diego Lopez
Head of Tech Exploration, Telefonica
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Dr. Wen Tong
CTO, Wireless Network, Huawei
10:00 - 11:15
Session 4: Ensuring the Securing and Resilience of 5G Networks in Europe

As 5G rollout and digital transformation initiatives accelerate both in Europe and across the world, it is vital that a clear and co-ordinated strategy is in place to ensure that cyber security and privacy protection remain a top priority. In recent years, the European Union has been seen as leading the way in this area, implementing several initiatives in order to develop trust and cooperation across member states.  With the review of the NIS Directive expected before the end of 2020, and with us now being one year on from the launch of the EU toolbox on 5G Cybersecurity, this session will look at the extent to which these these and other key policy instruments can come together to ensure the security and resilience of Europe’s 5G networks.

 

  • How are innovative policy and technology solutions being utilised to build a secure and transparent 5G ecosystem both in Europe and globally?
  • How is the threat landscape developing and to what extent is the ‘toolbox’ likely to be successful in meeting its goals of delivering robust and consistent security standards across the EU?
  • What new measures have been introduced as part of the review of the NIS directive, and to what extent will this help to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure?
  • With the entire digital ecosystem of interconnected products being only as secure as its weakest link, how is Europe working with other regions to ensure the security of the (sometimes complex) global 5G supply chain?
  • What role can emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain be harnessed to help secure the 5G supply chain?
  • How can policymakers and industry work together to help deliver consumer confidence in the security of 5G – a vital component for its widespread adoption?
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Moderator: Visiola Pula
Senior Analyst, Cullen International
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Goran Milenkovic
Network And Information Security Officer, ENISA
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Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho
Head of Unit for “Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building”, European Commission
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Cecil Ameil
Senior Manager, European Affairs, SES
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Mikko Karikytö
Chief Product Security Officer & Head of Product Security, Ericsson
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Bart Groothius
MEP & Rapporteur on Europe’s cyber security directive, NIS, European Parliament
11:15 - 12:00
Showcase Sessions 2

Stage 1 – Nokia’s vision on 6G: the perspective of a European global player – Hosted by Nokia
Stage 2 – Taking verticals from 5G towards 6G – Hosted by Huawei
Stage 3 – Building the future European 5G networks with OpenRAN – Hosted by Facebook

 

More information available here. 

12:00 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:45
Session 5: Building a Safer, More Sustainable World with 5G

As we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, all around the world, Governments are looking to put into place a recovery strategy built around 2 core principles – technology and sustainability. 5G and related technologies such as AI, IoT and SuperComputing are seen as being a key part of this and of building a safer more sustainable future for us all. At the same time however, there are also concerns about the environmental impact of 5G, and the amount of energy consumed by the additional infrastructure that is required to cope with the 5G era. This session will look at both sides of the coin. As 5G adoption around the world continues, it will look at the best way forward to manage growth in a sustainable way in order to minimise the initial environmental impact. And then moving forward, it will look at how the power of 5G can be harnessed to help us emerge from the pandemic stronger, and accelerate the EU’s trajectory towards a greener, safer future for us all.

 

  • How can the initial rollout of 5G be sustainably managed in areas such as e-waste and energy demand to allay concerns about the possible environmental impact of new networks?
  • Who should be responsible for managing and mitigating the environmental impact of 5G rollout?
  • How can issues relating to EMF exposure from 5G be best handled, both to ensure there is no risk to human health and also to tackle the misinformation that has been circulating relating to this?
  • What role can 5G and other technologies play in leading the recovery from Covid-19 and more broadly help businesses everywhere to hit sustainability goals by enabling them to transform their processes and behaviour?
  • How can digital technologies be harnessed in order to help governments, businesses, and philanthropic organizations accelerate their efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • How realistic is the ambition for 5G to ultimately become the first fully carbon-neutral network, and how can this be achieved?
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Moderator: Phil Laidler
Consulting Director, STL Partners
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Alessandro Gropelli
Board Member, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
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Pernilla Bergmark
Co-Author, Exponential Roadmap for 1.5oC Aligned Climate Action
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Robert Lindgaard
Co-Chair, Working Group on Climate Change, RSPG; & Representative, Danish Energy Agency
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Paolo Gemma
Chairman of ITU-T Working Party 2/5 - Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy
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Jan Bieser
Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
14:45 - 15:15
Break
15:15 - 16:30
Session 6: The Connectivity Toolbox – Accelerating the path towards advanced 5G networks

As part of her State of the Union Address in September 2020, President von der Leyen set out the European Commission’s recommendations on a common European toolbox of best practices aimed at “…reducing the cost of deploying very high capacity networks and ensuring timely and investment-friendly access to 5G radio spectrum”. Member states are now required to deliver a national roadmap for the implementation of this toolbox by April 2021. With the situation across Europe currently very mixed and many member states behind the schedules set out for both 5G network deployment and spectrum allocation, this session will look at the extent to which this toolbox will help to address this, and at how stakeholders across Europe need to come together in order to keep the European Commission’s 5G Action Plan on track.

 

  • What specific areas are targeted within the Connectivity Toolbox, and how does the European Commission aim to work with member states in order to deliver develop and agree on best practices?
  • What specific actions have been set out to enhance co-ordination at border areas?
  • To what extent has the small cell act addressed 5G deployment issues across Europe, and what obstacles still remain? Is there a need to extend the scope of the act beyond specifically focussing on small cells?
  • How can an investment friendly environment for 5G be delivered, and what role can public-private partnerships play in delivering the necessary investment?
  • How can the toolbox complement other related EU policies such as the Broadband Cost Reduction Direction (BCDR), the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme and the Green Deal?
  • Taken collectively, to what extent do these policy measures now mean that Europe is on a path to achieve the goals of promoting investment and reduce cost of deployment, and to get the EU 5G Action Plan back on track?
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Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Stefan Zehle
CEO, Coleago Consulting
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Carlota Reyners Fontana
Head of Unit - Electronic Communications Policy, European Commission
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Soeren Nuebel
Counsellor for Transport and Digital Infrastructure Affairs, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU; & Co-Chair, Connectivity Special Group
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Matthieu Agogué
Deputy Head of Group Regulatory Affairs, Orange
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Florian Damas
Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Nokia
10:00 - 11:15
Session 7: Where next? Towards a new Radio Spectrum Policy Programme for the 5G era

Launched in 2012, the original Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) was instrumental in shaping EU communications policy and setting the direction for the development of 4G networks across the continent. As we now move into the 5G era, the European Commission has signalled its intention to this year establish a new RSPP, and to provide a future-looking roadmap to illustrate how spectrum can best support broader European policy prioirites up until 2030. The process of consultation on this has already begun, with the RSPG due to release an opinion on this by June 2021 (with an initial draft expected in Q1). This session will discuss the main pillars and focusses that are under consideration for inclusion as part of the programme, and at how recent policy, regulatory and technological developments can be integrated into this. As the journey continues to 5G and beyond, it will look at the connectivity challenges that still remain, and at how the RSPP can deliver a roadmap to support gigabit connectivity throughout Europe going forward.

 

  • How has the connectivity environment changed since the adoption of the original RSPP in 2012, and how can the updated version take into account recent policy, regulatory and technological developments?
  • How can the new RSPP best build on the achievements of the original version and also some of the forward-looking spectrum policy elements of the subsequent European Electronic Communications Code?
  • One of the key objectives of the RSPP is expected to be around the release of additional spectrum below 100GHz to promote innovative wireless services. How much spectrum should realistically be targeted to be made available and what timeframes should be set?
  • What can be done within the RSPP to promote a flexible spectrum ecosystem that integrates technologies (for example AI), promotes sharing and increases overall spectrum efficiency?
  • How can environmental and societal issues be integrated into the RSPP and how can it help to work towards broader EU policy targets in areas such as climate change, pandemic recovery and more?
  • How can the application and enforcement of the RSPP be handled, and how can EU intuitions and member states work together to ensure a co-ordinated approach?
  • With plans for B5G and even 6G expected to be well under way by 2030, how can it be ensured that RSPP delivers a forward-looking and ‘future-proof’ connectivity framework that goes beyond 5G to the gigabit technologies of the future?
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Moderator: Andy Hudson
CEO, Spectrivity
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Andreas Geiss
Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy, European Commission
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Jonas Wessel
Chair, Sub-Group on New Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP), RSPG
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Guillaume Lebrun
Public Policy Manager, Facebook
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Mohaned Juwad
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, ESOA
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Stephen Pentland
Vice Chair, Frequencies Operator Expert Group (FREQ), GSMA
11:15 - 12:00
Showcase Sessions 3

Stage 1: Project Darwin: the evolution of nextgen vehicle connectivity – Hosted by ESOA
Stage 2: 5G implementation in non EU countries in Europe – Hosted by ITU
Stage 3: How SES enables 5G with cloud connectivity – Hosted by SES

 

More information available here.

12:00 - 12:45
Lunch Break
12:45 - 13:55
Session 8: Powering the revolution – progress, challenges and opportunities in the allocation and licencing of 5G spectrum

5G actions have now been taking place across Europe for quite some time in the 700 MHz, 3.6 GHz, and 26 GHz bands. But Covid and a number of other factors have led to considerable delays across some countries, and the situation regarding the award and allocation of these bands is quite varied. In countries that awards have taken place, there is also a variety of different licencing models being seen, and particularly regarding the allocation of spectrum for private 5G networks. This session will look at where we are with regards to the rollout of spectrum that is needed for 5G in the short term. As the 5G spectrum environment starts to emerge, it will look at the different approaches, themes and trends that are being seen across member states, and at what ultimately is the best way forward to meet the connectivity requirements of the huge number of different use cases that are being seen.

 

  • Where are we with regards to the award and allocation of the 5G frequency bands (700 MHz, 3.6 GHz, and 26 GHz) across Europe?
  • What impact have factors such as the Covid pandemic had on the timetable for auctions and awards, and what now needs to be done to get the required spectrum to market as soon as possible?
  • What approaches to the award of bands has been seen across member states where auctions have taken place, and how have these differed to 3G and 4G awards?
  • What options are available to regulators when looking to develop licencing frameworks for 5G, and to what extent should commercial private 5G networks be considered to help meet the many varied use-cases of different vertical sectors?
  • What similarities and differences to approaches with regards to private licences have been seen across member states, and to what extent is there a need for co-ordination and harmonisation in approaches to deliver vertical connectivity?
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Moderator: Johanne Lemay
Co-President, LYA
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Meta Pavšek Taškov
Head of Mobile Communication, Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia
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Alexander Kühn
Deputy Head of Section International Spectrum Affairs, BNetzA
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Cristina Data
Director of Spectrum Insight and Analysis, Ofcom
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Stuart Cooke
Chair, GSA Global Spectrum Team, GSA
13:55 - 14:20
Break
14:20 - 14:40
Plans for delivering connectivity for 5G and beyond in the US
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Ira Keltz
Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
14:40 - 15:00
Plans for delivering connectivity for 5G and beyond in Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Alotaibi
Deputy Governor, Radio Spectrum, CITC
15:00 - 16:15
Session 9: New bands / new connections – what new frequencies could offer connectivity for 5G and beyond?

As we have just seen, work across Europe is continuing on the award and allocation of spectrum in the pioneer bands. At the same time however, attention is already moving on to other options to provide the required connectivity for 5G and beyond. A range of different bands have been discussed as options to be considered for this (600MHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 3.8 – 4.2GHz, 6GHz, 10GHz, 28GHz, 40GHz, 66GHz amongst them). As we look further ahead, technological advances could also mean that there will be options available to start exploring the use of bands in frequency ranges that have never been considered before, for example in the THz range). This session will look at the challenges and opportunities that are offered by some of these bands, and at which offer the most realistic options to provide the required large contiguous blocks of spectrum that are required for 5G. It will discuss the amount of additional spectrum that is truly required to meet current and future demands for connectivity and enable Europe, and at how this can be identified in a way that also takes into account the needs of other key users.

 

  • Beyond the pioneer bands and spectrum that has already been identified, how much additional spectrum and bandwidth for 5G is actually required?
  • What new options exist in the low, mid and high range frequencies to meet these requirements, and how can the spectrum needs of satellite, broadcast, WiFi and other key stakeholders also be taken care of?
  • How does the situation vary in a global level with regards to new spectrum bands that are being identified and used for 5G? How can Europe work with international partners to ensure a co-ordinated approach?
  • How can it be ensured that the connectivity needs of all emerging new use cases and scenarios are met? To what extent should regulators be looking to reserve any frequencies specific for use by vertical sectors?
  • As we move beyond 5G, to what extent do advances in technology mean that spectrum frequencies that have previously been thought of as being on the edge of the usable spectrum range (for example above 95GHz) now offer options to be considered?
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Moderator: Rob Yates
Co-President, LYA
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Branimir Stantchev
Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission