The 2020 edition of The European 5G Conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 29 & 30 January. Now in its 4th year, the European 5G Conference has an established reputation as Brussels’ leading meeting place for discussion on 5G policy.
5G is here. All around the world, commercial deployment has begun. As we move from planning and preparation to deployment and launch, this year’s conference will look at early experiences that are being seen, and the challenges and opportunities that are ahead. How can Member States and Industry work together with the new Commission to deliver on the 5G vision?
Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission
MEP, European Parliament
Director General, ANFR
Chairman, EWIA &
Director General, ETNO
MEP, European Parliament
WRC Director, FCC
Vice-Chair, RSPG & Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria
Vice Chair, Executive Committee, 5G Forum Korea
The European 5G Conference agenda is available below. Please note speakers marked with an asterisk (*) are to be confirmed.
5G is here. All around the world, commercial deployment has begun. We are starting to see early examples of 5G networks being launched, and the first 5G handsets are starting to become available. This session will look at the progress that has been made with the launch of networks both in Europe and elsewhere, and at the early experiences that are being seen.
As we have just heard, 5G has arrived. But we are of course still only at the start of the journey. Through initiatives and policy action such as the 5G Action Plan, the European Electronic Communication Code and the 5G Observatory, the Juncker led Commission has put a huge amount of work into preparing for the launch of 5G. A new Commission is now arriving in Brussels just at the time where we are moving from the planning and preparation of 5G to launch and wider deployment. This session will look at how the new Commission plans to build on the foundations that are in place, and more broadly on the next steps as stakeholders look to come together to ensure that Europe fully makes the most of this truly transformational technology.
All over Europe, Connectivity providers, academia, and the public sector are working alongside vertical industries to deliver the required connectivity for their specific needs and use cases. This session will look at some examples of how this is happening, and explore how stakeholders everywhere are collaborating to start delivering the potential of 5G.
5G is expected to make a real impact in increasing productivity and consumer value across a huge range of different vertical sectors. For each industry sector to truly feel the benefits of 5G however, they need to ensure that emerging architectures, networks and standards are aligned with their own specific requirements This session will look at how vertical players can play a part in shaping the 5G ecosystem. It will explore how verticals can influence the development of technologies, standards and connectivity models to ensure that they fit with their specific needs.
As well as offering huge potential benefits, the emergence of 5G also offers a number of challenges – not least in the area of security, where it is expected to significantly alter the cyber threat landscape that is seen today. In response to this, the European Commission recently unveiled a plan to deliver a common EU approach to cyber security of future 5G networks. Member states have been required to work together at EU-level to deliver a comprehensive risk assessment for 5G and to jointly deliver a common approach in order to address the risks that were identified. This session will look at the threats that have been identified within these risk assessments and the extent to which the common approach put forward jointly by Member States can ensure secure and robust 5G networks for all.
Kindly hosted by EWIA
WRC-19 took place in Egypt at the end of 2019, and key decisions were made on the key bands that are globally going to be used for the launch and roll-out of 5G. And then immediately following the conclusion of the conference, the first preparation meeting for WRC-23 was held, which identified the key candidate bands to be considered in 2023 for the next wave of 5G frequencies. This session will offer the opportunity to look back at the outcomes of WRC-19 and at the extent to which the decisions taken have delivered the required connectivity for 5G. It will then look forward at the initial candidate bands that have been identified as the next wave of 5G bands, and the next steps in the build up to WRC-23.
Across Europe, member states are releasing spectrum in the emerging pioneer bands for 5G – 700MHz, 3.5GHz and in the mmWave frequencies. The availability of these bands and the way in which the spectrum is being allocated varies greatly across both member states and operators. For example, the 700Mhz band is still not awarded in many countries, and with there only being enough spectrum in the band for 3 operators to have 2x10MHz, in 4-player markets, one operator may miss out or two only get 2×5 each. In the 3.5GHz band, some countries now have all operators with 100 MHz+ contiguous, whereas others have seen operators win less (e.g. Germany, Italy) or fragmented holdings (Spain, UK). And in the mmWave frequencies, whilst spectrum has now been made available in some member states and trials have taken place, other countries are still developing plans and exploring how and when to best bring this spectrum to market. This session will look at what, in a perfect scenario, would be the ideal 5G spectrum portfolio, and in reality, examine which operators and countries are in the best position to achieve this.
The approach to setting of limits for EMF exposure varies quite considerably across different member states. Whilst there is a European recommendation on limits (based on guidelines from the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection), these are not binding, and Member States can in principal set lower limits. This session will look at best practice for setting limits safeguarding human health and at the same time ensuring that EMF rules do not slow down 5G deployment. It will explore the importance of a consistent approach to EMF limits, and also, with public interest in EMF exposure and 5G growing, the need for transparency and increased communication on 5G network deployment and related EMF exposure.
Despite 5G rollout and applications still being at a very early stage, attention has already started to turn to ‘what comes next?’, and preparing for B5G (beyond 5G) or 6G. The world’s first 6G conference was held in Lapland last year, and at a European level, the Commission is preparing a ‘Smart Networks and Services’ Partnership to develop the technologies and standards for the digital infrastructures and networks beyond 5G. This session will discuss the shape of the digital world beyond 5G, and at the ‘wish list’ for B5G and 6G. It will look at the work that has already been done will be the key challenges towards 6G, potential applications calling for 6G, drafting technical requirements as well as candidate technologies towards the 2030 era.
The European 5G Conference launched in 2016, and quickly established a reputation as Brussels’ leading platform for discussions on 5G policy.
Most recently, on January 22 & 23 2019 in Brussels, over 250 key stakeholders and policy makers from over 30 different countries from within the region and further afield came together to discuss key topical issues related to the rollout of 5G.
You can view full details of the 2019 edition here.
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* Please note that fees do not include Belgian VAT @ 21%, and this amount will be added to the total price when you are invoiced.
Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below.
|Number of delegates||Group discount|
|3 – 5||10%|
|6 – 8||20%|
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Forum Europe have secured preferential rates for the Gresham Belson Hotel (Avenue des Anciens Combattants 1, 1140 Evere) for 28 – 31 January. The rate of €145 per night includes breakfast and a free shuttle to the event venue.