EU5G 2022

The European 5G Conference 2022

Event Overview

Returning as a hybrid event, the 2022 edition of The European 5G Conference will be held on 25-26 January, taking place in Brussels and online. Now in its 6th year, the European 5G Conference has an established reputation as Brussels’ leading meeting place for discussion on 5G policy.

This year’s conference will focus on the path to the Digital Decade – accelerating 5G rollout across Europe; public Funding and investment instruments; equipment ecosystems & the continued evolution of the 5G supply market; vertical connectivity – powering the enterprises of the future; working together to secure European and Global 5G networks; pushing the limits of 5G – what comes next?; providing the right mix of spectrum for the next generation of 5G connectivity and beyond; meeting the target of 5G connectivity for all EU citizens by 2030; and delivering densification – Streamlining the rollout of 5G networks in urban areas.

Key Themes

5G secure networks

Working together to secure European and Global 5G networks


Pushing the limits of 5G – what comes next?

radio-waves (1)

Providing the right mix of spectrum for the next generation of 5G connectivity and beyond – low, mid, mmWave and terahertz frequencies


Meeting the target of 5G connectivity for all EU citizens by 2030

smart-city blue

Delivering densification – Streamlining the rollout of 5G networks in urban areas

Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
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
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
Coleago Consulting
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 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 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
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
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
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 Partners
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HPE is a global, edge-to-cloud Platform-as-a-Service company built to transform your business. How? By helping you connect, protect, analyse and act on all your data and applications wherever they live, from edge to cloud, so you can turn insights into outcomes at the speed required to thrive in today’s complex world.
Event Partner
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
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.
Knowledge Partner
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 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.

Speakers include

Pearse O'Donohue

Pearse O’Donohue

Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Peter Stuckman

Peter Stuckmann

Head of Unit – Future Connectivity Systems
European Commission

Annemarie Sipkes

Annemarie Sipkes

Chair, BEREC;
Director of the Telecommunications, Transport and Postal Services Department at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)

Daniel Kitscha

Daniel Kitscha

Deputy Head of Unit - Investment in High-Capacity Networks
European Commission

Bo Andersson

Bo Andersson

PTS; Co-Chair, BEREC Working Group on Wireless Network Evolution

Juhan Lepassaar

Juhan Lepassaar

Executive Director
European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)


Matti Latva-aho

Director – 6G Flagship
University of Oulu

Cristina Data 240

Cristina Data

Director of Spectrum Policy and Analysis


Bernard Barani

Deputy Head of Unit - Future Connectivity Systems, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Sorenson Soren

Soren Sorensen

Associate Director

Eric 240

Eric Fournier

Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, ANFR France;
Vice-Chair, RSPG

Heidi Himmanen

Heidi Himmanen

Chief Adviser, Digital Connections
Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom

Chris Woolford

Chris Woolford

Director, International Spectrum Policy

Bruno Cendon Martin

Bruno Cendon Martin

Director of Wireless - AR\VR HW

Alex Kuhn

Alexander Kühn

Head of Spectrum

Gilles Bregant

Gilles Bregant

Director General

Dave Wright

Dave Wright

Head of Global Wireless Policy

Emma O'Toole

Emma O’Toole

Senior Manager, Spectrum


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

Day 1
Day 2
09:00 - 09:20
Keynote Presentation
09:20 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation
09:40 - 10:45
Session 1: The path to the Digital Decade – accelerating 5G rollout across Europe

As part of her annual State of the Union speech last autumn, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced the upcoming governance framework, “Path to the Digital Decade”. This represented a shift from the targets and voluntary measures that have been the focus of previous plans towards more concrete measures and policies. Part of the framework was focused specifically around 5G and included the requirement for member states to develop a multi-year trajectory, outlining steps they have taken and policies they are planning to achieve the target of delivering 5G coverage for all populated areas in Europe by 2030. With a number of countries failing to meet previous deadlines relating to 5G rollout and release of spectrum, this session will look at the extent to which this new framework can address that.


  • What new concrete measures and policies relating to 5G were announced as part of the ‘Path to the Digital Decade’ framework?
  • To what extent can these new measures help to get 5G rollout across Europe back on track, and to meet the key 2030 targets?
  • Do they strike the correct balance between the delivery of more binding policies whilst avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy?
  • To what extent will the proposals included in the framework of potential multi-country initiatives help facilitate EU countries joining forces to make it easier for them to raise funding from existing EU programmes and private investors?
  • What are the next steps with regards to getting agreement from the European Parliament and member states, and what is the expected timeline ahead?
10:45 - 11:10
Refreshment Break
11:10 - 11:55
Session 2: Investment Roundtable: Public Funding of 5G Deployment – encouraging co-operation across member states as a path to growth and recovery

Investment in 5G features heavily in the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) – the largest component of Next Generation EU, the EU’s landmark instrument for post-pandemic recovery. This signifies a significant paradigm shift in public financing for the sector – never before has so much public investment been available to help drive forward the development of network infrastructures in Europe and boost 5G network rollout. A specific objective for funding has been on multi country projects (MCPs) and the creation of cross-border initiatives that bring together the expertise of several member states to deliver large-scale projects that no single Member State could develop on its own. This session will look at the specific areas that are being targeted with this funding, including plans for deployment of ‘5G corridors’ – networks along major transport paths to enable advanced Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) services. It will look at examples of large-scale MCPs that are starting to emerge, and at the work that is being done by the Commission to support and encourage Member States to use funding from their national recovery and resilience plans to join forces and support these initiatives.


  • What public funding is being made available to facilitate innovative and forward-looking 5G related projects, and how can this help to ultimately stimulate private investment in these areas?
  • What work is specifically being done by the Commission to support and encourage the development of multi country projects and cross-border initiatives?
  • What requirements will projects need to meet in order to access the available funding?
  • How are the European Commission working together with the automotive, road and rail sectors to harness the power of 5G in order to meet targets that have been set for pan-European 5G Corridors for Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM)?
  • What examples of MCPs in this area have been seen and what co-operation models are emerging?


11:55 - 13:00
Session 3: 5G Equipment ecosystems – the continued evolution of the 5G supply market

Europe is home to 2 of the 3 major equipment suppliers and is a world leader in investment in 5G trials and pilots. Despite these facts however however, the overall investment that is being seen in 5G infrastructure is lagging behind other regions and many vertical sectors are slow to identify 5G business cases and embrace the new possibilities that it can bring. This session will look at what can be done to address these issues, and more broadly at the key trends that are influencing the future development of 5G ecosystems. A particular focus will be given to the emergence of OpenRAN and other associated initiatives such as network virtualisation. To what extent are these likely to be a ‘game changer’ for the future development of 5G, and what could this mean for European players?


  • What factors are contributing to the low level of investment in 5G infrastructure that is being seen across some member states?
  • How can Europe address these and ensure that it is taking advantage of its position of strength in the networks Equipment market for 5G?
  • What examples of networks based on Open RAN platforms are starting to emerge in Europe?
  • How disruptive are Open RAN and other associated initiatives such as network virtualisation set to be for the 5G supply chain in Europe?
  • What might this mean for the development of 5G in Europe in both the short term and long term? What advantages could it bring and what challenges exist?
  • To what extent is it important that a harmonsied approach to the development of the 5G ecosystem is achieved, both in Europe and globally?
  • Is there a risk that the emergence of OpenRAN risks moving the network equipment market from a European strength (Ericsson/Nokia etc) into an American strength (software companies running their solutions on hardware provided by the big cloud providers e.g. Google, Amazon Web Services)? How can this be avoided?
13:00 - 13:55
13:55 - 15:00
Session 4: Cyber Security – Working together to secure European and Global 5G networks

The last 12 months have seen a continuation of efforts from European policymakers to deliver a common European approach to the cybersecurity of 5G networks. Following the launch of the EU 5G toolbox in 2020, a new cyber certification scheme for 5G has been proposed in an effort to coordinate standards and efforts for 5G security across member states. This session will take stock of the various initiatives and programmes launched in Europe in recent years to bolster cybersecurity and to counter the vastly expanded threat landscape resulting from the roll out of 5G. It will look at how Europe is striving to maintain its global leadership position on cybersecurity, and at work that is being done with partners on an international level to secure the global supply chain.


  • What progress, successes and possible shortcomings have been seen with regards to the implementation of the EU 5G Toolbox across member states?
  • How is Europe working with other regions to ensure the security of the complex global 5G supply chain?
  • To what extent will the proposed EU-wide cybersecurity certification scheme on 5G, in combination with measures identified in the EU 5G Toolbox, be enough to guarantee the robustness and resilience of 5G and future generations and ensure Europe’s cybersecurity leadership position?
  • How can this also help to build consumer confidence in 5G security?
  • How can emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain be harnessed to help secure the 5G supply chain?
  • Following the work that is being done on the EU Mega Constellation, what role can satellites play in deliver secure connectivity for 5G and future networks?
15:00 - 15:20
Afternoon Break
Session 5: Pushing the limits of 5G – what comes next?
15:20 - 16:25
Session 5i: What next? 5G standalone and the next phase of 5G development

Rollout of 5G networks that has been seen so far has been based almost exclusively on ‘non-standalone (NSA) 5G new radio’ technologies, using enhancements to the 4G radio interface – LTE, LTE-Advanced and LTE Pro technologies. This means that use cases that have been ennabled by 5G so far have all been based around enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB). The other 2 sides of the ‘5G triangle’ of use case scenarios (‘massive Machine Type Communication’ (mMTC), and ‘Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications’ (URLLC)) will only be possible with the next phase of development – changes in the core network and the move to 5G standalone. This session will look at the progress that has been made with this next major step in 5G evolution, the extent to which concrete plans for 5G standalone are starting to emerge in Europe, and the likely timeline ahead.


  • What is the current status of operator upgrades to their 5G networks and what plans are emerging for the deployment of 5G Standalone across Europe?
  • What is the situation around the rest of the world, and what results have been seen in the few places that have now deployed 5G standalone networks?
  • How much urgency is being seen in Europe for the deployment of this next step in the 5G journey? Does this match the scramble to be ‘first mover’ that was seen with initial roll out of 5G New Radio?
  • What can be done to help increase the pace of development of 5G Standalone across the region and build momentum across member states to get this done quickly?
  • What timeframe can be expected for the full benefits of 5G to be felt for use cases requiring mMTC or URLLC services, and for 5G Standalone services and devices to become widely available in Europe?
16:25 - 17:30
Session 5ii: Beyond 5G – The journey towards a sustainable 6G

5G network rollout are in full swing with in Europe and elsewhere around the world. As we have just seen however, initial network deployments do not use all the capabilities currently defined for 5G. Building on the last session which explored the next step in the 5G journey of 5G standalone, this session will now take things one step further and explore the path towards 6G. It will look at the early expectations and visions for 6G and how it will differ from 5G; as well as the work that is being done to define technical requirements and standards. It will also look at the potential that 6G has to help to contribute to key policy goals and targets around sustainability, and the work that needs to be done to deliver on this.


  • How will 6G differ from 5G?
  • Should 6G be considered as an evolution of 5G or should we be looking to take a ‘clean slate approach’?
  • What were the initial visions and ambitions for 5G, and how many of these may actually remain pipedreams until 6G comes around?
  • What is the path to 6G going to look like, and what early work is already being done to shape this?
  • What are early expectations and visions and how realistic are these?
  • 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?
  • How can Europe make the most of competitive advantages that it has in areas such as edge computing and cybersecurity to ensure that we do not miss out as this new wave of technologies starts to emerge?
  • How important is a co-ordinated European approach in order to deliver this?
  • How can 6G help to provide a new approach to delivering sustainability and tackling the UN sustainable development goals?
09:00 - 10:10
Session 6: Powering the enterprises of the future – what is the best approach to meet vertical connectivity needs and how can this be delivered?

Across Europe and elsewhere around the world, regulators are putting plans in place to deliver the required connectivity to vertical industries in order to enable them to take advantage the benefits of 5G. Significant divergence in is being seen across Europe, with a number of different models being brought in to allocate spectrum directly to vertical users rather than to mobile operators. This session will explore the impact that these divergent approaches that are being seen might have, and at whether there is a need to look at intervention at a European level to deliver a more co-ordinated approach. Furthermore, it will explore the extent to which this apparent trend towards the use of regulatory intervention to meet the connectivity needs of vertical sectors is necessary. For example, Telenor and Telia were awarded licences in a recent Danish auction, that came with an obligation to make spectrum available for private networks; whilst two other operators, TDC and Three, are both deploying private 5G networks in the country on purely commercial terms. Where is the balance between the use of regulatory intervention and market forces to deliver the required vertical connectivity for 5G?


  • Are there advantages to the divergence in approaches to deliver vertical connectivity that is being seen across member states (for example in fostering experimentation and innovation), or will this in the long term hamper economies of scale and constrain scope for private networks in some jurisdictions?
  • Is there a need for a more co-ordinated approach in Europe and to what extent is this possible?
  • To what extent is there a need for intervention at a European level to encourage this to happen?
  • What form could this intervention take and where does the balance lie between coordinating approaches and making allowances for national differences across member states?
  • What spectrum bands are most suited for local use and possible development of private networks?
  • What work is being done at a European level to study the use of the 3.8GHz – 4.2GHz band to provide a solution to deliver localised broadband connectivity, and what potential does this approach have?
  • How successful has the approach that has been seen across many countries of making spectrum (mainly in the 3.5GHz / mmWave bands) available direct to vertical users rather than to mobile operators?
  • Should the approach of creating private networks in this way be seen as a threat or an opportunity for MNOs, and what new business models are being facilitated by this move away from the traditional approach?
  • Has this led to a surge in the advent of 5G verticals or is spectrum lying around remaining unused?
  • To what extent is there actually a market failure when it comes to making spectrum available for private networks that requires regulatory intervention (administrative licencing models, set asides and obligations); or would the issue actually be addressed on commercial terms without intervention?
  • With other regions (eg LatAm) just starting to explore options for delivering vertical connectivity, to what extent is there the possibility of delivering a globally coordinated approach?
10:10 - 11:20
Session 7: The 5G ‘sweet-spot’ – Forecasting and meeting increasing needs for spectrum in the mid-band frequencies

Mid-band has been critical for 5G rollout to date both in Europe and around the rest of the world. Whilst a large amount of spectrum has now been made available in the 3.5GHz band (and in some cases elsewhere), a recent GSMA study claimed that this is only the start and in order to meet future needs for 5G, an additional 2GHz of mid-band spectrum will be required by 2030. This session will look at the extent to which this figure is a realistic estimate of what is actually required, and at the different bands and options that are available in order to meet these growing needs. Specific focus will be given to the parts of the C-band not yet allocated to 5G (3.3GHz – 3.4GHz and the 3.6GHz – 3.8 GHz), 4.8 GHz, 6 GHz and 10 GHz ranges, all of which will be considered at WRC-23. How can the need for additional bandwidth for 5G be balanced with the needs of other key users across the mid-band frequencies – satellite, WiFi and more?


  • Most countries have now completed their 5G awards, and most MNOs now have at least 70-100 MHz of 3.5 GHz spectrum. For how long will this be enough, and where can we find more spectrum for second carriers or increased capacity?
  • To what extent is the figure provided by the GSMA study of an additional 2GHz by 2030 an accurate reflection for member states across Europe?
  • What scope is there to use spectrum in the C-band to help meet these needs (beyond the 3.4GHz – 3.6GHz section that has already been allocate)?
  • What other bands provide options, and to what extent could WRC-23 help to provide a clearer picture?
  • How important is it that a co-ordinated approach across the mid-band frequencies is seen in the region, and globally?
  • Should the next capacity layer be allocated through traditional exclusive use licences, or could new shared use models emerge?
  • How can policymakers balance the requirements of 5G in mid-band frequencies with the needs of other key users in the bands?


11:20 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:00
Thinking Point: Introducing the Metaverse
12:00 - 13:10
Session 8: The evolving connectivity landscape – new spectrum bands, new technologies, new approaches

The way in which connectivity is provided today is very different to how it was delivered ten years ago. And similarly, as the journey towards the next phase of future wireless connectivity continues, it can be expected that the connectivity ecosystem in 2030 will be very different to that which we see today. With the demand for connectivity set to increase at an exponential rate and wireless communication set to become more and more vital for all aspects of daily lives, connectivity technologies, systems and regulatory frameworks will all need to evolve in order to keep pace. This session focus on what this evolution of the connectivity landscape will look like, and at what needs to be done to ensure that the power of wireless can continue to push our world forward. Focus will be given to new technologies that are emerging; at innovative new ways of finding the bandwidth to enable these; and at the possibility of collaborative new business models.


  • What will the overall connectivity ecosystem look like in 2030, and how will it likely differ from today?
  • There was a time that mid-band spectrum were considered too high frequency to be used for mobile technology, but this has of course change hugely. As the evolution of technologies and systems continues, how will the demand for different spectrum bands be set to change?
  • What scope in the future can be played by terahertz frequencies and other bands that have traditionally been considered as unusable?
  • To what extent is the way in which we access spectrum set to change? What role can spectrum sharing and other innovative methods play in increasing spectrum efficiency?
  • What new challenges and opportunities might the use of these new bands bring?
  • How are technologies evolving, and how might this affect what are currently considered as traditional models of connectivity, and the connectivity landscape more broadly?
  • What role can non-terrestrial technologies play in helping to deliver cost-effective and high-capacity connectivity in future wireless networks?
  • What scope is there for increased collaboration between mobile and satellite providers, and the emergence of hybrid terrestrial-satellite systems?


13:10 - 14:05
14:05 - 15:10
Delivering digital equality – Meeting the target of 5G connectivity for all by 2030

One of the targets of the Commission’s digital decade is to deliver 5G coverage to all populated areas in Europe by 2030. Current coverage is estimated to be at around 13%, which shows how ambitious this target to deliver digital equality for all European citizens actually is. For it to be achieved, stakeholders and connectivity providers will need to work together. This session will look at the different technologies, spectrum bands and connectivity models that will need to be part of the solution to deliver this, and at the extent to which regulatory intervention will be required. It will look at what should be considered as the definition of 5G in relation to the targets that have been set, and at how it can be ensured that the different connectivity requirements of communities across Europe can be met.


  • How should ‘5G’ be defined in the context of the target that has been set? Should minimum acceptable levels be set in terms of key aspects such as speed and latency?
  • How can the level of coverage be monitored and what parameters should be used to do this (number of base stations, population coverage/quality)?
  • Can more basic 5G delivered using low-band (ie 700MHz) frequencies be sufficient to meet these targets, or should we be aiming for the additional possibilities that are offered by mid-range 5G?
  • How can it be ensured that the connectivity that is required fits with the specific needs to the communities and areas that it is serving?
  • Is there a need to introduce regulatory tools such as universal service obligations to help deliver on these targets, or can they be met through private competition alone?
  • Where does the delivery of digital equality for European businesses and industrial areas fit within the Commission targets? What needs to be done to ensure that all businesses throughout Europe are given the opportunity to reap the potential that new digital technologies such as IoT, AI, edge computing and augmented reality can offer?
  • What technology mix will be required to help deliver the required connectivity? Alongside mobile broadband, what role can fixed wireless access (FWA) play?
  • What role can satellite play in helping to deliver the required connectivity, particularly with recent moves that have been seen towards inclusion of satellite technology in mobile handsets?
15:10 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:35
Session 10: Delivering densification – Streamlining the rollout of 5G networks in urban areas

Small Cell and macro cell technologies are seen as being pivotal to successful 5G rollout and the densification of networks that will be required to meet needs in urban areas. Despite this however, Small Cell adoption across Europe has been relatively slow to date. This session will look at the reasons for this apparent reticence from operators to deploy small cells to date, and at what is being done to encourage and streamline the rollout process going forward.


  • What is the situation with regards to roll out of new small cells in Europe?
  • Why have so few been seen – is it due to operators reusing existing sites or implementing dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) to reuse 4G spectrum bands; or is it because of red tape and bureaucracy?
  • What measures have been taken to streamline and speed up the rollout of 5G networks once spectrum has been allocated? Is there more that could be done?
  • What are the current processes relating to acquisition of cell sites across different member states, and is there a need for more harmonisation?
  • What is the business case for the use of small cells and macro cells, and what balance should operators be looking to achieve between reusing existing sites and deploying new ones?
  • What specific challenges and circumstances arise when considering the delivery of required connectivity indoors and inside buildings? How can this be provided, and how can MNOs and others work together to provide the connectivity that is required?


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Event Background

Since its launch in 2016, The European 5G Conference will now be taking place for the sixth time. The event has established a reputation as Brussels’ leading platform for discussions on 5G policy.

For the first time, this conference will be held under a Hybrid Format in 2022, with the return of an in-person element following the entirely virtual event in 2021. For those unable to attend in-person, sessions will be live streamed to our events platform.

We are looking forward to working alongside policymakers, regulators and industry stakeholders from mobile, satellite, broadcast, and more to ensure that their voices are included.

2021 Event

Taking place virtually in February 2021, the fifth edition of the event welcomed over 1200 key stakeholders and policy makers to our online events platform, to discuss key topical issues related to the rollout of 5G.

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  • Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion, either in person or remotely
  • Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers, either onsite or online
  • European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience
  • Networking opportunities | Socially distanced and safe networking opportunities will be available to all in person attendees throughout the day. Both in person and virtual attendees will be able to connect using our App’s virtual networking feature. Virtual private meeting rooms can also be booked
  • Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities
  • Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience at both onsite & digital exhibition booths
Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion, either in person or remotely
Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers, either onsite or online
European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience
Networking opportunities | Socially distanced and safe networking opportunities will be available to all in person attendees throughout the day. Both in person and virtual attendees will be able to connect using our App’s virtual networking feature. Virtual private meeting rooms can also be booked
Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities
Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience at both onsite & digital exhibition booths

Get Involved

If you are interested in being involved in this event we have various speaking, sponsorship and visibility opportunities available. Please contact Jordan Francombe on to discuss these in more detail.


Please note that the event is FREE to attend for attendees registering to attend virtually.

For those applying to participate to the event in-person, the following fees will apply if your registration is successful:

* 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

Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below.


nhow Brussels Bloom Hotel

Rue Royale – Koningsstraat 250, 1210, Brussels, Belgium

Event Platform

This event will be taking place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution. For more details, please visit


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Jordan Francombe using any of the details below.

Jordan Francombe
Senior Event Manager
Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 020