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The European 5G Conference 2020

Event Overview

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?

Key Themes

    • Discussions of where we are at & early experiences with 5G
    • Looking at how Europe is working together to fully deliver the 5G vision
    • Insights into the role of vertical markets in shaping the emerging 5G ecosystem
    • Case studies regarding delivering a common EU approach to assessing and tackling the cybersecurity challenges of 5G
    • To what extent can 5G help to tackle connectivity ‘not spots’? Ensuring that 5G helps to narrow rather than widen the digital divide
    • Reflections on the outcomes of WRC-19 and looking forward to WRC-23
    • Discussions regarding the ideal spectrum portfolio for 5G
    • How Europe are developing a 5G-ready framework for EMF limits
    • Finally, preparing for life beyond 5G

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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.
Platinum Sponsor
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.
Platinum Sponsor
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.
Platinum Sponsor
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.
Platinum Sponsor
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.
Platinum Sponsor
www.fticonsulting.com
FTI Consulting has been at the center of the telecom, media and technology evolutions that have precipitated the changes that are so widespread today. With over 20 years of expertise working with the top telecom operators, vendors, government, and regulators in over 50 countries, it is one of the world's leading TMT (Telecoms, Media and Technology) consultancy practices. We have leading-edge know-how in operations, finance, valuations and end-to-end spectrum auction management. Our deep bench includes PhDs, MBAs, CPAs, IT and technology professionals, as well as former C-suite executives, principal investors, lenders, communications specialists and economists with many years of experience in their TMT industries.
Platinum Sponsor
www.huawei.eu
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.
Platinum Sponsor
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.
Platinum Sponsor
www.plumconsulting.co.uk
Plum Consulting is a specialised consulting firm offering strategy, policy, regulatory and engineering advice on telecoms, media and online sectors; and on radio spectrum as a key sector input. In October 2014 Plum Consulting London LLP and Aegis Systems Limited announced that they had entered into an agreement under which the business operations of Aegis Systems became part of Plum. The combined entity, trading as Plum, builds on the strategy, policy and regulatory advice from Plum’s consultants and specialist technical and engineering advice to users and regulators of the radio spectrum from Aegis consultants.Our clients on radio spectrum projects include government, regulators and industry players (operators and vendors). We work in many countries in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Europe and North and Latin America and the Caribbean on a wide range of spectrum and telecoms issues
Platinum Sponsor
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.
Platinum Sponsor
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 16 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 SES Americom, one of the earliest operators of commercial GEO satellites, SES Government Solutions, which is exclusively focused on the needs of the U.S. Government, as well as GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government. SES also owns the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe, MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services. Further information available at: www.ses.com
Supporting Partner
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.
Supporting Partner
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.
Supporting Partner
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.
Gold Sponsor
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.
Gold Sponsor
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.
Silver Sponsor
www.broadcast-networks.eu
Broadcast Networks Europe is dedicated to maintaining an efficient and fair regulatory and operational environment for Terrestrial Broadcast Network Operators with a view to ensuring European citizens continue having universal access to a broad range of TV and radio programs and content as well as other over-the-air services.
Silver Sponsor
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.
Knowledge Partner
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
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.
Media Partner
https://encompass-europe.com/
Encompass is an online magazine delivering comment, opinion and analysis on the affairs of the European Union and Europe’s place in the world. We aim to demystify the complexity of the EU and to be lively and provocative. Encompass is also a space with podcast interviews and, through Encompass Live, political and cultural events. As our name indicates we will strive to be open and accessible.

Speakers include

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Pearse O'Donohue

Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission

This event has now taken place. Thank you to all our partners, sponsors, speakers and delegates. A selection of photos can be viewed here. We look forward to welcoming you to the next edition of the event. 

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Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

MEP, European Parliament

Gilles Bregant

Gilles Brégant,

Director General, ANFR

Dan Sjoblom

Dan Sjöblom

Chair, BEREC

Olivier Huart

Olivier Huart

Chairman, EWIA &
CEO, TDF

Lise Fuhr

Lise Fuhr

Director General, ETNO

Andrus Ansip

Andrus Ansip

MEP, European Parliament

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Dante Ibarra

WRC Director, FCC

Andreana Atanasova

Andreana Atanasova

Vice-Chair, RSPG & Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria

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HyeonWoo Lee

Vice Chair, Executive Committee, 5G Forum Korea

Agenda

The European 5G Conference agenda is available below. Please note speakers marked with an asterisk (*) are to be confirmed.

Day 1
2020-01-29
Day 2
2020-01-30
09:00 - 09:40
Keynote Presentations
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Pearse O’Donohue
Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission
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Miapetra Kumpula-Natri
MEP, European Parliament
09:40 - 11:10
Session 1: Where are we at? Early experiences with 5G

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.


  • How are member states progressing against the targets of the European Commission’s 5G Action Plan and which countries are being seen as early leaders?
  • In examples of roll-out that have been seen, to what extent have early versions of the technology met expectations?
  • Are we hitting required targets when it comes to the emergence of 5G handsets? How can it be ensured that both the availability and price level of handsets are at a level that makes them a driver and not an obstacle to consumer adoption of 5G?
  • Are we making progress in enabling new applications for vertical industries such as campus networks for industrial applications or corridors for connected cars?
  • What uptake of 5G services has been seen to date, and what revenue levels are being generated?
  • To what extent are there signs of a ‘killer app’ for 5G starting to emerge and what has been learnt so far in terms of the possible revenue growth and long term business case for 5G?
  • Is the consensus still that it is going to deliver fully on its promises, or are there any areas that may only reach their full potential with the arrival of future technology (Beyond 5G or 6G)?
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Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Frédéric Pujol
Radio Technologies and Spectrum Practice Leader, IDATE Digiworld
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Daniel Gueorguiev
Public Policy Manager Europe, Russia and CIS, GSMA
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Jane Rygaard
Head of Mobile Networks Marketing, Nokia
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HyeonWoo Lee
Chair, Global Strategy Committee, 5G Forum
11:10 - 11:30
Morning Coffee
11:30 - 13:00
Session 2: Where next? Working together to fully deliver the 5G vision in Europe

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.


  • What progress has been made across member states on the follow-up of the Communications Code and what challenges still remain?
  • What should the key priorities be for the new Commission? Is there a need for an overall review of the 5G Action Plan and for new 5G targets and objectives?
  • What should be the focus of the 5G Observatory as we move from launch into wider deployment?
  • What is the Commission’s approach to an EU-wide light deployment regime for small cells and how does it match developments in Member States?
  • What key challenges are ahead, and how can the Commission, Member States and Industry all now work together to deliver on the 5G vision? 
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Moderator: Stefan Zehle
CEO, Coleago Consulting
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Peter Stuckmann
Head of Unit - Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission
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Maarit Palovirta
Director, Regulatory Affairs, ETNO
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Philip Marnick
Group Director - Spectrum, Ofcom
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Olivier Huart
Chairman, EWIA & CEO, TDF
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Aarti Holla
Secretary General, ESOA
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 16:10
Session 3: Delivering the required 5G connectivity for vertical markets
Session 3i: Working together to provide the required 5G connectivity

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.

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Moderator: Carl Gustav Gordon
Senior Director, Special Advisor, FTI Consulting
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Roberto Riggio
Head of Smart Networks and Services, Fondazione Bruno Kessler; Project Coordinator, 5G CARMEN
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Arnaud Vamparys
Senior Vice President, Radio Networks and 5G Lead, Orange
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Cecil Ameil
Senior Manager, European Affairs, SES
Session 3ii: The role of vertical markets in shaping the emerging 5G ecosystem

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.


  • How can vertical industries best ensure that emerging 5G architectures and technologies are aligned with their specific market requirements?
  • To what extent are verticals starting to become fully integrated in the 5G community, and getting involved in aspects such as the standardisation process within 3GPP?
  • How can different sectors work together to build large markets and increase economies of scale and their overall influence over the development of 5G standards and technologies?
  • How can verticals ensure that they have access to the spectrum that they require, and what models are emerging to deliver this?
  • What co-operation and co-ordination has been seen to date, and which sectors are leading the way on this?
  • What vertical industries are leading the way when it comes to 5G development, and which are likely to i). benefit the most from 5G and ii). offer the most compelling long-term 5G business case for connectivity providers?
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Moderator: Carl Gustav Gordon
Senior Director, Special Advisor, FTI Consulting
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Georg Mayer
Chair TSG Service and System Aspects, 3GPP
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Stephen Pentland
Head of Spectrum, Vodafone Group
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Cristina Data
Director of Spectrum Policy and Analysis, Ofcom
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Johannes Nitschke
Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Siemens
16:10 - 16:25
Afternoon Coffee
16:25 - 17:40
Session 4: Delivering a common EU approach to assessing and tackling the cybersecurity challenges of 5G

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.

  • What are the main threats and actors that have been identified by member states, and what measures have been proposed at EU level to address these?
  • To what extent can the common approach that is proposed help to ensure the cyber security of 5G networks?
  • What measures are proposed to address vulnerabilities and other potential threats related to the supply chain?
  • How can increased testing and the introduction of an EU-wide certification framework for 5G networks and equipment help to both increase security and build consumer trust in 5G?
  • What are the next steps, and to what extent is there a need for further action?
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Moderator: Iva Tasheva
Co-Founder and Cybersecurity Lead, CyEn
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Dan Sjöblom
Chair, BEREC
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Mark Smitham
EU Public Affairs, Huawei
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Andrus Ansip
MEP, European Parliament
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Lise Fuhr
Director General, ETNO
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Steve Purser
Head of Core Operations, ENISA
17:40
Cocktail Reception

Kindly hosted by EWIA

09:00 - 09:40
Experts Corner
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Moderator: Janette Stewart
Principal, Analysys Mason
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Stefan Zehle
CEO, Coleago Consulting
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Richard Rudd
Director, Plum Consulting
09:40 - 11:20
Session 5: Looking back / Looking forward: A focus on WRC-19 and WRC-23

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.


  • What were the decisions at WRC-19 on the key spectrum bands for 5G?
  • Following these decisions and outcomes, to what extent is the required spectrum now in place to power the 5G future?
  • What are the key candidate bands for 5G that are now set to be considered at WRC-23, and what are the next steps in the build-up to this?
  • With 5G set to be delivered through a mix of technology and a ‘network-ofnetworks’, to what extent will the decisions at WRC19 help to meet the future requirements of key technologies such as satellite, WiFi and HAPS alongside those of mobile?
Interview / Fireside Chat
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Moderator: Janette Stewart
Principal, Analysys Mason
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Alexander Kühn
Chairman, CPG, CEPT
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Dante Ibarra
WRC Director, Federal Communications Commission
‘State your case’ with industry stakeholders
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Moderator: Janette Stewart
Principal, Analysys Mason
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Glyn Carter
Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA
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Erika Tejedor
Director, Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson
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Jaume Pujol
Chair, Policy Working Group, BNE & Head of Regulation, Cellnex Telecom
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Patrick van Niftrik
Global Spectrum and Regulatory Policy, ESOA
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Guillaume Lebrun
Public Policy Manager, Facebook
11:20 - 11:35
Morning Coffee
11:35 - 12:45
Session 6: What is the ideal spectrum portfolio for 5G, and which countries and operators are positioned best to achieve this?

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.


  • What would be the ‘ideal’ spectrum portfolio to enable an operator to meet the requirements of all the various different 5G use-cases in both rural and urban environments?
  • Where are we currently, and how does the reality across member states compare to this ‘ideal’?
  • What approaches have been seen from member states when it comes to allocating spectrum in the 700MHz, 3.5GHz and mmWave frequency bands, and what results have been seen?
  • How can it be ensured that the spectrum needs of non-cellular connectivity providers such as satellite, WiFi and HAPS are also being taken care of as emerging 5G bandplans start to take shape? 
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Moderator: Soren Sorenson
Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting
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Catherine Bohill
Director Spectrum Strategy, Telefonica
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Luigi Ardito
Senior Director of Government Affairs, Qualcomm
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Bo Andersson
Chief Economist, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
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Mauro Martino
Head, Office of Spectrum Management, AGCOM, Italy
12:45 - 13:35
Lunch
13:35 - 14:55
Session 7: Developing a 5G-ready framework for EMF limits in Europe

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.


  • What is the current situation with regards to EMF limits and technical approaches across EU member state, and how appropriate are these in today’s 5G world?
  • What challenges do current varying limits across Europe pose for 5G deployment, and how can a solution be found that safeguards the general public without slowing down 5G deployment?
  • To what extent has the Communications Code helped to streamline the process of deploying small cells and technologies such as Massive MIMO and beamforming, and what work still remains to be done?
  • Is there still a need for more co-ordination at an EU level, and how important is it that a consistent approach is achieved?
  • How can operators and technology providers work together to improve communication and education around EMF limits and the overall transparency of 5G roll-out? 
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Moderator: Veronica Bocarova
Principal Analyst, Cullen International
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Dr Eric van Rongen
Chair, International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
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Gilles Brégant
Director General, ANFR
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Kyriakos Baxevanidis
Deputy Head of Unit, Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission
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Martin Busch
Expert Public & Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom
14:55 - 16:00
Session 8: What next? Preparing for life beyond 5G

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.


  • What will a ‘post-5G world’ look like, and how are B5G and 6G likely to differ from 5G?
  • What work is already being done to prepare for this, and how can Europe ensure that it is world-leader when it comes to B5G and 6G?
  • What will the likely timeframe be for the emergence of 6G, and what are the key challenges that will likely lie ahead?
  • What lessons can be taken from 5G roll-out that can be applied for the launch of future digital networks? 
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Moderator: Andy Hudson
Senior Strategist & Valuations Lead, Auctionomics
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Bernard Barani
Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission
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Andreana Atanasova
Vice-Chair, RSPG & Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria
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Matti Latva-aho
Director for National 6G Flagship, University of Oulu, Finland
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2019 Event

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

Get Involved

If you are interested in being involved in this event we have various speaking, sponsorship and visibility opportunities available. Please contact Lula Howard on 5Gconference@forum-europe.com or +44 (0) 2920 783026 to discuss these in more detail.

Costs

* 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.

Number of delegatesGroup discount
3 – 510%
6 – 820%
9+25%

Venue

BluePoint Brussels
80 Bd A. Reyers Ln
1030 Brussels
Belgium

BluePoint Brussels
80 Bd A. Reyers Ln
1030 Brussels
Belgium
Get directions from Google Maps here.

Contact

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

Lula Howard
Forum Europe

5Gconference@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 026

Accommodation

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. 

To download the booking form click here, and if you have any questions contact us on the details above or the hotel directly at sales@gresham-belsonhotel.com