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Below is the latest program for the conference. Please check back regularly for updates and note that speakers to be confirmed are indicated as such with a (tbc) following their name. 


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Tuesday 29 May, 2018


09:00 – 17:30

Day 1: Continuing the path to an ‘all inclusive’ 5G infrastructure

09:00 – 09:30

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:30 – 09:50

Welcome remarks

Nigel Jefferies, Chairman, WWRF
Peter Zimri, Councillor, ICASA

09:50 – 10:50

Session 1: Keynote Presentations

Moderator: Nigel Jefferies, Chairman, WWRF

09:50 – 10:10

Keynote Presentation

Siyabonga Cwele, MP, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa (tbc)

10:10 – 10:30

Keynote Presentation

Mario Maniewicz, Deputy to the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union

10:30 – 10:50

Keynote Presentation

Alexander Kühn, Chairman, CPG , ECC / CEPT

10:50 – 11:20

Morning Coffee

11:20 – 12:50

Session 2: Preparing for the reality of 5G – the countdown begins

The world is now less than 2 years away from the first commercial deployment of 5G, and the reality of this new dawn is fast approaching. This session will set the scene for the conference, by taking stock of where we currently stand and the progress that has been made, and looking at the extent to which regions around the world are truly ready to start reaping the benefits that 5G will bring. Focussing on the potential for positive impact that 5G has in all different areas of society, it will reflect on how closely early 5G networks will match the initial 5G vision, and reflecting on the work that has been done in working towards this ‘vision’ to date, and on what needs to be done going forward.

- To what extent are regions around the world ready for commercial rollout of 5G?
- What will the reality of 5G rollout actually be? What will be the likely stages, and to what extent is the goal of a co-ordinated approach likely to be seen?
- To what extent will early roll-out of 5G match the initial 5G ‘vision’?
- Where are we with regards to the development of standards for 5G deployment and what options have been put forward? Will it meet the needs of emerging economies?
- What is likely to be the first 5G killer application that drives forward wide-spread commercial take-up?
- What positive changes can 5G deliver for consumers, businesses and society in general, and how can these be achieved? How can it be ensured that the benefits of 5G are truly experienced by all?
- What needs to be done to ensure that ultimately the consumer globally is at the heart of 5G?

Moderator: Knud Erik Skouby, Director Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Aalborg University

Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless
Byungsuk Kim, Director of Next Generation Technology, KT
Lebo Masalesa, Executive: Network Management, Telkom SA
Percy Nhau, Internet Society of South Africa
Adrian Scrase, Chief Technology Officer, ETSI


12:50 – 13:50


13:50 – 15:30

Session 3: Ensuring a spectrum strategy to meet the connectivity needs of ALL 5G use cases

5G is going to bring with it a whole plethora of different use cases, with many varied spectrum requirements. To ensure that all of these requirements are met, an ultra-reliable and resilient service offering very low latency over long distances needs to be provided, that at the same time supports ultra-high speed data communications. This provides a challenge for regulators and other stakeholders, with the new 5G spectrum landscape requiring a mixture of frequencies, spectrum sharing, technologies and solutions, and possibly even a whole re-think on infrastructure models. This session will look at the best way forward to achieve this, and to ensure a future-proof spectrum strategy that truly delivers on the potential of 5G for everyone.

- How is the spectrum environment and usage likely to change in a future 5G network?
- What spectrum and technology mix will be required to ensure that 5G truly is a technology for everyone, in both rural and urban areas and across all vertical sectors?
- Where can the bandwidth be found to meet the demand for all the varied 5G use-cases, both in terms of providing the additional capacity and also achieving ubiquitous coverage?
- What bands are likely to be the ‘pioneer’ bands that will likely see 5G deployment first in the different regions around the world?
- In the longer-term, what bands will be the most important for 5G in both the lower, mid and millimeter band ranges, and to what is extent is a globally harmonised (or at least co-ordinated) approach a reality?
- What role can WRC-19 play in this, and what will the decisions taken to focus on millimeter bands for 5G mean for stakeholders?
- What type of spectrum sharing techniques and dynamic spectrum management toolboxes are planned to address the large spectrum requirement in 5G.
- How can regulators ensure that they are delivering a future-proof spectrum strategy, and not only planning connectivity solutions for the use cases that are anticipated today, but also for those future use cases that are yet unknown?

Moderator: Kezias Mwale, Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU

13:50 – 14:00

Introduction from Moderator

Kezias Mwale, Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU

14:00 – 15:30

Panel discussion

Ross Bateson, Special Adviser, Government Affairs, GSMA
Juanita Clark, CEO, FTTX
Ching-Tarng Hsieh, Research Consultant , ITRI
Paris Mashile, Councillor, ICASA
Bashir Patel, Global Spectrum & Policy Regulator, ESOA

15:30 – 15:50

Afternoon Coffee

15:50 – 17:20

Session 4: The 5G Journey in Africa – Challenges and Opportunities

The opportunities of 5G in Africa are arguably greater than in any other region around the world. If harnessed correctly, it has the potential to transform the continent, drive forward economic growth, and deliver social benefits in countries throughout the region. Alongside this however, the migration to 5G includes a host of different and complex challenges that require considerable planning, time and resources in order to be overcome. This session will look at the journey ahead, and how it differs from that in developed regions. It will look at the work that is being done to prepare for 5G, and what needs to be done going forward to develop a coherent strategy to overcome the obstacles and ensure that the potential of 5G is maximized for Africa, its member states and its 1.2 billion citizens.

- How will the transition to 5G in Africa and other emerging markets differ from in developed countries?
- What contextual issues in technology, use cases and policy/regulatory are important to consider for 5G deployment in Africa.
- When and where will 5G first go live in Africa, and what are likely to be the major drivers and inhibitors of the technology in the region?
- What role can 5G play in supporting the efforts of Africa and other developing economies to partake in the knowledge economy?
- What potential does 5G offer for countries, communities, citizens and businesses throughout Africa?
- Can 5G be the ‘golden egg’ that many are suggesting it will be in order to provide cost effective, ubiquitous broadband connectivity in Africa?
- What challenges lie ahead for Governments, regulators and other stakeholders?
- How can countries ensure that their national strategies are laying the foundations for 5G whilst at the same time balancing the short-term goals of rolling out 3G and 4G?
- What role does education need to play both in terms of stimulating skill and innovation and ensuring digitally astute consumers?

Moderator: Bashir Gwandu, Chairman, Commonwealth ITU Group

15:50 – 16:05

Keynote Presentation - 5G Technologies and Initiatives: Enabling Affordable Broadband in Emerging Markets

Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist, CSIR Meraka Institute

16:05 – 17:20

Panel session

Andrew Barendse, Managing Executive Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA
Alison Gillwald, Executive Director: Research, ICT Africa
Evah Kentshitswe, Manager Network Standards, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)
Elizabeth Migwalla, Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Africa, Qualcomm

Wednesday 30 May, 2018


08:30 – 16:00

Day 2: 5G in action: implementation and trials across vertical markets

From the most technically advanced cities to the most remote rural areas, and across multiple different industries, 5G has the potential to change lives and deliver economic benefits everywhere. It is set to create an ecosystem for technical and business innovation across a huge number of vertical markets, and today’s sessions will offer the opportunity to look at some of these in a little more detail.

The day will start with a look at some real-life examples of 5G implementation and trials, and the vital role that these are playing in demonstrating the benefits of 5G to vertical sectors, Governments, businesses and consumers. Following this, sessions will focus specifically on how 5G is set to revolutionise 4 key areas - Smart Cities, Water Management and Sustainability, Health and Rural communities. Sessions will look at the potential that 5G offers in these areas, and the challenges that need to be overcome in order for this potential to be maximised. Crucially, with ICT technologies already having a huge impact on the way that business and societies operate, each session will look at what 5G will bring that existing ICT technologies cannot, and how it can be ensured that the impact of 5G on these specific sectors can truly be maximised.

08:30 – 09:00

Morning Coffee & Registration

09:00 – 09:20

Opening Presentation

Bin Tan, Engineer, Huawei

09:20 – 10:50

Session 5: Real-world implementation of 5G - building the business case through trials and pilots

From early lab tests, to field trials and now real-world trials, demonstrations and test of 5G technology have been taking place all around the world, as the path towards commercial deployment continues. These commercial trials of 5G are seen as a crucial part of validating technologies and demonstrating their stability and effectiveness. They can also help to increase the understanding of both the requirements and possibilities of 5G within a specific sector and increase awareness and interest from end users. This session will look at the important role that trials are already playing in building the business case across specific vertical markets, and what work needs to be done in this area going forward. It will look at the strategic dialogue that is taking place between operators, vertical industry representatives and other key stakeholders, and ask whether this is sufficient, and if not then how it can be improved.

- What trials are being seen in different regions throughout the world, and what co-ordination and co-operation is taking place on a global level?
- Should Africa develop a 5G action plan similar to the EU 5G Action Plan
- What role are 5G trials already playing in demonstrating the benefits of 5G to vertical sectors, public sector, businesses and consumers, and building confidence in the technology?
- What needs to be done to build on this and what should be the objective of trials and testing over the next few years as we build towards commercial roll-out?
- What collaboration and dialogue is already taking place between operators, vertical industry representatives and other key stakeholders? Which vertical sectors are most engaged?

Moderator: Miquel Payaró, Head of Division, Senior Researcher, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

Eckart Kruger, Consultant, NAAMSA
HyeonWoo Lee, Chair, Global Strategy Committee, 5G Forum
Seizo Onoe, Chief Technology Architect, NTT DOCOMO, INC. and President, DOCOMO Technology, Inc.

10:50 – 11:10

Morning Coffee

11:10 – 12:30

Session 6: Focus on…5G in Vertical Markets and contrasting environments

Focus On…Achieving the benefits of 5G in very contrasting environments – plans and strategies
In this session, 4 case studies will focus on plans and strategies for 5G in 4 very different regions and situations, and how it is planned that 5G will make a positive impact on the lives of citizens and businesses that live and operate there.

11:10 – 11:30

Case study: Saudi Arabia's Road To 5G

Saad Ibrahim Al-Askar, Senior RadioCommunication Engineer, Spectrum Management Department, CITC, Saudi Arabia

11:30 – 11:50

The role of 5G in enhancing citizen engagement, efficiency, transparency and accountability

Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for South Africa, UNDP

11:50 – 12:10

Case Study: Using 5G to transform lives in India

Satish Jamadagni, TSIDI & Reliance Jio

12:10 – 12:30

Case Study: 5G in Tourism and Ports

Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:10

Focus on…vertical markets – what will 5G mean in practice for different sectors and industries?

This afternoon’s sessions will look in detail at 2 key verticals (health and utilities); and at the potential that 5G offers. They will look at some of the new expected services that 5G will bring and at future requirements and trends. At the heart of the discussion in the sessions will be the questions of what 5G can bring to specific sectors that existing ICT technologies cannot, and what needs to be done to create an environment to enable benefits to be maximised.

Sessions will be interactive and discussion based. Participants will not deliver any prepared remarks,
but instead be asked to debate and respond to the questions that have been set.

13:30 – 14:20

5G in the health sector – transforming health care and wellbeing

- What will 5G mean for the healthcare sector? What will it bring to the sector that existing ICT technologies cannot, and how it can be ensured that its positive impact is truly maximised?
- What can the impact of 5G be on the overall patient experience, and also on aspects such as training and simply encouraging a healthier lifestyle?
- With increasing populations placing increasing strain on health systems all around the world, how can 5G be best used to help reduce costs and improve outcomes in healthcare?
- What specific benefits can 5G bring to how healthcare is delivered in developing countries, and to contribute to the attainment of universal health coverage and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on good health and wellbeing,"
- What barriers exist to the rollout of 5G networks in the field of healthcare? How can it be ensured that privacy and security are enhanced and not compromised?

Moderator: Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless

Christos Bakirtzis, from the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki
Prebo Barango, focal point for the Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative in Africa, WHO
Cindy Fedell, Director of Informatics, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

14:20 – 15:10

The role of 5G in delivering a smarter energy and utilities sector

- What will 5G mean for the utilities and energy sector? What will it bring to the sector that existing ICT technologies cannot, and how it can be ensured that its positive impact is truly maximised?
- Can 5G help to accelerate the drive towards a more sustainable energy system? What benefits can it provide for renewable energy sources and generation?
- What work is being done to tackle the challenge of cyber security relating to smart grids and energy networks, and can 5G help to increase the resilience against cyber attacks?
- What impact can 5G have on preventing outages and maintaining grid stability and security of supply?

Moderator: Hendrik Berndt, Vice Chair for Europe, Middle East, Africa , WWRF

Mlungisi Mkhwanazi, AUTC Director, Utilities Technology Council
Shane Rooney, Executive Director, IOT, GSMA
Ganesh Sauba, Principal Consultant Power and Electrification Strategic Research and Innovation, DNV GL

15:10 – 15:20

Final Word

Nomvula Paula Mokonyane, MP, Minister of The Department of Communications (DoC)

15:20 – 15:40

Conclusions and wrap up

Nigel Jefferies, Chairman, WWRF
HyeonWoo Lee, Chair, Global Strategy Committee, 5G Forum

15:40 – 16:00

Final networking opportunities



Tue 29 May, 2018 09.00 to
Wed 30 May, 2018 17.30




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