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Tuesday 22 January, 2019


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:20

Session 1: Introductory Presentations

Moderator: Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction from moderator

Moderator: Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason

09:10 – 09:20

Introduction - the view from ITU

Sergio Buonomo, Counselor, Study Group 5, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

09:20 – 11:05

Session 2: Where do we stand on 5G deployment in Europe and around the world

This session will look at recent experiences and progress in 5G deployment in 3 key regions around the world – Europe, Asia and the US.

- Where do we stand in the 3 regions when it comes to the preparation for 5G, and to actual deployment?
- What are the immediate market needs and strategic use cases in the various regions?
- What recent progress has been made and what experiences have been seen?
- What new opportunities for industry are arising based on the 5G landscape that is emerging, and what challenges still remain?

Moderator: Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason

09:20 – 09:35

The 5G Observatory - tracking the development of 5G in Europe

Peter Stuckmann, Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, DG Connect , European Commission

09:35 – 09:50

An update of the 5G progress in the US

Brendan Carr, Commissioner, FCC

09:50 – 10:05

An update of the 5G progress in Asia

Takehiro Nakamura, SVP and General Manager of 5G Labs, NTT DOCOMO

10:05 – 10:20

The view from the 5G Suppliers

Lasse Wieweg, Chairman, Spectrum Group, GSA

10:20 – 10:35

The view from Mobile Operators

Andy Hudson, Head of Policy, GSMA

10:35 – 11:05

Q&A and room-wide discussion

11:05 – 11:25

Morning Coffee Break

11:25 – 12:35

Session 3: What do EU and national policymakers need to do to ensure the success of 5G?

The success of 5G is reliant on the combined efforts of a number of different stakeholders. Alongside industry representatives, academic institutions, standards-making bodies who are working hard to deliver technologies that will underpin our 5G future, Governments and regulators are focussing on ensuring that the correct regulatory environment is in place. This session will focus on this key role of policymakers, and at what needs to be done at both a national and EU level to deliver policy measures that encourage long-term heavy investments in 5G network and delivers the goal of full geographic roll-out.

- What lessons have been learnt from 1G through 4G that should be taken into account to ensure a successful development and deployment of 5G in Europe?
- What progress has been seen as regards investment conditions since the launch of the European 5G Action Plan?
- To what extent are we on track to ensure that its objectives are achieved and what work still remains at both a European and national level?
- Are standards sufficiently mature for 5G and do they address the requirements beyond mobile broadband?
- What are the main instruments at a European and at a national level to encourage long-term heavy investments in 5G networks and deliver full geographic roll-out?
- To what extent can public financing fill investment gaps?
- What national strategies and 5G plans have been seen? How consistent are they from a European perspective, and to what extent are they likely to deliver the scale needed for Europe to be at the forefront of 5G development?
- How important is it that a harmonised and co-ordinated approach is achieved, and to what extent is this being seen?

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

11:25 – 12:35

Panel discussion

Peter Stuckmann, Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, DG Connect , European Commission
Adrian Scrase, CTO, ETSI, CTO & Head of Mobile Competence Centre, 3GPP
Frank Kruger, Head of Digital Society and Infrastructure, German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Vice-Chair, RSPG
Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO
Jayne Stancavage, Global Executive Director of Communications Policy, Intel


12:35 – 13:35


13:35 – 15:35

Session 4: 5G in Action - from trials to commercial launch

Version 4.0 of the pan-European trials roadmap was released in November 2018, highlighting the key EU cities that are targeted for 5G early deployments, and looking at the vertical sectors already engaged in 5G pre-commercial / commercial trials and pilots. This session will provide an update of the work that is being done as part of the roadmap to ensure a co-ordinated approach to trials, examine in detail some of those trials that are taking place, and look at the next steps as we now approach the time to move from trials to commercial launch.

- To what extent is the pan-European trials roadmap having success in its aims to deliver a coordinated approach to trials and ultimately stimulate a clear path to successful and timely 5G deployment?
- What examples of successful trials are being seen across vertical sectors?
- How is this helping to promote the benefits of 5G, and ultimately achieve penetration in key vertical markets?
- What are the next steps as we now look to move from trials to full, commercial launch of 5G?

Moderator: Vesela Gladicheva, Senior Correspondent, Telecoms, Media and Technology, MLex

13:35 – 13:50

The 5G Pan-EU Trials Roadmap - latest progress and updates

Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission

13:50 – 14:05

Case Study from mobile - trials

Sverker Magnusson, Director, Spectrum Standardisation, Ericsson

14:05 – 14:20

Vertical Case Study - Satellite

Simon Watts, Global Network & Services Policy, ESOA

14:20 – 14:35

Vertical Case Study - Healthcare

Jane Rygaard, Head of Mobile Networks Marketing, Nokia

14:35 – 14:50

Vertical Case Study - 5G trials in the railway sector

Stéphane Ros, Spectrum Director, SNCF

14:50 – 15:05

Vertical Case Study - 5G trials in the energy sector

Sergio Ramos Pinto, Representative, European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC)

15:05 – 15:35

Room Wide Discussion

15:35 – 15:55

Afternoon Coffee

15:55 – 17:30

Session 5: The path to innovation - evolving business models for a 5G future

The shift to 5G involves significant investment and capital expenditure in R&D, spectrum licence acquisition, infrastructure and more. What hasn’t necessarily become clear yet however are the business models that are actually going to enable mobile operators and other connectivity service provides (CSPs) to generate revenue and start recouping some of these investments. This session will look at the impact that the emergence of 5G is likely to have on current business models, and on the profitability of operators and CSPs over the next decade and beyond. It will look at how value chains are likely to be restructured and at some of the potential new players and strategic alliances that may emerge, and ultimately at the use cases that offer the greatest potential to help deliver long term sustainable business models.

- How is 5G likely to impact the profitability of operators and CSPs in the short and long term?
- What key steps do CSPs need to take to develop their networks to enable sustainable and successful business models for themselves and their customers?
- How are value chains likely to be restructured and what potential new players and strategic alliances may emerge in a future 5G world?
- Three key proposed application scenarios have been at the centre of 5G development: enhanced mobile broadband; massive machine-type communication; and ultra-reliable, low-latency, communication. Which of these is likely to deliver the most compelling business cases going forward?
- What promise does 5G offer for revenue growth, and what will be the most important factor in building the 5G business case?
- What vertical industries are likely to develop the most compelling long-term 5G business cases?

Michael Knott, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

15:55 – 16:10

Presentation - The likely impact of 5G on business models and profitability

Michael Knott, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

16:10 – 17:30

Panel Discussion (with voting pads)

Alexander Lautz, Senior Vice President 5G, Deutsche Telekom
Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director, ACEA
Andreas Mueller, Head of Communication and Network Technology, Bosch Corporate Research
Arnaud Vamparys, Senior Vice President, Radio Networks and 5G Lead, Orange
Christophe De Hauwer, Chief Development Officer, SES

Wednesday 23 January, 2019


09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation

Roberto Viola, Director General, DG Connect, European Commission

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation

Jonas Wessel, Chair, RSPG

09:40 – 10:50

Session 6: Overcoming the deployment challenges for 5G

The future 5G network is going to look fundamentally different to the 4G network infrastructure that is seen in Europe today. As well as allowing for faster speeds, greater capacity and low latency, 5G networks are going to have to be agile and flexible, and most likely able to adapt to applications that haven’t even been envisaged yet. With commercial deployment now on the horizon, this session will look at the challenges that still need to be overcome in order to deliver this, and to ensure that our networks are truly ready to handle 5G.

- What are the main challenges that still remain for operators looking to deploy a 5G network in both urban and rural areas?
- What lesson have been learnt from field trials and test beds of 5G that can be transferred to a real-world situation?
- To what extent has the European Commission ‘Communications Code’ helped in smoothing the path to 5G deployment and introducing policies that enable the easy roll out of networks? What work remains to be done at both a European and a member state level?
- What challenges do current EMF 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 is the licencing regime across Europe for small cells and base stations more broadly now conducive to easy roll-out of 5G?
- As the volume of data increases, which areas in future end-to-end 5G networks offer the greatest risk of becoming potential ‘bottlenecks’, and how can network operators plan now to avoid these appearing?
- What challenges are faced when developing backhaul networks for 5G and how can these be overcome?

Moderator: Marc Eschenburg, Partner, Aetha Consulting

09:40 – 10:50

Panel Discussion

Carlota Reyners Fontana, Head of Unit, Investments in High Capacity Networks, DG Connect, European Commission
Gilles Brégant, Director General, ANFR
Elio Salvadori, Director, FBK Create-Net (representing the 5G-CARMEN Project)
Thomas Lebecque, Representative, European Wireless Infrastructure Association (EWIA)
Mani Manimohan, Senior Director Public Policy, GSMA

10:50 – 11:10

Coffee Break

11:10 – 11:55

Session 7: Developing 5G spectrum licencing models – what is the best approach?

5G is going to bring with it a wide range of new use cases, with some very varied spectrum requirements. The challenge for regulators is to develop a licencing regime that meets the (sometimes complex) requirements of all these cases, and of all existing and new users. This session will look at some of the different approaches to licencing and assignment models that are being proposed, and at the best way forward to ensure an efficient and flexible framework that meets the needs of all.

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

11:10 – 11:25

Presentation - delivering a spectrum licensing model to meet the needs vertical users and MNO's

Gerard Pogorel, Professor of Economics & Management, Telecom ParisTech

11:25 – 11:40

Presentation: The Italian approach to the licencing and allocation of spectrum in the 5G pioneer bands

Mauro Martino, Head, Office of Spectrum Management, AGCOM

11:40 – 11:55

Q&A and room-wide discussion

11:55 – 12:40

Session 8: The role of unlicensed spectrum in delivering the 5G future

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

11:55 – 12:40

Debate - “This house believes that our 5G future will require a significant amount of additional unlicensed spectrum”

The previous session explored different licencing models for 5G. There is however another approach – that using unlicensed spectrum. In this session, 2 speakers on each side of the debate argue for and against the motion that ‘our 5G future will require a significant amount of spectrum’, with audience members giving their opinion and thoughts via interactive voting pads.

Michael Calabrese, Representative, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
Scott Blue, Principle Program Manager, Spectrum Policy, Microsoft
Stephen Pentland, Head of Spectrum, Vodafone Group
Reza Karimi, Director, Corporate Strategy, Huawei Technologies


12:40 – 13:35


13:35 – 14:55

Session 9: What immediate market demand is there for mmWave spectrum for 5G?

mmWave spectrum is seen as one of the crucial frequency ranges to deliver the ultra-high-capacity connectivity that is required for 5G in the long term. However, in the shorter term, there are some varied opinions across Europe as to the extent to which there is immediate market demand for the spectrum in these frequencies. This session will look at this question in more detail, and assesses the optimal timing of award for mmWave spectrum to help deliver the full benefits of 5G.

- Which countries across Europe have already started awarding licences in the mmWave frequencies, and what results have been seen?
- To what extent does demand for mMWave spectrum for 5G warrant its immediate release, and which bands should be given the priority?
- What authorisation models are being considered for 5G deployment in mmWave bands, and what are the pros and cons of each?
- Should operators be looking to release the spectrum in specific bands all at once or be looking to do this more progressively?
- How important is it that spectrum is released in large contiguous blocks, or can techniques such as carrier aggregation offer an alternative to this?
- What should the approach in Europe be to the 28GHz band?

Moderator: Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting

13:35 – 13:45

Introduction from moderator

Moderator: Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting

13:45 – 14:55

Panel Discussion

Philip Marnick, Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom
Luigi Ardito, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Qualcomm
Antonio Nicita, Commissioner, AGCOM
Massimiliano Simoni, Network Planning Manager, TIM; Chairman, FREQ, GSMA
Aarti Holla, Secretary General, ESOA

14:55 – 15:10

Afternoon Coffee

15:10 – 15:30

Thinking Point: Delivering the most efficient use of 5G spectrum in the lower frequency bands

Karin Thurberg, Product Management, Wireless Networks, Huawei

15:30 – 16:45

Session 10: Developing and delivering a defragmentation plan for the 3.4-3.8GHz band

The 3.4-3.8GHz lower frequency band is seen as key for the roll-out of 5G services in Europe. However the current situation sees a great deal of fragmentation in the way in which licences are held within the band across Europe, and member states have been set the target of reorganising the band by 2020 to deliver the large contiguous blocks of spectrum and wider bandwidth that is required for 5G. This session will look at how this can be delivered, and the best approach to ensure a successful defragmentation plan.

- What is the current situation of existing licences in the 3.4-3.8GHz band in countries across Europe?
- What guidance has been put forward for those looking to implement a defragmentation plan, and what is the best approach to deliver the large contiguous blocks that are best suited for 5G roll-out?
- How can it be ensured that national administrations are taking into account the needs of incumbent users and other primary services when looking to reorganise the band?
- How can the issue of geographic fragmentation be handled? Are national licences covering entire countries always the best approach, or are there situations where regional licences or even individual transmitter licences may be preferable?
- To what extent is input and guidance required at a European level to ensure a co-ordinated approach across member states, and the best possible environment for the roll-out of 5G services in the band?

Moderator: Philippe Defraigne, Director, Cullen International

15:30 – 16:45

Panel Discussion

Bo Andersson, Rapporteur for 5G, RSPG, Chief Economist, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
Branimir Stantchev, Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission
Catherine Bohill, Director, Spectrum Strategy, Telefonica
Saul Friedner, Associate Director Spectrum Services, LS telcom
Konstantinos Masselos, President, EETT Greece



Tue 22 January, 2019 09.00 to
Wed 23 January, 2019 17.00




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