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The outline conference agenda is available below. More information and speakers will be added over the coming weeks. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Lula Howard at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 026.


Wednesday 29 January, 2020


09:00 – 09:20

Opening Keynote Presentation

09:20 – 10:50

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)?

11:10 – 12:40

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?


13:45 – 16:00

Session 3: 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 be split into two halves. First it will look at how the 5G ecosystem is already starting to emerge within some of the key vertical sectors that are leading the take-up of 5G services; then a panel discussion will look more generally 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.

14:55 – 16:00

Panel Discussion

• 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?

16:15 – 17:30

Session 4: Breakout Sessions

For the next session, delegates will have the opportunity to select one of the parallel breakout sessions to attend.

Breakout 1: Delivering a common EU approach to assessing and tackling the cybersecurity challenges of 5G
Breakout 2: Not just the 'digital-haves'! To what extent can 5G help tackle connectivity 'not spots'?

16:15 – 17:30

Breakout 1: 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 at the end of 2019 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?

16:15 – 17:30

Breakout 2: Not just the 'digital-haves'! To what extent can 5G help tackle connectivity 'not spots'?

Around Europe, regulators are looking to work with mobile operators and other connectivity provides to help eliminate rural 'not spots' and continue the path towards the ultimate goal of universal coverage. Both directly and indirectly, 5G can play a part in achieving this. Directly, through initiatives to fund the roll-out of additional base stations and provide 5G in currently under-served areas; and indirectly, through the inclusion of 'coverage obligations' (or other agreements) as part of 5G auctions to ensure that winning bidders increase the coverage of 2G, 3G or 4G connectivity in rural areas. This session will look at the different approaches that are being seen in countries across Europe, and at how 5G can ultimately help to close rather than widen the digital divide.

• When can rural areas expect to start benefiting from 5G, and how can it be ensured that 5G does not widen the digital divide?
• What will 5G connectivity in rural areas look like, and how may it differ from that in cities?
• What approaches to tackling rural ‘not spots’ are being seen in different countries around Europe?
• What role should policymakers be playing in helping to deliver a solution, and what tools are available to them to do this?
• What work is being done to deliver connectivity along roads? By increasing the overall reach of infrastructure, could these then be used as ‘branches’ to make it easier to then extend connectivity to nearby rural areas?
• What are the pros and cons of using coverage obligations as part of 5G spectrum auctions to increase rural connectivity, and what other approaches (for example infrastructure sharing) can also be part of the solution?
• How can mobile operators work alongside other public or private actors to improve rural coverage?
• What are the key spectrum bands that can be used and are the necessary spectrum requirements in place?

Thursday 30 January, 2020


09:00 – 10:50

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.

09:00 – 09:35

Session 5i: Looking back at WRC-19 - delivering the required spectrum to power the 5G future?

• What were the decisions at WRC 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?
• With 5G set to be delivered through a mix of technology and a ‘network-of-networks’, 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?

09:35 – 10:50

Session 5ii: Looking forward to WRC-23 - identifying the next wave of bands for 5G and beyond

• 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?
• What are likely to be the most important long-term bands for 5G in the low, mid and high frequency ranges?
• What are your sector’s early hopes, concerns and expectations for WRC-23?
• Will we still be talking about ‘spectrum for 5G’ when we reach 2023, or will the focus have switched to Beyond 5G or 6G?

11:10 – 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 2x5 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, most member states do not yet have clear plans on how to award this spectrum. 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?


13:40 – 15:00

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?

15:10 – 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



Wed 29 January, 2020 09.00 to
Thu 30 January, 2020 17.00




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