Day 1 - 4 November 2020




5G Infrastructure & Application: Opening Presentation

Chair’s Opening Remarks Day 1

Network Infrastructure & The Core


Presentation: 5G Core – Cut Through the Hype

  • A holistic look at the capabilities of 5G, for both existing networks and new services.
  • How cloud platforms and an inter-connected mesh of services enables 5G.
  • Non-Standalone (NSA) connectivity’s role in the current 5G infrastructure.
  • What 5G NR Stand-Alone (SA) means for the future of the network.
  • The utilisation of commercial network 5G Vs private network 5G.


Presentation: 5G Capabilities – Why You Need It and What You Can Gain

  • High-band spectrum and automation – Allowing for peak connectivity speeds.
  • Small cells – Increased Geographical connectivity due to more connectivity assets including antennas and cell sites.
  • Networking – How this enables devices from asset tracking and street furniture, to remote healthcare.
  • Confidentiality – Data encryption at the edge of the network thanks to local cache V’s the core.


Presentation: Defining 5G – the Software Defined Mobile Network

  • A breakdown of the key architectural pillars supporting 5G.
  • What are the key concepts, barriers and benefits to a Software Defined Mobile Network?
  • Overcoming these barriers to leverage enterprise opportunities.
  • Adopting SD-WAN; is this the next step to increased agility, process optimisation, cost reductions and cloud utilisation?


Presentation: Walking the Tightrope Between Security and the Edge – Keeping 5G Networks Safe

  • Has security of the network become an after though, rather than a priority?
  • Can AI security provide the protection needed for edge connectivity?
  • What standards are in place for the critical core architecture and its deployment?
  • How will these need to evolve to allow 5G to reach its optimum connectivity – is developing a spectrum strategy the answer?


Presentation: A Slice for Everyone! How Network Slicing Enables Business Optimisation

  • What solutions can this network virtualization provide? Network-as-a-service capabilities and beyond.
  • Is a Standalone infrastructure the only way to leverage this potential?
  • Network Slicing – the key element to business optimisation and competitive advantage?
  • How will MNO’s approach and adapt to this level of customisation?


Panel: Unlocking the Potential of 5G

  • Talk of the full network roll-out has taken-over, but how is the lack of understanding in how to integrate this network into existing infrastructures hindering its imminent use?
  • How 5G will affect the holy quintet; capacity, reliability, latency, bandwidth and efficiency?
  • The need for MNO’s to create new products and pricing for sector adoption.


Networking Break

Operations & Deployment


Chris Pearson


5G Americas

Associated Talks:

01:45PM - Day 1

View Presentation: The Current Status of 5G in the US (and the World)

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Presentation: The Current Status of 5G in the US (and the World)

  • What the current deployment of 5G looks like across the US and other countries?
  • How companies are taking steps to diversify the supply chain.
  • ‘5G can drive sustainable development’- what industry examples are there to support this statement?
  • A real-life use case of this in industry.
. Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas


Presentation: Ready, Set, 5G! Adopting and Accelerating 5G on a Mass Scale

  • 70% of developers worldwide expect 5G to dominate in their countries within the next 2 years’ – how can the capabilities of this wireless network be realised?
  • Emphasising how collaboration is key for adoption across network operators and both public and private sectors
  • How can MNO’s help bridge the 5G divide?
  • The convergence between fixed and mobile services – don’t forget about fibre!


Presentation: Breaking Barriers – What are the Infrastructure Challenges 5G faces in its Deployment Phase?

  • What additional demand is 5G going to make on current network designs?
  • The need for densification and re-examining the network architecture and reliability – is it built for 5G?
  • Can what is already there be utilised e.g. Fibre networks?


Presentation: Deploying AI in the 5G Network

  • What steps have been taken in the early stage adoption of AI into 5G networks?
  • How combining AI and 5G is a game changer.
  • The next phase to enable deployment.


Presentation: NR is the new LTE – A Breakdown of 5G New Radio

  • While LTE will be the initial interface for 5G, what will 5G NR bring as the network grows?
  • Resilience of radio-interface – a key component for flexibility in a wider network architecture.
  • Cloud-Native Architecture – how it is building on the waveforms that are already in place?
  • Improvements in performance, flexibility, scalability and efficiency.

5G for Industry Futures


Presentation: Building the Network – Collaboration & Innovation for 5G Acceleration

  • What government led programmes are in place for the development and deployment of 5G across the US?
  • What barriers has the programme faced and what strategies has the team used to overcome these?
  • How collaboration is key to the current and future success of the wireless network evolution.
  • Examples of the 5G programme in action.


Presentation: Monitoring and Monetizing 5G for the Enterprise

  • How the layered connectivity of 5G enables real-time monitoring of assets, data and AI insights for actionable outcomes and in turn, peak efficiency.
  • What this means for predictive maintenance and pro-active rather than reactive solutions.
  • The new revenue streams open to suppliers and operators including, Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), Ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC) and Massive machine-type communications (mMTC).
  • How do we start of essential process of creating 5G focused business models?


Presentation: Trust the Machine – 5G Networks Role in Industrial Environments

  • Does 5G hold the greatest potential for supporting industrial wireless architecture?
  • Which one do we need? Local Vs Private Networks for industrial environments.
  • MPN’s (mobile private networks) built-for-purpose advantage for industry 4.0 and beyond.
  • Efficiency and remote management – how 5G differs from other disruptive technologies in this space.


Panel: The New World of Connectivity; 5G and the Future

  • How fast will it evolve and is the key to future 5G success gaining the confidence of the public?
  • Shutting down old networks, how will this impact industries?
  • How do we adopt the key technologies needed now? E.g. MIMO (Multiple-input multiple-output)
  • 5G in five years’ time, where will we be?
  • Moving beyond sectors; how this enables a sustainable future?


5G Infrastructure & Application: Closing Presentation

Chair’s Closing Remarks Day 1


Session's Close