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5G Futures Summit


Wed, 1 Mar: 09:00 - 16:00 CET



Theatre 2, Hall 6

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The Mobile Journey: From connecting people to unifying cyber and physical worlds

Join us at the 5G Futures Summit to hear how next generation 5G networks will revolutionise business with its promise for huge changes in global, local and private connectivity. Innovative technologies, such a Network Slicing, Telco Edge Cloud, 5G mmWave, 5G-Advanced and Cloud Edge Computing, combined with AI and ML technologies, offer businesses unique opportunities to seamlessly unify the cyber and physical worlds.
With the promise of increased bandwidth, ultra-low latency, enhanced security, and the ability to connect one million devices per one square miles, 5G networks is key to supporting advanced 5G use cases for enterprise customers and bringing an end to glitches and delays to mobile users.


Session 1: The Power of Open APIs to Federate Cloud Networks

Time: 09:10-10:20 (70 mins)
Moderator: Henry Calvert, Head of Networks, GSMA
Namal Jayathilake, Chief Technology Officer, Axiata Digital Labs
Dr. Ong Geok Chwee, Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Alliance
Juan Carlos Garcia Lopez, SVP Technology Innovation and Ecosystems, TEF
Neil Tomkinson, Chief Information Officer, U Mobile
Nicholas Zylberglajt, CEO, Unmanned Life
George Zhao, Deputy Chief Marketing Officer, Whale Cloud
Marcelo Zhou, Chief Business Advisor, Whale Cloud International

Looking to capture the full potential of the 5G vision? Join us for a discussion on the role of a Federated Global Operator Platform in creating a cloud network of open API gateways. The session will also explore how monetisation of 5G networks can be achieved at scale using cloud technologies, and the opportunity for related investment in 5G, including 5G Standalone and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), with benefits from Virtualisation.

Session 2: To infinity and beyond with 5G-Advanced

Time: 10:50 – 12:20 (90 mins)
Moderator: Sylwia Kechiche, Principal Analyst, Ookla
Xiaodong Xu, Chief Specialist, China Mobile
Dr. Sherif, Head of the Technology & IT Strategy, du.
Sibel Tombaz, Head of Product Line 5G Radio Access Net, Ericsson
John Gao, President of 5.5G Domain, Huawei
Alex Sinclair, CTO, GSMA
Sheldon Yao, Head of Wireless & Core Network Engineering, Hongkong Telecom
Ronnie Vasishta, Senior Vice President - Telecom, NVIDIA
Bernard Despres, Vice-President Core network, Automation, Security, E2E services,Orange
Tingfang Ji, Vice President of engineering in Wireless R&D, Qualcomm
Alan Loh, Innovation & Solutions Executive General Manager, Zain KSA

Within two years of standardisation, 5G has been launched in 50% of countries worldwide, covering 26.2% of the global population. This is the fastest deployed technology to date: 5G is on course to serve two billion connections by 2025. So what can we expect next for the 5G Era?

Join us and industry experts as we look into the future of new 5G wireless innovations that are strengthening the 5G foundation. Including 5G-Advanced, as a key enabler of the AR/ VR services including the Metaverse and massive IoT with its enhanced uplink connectivity and how it will take us beyond our current technologies, bridging 5G, 6G and more.

Session 3: Strengthening 5G Security in 2023

Time: 13:20-14:20 (60 mins)
Moderator: Alex Leadbeater, CEng MIET. Technical Security Director, GSMA
Derek Manky, VP Global Threat Intelligence, Fortinet
Leonid Burakovsky, 5G Security CTO, Palo Alto Networks
Nagendra Bykampadi, Head of Security Architecture and Standards,  Rakuten Symphony & Co-chair, O-RAN Alliance Security Work Group
Jerome Birot, VP-Voice & Services Development Opportunities, Telus

This session will provide an overview of significant security threats which have impacted the mobile telecommunications landscape in the last year. GSMA and industry experts will give insight to how the mobile ecosystem can build stronger security resilience by discussing key security topics within infiltration, access exploitation and availability compromise. The GSMA’s 5th annual Security Threat Landscape Report highlights the security threat and industry response through industry examples.

Session 4: Driving Supply Chain Resiliency & Interoperable Networks

Time: 14:50-15:50 (60 mins)
Moderator: Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Senior Editor, Light Reading & Curator, 5G Exchange
Pal Zarandy, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Mobile & 5G, 4iG Group
Sadayuki Abeta, VP, Head of Open RAN solutions, NTT Docomo
Emanuel Kolta, Senior Analyst, GSMAIntelligence
Ramin Attari, RVP MEA, Parallel Wireless
Dr Doug Pulley, Chief Solutions Architect, Picocom
Ganesh Shenbagaraman, Head of Integrated Products and Ecosystems, Radisys
Partha Seetala, President of the Cloud Business Unit, Rakuten Symphony

Supply chain resilience is defined by its capacity for resistance and recovery. During this session, we will discuss this notion, the key drivers behind supply chain digital transformations, and the value of an interoperable cloud infrastructure, including OpenRAN, spectrum harmonisation, and non-terrestrial networks. We will also provide insights on supply chain enablement and the importance of ubiquity, interoperability & capability with key speakers from GSMAi.

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