5G – the opportunities and obstacles – PL 01 2020

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12 June 2020 | 10:00-11:00 | Studio The Hague
Consolidated programme 2020 overview / Day 2

Proposals: #53, #64, #168, #184 (#38, #105, #166)

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Session teaser

5G connectivity is one of the fundamental enablers of the data economy, paving the way for massive Internet of Things (IoT) applications and new services. However, 5G doesn’t happen on its own – who is involved? What environment is required?

Session description

5G is one of the most talked-about (and least understood!) technologies that will form the infrastructure of the digital economy and society. When it is fully deployed and in use, it promises fast, safe and reliable communications experiences. Beyond this, 5G will be experienced by consumers and industry in new services and applications – smart cities, connected cars, public health and services, smart factories… Indeed, the potential of 5G is already seeing cooperation between sectors, as the technology promises value-creating innovation in a broad range of industries, and solutions to pressing issues such as climate change.

But what do we need to do to get there? What obstacles stand in the way of such potential?

This session will explore the real-world applications of 5G, as we hear from only some of the companies who are rolling out the technology (Huawei, Orange), as well as engaging in developing services and partnerships to realise the potential (Orange). We will also hear from the European Broadcasting Union, speaking about different applications, not just commercial, such as the importance of 5G for broadcasting and other public services.

5G will require a new level of cooperation between governments, business, and civil society, as well as from other actors such as standardisation bodies. And indeed, regulation, standards, questions about security, investment gaps all pose important questions to the successful roll-out of 5G. Representatives from the European Commission and standardisation community will provide their perspectives on these issues, highlighting not only the potential of the technology from their standpoint, but also the obstacles and issues which stand in the way of us getting there.


Panel style opening remarks followed questions through moderator, and open Q&A at end

  • Introduction – moderator (5”)
  • Introductory statement by Falko Mohrs, Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the Committee on the Digital Agenda (5”)
  • Introductory remarks from panel speakers (5” per speaker: 20”)
  • Moderator questions to panel (10”)
  • Q&A questions from audience through moderator (20”)

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Focal Point

  • Ross Creelman, Public Policy Officer, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO)

Organising Team (Org Team) List them here as they sign up.

  • Eva Christina Andersson
  • Roberto Gaetano
  • Domenico Alfieri
  • Miloud El Idrissi
  • Riccardo Nanni
  • Gratiela Dumitrescu
  • Viveka Bonde
  • Ermanno Pietrosemoli
  • Debora Cerro Fernandez
  • Fotjon Kosta
  • Gianfranco Ciccarella
  • Giacomo Mazzone
  • Sebastiaan Berting
  • Pierpaolo Marchese
  • Jonne Soininen, Nokia - FI/Espoo

Key Participants

  • Falko Mohrs, Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the Committee on the Digital Agenda
    Introductory statement
  • Jehanne Savi, Orange, Senior VP Innovation for Future Connectivity Business
  • Cao Hui, Huawei, Director of Strategy and Cooperation, Huawei Europe
  • Andrea Halmos, European Commission, Policy Offier, Smart Mobility and Living (DG CONNECT)
  • Elena Puigrefagut, EBU
  • Pierpaolo Marchese, Independent ICT consultant


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