Our speakers - Mobile World Congress 2017
Monday, 27 February
4G to 5G: Evolution or Revolution?
5G Beyond the Hype: Value And Building Blocks
4G was barely being deployed when 5G began being discussed. After several years of hype, many people have no clear idea of what 5G actually is or, more to the point, what value it will add to their business beyond building bigger and faster data pipes. Work on 5G has reached the point that there are clear qualitative, and disruptive, differences between it and forerunner technologies, while significant steps have been made towards realising them. This session aims to showcase what the significance of 5G really will be for the telecoms industry and all those that depend on connectivity, as well as highlight the progress towards achieving the technological elements of 5G to date.
Tuesday, 28 February
The Path to 5G
This summit will bring together the industry’s most influential decision makers, policy makers and partners from around the world to continuously promote TD-LTE global development, shape the future of 4G evolution and 5G, and foster a cross-industry innovative and synergistic 5G ecosystem.
4YFN - Internet of Things
4YFN: This talk will explore the question of how the ‘5G era’ will transform human existence, and the potential impact on markets, economies and society as a whole. The key technological and architectural enablers will be discussed, and predictions will be made for the future of all things (or at least some key things).
Crosshaul (Xhaul) – The fusion of Fronthaul and Backhaul in 5G
Looking at various research and standardization forums leading the development of 5G, such as 5G-PPP, NGMN, 3GPP, IEEE, ITU, IETF, ETSI, ONF, etc., all seem to align on the vision that the fronthaul and backhaul will converge or fuse in 5G into what is now popularly referred to as Crosshaul or Xhaul. So what requirements are driving such a fusion in 5G? Which enabling technologies could make it happen? Where are the remaining gaps and what is the industry doing to make it happen? And when are we going to see it? Featuring leading experts in the industry, this panel aims at discussing the Crosshaul (Xhaul) topic from the various angles of requirements, architecture, enabling technologies, standardization, and market deployment.
AI Assisted Society
The amount of data generated by our connected societies is already proving to be a challenge to traditional big data analytics methodologies and this trend will only be compounded as data volumes grow exponentially. AI will greatly enhance our ability to extract meaningful insights from these overwhelmingly large datasets and will provide the catalyst for radical changes in how we address some of the most important challenges facing the world today. From scientific research to solving important practical problems, our societies will increasingly be assisted and enhanced by AI. Today, some the most compelling examples of these changes to come can be seen in medicine and clinical research, but as we further develop AI technology, we can expect its critical assistance in tackling climate change, critical resource management and population movements to name just a few. What insights can existing efforts in this space provide and how can future research into AI be directed to better assist us in addressing our shared challenges?
Cars as a Service
Connected vehicles will not only be driverless, but ownerless, especially in crowded urban areas, where cars remain unused 95% of the time and rapidly depreciating. In order to deliver a regular tailored service, partnerships are forming between media companies, automotive manufacturers and other ecosystem players. Increasingly, traditionally functional objects such as vehicles or homes are becoming adaptable enough to mould themselves to the preferences and tastes of their users. End user knowledge creates loyalty and regular custom. A lack of ownership does not have to mean a less personal experience. Arguably, items like cars are becoming an extension of one’s home and office, wherein they listen to the same music, experience the same connectivity and comfort. The implementation of technology allowing users to customise their shared car experience through music, car layout and even where they are located. The surge in self driving technology and the connected user will allow cars to provide a service entirely customised to the person riding it, their mood, time of day or even their destination.
Sustainable Development Goals: Industry Case Studies
The mobile industry has a critical role implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Mobile networks continue to transform the world and this session will examine uses of technology for sustainable development and humanitarian goals, exploring the needs, feasibility and execution of mobile technology in both developing and developed communities.
5G Action Plan Panel: From Research to Trials
Representatives from the vertical industries and public sector will outline their needs and expectations for 5G, discussion technology experiments, validation tests, and eventually field trials needed between now and 2020 to facilitate the introduction of 5G.
4YFN: Awards judge and speaker panel
How to improve enterprises through mobile innovation and data analysis
Wednesday, 01 March
Enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The next wave of technological revolution will be what is called “automation of everything,” which will be driven by vertical industries (as opposed to the previous era of smartphones and consumer driven). Manufacturing, logistics, automotive among others will drive tremendous need for reliable, high-performing, secure network capabilities. But why do we need these? Because use cases like automotive – in-vehicle infotainment, truck platooning, healthcare – remote surgery, service robots, use of VR/AR technologies, logistics – smarter port handling and container handling among others, are showing how much a 10% productivity gain could deliver in terms of performance and sustainability. This is not possible with 4G alone. It needs a new level of latency, capacity and connectivity and pushing towards the Shannon Limit by redesigning the architecture at the edge of the network. The world would need to create a new type of network that will act as a global nervous system to orchestrate this revolution.
Connected Living – Mobile IoT (LPWA) – Open for Business
Join industry-leading experts in the Mobile IoT (licensed spectrum low power wide area) market to learn about the latest business opportunities including commercial rollouts, launches and pilots. And discover a variety of use cases including leisure, industrial and logistics tracking.
Disruption at the Network Edge
The growth in network traffic to be managed in the coming years is staggering, no matter whose projections you use. It will demand massive boosts in RAN, backhaul and fronthaul resources. At a time when many operators’ revenues are stable or declining, how can these demands be met without proving ruinously expensive? Only through radical reinvention of the technology and business models being used. Happily, such reinvention is taking place and is producing exciting results. In this session we share some of the most striking from around the world.
Thursday, 02 March
Graphene Photonic Devices in Telecom and Datacom Applications
The strong demand for transmission bandwidth at low cost to face the growing 5G mobile communications market, and the development of IoT, requires a new technology that overcomes the well-established ones in which costs and performance scaling are limited. This presentation will address applications in future telecom and datacom markets in which Graphene could play a role as rule breaker and provide low cost, energy efficient photonics devices.