The world in 2030 and beyond will look very different to the world we know today. 5G is set to play a big part in building 2020s and shaping a connected, smart and intelligent wireless world. A new connected society is already starting to emerge – a ‘network of networks’, powered by multiple access technologies including Wi-Fi, small cells, and satellite alongside terrestrial mobile networks.
With the speed in which technology moves however, it is likely by 2030 that the limits of 5G as we know and understand it today may well have been reached. Plans for the next steps ‘Beyond 5G’ and the launch of early stages of 6G will be well under way.
Wireless World Research Forum’s 2021 Huddle, the 8th edition of its flagship series, will focus on the continuing journey of technological advancement up to 2030 and beyond, and at the evolution towards B5G and future wireless connectivity.
– How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected 5G rollout and plans around the world?
– How important will digitalisation be in economic recovery, and can the power of 5G be harnessed to help global economies emerge from the crisis?
– What role can 5G and new wireless technologies play in helping to protect against future pandemics?
– How important is it to think ‘long-term’ with the decisions that are taken now on digitalisation strategies and their impact they might have on people, and to what extent will these start to shape the future connected society up to 2030 and beyond?
How can 5G be harnessed to increase productivity, efficiency and safety in the water sector?
What challenges need to be overcome for the promise of smart water to become a reality?
What new use cases could be applied in the water sector thanks to 5G?
Following today’ sessions, which have been focussing more on where we are now and where we
want to go, tomorrow’s discussions will shoft to the longer term future beyond 5G. To help set the scene for that, this panel will bring together prominent academic experts for a high level discussion on the vision and path beyond 5G.
– What are the drivers for a sixth-generation wireless system and what is the path ahead to 2030 and beyond?
– What is the vision for 6G? How will B5G and 6G differ from 5G?
– What will be the purpose, goals, and expected use cases for sixth-generation wireless systems? Will there be multiple technologies to serve different application?
As part of its work, ITU is developing a series of reports and recommendations addressing the development of mobile communication systems beyond 2020. The Technology Trends report focuses on the Technical aspects of future technologies, while the Vision document considers the overall capabilities and possible usage scenarios.
In this interactive workshop, we will present and discuss, with a selection of academic and industry experts, this work on the future development of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for 2030 and how it will better serve the needs of the networked society, for both developed and developing countries.
The audience will be split into 4 groups (each led by a WWRF representative). Each group will be asked to discuss and address a different question.
The 4 WWRF leaders from the Breakout Huddles will form a panel and report back the findings of their group. This will lead into a room-wide discussion aimed at providing concrete input into the ITU report and recommendations addressing the development of mobile communication systems beyond 2020.
All around the world, academic institutions and large vendors and operators are starting to think about 6G. Adopting a co-ordinated approach amongst early movers through the sharing of research and development via standards bodies or open source groups is vital to start laying the foundations for a worldwide standard for the technology. There are concerns however that this could be threatened by geopolitical and other challenges. This session will look at the extent to which these concerns are valid, and at the path forward to ensure a co-ordinated approach that enables the huge potential of the next hyper-connected technologies to be delivered.
We really hope to welcome as many people as possible to participate in-person at this year’s Huddle, but realise that travel restrictions may still be in place for some. Therefore, we are delighted to offer 2 separate options for registration – either ‘in-person‘ in Ottawa, or ‘virtual’ via our online platform.
The 5G Huddle is hosted annually by the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). Since its inception in 2014, it has brought key 5G stakeholders together in various locations across the globe including the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, South Africa, Japan and India, with each edition addressing the next step of the 5G ‘journey’. Discussions around ‘What is 5G?’; the development of the 5G ecosystem and infrastructure; making the 5G vision a reality; the transition from 4G to 5G; how to deliver ‘5G For All’ ; whether 5G can deliver on its promises and 5G as a catalyst for digital transformation, have all pathed the way to this year’s focus on 5G and Beyond: The wireless world in 2030.