The Huddle 2021 - 5G and Beyond: The Wireless World in 2030

The 8th edition of the WWRF Huddle has been postponed to 10 – 11 May 2022. Registration is open to attend the event in person.

About the event

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 2022 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.

Programme

10 & 11 May 2022

Day 1
2022-05-10
Day 2
2022-05-11
09:00 - 09:10
Introduction and Welcome
09:10 - 09:30
Setting the Scene
09:30 - 09:45
Keynote Presentation 1 – Building the Canadian 5G Vision
09:45 - 10:00
Keynote Presentation 2 – An overview of the path ahead
10:00 - 10:10
Presentation to WWRF Fellow
10:10 - 10:30
Break
Session 1: Emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic – what role for 5G in delivering digital recovery?

– 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?

10:30 - 10:40
Keynote Presentation
10:40 - 11:45
Panel Discussion
12:50 - 14:00
Lunch
The Mini Huddles – Unlocking the potential across vertical sectors
14:00 - 14:20
5G and eHealth – a report on the recent workshop
14:20 - 15:05
Mini Huddle 1: 5G in the Agriculture sector
15:05 - 15:50
Mini Huddle 2: 5G in the water sector

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?

15:50 - 16:10
Break
16:10 - 17:15
Session 4: High Level Academic Roundtable – The vision ‘beyond 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?

WWRF WORKSHOP (in support of ITU) – TOWARDS IMT-2030

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.

PART 1: Setting the Scene
09:00 - 09:20
A vision of 2030
09:20 - 09:40
Continuing the path to deliver digital equality
09:40 - 10:00
Changing the technological landscape (i) – The emerging role of Quantum Communications in a wireless future
10:00 - 10:20
Changing the technological landscape (ii) – The emerging role Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces in a wireless future
10:20 - 10:45
Break
10:45 - 11:30
PART 2: Group Discussion – The Breakout Huddles

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.

11:30 - 12:30
PART 3: Bringing it all together – Room-wide discussion

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.

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
Session 5: Pre-standards research cooperation to unleash the potential of 6G – will a global 6G standard be possible?

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.

  • What work is already being done on R&D and very early pre-commercial development of 6G, and to what extent are approaches being coordinated and shared?
  • What role are standards bodies and open source groups playing in these early pre-commercial developments and work?
  • How can companies, governments and regional bodies overcome geopolitical and other challenges in order to work together to deliver a single, unified global 6G standard?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the situation with 3G, where directly competing regional standards led to a segmented ecosystem? How can these pitfalls be avoided as we move beyond 5G?
  • What effect could the emergence of Open-RAN technologies have on the equipment market beyond 5G, and on standards more broadly?
13:30 - 13:50
Thinking Point – the need for global standards in B5G
13:50 - 15:00
Panel Discussion
15:00 - 15:20
Break
Session 6: Shaping the future business ecosystem
  • How will the emergence of B5G and 6G change and disrupt traditional business models and ecosystem roles of digital service providers?
  • What role should vertical industries and end users play in defining technological development and emerging use cases beyond 5G?
  • How are the connectivity requirements of end-users evolving, and how can these best be met as we move beyond 5G?
  • What might the emergence of more open and interoperable and open interfaces in Radio Access Networks (Open-RAN) mean for the development of future technologies?
  • Is it likely to be a tool to aid the emergence and development of B5G and beyond?
  • How could possible trends away from central business districts and towards decentralised and mobile working affect the way in which networks need to be designed and connectivity is delivered as we move beyond 5G?
15:20 - 16:20
Panel Discussion – the view from industry
16:20 - 17:20
Panel Discussion – the response from regulators
17:20 - 17:30
Final Conclusions and Wrap Up
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Confirmed speakers:

Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz

President and CEO
CWTA

Oscar Léon

Oscar Léon

Secretary General
CITEL

Marty Cooper

Martin Cooper

Wireless Pioneer and Fellow
WWRF

Dr Gail Krantzberg

Dr. Gail Krantzberg

Center for Engineering and public policy
McMaster University

Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson

President
5G Americas

Matti Latva-aho

Matti Latva-aho

Director,
6G Flagship University Oulu

Adrian Scrase

Adrian Scrase

CTO
ETSI

Johanne Lemay

Johanne Lemay

Co-President
LYA

David A. Wolfe

David A. Wolfe

Co-Director of the innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public policy
University of Toronto

Prof. Catherine Rosenberg

Prof. Catherine Rosenberg

University of Waterloo

Kremlin Wickramasinghe

Kremlin Wickramasinghe

Technical Officer
World Health Organisation (WHO)

Marja Matinmikko-Blue

Marja Matinmikko-Blue

Senior Research Fellow
University of Oulu

Dr. Mike Short

Dr. Mike Short

Chief Scientific Advisor
UK Department for International Trade (DIT)

Nigel Jefferies

Nigel Jefferies

Chairman
WWRF

Prof. Rahim Tafazolli

Prof. Rahim Tafazolli

Founder and Director of 5GIC, 6GIC and ICS (Institute for Communication System)
University of Surrey

Takehiro Nakamura

Takehiro Nakamura

Vice President 5G R&D
NTT DOCOMO

Sudhir Dixit

Sudhir Dixit

Vice Chair Americas
WWRF

Cindy Fedell

Cindy Fedell

Regional Chief Information Officer
Northwestern Ontario Hospitals

Oscar Léon

Oscar Léon

Secretary General
CITEL

Prof. Rahim Tafazolli

Prof. Rahim Tafazolli

Founder and Director of 5GIC, 6GIC and ICS (Institute for Communication System)
University of Surrey

Join the event

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.

Fees

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Virtual Attendance Fees

Sponsors and Partners

Event Partner
Event Partner
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)
https://www.cwta.ca
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in Canada, representing companies that provide services and products across the wireless sector. CWTA works to maintain Canada’s position as a global industry leader with the best wireless networks, most innovative technology, and the highest quality of standards and services. Through meaningful engagement among key stakeholders on common issues and areas of interest, CWTA drives consensus, facilitates collaboration, and effects change in ways that benefit Canadians. Representing the industry before all levels of government and various regulatory agencies, CWTA actively promotes the industry with the goal of ensuring continued growth of the wireless sector in Canada. The Association also administers numerous consumer-facing initiatives and programs on behalf of its members that provide immense value to Canadians. For more information, please visit: www.cwta.ca
Event Organiser
Event Organiser
Forum Global
https://www.forum-global.com
Headed by a team of events specialists with over 25 years of experience, Forum Global works successfully with businesses, institutions and governments alike. Its strategic services can maintain and develop your key policy networks, and also deliver forums where key issues can be aired and debated. Forum Global is a truly international company, with events over the past few years taking place in North America, South America, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. Forum Global is the international arm of Forum Europe, which has been active in Brussels for the last 25 years, and has an established reputation as the leading EU dedicated conference and event provider

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Previous Editions

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.

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National Arts Centre
1 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada

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