Will 5G materialize the Gigabit Society?

High level event with eminent speakers from telecom operators, industry and research centers. Presented by Wim De Meyer, Managing Director ETIS, and followed by a panel discussion moderated by Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Government Relations NOKIA.

Now that 5G starts showing up in mainstream newspaper articles, we believe that time has come for a round-up of the technology and market outlook. Rather than retweeting hypes, we'll present an update at technical level, discuss standardization issues, get an overview of some of the upgrade/deployment scenario's, dive into important use cases and check in on early results of current trials. Market aspects will be treated intertwined with the technical topics.


Registration + welcome of the participants
Introduction speech
by Wim De Meyer (Managing Director ETIS)
Wim De Meyer is the managing director of ETIS. ETIS is a non-profit association that brings together the major telecommunications providers in Europe to share knowledge in a trusted environment. Its goal is to enable our members to reach their strategic objectives and to improve their business performance by sharing knowledge on industry challenges and by collaborating where possible.
What is the status of 5G standardization
Sofie Pollin (Professor - KULeuven)
Sofie Pollin is a tenure track assistant professor at the electrical engineering department at KU Leuven. She obtained her PhD degree at KU Leuven with honors in 2006. From 2006-2008 she continued her research on wireless communication, energy-efficient networks, cross-layer design, coexistence and cognitive radio at UC Berkeley. In November 2008 she returned to imec to become a principal scientist in the green radio team. Since 2012, she is tenure track assistant professor at the electrical engineering department at KU Leuven. Her research centers around Networked Systems that require networks that are ever more dense, heterogeneous, battery powered and spectrum constrained. Prof. Pollin is BAEF and Marie Curie fellow, and IEEE senior member.
Use cases where 5G makes a difference

The race for the 5G use case
Michael Peeters (Head of Innovation Portfolio Management - Nokia)
Michael Peeters is a passionate leader with a background in both research and strategy. Michael is Head of Innovation Portfolio Management for Nokia and has been identifying and implementing industry opportunities through a career that spans two decades and technology disciplines. Previously as CTO for the Wireless Division at Alcatel-Lucent, his role required him to make sense out of the uncertainty that exists when technological possibilities have to be balanced with business case realities. His team’s responsibility: to see beyond the business analysis and help customers envision how emerging technologies and trends will impact their networks and end-user community. The shaping and approach to vRAN and 5G were two key responsibilities. Prior to his role as CTO for the Wireless Division, he was CTO for the Wireline Division. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many white papers and holds patents in the access and photonics domains. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as a master’s degree in Electrotechnical Engineering. Outside of work, Michael is passionate about cooking and continues to refine the recipe for the perfect lasagna, balanced by bouts of long-distance running to offset the caloric intake inherent with such a quest.
View of EU on Automotive Industry
Geert Van Der Linden (Policy Officer - European Commission)
Geert Van Der Linden works as a policy officer on Intelligent Transport Systems for DG Move (European Commission) zeer korte bio essentie. En hier komt een iets langere uitleg.
Fixed Wireless Access Backhauling
Wim Van Thillo (Program Director - Imec)
Wim Van Thillo is programme director for perceptive systems at imec. He received his master degree in electrical engineering and his undergraduate degree in business economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He obtained a PhD degree from the same university based on his research in imec’s wireless communications group. In 2008, he was a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley’s Connectivity Lab. From 2012 to 2014 he led imec’s 79 GHz radar R&D program. Since January 2015 Wim is responsible for imec’s R&D in cellular and WiFi transceivers, 60 GHz communications, 79 GHz radar and 140 GHz sensors.
Coffee and soft drinks
How the operators and industry see 5G

View of a cable telecom operator
Luk Bruynseels (VP Mobile Technology & Roll-out - Telenet)
Luk Bruynseels is VP Mobile Technology and Roll Out at Telenet (since the merger with Base) and responsible for the mobile technology strategy, engineering and execution of the mobile network upgrade of the Base and Telenet network. He is a civil Engineer in Electrical Engineering from the university of Leuven. Afterwards he completed there as well his postgraduate in Corporate Finance. During he studies, he co-founded a startup in online advertising. After some years in consulting, Luk Bruynseels joined Telenet to build the MVNO platform for the start of Telenet Mobile.
View of a mobile operator
Bastien Bianchi (Director Core Network and Transmission Solutions - Orange)
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Panel discussion with all presenters
Moderated by Marc Vancoppennolle with possibility for questions from the audience.
Closing message
by Marc Vancoppennolle (Global Head of Government Relations - Nokia)
Marc Vancoppenolle is leading the global Government Relations function for Nokia. His responsibilities include policy and regulatory affairs as well the leadership of the Nokia advocacy activities around the globe. He and his team are working with institutions and stakeholders to create a favorable political and regulatory environment fostering investment in the digital and broadband industries. Prior to this role, Marc led during 4 years the Alcatel-Lucent Public and Regulatory Affairs function for EMEA - including the representation office in Brussels - and APAC. Before joining Public Affairs, Marc took various international and worldwide technical, commercial, marketing and communication leadership roles based in Belgium and in France.
Networking & Reception

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