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Sep. 14–15, 2023 – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin


08.00 - 09.00 REGISTRATION

09.00-17.30 CONFERENCE

Going Beyond 5G and Towards 6G – Challenges & Opportunities

There is no doubt that 5G technology became the key enabler of the digital transformation, converging the communication technologies within a single mainstream technology, gradually connecting everyone with everything everywhere. While the economic challenges of the deployment are overcome, 5G rollouts complementing the already worldwide successful 4G/LTE, it is time to look forward towards the beyond 5G and 6G networks, the evolution and the revolution of communications towards 2030. Driven by ubiquitous infrastructure, energy efficiency, de-complexification, extensive trust and security, the next network must fulfill the digitalization promises.

In addition, the standardization community is in full swing towards full network flexibility aiming to provide ultra-low latency, dedicated campus networks and alternatively global networks. It is time to prove the full potential of campus networks, to bring AI technologies to maturity and the data oriented network management as to fulfill the 5G promises and to complement the operator deployments with a myriad of highly customized, while still convergent, vertical networks.

Starting with 3GPP Release 18 and later, amazing customization features of fully software networks – open, serverless, cloud native, organic - are leading the new “clean-slate” developments of the Service Based Architectures (SBA). Same trend of openness from core networks is pushing forward Open RAN technologies, providing new challenges and extensive market opportunities and gradually expanding the telco ecosystem.

As usual, the conference is featuring short stimulation presentations followed by highly interactive panels to discover and discuss the latest trends. Interactive demos alongside the conference during the breaks will give hands-on inspiration and illustrate the beyond 5G and 6G technologies.

09.00 - 09.30 WELCOME

Conference Start: Welcome to Day 2
Prof. Thomas Magedanz, Fraunhofer FOKUS

Dr. Klaus Glasmacher, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)


Going Beyond 5G: 5G+ Roadmaps, Trials and Experiences

Chair: Guy Redmill, Redmill Marketing Associates Ltd

Progressing 5G Standalone
Tilo Heckmann, Telefonica

ESA Strategic Programme Line 5G/6G and Global Perspectives of NTN Systems
Antonio Franchi, ESA - European Space Agency

5G Evolution and 6G Powered by IOWN
Takehiro Nakamura, NTT DOCOMO

No Room for Error - Beyond 4G in Stable Market Conditions
Hugo van Zyl, Manx Telecom

10.30 - 11.00 COFFEE BREAK & DEMOS


Non-Public Networks Trials: Open Campus Networks – Paving the Road to 6G?

Chair: Prof. David Gomez-Barquero, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

Intelligent Network Activities in the Dutch Future Network Services Initiative
Toon Norp, TNO

Road to 6G: How Research Platforms Enable Transformative Network Architectures
Abhimanyu Gosain, Northeastern University

German Funding Activities for 5G/6G Non-terrestrial Networks
Moritz Hermann, German Space Agency at DLR

Success Stories and Lessons Learned in the Belgian MPN Market
Robin Leblon, Citymesh

6G: Key Network Enablers
Dr. Ryan Husbands, BT Research & Network Strategy


Use Case / Vertical Application-driven Customized Networks

Chair: Prof. Tarik Taleb, University of Oulu

The Next Frontier: 6G's Disruptive Potential for Vertical Industries
Dr. Andreas Müller, Robert Bosch GmbH / 5G-ACIA

Extending Terrestrial Communication Networks into Space
Dr. Jörg Pfeifle, Airbus Defence and Space

5G for Automotive Use Cases – What’s Next on the Roadmap?
Dr. Johannes Springer, 5GAA / Deutsche Telekom AG / T-Systems International GmbH

Campus Networks from the Perspective of Media Production
Jens Pilz, 5G-MAG / Sennheiser

Overview of the Work of the WCM (Working Group Wireless Communications for Machines)
Harald Lukosz, Bosch Rexroth AG

13.00 - 13.40 LUNCH

13.40 - 14.00 DEMO SESSION

14.00-14.30 SESSION 4 | PANEL

Where Is the 5G Business Case? Public vs. Enterprise 5G Networks

Chair: Guy Redmill, Redmill Marketing Associates Ltd

Tilo Heckmann, Telefónica GmbH & Co. OHG
Takehiro Nakamura, NTT DOCOMO
Hugo van Zyl, Manx Telecom
Robin Leblon, Citymesh
Dr. Ryan Husbands, BT Research & Network Strategy
Dr. Andreas Müller, Robert Bosch GmbH / 5G-ACIA
Dr. Jörg Pfeifle, Airbus Defence and Space
Dr. Johannes Springer, 5GAA Director General, Lead Automotive Program, Deutsche Telekom AG / T-Systems International GmbH
Jens Pilz, 5G-MAG / Sennheiser
Harald Lukosz, Bosch Rexroth AG


Towards 6G – Drivers and State of Play (Part 1)

Chair: Prof. Armin Dekorsy, Universität Bremen

6G Drivers, Building a Sustainable Route to 6G
Anita Döhler, Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance

AI-Native Open RAN: Transforming Mobile Networks
Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi, Deutsche Telekom AG

Slices: European Scientific Large-Scale Infrastructure for Computing/Communication Experimental Studies
Prof. Serge Fdida, Sorbonne Université

The French National Acceleration Strategy on 5G/6G and France 6G Initiative
Hakima Chaouchi, Institut Mines Telecom/French Ministry of High Education and Research

Beyond 5G Vision and R&D Activities in NICT
Dr. Kentaro Ishizu, NICT

15.30 - 16.00 COFFEE BREAK & DEMOS


Towards 6G – Drivers and State of Play (Part 2)

Chair: Prof. Armin Dekorsy, Universität Bremen

Evolution of Non-Terrestrial Networks towards 6G Systems
Prof. Alessandro Guidotti, University of Bologna / CNIT

Current State of 5G Research and Development in South Africa and Opportunities for 6G
Joyce Mwangama, University of Cape Town

6G Networking - Same Challenges
Prof. Tarik Taleb, University of Oulu

16.30-17.15 SESSION 7 | PANEL

Do We Know What 6G Will Be and Will We Need It At All?

Chair: Anastasius Gavras, Eurescom GmbH

Prof. Armin Dekorsy, University of Bremen
Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi, Deutsche Telekom AG
Jaydee Griffith, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Prof. Serge Fdida, Sorbonne Université
Prof. Alessandro Guidotti, University of Bologna / CNIT
Dr. Kentaro Ishizu, NICT
Dr. Joyce Mwangama, University of Cape Town
Prof. Tarik Taleb, University of Oulu