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Virtual Workshop

Nov. 4th 2020, Virtual Event

Workshop Scope and Topics:

With 5G system deployment proceeding at a fast pace, and with standardization bodies completing the specification of  features enabling full verticals integration in 5G, research seems increasingly interested in looking beyond. It is currently unclear the degree of innovation which can still be absorbed by 5G systems, as unclear are the use cases 5G may be unable to support, justifying the inception of a next generation. In this transition phase, it will be crucial to examine emerging technologies in the fields of wireless, optical and satellite communications, networking, network management, storage and computing, virtualization, multimedia and vertical applications, etc. to identify potential enablers which may become Beyond 5G (B5G) network cornerstones. Equally relevant is envisioning future services and examine their potential requirements, which may be the drivers behind next generation networks. The workshop is organized with the ambition to move a first step in both directions, and foster a discussion among matter experts which may help orient research in the years to come.

Workshop Format:

The workshop, by invitation only, will host distinguished speakers from Academia and Industry, who will be kindly requested to present their views on B5G emerging technologies and/or on next generation services and applications. The workshop will run under the Chatham House Rule. The workshop is organized by the 5G-VINNI project, a joint undertaking by several telecommunication operators, equipment vendors, research institutes and other organisations.


The workshop is organized under the auspices of the 5G-VINNI project  (, a joint undertaking by several telecommunication operators, equipment vendors, research institutes and other organisations. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 815279.


09:00-09:15Welcome, introduction,
rules of the workshop
Pål Grønsund, Telenor
09:15-10:45Session 1Chair: Wint Yi Poe, Huawei
Speakers from University of Bologna, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Airbus Defense and Space, Norwegian Defense on topics including Radio Physical Layer / IRS, IIoT, 6G radio, Spectrum requirements for 6G, Satellites as a Cornerstone for B5G Networks and robustness of the radio interface
11:00-12:30Session 2Chair: Kashif Mahmood, Telenor
Speakers from AlticeLabs, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Telecom Italia / TIM and the University of Passau on topics including Beyond 5G Network Enabling Technologies, AI/ML Automation in Network Management, The second quantum revolution and general aspects of evolution in security.
12:30-14:00Lunch break
14:00-15:30Session 3Chair: Diego Lopez, Telefonica
Speakers from NTT DoCoMo, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and Telefonica on topics including 5G system evolution, a trade-off between centers of gravity, Challenges for beyond 5G, Cloud, MEC, AI / AI/ML for Network, as well as challenges and technology drivers for 5G and Beyond Transport Networks
15:30-15:45BreakChair: Maria Barros, Eurescom
16:00-17:30Session 4Speakers from Rudgers University, the European Space Agency, Ericsson and Samsung on topics including Virtualisation over heterogeneous resources, Satellite in 5G and Beyond, as well as a general outlook on beyond 5G.
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