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Monday 11-12:40 - Room: Sandringham

P1: Is spectrum sharing really needed?

Organisers: Jan Markendahl (KTH, Sweden), Mikko A. Uusitalo (Nokia Research, Finland), Jonas Kronander (Ericsson Research, Sweden)


Monday 14-15:40 - Room: Sandring-ham

P2: Future Network Technologies for 5G Wireless:
How to provide hyper connectivity to everyone and everything?

Organiser: David Soldani (Huawei European Research, Germany)


Tuesday 11-12:40 - Room: Sandringham

P3: Next Generation SMART GRIDs and ICT connectivity

Organiser: Bosco Eduardo FernandesHuawei, Germany

 Tuesday 14-15:40 - Room: Sandringham

P4: Future Communications Networks towards 2020

Organiser: Werner Mohr (Nokia Siemens Networks, Germany)


P1: Is spectrum sharing really needed?

Moderator: Jan Markendahl (KTH, Sweden)
Panellists: Tim Irnich (Ericsson Research, Germany), Michael Fitch (BT Technology, UK), Reza Karimi (OFCOM, UK), Petri Mähönen (RWTH Aachen, Germany)

Wireless Internet access to an increasing number of new and existing services has become a major trend in just a few years. The rapid success of devices like smartphones, tablets, and mobile broadband dongle in combination with new pricing schemes has resulted in an enormous traffic growth in the mobile networks. This creates an increased requirement of spectrum for mobile service. The new requirements can be met with more bandwidth and new spectrum bands. Governments and industry organizations have recognized this and have formulated programs targeting 500-1000 MHz of additional spectrum in the near term (5 years). Another possibility is to use unlicensed spectrum band, e.g. bands used for WiFi. Yet another possibility is secondary access to spectrum which has primarily been allocated for other services.
At the same time there exists spectrum which is allocated to public services by government organizations that are not used fully. Various forms of shared spectrum access approaches are therefore considered. In the United States the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently (July 2012) proposed an accelerated process to study shared spectrum access in public services spectrum. The licensed shared access has been received with large interest from the telecom industry since it assumes long term contracts and some guarantees for the secondary user. An Licensed Shared Access (LSA) “authorization/license” includes an agreement between the secondary sharing user (the operator) and the primary license holder (e.g. a government organization) around the conditions of use (where, when, how). Compared to secondary access LSA offers a more attractive case for long term investments.

The purpose of this panel Is spectrum sharing really needed? is to discuss the drivers, benefits and obstacles for spectrum allocation using different forms of shared access. The panellists will present their views on the pros and cons of spectrum sharing in order to provide a wider understanding of the position of different stakeholders like regulators, mobile operators, broadcasting companies, government users.

P2: Future Network Technologies for 5G Wireless:
How to provide hyper connectivity to everyone and everything?

Moderator: David Soldani (Huawei European Research, Germany)
Panellists: Bernard Barani (DG CONNECT, European Commission, Belgium), Mikael Höök (Ericsson, Sweden),
Hans-Peter Mayer (Alcatel Lucent, Germany), Preben Mogensen (Nokia Siemens Networks, Denmark)

The panel aims at addressing the fundamental technology challenges for 5G Wireless: 1) the demand for 1000x capacity increase; and 2) the capability of interconnecting trillions of devices, giving a global market opportunity on telecom infrastructures of 1 billion of hyperconnected nodes. Human-to-thing, thing-to-thing, and human-to-human interactions will be distance agnostic. Such capabilities will lay the foundation for a new assortment of services and applications, such as virtual and augmented reality based on 3D Audio and 3D video technologies for a true immersive, collaborative, emotional and interactive user experience. The speakers are encouraged to present their views on emerging trends, speculate on long-term developments and stimulate discussions on the new fundamental characteristics of the next generation radio access and edge networks, beyond the scope of current and upcoming standardization frameworks.

Enabling technologies of interest are, but not limited to:

  • New scenarios and deployment requirements for 5G mobile and wireless communications;
  • New network architectures and protocols for 5G mobile and wireless communications, including Software Defined Air Interface based on cloud computing and virtualization, and user-centric protocol state machines;
  • Multiple access, interference management techniques and coding and modulations schemes for improved spectral efficiency;
  • New fundamental access protocols and procedures for collaborative communications;
  • New architecture for Services and Service Capability;
  • New Large-Scale Antenna Systems and new wireless network architecture design: “no cells”;
  • 5G Spectrum with licensed and unlicensed bands: methods to utilize fragmented spectrum, spectrum duplexing and reconfigurable wireless networks, beyond cognitive radio;
  • Multimedia (3D Video, Immersive Audio, Augmented Reality and Collaborative Media) traffic load characteristics and impact on mobile terminals.
  • Many-antennas and “battery optimized air-interface” via software defined radio capabilities.
  • D2X and V2X communications;

P3: Next Generation SMART GRIDs and ICT connectivity

Moderator: Bosco Eduardo Fernandes (Huawei, Germany)
Panellists: Christian Wietfeld (Technical University Dortmund, Germany), Jens Berger (BMW / E-Mobility, Germany), Martin Hauske (IBM, Germany)
Smart grids and super grids are prerequisites to integrating large-scale renewable energy in the future energy system. In which the success of the transition towards a sustainable energy system depends to a large extend on how the existing and new energy systems fit together. So it not about just automating data collection for billing purposes and optimizing energy efficiency only, it is a much bigger concept in which smart meters will play one part. The question that arises is, can current grids cope with the increasing demands we place upon it and what does the next generation Grids need to full support renewable energy, Big Data, small-scale power generation and a variety of other factors that are converging to drive the Development of the intelligent grid of the future.

The role of ICT’s as a link and the challenge of integration as well as the ICT-based innovation at the level of home and city, society and industry requires long-term commitment on the part of all industry actors but needs a lot of Research and pre-commercial IOT besides standards and how will this be intertwined with Smart Cities and Broadband. This kind of transformation doesn’t just happen with the installation of smart meters, grid communications networks and smart devices. Regulatory mandates, the urge for energy conservation and grid modernization initiatives drive the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) market. Integration of AMI technologies into existing system is growing rapidly; still there are some challenges that hinder the implementation of AMI such as standardization, regulatory control and technological barriers. The challenges in E-Mobility are of International nature and go beyond boundaries, what is the likelihood of getting a standardized approach in this industry?

This panel will offer detailed insights on the different challenges and the areas where research is still needed for innovation and further investigation from a technology perspective before and beyond 2020 in order to meet the Political Agenda of 2030. The session will be an open forum that allows the audience to raise questions and to be actively involved in the discussions.

P4: Future Communications Networks towards 2020

Moderator: Werner Mohr (Nokia Siemens Networks, Germany)
Panellists: Panagiotis Demestichas (University of Piraeus, Greece and WWRF Chair of Working Group Communication Architectures and Technologies), Bernard Barani (EU Commission, DG Connect, Belgium), Klaus Mössner (Center for Communication Systems Research, University of Surrey, UK), Seppo Hamalainen (Nokia Solutions and Networks, Finland)
Mobile and wireless communication are growing further globally and will offer a plethora of services to users. Broadband mobile communication systems like LTE are currently being deployed. Communication networks are also increasingly be used for vertical sectors to manage utility services like energy, gas and water systems and are critical infrastructures for our societies and economies. In particular these applications are based on sensor-, IoT- or M2M-based systems with a huge number of connected devices, which will be part of future networks. These developments are resulting in exponential traffic growth in the coming years. Future networks will increasingly be based on heterogeneous radio access systems from short range to wide range communications, from low to broadband throughput rates and from low to higher possible latencies in order to support all envisaged application scenarios.
Future communication networks have to support challenging requirements to support the necessary flexibility and to enable economic system deployment. Therefore, the network architecture will have to undergo significant changes to meet requirements by also supporting economic service provision. The network architecture will become more flat, virtualization of network resources and cloud concepts reduce capital (CAPEX) investment and operational expenditures (OPEX) and will allow faster and easier introduction of new services and thereby innovation in service offering. Such Software-Defined Networking (SDN) concepts in combination with cognitive systems will support self-organized systems in order to manage the overall network complexity.
Future communication networks require a holistic approach in research, standardization, regulations and system development. Research initiatives have started in different regions of the world. In Europe the new Framework Program Horizon 2020 will address this area in coordinated research activities and in particular in a proposed Public Private Partnership in Horizon 2020 on communication network infrastructure. This panel will address the forthcoming developments in technology, system architecture and upcoming research initiatives.











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