International 5G experts gathered in Rome for 2nd Global 5G Event: Enabling the 5G EcoSphere

Global 5G

5G stakeholders from across the globe gathered in Rome on 9-10 November to discuss topics of crucial importance for 5G, namely spectrumstandards and deployment plans. Experts from Europe, Korea, Japan, China, USA, Canada, and Brazil presented national, European and international strategies and policy priorities for the next few years with a focus on system architecture, 5G for verticals and multi-lateral collaboration, under the theme: “Enabling the 5G EcoSphere”. 

Trust-IT represented 5G-ENSURE, a security flagship project in the European 5G public private partnership (5G PPP) and was responsible for the exhibition stand, as the place to network and seek advice on 5G security and privacy challenges. Chief among the visitors were industry vertical representatives, who need practical advice on the major challenges they are facing in Industry 4.0, and guidance on the most relevant standardisation efforts. Other visitors included representatives from the European Commission, regulatory bodies and peer projects, with lively and fruitful exchanges on collaborative work within the 5G PPP. 

3 main highlights emerged from the event:
  • 5G as an Innovation Engine: 5G will be an innovation engine, bringing disruptive change across industries and societies, from automotive and high-tech manufacturing to healthcare and public safety. 5G will create new use cases, new revenue streams and new business models for industries and consumers.
  • 5G Security and Privacy Challenges are a Top Priority for Industry: Addressing privacy and security issues is paramount to realise the full potential of 5G in transforming industry in the EU and globally. These challenges made the 5G-ENSURE Exhibition Stand particularly relevant with many of the industry representatives looking to the project for practical advice on how they can be addressed.
  • The 3GPP Roadmap for 5G Standards: 5G standardisation must address multiple levels of complexity in terms of radio technologies and network technologies. Moreover, 5G will have to be flexible and powerful enough to cater for different use cases coming from different vertical industries, while bearing in mind the IMT 2020 metrics on what constitutes a successful 5G system.


The 2-day conference was hosted by the 5G Infrastructure Association and co-organised by the 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP, Europe), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (China), the Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF, Japan), 5G Forum (South Korea) and 5G Americas (Americas). 

What’s next?
The event has laid the basis for new synergies that could potentially be developed in the next few months, with both industry and other research projects. The next important date is the global 5G event will be held on 24-25 May 2017 in Tokyo. 
Publication date: 02 Dec 2016