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5G Huddle in India - What does the future hold for 5G?

17 February 2020

On the 5th and 6th of February, over 150 telecommunication experts joined the 7th edition of the Annual 5G Huddle, in New Delhi.

Hosted by the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) and organised by Forum Global, in partnership with Broadband India Forum (BIF), the ITU-APT Foundation of India and the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), this conference focused on “5G as a Catalyst for Digital Transformation.”.

The first day of the event revolved around the international scenario of 5G, with a High-Level Roundtable Discussion where participants had the chance to hear from Tonnie de Koster, Adviser for Digital Single Market International Outreach, European Commission, DG CNECT; Sudhir Dixit, Vice Chair Americas, WWRF and Co-Founder, Basic Internet Foundation Oslo; and Andreas Sommer, Team Leader and Senor Technical Advisor, Project “India-EU Cooperation on ICT-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation”. During this day discussions also touched on the topic of WRC 2019, the Regulatory & Cyber-Security Challenges of 5G, ending with an engaging discussion on 5G Business Models provided by Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless; Adrian Scrase, CTO, ETSI and Head of Mobile Competence Centre, 3GPP and Kishore Babu, Deputy Director General, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.

The second day focused on national issues related to 5G and its role in India. The day started with discussions about 5G pricing both globally and locally, introduced by Yi Shen Chan, Director, Plum Consulting, followed by a debate around the role of “Academia, Research and Standards Bodies in driving Innovation in 5G”. The final session of the conference included several national case study presentations on the impact of 5G in both rural and urban environments.

The 5G Huddle 2020 ended with an enlightening speech on “What’s ahead? Looking beyond 5G”, leaving food for thought for the next edition of the conference.