Reflecting on last month’s European 5G Conference in Brussels

24 February 2020

The European 5G Conference returned to Brussels for the fourth instalment of the event on 29 – 30 January and welcomed more than 250 delegates over two days. We heard from an array of high-level speakers from government institutions, national regulators and other key spectrum stakeholders from the mobile, satellite and broadcast communities.

The conference began with a look at the current status of 5G in Europe, with a particular focus on the early experiences of 5G roll-out in the region. Pearse O’Donohue, Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission, and Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP, both delivered keynote presentations to set the scene for the morning’s proceedings.

The focus of the discussion then switched to the necessary next steps to ensure the success of 5G in Europe, with sessions looking at shaping the European 5G ecosystem, providing the necessary infrastructure for 5G and some of the challenges that surround 5G in terms of Cybersecurity and EMF exposure. These sessions saw experts such as Gilles Brégant, Director General, ANFR, Dan Sjöblom, Chair, BEREC, Olivier Huart, Chairman, EWIA & CEO, TDF, Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO, Andrus Ansip MEP, and Eric Van Rongen, Chair, International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), all provide the audience with insightful views on their areas of expertise.

We also took time to look back at the 5G-related outcomes of WRC-19 and look ahead to WRC-23, before rounding up the conference with a nod to life beyond 5G, by looking at the European ‘wish list’ for the future B5G and 6G networks.

A selection of highlights of the event are available in the video below. This features interviews with some of our key speakers as they give their views on the current and future 5G landscape in Europe. The video and full interviews can be found on our Youtube Channel.