2019 - 'Building a 5G World'

25 November 2019, Dubai, UAE

2019 event - 'Building a 5G World'

GCF in collaboration with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications company (du), held its second 5G MENA workshop - ‘Building a 5G world’ - on November 25 at the Sheraton hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE.

The one-day workshop explored the next major challenges in realising the full potential of this exciting new technology.  Through an impressive set of speakers from across the 5G industry, attendees learned how regulators, network operators, manufacturers and industries in the MENA region are using and developing the technology in innovative ways to realise new business opportunities beyond traditional mobile phone services, and the importance of standards and interoperability in supporting these developments.  This workshop built on the first GCF 5G MENA workshop held in 2018 that focused on launching 5G.

Key Learnings

  • Various forecasts of 5G up-take ranging from 1.3 - 2.5bn subscribers worldwide by 2025.
  • Full 5G (5G SA Option 2) is expected to become 'mass market' from 2022. Most current deployments around the world and in the MENA region are NSA option 3, primarly for enhanced mobile broadband and/or Fixed Wireless Access.
  • New features in 5G (slicing, edge computing, virtualisation) will enable operators to offer new services and develop new businesses.
  • Low latency / high reliablity applications such as automotive and (mission) critical communications were identified as being key 5G enabled markets going forward. Gaming (cloud-based with immersive VR/AR) was also identified as another important market.
  • A key challenge is how to identify new use cases and develop them into businesses. This will often involve working with many partners.
  • Demonstrating interoperability and compliance to standards will become increasingly important to the digital transformation of industries that operators are helping to shape.  
  • GCF is working with a range of partners from other industry ecosystems to support the ability to ensure interoperablity and demonstrate compliance to standards in these industries.

Presentations from the workshop are available by clicking on the titles in the agenda below. Photos of the event are here.

Topic
Presenter
Role
Company
Opening speech
Jasim Al Awadi
SVP
EITC (dU)
Lars Nielsen
CEO
GCF
Jawad Abbassi
Head of MENA
GSMA
Chris Hogg
Head of 5G certification
GCF
Dr. Mahmoud R Sherif
VP
EITC (dU)
Abdessattar Sassi
CTO, UAE
ZTE
Vodafone 5G Update and Insights
Sam Dibas
Head of Technology, MER
Vodafone
Ed Aji
CTO, MEA
Nokia
Ammar Jamal Ammar
Head of Networks Campaigns in MEA
Ericsson
5G Commercialization and Use Cases
Hani ELKukhun
VP Strategy, ME
Huawei
Mohamed Bakry
Head of Systems Engineering
Cisco
5G & eGov Mobile First Strategy – Secure no-gate crossing
Anas Mostafa
Regional Sales Director, ME
Veridos
Marc Fleschen
CEO, Zero1
LiFi Association
Chris Hogg
Head of 5G certification
GCF

Shakil Ahmed

Hashim Zafar

Regional Director, Mobile Mobile Network Testing
Rohde & Schwarz
Faisal Ashour
Regional Sales Director
Keysight
Building a 5G world.  What we have learned and next steps
Lars Nielsen
CEO
GCF