5G for Businesses: Evolution or Revolution?

Speakers: Guldentops Frank, Mine Hilary, Trabbia Michaël, Shamim Mikael, O’Donohue Pearse, Viola Roberto, Solis-Perez Susana
Moderator: Newman Matthew

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 16th of March 2021 at 14.15.

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the questions of 5G as a game changer in transforming business organisations and the roll out of 5G networks in Europe with our distinguished speakers:

Mr Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT – European Commission will hold a keynote speech.

Mr Frank Guldentops, 5G Project Manager, Covestro and Mr Mikael Shamim, CEO, Helicus will hold a short presentation on 5G business cases respectively in the domains of Industry 4.0 and Healthcare.

The event will be moderated by Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, MLex.

This event be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming.


This event is co-organised with:


About the debate

With the outbreak of the Corona crisis, boosting the digital transformation has been put at the forefront of Europe’s digital agenda. Making the EU more digital and greener is now the overarching principle leading the European Union as a whole, notably through the Recovery Plan. To fulfil the European Commission’s key priorities of investing in a greener, more digital and connected Europe, it is crucial to quickly deploy state-of-the-art networks, with special regard to 5G.

The increased number of commercial deployments across the EU shows the fruitful cooperation amongst mobile network operators and the exploration of the new features of 5G networks: real time data exchanges with low latency, 5G network slicing and improved security. In addition, innovations such as augmented capacity of production processes’ monitoring and management in manufacturing are now at hand.

However, 5G is not widely available yet and its slow deployment across Europe has allowed the United States and a number of Asian countries to lead the global 5G race. With next generation technologies depending on the swift rollout of 5G networks, Europe’s competitiveness and sovereignty can be impacted.

Given this setting, it would be important to discuss how to ensure further public and private investments, also by taking into consideration the Recovery and Resilience Facility, how to ease the rollout of 5G, with special regard to permits and mobile network sharing agreements, as well as what are the benefits of new network developments, such as Open RAN.

The event will commence at 14.15 and it will be held in streaming.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #5G4B

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