2019 is the year when increasing numbers of operators will showcase commercial 5G services. As we have already seen, though, what gets called 5G in public might be very different from what the industry has been working on. Moreover, there will be a big difference between early deployments of 5G essentially as faster broadband and the ultimate aim of providing dynamic network slices to support massively different kinds of service on a mobile basis.
Reaching this end goal will require very different network architectures and new business relationships between infrastructure owners, national and private networks, satellite players and more. It will demand a different vision of network operations, SLA management, customer interfaces and relationship management. All of these elements have the scope to create radically new services – and, crucially, can all be acted upon with an LTE network still in place.
In this year’s 5G Summit we look behind the headlines, asking what progress has been made on the technology and business logic to support ‘ultimate’ 5G, and how operators can use this today to support their ongoing business evolution.
09:30 – 10:45 What will a ‘proper’ 5G network look like, and how do the pieces fit together? Each participant will have some time to talk, followed by a discussion to pull the different elements together.
10:45 – 11:35 Panel Discussion – How 5G changes the relationships between MNOs and others in the value chain.
11:35 – 12:30 Making the business elements of 5G work as well as the technology. Again, we will feature some short presentations followed by Q&A/discussion.