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  • 5G Standards & Spectrum Focus Day – Overview

    5G Standards & Spectrum Focus Day – Overview

    Date: 03.07.2018

    Our team – Marcin Dryjański, Marcin Biały and my humble person – went on a trip to London on June 11, where at the invitation of Knect365 (Informa Business), we participated in the Tech XLR8 fair in London. At this event, as part of the 5G World Series, Marcin Dryjanski had the pleasure to chair the 5G Standards & Spectrum Focus Day workshop.

    A rough start…

    We arrived in London in the evening of June 11 and immediately went to the hotel. After a short trip to the center, we decided to go back and relax before the most important day for us, where Marcin was a host of 5G Standards & Spectrum Focus Day. Unfortunately, we were not able to do it and the reason was … a fire alarm that sounded at the whole hotel at 2 am. One of the buildings adjacent to the hotel burned down, and all guests were evacuated for over 2 hours. After this unpleasant episode, it was hard for us all to fall asleep, so we went to the opening of the fair completely sleepy and exhausted, but adrenaline and coffee allowed us to successfully stand on our feet.

    5G Standards 5G World Hotel Fire Alarm


    I managed to get to the event’s venue fast, showing accreditation to the event organizers.  Thanks to this, I got along quite quickly with the equipment to the room in which the workshop was located. A few moments to set up my phone on a tripod and off we go!

    … but the farther the better


    After a short introduction by Marcin, in which he discussed the workshop’s agenda, stages of 5G implementation and several organizational issues, Philip Marnick from Ofcom appeared on the stage, In his speech, he raised some extremely important issues, such as adapting technology and devices to the needs of the 5G network and the possibilities that will allow us to use its benefits. Philip Marnick also talked about spectrum: 5G and other wireless services. Below you will find a video of this speech:


    After a short while Marcin Dryjanski appeared on the stage again, but this time with Jean-Pierre Bienaimé from 5G-IA and Rami Yaron from MEF.  The gentlemen in their conversation compared the previous implementations to what is currently happening at the works on 5G, and also talked about many interesting topics, including comparing regular fiber based internet service with fixed wireless infrastructure. You can find the whole discussion on our Youtube channel:



    Then, after a coffee break and refreshments, we returned back to the conference room, where the stage belonged to Kamran Etemad from the University of Maryland. Here are the key points of his presentation:

    – Passive Coexistence vs. Active

    – Sharing scenarios across homogeneous and heterogeneous wireless systems

    – 5G / NR feature tools which enable sharing and coexistence

    (apologize for the recording quality of this material – you can find an explanation of in the further part of the text):



    The next part of the 5G Standards & Spectrum Focus Day was the fireside chat session, between Marcin Dryjanski, Kamran Etemad, David Boswarthick (ETSI) and Reza Arefi (Intel). They have defined the current situation of 5G implementation. Some interesting conclusions have been drawn. I provide the full video record of this discussion for you below:



    Next, Mario Maniewicz from ITU appeared on the stage and talked about the role of ITU in the standardization process and what is IMT-2020.



    The penultimate point of the workshop was the speech by David Boswarthick from ETSI, who presented us with, among others, principles of 5G.



    And the last part of the day, probably the most entertaining one – Interactive Think Tank Session (by Marcin Dryjanski) – where Kamran Etemad (University of Maryland & Federal Communications Commission), David Boswarthick (ETSI), Reza Arefi (Intel) Mario Maniewicz (International Telecommunication Union ) and Jean-Pierre Bienaimé (5G-IA) faced tough questions from the audience. They’ve spoken, inter alia, about relations between regulators and operators, data protection, potential health issues in terms of implementation of 5G and the future of broadcasting with the use of 5G.


    5G Standards & Spectrum Focus Day – conclusions

    Summary? Here you are. 5G Standards & Spectrum Focus Day turned out to be a great experience for us. The proof of this is … in quality of some of the presentations recorded by me. The hall was simply full of spectators, the seats in the front were occupied, and I did not want to run with the phone and tripod, disturbing the reception of individual presentations. I hope, however, that anyone who could not be with us in London will be pleased with the opportunity to view the materials from this event. Certainly, 5G is something that both operators and manufacturers spend sleepless  night with, and the ability to exchange views on this technology with people from the industry is certainly something that is very inspiring.


    5G Standards 5G World Marcin with speekers


    It is worth mentioning the other two days of the Tech XLR8 fair, where I had the opportunity to talk with many people from the mobile industry and beyond. There were many great and extremely friendly interlocutors. We also visited many stands of other companies, from which we established contacts that could result in successful business cooperation in the future. Each of these conversations was also an inspiration and motivation for further development in order to share our ideas with the world of Network & Wireless.

    Finally, we would like to thank Knect365 (Informa Business),  especially Yavar Rezavandi for the invitation and the opportunity to be part of this event. I would also like to thank Gabriella Jeakins and Adela Tsang for marketing support and onsite help. Hope to see you soon!



    Recently,Marcin Dryjański have published a complexity point of view about 5G on our blog, you can read it here.

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    Pawel Scheffler

    Paweł Scheffler received his bachelor degree in Political Science (with Marketing specialization) from the Adam Mickiewicz University in 2015. He has experience in e-commerce, marketing automation and visual communication. He is certified Google Analytics specialist with SEO and Google AdWords background

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