GSEF 3rd Edition – 5G technology readiness and commercialisation

Presentations, case studies, panels and live Q&A sessions will bring the latest progress and innovations in the 5G technology straight to your desktop.

  • Virtual
  • Complimentary

Why attend?

5G innovation is the foundation of data-driven transformation and will change the way everyone – companies, governments, and consumers – interacts and does business, leading to ground-breaking innovations and services. It brings a step change in the connectivity that is now possible for end-users, and the Internet of Things (IoT). It offers higher speeds and capacity, lower latency, and more reliability. This in turn paves the way for many more innovative use cases, such as autonomous vehicles, robots, automated machines, greater factory automation, augmented and virtual reality, delivered at scale and cost effectively, through a multipurpose network of unprecedented flexibility. Growth will accelerate in the coming years, supported by increased spectrum availability and operator investment in network rollouts, with 3 billion subscribers by 2025. Presentations, case studies, panels and live Q&A sessions will bring the latest progress and innovations in the 5G technology straight to your desktop.

Check out previous events from this series:

Smart Mobility

Semiconductor Innovation


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  • Thu Sep 30th


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Bernd Meurer
Regional CTO, BT

Bernd is a regional CTO at BT in Germany, where he delivers thought leadership on technology, drives their innovation agenda with customers, and has in-depth understanding of customer’s business and strategic direction. He has broad experience in digital transformation, IT architectures, products and services, go-to-market, expert knowledge in applications and processes and is an experienced people and program manager.

Bernd is an experienced Senior Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the IT and telecommunications industry. He is skilled in sales, IT and cloud, go-to-marketing, innovation, and team management. Bernd is an operations professional with a deep background in IT, project management and technology. He is a graduate from Ecole Normale Superieure Paris and Max-Planck Institute Germany.

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Emma Grant
VP Strategy Development

Emma Grant, VP Strategy Development at Verizon, tasked with driving a single narrative for the company’s long-term growth strategy. In her role, Emma is responsible for corporate strategy development and execution, including driving the annual strategy and financial planning process, mapping strategic initiatives to the North Star, and articulating the corporate strategy storyboard in each Board of Directors meeting. She leads the Strategic Leadership Council and the Product Council.

Previously Emma was the VP of Global Content & Media Growth and Partnerships, responsible for Media-focused M&A and the pricing and packaging for the $4.5B annual FiOS content budget and prior was VP of Consumer Products. She has been at the company for 4yrs.

Prior to her time at Verizon, Emma was at Microsoft for 16 years, spanning consumer, developer and enterprise businesses, focusing on next generation technology notably IOT, Kinect and Cortana.

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Eric Hardouin
Vice President, Ambient Connectivity Research, Orange Labs

Eric Hardouin is the director of the “Ambient Connectivity” research domain of Orange Labs, which investigates future access and transport networks and technologies, as well as related business models. Eric received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne and the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2004. Since 2004, he has been with Orange Labs, where he first conducted or supervised research on interference mitigation for mobile networks. Between 2008 and 2013 he represented Orange in the physical layer standardization group of 3GPP (RAN WG1) for HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced. From 2012 to 2015, Eric led the research on wireless networks in Orange Labs. Eric had a leading role in the NGMN 5G White Paper, as co-lead of the work on 5G requirements. Eric is the author of the book “LTE et les réseaux 4G” (in French).

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Joe Barry
Vice President of Wireless Communications Business Unit, Analog Devices

Joe Barry is Vice President of Wireless Communications Business Unit at Analog Devices. In this role Joe is responsible for the creation and execution of Analog Devices’ strategy for the full suite of radio solutions for the wireless communications market. Joe has served in leadership roles in the wireless communications, consumer, and semiconductor industry for more than 26 years.

As VP of Wireless Communications, Joe is responsible for the Wireless Market Segment, along with the Technology groups of High-Speed Converters, SDR Transceivers, and Microwave Communications.

Prior to Joe’s current role he was the General Manger for the Wireless Systems Group where he was responsible for driving the strategic plan for the wireless business and developing our customer penetration and support strategy.

Joe earned a B.Eng. in electrical and electronic engineering from University Greenwich and MBA from the University of Limerick. He holds five patents in analog and digital video and audio technologies.

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Matthew Gooding
News Editor, Tech Monitor

Matthew Gooding is news editor for Tech Monitor and specialises in reporting on developments in the semiconductor industry. A former business editor of the Cambridge News, he has worked in journalism for 13 years, spending the last seven in business-related roles covering topics including life science and deep technology.

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Maxime Flament

Maxime Flament represents 5GAA, the global cross-industry association for the development of connected and automated cars, where he has worked as Chief Technology Officer since 2018. Maxime was previously the Head of Department for Connected & Automated Driving (CAD) at ERTICO – ITS Europe. For 15 years, he has been a leading contributor to many European and international activities on road safety, connected vehicles, automated driving, large-scale pilots and digital mapping. Maxime holds a Ph.D. E.E. (2002) and M.Sc. E.E. (1997) from Chalmers Technical University, Sweden. He also holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Free University of Brussels (1997). In 2001, he was visiting researcher at Stanford University, California, USA.

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Mike Orme
Thematic Research Consultant, GlobalData

Michael is co-founder of the technology research boutique Signum Intel and is a consultant to GlobalData's Thematic Research Division. In a career stretching over 40 years he has been a journalist at the Investors Chronicle, the FT, Management Today. Wrote one of the first books on the microelectronics revolution: Micros--a pervasive force. Worked in Silicon Valley as a consultant to Apple, Intel, Genentech, and HP among others. At GlobalData and with his Signum Intel clients he focuses on Chinese technology, genomics, semiconductors, AI, and quantum computing. He is writing a book on the impact of technology on human intimacy.

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Neil McRae
Group Chief Architect, MD Architecture and Technology Strategy, BT

Neil, named after the first man to walk upon the moon, has more than twenty years experience in networking, systems, security and technology. Neil’s purpose is to get people connected and engaged with technology.

He joined BT in 2011 as Chief Network Architect driving the network strategy for BT across all lines of business. Using simplification as a core strategy; Neil was able to realise significant savings and improved customer experience on BT’s core products including broadband, voice, Ethernet and VPN. Neil was also instrumental in driving mobile and wireless as a critical capability which lead to BT acquiring 4G spectrum and building a 4G network. This lead to the acquisition of EE where Neil lead the technology workstream.

Neil is now BT Chief Architect leading Architecture and Technology direction across BT, most recently leading the strategy on BT’s 5G programme and setting the strategy and architecture for BT’s IT Transformation programme now known as Simplify. Neil is a BT Distinguished Engineer. Neil has been recognised in the industry on many occasions most recently being named in the 5G 100, a list of the most influential names in 5G.

Neil helps children with special needs in developing their technical skills in areas of computer programming and electronic engineering. Neil also runs board, video and pinball gaming events for children with Autism and is a fund raiser for the National Autistic Society. Neil studied Management at Sloan School of Management and Software Engineering at Edinburgh.

Neil is recognised for his interest in the history of telecommunications in Spaceflight and is a speaker at many space industry events. Neil is an advanced driving instructor.

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Ronan McLaughlin
Senior Corporate Strategy Manager, Verizon

Ronan McLaughlin is a Senior Corporate Strategy Manager at Verizon since 2019 where he currently leads cross-company strategy development for V2X.

Ronan has 23+ years of unique experience in IP networking and ICT fields, spanning fixed and mobile network technology, business development, solution sales, and strategy roles. Before joining Verizon, Ronan spent 20+ years at Ericsson, including leadership roles in Business Units, Product Development, Professional Services, and Key Customer Accounts in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, and Ireland. He has served on several telecom & cable industry committees and as a speaker & moderator at industry events.

Ronan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland, and has completed executive leadership programs at Tuck Business School, Dartmouth and University of Texas, Dallas.

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Ruurd Boomsma

Chief Technology Officer of Besi, covering all aspects of technology roadmaps and developments plans for all equipment developed at Besi. Also responsible for strategic supply chain management and overall quality. Received a master’s degree in Technical Physics focus on Semiconductor Physics and High Vacuum Technology from the State University of Groningen the Netherlands. Started working in the semiconductor industry in 1984. Initially in front end equipment at ASM followed by MRC and later Unaxis and now over 10 years active at Besi. Tasks included work on supply chain Asia, reorganising the plating activities, held final responsibility for all the Die Attach activities worldwide, now CTO of Besi.

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Volker Ziegler
6G Leadership, Nokia Bell Labs

Volker is an energetic leader with 25+ years of broad and international experience in the telecommunications industry. He is known for his strong commitment to customer and team achievements. Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to meet and exceed targets through strong intellectual grasp, excellent leadership skills, and a strong focus on creating new opportunities and business development impact. In his current role of 6G leadership with Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research and scientific development arm of Nokia, he leads Nokia digital transformation initiatives aimed at exploring and leveraging innovations with customers and partners in the fledgling ecosystem for the 6G era. In his previous role as Head of 5G Leadership and Chief Architect of Nokia Mobile Networks, Volker played a key role in defining Nokia e2e 5G offering and positioning Nokia strongly in 5G and associated innovation, technologies and architecture. Prior to this, Volker served in Head of Strategy roles of the company and as Head of the North East region, helping gain market share in many key markets, including Scandinavia, Russia and Turkey.

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