Panel 1:

  • Dr. Malte Schellmann, Huawei European Research Center, Germany (PDF).
  • Dr. Milos Tesanovic, Samsung Electronics R&D, UK (PDF).
  • Dr. Yang Yang, Intel Mobile Communications, Germany (PDF).
  • Dr. Venkatkumar Venkatasubramanian, Nokia Bell Labs, Poland (PDF).
  • Dr. Anass Benjebbour, NTT DOCOMO, Japan (PDF).

While 3GPP standardization has already started for 5G with a Study Item on New Radio (NR), and convergence on key radio characteristics for Rel. 15 is slowly emerging, there is still a lot of ongoing research and discussion on features that may have a larger implication on the overall 5G RAN design. Examples would for instance be full-duplex communication, which could have a major impact on the available degrees of freedom of resource usage and control channel design, or the notion of the purposeful generation and cancelation of very strong interference, for instance in the context of dynamic TDD communications, as well as multi-flow multi-connectivity in PHY and MAC. In addition, there is the wide consensus that technologies such as wireless self-backhauling will be essential for reduced TCO in very dense small cell deployments, but it is not yet fully agreed how exactly this will be enabled natively in the most efficient way. This panel will elaborate on the mentioned and other topics, all having in common that they are expected to have larger implications not only on the physical layer, but on the overall 5G RAN design.


Panel 2:

  • Prof. Akihiro Nakao, University of Tokyo, Japan (PDF).
  • Prof. Thomas Magedanz, Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany (PDF).
  • Dr. Dario Sabella, Telecom Italia, Italy (PDF).
  • Dr. Kostas Pentikousis, Travelping, Germany
  • Dr. Ishan Vaishnavi, Huawei, Germany (PDF).

The emerging 5G networks launch a new telecom era, enabling both technical and business innovation introducing a software-oriented transformation on telecom systems. 5G networks drive a number of new services across different sectors, e.g. industry 4.0, car2X, e-health, smart cities, etc., by allowing the flexible operation of multiple logical self-contained networks, a.k.a. network slices, on a common physical infrastructure platform via the means of a programmable network environment. This panel brings light into the key technologies behind 5G emphasizing the role of softwerazation and network slicing considering both technical and business aspects.