Industry executives representing five of the leading wireless associations worldwide shared their knowledge at the first of the bi-annual Global 5G Events in Beijing on May 31 and June 1, 2016. Hosted by IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group in China with the theme of “Building 5G Technology Ecosystem”, the conference was jointly organized by: The 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP, Europe), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (China), The Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF, Japan), 5G Forum (Korea) and 5G Americas (Americas).
During this two-day event, over 500 government representatives, association leaders and industry experts participated and shared the latest Research and Development (R&D) achievements and views on 5G technologies, standards, spectrum, trials, and applications, particularly on 5G system design, 5G air interface, 5G networks and operation, technologies for 5G terminals, testing technologies for 5G, convergence of 5G and vertical industries, and 5G standardization roadmap. Meanwhile, the latest achievements of 5G technology and equipment R&D were exhibited by multiple leading companies.
MIAO Wei, the Minister of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), China, attended this event and made an opening speech.
CAO Shumin, Chair of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, stated, “A globally unified 5G standard in the framework of ITU and 3GPP has been a global consensus. Both enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and Internet of Things (IoT) are the essential application fields of 5G and should be studied with the same priority. To make 5G vision into reality, 5G standard requires innovative technologies, especially in system design, key technologies, and network architecture. 5G trial plays an important role in the R&D of 5G. It is very important to build 5G trial in an open and collaborative way.”
Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, stated “The multi-lateral association 5G event hosted in Beijing was a great success as it emphasized the importance of leading 5G wireless organizations working together to progress the next generation of wireless technology. Cooperation on pre-standard 5G development will benefit wireless stakeholders and future 5G subscribers.”
Werner Mohr, Chair of the Board, 5G PPP, declared “gathering the leading 5G visionary organizations for the first time in Beijing enabled a fruitful collaboration and reinforces the links between our organizations. We look forward to welcoming our counterparts in Rome in November 9-10, 2016 for the second round of Global 5G Events.”
Susumu Yoshida, Chairman of 5GMF, stated “International cooperation and collaboration on 5G field trials is very important, and we understood that the Global 5G Event could be a good opportunity to discuss it further. In addition, we just published the full-scale White Pater on 5G Mobile Communications Systems for 2020 and beyond.
Youngnam Han, Chair of Executive Committee, 5G Forum, mentioned “The first multilateral 5G fora event organized by IMT-2020 PG will expedite and harmonize the standardization process under very healthy exchange of information on the activities in each country. We really want to take this opportunity to collaborate and cooperate together with any vertical industry for ICT convergence through 5G technology development.”
The first Global 5G Event is an important milestone for building the 5G technology ecosystem and lays a good foundation for the globally unified 5G standard. The five organizations will further strengthen communications and cooperation in 5G technology, standard, spectrum and trial, and jointly promote to establish a global 5G ecosystem. The Second Global 5G Event will take place in Rome (Italy) on November 9-10, 2016.