IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
9-12 September 2018 – Bologna, Italy



Monday, September 10, at 11.30-13.00

Title – Timely Access to Spectrum – The Key Enabler for Novel 5G Businesses

Moderator – Seppo Yrjölä, Nokia Corporate Strategy and Development, Finland

Seppo Yrjölä is a Sr. Principal Innovator at Nokia Corporate Strategy and Development, in Finland. He incubates and steers opportunities externally with customers, partners and governments with the purpose of driving growth by innovating holistically from technology to business models. Previously as head of wireless technology for the Networks division at Nokia, his role required him to look beyond the product roadmap and identify what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon, and determine and validate how those future opportunities fit into the Nokia pipeline. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Dr. Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Oulu. He conducts multi-disciplinary research combining technology, business and regulatory aspects for the development of future mobile communication systems.


  • Doriana Guiducci, European Communications Office, Brussels
  • Luigi Ardito, Director, Government Affairs Qualcomm, US
  • Enrico Buracchini, Telecom Italia Mobile, Italy
  • Marja Matinmikko, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Tony Lavender, PLUM Consulting, UK

Abstract – Key to the success of 5G services is the ability to timely access suitable harmonized mobile spectrum in required locations on appropriate terms based on the needs of the use case and the business model. In terms of global harmonization, 3GPP and ITU are moving forward with standards and spectrum for 5G with special focus on emerging novel use cases (IoT, digital automation, smart cities, augmented/virtual reality) with diverse requirements. No wireless 5G services can be provided credibly and scalable without internationally agreed technical specifications and access to sufficient amount of harmonized radio spectrum. Spectrum is an essential enabler for 5G, and significant changes in spectrum characteristics are expected with respect to previous generations, including the amount and bandwidth of spectrum, type of spectral bands, and also, the ways of authorizing the use of spectrum, including unlicensed and shared use. In particular, different spectrum sharing mechanisms would inevitably lead to a range of novel implementation solutions and business models, ranging from stand alone to hosting on a public mobile network or a dedicated wholesale network. Flexible 5G NR framework will natively support different spectrum types: licensed, shared and unlicensed, and new sharing paradigms through scalable OFDM-based interface, TDD self-contained and flexible slot-based structure, network MIMO and mobile mmWaves. For example, utilization of higher spectrum bands at mmWaves calls for local spectrum licensing as the radio range will be very small compared to current spectrum bands. Unbundling investments in spectrum, infrastructure and services will lower entry barrier for new service providers and leads to new incentives for local players for building and operating networks, as well as offering localized context depended services. This panel would give an overview of the current status in spectrum for 5G, and what kinds of novel deployment solutions and business models could be expected via different spectrum types and sharing schemes.


Tuesday, September 11, at 11.30-13.00

Title – Transforming the Automotive Revolution and Impacting Mobility?

Moderator – Richard Stevens, IDC ITALIA SRL

Stevens is a director in the Government Consulting Unit in IDC where his work focuses on economic and policy analysis for topics including IoT, Cloud Computing, telecommunications and BigData for vertical Industries including Autonomous Vehicles. With a background in software development, Stevens has lead numerous international teams to develop enterprise class application platforms. Stevens’ expertise includes information architectures, workflows, rules, policies, interfaces, events, messages and data in middleware and execution environments.

Panelists – To Be Confirmed

Abstract – The move to automation and autonomous systems has gained momentum, setting the stage for potentially massive changes in the way the world works and communicates. The internet of things will be at the heart of the next automation revolution. As a consequence, the significance and reliance on capable communication systems for vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communication is a key asset with new requirements on advanced driving use cases (e.g. truck platooning). This, combined with sensor-based technologies will enhance the performance of automated driving and increase further traffic safety by collaboration between road users. The truly intelligent, fully connected car requires a massive amount of computing power and super-high-speed communications systems such as 5G V2X. Whereas, the mobile communications industry is striving towards targeting communication needs of network upgrades and vertical industries with corresponding requirements being set for the standardization of 5G until 2020 (3GPP Rel16) with large commercial launches by 2025. The size and potential impact of the automotive revolution requires more than gut feeling to drive the right decisions for a successful mobility strategy. Only a good understanding of the potential outcomes and a data-driven mind-set can enable actors to adjust to the full impact of the disruption on their business. This panel will discuss how the Automotive and Telecom Industry can best benefit from 5G V2X that is flexible in its functional and topological configuration. The need for connectivity platforms, creating in-vehicle-services ecosystems, or even unique car features with respect to applications, data, and media besides efficiently support a wide range of 5G V2X services and business models. As well as, what are the actions required consisting primarily of accompanying measures such as integration and availability of Industry fora solutions, standardization or policy and the time lines for execution.


Wednesday, September 12, at 11.30-13.00

Title – A world of Networked Agro-food Sustainability

Moderator – Sjaak Wolfert, Sr. Scientist Information Management & ICT in Agri-Food at Wageningen University

Dr. Sjaak Wolfert studied Plant Science in Wageningen and finished his PhD ‘Sustainable agriculture: how to make it work?’ in 2002. Currently, he is working as Senior Scientist at Wageningen University & Research in the field of Information Management & ICT in Agri-Food. Topics that are currently interesting Sjaak are the application of Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data in agri-food production. Special attention is paid to socio-economic aspects such as the role of data sharing, business modelling and governance issues. He is scientific coordinator of (inter)national projects such as the EU-project Internet of Food and Farm (IoF2020) and DATA-FAIR. He is affiliated with the Information Technology Group of Wageningen University and was president of the European Federation of ICT in Agriculture (EFITA). Sjaak is a visionary, challenged by complex problems that require a science-based approach where organizational and technical aspects need to be combined.

Panelists – To Be Confirmed

Abstract – A number of significant technology changes has enabled the rise of IoT.  At farms, wireless IoT sensors can transmit information about soil moisture and nutrients to agricultural experts across the country. IoT alarm systems, equipped with batteries that last for years, provide homeowners with long-term protection. Although these applications serve different purposes, they all share one characteristic: dependence on strong connectivity. Device manufacturers, and companies in various industries choose from more than 30 different connectivity options with different bandwidth, range, cost, reliability, and network-platforms features either for their own use or for sale to the public. This wide variety, combined with constantly evolving technology requirements, creates a quandary. Although Cellular 5G networks—now being refined—might eventually become a universal solution for IoT connectivity, companies cannot afford to defer their IoT investment until 5G arrives. Yet, the suppliers of solutions need to be aggressive with their solution and applications. In farming, estimates that IoT techniques—using sensor data to guide a seed-planting machine to the optimum depth based on soil conditions at a specific place in the field, for example—can increase yields by up to 25 percent. Other IoT applications that can be used in “precision farming” include using sensors to determine when to irrigate and spray insecticides. Statistics show ever since, agricultural yield improvements with a huge potential economic impact or Farming value-added ~$3trillion/year which is 10–25% gain in yields. Livestock monitoring (agriculture) ~$1trillion with value of livestock Up to 60% and reduction in losses. Each sector will have different Internet of things connectivity needs for its top user cases over the next five years. Sensor monitoring, Machine Control, Climate and Weather conditions, Irrigation, automation connectivity to and within factories, food-and-beverage industries, robotics, agriculture monitoring and nanotechnologies in general etc. with Use of both radio or Satellite technologies but also with 5G where possible. Government agencies and institutions could, bring all stakeholders together to work toward consensus. This could do a great deal to advance the Internet of Things and generate the economic and social benefits. Hence, achieving the transition towards agri-food industry 4.0 and this with improved/advanced food manufacturing, faster uptake/implementation/application of new technologies by agri-food companies and efficient use of data (big data management). This panel will discuss the challenge of integrating these requirements in a Standardized IoT and cellular 5G environment and perhaps how the expected value in the IoT supplier ecosystem will most likely shift to software and services to lower the barriers for Agro-food companies and implement the newest smart electronic systems to embrace a sustainability awareness in the Internet of Things (IoT) transition of the agri-food industry.