The first day of the main conference at 5G World 2017 saw keynotes from major players on imagining a 5G future.
Ying Weimin, President of Wireless Network R&D, Huawei spoke on enabling digitalisation of all industries and focussed on some interesting 5G use cases, including Mobile AI, which "makes blind people "see" with many cloud enabled, integrated sensors." He also drew attention to the benefits of 5G enabled connected cars: "Connected Cars could save 1.2m people annually and 3.1 gallons of oil annually."
Uwe Janssen, VP Innovation & Research, Deutsche Telekom, gave a keynote on "Reading the Signs" of 5G. He focused particularly on network slicing as a key area of work around developing 5G.
Janssen broke down what needs to be done in network slicing which he emphasised was very important in delivering next generation services. Firstly, operators need to get together to define network slicing and how we can get to global solutions. Secondly, GSMA needs to define the requirements for network slicing . Finally, the telecoms industry needs to talk to others, e.g. the automotive industry to develop their requirements for rolling out network slicing and agree with vendors what to do. In Deutsche Telekom's opinion, "slicing is an end to end network which may have shared or dedicated resources"
Qualcomm's Enrico Salvatori made some predictions on the 5G future, that by 2035 the next generation mobile network will have created over $12 trillion worth of goods and services and 22 million new jobs.
He also shared some results from a recent Qualcomm study on the industry's predictions for 5G in Europe: 85% expect new industries to emerge and 81% expect small business growth and more global competition.
Salvatori emphasised that LTE evolution and innovation will continue, but ensuring interoperability with 5G is essential, as 5G will be a continuation of this evolution.
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Read a summary of the following day's keynote speeches at 5G World here.
Read more about the key themes discussed at 5G World 2017 here.