20th Infocom World Conference 2018

The latest 20th Infocom World 2018 Conference that has been held in Athens, Greece, on November 21, 2018, (http://www.infocomworld.gr/) has been considered as “the greatest ICT & Media Conference in South-Eastern Europe and it is widely regarded as “the major annual meeting of all the digital market stakeholders in order to implement Digital Transformation, following to current market needs and/or challenges.


Both global and European telecoms markets have entered a “restructure era” as of their technological, investment and strategic orientation, facing a multiplicity of challenges, together with opportunities for growth. Soon, all devices will be interconnected, and connectivity will be taking place in especially high speeds, so that features and services that today belong in the realm of science fiction will then become a reality.

Infocom World 2018 has focused upon several modern challenges that could support the process towards restructuring the modern economy for the benefit of the society, via promoting digital innovation and growth, especially within the dawn of the “Gigabit era”.


The 20th InfoCom World anniversary has highlighted the developments that marked the Greek telecoms industry in the last 20 years, starting from 1998, when the 1st InfoCom World took place, under the title “New Horizons”. Twenty years later, this industry is still one of the most dynamic ones, both in Greece and globally, acting as a catalyst for almost every industry: manufacturing, banking, health, security, education, food service, transportation & logistics, retail, etc.


Infocom World 2018 has been a staging area for the new age, highlighting opportunities and setting the beat of the day after, with comments by executives who represent the industry’s future. So, the still relevant title of the first Conference, “New Horizons”, seamlessly connects to the rising age, “The Gigabit Era”, and through “Techonomy”, highlights the technological challenges and business opportunities of the modern age.


Infocom World is considered as the major annual industrial telecommunications conference in Greece and in the wider Balkan area and attracts the interest of all involved market actors. During the recent years, as a result of the “globalization” of the e-Communications market, the Conference has also attracted a broader interest. It is also supported by major telecommunications actors”, international bodies, National (Regulatory) Authorities, etc.

More than 3.000 participants have joined the full Infocom World 2018 Event.


OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A.), in the scope of the prescribed WP8-related context of the “5G ESSENCE” (GA No.761592) project effort under his duty as the Project Coordinator and also working in cooperation with ORION Innovations P.C. (ORION) has organized a major dedicated dissemination event, that is: “Small Cells as Basic Building Elements and Enablers for promoting 5G Innovation (the conceptual approach according to the 5G ESSENCE research project)” Special Session, in the scope of the 20th Infocom 2018 Conference.


There was also a second Special Session entitled as the “5G-DRIVE”-based Session (“Cooperation between EU and China in the context of the 5G-DRIVE Research Project for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and “Vehicle-to-Everything” (V2X) applications – Scenarios, Use Cases and Essential Technological Background for Trials”).

This has been performed by OTE’s involvement in the “5G-DRIVE” project (GA No. 814956)) where OTE participates as WP2 leader and in cooperation with SmartNet S.A., in order to identify related challenges but also to correlate, to the extent possible and where potentially relevant, “5G ESSENCE” and “5G-DRIVE” efforts (especially as of NFV applications).


Finally, there was a third Special Session aboutModern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects. This session has been ”initiated” by the “5G ESSENCE” project that has identified a variety of challenges and opportunities for growth of the modern telecommunications markets also affecting relevant vertical markets, by emphasizing, in particular, upon several technological and business issues. As a response to these “trends”, this session has incorporated a major representation of other actual 5G-PPP projects of both phase 2 and phase 3 (such as: “5G-EVE”, “5GENESIS”, “5G TANGO”, “5GCity”, “BlueSpace”, “5G-PHOS” and “MATILDA”). Simultaneously, there has been active and wide participation of other H2020 EU-funded projects (such as: “RESISTO”, “VICINITY”, “YAKSHA”, “Privacy Flag” and “SHIELD”), covering aspects from the IoT, cloud, smart cities, critical infrastructures, privacy and (cyber-)security, just to mention a few.

Several other research-based activities have also been presented by partners coming from the academia or the market sector, covering both design and developments of modern applications and of related services and facilities.


In the context of the above three Sessions, there have been many opportunities for interactivity and for exchange of information and/or experiences between all involved EU-funded projects and other related activities.


The following figure presents the Infocom World Conference 2018 poster announcement as well as the agenda of the “5G ESSENCE” Session, the “5G-DRIVE” Session and “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects” Session (i.e.: Sessions A-C).

Figure 1: Infocom World 2018 - “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects” Sessions’ Agenda and Full Program


General information about the three Special Sessions (i.e.: “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects”) can be found online at:



Detailed information about the above mentioned three Special Sessions’ uploaded presentations can be found at: 



The presentations have been performed quite successfully and have attracted a numerous audience of telecoms experts coming from various areas of the telecoms market as well as of the academia.

The framework was fully interactive, while several issues and a variety of innovative features of the “5G ESSENCE” and “5G-DRIVE” projects have been discussed and further analysed. Potential advantages and impact rising from the “5G ESSENCE” and “5G-DRIVE” scopes have also been identified and assessed.

Of particular importance has also been the discussion in the third Session, where results from other EU-funded projects and of current research effort have been presented and assessed in detail, aiming to identify the way towards realising a successful transition towards 5G.


The following figures “depict” an overview of the first page of the “5G ESSENCE”, the “5G-DRIVE” and the “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects” respective presentations, per presenter, per case.


Figure 2: Presentations of “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects” Sessions in InfoCom World 2018 (part 1 of 4)

Figure 3: Presentations of “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects” Sessions in InfoCom World 2018 (part 2 of 4)

Figure 4: Presentations of “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects” Sessions in InfoCom World 2018 (part 3 of 4)

Figure 5: Presentations of “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects” Sessions in InfoCom World 2018 (part 4 of 4)