21st Infocom World Conference 2019

The latest 21st Infocom World 2019 Conference that has been held in Athens, Greece, on November 26, 2019, (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.

 

With fiber optics networks, and superfast bandwidth they offer, now reaching consumers at fast rates, as well as 5G finding its way in the business plans of providers, telecommunication infrastructures in Greece does “turn a page” and faces new opportunities for growth.

New possibilities for citizens, and new challenges and opportunities for businesses, shape the new landscape of the Greek economy, which, equipped with all-new digital tools, appears ready to attract investments.

Digital development now transforms all economy sectors, and this overall transformation has been be the central axis around which the 21st InfoCom World Conference has been revolved, under the title “Economy 4.0: Connected Future”.

 

Besides, the parallel courses of technology and economy is a constant, and a quantifiable one at that, as it is proven beyond doubt that digital development and financial indexes move in synchronization.

 

Among the actual challenges are those coming from the gradual assessment and development of the 5G growth that may affect not only the technological background and underlying network infrastructures but, most importantly, a multiplicity of services and applications also in participating vertical markets. This widens all potential options for 5G immediate applicability in a great variety of sectors and opens new opportunities for investments and for new revenues.

 

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 4.000 participants have joined the full Infocom World 2019 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 for once again has organized a major dedicated dissemination event, that is: the “Small Cells, NFV and Cloud Computing as essential “5G Enablers” – The framework of the “5G ESSENCE” European program” Special Session, in the scope of the 21st Infocom 2019 Conference.

A detailed and fully interactive tutorial about the above concept has been presented by OTE.

Following to this, a detailed presentation about “EU Market Analysis, Commercial Deployment and Value Creation coming from the 5G ESSENCE findings” has been performed by 8BELLS.

 

There was also a second Special Session entitled as the “5G-DRIVE”-based Session (“Trials and Applications for Development of enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and “Vehicle to Everything” (V2X) Communications: The cooperative framework between the European Union and China under the scope of the ongoing 5G-DRIVE project”).

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. and ORION Innovations PC, 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 and cloud computing applications).

A detailed and fully interactive tutorial about the entire scope of the 5G-DRIVE project has been presented by OTE.

In this session, a relevant conceptual presentation coming from the “5G-CARMEN” project has also taken place.

 

Finally, there was a third Special Session aboutModern Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related Aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries”. This session has been for once gain “initiated” by the “5G ESSENCE” project that has identified “Τhe European Environment for 5G Development: Overview and Challenges”, by emphasizing on the wider supportive EU framework for 5G growth and development, where the 5G ESSENCE project is also an enabler”.

This Session has been around three dedicated sub-sessions as follows: (i) 5G Experimentation and Trials; (ii) Security Challenges in Modern 5G Environments, and; (iii) Applications in Vertical Sectors via 5G Enablers.

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”, “5GCity”, “5G-HEART”, “5G-TOURS”, “5G!DRONES”, “SLICENET”, “5G-MEDIA”, “LOCUS”, and “5GVICTORI”).

Simultaneously, there has been active and wide participation of other H2020 EU-funded projects (such as: “CUREX”, “RESISTO”, “YAKSHA”, “Cyber-Trust”, “LOCARD”, “DataPorts”, “TYPHON”, “COGLO”, “Q-SER” and “UNIQORN”.

Last but not least there has also been representation from four MSCA projects, that is: the “MOTOR5G” project, the “Water4Cities” project, the “STABLE” (in parallel with the national “METEORA” project) and the “5G-STEP FWD” project.

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 2019 poster announcement as well as the agenda of the “5G ESSENCE” Session, the “5G-DRIVE” Session and “Modern Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries” Session (i.e.: Sessions A-C).





Figure 1: Infocom World 2019 - “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries” Sessions’ Agenda (Sessions A, B, C) and Full Program Announcement



Detailed information about the three Special Sessions (i.e.: “5G ESSENCE”, “5G-DRIVE” and “Modern Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries”) can be found online at:

https://www.infocomworld.gr/21o-infocom-world-2019/5g-epistimoniki-synantisi-aithoysa-makedonia/

 

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 Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries” respective presentations, per presenter, per case.





 

Figure 2: Presentations of “5G ESSENCE” Session (Sessiona A: Tutorial and presentation) 
in InfoCom World 2019 (part 1 of 5)





Figure 3: Presentations of “5G-DRIVE” Session (Session B: Tutorial and presentation) 
in InfoCom World 2019 (part 2 of 5)




Figure 4: Presentations of “Modern Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries” Session (Session C) – Part 1 (“5G Experimentation and Trials”) in InfoCom World 2019 (part 3 of 5)

 

 

Figure 5: Presentations of “Modern Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries” Session (Session C – Tutorial and presentations) – Part 2 (“Security Challennges in Modern 5G Environments”) in InfoCom World 2019 (part 4 of 5)

 

 


Figure 6: Presentations of “Modern Innovative Technologies and Broader 5G-related aspects for Development and Growth with Emphasis set to Vertical Industries” Session (Session C) – Part 3 (“Applications in Vertical Sectors via 5G Enablers”) in InfoCom World 2019 (part 5 of 5)