5G Alliance Roundtable at MWC Barcelona – powered by GSMA APAC 5G Industry Community

5G Alliance Roundtable at MWC Barcelona – powered by GSMA APAC 5G Industry Community

Start: Tuesday 28 February 2023 13:30

End: Tuesday 28 February 2023 15:30

Venue: Room CC7.1B (G/F nearby the entrance of Hall 6 at the Fira Barcelona)

Location: Barcelona, Spain

The 5G Alliance Roundtable at MWC Barcelona is hosted by the GSMA APAC 5G Industry Community. This is an “invitation only” session taking place on 28 February, Day 2 of MWC Barcelona 2023 (from 27 February – 2 March) – the world’s largest and most influential event for the connectivity industry. If you are interested to join, please contact Terence Wong at twong@gsma.com.

This roundtable will bring together APAC 5G Industry Community contributors, global 5G leaders, Alliances and Associations in various sectors to share:

  • Overview of 5G development
  • Best practices on driving 5G ecosystem, standardization, commercialization
  • Successful examples
  • Discussion on challenges, opportunities and joint work that can benefit ecosystem development and scaling
  • Networking

Drive 5G development with Global Alliance partnership

5G is not just another evolution of cellular technology enhancing mobile broadband capabilities, it is set to transform the world by offering connectivity as a service to anything, at any time and from everywhere. As 5G starts to position beyond just a network, industry players will embark on multiple track to tap on this “New Oil” and explore what is possible for the next 5-10 years. In APAC, 5G momentum keeps strong with more than 17 markets rollout and lots of pilot use cases across industries. Since GSMA APAC 5G Industry community formed with 12 contributors on Oct 2021, more than 700 organizations from public and private sectors have already joined the community, realizing how 5G creating values and transforming manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, port & transportation from digital pioneers. APAC 5G Industry Community positions as the regional alliance of alliances to support alliances, ecosystem and industry associations to bring 5G penetration into sectors, local innovation into global exposure, and pilot into maturity and scale.

5G Alliance Roundtable confirmed participants at a glance

  •  ASEAN/APAC government and agencies, industry association
    • depa (Thailand), IMDA (Singapore), Kominfo (Indonesia), MRANTI (Malaysia), etc
  • APAC MNOs and ecosystem players
    • Axiata, Globe, Bridge Alliance, Greater Bay Area 5G industry Alliance, China Telecom, Huawei, AI-LINK, Baicells, etc
  • Global Industry Alliance and Association
    • 5G-ACIA (Manufacturing), 5GAA (Automotive), Holomedicine Association (healthcare), GSMA Digital Industries Forum, etc

Location map of CC7:

13:40 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:10

Opening and Overview of 5G development in APAC
Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA

14:10 - 14:23

Best practices on building 5G ecosystem for scaling in Thailand
Ms. Tipawan Tangjitpiboon, Vice President, depa

14:23 - 14:36

Driving 5G innovation and investment
Dr. Qi Bi, Chief expert of China Telecom and CTO of China Telecom R&D

14:36 - 14:50

From requirements to reality: navigating the journey towards industrial 5G standardisation and adoption in the connected industry and automation
Sylvia Lu, Board Member and WG4 Chair, 5G-ACIA; Head of Technology Strategy at u-blox

14:50 - 15:00

Accelerating tech & innovation commercialisation via 5G-enabled hub at MRANTI Park, Malaysia
Dzuleira Abu Bakar, CEO, MRANTI

15:00 - 15:30

Discussion on challenges, opportunities, and joint work that can benefit ecosystem development and scaling.

Terence Wong, Head of APAC 5G Industry & IoT Community, GSMA



  • Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer, 5GAA
  • Yvonne Lim, – Director, BTG B&E, IMDA
  • Dr. Gao Yujia, VP, Holomedicine Association and Deputy Group CTO, NUHS

15:30 - 15:45

5G development in Indonesia and the launch ceremony of 5Gnow.id
Dr. Ismail, Director General of Resources Management and Equipment of Posts and Informatics, Indonesia


ASIOTI, GSMA and ecosystem


Remark: open for media participation

15:45 - 16:00

Closing and Networking


Dr. Qi Bi

Chief Expert of China Telecom, CTO of China Telecom Research Institute

Dr. Bi is Chief Expert of China Telecom and CTO of China Telecom Research Institute, leading R&D activities with responsibilities in corporate strategy, R&D projects planning, and forward-looking directions. His specialty is in wireless including 5G and 6G innovations related to technologies, standards, and trials in China Telecom.

Dr. Bi is well-known for his visionary insights in industrial trends and directions throughout his career. Previously, Dr. Bi worked at Bell Labs for 20+ years and was awarded the prestigious Bell Labs Fellow in 2002. Other awards included Bell Labs President’s Gold Awards in 2000 & 2002, the Bell Labs Innovation Team Award in 2003, and Asian American Engineer of the Year in 2005. He is an IEEE Fellow, and served as a member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee of the communication society between 2017 and 2019.

Dr. Bi received his M.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He holds 47 US patents, 63 European patents and 65 Chinese patents. While in China Telecom, his 4G innovation project led to a large-scale commercial deployment and won the GTB Innovation Award at London in 2014. For his impressive contributions, he was given “outstanding contribution award for Innovation and entrepreneurship from scholars overseas” by Beijing City in 2019. In 2022, he won a silver prize for his patent by the China National Intellectual Property Administration.


Tipawan Tangjitpiboon

Director, IoT Institute, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa)

2022 – present Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Director, IoT Institute)

2011 –2022 National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) National Science and Technology Development Agency (Senior Analyst)

  • Corporate Strategic planning and policy deployment
  • R&D commercialisation and public utilisation
  • Market analysis and R&D collaboration


  • NSTDA Strategic Plan #6 (year 2017-2021) National Science and Technology Development Agency (in Thai)
  • Intellectual Infrastructure Development Plan (year 2008-2012) Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Science and Technology. (in Thai)
  • National Strategic Plan on Science and Technology (2004-2013) National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office. (in Thai)
  • D. Rajadanuraks, T. Tangjitpiboon, W. Punyakornwong, S. Pittayasophon, S. Tongsopit (2008) Analysis on Science and Technology Budget Allocation in year 2006-2007. National Science and Technology Development Agency
  • Patarapong Intarakumnerd, Pun-arj Chairatana and Tipawan Tangjitpiboon. (2002) National innovation system in less successful developing countries: the case of Thailand. Research Policy, 2002, vol. 31, issue 8-9, 1445-1457
  • Thanaphol Virasa and T. Tangiitpiboon (2000) Determinant of firms’ technological innovation activities and the impact of the economic crisis on manufacturing firms in Thailand. Proceedings of the 2000 IEEE International Conference on Volume: 1. Conference: Management of Innovation and Technology, 2000. ICMIT 2000.

Dr. Maxime Flament

Chief Technology Officer, 5GAA

Dr. Flament represents 5GAA, the global cross-industry association for the development of connected and automated cars, where he works as Chief Technology Officer since April 2018. Maxime was working previously as Head of Department for Connected & Automated Driving (CAD) at ERTICO – ITS Europe, the European association promoting research and deployment on Intelligent Transportation Systems. For 15 years, he has been a leading contributor to many European activities on road safety, connected vehicles, automated driving, large-scale pilots, and digital mapping. Maxime holds a Ph.D. E.E. (2002) and M.Sc. E.E. (1997) from Chalmers Technical University, Sweden. He also holds an “Ingénieur Civil” degree from the Free university of Brussels (1997). In 2001, he was visiting researcher at Stanford University, CA, USA.

Sylvia Lu

Head of Cellular Technology Strategy, u-blox, Board Member of 5G-ACIA

Sylvia Lu is an award-winning Chartered Engineer and a Non-Executive Director. Sylvia has 15+ years of experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations with chipset vendors and provides guidance on the impact of emerging technologies on products and strategy. As Head of Cellular Technology Strategy at u-blox, Sylvia leads the company’s efforts in cellular technology strategy, global standards, and industry alliances.

Sylvia serves on several national and global industry Boards: she is an elected board director of CW (Cambridge Wireless), and served on the Advisory Board of UK5G, which provides independent advice to the UK government and national 5G networks on future plans for 5G deployment. She serves on the Board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation), joins forces with global industry stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment in line with industrial imperatives to accelerate Industry 4.0.

She holds a first degree in Electronic Engineering from Birmingham University and a Master of Science degree in Communications, and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol. She graduated with a Distinction from the University of Oxford in PGDip Strategy & Innovation, and is completing an Executive MBA degree at the University of Cambridge.


Dr. Ismail

Director General of Resources Management and Equipment of Posts and Informatics, KOMINFO

Dr. Ismail has been entrusted to lead the Directorate General of Resource Management and Equipment of Post and Informatics, Ministry of Communication and Informatics, the Republic of Indonesia, for the last 6 (six) years. He is responsible for the development of telecommunication technology infrastructure in Indonesia. Dr. Ismail is dedicated to creating a dynamic and optimal spectrum management ecosystem that supports the development of innovative technology in Indonesia.

With 28 years of experience in ICT policy-making, he is actively involved in the government agencies’ technology deployment to support Indonesia’s potential in digital transformation, digital economy, and industry 4.0. Dr. Ismail is one of the initiators of the Palapa Ring Project, a mega project to bridge the geographical divide in digital services and provide high-speed internet across the country, focusing on some of the country’s most remote regions, particularly those in east Indonesia. He is also a vital initiator of the One Data Vaccination, a data-driven national vaccination program in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020.


Julian Gorman

Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA

Julian is the Head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA, leading a highly experienced cross-functional team to advance the impact, growth, and sustainability of digital economies by collaboration between the mobile industry, policymakers, and ecosystem. He is a global telecommunications executive with over 20 years of commercial and marketing experience across Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy and Digital Transformation. He has pioneered new digital partnerships and business units in mature and emerging markets across Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia with industry leaders including Vodafone, MTN and Ooredoo. As an advisor to management executive teams and Boards, he has extensive insight and relationships to support collaboration and delivery of industry alignment.

He has been recognized for his leadership in digital innovation, digital women, health and agriculture services with industry awards and grants.

Julian has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Law from Australia.

Terence Wong

Market Development Director, Head of APAC 5G Industry & IoT Community, APAC, GSMA

Terence serves as the Market Development Director at APAC Technology team in GSMA. The key focus is on 5G, IoT, eSIM. He establishes the APAC IoT partnership programme and the APAC 5G Industry Community that accelerates the 5G and IoT ecosystem development and innovation in the APAC region. The IoT partnership programme accumulates 60+ MNOs, 500+ innovators and ecosystem members in 20+ APAC countries, jointly drive the digital transformation in various sector including manufacturing, transportation, logistics & port, healthcare, smarty city, agriculture and environment protection etc.

Worked for IT/Telco industry for over twenty years, Terence has strong and broad experiences in telecom industries on infrastructure, product development and management, consultancy, sales and marketing. He has worked for multinational companies such as Fujitsu, Nokia, and served as the architect, consultant, product lead and pre-sales head of BSS/OSS in the Asia region.

Terence has Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Engineering) in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Master of Business Administration (Information Technology Management) in Hong Kong Polytechnics University, previously certified as Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).

Dr Gao Yujia

Vice Chairman, Holomedicine Association

Dr Gao Yujia is the Assistant Group Chief Technology Officer of the National University Health System, Dr Gao spearheads various projects including the development of Holomedicine, Mixed Reality devices, and applications for medical education and clinical medicine.

He is also the Vice Chairman, and Director of Science, Medicine and Technology of the Holomedicine Association, which is an international association aimed at bringing together expertise from around the world to advance the science of Mixed Reality and its application in clinical medicine.

He is also a Consultant at the Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, and Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery at National University Hospital.
Apart from his clinical work, Dr Gao is deeply involved in undergraduate medical education at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, serving as the Deputy Director, Undergraduate Medical Education and is responsible for the planning and execution of the surgical posting for final year medical students.

Yvonne LIM

Director, BizTech Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Yvonne actively brings businesses and technologies together by creating ecosystems of demand and supply that help companies develop new revenue streams, or benefit from accretive value.

As the Director, Business & Ecosystems for the BizTech Group in IMDA, she manages the technology portfolio across the 5G, Artificial Intelligence, and Trusted Technology domains. In this role, she assesses market readiness and gaps for the three technology domains and produces strategic interventions to build demand, drive adoption and bridge market gaps. She also plays a role in looking ahead at how emerging technologies such as Web 3.0 will catalyze growth in the near to mid-term lens.

Prior to her current role at IMDA, Yvonne was the APAC Innovation lead for a Fortune Global 500 consulting firm. She has a deep, abiding passion for helping companies articulate business value through technology, a function she continues to play today.

Dzuleira Abu Bakar

Chief Executive Officer, MRANTI

Dzuleira Abu Bakar is a seasoned personality in technology and venture capital.

She is the CEO of the Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology & Innovation (MRANTI), the national research commercialisation agency operationalised in January 2022 through the convergence of Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) and Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC).

As MRANTI’s first CEO, her focus is to fast track innovations to market, taking ideas to impact through the commercialisation of homegrown technology, in our push to make Malaysia a high-tech, high-income nation. The goal is to strengthen the innovation ecosystem to be better positioned to improve commercialisation rates, gross domestic expenditures on R&D (GERD), R&D spend by the private sector (BERD), and overlapping of roles between government agencies.

Dzuleira was the CEO of MaGIC and since helming the agency in 2019, she has strengthened the nation’s startup ecosystem agenda to the needs of Malaysians and the broader innovation agenda of the country. She ensured the agency hit the ground running under the new ministry as she guided it to play a lead Secretariat role in the massive RM100 million National Technology & Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) which launched 4 pilot site projects in under 6 months involving drone and robotics as well as advanced technology.

Dzuleira weaves these pieces of knowledge and experience to lead TPM in 2021, and its transformation into now, MRANTI.

Dzuleira is an influential voice in Malaysia’s innovation, start-up and entrepreneurship ecosystem. She is on the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Board of Directors. She was also the CEO of Cradle Seed Ventures (CSV), a growth stage venture capital fund, and a Council Member of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM). Dzuleira has also served in various roles across government agencies, GLCs, as well as the private sector such as Usaha Tegas, Malaysian Venture Capital Management Berhad, Khazanah Nasional; and, has held multiple roles in technology & innovation, venture capital & private equity, corporate finance, legal & governance, deal structuring and stakeholder management.