Global 5G Alliances Summit @MWC Barcelona – powered by APAC 5G Industry Community

Global 5G Alliances Summit @MWC Barcelona – powered by APAC 5G Industry Community

Start: Thursday 29 February 2024 10:00

End: Thursday 29 February 2024 12:30

Venue: GSMA Knowledge Zone (Hall 8.1 CC8.17 & 8.16), Fira Gran Via

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Drive 5G development with Global Alliance partnership

According to GSMA Intelligence, 5G connections surpassed 1.5 billion at the end of 2023 – before reaching two billion by the end 2025. This momentum confirms 5G as the fastest generational roll-out, when compared to 3G and 4G. Growth will also come from key markets within APAC and LATAM, such as Brazil and India, which have recently launched 5G networks. China starts to deploy 3GPP Rel. 17 technologies including Redcap and drives 5G Advance.

The enterprise market will be the main driver of 5G revenue growth over the next decade. Edge computing and IoT technology presents further opportunities for 5G, with 12% of operators having already launched private wireless solutions – a figure that will grow with a wider range of expected IoT deployments in 2024.

The Global 5G Alliance Summit takes place in GSMA Knowledge Zone (Hall 8.1 CC8.17 & 8.16) alongside MWC Barcelona 2024 at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona on Thursday 29 Feb 2024 from 10:00am – 12:30am will bring together APAC 5G Industry Community contributors, global 5G leader, Alliances and Association to share

  • Overview of 5G development
  • Opportunities and trend for enterprises in 5G era
  • Championing the global industry adoption of private networks
  • Discussion on challenges, opportunities and joint work that can benefits ecosystem development and scaling
  • Networking

This summit is an invitation-only event. Please email to if you are interested to join.


09:30 - 10:00

Registration and Networking

10:00 - 10:15

Opening and Overview of 5G development in APAC
  • Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA
  • Terence Wong, Head of APAC 5G Industry & IoT Community, GSMA


10:15 - 10:30

Opportunities and trend for enterprises in 5G era
Christina Patsioura, Lead Analyst, IoT & Enterprise, GSMA Intelligence

10:30 - 10:45

Digital Transformation utilising Private and Public 5G: Key Challenges, key success element and GTI initiatives
Dr PS Tang, Steering Committee Member, GTI

10:45 - 11:00

Championing the global industry adoption of private networks
Alexander Kirchner, Alliance for Private Networks and Director Business Development, Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions, Nokia

11:00 - 11:15

Industry 4.0 revolution with 5G in India
Sandeep Sharma, VP and Global Head of portfolio 5G/RAN/ORAN, Tech Mahindra

11:15 - 12:00

Discussion on challenges, opportunities and joint work that can benefit ecosystem development and scaling
Moderator: Diogo Granate, Partner, Kearney



  • Luis Jorge Romero, Director General, ETSI
  • Takehiro Nakamura, Board member of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) and Chief Standardization Officer, NTT DOCOMO
  • Phupa Akavipat, Acting Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Advanced Info Services Plc. (Thailand MNO)
  • Kwok Wai Kiat, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management & Development, Telkomsel Enterprise (Indonesia MNO)
  • M Feizal M Ghazali, Custodian (Head Instrument & Control), Group Technical Solution/GTS, Petronas (Malaysia Oil & Gas enterprise)

12:00 - 12:30

Closing and Networking


Takehiro Nakamura

Board member of 5G-ACIA and Chief Standardization Officer, NTT DOCOMO

Mr. Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990.  He is now Chief Standardization Officer, NTT DOCOMO, Inc.

Mr. Nakamura has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He has been the Acting Chairman of Strategy & Planning Committee of 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan since October 2014.

Mr. Nakamura has also been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999, including as a contributor to 3GPP TSG-RAN as chairman from April 2009 to March 2013.

He is also very active in standardization of C-V2X/Connected Car in ARIB and ITS Info-communications Forum in Japan. He is now a leader of Cellular System Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum.

Phupa Akavipat

Acting Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Advanced Info Services Plc. (AIS)

Phupa Akavipat is Acting Chief Enterprise Business Officer at Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS), he is driving strategies and leading Enterprise commercial business P&L. Driving fundamental changes as such organization structure, capability & capacity, sales transformation, products & services expansion, and future ecosystem for business. Transforming business by collaborating with clients and technology partners through digital transformation in various corporate industries to accelerate business disruptive by leveraging latest innovations and 5G technology to foster Thailand’s digital economy. He joined AIS in July 2022 as Head of Enterprise Line of Business and Delivery Business Unit. Prior to this, he had been working with Microsoft for more than 24 years. He started his career at Microsoft as Support Engineer and had worked in various roles in different organizations. His last position was as CTO & Director – Customer Success Unit, a group of subject matter expert in designing, implementing, supporting solutions to help customers get real business value from their investment on Cloud technology. He also took the lead on Microsoft Azure Base Camp online channel, a video series and showed that focus on Microsoft Azure and Cloud development practices for Thai IT Pros and Thai Developers.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mahidol University.

Luis Romero

Director General, ETSI

MSc Telecoms Engineering and Executive MBA, fluent in Spanish (native) and English and able to communicate in French. 20+ years in the Telecommunications sector, 11+ years in diverse Director positions in both domestic and international environments. Proven experience in developing new businesses and organisations. Used to lead technology-based strategy and innovation initiatives. Strong business vision and focus. Motivated by new challenges. Experience in working as freelance. Now Director General of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Julian Gorman

Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA

Julian, Head of Asia Pacific at GSMA, drives collaborative efforts between the mobile industry, policymakers, and ecosystems to advance digital economies. With 20+ years of global experience in Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy, and Digital Transformation, he’s a pioneer in forging digital partnerships and units. His fervor lies in mobile tech as the cornerstone of economic resilience, sparking dialogues for sustainable, inclusive digital nations.

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).

Christina Patsioura

Lead Analyst for IoT and Enterprise, GSMA Intelligence

Christina is the Lead Analyst for IoT and Enterprise at GSMA Intelligence, GSMA. She produces focused market reports and studies on mobile networks and technologies (5G, IoT, AI, cloud and private networks) enabling the digital transformation of enterprises. In the past, Christina worked in IoT market research, analysis and technical/commercial due diligence with analyst houses in the UK and in Germany, and in open innovation and foresight for consumer electronics R&D in the UK. Christina holds a degree in mechanical engineering, with a specialisation in industrial engineering, from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and is an MBA candidate at Imperial College Business School.

Dr PS Tang

Steering Committee Member, GTI

Dr PS Tang had being serving as a Steering Committee member of GTI since 2012.

Dr PS Tang have contributed in the harmonising of the WiMAX 2.X standard to TD-LTE when he was the Founding Director of Packet One Network Malaysia.

Dr PS Tang have being promoting dedicated Private LTE after he became the Managing Director of  Arete M Pte Ltd to provide Mission Critical Communication with low and consistent latency for mobile robotic control and with toal isolation form the internet and public network.

Lately, Dr PS Tang have taken up the leadership role in pushing GTI to provide advisory services to assist operator members and vendors in using their successful reference deployments to promote to other countries to increase 5G monetisation.

Diogo Granate

Partner, Kearney

Diogo Granate is a Partner at Kearney in the Middle East and is part of the Communications, Media & Technology practice. For the past 20 years he has been advising leading mobile operators all over Asia on tackling its most critical challenges. He is passionate about technology and the rapid transformation of the telecom industry. Diogo holds an MBA from INSEAD in France/Singapore.

Alexander Wilhelm Kirchner

Director Business Development, Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions, Nokia

Alexander Wilhelm Kirchner, Director Business Development, Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions, Nokia.

With 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Alexander has developed deep expertise and insight into technologies that will be at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as 5G, digitalization, artificial intelligence (AI), private enterprise networks, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cloud computing.

Alexander loves pioneering with enterprise customers when developing business opportunities together that can make a difference and inspire others. Based in Munich, Germany, he heads the Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions Business Center, which drives business and market development, solution propositions and technical sales remote support.

M Feizal M Ghazali

Custodian (Head Instrument & Control), Group Technical Solution/GTS, Petronas (Malaysia Oil & Gas enterprise)

Sandeep Sharma

VP and Global Head of portfolio 5G/RAN/ORAN, Tech Mahindra

Sandeep Sharma is VP and Global Head of portfolio 5G/RAN/ORAN at Tech Mahindra and is part of Network Services Leadership Team. His set of responsibilities includes focusing on leading and creating solutions in 5G and ORAN domain.

He is a strong experienced leader with a successful track record in leading teams in Product Management, Network Planning and Pre-sales. Sandeep possess a strong reputation for the ability to incubate new and emerging technologies in blue, red and brown ocean markets.

In 20+ years of experience, Sandeep has established his credentials both in domestic market and Global markets. It helps in positioning the key initiatives in highly competitive markets, with a focus on building long term customers and business partner relationships through consultative approach. His area of interests includes technology evolution strategy around ORAN, 6G RAN and Quantum computing.

Sandeep holds an Engineering degree, and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, India

Wai Kiat Kwok

Vice President, Enterprise Product Management & Development, Telkomsel

An experienced Telco & ICT business leader with 27+ years’ experience in Product, Business Development, Client Management, Pre-sales, Engineering, and Sales Operations. Wai Kiat works in Telkomsel and holds the role of Vice President, Enterprise Product Management & Development. He is responsible for Enterprise Product P&L, Strategy, Portfolio Management, Development, and Partner Ecosystem to drive digitalisation for Indonesia businesses through Telkomsel Enterprise Mobility Connectivity, Platform and Services.

Prior to Telkomsel, Wai Kiat has been with Singtel for 12 years and with Hewlett Packard for 13 years. Wai Kiat holds a Bachelor & Master Degree in Engineering in NUS, participated and represented Singapore in the European Southeast Asian University Network exchange program in the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He obtained his MBA from Manchester Business School.