MWC23 Las Vegas On-Demand – 5G Futures Summit Session 2

Tuesday 26 Sep 2023 |

Powering the next wave of innovation with 5G-SA-Advanced

The second phase of the 3GPP 5G standardisation process is set to unleash a new era of innovations with the advent of 5G Advanced. This revolutionary advancement will empower operators to create a more conducive environment for the widespread adoption of 5G SA services. These services encompass an array of transformative features, including network slicing, edge computing, and the vast realm of massive IoT.

As these new capabilities are added to those enabled since 4G and 5G NSA, we need practical ways to tap into and monetize them. This session will test that notion with a few working examples shedding light on avenues for monetisation of the full array of capabilities in our modern networks from 4G to 5G NSA and the emerging new realm of 5G Advanced and its standalone capabilities.


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Patrick Castagnino

Connectivity Business Development for Digital Aviation, Airbus

Patrick CASTAGNINO has more than 20 years of connectivity experience working in the aviation industry with multiple roles (Engineering, customer support, Maintenance, Project & Program, Digital Transformation & Connectivity innovation…) . He is now Connectivity Business for Digital Aviation at Airbus with the role to develop the connectivity business for Airbus Commercial and global convergence for AIrbus group: 5G Connected Aircraft, Aircraft remote predictive maintenance and future seamless passenger connectivity, 5G IoT for Manufacturing, Internet-of-Things (IIoT), new technologies.

Dr. Neeraj Mittal

Senior Civil Servant, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India

Dr. Neeraj Mittal, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, is a senior Civil Servant of Government of India and belongs to the prestigious Indian Administrative Services. He is a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur, MBA from Cranfield University, UK and Ph.D from Ohio State University, USA in Management Information Systems.

He started his career as an IAS Officer in 1992. He has held various administrative positions in the fields of land and revenue management, mines and minerals, IT/Communications, e-governance. During his stint in Central deputation, he worked in the Department of Telecom, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. While working as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, he was instrumental in rolling out the Cash Transfer progam in Government of India’s flagship Scheme pertaining to the ‘Give It Up’ campaign of LPG cylinders. He has also served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of World Bank in Washington DC.

He held important positions as CEO of Tamil Nadu State Industrial Guidance and Export promotion Bureau, Additional Chief Secretary, Information Technology and Digital Service Department and MD & CEO, Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation.

He also has several publications to his credit.

Barbara Pareglio

Executive Director for Advanced Air Mobility and IoT Technical Director, GSMA

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. She has been part of the GSMA Internet of Things Programme since 2014, working on several aspects of the IoT such as the development of the Mobile IoT Technologies (LTE-M, NB-IoT), GSMA IoT Security Guidelines, GSMA Drone Interest Group and looking at a variety of emerging technologies, like machine learning/AI and edge computing, for helping the mobile industry to create trusted solutions for the IoT. Before joining the GSMA Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participates in and actively contributed to several standards.

The GSMA Internet of Things helps operators to fully realise the opportunity in the IoT, operators must deliver secure IoT networks as well as scalable value added data services for the world’s industry and machines beyond connectivity. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks as well as developing key enablers to support the growth of IoT.

Mikko Jarva

Head of Portfolio & Architecture, Network Monetization Platform, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia

Mikko heads portfolio and architecture for new Network Monetization Platform business unit in Nokia. The Network Monetization Platform business unit was set up to build offerings for global 5G and advanced network programmability and monetization, based on Nokia’s Network as Code vision, which Mikko was driving and incubating in his previous role. As a Head of Portfolio and Architecture, Mikko’s is responsible for defining long term portfolio vision and differentiating offering for Network Monetization Platform, and for driving the transformation on how mobile networks are used and monetized in enabling entirely new, ecosystem created next generation experiences and enterprise applications.

Previously in Nokia, Mikko led the Advanced Technology Group, a team of highly skilled and experienced technologists in advanced technology evaluations, rapid prototyping and first-time implementation and incubation of advanced solution prototypes and concepts. The Advanced Technology Groups’ successful incubations included Nokia SaaS delivery and operations vision leading to the foundation of Nokia SaaS, and Network as Code vision leading to the foundation of Network Monetization Platform.

Mikko has over 23 years of experience in telecommunications software and has worked even longer than that with data, analytics and AI software solutions. During his professional journey he has gained experience through a variety of roles, including in scientific research, product training, product marketing, technical sales and business development, and more recently as CTO of Intelligent Data in Comptel and Head of Product Strategy for Digital Intelligence in Nokia.

Shkumbin Hamiti

Head of Network Monetization Platform, Nokia

Shkumbin is a twenty-five-year Nokia veteran based in Espoo. His distinguished career with Nokia includes a successful track record of spearheading, leading, developing and influencing some of most significant developments within the mobile industry. Shkumbin has held key technology leadership positions in standardization, ecosystem development, devices, GTM partnerships, and business line management. He is named as inventor in 12 granted patents and is the author of several technical publications. He is currently heading Nokia’s Network Monetization Platform Business Unit helping industry to unleash the power of 5G networks.

Born in Prishtina, Kosovo, Shkumbin studied in Zagreb, Croatia and after a brief time in Bangkok, Thailand he moved to Finland where he has lived since 1996. Married with two teenage sons, he is passionate about aviation and enjoys playing chess.

Jurrie van den Breekel

VP, Strategic Partnerships, Spirent Communications

Jurrie is responsible for Spirent’s technology partner ecosystem in the strategy and corporate development team. In his over 20 years at Spirent in previous roles, Jurrie was VP of business development, product management, customer support, and strategic marketing across multiple Spirent business units and has worked in both the US and EMEA.

Jurrie has a passion for developing and driving industry collaborations and is also a founding board member and chairman of the NetSecOPEN nonprofit industry initiative on transparent network security effectiveness, validation, and certification.

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Barbara Pareglio, GSMA 

Watch Barbara Pareglio, Senior Technical Director for GSMA, as she provides the latest insights into the global impact of 5G, explores the implications of Non-Standalone (NSA) versus Standalone (SA) approaches, and offers forecasts for the independent deployment of 5G in the coming years.

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Shkumbin Hamiti, Nokia

Watch Shkumbin Hamiti, Head of Network Monetization Platform, Cloud and Network Services at Nokia during the “Powering the next wave of innovation with 5G-SA-Advanced” session in the 5G Futures Summit, where he delves into the topic of propelling the forthcoming innovation era with 5G Advanced. He will explore the pivotal factors, advantages, and the path to achieving this goal.

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Panel discussion with Airbus, Government of India, Nokia and Spirent Communications

Watch the 30-minute panel conversation with Barbara Pareglio leading the discussion, joined by cutting-edge organisations driving innovations in 5G technologies. The panel included: Patrick Castagnino, Connectivity Business Development for Digital Aviation, Airbus; Dr Neeraj Mittal, Secretary, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications, Government of India; Mikko Jarva, Head of Portfolio & Architecture, Network Monetization Platform, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia; and Jurrie van den Breekel, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Spirent Communications.

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