Joint Community Forum: Exploring how 5G is powering digital industries across APAC and Europe

Wednesday 23 Nov 2022 | 5G | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Manufacturing | Manufacturing Technology | Private & Dedicated Networks | Resources |

In this joint forum session, we bought together members of the GSMA APAC 5G Industry & IoT community, and the GSMA Digital Industries community, to exchange their experience of how 5G is powering digital transformation, the challenges, and successes, across APAC and Europe. The session was also support by 5G ACIA which include organisations of the OT and ICT industries that jointly strive to make sure that the particular interests of the industrial domain are adequately considered in 5G standardisation and regulation.

Industrial companies have been gradually progressing on digital transformation over the last few years with innovation in cloud, digital twins, IoT and AI driving new opportunities for cost saving, safety management, sustainability, and productivity.

Across the globe, ecosystem players are taking advantage of 5G private networks, which are a core enabler of these new technologies. We discussed with our speakers:

  • The status of the industrial sector and the view for the next 5 years
  • How MNOs are expanding their portfolios and support industry transformation
  • 5G network use cases in industrial enterprises
Our Speakers included:

Jo Gilbert

Technical Director & Digital Industries Lead, GSMA

Jo Gilbert is a Technical Director at the GSMA. She leads the GSMA Digital Industries activities which brings together mobile network operators, enterprises, and the wider ecosystem to connect the benefits of 5G in the industrial sector.  With a career spanning 20 years in the telecom sector, Jo has supported organisations to harness new and emerging technologies such as identity, IoT, big data, artificial intelligence and 5G.

Terence Wong

Market Development Director, APAC, GSMA

Terence serves as the Market Development Director at APAC Technology team in GSMA. He drives the GSMA IoT and Mobile Connect programmes in the APAC region.. The key focus is on IoT, bigdata, eSIM, security and Mobile Connect. He actively engages the operators, innovators, and ecosystem player in order to accelerate the rollout of the Mobile IoT leveraging cellular technology across various vertical such as Smart Agriculture, Smarty City Smart Building, Smart home, environment protection, logistics and asset tracking and other consumer market, etc. Recently, he works with 18 MNOs across 11 Asia Pacific countries to setup the APAC IoT Partnership programme that aims to accelerate the Mobile IoT ecosystem development in the APAC region.


Worked for IT/Telco industry over twenty years, Terence has strong and board experiences on telecom industries experiences 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).

Stephane Gervais

Executive VP Strategic Innovation & Smart Data, LaCroix

Jennifer Gill

Head of Cloud, Edge and Mobile Private Networks, Vodafone Business

Fadli Hamsani

General Manager, Industrial Internet of Things, Telkomsel

For more than 15 years I have been active in developing productivity and efficiency improvement programs in the manufacturing industry. At the previous company, since 2015 I was assigned as an engineering manager who implemented an automation system or the application of industry 3.0 in factory operations in Batam. At that time, the company benefited almost 39% from the increase in existing productivity. In 2018 I was given the responsibility to continue the journey of industrial transformation towards digital transformation, and in that year, I established a new department, namely the Digital Transformation department which is tasked with being the leader for mass digitalization changes, starting from the company, change management in the company, vertical side of integration and horizontal integration end to end in the supply chain in the company. In 2018 the company received recognition as the first national light house in Indonesia and in 2019 it received recognition as Advance manufacturing Industry 4.0 from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In 2019, I began to be actively involved with the activities of the Making Indonesia 4.0 program together with the ministry of industry. Starting from being involved in the INDI 4.0 evaluation program, developing the industry 4.0 curriculum, transformation manager training programs and mentoring small and medium industries or large industries in transforming to industry 4.0. Until now, I am still actively supporting the industry 4.0 transformation acceleration program and being one of the team of experts at the Indonesian Digital Industry Center (PIDI4.0) with the Ministry of Industry.

Since 2021, last August, I joined Telkomsel as General Manager of Industrial Internet of Things. At this time, I have a responsibility to help Industry in Indonesia transform digitally Together with the industry 4.0 ecosystem that we built on Telkomsel IoT.

Sander Rotmensen

Director Industrial Wireless Communication, Siemens AG

Sander Rotmensen is Director of Industrial Wireless Communication at Siemens AG in Nuremberg, Germany. His responsibility covers the product portfolio for Industrial 5G, Industrial Wireless LAN, industrial routers and the SINEMA Remote Connect management platform for remote access.

Sander started his career in Siemens Nederland N.V. in 2005. He worked as a Technical Consultant for industrial automation networks with a focus on Wireless LAN. In 2008 he moved to Germany and joined Siemens AG in Nuremberg where he became a Technical Consultant with focus on Industrial Wireless Communication. After that he worked as Product Manager for SCALANCE W, the Industrial Wireless LAN portfolio from Siemens. From 2014 to 2018 Sander joined Siemens Canada Ltd. His responsibility included Marketing and Product Management for the RUGGEDCOM network components that are used in harsh industrial environments like electric power and transportation networks.

Ulrich Rehfuess

Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia

Ulrich holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering of Technical University of Munich, Germany and one in Industrial Engineering of Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Of his 30+ years of professional experience in Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia, he spent 20+ years in R&D, business strategy, system architecture and product management of mobile radio network systems covering GSM, EDGE, UMTS, Flash OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and LTE Advanced. Since 2011, he is responsibile for spectrum policy at Nokia within the Strategy & Technology organisation. Ulrich heads the Ecosystem and Regulatory Framework working group of 5G-ACIA and is vice chair of the BITKOM spectrum working group in Germany as well as the DIGITALEUROPE spectrum working group in Brussels.

David Smith

Head of Ecosystems, Huawei SPO Lab

Huawei SPO Lab’s mission is to research how Telco’s will do business in 5+ years’ time looking at innovations in business models, processes and ecosystems.

David role Huawei SPO Lab’s is to lead in building industry ecosystem partnerships for digital innovation “go-to-market” solutions

David’s Bio

  • 30+ years in corporate innovation, international expansion, M&A, investment banking, and venture capital.
  • 11 years in Silicon Valley from 2006 to 2017 and now back in Dublin, Ireland
  • Has advised over 400 companies on expansion and innovation strategy, supported €200 m in sales, €125 m in funds raised and $400 m in M&A deals
  • Head of Ecosystem Research Huawei SPO Lab – Digital Transformation and New Digital Services
  • FirstCapital (Investment Bank), Managing Director, set up Silicon Valley and Dublin offices and led Corporate Development

Wanvisa Jantara

Head of Enterprise Account Sales Group, B2,, AIS