Newsletter 6 - July 2015

Welcome to the new WWRF Newsletter

Welcome to our new WWRF newsletter.  This issue focuses on events of the 34th meeting of WWRF which took place in Santa Clara, California, USA from 21st to 23rd April 2015.

WWRF in Silicon Valley

The meeting of WWRF in Silicon Valley brought together ideas, visions, plans and concrete virtualization-driven 5G initiatives with the goal to creating a more flexible, cost effective, and open wireless communications network. WWRF34 featured high-profile speakers from industry, standards bodies and academia, who presented both near-term and visionary approaches to realizing such an IT-enabled open network where all actors from users (including machines) to manufacturers to service providers will participate in in an economically viable manner.

Day 1

The first day of the WWRF34 event was dedicated to a focused theme of “Towards an Era of 5G with Cloud, SDN, Virtualization and Analytics” and included distinguished speakers from the vibrant Silicon Valley companies and universities and experts from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Speakers included among others, Directors, CEOs, CTOs of major companies in Silicon Valley such as Hewlett Packard, Intel, ASSIA Inc., Huawei, Nokia, Cisco, Ericsson. Moreover, there was presence of the European Commission, 4G Americas, GSMA and Japan’s ARIB.

Day 2

The second day of the WWRF34 event included distinguished speakers from Accenture, Orange Silicon Valley, Qualcomm and also academia representatives from Stanford Uni., KCL and University of California at Los Angeles. The day continued with invited talks and panel discussions from Movimento Group, Ruckus Networks, Aeris Communications, PLUMgrid and Broadcom. In addition to the plenary sessions, Working Group sessions took place as well for delving deeper into issues concerning “User Needs & Requirements in a Wireless World (WGA)”, “Services, devices and service architectures (WGB)”, “Communication architectures and technologies (WGC)”, “Radio Communication Technologies (WGD)”.

Day 3

The third and final day of the event tackled issues on next generation wireless research by Intel, National Instruments, Huawei. Moreover, working group sessions followed the 3rd day plenary session before the official closing of the event.

WWRF workshop at VTC 2015 spring on "5G Services and Applications"

WWRF organised a workshop by giving emphasis on 5G services and applications at the VTC 2015 Spring which took place in Glasgow, 11-14 May 2015.

Upcoming events

  • WWRF Workshop at EUCNC 2015, Paris, France, 29 June-2 July, 2015

Theme: “A Business and Enterprise Perspective on the Upcoming 5G Era”. Join us to this special workshop which features invited speakers from the European Commission, industry and academia as well as a panel session.

Theme: “Delivering a Sustainable 5G Ecosystems”. Join us to the second edition of the very successful 5G Huddle event. The first event took place in London, UK, Sept. 2014 and attracted distinguished speakers and policy makers from leading ICT companies and academia as well as government officials.

  • WWRF35, Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-16 October, 2015

The 35th meeting of WWRF will be kindly hosted by the University of Aalborg in Copenhagen, Denmark, right after the 5G Huddle 2015.

Keeping in Touch

Don’t forget that you can keep in touch with us, and contribute to discussions and activities, through social media. WWRF tweets at @WWRF, and you can join our group ‘Wireless World Research Forum’ on LinkedIn. In addition, check our website at www.wwrf.ch and subscribe to our working group mailing lists.

This issue’s editor

Prof. Panagiotis Demestichas, Univ. of Piraeus, WWRF-WGC Chair

Andreas Georgakopoulos, Univ. of Piraeus, WWRF-WGC

Newsletter 5 - February 2015

Introduction

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2015, that will keep you up to date on what’s going on at WWRF, and in the wider world of mobile and wireless communications. In 2015, 5G discussions are to be increasingly realized into actions. WWRF will continue its work in catalysing this development by networking people and organization in various fields of the future solutions.  In this issue, you can read about the latest WWRF events, published white papers and plans for our activities for this year. Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who may be interested.

Workshop on Applications and Services beyond 2020 

WWRF arranged a workshop as a part of 48th Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences on 5th of January 2015. This workshop was focused on the human and service aspects of 5G development and, as such, continued the 5G efforts of WWRF. See http://wwrf.ch/event-reader/wwrf-workshop-at-hicss-48-wireless-applications-and-services-beyond-2020.html for more details on the programme.

White Papers published and in process

On our website you will find a new white paper in the WWRF Outlook series. This white paper presents a common vision on small cell enhancement by dual connectivity.

http://wwrf.ch/outlook.html

In addition to the published white papers, the working groups are working actively on the following topics for our next meeting:

WGA: Millenial Users in 5G concept

WGA: Privacy aware users and entities in 5G context

WGB: Future Mobile Ecosystem

WGB: M2M - The changing user in 5G concept

WGC: LTE-based Unlicensed Carrier Offloading

WGD: 5G Vision, Enablers and Challenges for the Wireless Future

Contact the working group chairs for interest and contributions (http://wwrf.ch/workinggroups.html)

Upcoming WWRF events

WWRF34 – Santa Clara, USA, 21-23 April, 2015

Our spring meeting will be hosted by Hewlett-Packard at Santa Clara, California, USA  (www.wwrf34.ch)

WWRF workshop at VTC 2015 spring on "5G Services and Applications"

WWRF is organising a workshop on 5G service and application emphasis at the VTC 2015 Spring, in May 2015 http://wwrf-vtc2015.ch/  or (http://www.ieeevtc.org/vtc2015spring/ )

5GHuddle II and WWRF35 – Copenhagen, Denmark, 12-16 October, 2015

WWRF will continue the active work in the 5G areas by arranging the second 5G Huddle together with the WWRF 36 meeting in Copenhagen.

Collaboration with our partners

WWRF is working with its partners to develop 5G concepts and take them to the next stage. In March, we are sponsoring the NGMN Industry Conference and Exhibition in Frankfurt http://ice2015.ngmn.org/home.html) on the 24th-25th  as well as the IET 5G Radio Technology Seminar (http://conferences.theiet.org/5g/) in London on the 17th. Each will feature a WWRF speaker talking about the output of our 5G activities.

Keeping in Touch

Don’t forget that you can keep in touch with us, and contribute to discussions and activities, through social media. WWRF tweets at @WWRF, and you can join our group ‘Wireless World Research Forum’ on LinkedIn or open WWRF group in Facebook. In addition, check our website at www.wwrf.ch and subscribe to our working group mailing lists.

This month’s editor

Prof Jari Porras

WGB Chair, WWRF

Newsletter 4 - December 2014

Introduction

Welcome to our fourth WWRF newsletter.  As we come to the end of 2014, it’s a good time to look back at what has happened this year, and tell you about our plans for 2015. Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who may be interested.

Highlights of 2014

This year we held two successful meetings. The first of these was our first venture into Africa, as WWRF32 was held in Marrakesh, Morocco (http://www.wwrf32.ch/plenary-presentations-wwrf32.html), and for the second we were hosted by the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey (http://www.wwrf33.ch/plenary-presentations-wwrf33.html). Both meetings featured many presentations and discussions on the vision and requirements for 5G, and 2014 was really the year where consensus about the nature of 5G really happened. For WWRF, the highlight was the 5G Huddle in London in September (www.5ghuddle.ch ), where there was a real sense that regulators, politicians, manufacturers, network operators and others with a stake in 5G had come together. We appointed two new Fellows (Dr Valenzuela from Alcatel-Lucent and Prof. Prasad from Aalborg University) and published four white papers, covering topics such as cybersecurity, smart cities, social networking and the user of the future.

Upcoming events

WWRF34, Santa Clara, USA, 21-23 April 2015

WWRF will returning to the United States of America for its 34th meeting (www.wwrf34.ch) , which will be at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, California.  The Call for Papers is open, and abstracts are required by 1st February 2015.

WWRF35, Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-16 October 2015

We are being hosted by the University of Aalborg, further details will be available soon (including details of the second 5G Huddle).

WWRF workshop at HICSS-48 on "Wireless Applications and Services beyond 2020"

WWRF is organising a workshop on Wireless Applications and Services at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, in January 2015

WWRF workshop at VTC2015-Spring on “5G Services and Applications”

WWRF is organising a workshop on 5G Services and Applications as part of the 5G theme of IEEE VTC2015-Spring, which will be held in Glasgow, UK, 11-14 May 2015.

Open Calls

In addition to the call for papers for WWRF34 mentioned above, we are also inviting members to:

  • Nominate candidates for WWRF Fellows (http://www.wwrf.ch/fellows.html)
  • Host our 37th meeting in September/October 2016 (autumn meetings are usually in Europe)

Keeping in Touch

Don’t forget that you can keep in touch with us, and contribute to discussions and activities, through social media. WWRF tweets at @WWRF, and you can join our group ‘Wireless World Research Forum’ on LinkedIn, or our group ‘WWRF’ on Facebook. In addition, check our website at www.wwrf.ch and subscribe to our working group mailing lists.

It just remains for me to thank you for your contribution to WWRF in 2014, and to wish you and your families all the best for the Christmas and New Year season, and to a prosperous 2015.

This month’s editor

Dr Nigel Jefferies

WWRF Chairman

Newsletter 3 - October 2014

Introduction
Welcome to our third WWRF newsletter.  This issue focusses on events of the ‘5G week’ organised by WWRF last week in London, UK, with the 5G Huddle followed by the 33rd WWRF meeting in nearby Guildford. Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who may be interested.

5G Huddle
In collaboration with techUK, WWRF organised a two day ‘huddle’ in London just prior to WWRF33.  The event brought together leading thinkers from industry, academia, standards and the regulators to consider technological and policy issues relating to 5G.  The well-attended event heard varying views from America, Europe and Asia of 5G – or, given its diversity, the ‘5G Era’ as Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies of China Mobile, preferred to put it. The event was also addressed by Ed Vaizey, the UK’s digital economy minister. As well as keynote presentations, the Huddle featured a number of panel discussions, giving opportunities for the different views to be debated.  While discussion tended to focus on the various technological challenges, there were also sessions on regulatory, standards and business aspects.  For more details, and to see vox pop videos of delegates answering ‘what is 5G?’, visit http://www.5ghuddle.ch


WWRF Chair Nigel Jefferies listens to the debate


Industry & Academia: Werner Mohr, Chair of 5GPPP speaks on a panel with Mischa Dohler, Kings College, on the left

WWRF34 Guildford
The theme of the latest WWRF meeting, held following the 5G Huddle at the University of Surrey in Guildford outside London, was ‘5G Beyond the Headlines’. The University of Surrey is host to the new 5G Innovation Centre. As well as the more regular technology talks, the meeting considered regulatory and standardisation activities, and wider issues, with talks on wearables and ‘materiality’. The meeting also hosted a workshop with the Korean 5G Forum, with presentations from Prof. Youngnam Ham, Chair of the Korea 5G Forum and his colleagues on 5G research in Korea.  Further details and access to presentations for members can be found at www.wwrf33.ch

New Fellow
Professor David Falconer was formally welcomed as a new WWRF fellow at WWRF34 in Guildford. In fact, Professor Falconer was recognised along with Dr Robert Simmonds at WWRF32 in his native Canada last October, but had been unable to attend the meeting.  It was good to see him in fine health in Guildford, where he gave a very interesting presentation on ‘Broadband to the last 5%’, the challenges of providing coverage to remote areas.  For Canada, ‘remote’ means places like Kasabonika Lake First Nation, population 918, about 450km from anywhere with no road access except over frozen lakes in winter, but the talk also covered initiatives in India and Australia.  Professor Falconer highlighted what would be required from, amongst others, WWRF, to ensure these communities are not left behind.

Three New White Papers
Three new white papers have been published as part of the WWRF Outlook series from Working Groups A and B, focusing on user and service aspects.  All three are available for download from the WWRF web site.

Outlook No 12 (July 2014), Smart Cities and the Ageing Population, by Knud Erik Skouby (WGA Chair), Anri Kivimäki, Lotta Haukipuro, Per Lynggaard and Iwona Windekilde considers the opportunities smart homes and smart cities give in terms of assisted living.
Outlook No 13 (August 2014), A User Perspective on Social Networking Sites, by Lene Sørensen, Jari Porras, Arash Hajikhani and Aawatif Hayar reviews different types of social media sites, and provides a rich source of references for those wishing to delve deeper into the area.
Finally, Outlook No 14 (September 2014), User 2020 – A WWRF Vision edited by WGB Chair Jari Porras and others from WGB and WGA looks at current users and trends in order to draw conclusions about the user environment in 2020.

Upcoming events
Save the Date: WWRF34, California, USA, 21-23 April 2015
WWRF will returning to the United States of America for its 34th meeting, which will be hosted by HP in California.  Full details will be available shortly.

1st International Conference on 5G for Ubiquitous Connectivity, November 26–28, 2014 Levi, Finland
WWRF is a technical sponsor of the 1st International Conference on 5G for Ubiquitous Connectivity to be held in November in Finland.

WWRF workshop at HICSS-48 on "Wireless Applications and Services beyond 2020"
WWRF is organising a workshop on Wireless Applications and Services at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, in January 2015

WWRF workshop at VTC2015-Spring on “5G Services and Applications”
WWRF is organising a workshop on 5G Services and Applications as part of the 5G theme of IEEE VTC2015-Spring, which will be held in Glasgow, UK, 11-14 May 2015.

Keeping in Touch
Don’t forget that you can keep in touch with us, and contribute to discussions and activities, through social media. WWRF tweets at @WWRF, and you can join our group ‘Wireless World Research Forum’ on LinkedIn. In addition, check our website at www.wwrf.ch and subscribe to our working group mailing lists.

This month’s editor:
Dr James Irvine
WGA Vice-Chair, WWRF

 

 

 

Newsletter 2 - August 2014

Introduction

Welcome to our second newsletter in a new series that will keep you up to date on what’s going on at WWRF, and in the wider world of mobile and wireless communications. This is a very exciting for our industry, as 5G discussions gets ever more lively, and WWRF is playing an important role in engaging various stakeholders in this debate through a series of events and workshops. In this issue, you can read about the recent WWRF meeting in Marrakech and plans for our activities for the rest of this year. Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who may be interested.

WWRF32 Marrakech

Last week we met in Marrakech for our 32nd meeting. It was good to see a lot of local participants, and we enjoyed special sessions on mobile telecommunications in Morocco and in the Middle East region. Copies of our latest book ‘The African Mobile Story’  were distributed to members. See www.wwrf32.ch for more details. In addition we signed MoUs to collaborate further with two bodies, the CTO (Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization) and GISFI (the Indian standards organisation).

New Fellows

At the Morocco meeting, we had an impressive pair of new Fellows in Prof. Ramjee Prasad of Aalborg University and Dr Reinaldo Valenzuela of Alcatel-Lucent. Details of all our Fellows can be found at http://www.wwrf.ch/fellows.html, and it’s worth noting that there is a call out for nominations for new Fellows.

5G around the world

As well as the WWRF workshops on 5G that we’ve been running since last year, other 5G activities are now coming to the fore. Last April WWRF ran a workshop on 5G at the IEEE WCNC conference in Istanbul. More recently, we ranrunning a workshop at the EuCNC conference in Bologna, Italy, with the theme of ‘A Global Perspective on the Challenges and Emerging Technologies for Shaping the 5G Era’ (http://www.eucnc.eu/?q=node/112).

New White Papers

On our website are three new white papers in the WWRF Outlook series:

the first looks at multi-technology radio access networks

http://www.wwrf.ch/files/wwrf/content/files/publications/outlook/Outlook9.pdf,

the second takes a look at how user interfaces are evolving

http://www.wwrf.ch/files/wwrf/content/files/publications/outlook/WWRF_outlook_10.pdf, while the third addresses a number of important topics in cybersecurity 

http://www.wwrf.ch/files/wwrf/content/files/publications/outlook/Outlook11.pdf

Upcoming events

WWRF 5G Huddle, London, 22-23 September 2014

WWRF will be hosting a major 5G event, the ‘5G Huddle’,  in London on 22-23rd September. It’s being organized by Forum Europe, and techUK are also supporting it. Registration is already open, and it promises to be an exciting and important event, kicking off our ‘5G week’ in the UK. See www.5ghuddle.ch to get the latest and register.

WWRF33 – Guildford, UK, 24-26 September 2014

Our autumn meeting will be hosted by the newly established 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey (www.wwrf33.ch)

1st International Conference on 5G for Ubiquitous Connectivity, November 26–28, 2014 Levi, Finland

 WWRF is a technical sponsor of the 1st International Conference on 5G for Ubiquitous Connectivity to be held in November in Finland

(http://5guconference.org/2014/show/home)

WWRF workshop at HICSS-48 on "Wireless Applications and Services beyond 2020"

WWRF is organising a workshop on Wireless Applications and Services at the HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEM SCIENCES, in January 2015 (http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/)

Keeping in Touch

Don’t forget that you can keep in touch with us, and contribute to discussions and activities, through social media. WWRF tweets at @WWRF, and you can join our group ‘Wireless World Research Forum’ on LinkedIn. In addition, check our website at www.wwrf.ch and subscribe to our working group mailing lists.

This month’s editor:

Prof Angeliki Alexiou
WGD Chair, WWRF

 

Newsletter 1 - May 2014

Introduction

Welcome to our first newsletter in a new series that will keep you up to date on what’s going on at WWRF, and in the wider world of mobile and wireless communications. This is a very exciting and important time for our industry, as the shape and direction of next-generation research becomes clearer, and WWRF is playing an important role in bringing all this together. In this issue, you can read about the recent WWRF meetings in Vancouver and Marrakech and plans for our activities for the rest of this year. Please pass this newsletter on to anyone who may be interested.

WWRF32 Marrakech

Last week we met in Marrakech for our 32nd meeting. It was good to see a lot of local participants, and we enjoyed special sessions on mobile telecommunications in Morocco and in the Middle East region. Copies of our latest book ‘The African Mobile Story’  were distributed to members. See www.wwrf32.ch for more details. In addition we signed MoUs to collaborate further with two bodies, the CTO (Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization) and GISFI (the Indian standards organisation).

WWRF31 Vancouver

The University of British Columbia hosted a very successful WWRF meeting at their downtown campus in Vancouverlast October. The theme of the meeting was and we had a number of excellent speakers. Don’t forget that presentations from both meetings are available on the members’ area of the website http://www.wwrf.ch/presentations-from-wwrf-meetings.html (together with presentations from WWRF29 and WWRF30 which are not yet available publicly).The IEEE were also in town with their SmartGridComm conference, and we held a very well received joint workshop with them on communications for smart grids.

New Fellows

In Vancouver, we presented our new Fellow, Bob Simmonds, who was the Founder and Chairman of Clearnet Communications which pioneered 800 MHz SMR service in Canada, and launched two state-of-the-art digital wireless networks: a national ESMR network in 1996 and Canada’s first national CDMA PCS network in 1997.

 At the Moroccomeeting, we had an impressive pair of new Fellows in Prof. Ramjee Prasad of Aalborg University and Dr Reinaldo Valenzuela of Alcatel-Lucent. Details of all our Fellows can be found at http://www.wwrf.ch/fellows.html, and it’s worth noting that there is a call out for nominations for new Fellows.

5G around the world

As well as the WWRF workshops on 5G that we’ve been running since last year, other 5G activities are now coming to the fore. I presented WWRF’s vision of 5G at the ETSI Future Mobile Summit in Cannes (see http://www.etsi.org/news-events/news/724-2013-11-5g-mobile-system-requirements-discussed-at-etsi-future-mobile-summit  for the presentations) and on the same day the US industry association TIA held a 5G workshop at their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.More recently we ran a workshop on 5G at the IEEE WCNC conference in Istanbul.

New White Papers

On our website are three new white papers in the WWRF Outlook series: the first looks at multi-technology radio access networks http://www.wwrf.ch/files/wwrf/content/files/publications/outlook/Outlook9.pdf, the second takes a look at how user interfaces are evolving http://www.wwrf.ch/files/wwrf/content/files/publications/outlook/WWRF_outlook_10.pdf, while the third addresses a number of important topics in cybersecurityhttp://www.wwrf.ch/files/wwrf/content/files/publications/outlook/WWRF_outlook_11.pdf

Upcoming events

WWRF 5G Huddle, London, 22-23 September 2014

WWRF will be hosting a major 5G event, the ‘5G Huddle’,  in London on 22-23rd September. It’s being organized by Forum Europe, and techUK are also supporting it. Registration is already open, and it promises to be an exciting and important event, kicking off our ‘5G week’ in the UK. See www.5ghuddle.ch to get the latest and register.

WWRF33 – Guildford, UK, 24-26 September 2014

Our autumn meeting will be hosted by the newly established 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey (www.wwrf33.ch)

EuCNC workshop, Bologna, Italy, 23 June 2014

WWRF is running a workshop at the EuCNC conference with the theme of ‘A Global Perspective on the Challenges and Emerging Technologies for Shaping the 5G Era’.

Keeping in Touch

Don’t forget that you can keep in touch with us, and contribute to discussions and activities, through social media. WWRF tweets at @WWRF, and you can join our group ‘Wireless World Research Forum’ on LinkedIn. In addition, check our website at www.wwrf.ch and subscribe to our working group mailing lists.

This month’s editor:

Dr Nigel Jefferies

WWRF Chairman