WWRF 40, May 2018 in Durban, Africa

Theme "5G and Broadband Connectivity for All"

WWRF, in collaboration with CSIR, one of the leading African research institutes, is organizing its 40th Forum meeting on “5G and Broadband connectivity for All”. The fifth generation (5G) mobile communications standard is expected to profoundly transform the ICT and telecommunications landscape globally. Research, requirement analysis and initial standardization work towards the 5th generation of cellular systems have now been under way for a few years.

However, voices are being raised that the use cases and contextual attributes that underpin the initial 5G research and standardization cater mostly to societies in developed economies. Questions then arise on the impact of the 5th Generation of wireless standards to improve broadband connectivity of underserved regions globally.


Meeting Presentations

Day 1, 31st of May

Plenary Session 1

WWRF Welcome
Dr Nigel Jefferies, Chair WWRF

CSIR Welcome
Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, CSIR

5G R&D Initiatives in Africa
Mr Wellington Ngwepe, CEO of ICASA presented by Paris Mashile

Broadband for All & 5G: Oxymoron or Complementary
Professor S. Maharaj (University of Pretoria) and Dr F. Mekuria (CSIR)

Plenary Session 2

European 5GPPP Initiative
Dr Hendrik Berndt, Vice Chair WWRF EMEA

5G System Simulator
Dr Lee HyeonWoo on behalf of Prof Youngnam Han, KAIST

5G Testbed, Internet for All, WOANS.

Digital Signal Processing & Artificial Intelligence in Telecoms?
Prof. Bheki Twala, University of South Africa

Affordable Broadband & Use cases in 5G
Z. Du Toit, CSIR

Working Group Sessions

Exploring the Factors That Affect Personal Information Disclosure on Social Media

Dr. Joseph Kwame Adjei, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana

Millenials in India and Russia 
Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Aalborg University, Denmark

5G & GDPR - Impact on Business Models
Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Aalborg University, Denmark

Security in 5G verticals
Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Aalborg University, Denmark


Spectrum Sharing for 5G & Broadband for All
Gcina Dludla, Luzango Mfupe, Fisseha Mekuria, University of Pretoria , South Africa

Dimantling Barriers to Hyperdense Network Deployments for 5G: Study Perspectives from Global5G.org Project
Edward Mutafungwa, Aalto University, Finland

Machine-Learning-Based Base Station Association for Resource Allocation in 5G Heterogeneous Networks
M.M. Sande, University of Pretoria , South Africa

New PHY/MAC techniques in the upcoming IEEE 802.11ay mmWave Wi-Fi standard
Alexander Maltsev, Intel, US

Recent work on Massive MIMO
Seshadri Mohan, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, US

ITRI's recent research work on Radio Communication Technologies for 5G and beyond
Ching-Tarng Hsieh, ITRI, Taiwan


Use of P4 for 5G network

5G K-Simulator & 5G Device Test bench
Prof. Lee HyeonWoo, DanKooK University, Prof. Han YoungNam KAIST


ITRI's ITU Eval Group vision/plans
Ching-Tarng Hsieh, ITRI, Taiwan

Update on the IMT-2020 standardization process
Sergio Buonomo, Study Group Department, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

DAY 2, 1st June

Plenary Special Session 3 - African Academia & Research Councils

5G: Shaping the Future of 4IR
Prof. Twala, University of South Africa


Generation Vehicular Communication: An Artificial Intelligence Approach
Sachin Sharma, Seshadri Mohan


5G security challenges and solutions
Marcus Wong, Huawei Technologies

WWRF40 Closing Session
Nigel Jefferies, Chair of WWRF