‘IEEE 5G Summit’ Kolkata to focus at ‘Digital India’ and ‘Possibilities for Connecting the Unconnected in 5G Rollout’

India —
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced an upcoming IEEE 5G Summit, 17-18 March 2017 in Kolkata, India.

Through IEEE 5G Summits and other activities, the IEEE 5G Initiative is working to connect the unconnected and drive innovation through next-generation wireless network technology that is expected to significantly increase data speeds, produce ultra-low latency times, support the connection of many more devices, and increase energy efficiency of network elements.

The IEEE 5G Summit at Kolkata’s Hotel SENSES, Sector V, Salt Lake, will bring together experts from industry, academia, and government providing a meeting ground for the confluence and exchange of ideas. Themed “Digital India,” the Summit will help illuminate challenges and opportunities presented by 5G with an emphasis on the Indian context, as ensured by Kolkata Summit general chair Iti Saha Misra, also chairperson, IEEE Communications Society Kolkata Chapter, and professor, electronics and telecommunication engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The program includes keynote addresses, invited talks, and research forum presentations. At the Summit IEEE 5G Initiative co-chair, IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, and lead member, technical staff at AT&T Ashutosh Dutta will speak on the IEEE 5G Initiative; he will go on to give his Distinguished Lecture series talk, Security Challenges and Opportunities in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks in several Indian cities in March.

“A one-size-fits-all solution will not achieve the goal of connecting the nearly half of the world’s population who remain without broadband internet,” said Gerhard Fettweis, co-chair, IEEE 5G Initiative, senior research scientist, International Computer Science Institute, and Vodafone chair professor, TU Dresden. “It will take nuanced understanding of market-by-market particularities and creative solutions appropriate for the local requirements. The IEEE 5G Summits take the global conversation to local markets and tap the knowledge of local expertise.”

“In India and other regions with an unconnected population, the ‘Frugal 5G’ concept is an economical, efficient way to quickly connect the unconnected by cost-effectively rolling out a version of 5G via IP-based network architecture leveraging dynamic spectrum management,” said Abhay Karandikar, member, IEEE, and Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor, IIT Bombay at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. “Frugal 5G will help mobilize the next generation of telecommunications in an effective, interoperable, and standardized way that enables greater innovation.”

“The potential benefit to humanity of 5G could be historic,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE Standards Association. “In some regions of the world, there might be opportunities to leapfrog 3G or 4G technology generations and help unconnected communities realize the revolutionary benefits of an inclusive 5G sooner than later. The IEEE 5G Initiative is crucial in this work in that it is positioned to marshal professionals worldwide from industry, government, and academia in the work of solving the challenges associated with 5G and establishing the foundation for its global introduction.”

IEEE 5G Summits have been held in many regions of the world. The Kolkata Summit will allow students, researchers, and technology developers to become more aware of the research activities initiated worldwide through IEEE for the development of 5G mobile technologies. Jointly organizing the Kolkata event are the IEEE Communications Society Kolkata Chapter, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Kolkata Chapter, and Global ICT Standardization Forum for India.

The IEEE 5G Initiative works to advance 5G, which stands to serve as the cornerstone of future wireless networks. From its road-mapping work, to education and standardization efforts, IEEE 5G offers a number of critical efforts with which to connect.