Andrus Ansip was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Single Market in November 2014. Before moving to Brussels, he was a member of both the Estonian and European Parliaments. This followed almost nine years in Tallinn spent as Estonia's longest-serving Prime Minister, when Ansip worked with both centre-right and centre-left parties to lead three different coalition governments. During his time as Prime Minister, he also acted as chairman of Estonia's liberal Reform Party.
Ansip first entered national politics in September 2004 when he became Minister of the Economy. Up to this point, his career was spent in Estonia's second largest city of Tartu where he was born in 1956.
Ansip was Mayor of Tartu for six years after working in banking and business. A chemistry graduate from the city's university, Andrus Ansip is married with three children.
2014-present: Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
2014: Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President for the ALDE group
2014: Member of the Estonian parliament
2005-14: Prime Minister of Estonia
2004-05: Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications
1998-2004: Mayor of Tartu
1994-95: Deputy Head of Tartu Department of North Estonian Bank
1993-94: Member of the Board of Directors, Rahvapank (People's Bank)
1983-86: Senior engineer, Institute of General and Molecular Pathology, Tartu State University
The "fifth generation" of telecommunications systems, or 5G, will be the most critical building block of our digital society in the next decade. Europe has taken significant steps to lead global developments towards this strategic technology.
The Public Private Partnership on 5G, established in 2013, is the EU flagship initiative to accelerate research developments in 5G technology. The European Commission has earmarked €700 million through the Horizon 2020 Programme to support this activity. EU industry is set to match this investment up to 5 times, to more than €3 billion euros.
EU investment in 5G research and standards is also an essential factor in reinforcing EU know-how and leadership in ultrafast broadband. This is not only necessary to support the traffic volume expected by 2020 but also to boost networks and internet architectures in emerging areas such as machine-to-machine communication and the Internet of Things.
The EU has just adopted a 5G-ready Telecom Code for networks and services to facilitate 5G deployments as of 2020, and Gigabit connectivity targets by 2025.
Europe will be able to successfully launch 5G connections thanks to increased spectrum coordination, giving everyone high speed mobile internet access, along with new services such as connected cars, remote health care, smart cities and video streaming on the move, across the continent.
The European Commission strongly supports wider cooperation to deploy 5G globally.
Steve Mollenkopf is chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. Mollenkopf began his Qualcomm career as an engineer and, for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors.
Mollenkopf oversaw Qualcomm’s investment in technologies that propelled smartphones into the mainstream. During his tenure as president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm became a leader in mobile technology, including computing, graphics and multimedia. The Company also extended its 3G and 4G modem leadership position.
Prior to his role as president and COO, Mollenkopf led the Company’s chipset business, overseeing the launch of 4G technology. He helped make Qualcomm the world’s largest mobile chipset supplier and a global leader in LTE technology. He guided QCT through the worldwide expansion of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology; the introduction of Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA) technology; the launch of 4G/LTE systems; and drove Qualcomm’s technology leadership position in smartphones.
He also spearheaded the Company’s largest acquisition, the $3.1 billion purchase of chipmaker Atheros. The deal helped expand Qualcomm’s business far beyond smartphones, and accelerated the adoption of Qualcomm’s technologies and platforms in new segments.
Mollenkopf is a published IEEE author and holds seven patents in areas such as power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitters, and wireless communication transceiver technology. Mollenkopf is chairman of the Technology CEO Council, a board member for the Semiconductor Industry Association, and a past chairman of the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Qualcomm technologies have powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people for over 30 years. Our technology is in virtually every smartphone in the world. We invented CDMA, pioneered 3G and 4G, and are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. We are revolutionizing industries, including mobile, automotive, computing, IoT, health care and data center, across the globe, and enable millions of devices to connect with each other in ways imagined never before.
We engage in R&D, developing advanced technologies and products, and make those technologies broadly accessible to the whole digital communications ecosystem, ultimately enabling applications and services that consumers depend on. This model – which is fundamental to the core mission, values and culture of Qualcomm -- has been applied since 1995, and ensures the market growth and continuous benefit to the customers.
Peter Karlstromer leads Cisco’s Global Service Provider sales organization for the EMEAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia) region. The Global Service Provider segment represents one of the largest and most dynamic markets for Cisco. As web, cloud, media and communications providers are undergoing an historic transition, Peter’s organization is working closely with customers to help them transform their businesses and re-architect their networks, enabling them to become more agile and innovative, and to achieve sustainable growth.
Previously Peter led the Cisco Northern Europe organization where he and his team helped businesses in some of the world’s most advanced IT economies stay at the forefront of technology and productivity. Before joining Cisco in 2012, Peter was a partner with McKinsey & Company for fifteen years, assisting technology, software and telecommunications organizations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Peter holds a Master of Science degree in telecommunications and computer engineering and a Master degree in finance and business administration from Lund University in Sweden. He is married with two children.
Cisco is the worldwide leader in IP networking transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.
Since its inception in 1984, Cisco has been at the forefront of multiple network innovations making the Internet work and helping society securely connect and avail of tomorrow's digital opportunity today. This tradition of IP innovation continues with the development of industry-leading products in the core technologies of routing and switching, along with integrated solutions that span network, data center, cloud, security technologies, collaboration and IoT. For over 30 years, Cisco has helped its customers build networks and automate, orchestrate, integrate, and digitize IT-based products and services. In an increasingly connected world, Cisco is assisting the transformations of businesses, governments, and cities worldwide.
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services is both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all forms and sizes.
At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Master of Business Administration (Sloan Fellow), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
· Senior Vice President Europe, Nokia 2015
· President, Greater China Region, Nokia Networks 2012-2015
· Head of Customer Operations, Greater China Region, Nokia Siemens Networks 2010-2012
· Global Head of Sales and Marketing, Radio Access Business Unit, Nokia Siemens Networks 2007-2009 Senior Vice President, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Siemens Mobile Networks 2005-2007
· Senior Vice President, Head of Global Customer Unit, Vodafone, Siemens Mobile Networks 2001-2005
Markus is currently Senior Vice President Europe at Nokia. In this role he leads all operations across Europe including sales, business management and delivery. Since 2016, Markus is also President of DIGITALEUROPE.
With more than 25 years of international experience in the telecommunications, IT and IT Services industries, Markus is a leader who is passionate about driving innovation, customer satisfaction, strategic breakthroughs and business turnarounds.
Prior to his current position, Markus served as President of Nokia Greater China. During this time, he managed to establish Nokia Networks as the leading non-Chinese LTE supplier.
Earlier positions include leading the worldwide sales and marketing activities of the Radio Access business unit in Nokia Siemens Networks from 2007 to 2009. As head of Strategy and Marketing in Siemens Mobile, he shaped the merger between the networks divisions of Nokia and Siemens from inception to completion.
Earlier in his career, Markus held various other leadership roles within Siemens in Europe as well as Singapore.
We create the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.
We adhere to the highest ethical business standards as we create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity. Nokia is enabling the infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things to transform the human experience.
Team up for coordinated actions to create a platform for the Baltic Sea region community, businesses and consumers for the development of a healthy 5G ecosystem to become a role model for building the European Gigabit Society.
Are you involved in Smart City, Smart Mobility, Smart Healthcare and Industry 4.0 development and business? 5G will disrupt your future!
5G Techritory is an exclusive 5G forum where senior level business leaders, innovators, telecoms and EU government executives meet to:
The critical role of 5G transforming industry and society - what positive changes can 5G deliver, why is it decisive and are citizens and businesses ready for these challenges? * Harmonized communication development in the world * Digital Single Market strategy for turning Europe into a Gigabit Society by 2025 and progress of the 5G Action Plan * Progress on a timely availability of the initial global 5G standards * The first progress of the implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code (being the only EU legislative initiative to deal with the new infrastructure required for the digital economy) into the national legislation of the EU Member States * The latest pilots and experiments in the run-up to 5G through a Public-Private-Partnership * Spectrum harmonization for supporting the development of a new 5G ecosystem and the deployment of highly advanced antenna systems * Lessons to be learnt from the first 5G network pre-commercial demonstrations, trials and pilots * The role of start-ups in fostering 5G development * How to make a real business from 5G vision * Latest EU and national policies towards 5G and smart mobility, smart city, smart healthcare and Industry 4.0 * Connected and autonomous vehicles: the latest solutions and challenges * Availability of funding instruments for advanced 5G network infrastructure and digital start-up actions * Policy, planning and investment decision making for the smart transportation infrastructure * 5G and security and privacy aspects * What does it take to build a smart city - a completely new challenge for municipalities? The latest experience in implementation of smart city strategies * Readiness for digital health revolution, how to fix it and 5G and health of society in the future * Transforming health data into value * Artificial Intelligence - disruptor of the healthcare industry * Ethical issues of the future of medicine.
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