Speakers not to miss at 5G Techritory 2022

October 20, 2022

Europe’s leading 5G-centered event returns in 2022! This year, celebrating its 5th anniversary, 5G Techritory will take place on November 29-30 in Riga, Latvia, and online, adopting the award-winning phygital format once again. Save your seat – registration is already open.

We are excited that this November, 300 of the 5G industry’s leading minds and voices will have the exclusive possibility to meet and attend the event in person in Riga. It’s been too long since we’ve had a 5G celebration in the flesh!

This year’s overarching theme is Future Life. Over two days, 110 speakers will explore the practicalities of enabling a 5G-powered future and imagine the form that future networks, technologies, and services will take. 

While we all count the days until the 5th 5G Techritory goes live, here’s a list of six must-hear speakers in this year’s event lineup.

Mr. Colin Willcock

Colin Willcock is the Chairman of the Governing Board at 6G IA with detailed knowledge and experience in telecommunications, having worked with many major industry players for over 28 years. 

Mr. Willcock has extensively participated in standardization activities at ETSI, ITU-T, and 3GPP. He has also been active in the European research ecosystem, leading several award-winning projects. 

“The 6G-IA is driving the development of 6G in Europe with the creation of the Smart Networks and Services partnership together with the European Commission. […] One of the association’s key goals is to ensure a single global 6G standard,” Mr. Willcock says

Hear Mr. Willcock’s unique 6G-related expertise in a panel discussion, 6G Networks: Myths truths and way forward, on November 29, 14:30 – 15:10 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage. He’ll also be moderating the panel, The path to digitalization: EU international strategy, on November 29, 10:40-11:20 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage, and will participate in the Research and industry cooperation for future 6G technology discussion on November 30, 10:35 – 11:15 (EET), Innovation & Technology stage.

Mr. Ingmārs Pūķis

Ingmārs Pūķis has been the Marketing and Business Development Vice President and Member of the Management Board of LMT since 2009. He has two decades of experience in telecommunications, marketing, and business development. Ingmārs is also a member of the Latvian Internet Association and the State Administration Policy Development Council.

“LMT has been with 5G Techritory since day one, and it’s our greatest joy that we’re celebrating the 5th anniversary of this initiative in 2022. Seeing 5G Techritory grow into Europe’s leading 5G ecosystem event that gathers industry leaders and policymakers, boosting the growth of 5G in Europe, is the biggest reward for LMT’s continual support. The platform’s development in Riga is a reflection of the innovations in telecommunications that can be found here – particularly in drone, defence, mobility, and communications technologies. I’m truly looking forward to this year’s event, especially due to the partial return to an in-person Techritory,” says Mr. Pūķis.

Hear Mr. Pūķis live in the panel discussion Secure Data Transfer – Powered by LVRTC on November 29, 16:30 – 17:10 (EET), Innovation & Technology stage, and 5G in Defence on November 30, 11:10 – 11:50 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage.

Ms. Sylvia Lu

Sylvia Lu is a Head of Technology Strategy at u-blox, a Board Advisory at UK5G, and 5G-ACIA’s Board Member. Ms. Lu has been recognized as one of the most influential women in UK tech and named one of the most influential 5G experts and voices. 

With 10+ years of experience in the telecom industry and being a multi-award-winning chartered engineer, a non-executive director, advisor, and an ambassador, Sylvia Lu is undoubtedly a must-hear speaker at this year’s 5G Techritory. 

Hear Ms. Lu on November 29, 11:40 – 12:20 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage, as she will host the Metaverse panel discussion.

Mr. Slawomir Pietrzyk

Slawomir Pietrzyk is the CEO and Founder of IS-Wireless, a company developing and delivering 5G mobile networks in the Open RAN model. Slawomir is an expert in wireless technologies and the author of the first book on OFDMA, “OFDMA for Broadband Wireless Access”, published in 2006.

Mr. Pietrzyk expects the “future of wireless connectivity to be based on shared wireless infrastructure”, adding that “the hardware platforms won’t necessarily have been developed for communications purposes initially.”

Tune in to 5G Techritory on November 30, 15:40 – 16:20 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage, and hear Mr. Slawomir Pietrzyk discussing the OpenRAN ecosystem.

Ms. Anne Stephan

Ms. Stephan was appointed Vice President of Critical Infrastructure & Networks at Rohde & Schwarz in 2020. Before that, she contributed significantly to the company’s success as Vice President of Market Segment Wireless Communications and Senior Director of R&D, leading international development teams for Mobile Radio Communication Testers. 

“The importance of 5G for me personally is the change, and […] it’s really important what matters to the user. […] We have to adapt to and also implement different criteria into our testing and measurement equipment. And we need to think also about what innovative test methods we can bring in to handle all of the data that we are collecting,” says Anne Stephan.

Hear Ms. Stephan give her keynote speech, Mastering the challenges of critical infrastructure, on November 29, 12:20-12:35 (EET), Innovation & Technology stage, and participate in the Mission critical panel on November 30, 12:10 – 12:50 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage.

Mr. Benjamin Sokolowski

Benjamin Sokolowski is Qualcomm’s Vice-President of Government Affairs EMEA and the Managing Director for Germany and Austria. He oversees the company’s government relations in Germany and Austria and supports its growth in the digital transformation of new industries such as automotive and industrial IoT.

Mr. Sokolowski comments on joining the 5G Techritory speaker lineup in 2022:

“Qualcomm’s technology roadmap leads to intelligently connected solutions that drive digital transformation. I look forward to discussing how a global and geo-diversified semiconductor supply chain, the next generation of spatial computing, and strong partnerships will help us achieve the 2030 Digital Decade targets together”.

Hear Mr. Sokolowski live in the Metaverse panel discussion on November 29, 11:40-12:20 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage, and the discussion of Regional strategies for semiconductors on November 30, 14:10 – 14:30 (EET), Innovation & Technology stage.

Mr. Konstantinos Masselos

Konstantinos Masselos is the President of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT) and has also been elected as President of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) for 2023 and the Vice-President for 2022 and 2024. Mr. Masselos is also a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Peloponnese and served as the Rector of the University from 2012-2017.

Prof. Masselos points out that “5G needs to be more than just speeding up downloads or quadrupling the resolution of mobile videos we are streaming. It needs to have a socio-economic impact in order to be financially sustainable. It also needs to contribute to significantly improving the network’s efficiency by advancing network continuity, lowering latency, and reducing power consumption. A prerequisite to meet these goals is to exploit the novel capabilities 5G brings in network design, abandoning the traditional radio deployment architectures of 3G and 4G networks of the past. The focus needs to shift to mm-wave enabled Microcells and Picocells that will be deployed densely with residential areas and will enable operating very low power RANs.” 

Looking at the future, as regards the implementation of 6G networks, he stresses that “5G experiences will play, without a doubt, a key role in our wireless 6G future. The challenges that we will need to address include, but will not be limited to, work on standards, interoperability, new business models, spectrum availability, coverage, Quality of Service (QoS), sustainability, security, and resilience, always keeping in mind that overregulation prevents innovation, especially in the cases of emerging technologies and ecosystems.”

Hear Mr. Masselos live in the panel discussion The path to digitalization: EU International Strategy on November 29, 10:40 – 11:20 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage, and give the 5G Techritory Day 2 Opening speech on November 30, 10:00-10:30 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage.

Mr. Peter Stuckmann

Peter is Head of the Unit and Deputy Director of Future Networks in DG CONNECT, managing the European Commission’s policy on 5G communication systems and the related research and innovation program. Last December, he was appointed Interim Director of the newly established Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking, responsible for managing its office and implementing its work program until its autonomy. 

Hear Mr. Stukcmann live in the panel discussion OpenRAN ecosystem on November 30, 15:40-16:20 (EET), Policy & Strategy stage.

Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas

Tomas Lamanauskas is Deputy Secretary-General-Elect of the International Telecommunication Union, elected at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference of 2022 and due to commence his duties as of 1st January 2023.

His 25-year experience in telecoms and digital policy, regulation, and strategy includes positions of Member of the Board, CEO and Deputy General Director of national communications regulatory authorities in Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, and senior government advisor on information and communications technologies policy in the Pacific.

“High-quality access to the digital world, including through 5G, is crucial if we want to have a chance to achieve our sustainable development goals. Looking forward to discussing at 5G Techritory how we can bring state-of-the-art connectivity to all, even in the challenging economic environment, how to ensure the resiliency of the digital infrastructure, and how technological development can support the most important tasks for humanity right now, especially tackling the climate crisis,” says Mr. Lamanauskas.

Hear Mr. Lamanauskas live at the Opening ceremony of 5G Techritory Day 1 on November 29, 10:00 EET, Policy & strategy stage.

Mr. Jonas Wendel

Mr. Wendel has served as the acting Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers since September 2022. He has been the Chief of staff to the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers from 2019 to 2022.

Hear Mr. Wendel live at the Opening ceremony of 5G Techritory Day 1 on November 29, 10:00 EET, Policy & strategy stage.

Book your seat at this year’s event to hear these and other 100+ leading voices of the 5G industry!