Mobile connectivity: How will the ‘edge’ look like in 2027

[See yourself in 2027...]
With 5G on the verge of delivering mobile broadband connectivity for all, the impact of heterogeneity in terms of Radio Access Networks (heterogeneous radio edge) but also in terms of distributed intelligence (from Cloud-RAN to localized cloud to fog) starts to be felt. This heterogeneity, which extends also to ownership and licencing regimes, translates into flexibility but also complex business models with literally myriads of players holding more or less control over their piece of the pie, but little to no direct control of the delivery mechanisms. How to make this ecosystem successful, not forgetting the growing importance of the sharing economy, empowering experimentation whilst still guaranteeing Quality of Experience, remains a challenge.

This session brings together experts in connectivity with experts in sharing economy and open-ended business models.

Detailed Workshop Outline


Introduction - Mobile connectivity: How will the ‘edge’ look like in 2027
DG CONNECT, Directorate E - Jorge Pereira, Unit E1 - Future Connectivity Systems 


Panel presentations

• The power of unlicensed - Frank Fitzek, TU Dresden, DE
• mmWaves and up: beyond nomadic - Ingrid Moerman, imec & Sofie Pollin, KU Leuven, BE
• The power of locality (From Cloud to Fog) - Luiz daSilva, TCD, IE
• The networked vehicle - Antonio Fuganti, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IT
• The edge economy - Linda Doyle, TCD, IE


Open Discussion


Frank Fitzek

TU Dresden

Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and head of the “Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks” at TU Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany.

He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor.

He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award s

Ingrid Moerman

imec - Ghent University, group leader

Ingrid Moerman received her degree in Electrical Engineering (1987) and the Ph.D. degree (1992) from the Ghent University, where she became a part-time professor in 2000. She is a staff member at IDLab, a core research group of imec with research activities embedded in Ghent University and University of Antwerp. Ingrid Moerman is coordinating the research activities on mobile and wireless networking, and she is leading a research team of about 30 members at Ghent University. Her main research interests include: Internet of Things, Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), High-density wireless access networks, collaborative and cooperative networks, intelligent cognitive radio networks, real-time software defined radio, flexible hardware/software architectures for radio/network control and management, and experimentally-supported research. Ingrid Moerman has a longstanding experience in running and coordinating national and EU research funded projects.

Sofie Pollin

KU Leuven professor

I am passionate about mobile and wireless communication. The Internet-of-Things promises ever more devices to be connected, so we need solutions that scale nicely with node density, are smart, self-learning, heterogeneous. The complex wireless scene consists of swarm networks, LTE cellular networks as well as future aerial mobile sensor networks. Many interesting challenges and opportunities combined!

Linda Doyle

CONNECT Trinity College Dublin / Professor of Engineering & the Arts

Linda Doyle is the Director of CONNECT and is the Professor of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland. CONNECT is the national research in future networks and communications, and is co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and industry. Her expertise is in the fields of Internet-of-Things, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management, digital markets, and creative arts practices. Linda is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. She is on the advisory board of Wireless@KTH in Sweden. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity -­ a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is a judge in the BT Young Scientist, Ireland’s premier science competition for school children. She is on the Boards of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and Pallas Studios.

Luiz DaSilva

Trinity College Dublin

Luiz A. DaSilva holds the chair of Telecommunications at Trinity College Dublin, where he is a co-principal investigator of CONNECT, a telecommunications centre funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. Prior to joining Trinity College, Prof DaSilva was with the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech for 16 years. His research focuses on distributed and adaptive resource management in wireless networks, and in particular radio resource sharing and the application of game theory to wireless networks. Prof DaSilva is a principal investigator on research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Science Foundation Ireland, and the European Commission. Prof DaSilva is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer and a Fellow of the IEEE, for contributions to cognitive networks and to resource management in wireless networks.