'The future paths for 5G technology' lecture by Mansoor Hanif, CTO of Ofcom

    Venue: Chemistry Lecture Theatre 1, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close Clifton Down Avon BS8 3NB
    Cost: This is a free event.

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Public lecture - 'The future paths for 5G technology', Mansoor Hanif (CTO, Ofcom)

Now that several 5G networks have launched in the UK, this is a good moment to reflect on the future paths the 5G framework may take. What is the current status of 5G in the UK and how is Ofcom supporting this? In this public lecture I will compare how we compare with the rest of the world?

5G has been conceived as a flexible, programmable framework with a high degree of automation, capable of integrating multiple access technologies. So how can this framework be dynamic enough to support the reliability and performance requirements of the multiple diverse uses planned for 5G? What are the key challenges and opportunities for the UK? I will also address what innovations will drive the evolution of 5G and in which direction, in particular look at the concept of full network virtualisation, machine learning and the trustworthiness of Artificial Intelligent for a change in the way we manage spectrum and a potential shift to Dynamic Spectrum Access. Why is transport the perfect sector to make best use of dynamic spectrum sharing?

It is said that 5G will drive the digitization of industry and public infrastructure. Who is interested, the benefits and will this happen? A truly exciting time for wireless communications.

This lecture will discuss at least some of the answers to these questions.


Mansoor has 25 years’ experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world. From 2011 Mansoor was Director of RAN at EE and a board member of MBNL (the joint venture of EE with H3G) until 2016. At BT Mansoor was Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab from 2016 to 2018, and led collaboration with UK Universities, innovators, and government bodies. Since September 2018 Mansoor has been the CTO of Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator. As CTO he is head of the technology profession across the organisation, ensuring that the technology aspects of all Ofcom’s policy work are informed and robust, and is a member of the Policy and Management Board (the decision-making body at executive level). He also leads Ofcom’s activities in network security & resilience as well as engagement with CTOs at our stakeholders, industry bodies and with Government. Outside of Ofcom, Mansoor is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the UK5G Innovation Network, the Satellite Applications Catapult and UCL Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept and is Patron of the Institute of Telecoms Professionals.

The lecture is free to attend but we request that you register so that catering can be arranged for the drinks reception being held after the lecture. Registration deadline: 19th September 2019, 11:00hrs

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