How will 5G assist a rapidly urbanising world?

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Starts 11 Sep 10:00

Ends 11 Sep 11:30

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5G Week in partnership with Smart Cities World

Over one million more people are either born-into or move-into a city every week, and this is set to continue until the middle of the century as global population moves from 7bn to 9bn. Rapid urbanisation, an ageing population, climate change, and now pandemics, seem to be four of this centuries few certainties. It’s a challenging opportunity for public policy maker.
In this context how can 5G be used to improve life in cities, and address the urban challenges of:

  • Mobility, public health, ageing, city-planning, and resilience
  • Is neutral hosting the best solution for 5G in cities, and what about data ownership?
  • Will a tech-lash fuelled by ‘big brother’ surveillance concerns disrupt progress?
  • And what about fun, sport, art and culture in public places?

The Panel Debate will include interactive polling and Q&A sessions with the live audience.

Speakers include:

  • Rhys Enfield - Head of Infrastructure Acceleration, WM5G
    Rhys is an expert in mobile network deployment, previously working for both operators and vendors in the telecoms sector since the mid-90s. Rhys is our Head of Infrastructure Acceleration and has the primary role of accelerating 5G across the region by removing barriers, improving processes and facilitating relationships between the mobile operators and the local councils.
  • Ann Williams - Commissioning and Contracts Manager, Liverpool City Council, Co-Chair UK5G, Connected Places Working Group
    Ann has played a lead role in securing the 5G testbed trial for Health and Social Care at Liverpool. As part of the EU’s STOP&GO programme she focused on digitalising domiciliary care services and introducing IoT sensors to homes. She worked in local and regional Citizen Advice Bureau management for 19 years.
  • Keith Miller - CEO, Pendragon Management, Member of UK5G’s Connected Places Working Group
    Keith has over 40 years Telecoms experience around the world ranging from Divisional Head to CEO of VC backed companies. Over the last years he has run PMO’s for national rollouts, created Governance and inspection teams of multiple sub contractors and their installations across Saudi Arabia and headed Smart city and IOT projects across the Gulf and India.
  • Graeme Neill - Editor, Smart Cities World
    Graeme has many years of experience as a B2B journalist and editor, specialising in technological innovation and its impact in cities.
  • Dr Khalid Nur - Principal Technologist, Connected Places Catapult
    Khalid is a Chartered Engineer with strong research and consultancy experience in transport and technology systems. He has led the delivery of a variety of projects across transport modes and has expertise in systems engineering, and analysis of technology and mobility services. He developed transport technology strategies and roadmaps including Connectivity and Intelligent Mobility strategies for public and private sectors in the UK and abroad.


  • Paul Wilson - Senior Advisor for UK5G, Advisory Board Chair - Smart Cities World
    Paul has more than 20 years’ international experience in the technology sector, including as CMO of $3bn SunGard Financial System and CEO of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. He established Bristol Is Open – a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, which deployed a virtualized digital infrastructure across the city.


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