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    Lisbon, Portugal // 3rd-4th May 2017

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How can operators confirm their place at the forefront of IoT innovation?

This week the UK SME incubator Digital Catapult – set up to help digital businesses innovate – launched an Internet of Things (IoT) network across London to encourage startups and small businesses to tap into the potential of the IoT and to encourage innovation in the rapidly growing field.

The programme, known as Things Connected, will initially provide 50 LoRaWAN base stations across the UK capital, in order to provide a large-scale public network as the first phase of the testbed, with a further low-power WAN (LPWAN) to be added as the network develops.

It will be the UK’s largest LoRaWAN network for IoT development, and is free to use. It aims to help boost the development of services for common IoT use cases – such as infrastructure provision, traffic and transport services and energy management and environment sensing – as well as more advanced applications such as traffic congestion and management capabilities, temperature, air quality and humidity monitoring, and even the development of much-touted parcel delivery drones through the use of wind speed and turbulence sensors around the capital.

Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult said: “Things Connected will help remove the barriers to IoT technology for businesses, and create new revenue opportunities for entrepreneurs and for smaller and larger companies.”

What is interesting about the project is the broad spectrum of stakeholders that Things Connected already involves, including BT, four major London universities, as well as a mix of commercial organisations.

Indeed, as Smart Mobility Summit has noted before, the future opportunities offered by the IoT, smart cities, 5G, HetNets, and other connectivity technologies, requires collaboration and partnerships between a fluid mix of organisations and stakeholders, with each project requiring a unique blend of expertise and, of course, leadership.

The potential rewards are there to see. According to the Centre of Economics and Business Research (CEBR), for example, big data and the IoT could add £322 billion, and over 200,000 new jobs, to the UK economy by 2020.

Of course, operators will be an essential component in ensuring the success of the IoT and smart city projects. But it will not be enough to simply provide an infrastructure that can carry the burgeoning volume of IoT data, as well as the different types of data, from high-volume, low importance information to mission-critical data. Operators will need to be at the centre of the mix, helping to develop new apps, services and technologies.

Already, some forward-thinking operators have dived into the world of IoT innovation. For example, Spain’s Telefónica offers an IoT product called Thinking Things, which allows developers to create apps for smart homes and offices, while UK Orange has developed a machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system in collaboration with Nespresso and Coca-Cola. Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, meanwhile, offers its Industry 4.0 initiative, which aims to support the digitisation of manufacturing.

It’s essential that operators look to innovate in these new and exciting fields. Merely providing the ‘pipe’ will not suffice, and so they will need to innovate and collaborate with a broad mix of new and different partners in order to tap into the new revenue streams on offer.

At Smart Mobility Summit we have always been committed to embracing the broadest spectrum of stakeholders possible, as we believe that this is the only way the industry will fulfil the potential of the exciting new opportunities and revenue streams that are already on the horizon.

Our events provide an open platform for debate, and ample opportunity for networking and sharing insight with industry peers, in the hope that the industry can find new ways to collaborate and innovate in order to help shape the future landscape of communications technologies.

Come and join the conversation! Register now at www.smartmobilitysummit.com/register.

What will the evolutionary technologies on the road towards 5G look like?

Nokia, the Finnish mobile company, claimed this week to have brought the reality of 5G one step closer with the upcoming launch of two new technologies – 4.5G Pro and Nokia 4.9G.

The first, 4.5G Pro is marked for launch in the fourth quarter of this year and is powered by Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale portfolio. The company claims that it will offer ten times faster data rates than existing 4G networks, and builds on Nokia’s existing 4.5G technology, which already has more than 90 customers.

The company says it makes it possible for operators to offer gigabit peak data rates to meet growing demands from applications and devices, and brings lag-free live video and high-resolution 4K video one step closer.

Nokia also outlined its plans for 4.9G, which will allow users to maintain a continuous 5G service experience using an evolved LTE to complement 5G radio coverage. The technology is set for launch in the ‘near future’ and represents a further upgrade to existing 4G and LTE networks pushing data speeds to several gigabits per second.

Nokia says that its latest technology will optimise the journey to 5G, with 4.5G Pro set to enable major increases in LTE capacity, coverage and speed where and when they are needed.

Samih Elhage, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia said: "While the ever-connected world of people and IoT drives huge data demands, the speeds enabled by 5G will be a colossal step in operators' network evolution. However, with our 4.5G, 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies, we will provide a smooth evolution path that will allow them to increase capacity and improve the user experience while creating new revenue opportunities."

The technologies represent a significant step on the road towards delivering extreme mobile broadband and large-scale critical communications in the Internet of Things (IoT).

However, Nokia’s approach will not be the only technology path to 5G. LTE has already been significantly enhanced since its inception with the creation of LTE-A and, recently, LTE Advanced Pro, which is also described as 4.5G or pre5G, which add elements that significantly improve upon existing LTE-based capabilities.

Other initiatives include massive MIMO, MUSA (multi-user shared access) and UDN (ultra-dense network), and no doubt there are, and will be many other technology iterations before we reached the ‘promised land’ of 5G. With such a plethora of standards and initiatives to consider, the 5G landscape, while developing into a broad ecosystem, remains confusing.

That’s why it’s so important that industry keeps a collective ‘finger on the pulse’ of technology advances, and why sharing insight, knowledge and best practice in an open manner is the best way to help us all achieve success.

At Smart Mobility Summit we don’t bang the drum for a single technology, rather we are committed to including the full spectrum of stakeholders and sharing knowledge in an open and intelligent way. We ensure ample time for open panel debates and for networking with peers.

If you want to learn about the latest advances in 5G, as well as Carrier WiFi, HetNet, smart cities, and security then make sure you register now for smart Mobility Summit. View the full list of early-bird discounts and register now at: www.smartmobilitysummit.com/registration.

Who will be responsible for leading and co-ordinating future smart city projects?

A new EU-funded partnership between government and private sectors in Japan and Europe is set to take smart cities to another level by developing a cloud-based urban data infrastructure as a foundation for smart cities.

The experimental platform, known as ‘City Platform-as-a-Service – integrated and open (CPaaS.io)’, is being led by Bern University’s E-Government Institute and Japan’s YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory. It aims to link different technologies, such as big data, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing, with Linked Open Data and open government data, and to allow cities and private firms to develop new applications and services for public and business use.

The architecture is being designed as a service solution, with flexibility and elasticity built into its design to enable support for the unique demands of different cities, use cases and services.

“The platform – operated by or on behalf of a city – thus forms the basis for an open digitized society, making the city more attractive for its citizens and new businesses, and also helping the city in streamlining and improving its own governmental processes and services,” states the project website.

Other players involved in the project include NEC, Odin Solutions, Europe AGT, The Things Network, the University of Surrey and Europe AGT from Europe, and Microsoft Japan, the University of Tokyo, Japan Access Co. and Ubiquitous Computing Technology Corp from Japan.

As the platform is rolled out, it will be validated in cities currently possessing advanced Open Data capabilities, including Amsterdam, Zurich, Murcia, Tokyo, Sapporo and Yokosuka, which is why we are excited to hearing the insights of Ger Baron, CTO of the City of Amsterdam, at the next Smart Mobility Summit in Amsterdam in November.

But what is clear is that the project reflects the unique demands that similar smart city projects will require in future, with each involving a complex mix of stakeholders from both the public and private sector.

Importantly, leadership – whether from commercial, not-for-profit or public bodies – will be essential for the success of smart city projects in order to ensure co-ordination and alignment of the multitude of different stakeholders that will be involved.

In this case, the project is being led by academic institutions, but similar projects will equally be led by commercial organisations, such as carriers, or, in the case of Bristol is Open, public bodies. Jessica Ellis, director at Bristol is Open, will also be speaking during the Smart City session, which is becoming a ‘Who’s Who’ of industry experts at the forefront of smart city developments, and so is not one to be missed.

That’s why we believe that events such as Smart Mobility Summit are essential for providing an open forum that brings together the entire spectrum of stakeholders and, hopefully, create new business collaborations and opportunities. That’s why we are committed to ensuring that all our events allow sufficient time for open discussion, for example during our open panel debates, and for networking between industry peers and stakeholders.

So make sure that you’re a part of the conversation by registering to attend Smart Mobility Summit now. View the full list of early-bird discounts and register now at: www.smartmobilitysummit.com/registration.

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