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5G and the connected society: the revolution that awaits us

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5G and the connected society: the revolution that awaits us

February 21st, 2019
12:00 h - 13:30 h
Impact Hub Gobernador - Madrid

5G will transform how millions of individuals, organizations and devices connect to each other. This technology will drive the creation of new markets, the development of products and services, and the optimization of production processes. Furthermore, latest-generation mobile communications are an essential link in the urban-planning systems that will consolidate the ideal of Smart Cities.

Fifth-generation broadband mobile technology will be the new basis for developments in the Internet of Things, driverless vehicles, connected homes and smart cities. 5G technology is full of potential, given the speed at which it will allow users to operate. On mobile devices, it promises to be up to 100 times faster than current systems, with standard minimum download speeds of 20 Gbps; uploads of 10 Gbps and latency, 4 ms.


Nevertheless, as is true of any revolution, 5G comes with its own challenges in terms of personal and corporate security, which must be taken into account and managed by companies, users and regulators.

At this Mobile Talks session, representatives from the big stakeholders in this technology will meet for a panel discussion to present the state of 5G in Spain and Europe, debate the challenges and opportunities this technology poses, and build a clear vision of the future that awaits our cities, productive sector and society in general.


Thandi Demanet
Business analyst for TM Forum’s IoE & Digital Ecosystem programme

Thandi Demanet is the business analyst for TM Forum’s IoE & Digital Ecosystem programme, the global industry association that drives collaboration and collective problem-solving to maximize the business success of communication and digital service providers and their ecosystem of suppliers. Her role is to identify the main opportunities and challenges within the connected economy, as well as to promote collaboration among industry leaders on a global level to facilitate commercial success for all. She is passionate about the power and promise of the IoT and technology to improve lives, societies and the world we live in.

Somaya El Marrakchi
Head of Networks for Ericsson in Iberia and Morocco

Somaya El Marrakchi is head of Networks for Ericsson in Iberia and Morocco, in charge of ensuring the success of clients in the Ericsson Networks and Managed Services portfolio at Telefónica Global, Spain and Portugal. Her current focus is “Technological evolution towards 5G,” supporting clients in their digital transformation. She has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the National Institute of Publications and Communications in Rabat (Morocco) and Telecom & Management SudParis in Évry (France).

Federico Ruiz
5G National Observatory Program Manager

Federico Ruiz is the director of the 5G National Observatory, a body that aims to promote knowledge and dissemination of this technology throughout Spain. As Spain is one of the leading countries in this field, he will present the goals of the Observatory and of the 5G National Plan, as well as their benefits for general society and the Spanish and European economy as a whole.

Michele Zarri
Technical Director, GSMA

Michele Zarri is a technical director in GSMA where he works on advanced technologies and 5G. Michele graduated in telecommunications engineering at University of Pisa (Italy) and completed his studies at King’s College of London (UK). Prior joining the GSMA Michele worked for Deutsche Telekom where he accrued more than 15 years of experience in standardization of mobile technologies. Michele served as chairman of working groups both in 3GPP and GSMA.

Gerard Vidal
CSO of Enigmedia

PhD in Physics. Msc in Complex Systems and Msc in EE Enigneering. More than 25 prizes and Awards. More than 20 scientific publications in international journals. Visiting Professor in Universidad de Navarra and Mondragon University. The Spanish accredited expert in ISO SC27/WG2 (IT Security/Cryptography and Security Mechanisms Workgroup). Editor in ISO standards and documents, in charge of the selection criteria for including new security mechanisms in the ISO standardization process. Founding member of the European Cybersecurity Organization, which reports to the European Commission. Board member in Spanish Standard Organization (UNE).


Impact Hub Gobernador - Madrid
Gobernador, 26. Madrid