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New opportunities in 5G

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New opportunities in 5G

January 16th, 2020
Conference Room at ESIC Business & Marketing School

Enabling the development of technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G will bring about new services and solutions that will benefit the economy and society as a whole.

At this session, industry experts and researchers will debate the opportunities arising from the 5G network and build a vision of the future that awaits our cities, productive sector and society.



Ignacio Berberana
Senior Research Engineer at 5TONIC Open 5G Lab (IMDEA Networks Institute)

Ignacio Berberana is a Senior Research Engineer at IMDEA Networks. He works on several research projects at IMDEA Networks and is an expert advisor to the 5TONIC laboratory, contributing key innovation-management skills to promote the lab’s goal of creating an open global environment for research and innovation in 5G technology.

Ignacio Berberana has a degree in Mining Engineering from UPM. In 1988, he joined Telefónica I+D, where he has worked in the communications, wireless and satellite departments, as well as on various European projects (CODIT, MONET, Rainbow, Artist4G, iJOIN, 5G NORMA and 5G-XHaul). Before moving to IMDEA Networks, he was in charge of the Innovation unit in the Radio Access Network directorate under the Chief Technology and Information Officer. This unit oversees long-term evolution of mobile access, including 5G systems.

Ignacio is one of the promoters of the 5TONIC laboratory, which was set up jointly by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks in late 2015.

Federico Ruiz
Director of the 5G National Observatory

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.

Carlos Becker
Head of Enterprise Marketing and Public Administrations at Vodafone Spain

Carlos has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from UPM and an MBA from EOI. He is currently Head of Enterprise Marketing and Public Administrations at Vodafone Spain.

Previously he held various positions at Vodafone Spain, Vodafone Group and Banco Santander, including:

In recent years, Global Director of Cloud and Hosting Products for the Vodafone Group, in charge of this business in the UK, Germany and Italy, as well as VGE for the USA, South Africa and Asia.

Over the previous six years, he held positions including Director of Business Products and Solutions for Vodafone Spain and Director of Sales Operations.

He spent the first five years of his career at the Santander Group, as the founding employee to launch OpenBank, the first online banking project in Spain.

Mercedes Fernández Gutiérrez
Innovation Manager at Telefónica Spain

Mercedes Fernández, currently Innovation Manager at Telefónica Spain, has extensive experience in developing services and carrying out innovation projects. She has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from UPM and an MBA from IE Business School. She is committed to new technology and network skills applied to case studies. An expert in mobile communications, 3G, LTE and 5G, she heads up a team that carries out innovation projects prioritising collaboration among clients to help boost Telefónica’s technology leadership.

Manuel Lorenzo Hernández
Head of Technology and Innovation at Ericsson Spain

Manuel Lorenzo has a technical degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, specialising in Telematics. Since 1994, he has worked at the Ericsson Group in a variety of positions, fields of technology and businesses. He has written eight patents and numerous articles on practical and technical topics in innovation management.

Since 2006, he has been Head of Technology and Innovation at Ericsson Spain, promoting innovation initiatives in technology and business plans, with activities covering the whole spectrum from research in collaboration with universities, research centres and start-ups to cooperating with clients and partners for market making. Now, he mainly focuses on ecosystem-based innovation opportunities at the intersection of 5G and digitalisation in various industrial sectors.

Manuel also coordinates collaboration in innovation for Ericsson Spain with the national academic ecosystem, co-heads several university chairs and postgraduate programmes, promotes the 5TONIC laboratory and is a member of the 5GPPP IA Technology Board, among others.


Conference Room at ESIC Business & Marketing School
Avda. Valdenigrales s/n. 28223, Pozuelo de Alarcón. Madrid