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ONDM 2019

23rd Conference on Optical Network Design and Modelling
May 13-16, 2019
Athens, Greece

5G in 2020 and beyond: reality check, rollout plans and path ahead.

5G is generating a new ecosystem for business innovation involving many vertical markets (e.g. automotive, energy, media and entertainment, e-health and industry) using the 5G network with different service requirements. The target 5G network is very ambitious, involving not only the new radio interfaces or packet core for eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband), URLLC (Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications), and  mMTC (massive Machine Type Communications) services, but also software networks (i.e., SDN/NFV) and optical transport networks for fronthauling/backhauling.

The development towards 5G has started in 3GPP. The first phase, standardized in Release 15, delivered the first set of 5G standards focused on eMBB services, while the second phase, planned for December 2019, will provide a full 5G system including URLLC and mMTC. On the other hand, multiple 5G trials are in progress since 2018, and some 5G pre-commercial technologies under trials will be available for commercial deployment by 2020.

This event will bring together some of the most distinguished stakeholders from industry to discuss what are the deployment plans for 5G, what 5G functionalities will be rollout in the first phase, and what are the challenges and opportunities for the optical networking and communication’s research community beyond 2020.


  • Raul Muñoz (CTTC, Spain)
  • Noboru Yoshikane (KDDI Research, Japan)


  • Achim Autenrieth, ADVA Optical Networking, Germany, ” Precise timing and ultra-low latency techologies for tranport of 5G services. “
  • Noboru Yoshikane, KDDI Research, Japan, “KDDI’s R&D activities toward 5G and beyond “
  • Harald Bock, Infinera, Germany, TBD
  • Dan Kilper, The university of Arizona, USA, “5G Tipping Points for Optical Technologies “
  • George Agapiou, OTEGroup, Greece, ” High broadband provision using mmWave access network with optical fronthaul: views and network design”
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