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Industrial 5G Uncovered: Learning from the first wave of deployments

Date: 18 January 2022 10:00 - 18 January 2022 12:30


This third webinar of the series focused on technical lessons learnt from the early deployments of 5G technology.

Working closely with the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Digital Catapult – the UK authority on advanced digital technology and a 5G technical & innovation Centre of Excellence – launched a series of industry events to drive Industrial 5G adoption in the UK. Showcasing real life examples of 5G applications, and maximising learnings for the manufacturing and logistics sectors.

This webinar – the third in a four-part series – focuses on understanding and sharing the technical lessons learnt from the early deployments of 5G technology within the UK’s manufacturing and logistics sectors.

The event showcased the most technical innovative aspects developed within the collaborative R&D projects that make up DCMS’ Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. Remaining challenges and areas where there is still work to do were highlighted and discussed according to the experiences and the lessons learnt from these projects. Special focus was on the integration challenges of 5G technologies across the whole value chain, processes and use cases of the industrial domain.

Industry experts from the UK ecosystem including Vodafone, Three UK, Attocore, Zeetta Networks, Mativision and Weaver Labs shared their first-hand learnings, challenges and opportunities that have come from testing and delivering some of the most impactful applications of Industrial 5G.

The event also discussed the international initiatives and organisations tackling similar subjects of 5G integration with Industry 4.0. This was specifically the example of 5G-ACIA, GSA, TM Forum, 6G-IA and Networld Europe.

This webinar concluded with a panel discussion of leading organisations.

Why attend

  • Meet early adopters, industry experts, innovators and technologists working on real-life 5G applications for industry 4.0
  • Discover the use cases and technical challenges of 5G early deployments within the industrial domain.
  • Learn about specific technical solutions for the 5G/Industry 4.0 integration, for example, network design and security.
  • Find about international initiatives and opportunities around Industrial 5G, such as 5G-ACIA, GSA, TM Forum, 6G-IA and Networld Europe.

Who should attend

This event is designed for industry sector managers, executives, team members, and technologists from the manufacturing and logistics sectors, as well as those working with 5G and other digital technologies (including AI, AR, and Digital Twin). They will learn about the integration challenges and the technical lessons from the early adopters of the private 5G networks within industrial enterprise.

The webinar discussion will be useful for small and medium size businesses with advanced digital solutions looking to learn about industrial use cases, international opportunities and meet with potential new clients looking to progress in their digital transformation journey. Policy makers are also welcomed to understand how to best engage with industry to design policy interventions.


10:00 – Welcome and introduction
Abdellatif Benjelloun Touimi, Senior 5G Technologist – Digital Catapult

10:05 – 5G-ACIA as a platform for harmonisation on Industrial 5G: overview and current activities
Andreas Mueller, General Chair of 5G-ACIA and Head of Communication and Network Technology – Bosch

10:20 – Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials projects’ showcasing

  • 5G-ENCODE: Deploying private 5G network and applications for Industry 4.0
    Paul Cooper, VP of Engineering – Zeetta Networks Ltd
    Anthony Karydis, Managing Director – Mativision Ltd
  • 5G-EM: Lessons learnt on security, network design and integration
    Pablo Avila, Solution Architect, Private Networks – Vodafone
  • 5G Ports Automation – 5G Trial at the Port of Felixstowe
    Loretta Liu, Principal Service Architect – Three UK
  • 5G-AMC2 & 5G-Logistics: Mobile Core solutions for private networks
    Jeff Land, Head of Sales and Business Development – Attocore
  • 5G-Smart Junctions: A cybersecurity framework based on zero-trust model for private 5G networks
    Maria Lema, Founder – Weaver Labs

11:25 – Coffee break

11:35 – Panel discussion: Lessons and impact from current Industrial 5G deployments, and future standards and implementation roadmap for identified gaps

  • Chair: Sylvia Lu, Head of Technology Strategy – u-Blox and Chair of the 5G-ACIA Working Group 4 on Liaisons and Marketing
  • Jeff Travers, Customer Success Lead, Dedicated Networks – Ericsson and GSA
  • Joann O’Brien, Vice President Digital Ecosystems – TM Forum
  • Rui Aguiar, Steering Board Chair – Networld Europe
  • David Lund, Founder – SafeNetics and Board Member of PSCE and 6G-IA

12:25 – Closing notes
Abdellatif Benjelloun Touimi, Senior 5G Technologist – Digital Catapult
Alistair Munro, Senior 5G Advisor – Digital Catapult

12:30 – End


A recording of the event is now available to watch. Please feel free to share this with colleagues who may be interested in the topics covered.

About the programme

Digital Catapult is coordinating the Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials programme on behalf of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The programme sets out to demonstrate the value of 5G beyond enhanced mobile broadband by targeting industry focused use cases in manufacturing and logistics to:

  • Explore the potential for efficiency and productivity benefits
  • Help make the UK a global leader in the adoption and application of 5G technology
  • Help the UK lead the development of the implementation and standards around 5G