EMPOWER @ Mobile World Congress 2019: Events organized by InterDigital

How Will Open Source Play a Role in the Evolving 5G Ecosystem? Feb. 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM CET

Open source is reshaping technology adoption and is a critical driver for the transformation taking place in many industries. The emergence of SDN and NFV has fueled the growth of cloud-based services, and now with the convergence of information technology (IT) and communication technology (CT) the telecommunication industry is changing as well. Widespread adoption of open source projects such as the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA) and O-RAN Alliance are now transforming the RAN. We’ll explore the role of open source in U.S. and European testbeds and its potential transformational impact on SDO, telecom business models and 5G innovation.


  • Raymond Knopp, President, OpenAirInterface Software Alliance
  • Chih-Li I,Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, CMRI, China Mobile
  • Abhimanyu Gosain, Technical Program Director, Northeastern University College of Engineering and Strategic Member, OSA
  • Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking & Orchestration + Edge/IOT, Linux Foundation
  • Fred Shreider, Sr. Director, Engineering, InterDigital

Moderated by Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council


Beyond 5G: What is Coming Next? Feb. 27, 2019 at 3:30 AM CET

The first set of complete technical specifications and solutions towards well-publicized 5G vision, aka IMT-2020 proposal, is due to be presented to ITU in WRC, October 2019. The recent shift of focus from research and development to deployment and commercialization of 5G systems concurrently unveils the “what comes next?” question embodied in an overarching beyond-5G vision (e.g. 6G). This panel will address fundamental questions pertinent to beyond-5G era such as shortcomings of 5G and whether a unified industry consensus on a beyond-5G vision has started to shape or not. Bringing together experts from core elements of technology generations, the panel will further explore the emerging pillars of beyond-5G including networks, terminal architectures, and radio, along with necessary evolution and disruption anticipated in each of these pillars. The panelists will shed light on beyond-5G inter-networking candidates, e.g. the ultra-flat network vision that radically alters conventional (including 5G) OSI stack; potential link-level connectivity disruptors in terms of new frequency bands, PHY, and beyond-Shannon ideas, and new device/terminal definitions that go well-beyond conventional, monolithic hardware/software device architectures, and role of AI/ML as a cross-cutting tool in beyond-5G.


  • Patrick Waldemar, Vice President Research, Telenor
  • Colin Willcock, Head of Radio Network Standardization, Nokia and Chairman, 5G-PPP 5G-IA
  • Richard Li, Chief Scientist and VP for Future Networks, Huawei and Chairman of ITU-T NET2030 Focus Group
  • Abhimanyu Gosain, Technical Program Director Northeastern University and Technical Program Director of US PAWR
  • Ravikumar Pragada, Sr. Principal Engineer, InterDigital

Moderated by Alan Carlton, VP, InterDigital Europe


How Far Can Edge Computing Take Us to a New Network Architecture? Feb. 25, 2019 at 3:30 PM CET

The edge computing and virtualization fever does not seem to be showing any signs of abatement. There seems to be quite some promise to take it further deep into the network architecture by leveraging the computing capability emerging in several new customer premise equipment (CPE) and user equipment (UE) such as vehicles, robots, and drones. Yet the challenges both technical and economical in taking this step deeper into UEs and CPEs are numerous, from technical considerations of mobility, volatility and heterogeneity to business and regulatory considerations of multiple providers (including the user), security and privacy. This panel will discuss how edge computing is becoming more pervasively distributed into the network including UEs and CPEs, what technologies are involved, what is wrong with today’s approach to edge computing, what value is there in driving this down to devices and what are the barriers to making this happen.


  • Dr. Rolf Schuster, Director, Open Edge Computing Initiative
  • Laurent Depersin, Director Research and Innovation HOME Lab, Technicolor
  • Arturo Azcorra, Director of IMDEA and VP and Co-Founder, 5TONIC
  • Todd Spraggins, Strategy Director, Communications Global Business Unit, Oracle
  • Dirk Trossen, Sr. Principal Engineer, InterDigital and FLAME Technical Manager

Moderated by Robert Gazda, Sr. Director, Engineering, InterDigital




More info: https://www.interdigital.com/post/interdigital-live-from-mobile-world-congress-2019#