5G Advanced - Next Gen Mobile Networks and Services - Day 1

Light Reading’s 5G Advanced Digital Symposium will investigate the state-of-the-art in mobile technology and the outlook for 5G networks from 2025 and beyond.

Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

September 19, 2023

3h 15m View
5G Advanced - Next Gen Mobile Networks and Services - Day 1

Date: Sep 19, 2023

Duration: 3h 15m

After almost 5 years of commercial service, there are hundreds of 5G networks and millions of cell sites live worldwide. To secure the next decade of 5G, and prepare for the introduction of 6G, the mobile network ecosystem is now working to develop 5G Advanced.

Session 1: Defining 5G Advanced: Technology, Architecture & Services

5G-Advanced is a mid-cycle upgrade that will enable 5G to achieve its “stretch goals”. Building on years of technology and deployment experience, operators and suppliers are now positioned to define, and build, the next phase of 5G.

Among the topics this session will address:

  • The 3GPP standards roadmap (R18 onwards)

  • Architecture and system enhancements in 5G Advanced

  • 5G Advanced services for industries, consumers, and residential users

  • Creating a bridge to 6G


  • Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading

  • Brian Daly, Assistant VP Wireless Technology and Standards, AT&T

  • Alan Loh, Executive General Manager, Innovation & Solutions, Zain KSA

  • Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas

  • Shekar Ayyar, Chairman and CEO, Arrcus

Session 2: 5G Advanced for Private Networks 

Private mobile networks – a.k.a. Non-Public Networks (NPNs) – offer performance, coverage, and security capabilities not available on public wide-area networks. This session explores how 5G Advanced introduces NPN enhancements to support diverse service types, from high-performance industrial IoT to low complexity RedCap devices.

Among the topics, this session will address:

  • Support for UAVs, autonomous vehicles and robots

  • Deterministic Networking (DetNet) for Industrial IoT

  • XR and Smartly Tethering AR Glasses (SmarTAR)

  • Spectrum and enhanced coverage

  • Accurate positioning (non-line-of-sight, accuracy within centimetres)


  • Ruth Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading

  • Kimmo Pentikäinen, Vice President, Business Development, Elisa Corporation

  • Ravi Guntupalli, Director, Software Engineering, Cisco

  • Bhupesh Agrawal, General Manager of Private Networks and Edge Computing, Intel

  • Chris Calvert, VP of Private Wireless Services, Logicalis

About the Author(s)

Gabriel Brown

Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

Gabriel leads mobile network research for Heavy Reading. His coverage includes system architecture, RAN, core, and service-layer platforms. Key research topics include 5G, open RAN, mobile core, and the application of cloud technologies to wireless networking.

Gabriel has more than 20 years’ experience as a mobile network analyst. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, he was chief analyst for Light Reading’s Insider research service; before that, he was editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor.

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