5G Advanced - Next Gen Mobile Networks and Services - Day 2

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 22, 2023

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5G Advanced - Next Gen Mobile Networks and Services - Day 2

Date: Sep 21, 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: AI/ML in 5G-Advanced 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are changing the way mobile networks are designed, built, and operated. By matching the vast quantities of network data with novel learning techniques, operators can take advantage of powerful AI/ML models to plan and optimize 5G networks. The 5G-Advanced study of AI/ML in the air interface will help define how this technology can be applied in mobile networks and prepare for an AI-native system in 6G.

Among the topics this session will address:

  • Data collection, model training, and model transfer

  • AI/ML for NG-RAN management, optimization, and energy efficiency

  • Distributed and federated AI/ML and the 5G edge

  • AI/ML in 5G core – e.g., to optimize policy and network slicing


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

  • Arjun Parekh, Distinguished Engineer and Senior Manager, Self-Learning Networks Research, BT

  • Tingfang Ji, Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

  • Chris Murphy, AI Expert Working Group, UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN)

Session 2: A Bridge to 6G: Giant Leap or Small Shuffle?

The 10-year “G cycle” is (seemingly) inexorable. With research underway across academia and industry, the race is on to identify the key technologies (and secure the associated intellectual property) that will combine to create 6G. This session investigates how the 6G vision is emerging and the practical steps towards defining requirements and creating a plan for standards development.

Among the topics, this session will address:

  • Identifying 6G solutions to real world problems

  • High performance and / or energy efficiency – can 6G really do both?

  • An AI-native communication system

  • Integrated sensing and communication

  • Spectrum issues for 6G


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

  • Sarah LaSelva, Director of 6G Marketing, Keysight

  • Toktam Mahmoodi, Professor of Communication Engineering at King's College London Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research

  • Javan Erfanian, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Canada

  • Mike Nawrocki, ATIS VP of Technology and Solutions

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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