5G Users Forum: Empowering EU Smart Manufacturing

A dialogue series by ETNO
Webinar, 13 October 2020, 14h - 15h30 CET
In partnership with Orgalim

5G is now reality for many European citizens and more are in the first line to get to explore its innovative potential. At the same time, more aspects of our lives are becoming digitalised at an accelerated pace, but the real potential of this technology is far from being grasped at scale. We invite guests to continue the dialogue started with the 5G Users Forum and understand the benefits of 5G in smart manufacturing: boost the safety of workers in hazardous environments, optimise the use of resources and minimise environmental impact, increase productivity and efficiency, or contribute to cross-sector innovative ecosystems, to name a few.

The overarching aim of this open exchange is to broaden the understanding of various stakeholders from the EU institutions and industry stakeholders on what the needs of the smart manufacturing ecosystem are. Join us to hear and learn directly from EU representatives and early pioneers of 5G in smart manufacturing and prepare your questions to speakers!

Video recording from the event:

5G Users Forum: Empowering EU Smart Manufacturing from ETNO on Vimeo.


14h – 14h10: Welcoming remarks

  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association)
  • Malte Lohan, Director General, Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries

14h10 – 15h15: 5G and Smart Manufacturing

  • Opening comments on 5G and smart manufacturing by Yves Paindaveine, Head of Sector, Digitising European Industry governance, European Commission
  • Opening comments on 5G and smart manufacturing by Pilar del Castillo, Member of the European Parliament 
  • Presentation by Ioannis Anyfantis, Project Manager, Prevention and Research Unit, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
  • Use-cases presented
    • A smart factory in Vaudreil, France, presented by Emmanuel Routier, Vice President Industry 4.0, Orange (more info)
    • Remote assistance in ship construction in Ferrol, Spain, presented by Juan Cambeiro, Innovation Manager, Telefónica (more info)
    • The story behind autonomous materials handling in a smart factory in Schwabmünchen, Germany, presented by Guido Weishaupt, 5G Campus Network Project, Squad Lead Product Development, Deutsche Telekom (more info here and here

      Followed by a moderated discussion by Maarit Palovirta, Director of Regulatory Affairs, ETNO

15h15 – 15h30: Q&A from remote audience (with all speakers)

Video recording of the first event of the series, organised on 8 September, titled 5G Users Forum: Empowering EU Healthcare:


What do you want from your 5G? The next wave of wireless connectivity, 5G, will enable faster speeds and higher capacity. Much has been said about the transformative potential of 5G over the past few years, but few of us can name any concrete examples of applications that can make use of the capabilities 5G has to offer. As roll-out continues across Europe, it is high time to have an open and creative conversation on how 5G can bring tangible, concrete benefits to the services and products we know today.

Ultimately, 5G is not about telecom operators selling more megabytes per month or megabits per second to mobile subscribers. The transformative capacity of 5G lies in making it easier for all citizens to access healthcare, reducing the environmental footprint of the automotive sector through smart mobility services, and making industrial workplaces safer through automated machinery. The story does not end here: 5G can be a platform for innovation that only European start-ups and innovators can make the most of.

We know that previous generations of mobile technology have transformed our lives, and 5G is no different. This project will give healthcare professionals, manufacturers and others that will see tangible benefit from 5G the chance to tell their side of the story. Because 5G is not the future, it is today’s reality, and understanding our rapidly changing world is critical for citizens, businesses and policymakers to make the right decisions for the future.

Join ETNO’s 5G Users Forum for an engaging discussion on what the latest connectivity standard can do for your sector.

Registrations are now closed. If you have any questions, contact Gabriel Daia, Digital Marketing Manager, ETNO: daia@etno.eu.  

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