The 6th edition of the 5G Forum, held from May 8 to 12 at the Seville Convention and Exhibition Center (FIBES) in hybrid format, has managed to bring together the largest number of professionals in its history: 864. Also the largest number of companies: 298.
In addition, the ‘5G Forum 23’ has been the edition with more women speakers, 20% of the total participation has been female: Leonor Ostos from Telefónica, María Medina from Medina Media Events, Noelia López from Ericsson, Angélica Sánchez from Orange, Fini Irles and Irene Velasco from Vodafone, Maura Outeiral from Gsertel, Cristina Peñas from Axión and Elena Puigrefagut from the EBU.
Top-level speakers and attendees
A total of 45 speakers participated in 37 sessions. Regarding the number of visitors, media and participants, the figures are very satisfactory. A total of 864 participants took part. If we break down the figures even further, the figures are still outstanding: a total of 429 professionals attended the two face-to-face sessions and between the three virtual sessions a total of 398 registered users.
These figures are also reflected in the number of participating companies, with a total of 298, represented by the highest levels of each of them. Last year’s edition reached the figure of 250 participating companies. The majority of the participants were CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, Innovation, Business, Product, Strategy and Marketing Directors, as well as consultants and researchers.
A very international sixth edition
The 5G Forum has crossed borders with the support of multinationals from the three major continents (Europe, America and Asia), making it one of the leading events in 5G technology in Spain and internationally.
Multinationals from the United States (Viavi Solutions), China (Huawei and ZTE), France (Orange and Capgemini), Sweden (Ericsson), Germany (Rohde & Schwarz and Vantage Towers), United Kingdom (Vodafone), Finland (Nokia), and Spain (Telefónica, Netmetrix, Minsait, OFG, Gsertel, Hispasat, Axión and Impulsa RTVE), as well as European (European Broadcasting Union -EBU-, 5G-MAG and 6G-IA) and South American (5G Americas) associations, played a leading role in this sixth edition.
Attendees and sponsors were also able to network with other companies and compare opinions with a wide range of experts. Another aspect that has not gone unnoticed among the participants has been the ‘demo area’. In it, they have been able to see first hand the advances of large companies in reference to this technology: as a dog-robot, autonomous cars or play tennis with Virtual Reality glasses, among many others.
Major public institutions in this edition
On his opening day, Antonio Fernández-Paniagua, Deputy Director General for Planning and Management of the Radio Spectrum of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, presented the 5G map in Spain. He assured that “with the work of the operators and the programs promoted by the Ministry, 5G is going to be developed in Spain in a very efficient way”.
On the other hand, the Minister of Presidency of the Regional Government of Andalusia, Antonio Sanz, said that “an investment of 1,000 million has been committed to streamline the administrative procedures for the digital revolution, so that 5G technology reaches every corner of Andalusia”.
Also present was Francisco Javier Páez, Deputy Mayor and Delegate of Economy, Commerce and Tourism of the City of Seville, who stressed that “Seville is once again becoming a showcase of international relevance by bringing together the main leaders of 5G technology“.
All 5G Forum conferences are available in ‘The Observatory‘, a platform launched by Medina Media Events, where they can be enjoyed throughout the year, in addition to being able to connect at any time with the more than 2,080 professionals who are part of the 5G Forum Virtual Networking, and be informed of the latest news 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As stated by Maria Medina, General Manager of Medina Media Events, “the goal is that, beyond the days of the events, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, we can be connected”. “We have made a ‘Netflix’ of almost 600 papers from all the editions of all our events.”
The sixth edition of the 5G Forum is promoted by Sevilla City Office and Fibes, and has the support of Junta de Andalucía and the Digital Agency of Andalusia, in addition to Orange, Telefónica, Viavi Solutions, Ericsson, Capgemini, Rohde & Schwarz, Minsait, Netmetrix, OFG, ZTE, Huawei, Vantage Towers, Vodafone, Nokia, Gsertel, Hispasat, Axión and Impulsa Visión RTVE, among others.