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Title: What is 5G, and when will it arrive?

April 22, 2016 @ 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Speaker: Stephen Howell, General Manager, Wireless Network Engineering, Telstra


The world for some time has been moving towards a more connected future. Mobile networks are now pervasive and allow us to communicate using our smartphones in any city in the world. The next step in this progress will be a massive interconnection of sensors, vehicles and other machines. To allow these devices to interconnect ubiquitously we need to redefine several aspects that constitute a mobile network. This new 5G network will enable a raft of features designed to meet the disparate needs for a universal machine to machine connectivity environment. This presentation will highlight the current state of 5G development and the services that this network is designed to enable. Future spectrum options will be presented as well as some of the proposed network architectures that will support new mobile network paradigms.


Stephen Howell is the General Manager, Specialised Design and Support within the Wireless Network Engineering group in Telstra. In this role he is responsible for the delivery of mobile network engineering solutions for Telstra’s expansion into South East Asia. This group also has the responsibility for the design of bespoke mobile network solutions for Telstra’s business and enterprise customers within Australia. Prior to this he led the Radio Network Development team delivering new radio technology to keep Telstra’s mobile networks at the forefront of innovation. Initially this work was focused on the first generation of networks (AMPS) where he assisted the development of the world’s first remote down-tilt base station antenna system. A love of radio and taste for developing new ideas has found Stephen involved in many Australian and world leading projects like: Telstra’s NextG network where he led the team that selected the Wideband CDMA technology for this network and performed the initial network design; the first auctions of mobile frequency spectrum in Australia where he developed the technical framework for these auctions with the ACMA and the first Australian demonstrations and implementation of an LTE-Advanced network. Stephen has been active in the Asia Pacific region, setting up and then running for many years, the radio working group within the Ericsson Asia Pacific User group. More recently he has spent time consulting to other operators in Asia. Stephen holds degrees in Science (Physics) and Communications Engineering degree from RMIT University.