Belgian 5G is going ahead: what is already possible, what to expect, and when? (N-sight)

Location:virtual meeting


With the legal framework agreed and the spectrum auction planned for Q2 2022, Belgian 5G is finally a certainty. But will it be more like a train, with tracks that must be built before organisations can truly benefit? Or a plane that, once take-off is achieved, cruises smoothly at high speed, low latency and with a high number of devices connected simultaneously?


Let’s take a look at what is already possible with Belgium’s 5G, but also what we can expect and when. Beltug is convinced that the biggest direct advantages of 5G are for the business market, and that this will lead to improvements in the consumer market, as well.  While speed is important, low latency, slicing and the possibility for a high number of devices connected simultaneously are the real game changers in the move from 4G to 5G.


So in this session, that’s where we will put our focus. Prof. dr. ir. Sofie Pollin from KU Leuven will start us off with a comparison of 4G and 5G latency, slicing and the possibility for a high number of devices connected simultaneously. Then, Gaetan Dewingaerden from Proximus will embed 5G in the broader tech evolution and the way forward. Wouter Van Tilborg from Orange will use several customer examples to link 5G with digitisation and shed light on the present and the longer-term evolution. Finally, Jos de Wit from SES will talk about using 5G to integrate non-geostationary satellites in your network. 


With 4 speakers on the agenda, we are aware this event will require a lot of our members' attention. However, we are convinced of the value and interest of each of these presentations! We are therefore including time for a short break. Also, you are welcome to 'link in' at your convenience.







This event will be held as an interactive virtual meeting. The link will be provided in the Confirmation email.








13:30 Welcome and introduction


Ann Guinée, Communication Manager, Beltug (English)


13:40 An analytical look at 5G latency, slicing and connectivity


The 5th generation of mobile networks will bring multiple changes. This presentation will compare 4G and 5G, and give a theoretical point of view on the causes of latency, the enablers of slicing, and the possibility of a high number of devices connected simultaneously. The presentation will zoom in on what is needed for current and future applications, and give you an update on the state of the art of the relevant characteristics.


Prof. dr. ir Sofie Pollin, full-time professor in wireless communication, KU Leuven (English)


14:10 How 5G creates a world of new possibilities


The 5G mobile network evolution is part of a broader set of technological revolutions. Find out what 5G means for society and enterprises, how far the 5G innovations can go, and what the current results already are. Last but not least, get a look into the deployment plan.


Gaetan Dewingaerden, Head of 5G Corporate Program, Proximus (English)


14:40 Break


14:50 The most innovative thing about 5G? What we'll do with it.


Based on some practical customer examples, you will gain insights into 5G use cases for digitising companies. In addition, you will learn which solutions are already available in the short term, and which require further development. Finally, you will hear some suggestions on how a company can best approach the introduction of 5G in its organisation.


Wouter Van Tilborg, Innovation Manager, Orange (English)


15:20 User story: 5G for non-geostationary satellite


What use cases open up when you can deploy your 5G network anywhere on earth within days? By adopting 5G technology standards in their O3b mPOWER next-generation, non-geostationary satellite constellation, SES is enabling seamless integration in your network. O3b mPOWER is a carrier-grade, low-latency, cloud-connected, MEO satellite constellation with very high throughputs.


Jos de Wit, Partner Development Manager, SES (Société Européenne des Satellites), (English)


15:50 Panel discussion: Your questions and your experience


16:10 Wrap up & End


We will keep the session open after the end to enable those who wish to continue the discussions.