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IEEE 5G Summit Casablanca

Colocated with the International Symposium on Ubiquitous Networking (UNet'17)

As Internet usages are proliferating, communications networks are faced with new shortcomings. Future networks will have to support in 2020 mobile traffic volumes 1000 times larger than today and a spectrum crunch is anticipated. Wireless access rates are today significantly lower than those of fixed access, which prevents the emergence of ubiquitous low cost integrated access continuum with context independent operational characteristics. Communication networks energy consumption is growing rapidly, especially in the radio part of mobile networks. The proliferation of connected devices makes it very difficult to maintain similar performance characteristics over an ever larger portfolio of technologies and requirements (i.e.Ultra High Definition TV vs. M2M, IoT). Heterogeneity of access technologies entails unsustainable cost with increasing difficulties to integrate an ever larger set of resources with reduced OPEX. Network infrastructure openness is still limited. It prevents the emergence of integrated OTT (cloud)-network integration with predictable end to end performance characteristics, and limits the possibility for networks to become programmable infrastructures for innovation with functionalities exposed to developers’ communities.

This 5G SUMMIT focuses on exploring and elucidating all facets of the next generation of 5G technology, business and societal gaps and challenges between the current 3G-4G-LTE access-only Internet models and the proper vision of 5G, evolutionary or revolutionary, to go beyond just access by embracing and facilitating the upfront integration of all new technologies (IOT, SDN/NFV, Cloud Computing, ..) to be user-transparent, app-oriented, service-ready, ubiquitous and lowest cost.

Some of the worldwide 5G experts have been invited and attracted to share their state-of-the-art knowledge with the emerging 5G community in Morocco and around the world in view of facilitating the worldwide harmonization of research and best practices for deployment of viable user scenarios in the global 5G ecosystem, the built-in security and privacy by design in 5G, and explore the different ways to enable Internet protocols over the next generation of empowered devices in order to reach convergence and end to end transparency led by the IEEE 5G Technical subCommittee which is supporting technically this event.

Our Speakers

Dr. Chi-Lin I.
Chief Scientist
China Mobile Research Institute

Prof. Akihiro Nakao
University of Tokyo
and 5GMF Network Architecture

Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini

King Abdullah University of Science
and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Mr. Lars Bergendahl

Director 5G Program Ericsson

Dr. Maziar Nekovee

Samsung Electronics R&D Institute

Prof. Noureddine Boudriga

Head, CN&S Research Lab.
SUP'COM, Tunisia

Dr. Diego Lopez

Head, Technology Exploration
Telefonica I+D, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Heinz Thorsten Bernold

The BOSTON Consulting Group

Dr. Ali Sadri

Intel Corporation

Prof. Tembine Hamidou

New York University
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Prof. Mehdi Bennis

Centre for Wireless Communication
University of Oulu, Finland

Dr. David Kravitz

Vice President - Crypto Systems Research
DarkMatter, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Said Soulhi



City, Country


City, Country

Steering Committee

Prof. Latif Ladid

President-Founder IPv6 Forum
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Prof. Essaid Sabir

ENSEM, Hassan II University
of Casablanca; IEEE MS, Morocco

Prof. Mounir Ghogho

University of Leeds, UK; IEEE MS
International University of Rabat

Prof. Mustapha Benjillali


Prof. Mohamed Essaaidi

Director, ENSIAS, Mohammed V University
Founder-Past Chair IEEE MS, Morocco



08:30-09:00 Oepening Session
09:00-10:30 Session 1
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Session 2
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Session 3
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-17:30 Summit Panel: Open Discussion
17:30-19:00 An Express Visit to Casa City
20:00-22:00 Gala Dinner (with UNet'17 social event)


Casablanca 5G Summit will be co-located with the Third International Symposium on Ubiquitous Networking (UNet'17), and will be held at the Grand Mogador City Center Casablanca hotel.

Close to the harbor, and the old medina, with an easy access to Mohammedia and Rabat highway, the Grand Mogador City Center is the latest creation of the group. This monumental hotel has it all, an Artdéco architecture combining luxury and modernity while keeping traditional architectural THE key pride for the group and Morocco.

Inside the highest five star luxury hotel of Casablanca, 420 spacious rooms and suites, many with stunning views of the Atlantic and the Casablanca port, others have an iconic city skyline. Some of the Mogador Grand City Center rooms and suites even offer both. An advanced level of facilities and equipment, the ultimate in terms of technology, sophistication and comfort at every level and each of the rooms and suites. An exceptional spa offering quality care in a relaxing atmosphere. Creative restaurants to satisfy all succulences.