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The 2021 IEEE 4th 5G World Forum (5GWF’21) will be a fully virtual event. All sessions will be scheduled to begin and end at specified times, and speakers will be available to answer questions in real-time during those sessions. Registrants will also be able to view these sessions on-demand after their scheduled time, and can communicate with speakers/authors asynchronously using the virtual platform.

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The following program elements are for the virtual platform. The in-person program is still being developed:

Plenary Keynote Sessions – four keynote talks daily from visionaries in industry, academia and SDOs:

  • Robert Kahn (CNRI) – “Network Processing of Digital Objects”
  • Magnus Frodigh (Ericsson) – “6G – Enabling the cyber-physical continuum”
  • Vincent Poor (Princeton Univ.) – “6G Vision”
  • Shen Jia (OPPO) – “From 5G-Advanced to 6G: Connecting Everything in the Intelligence Era”
  • Peter Vetter (Nokia Bell Labs) – “The road to 6G and what 5G still has in store”
  • Javan Erfanian (Bell Canada) – “What is Next?! 5G & Beyond”
  • Muriel Médard (MIT) – “Beyond standardized codes – universal decoding through Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND)”
  • Peiying Zhu (Huawei) – “From 5G to 6G: Opportunities and Challenges”
  • Kaniz Mahdi (VMware) – “Imagine Life!”
  • Sylvain Nadeau (EXFO) – “Meeting 5G Expectations: Why service assurance is a 5G essential”
  • Juan Montojo (Qualcomm) – “The status of 5G and the outlook towards 5G-Advanced”
  • Sumit Roy (U.S. DoD) – “A U.S. Govt. Perspective on Beyond 5G”

Technical Program – technical papers are presented across 8 sessions of two hours each. As a consideration to our global author base, this year authors are grouped by time zone rather than topic area. Please click through to the details for each session.

Worldwide 5G Industry Fora – our annual gathering of invited 5G industry associations from multiple regions/countries to share and discuss their current activities, visions and future roadmaps towards 5G deployment, and also to develop on international industry collaboration. This year’s speakers are being confirmed.

Future Networks Towards 2031: INGR Panel Series – the International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) is a technology roadmap evaluating future network (5G and beyond) technologies, development challenges, and deployment opportunities at 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year horizons. Each panel in this series pairs different INGR working groups and speakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead as technologies evolve. The panels will group INGR experts on the following topics:

Workshops and Special Sessions

Topical/Vertical Sessions

Industry Forums and Panels – there is still time to submit proposals



Student Mentorship Program – sponsored by OPPO
Date and time of the Mentorship Program: Day 2 (October 14) at 14:00 – 15:00 PM Eastern Time US.

In the 5G World Forum Student Mentorship Program, students are invited to participate in a one-hour session during which they may ask questions and advice from industry experts. This is an opportunity to get expert advice on career next steps, career choices, and insights into working in the industry. The participating industry experts will be announced here shortly.


Dr. Shen Jia

Principal Researcher of Telecommunication Standard



Shahriar Shahramian

Group Leader Sensing Networks & Devices



Ming Lin

Sr. Staff Engineer



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