IEEE 5G Summit

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

May 14th 2018

Gold Sponsors:

IEEE 5G Summit

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

May 14th 2018

Gold Sponsors:

IEEE 5G Summit Glasgow 2018

In 2015, the IEEE Communications Society developed a 5G strategic framework based on the principles that embrace Industry’s interests and priorities while integrating IEEE and ComSoc’s objectives. In order to engage industry members with high value and innovative technologies, IEEE Communications Society is organising a series of global high impact one day Summits in relevant technology areas (e.g., SDN/NFV, 5G, IoT, Big Data, Cybersecurity, and so on).

The first IEEE 5G Summit was held at Princeton University in May 2015, and has been followed by a global series of follow-on events. The 5G Summit in Glasgow, Scotland was held at the University of Strathclyde on Monday, May 14th 2018. This one day summit provided a platform for attendees from industry, academia, and government office and agencies to collaborate and exchange ideas in this emerging technology. The objectives of this Glasgow event were to provide a platform to educate, integrate and elucidate the various communities to support the evolution of standards and systems leading to the rapid deployment of new technologies and potentially new business models for 5G.

The 5G Summit was hosted by University of Strathclyde in the Technology Innovation Centre. The University is actively working in the areas of 5G, IoT, Dynamic Spectrum Access, SDR and TVWS and was recently awarded a UK DCMS government grant for the £7.3m ($10.3m USD) 5GRuralfirst project with Strathclyde a leading partner alongside Cisco.

Full Programme and Agenda

The event featured presentations from industry, academic and government presenters. The morning had Plenary Track Presentations, and in the afternoon there were two parallel tracks: (i) 5G IoT, and (ii) 5G Rural Connectivity. Each session featured a final presenter’s Panel Session for Q&A and discussion.

Event arrival coffee was from 9:00am, and event formally opened at 9:45am, running to 5pm. There was a complementary networking lunch at 1pm, a reception at 5pm, and optional evening networking dinner at 7pm.

A copy of the agenda can be downloaded below.


The event featured speakers from a number of different companies and research organizations. Presentees and presentation titles can be found in the agenda.

Venue, Accommodation, and Travel

The IEEE 5G Summit was held in the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, in the city centre of Glasgow. The city is easy to access by rail, road and Glasgow Airport.  (Early morning flights allow travel from London to arrive in the city centre by 930am). The venue is in the City Centre and many hotels are nearby (Premier Travel Inn Glasgow City Centre is about 2 mins walk).  Event full address is:

Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde
99 George Street, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, G1 1RD    

Organizing Committee

James Irvine
General Chair

University of Strathclyde

Bob Stewart
Technical Co-Chair

University of Strathclyde

Rahim Tafazolli
Plenary Speaker

Director of 5GIC, Univ. of Surrey

Ivan Marjanovic
5G Rural Session

Scottish Futures Trust

Ashutosh Dutta


Oliver Holland

IEEE UK VTS Chapter Chair

Mischa Dohler

King's College London

Kinan Ghanem

University of Strathclyde PNDC

Kenny Barlee
Local Arrangements

University of Strathclyde

Greig Paul
Exhibits Coordinator

University of Strathclyde

Event Slides and Photos

Slides from presenters have been collated, and these, along with photos from the day, are available to view at the link below.


Gold Sponsors:

Parallel Wireless is on a mission to connect the 4 billion unconnected people with end-to-end 2G, 3G, and 4G Open RAN innovative solutions by making cellular deployments as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. The company is in production on six continents and engaged with many leading operators worldwide. Parallel Wireless’ innovation and excellence in multi-technology open virtualized solutions has been recognized with 40 industry awards.

WHP Telecoms is the UK’s longest established provider of professional and network support services to the wireless telecommunications sector, we are able to offer a complete range of end to end managed network services.

Event Sponsors:

UK and Ireland Chapter

Exhibitors and Demonstrations

The 5G Glasgow Summit featured exhibits and technology demonstrations from industry, academia and civic and Govt groups. These were in the main foyer for browsing during registration, coffee breaks and during the networking buffet lunch.

Event Exhibitors:

  1.   Parallel Wireless;   Reimagining your Newtork
  2.   Lime Microsystems Ltd;  LimeNet: Software Defined Cellular Radio supporting OPEN RAN
  3.   Centre for White Space Communications;   Dynamic Spectrum Access MATLAB Software Defined Radio Demo: comparing modulation schemes
  4.   Mawingu Networks;   Building Affordable and Reliable Next Generation Community Networks in Emerging Economies
  5.   5GRuralfirst Consortium;  UK Govt DCMS 5GRuralFirst Project
  6.   Broadway Partners Ltd;    Connecting the Unconnected and Future of Broadband
  7.   Onscale Ltd;  Next-generation Cloud HPC for CAE
  8.   5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), University of Surrey; 5G Demonstrations and Applications
  9.   Censis; Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems
  10.   FarrPoint Ltd; Advice and support on planning, procuring and implementing IT technology solutions
  11.   Power Networks Demonstration Centre;
  12.   University of Edinburgh LiFi Research and Development Centre, LiFi for 5G
  13.   MathWorks Ltd; DSP and Communications Software for 5G and SDR
  14.   Keysight Ltd; Test and Measurement for Mobile/Wireless
  15.   Commhoist Group; Integrated Services for Telecommunications
  16.   Scottish Wireless; Wireless Systems Design and Consulting
  17.   Scottish Centre for Satellite Applications (SoXSA); Bringing Space Down to Earth
  18.   WHP Telecoms; the UK’s longest established provider of professional and network support services to the wireless telecommunications sector
  19.   CloudNet Solutions; Networks and services in hard to reach areas

Researcher Poster Session

The IEEE 5G Summit in Glasgow also featured space for PhD researchers in 5G and related areas, to present a poster on their work and interests.  

PhD Students from Universities and research organisations were invited to present a poster on their related 5G technology or application research work. PhD researchers attending and presenting their poster received complementary registration. 

This session featured 21 research posters from UK and other Universities. The programme is available here.