KEYNOTE 3: 5G: a data fuelled journey towards smart services

Ian Oppermann

(CEO NSW Data Analytics Centre, Australia)



As physical layer technologies have improved, mobile networks have evolved to become ever more reliable, scalable and ubiquitous. Modern networks are capable of reliably offering a wide range of data rates and service qualities, supporting devices ranging from the very high speed to tiny Internet-of-Things devices. The reliability and ubiquity of physical layer technology is driving a change in thinking to the point where mobile networks are data networks. The change unleashes a new world of possibilities. This presentation will provide a data driven perspective of modern mobile networks as an enabler of smart services, and offer up a challenge which must be addressed by all players in the new digital world.



Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has 25 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3200 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is Vice President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.