30th Anniversary Memories

This page presents testimonies and memories of the EuCNC conference series (see the list in here), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

João S. da Silva

Retired (former Director of Converged Networks and Services, European Commission)

“I had the privilege to join the Mobile and Wireless communication research programme of the European Commission in 1994, under the leadership and vision of João da Silva.  In those “RACE” days, passionate discussions revolved around the comparative merits of CDMA versus TDMA, reflecting the already looming future regional battles that mobile communications would later exacerbate.  Since these pioneering days, mobile communications systems have incorporated a flurry of radio, network, content, positioning, service or software technologies, making them fit for virtually every wireless connectivity use case scenario.  They have evolved towards platform for innovation, where usage is only limited by users’ imagination, as first exemplified by 4G: at the time when it was standardised, no one had expected the myriads of “apps” it would later make possible.  5G will no doubt intensify this trend.  During the last 30 years, this conference has accompanied all these (r)evolutions and many times announced them through visionary research.  I am really proud of having had the opportunity of attending so many editions in my capacity of Steering Committee vice chair, under the leadership of Luis Correia, and of meeting so many bright European researchers and scientist being part of a world class R&I ecosystem.  More than ever, Europe needs them.  As a final word, I would like to pay my tribute to my former colleague Bartolome Arroyo, who has been one of the brains behind the organisation of so many of these conferences, and who sadly left us a couple of years ago.”

Bernard Barani

Deputy Head of Unit Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission

Rainer Zimmermann

Retired (former Head of Unit Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures, European Commission)

“Europe had the foresight to create the first Digital Mobile Standard, GSM. Then, as GSM was just launched, again had the foresight to establish collaborative research into what was originally called, FPLMTS, with the European twist UMTS, and later just simply 3G. Without these research programmes, like RACE and FRAMES, Europe would not be where it is today with two of the worlds leading Telecommunications Equipment vendors, and with 3GPP being established as the only world standard. This conference series has been an important contributor in this process.”

Hakan Eriksson

Fifth Tee Pty Ltd, Australia
(formerly with Ericsson, Sweden)

Bernhard Walke

Prof., Retired,
(formely with RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

“I feel good to see how generations of mobile network standards have been prepared by research projects funded by the sequence of European Framework Programs since 1991. And I‘m happy to have been part of this exciting process of knowledge generation. As a partner to EU-projects MBS, SAMBA and WINNER I/II (and WINNER III) my team had, regularly, attended Mobile Summit conferences and published its research results, there. We have benefitted much from the exchange of new ideas and concepts presented there for our own work. Thank you so much to all the organizers of this conference series for providing such a solid platform for scientific exchange!
Vivat, crescat, floreat to the EuCNC conference series!”

“The EuCNC is the name of a long series of Telecommunications events hosted by the EC from 1992 to today. They have marked the evolution of communications and the participation of EU industry and academia moving from RACE and GSM to 6G programmes. To me, the EU conference was a highlight that repeated every year. When everybody had to present the results of the project, prepare a contribution, sometimes in a hurry. It was the time to urge all members of the consortium to complete their part, correcting the proofs and, most dreaded, preparing a demonstration that may not be fully ready. When everything was complete, it was time to breathe, relax and look at what others had done; time to learn, to meet other colleagues, to discuss improvements. That justified all the effort… until the following year.”

Jose Jimenez

Retired (formerly with Telefonica, Spain)
1996 ACTS Mobile Communications Summit TPC Chair

Javier Rodriguez Fonollosa

Prof., Univ. Polytech. Catalonia
10th IST Mobile Communications Summit, 2001, TPC Chair

“We designed a great Summit program, excellent conference site, great location, the weather was fantastic, and so were the reception and the opening ceremony, … but we chose a date that changed the course of history.”

“EuCNC was born in 1992 as “RACE Mobile Workshop” as part of the RACE II European Research Program. It developed during the different EU Research Programs from RACE to ACTS, IST, Framework Program 6 and 7, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe to EuCNC today. This series of annual conferences is the showcase of European collaborative research in the ICT domain and its success stories. The conference is travelling across EU Member States. It offers a great combination of keynotes, panels, scientific contributions, tutorials, exhibitions and social events. International partners are participating and contributing to international cooperation to prepare globally accepted standards in the ICT domain. Therefore, these events are a great place for networking and contribute significantly to build a European and global research community. During these last 30 years the GSM systems was globally deployed and systems such as UMTS, LTE and 5G were developed, standardised and deployed globally. European research programs contributed significantly to this development, which was discussed in this conference series. I would like to wish EuCNC also in future very much success for the further development of mobile and wireless communication. The next step towards the Horizon Europe Research Program is now starting and offers new opportunities.”

Werner Mohr

Retired (formely with Siemens AG, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia, Germany)

István Frigyes

Professor Emeritus, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
2007 IST Mobile Summit General Chair

“This is Version 2 of this Testimony; after having written V1 I learned that it is more than twice of the specified limit and also it contains topics being available elsewhere. So I decided to throw away V1 and write only about personal points: friendships, impressions. Meeting several times – even in scientific topics – can lead to real friendship, as in our case. I mention first Dr. Steve and Mrs. Judy Weinstein. I met Steve at several IEEE conferences along the decades, we cooperated in ComSoc bodies – it was self-evident for me to ask him as Keynote Speaker and was happy to meet them in Budapest. With Prof. Witold and Mrs. Barbara Krzymien (always accompanying Witold) we met at many points of the globe from Dresden to San Francisco, from Seoul to Sidney etc. I asked Witold to organize a North-American special session. I was happy having got Witold’s acceptance and having them here. I respected Dr. Joao da Silva very much, but our acquaintance was/is rather superficial; so I dare not to call myself his friend. We met the first time at Summit #15 in Mikonos. I remember the VIP Dinner there. My wife Kati and I were seated next to the couple da Silva – I remember a very good conversation that time. I also remember: in the period between the two Summits we had 2-3 fine discussions with Dr. da Silva in Brussels – and quite a few here during our Summit; this time Madame da Silva didn’t accompany him.”

“Serving as executive vice chair of the 16th edition of the conference series one of the biggest challenge was to provide necessary bandwidth for the more than 700 participants enable to check their e-mail at wired and wireless access points keeping in mind that one of our panel was entitled as “Future Internet will be Mobile”. Now, the Internet is mobile mostly thanks to the enthused young (remember each of us was young at least one time during this 30 years, and many of us are still) researchers working together in severe excellent research projects presented in this conference series and e-mail checking is not a problem anymore.”

János Bitó

Prof., Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
2007 IST Mobile Summit Executive Vice Chair

Luiz Munõz

Prof., University of Cantabria, Spain
2009 IST Mobile Summit TPC Chair

“The IST Mobile Summits have become a paradigmatic show case of the successful European collaboration in the Information and Communication Technologies domain. During the last 30 years such events have provided a singular meeting point for worldwide researchers, innovators and developers discussing their visions, experiences and dreams. I was honoured to host the 2009 ICT Mobile Summit in Santander (Spain), which took place in the emblematic and beautiful site of Magdalena Palace. Besides the 5 featured plenary sessions, more than 20 project demonstration boots or 29 regular sessions, I am convinced that the 2009 Conference became a corner stone in the Internet of Things European strategy. Many projects which were developed during the following decade were inspired upon the enriching discussions of the four-days 2009 Mobile Summit. My best wishes for many more future successful Summits!”

“EuCNC is literally the cornerstone European conference on network technologies and connectivity systems with a large international dimension. Since its inception in the beginning 90’s, the conference has been organised as the key showcasing and dissemination event of telecom research and it has been contributing to a strong global reputation of excellence of EU research in the field. It has successfully bridged academia / research centres, SMEs and industry and has provided a key stakeholder forum for the definition of future telecommunications research and deployment roadmap, as well as for important discussions, be it on research, business, policy or regulatory side. The exhibition area with various demonstrations has been also something unique and one of the strongest points of the conference. Since my first participation in the conference, in the IST Mobile Communications Summit 2001 in Barcelona, as a Researcher, the Event has tremendously evolved to a “must-visit” Event for the networking community, with extremely high quality standards and constantly increasing participation. I feel honoured and proud that I was a member of the EC organizing team and Steering Committee from 2013 to 2019, having actively contributed to its success and international impact, especially towards 5G research, policy and deployment aspects. I am confident that EuCNC will continue its raving success and I am looking forward to the next editions in the context of the Horizon Europe programme and the new wave of 6G technologies.”

Pavlos Fournogerakis

Project Officer, Unit Secure Society, European Research Executive Agency

Panagiotis Demestichas

Prof., University of Piraeus, Greece
EuCNC 2016 TPC Chair

“A conference and a yearly milestone that has been instrumental in the shaping of wireless communications.  A unique event characterized by the combination of scientific excellence, unique demonstrations, inspiring keynotes, panels and workshops.  I had the honour of hosting and being a chair in the EuCNC 2016 edition, which had the theme “dawn of 5G”.  I am proud to have been part of the teams that won best demonstration booth awards in 2017, 2018 and in 2019.  My participations, contributions and awards in the conference constitute highlights of my career.  Above all it has been an honour to be given the chance to interact with the community at the professional and socializing layers.  Looking forward to next editions, to the shaping of 6G and of the generations to come.”

“EUCNC has been a great source of inspiration to me since I had the pleasure of becoming General Chair in 2017.  The conference gathers a unique set of highly skilled European and global experts who address network technologies and innovation at large.  Their clear and inspiring visions for the future is very valuable in helping us to understand technology developments and to anticipate key policy issues in the years to come.”

Pearse O’Donohue

Director Future Networks Directorate, European Commission

Matti Latva-aho

Prof., University of Oulu, Finland

EuCNC 2016 TP7 Chair

“Oulu – The Home of Radio, as it reads on the wall of Nokia’s Factory of the Future – was proud to host EuCNC 2017. The event, which attracted 640 participants from 32 countries, ran smoothly as we enjoyed sunny days, good company and a very interesting programme making the event a great success. However, the event started with a major challenge in the middle of a Finnish Government crisis. We didn’t know whether the Opening Keynote by the Minister of Transport and Communications would take place or not. Luckily, the Government sorted everything out in the morning just before the programme started. We also received great visibility through a story in PCMag which was written during EuCNC 2017 and discusses Oulu’s success story “How a Small City in Finland Turned Into a 5G Pioneer” (https://uk.pcmag.com/startups/90304/how-a-small-city-in-finland-turned-into-a-5g-pioneer). Right after the event we started preparing a proposal for the National Flagship competition. 6G Flagship was finally launched in May 2018 which brought us back again organizing this year’s unique event, now spiced up with 6G Summit, the first global event series on 6G.”

“The conference has always been the one-stop-shop where you can learn and almost “touch” the latest developments of the European R&I on communications networks. While another essential outcome is of course the great and unique opportunity to meet the large community of researchers and professionals active in the topic. Now, with the 6G Summit joining, the event promises to project us into an even more brilliant future!”

Mario Scillia

Project Officer Unit Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission

Narcis Cardona

iTEAM – Univ. Politècnica de València, Spain
EuCNC 2019 TPC Chair

“The EUCNC2020 was just a single stop of the RACE for innovations from 2G to 6G and beyond.”

Vlatko Lipovac

Prof., University of Dubrovnik, Croatia
EuCNC 2020 TPC Co-Chair

Filipe Cardoso

Prof., Polytech. Institute Setubal, Portugal
EuCNC 2020 TPC Co-Chair

“The need to change EuCNC 2020 to an online conference in only a few months was really a huge challenge but at the end it remains as we already know it, a great and well recognized conference on Networks and Communications.  EuCNC is what it is because of itself and all the excellent researchers in the area. I am really proud to have the opportunity to make part of it.  Besides all the technology that we have today, let us cross our fingers to meet all physically in the very near future.”