Panel 3

6G and B5G Prospects for Vertical Industry

Friday, 11 June, 11:30-13:00 CEST


  • Markus Dillinger, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, DE


Motivation and Background

The discussions about B5G or 5G evolution and 6G have started ca. 2 years ago and the discussed concepts are vague and circle around higher order MIMO, AI and Distributed Computing. For the vertical industry it is difficult to understand potential benefits, threads, opportunities or even weaknesses of future concepts. Still, 5G is not yet fully commercially in place for vertical applications. For instance, 5G R16 is still to come for commercial cars and 5G R16 does not offer all features the manufacturing industry requirements. The vertical sectors need urgently to get involved in such discussions to avoid useless 6G strategies and insufficient solutions. New solutions should not just be an extrapolation of known 5G concepts by increasing MIMO orders and higher processing powers. Moreover, 6G must address e.g. energy saving concepts by making more intelligent use of resources and offering new use cases which were not addressed in 5G. We will naturally see new capabilities by merging sensing and communication technologies, new short range use cases like body area networks and the emerging of non-terrestrial network as integral part of the 6G story. The panellists will try to identify new 6G technical enablers and concept and will discuss their potential benefits or concerns for automotive, ehealth, manufacturing and other verticals.



  • What are the short-comings you see in 5G networks and their known 3GPP features?
  • Benefits of using much higher radio frequencies up to VLC in your industry?
  • Is there a need for better short range communications and networks for your industry?
  • Which benefits you expect from NTN and its potential integration into terrestrial networks?
  • What are the potential threads for vertical industries?
  • Which use cases can be better supported by 6G or 5G evolution networks?



The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Markus Dillinger (moderator) (Head of 5G R&D for verticals, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, DE)
  • Nancy Alonistioti (Αssoc. Prof. in Informatics and Telecommunications, Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, N. K. University of Athens, GR)
  • Antonio Eduardo Fernandez-Barciela (Stellantis, Car2X connectivity expert)
  • Andreas Mueller (Head of Communication and Network Technology in the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, DE)
  • Frederic Thepot (Director, DOCOMO Laboratories Europe GmbH, Munich, DE)
  • Christoph Thuemmler (Physician and the Clinical Lead of the Clinic for Care of the Elderly at Leipzig Park Klinikum and Head of the Centre for Care of the Elderly of Leipzig, DE)
  • Jorge Graça (Chief Technology and Information Officer, and Executive Board Member, NOS SGPS, PT)

Markus Dillinger

Markus Dillinger received his Diplom-Ing. degree in telecommunications in 1990 from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1991, he joined the Mobile Network Division at Siemens for development of GSM base stations.
From 1995 on, he was working on the definition of the third mobile radio generation in the European research projects. From 2000, he led the Software Defined Radio research activities within the Siemens network division. He was leading several EU research programmes. From 2005 onwards, he was director for mobile broadband solutions and later for enterprise solutions dealing with railway projects. In 2010, he joined Huawei Germany and was director for enterprise solutions for smart grid. In 2013, he joined Huawei European Research Centre as Head of Wireless Internet Technologies and is now Director for 5G Industry Communications. He runs private and public R&D programmes for e.g. car-to-car and automation supporting 3GPP standardization and normative work for the vertical industry.
He is Steering Board member of EATA, was Technical Manager of 5GCar project and initiator of 5GCroCo project. In September 2016, he was appointed as Executive Committee member for the 5GAA. He was the initiator of 5GAA and leads the Munich team for their technical contributions to Working Groups in 3GPP / 5GAA and other initiatives.

Nancy Alonistioti

Nancy Alonistioti is Αssoc. Prof. in Informatics and Telecommunications in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, of which she is currently Vice-Chair, of the N. K. Uni. of Athens. She has over 20 years of experience in numerous national and European projects, including project/technical management experience (e.g., MOBIVAS, ANWIRE, LIAISON, E2R I&II, E3, SelfNET, SACRA, CONSERN, UniverSelf, SmartAgriFood). She is currently leading the SCAN group activities. She has served as member of the Future Internet Assembly Steering Committee. Recent activities and projects are in the areas of 5G (5GCroco, 5GROWTH), 6G (RISE 6G), European Digital Innovation Hubs (coordinator of LIVINGTRAC) and Smart cities and Smart Maritime (national projects). She is member of the ETSI Experts group and the Greek standardization group ELOT (5G, smart city autonomic communications). She has over 150 publications in the area of mobile networks, NGI, SDN/NFV, IoT and AI, Smart City/Maritime applications, autonomic communications and reconfigurable mobile systems. She is coauthor of 4 WO Patents and has more than 2500 citations

Antonio Fernandez Barciela

Antonio Fernandez Barciela, is Car2X expert at Stellantis. He graduated in Telecom Vigo with long experience in mobile oriented projects and a strong IT background in network, security and protocols. Experience as a voice and data architecture for corporate mobile environments. From 2012 working in the R&D department of PSA for connectivity projects. He is the WG5 chair in 5GAA for business model and go to market strategies. Project leader and contributor in national and international (AUTOPILOT, TOWARDS5G, 5GCAR, CONCORDA, SAT2CAR, 5GCROCO) innovation projects, working closely with companies from the automotive and the IT world. He is a well-known Car2X connectivity expert holding several patents.

Andreas Mueller

Andreas Mueller is the Head of Communication and Network Technology in the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany and at the same time the Bosch Chief Expert for Communication Technologies for the IoT. In addition to that, he is coordinating the Industrial 5G activities of Bosch across the different business units. He also serves as General Chair of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA), the globally leading initiative for driving and shaping Industrial 5G. Prior to joining Bosch, Andreas was a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Telecommunications of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he was contributing to the further development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution towards LTE-Advanced. Besides, he was working as a Systems Engineer for Rohde & Schwarz, developing a novel software-defined radio based communication system for the German Armed Forces. Andreas holds a German Diploma degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) and a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, all from the University of Stuttgart, Germany

Christoph Thuemmler

Prof. Christoph Thuemmler is a physician and the Clinical Lead of the Clinic for Care of the Elderly at Leipzig Park Klinikum and head of the Centre for Care of the Elderly of Leipzig region. He has also been a Professor of eHealth with Edinburgh Napier University since 2010. He has been working with wireless technologies, the Internet of Things and mobile radio technologies in the health domain for more than 20 years. Prof. Thuemmler was an advisor to the EC at the EU-China round table on the IoT and also served as the convener of the 5G Health vertical of 5GPP in the first years of the project campaign. Amongst many other publications he contributed to MWC conference papers and the 5GPP health vertical white paper. Lately he implemented the first 5G hospital campus network in Europe at Helios Campus Leipzig, Germany. The initiative has been funded by the state of Saxony. Testing and validation of the facility has recently commenced and the 5G campus network should be ready for testing innovative medical technology by summer 2021. He is the founder of the 6GHealth Institute, which will focus on the standards and specifications of 6G for the health domain.

Frederic THEPOT

Frederic THEPOT joined NTT DOCOMO in 2005 as Senior Manager, Standardization and was responsible for 3GPP SA1/SA2 activities as well ETSI and NGMN activities within NTT DOCOMO Global Standardization team. During that time, he pioneered the 4G/LTE new core architecture transformation “All-IP-Network” and started many new study and work items like M2M. He is now the Director of DOCOMO Laboratories Europe whose role is to develop the necessary 5G and NFV standards within 3GPP, ETSI, NGMN, 5G-ACIA and 5GAA in order to accelerate the deployment of 5G services to a broader ecosystem. In particular, he started tri-lateral collaboration on V2X with both Telecom vendors and Car OEM in Japan and Europe. He is currently elected Board Member of 5GAA.

Jorge Graça

Jorge Graça is an Executive Board Member at NOS SGPS. As Chief Technology and Information Officer, he leads all the technology deployment and operations including mobile and fixed networks, IT infrastructure and service platforms. In recent years, he led the transformation of NOS network, preparing for the arrival of 5G and edge computing technology.
Jorge Graça started his career at Boston Consulting Group; his entire professional path has been in the telecommunications industry. Jorge has held positions in planning and control, strategic convergence and television services at Portugal Telecom and was Director of ZON TV Cabo responsible for Product and Marketing areas. He has a bachelor’s in management from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and an MBA in Analytical Finance & Marketing from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.