NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2016

The NGMN Industry Conference & Exhibition 2016 on 12-13 October in Frankfurt was again a great success. With more than 400 attendees the participation level that was even higher than last year!


NGMN would like to thank all speakers, moderators, panellist, exhibitors, event sponsors, event cooperation partners, event media partners and all conference and exhibition participants for making this a very successful and memorable event.


It was an honour for us to welcome representatives from all major global Operators, Vendors, Researchers, Governmental Institutions, Standards Development Organisations, and other Industry Stakeholders during these 1.5 days.


Most importantly, we definitely achieved to provide a comprehensive overview on the “Status of Demand & Delivery of 5G” with a first-class line-up of top management speakers and panellists.


We hope that you have received valuable insights from the excellent speeches and discussions at the conference and from the world-leading exhibition of our Partners.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next NGMN Industry Conference.


NGMN Alliance appoints new Board of Directors and elects Johan Wibergh as Chairman

The Annual General Meeting of the NGMN Alliance appointed new Board Members on October 12th, 2016. The new Board Members elected for the period from 2016 to 2018 are:


  • Tom Keathley, SVP Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T
  • Bruce Rodin, VP Wireless Networks, Bell Canada
  • Ameet Shah, Group Strategy Director, BT
  • Huang Yuhong, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile
  • Shyang-Yih Chen, President of Telecom. Laboratories, Chunghwa Telecom
  • Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom
  • Paul Berriman, Group CTO, Hong Kong Telecom
  • Jacob Groote, VP Mobile Operations, KPN
  • Seong-Mok Oh, SEVP and Head of Network Group, KT
  • Armin Huewels, VP Wireless Technologies, Liberty Global
  • Doug Smith, CEO, Ligado Networks
  • Seizo Onoe, CTO and Member of the Board, NTT DOCOMO
  • Alain Maloberti, SVP, Orange Labs Networks, Orange
  • Tay Soo Meng, Group CTO, Singtel
  • Jin-Hyo Park, SVP and Head of Network Technology R&D Centre, SK Telecom
  • Günther Ottendorfer, COO Technology, Sprint
  • Sandro Dionisi, Director of Global Advisory Services, Telecom Italia
  • Enrique Blanco, Group CTO, Telefonica
  • Wolfgang Fleischer, Head of Network Virtualization, Telekom Austria
  • Mats Svärdh, Head of Networks & IT Infrastructure, Global Services & Operations, Telia Company
  • Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS
  • Neville Ray, EVP and CTO, T-Mobile US
  • Gediz Sezgin, Chief Network Technologies Officer, Turkcell
  • Michael S. Irizarry, EVP & CTO Engineering and Information Services, US Cellular
  • Adam Koeppe, VP of Network Technology Planning, Verizon
  • Tommy Ljunggren, Group Director Architecture and Security, VimpelCom
  • Johan Wibergh, Group CTO, Vodafone
  • Peter Meissner, CEO, NGMN


At its first meeting, the Board of Directors elected Johan Wibergh from Vodafone as new NGMN Chairman. The Board also agreed to focus its work-programme in the next years on key industry areas, in particular, international 5G trials and testing, end-to-end architecture, IPR and spectrum demand. In addition, the Board highlighted its commitment to maintain and grow NGMN’s network of industry vertical representatives for the work on 5G solutions addressing future business opportunities.

In his concluding remarks, Johan Wibergh stated: “I am honoured to be appointed as the Chairman of the NGMN Board and want to express my sincere appreciation to the former Chairman Bruno Jacobfeuerborn. Under his leadership the NGMN Alliance has grown significantly and has successfully developed the widely-acknowledged NGMN 5G White Paper. I am fully committed to continue his excellent work and to contribute Vodafone’s expertise in the Alliance’s efforts to shape the 5G development in the coming years.”