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Depending on whom you’re listening to, 5G is either already here or still very far away from mass adoption. Both statements are true in their own way; the fact is that 5G technology is something that — whenever it comes along — will change our everyday lives quite a bit.

The deployment of 5G and everything that’s related to it is the topic of the 5G Techritory Forum, the main annual meeting place of all the 5G decisionmakers. This year’s event will take place on November 27—29 in Riga, Latvia.

With over 1,000 attendees and more than 80 speakers, the Forum offers a platform for businesses, industry experts, researchers, governments, and other players to network, brainstorm, and discuss the future of 5G, both on a global and local levels. The invitation-only event is free to attend — apply today to get your invitation and join the conversation.

From round tables to hackathons

The conference agenda this year focuses on collaboration, with three hackathons, high-level roundtable discussions, a meeting of IT ministers from the Baltic Sea region, and much more.

The first of its kind 5G policy hackathon where technology creators, policymakers, and infrastructure providers will work together. The goal is to prototype the legislation that will make it possible to build and use things like autonomous vehicles, connected roads, smart city appliances, and so on. The results of the hackathon will be presented to the digital ministers of the region attending the conference, as well as the European Commission.

In addition to two days of talks and discussions, the conference hosts the “Meet the 5G Technology” expo zone, which offers attendees a hands-on experience with state-of-the-art 5G products. The exhibited technologies can be used in smart city applications, smart media, Industry 4.0, and entertainment.

“Through considering the negative GDP growth in the region, and according to multiple esteemed economists, we are moving towards the next economic crisis,” said Neils Kalniņs, who’s responsible for business development at the Electronic Communications Office of Latvia. “Governments are acknowledging this and are already putting into place initiatives with the intention of boosting the economy to avoid depression. […]

The Baltic Sea Region must also act in order to avoid the impending economic downturn. Considering the region’s advantages as well as existing collaborative efforts already in place, 5G Techritory proposes that the region’s key to economic development in the face of a threat is to throw support behind developing the next generation of Information Communication Technologies (ICT).”

5G testbeds in the North

Driving the innovation across the Baltic Sea region and beyond, the 5G Techritory has become the organisation that’s been the initiator of cross-border planning and collaboration over the past few years. The main area where working together is paramount has proven to be the infrastructure, as the systems like connected highways or smart ports in different countries need to communicate with each other.

One of the collaborative projects initiated by 5G Techritory was research on all of the 5G testbeds — “controlled environments for conducting experiments and developing new 5G solutions” — in the Nordic and Baltic region. The goal is to make it possible that any country could then submit a request to test its solutions in an existing testbed rather than developing its own. That would speed up the deployment of 5G solutions significantly.

According to the results of the research project, Sweden and Finland are currently the leaders in 5G testing in the region, while Latvia has shown to be “the most active 5G technology ambassador” in the Baltics. The study has also shown the rising trend drones being controlled over 5G networks and uncovered the industry’s main problem: the lack of cross-border collaboration.

“What is clear – the implementation of 5G infrastructure is costly, which is one of the main reasons why collaboration between multiple economies is crucial,” wrote Krista Krumina in a story covering the research. “To create advanced 5G infrastructure and to compete with other regions, Nordic-Baltic companies, organizations, and policy-makers must put their heads and finances together.”

The 5G Techritory Forum is a way to solve the issue and get the decision-makers from across the world together. Apply for your invitation today and get a chance to participate in the conversation that may shape the industries of the future.