Latvia to dis­cuss 5G com­mer­cial­iza­tion at fo­rum in Novem­ber

The Korea Times - - EMBASSY ROW - By Yi Whan-woo yis­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Latvia will host an an­nual fo­rum on fifth-gen­er­a­tion (5G) wire­less tech­nol­ogy from Nov. 27 to 29, the Lat­vian Em­bassy in Seoul said last week.

The 2nd Baltic Sea Re­gion 5G Ecosys­tem Fo­rum will be held in the Lat­vian cap­i­tal of Riga.

The Elec­tronic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Of­fice of Latvia, in co­op­er­a­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union and the In­vest­ment and De­vel­op­ment Agency of Latvia, is or­ga­niz­ing the fo­rum.

Also called 5G Techri­tory, the three-day fo­rum will bring to­gether more than 1,000 pol­i­cy­mak­ers, busi­ness lead­ers and other 5G ex­perts from Europe, the United States and Asia.

They will in­clude ex­ec­u­tives from Mi­crosoft, Qual­comm, Cisco, Deutsche Telecomm and Nokia.

From the Korean side will be Gweon Sun-cheol, vice chair­man of the coun­try’s 5G Fo­rum Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

They will dis­cuss com­mer­cially vi­able 5G busi­ness models re­lated to smart cities, smart mo­bil­ity and In­dus­try 4.0, which refers to the grad­ual com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­dus­trial prac­tices with dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy.

“We are happy to host the lead­ing minds of 5G, a new gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy, from Europe and be­yond,” Lat­vian Prime Min­is­ter Kris­ja­nis Karins said in a press re­lease. “5G has a great po­ten­tial to im­prove our busi­nesses and our ev­ery­day life. The fo­rum will be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss and lay foun­da­tions for suc­cess­ful cross-bor­der col­lab­o­ra­tion, where pol­icy and busi­ness con­verge.”

The fo­rum, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers, is ex­pected to serve as “a plat­form for cross-bor­der, cross-level and cross-sec­toral col­lab­o­ra­tion” in the Baltic Sea re­gion.

The re­gion in­cludes Den­mark, Es­to­nia, Fin­land, Ger­many, Latvia, Lithua­nia, Nor­way, Poland and Swe­den. The re­gion has a pop­u­la­tion of more than 150 mil­lion, which makes it “on par with global su­per­pow­ers,” ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers.

The fo­rum will in­clude an in­au­gu­ral “hackathon” among pol­i­cy­mak­ers, with the goal of dis­cov­er­ing any prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with poli­cies us­ing 5G.

“5G is one of those tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs that have the po­ten­tial to change the way we live,” Karins said. “We have to be re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment and leg­is­la­tion at a cross-bor­der level that will en­able in­no­va­tions and in­crease our eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness glob­ally.”

He added the hackathon is ex­pected to help pre­pare bet­ter leg­is­la­tion for the pos­si­bil­i­ties that 5G tech­nolo­gies will cre­ate and to estab­lish the Baltic Sea re­gion as a leader in 5G in­no­va­tion.

The first 5G Techri­tory was held in Septem­ber 2018.

It dis­cussed ideal busi­ness models us­ing 5G, the Baltic Sea re­gion’s con­tri­bu­tions for “a healthy 5G ecosys­tem” and also how the fo­rum can serve as a role model for build­ing a “Euro­pean Gi­ga­bit So­ci­ety.”

Mean­while, the or­ga­niz­ers un­der­scored that Latvia is ranked third in 5G readi­ness in Europe.

Re­cent de­vel­op­ments in­clude the launch of a 5G mo­bile net­work in July and Lat­vian lan­guage trans­la­tion com­pany Tilde win­ing a ma­chine trans­la­tion award for the third straight year in Au­gust.

The Baltic state rolled out su­per­fast 5G wire­less tech­nol­ogy, af­ter com­plet­ing the rel­e­vant tests in Septem­ber 2018.

Tilde won this year’s Work­shop on Ma­chine Trans­la­tion (WMT), the world’s largest such con­test, held in Florence, Italy.

Tilde out­per­formed in­ter­na­tional soft­ware giants like Google and Mi­crosoft in English-Lithua­nian trans­la­tion be­fore cap­tur­ing its third straight win in this an­nual work­shop.

Tilde com­peted in Es­to­nian-English trans­la­tion in 2018 and Lat­vian-English trans­la­tion in 2017.

A poster of the 2nd Baltic Sea Re­gion 5G Ecosys­tem Fo­rum

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