ITS Europe Conference 2019

Aalto University and the International Telecommunications Society ITS expect over a hundred network communications experts to the ITS Europe 2019 conference in Otaniemi, Espoo in June. The theme is Towards a Connected and Automated Society.


June 16-19, 2019, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Digitalization is rapidly changing our society. The proliferation of easy-to-use devices and cloud-based applications is dramatically moulding our daily life, often in unpredictable and surprising ways. The underlying foundation of this evolution is the global service and connectivity infrastructure.

We welcome submissions on the evolution of the global service and connectivity infrastructure, 5G and smart cities.

Prof. Heikki Hämmäinen, Department of Communications and Networking

Many important techno-political and socio-economic questions regarding the evolution of this infrastructure centre on fibre and wireless. 5G, as the next generation mobile access technology, may play a key role in unifying the architecture and ecosystems, casting aside in the process a series of dichotomies such as fixed vs. mobile, indoors vs. outdoors, humans vs. machines, broadcasting vs. Internet, boundaries of the cloud vs. network. Notably, 5G is not only the next mobile technology generation but it is also a significant game changer in the wider communication ecosystem. 5G small cells on higher frequency bands, in particular, are creating pressure for structural changes affecting both co-operation and competition across the industry.

Reflecting the trend of growing proportions of the population living in cities, smart city efforts are gaining ground globally. In addition to human users, a city network needs to support large numbers of automated sensors and actuators. This raises many questions regarding the privacy of citizens, the improved coordination of telecommunication and power cabling, the limits of safe automation and how the massive number of base station antennas required can be accommodated.

We welcome submissions on the evolution of the global service and connectivity infrastructure, 5G and smart cities. In particular, submissions that address these issues through in a multidisciplinary manner are encouraged. In addition, we welcome submissions on a range of topics as outlined below:

  • Infrastructure investment strategies in both fixed and mobile markets
  • Consolidation in mobile markets – drivers for and impact of
  • Digital divides – their changing nature and how they can be overcome
  • Monopolisation within high-technology markets – e.g., how can markets be defined and monopolisation measured, critical assessment of the strategies the Amazon, Facebook, Google etc.
  • The socio-economic impact of new technologies – e.g., 5G, IoT, AI, blockchain
  • Convergence and bundling – business models, strategies and regulation
  • How new technologies like blockchain are encouraging the development of new innovative business models.
  • The impact of OTT on the telecommunications sector
  • Greening the ICT sector
  • Operator strategies – bundling, content and convergence
  • The adoption of ICT in other sectors – manufacturing, transportation etc.
  • The role and nature of platforms and ecosystems
  • Platforms and ecosystems – their scope, regulation and integrative impact
  • The emergence of new innovative regulatory tools and techniques to encourage infrastructure investment, universal access, adoption etc.
  • Encouraging ICT innovation in Europe

The submission is now closed. Please check the preliminary program.

Conference webpage:


Local Organizer: 

Prof. Heikki HÄMMÄINEN
Department of Communications and Networking
Aalto University, HELSINKI ESPOO, Finland
[email protected]

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