Introductory Speech: Importance in connectivity in health care planning

Ms Tine Pars, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, Greenland

The infrastructure in Greenland and the Arctic region as such is getting more and more dependent on internet connectivity - also in the health care sector.

Urbanisation and subspecialisation in the medical professions are some of the reasons why the recruitment of staff to the health care sector in Greenland are getting more and more challenging. At the same time the population is getting older and life style and life style is changing with huge impact on public health. Equal access to treatment and nuture, as well as quality in the health care system are challenged, as is the economic burden in the sector. 10 % of the health care sectors budget is used for transport of patients going to treatment at hospitals in and out of the country. The health system is getting totally dependend on the use of Telemedicin and will be even more so in the future. The introduction will focus on the opportunities and limitations for further use of telemedicin in Greenland.


Main Keynote: Arctic 5G: Oxymoron or Opportunity?

Professor Jaap van de Beek, Luleå University of Technology

Connectivity in the arctic has many faces.  While the urban parts of the world see rapid improvements of their fixed and mobile networks, residents and visitors in remote arctic regions naturally expect similar developments; after all, their needs for Internet access are not fundamentally different.  What can they expect in terms of emerging wireless technologies, wireless networks?  Is technology a bottleneck at all?  How will emerging 5G standards and networks play a role in the arctic?  Is an increasing digital divide inevitable?  In this keynote we will shed light on the intricate relation between technology, standards, spectrum regulations and operator business models in rural and remote parts of the world. We will illustrate how eventually new network architectures ann technologies along with new modes of network operation can help providing Internet access everywhere.


The plenary session is chaired by Marina Kalinina, UArctic Vice-President Interregional Cooperation, Northern (Arctic) Federal University