Introductory Keynote: Connectivity in serving the needs of communities

Assia Brandrup-Lukanow, Former Executive Medical Officer, Denmark

Technological development has revolutionized the speed with which we can physically connect with each other by faster travel and transport, and the speed at which necessary goods can be transported to individuals and communities, allowing, among others, the development and strengthening of infrastructure and more equitable access to goods within a country or also even regionally and globally. Technological development has also totally changed the speed and way we can communicate with each other across long distances through telecommunications and effective internet connections. But how can we use this improved technology and connectivity to improve the quality of life for individuals, particularly those living far away from the centers of knowledge and specialized resources? This presentation will discuss links between technological and social development and achievements of some of the sustainable development goals, using some examples from health and development.  


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