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VIRTUAL DEBATE: How will 5G assist a rapidly urbanising world?

VIRTUAL DEBATE: How will 5G assist a rapidly urbanising world?


Friday 11 September 2020



Live session already taken place


Length 90mins, including Q&A


Recording available here



Over one million more people are either born-into or move-into a city every week, and this is set to continue until the middle of the century as global population moves from 7bn to 9bn. Rapid urbanisation, an ageing population, climate change, and now pandemics, seem to be four of this centuries few certainties. It’s a challenging opportunity for public policy maker.

In this context how can 5G be used to improve life in cities, and address the urban challenges of:

  • Mobility, public health, ageing, city-planning, and resilience
  • Is neutral hosting the best solution for 5G in cities, and what about data ownership?
  • Will a tech-lash fuelled by ‘big brother’ surveillance concerns disrupt progress?
  • And what about fun, sport, art and culture in public places?

The Panel Debate will include interactive polling and Q&A sessions with the live audience.



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Rhys Enfield,

Head of Infrastructure Acceleration,



Rhys is an expert in mobile network deployment, previously working for both operators and vendors in the telecoms sector since the mid-90s. Rhys is our Head of Infrastructure Acceleration and has the primary role of accelerating 5G across the region by removing barriers, improving processes and facilitating relationships between the mobile operators and the local councils.

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Ann Williams

Commissioning and Contracts Manager, Liverpool City Council

Co-Chair UK5G, Connected Places Working Group


Ann has played a lead role in securing the 5G testbed trial for Health and Social Care at Liverpool. As part of the EU’s STOP&GO programme she focused on digitalising domiciliary care services and introducing IoT sensors to homes. She worked in local and regional Citizen Advice Bureau management for 19 years.

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Keith Miller

CEO, Pendragon Management,

Member of UK5G’s Connected Places Working Group


Keith has over 40 years Telecoms experience around the world ranging from Divisional Head to CEO of VC backed companies. Over the last years he has run PMO’s for national rollouts, created Governance and inspection teams of multiple sub contractors and their installations across Saudi Arabia and headed Smart city and IOT projects across the Gulf and India.

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Dr Khalid Nur CEng MIET
Principal Technologist

Connected Places Catapult


Dr Khalid Nur is a Chartered Engineer with strong research and consultancy experience in transport and technology systems. Khalid has led the delivery of a variety of projects across transport modes and has expertise in systems engineering, and analysis of technology and mobility services. He developed transport technology strategies and roadmaps including Connectivity and Intelligent Mobility strategies for public and private sectors in the UK and abroad

Graeme Neill




Graeme has many years of experience as a B2B journalist and editor, specialising in technological innovation and its impact in cities.


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Paul Wilson

Senior Advisor UK5G, Advisory Board Chair - Smart Cities World


Paul has more than 20 years’ international experience in the technology sector, including as CMO of $3bn SunGard Financial System and CEO of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. He established Bristol Is Open – a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, which deployed a virtualized digital infrastructure across the city.


Paul went on to advise the UK Government on its £200m 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme, became a co-founder of UK5G, and worked as TM Forum’s CMO, helping the global digital association work with its members to set various open standards and best practices for companies transforming into digital service providers.