Martel Up Scaling 5G and IoT

Martel has been quite busy with a number of activities in the field of 5G and IoT before the summer, preparing for the next steps later in the year.


Within the framework of project EXCITING – EU-China Study on IoT and 5G,  Martel as the Coordinator has been busy with the following events:

  • Martel’s Founder and Director, Mr. Martin Potts, moderating thematic session “The Digital Economy” high-level 12th EU-China Business Summit in Brussels on June 2nd, 2017. During this event, the opening speeches were given by Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) and the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Jean-Claude Juncker referred to an unbalance in the reciprocity of access to each others markets, and Premier Li Kequiang said that new ways of doing business take time to implement in regions with very long-standing traditions. Both speakers stressed the importance of the trade between the two regions (Europe is China’s main trading partner and China is Europe’s 2nd largest trading partner; the value of trade between both regions is €1.5bn per day). Both speakers also reiterated their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. part (1)

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    The 1st Business Leaders Thematic Session moderated by Mr. Potts was entitled: “The Digital Economy” (focusing on the Internet of Things/5G/Industry 4.0) The four distinguished panelists are:
    – Dr. TONG Wen (CTO of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and the head of their 5G R&D group)
    – Mr. Alex Tomb, Vice President Global Regulatory Affairs, BT
    – Dr. LI Jianhua (Chief Development Officer of Didi Chuxing, which bought Uber’s China unit last year)
    – Mr. Massimo Bagnasco, Vice President of the EU Chamber of Commerce in ChinaThe background of the discussion has been based on the close collaboration between Europe and China in the ICT sector, and the value of the co-operation for the creation of jobs in both regions. The EU-China Agreement on 5G signed in September 2015, which has subsequently led to progress in three key areas:
    – Standardisation
    – Spectrum
    – Joint research and development.

    The first question put to the panelists was a general question on how can a strong relationship between China and the EU enhance the capacity of firms to adapt to and embrace the digital transformation and effectively turn challenges into opportunities?To summarise the answers, three areas were identified as important areas for enhancing the capacity of firms to adapt to and embrace the digital transformation and effectively turn challenges into opportunities:
    – Technology
    – Application of the technology
    – Government support.

    The second question put to the panelists was how is the digital economy contributing to strengthening the pillars of global trade and investment?
    A general theme from the panelists was that the digital economy is driving competition and leading to more-affordable products.
    It was also mentioned that the social aspects should not be ignored, with AI and robotics having a role to play in this area. In general, e-commerce was considered to be more advanced in China than in the EU.

    The conclusion from this part of the discussion was that the digital economy can be seen as a “platform economy” that enables economy of scale, and that protectionism must be avoided if the full advantage of the digital economy on global trade and investment is to be realised.

  • Martel attended the EU – China 5G Workshop on July 12th, 2017 in Brussels. The workshop gathered key stakeholders from research, industry and innovation in both the EU and China to build better understandings on how IMT 2020/ 5G PPP can better cooperate. The next stage of collaboration in 5G was also been proposed. Martel presented EXCITING and its relevant activities at the workshop.part
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Martel is becoming increasingly involved in the field of 5G – not only through EXCITING project, but also various support through the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) Initiative. Martel has decided to officially join the the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) as a member. This will enable Martel to be even more active in supporting the European private and public stakeholders and Europe’s various policies and undertakings to develop 5G.


From the EXCITING project, the following activities has been promoted:

  • Facilitating the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European AIOTI (Alliance of IoT Innovation) and AII (Alliance of Industry Internet) in China: This work was first initiated during the preparation phase of the IoT Week (see previous News item: IoT goes Large Scale: Meet Martel at the IoT Week 2017). Since then, a number of drafts have been produced and discussed by the EC and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Both sides have been putting efforts in developing a final version that meets joint requirements and can maximize the cooperation impact. EXCITING as a project that involve partners that play key role in both AIOTI and AII, will continue provide necessary support in advancing the linkage among industrial partners in both the EU and China in the field of IoT.
  • First project webinar in China has been held on July 26th on the topic of IoT and IPv6 development in China, where five experts were invited. Ms. Kai Zhang from Martel was the moderator of the webinar.

From the User Engagement for Large Scale Pilots in the Internet of Things (U4IoT) project:

  • Martel has supported the development of various tools and methods for end-user engagement to be at the disposal of the five European Large-Scale-Pilot Projects: this includes online repository, toolbox (under development), and co-creation workshops

Both 5G and IoT

Under the framework of EXCITING, Martel has worked with a number of partners (University of Surrey, SPI, Inno TSD) to launch an integrated, bilingual survey to better understand the Ecosystem of China’s Future Internet (especially on initiatives, testbeds and framework conditions in the field of 5G and and IoT). Feel free to share with us your opinions!

A number of future events have been planned, so stay tuned!