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July 13 2020


Online Event

Event Recording

5G, AI and Mobile Networks of the Future [Online Event]

Presented by SGInnovate
Partnered with International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

5G and AI are considered to be among the most disruptive technologies that the world has seen in decades. In recent years, ITU has developed specifications for the integration of AI/ML in future networks including 5G. Today, AI is already incorporated into mobile networks, with a primary focus on reducing capital expenditure, optimising network performance, delivering better customer experience, and building new revenue streams. How will the roles of AI in powering mobile networks of the future evolve?

In the future, applying AI and machine learning to 5G networks and devices may not only help deliver more efficient wireless communications but also open new revenue streams and ecosystems around networks. It could help mobile operators to better prepare in handling operational matters such as increasing traffic demand, anticipating outage issues and meeting higher consumer expectations by predicting and preventing service degradations. In addition, the integration of AI/ML-based intelligent services could drive new businesses and revenues.

Join us as our speakers discuss the possible applications of AI in 5G network management, and learn more about the opportunities and challenges for mobile service providers, and how they can provide personalised services and improve the customer experience with the network quality.

Date: 13 July 2020, Monday 
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (UTC +8)


4:00pm – 4:10pm: Opening Remarks by SGInnovate and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

  • Dr Chaesub Lee, Director, ITU Standardisation Bureau

4:10pm – 5:00pm: Panel Discussion on 5G, AI and Mobile Networks of the Future

  • Connie Ang, Director – Strategy and Planning, Singtel
  • Henning Sanneck, Head of Network Automation, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Vishnu Ram, Independent Researcher
  • Moderator: Annabelle Chiong, Deputy Director - Venture Investing, SGInnovate

Speakers’ Profiles: 

Dr Chaesub Lee, Director, ITU Standardisation Bureau 


Dr Lee has contributed ICT standardisation for over 30 years, specialising in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing. 

He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years. 

Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). 

Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on Next-Generation Networks (NGN) to address the growing need for international standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture, mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on IPTV which worked to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards.  

He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks and cloud) from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. ITU-T Study Group 13 develops standards for NGN, future networks, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment. 

Connie Ang, Director – Strategy and Planning, Singtel 


Connie took on the role of Director, Strategy and Planning in Singtel Group Enterprise in June 2017. Her role involves developing strategy, internally and in collaboration with external consultants, for new growth areas in the various digital and technological spaces for both Singtel Group Enterprise and NCS. She plays a key role in supporting the Lines of Business in the execution of both organic and inorganic growth strategies and drives strategic partnerships and alliances to further business goals for the organisation. She is also helming the role of Centre Director for Singtel FutureNow Innovation Centre, where she drives various customer and partner engagements.  

Prior to joining Singtel, Connie was Head, and Deputy Vice- President, Corporate Planning for NTUC Income. In that role, she led a team to drive strategy development, corporate planning, business results reporting and performance management, as well as carry out environment sensing and market research for the organisation.  

Connie spent a large part of her career in the public sector before moving to the private sector. Being a Public Service Commission scholar, she took on diverse leadership roles which involved strategy development, strategic planning and policy formulation in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of National Development.  

Connie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore, and also holds a post-graduate Masters of Science in Human Geography from the University College London. 

Henning Sanneck, Head of Network Automation, Nokia Bell Labs 


Henning Sanneck heads the “Network Automation” Department at Nokia Bell Labs, Research, in Munich, Germany.  

He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin with a thesis on Voice over IP QoS in 2000. Then, Henning joined Siemens - Mobile Networks as a Senior Research Engineer, becoming an Innovation Project Manager in Radio Network Management in 2003. In 2007, at the formation of Nokia Siemens Networks, he started to lead a line team driving Self Organizing Networks (SON) concepts, IPR and demos for LTE using policy-based management technologies. Since 2009, Henning and his team are working on applying and adapting analytics and machine learning technologies to Radio Network Management (in particular for anomaly detection and diagnosis) using real network data- and simulation-based approaches. In 2014/15, as “Head of Cognitive Network Management” for Nokia Networks Research, he has also acted as the coordinator of the research & standardisation work in that technical area which included the strategy development and technology transfer supervision. Henning’s team has been continuously involved in nationally (BMBF) and internationally (EU) funded research projects. 

His current research interests are in (B)5G Network Management and Orchestration, in a particular configuration, healing and the operation of Cognitive Functions in virtualised, sliced radio access networks (across public and private deployment scenarios). Henning has published 80 papers and has 30 patents granted or published. He has been co-editor of the book “LTE Self-Organizing Networks” and is a co-author of “Towards Cognitive Autonomous Networks” to appear with Wiley in 2020. 

Vishnu Ram, Independent Researche


Vishnu has hands-on experience in the field of Telecom industry for more than two decades, developing and implementing standards, and holds many international granted patents.  

He was nominated to Scientific Advisory Board Associate (SABA) member of Motorola Networks. He currently works with ITU-T as an independent research consultant, is the co-editor of ITU-T Focus Group specifications on Machine learning in 5G.  

His current passion includes coordinating standards initiatives, liaisons with other SDOs, industry bodies, open-source and academia, mentoring student projects and coordinating the ITU "AI/ML in 5G" Global Challenge. 

Moderator’s Profile: 

Annabelle Chiong, Deputy Director - Venture Investing, SGInnovate 


Annabelle Chiong is Deputy Director, Venture Investing and Head of Development at SGInnovate. Her primary areas of focus are investing in early stage startups, helping portfolio companies to grow and engaging with corporates to uncover areas of collaboration with startups. Annabelle’s interests lie in unlocking the potential of founders and making a positive impact through technology. Her experience in scaling startups was honed during her time at Grab where she was an early employee and started two new business units which saw tremendous growth. Prior to joining the startup world, she was in financial services at several banks, including J.P. Morgan and Citi. She holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, First Class Honours, from Imperial College London in United Kingdom. 

Topics: 5G Technology