IEEE Global Communications Conference
7–11 December 2021 // Madrid, Spain // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Connecting Cultures around the Globe

Executive Forum

Executive Forum: “The Route to 6G” (9 December, 14:00 CET)

Abstract: 6G becomes the hotspot for the wireless research community, whilst the journey to 6G is still many years ahead. The road to 6G entails a process for the fundamental research for 6G technologies, the development of the 6G enabling technologies and standardization of 6G technologies. In this Executive Forum, we will focus on the discussion and debate of the 6G times-line, and route to global standardization on 6G.

Moderator: Dr. Wen Tong, CTO, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Canada

Executive Forum Panelists:

  • Yuhong Huang, Deputy General Manager for China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile, China
  • Eric Hardouin, VP Ambient Connectivity Research, Orange, France
  • Patrick Waldemar, VP Telenor Research, Telenor Group, Norway
  • David Lister, Senior R&D Manager, Futurist, Vodafone Group


Wen TongWen Tong

Dr. Wen Tong is the CTO, Huawei Wireless. He is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, Dr. Tong was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he is the Huawei 5G chief scientist and leads Huawei’s 10-year-long 5G wireless technologies research and development.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada.
Dr. Tong is industry recognized leader in invention and standardization of advanced wireless technologies, he is the key contributor to 3GPP since its inception. Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems” in 2014, and IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018. He is also the recipient of R.A. Fessenden Medal. For the past three decades, he had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with more than 500 granted US patents.
Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he also serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance. He is based in Ottawa, Canada.

Yuhong Huang

Yuhong Huang is the Deputy General Manager for China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile, China, she has been working for China Mobile since 1996. She has been responsible for the technology strategy, specifications and trials for key projects like GSM900/1800 dual band network, GPRS, CMNeT, IP dedicated network, 3G, 4G TD-LTE/FDD LTE and 5G. She is also responsible for the standardization and industry cooperation in CMRI. Currently, she is Board member of NGMN.

Eric Hardouin

Dr. Eric Hardouin is the director of the “Ambient Connectivity” research domain of Orange Labs, which investigates future access and transport networks and technologies, as well as related business models.
Eric received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne and the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2004.
Since 2004, he has been with Orange Labs, where he has conducted or supervised research on interference mitigation for mobile networks. Between 2008 and 2013 he represented Orange in the physical layer standardization group of 3GPP (RAN WG1) for HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced.
From 2012 to 2015, Eric led the research on wireless networks in Orange Labs. Eric had a leading role in the NGMN 5G White Paper, as co-lead of the work on 5G requirements.

Patrick Waldemar

Dr. Patrick Waldemar is VP Telenor Research, Telenor Group. Patrick Waldemar joined Telenor in 2002 and is Vice President in Telenor Research. He has more than 20 years of management experience and education within Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing and Information Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunication from NTNU and a Master of Management from Oslo Business School (BI). He has experience from research & development in telecommunications and the oil industry, software development and strategic management work. Over the last 8 years, Patrick has been head of Telenor's research on next generation network technologies focusing on 5G and 6G. Previously he has been head of development in Canal Digital.

David Lister

David Lister leads research on future disruptive technologies within Vodafone Group. He has 30 years’ experience that spans the introduction of 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies and has held technical and commercial roles related to spectrum regulation, standards development, and new product introduction. He is currently responsible for all aspects of 6G research in Vodafone Group and is the co-lead of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) strategic programme on 6G that has recently published its 6G Vision representing a consolidated and global mobile operator view. David holds degrees in electrical engineering, renewable energy, and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET.