Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar |Beyond the 5G Launch: The Future of Personal Communications & Digital Infrastructure

11 November 2020, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

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Professor Tim Whitley, Managing Director of Applied Research at BT, will explore the service and infrastructure requirements in the context of use-cases as we look to the future of communication technologies beyond 5G.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Beyond the 5G Launch: The Future of Personal Communications & Digital Infrastructure

The latest generation of mobile networks (5G) has launched offering entirely new capabilities. 5G is at the start of its journey and, based on previous experience, will be with us for 20 years. Over that time applications will evolve that will quite simply transform the way we live our lives, run our businesses and operate our economy. Over this time the underlying network will inevitably evolve too.

In this talk, Tim will discuss the service requirements, with examples use-cases, that will drive increasingly demanding network requirements for the solutions that we believe will drive opportunity for applications providers, network operators, the ecosystem of equipment vendors but above all customers.

BT's perspective on the promising areas of research for the evolution of 5G will be highlighted, always remembering that our imperfect ability to forecast consumer trends in the far future points to a need for increased convergence, simplicity, personalisation and flexibility.

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Izzat Darwazeh

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

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About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Professor Tim Whitley

MD Applied Research at BT

Professor Timothy Whitley is a BT Distinguished Engineer and serves as MD Applied Research for BT and MD of BT’s Technology Campus ‘Adastral Park’ in Suffolk, England.

He is accountable for all aspects of BT’s Global Research activities, which includes applied research, technology and partnerships with world leading universities. From 2007 to 2011 he was BT Corporate Strategy Director.

Tim holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Optical Fibre Systems. Tim is a Board member for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and a BT visiting Professor with the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex.

In December 2016, Professor Whitley was appointed as a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by the UK Government.

In February 2018 Tim was admitted as BT's William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College Cambridge. Tim joined BT in 1981 as a Telephone Engineering apprentice in North Wales and has held roles in Research, Technical Architecture, Strategic Analysis and Corporate Strategy.

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