IEEE 5G Summit Pretoria
Monday, May 06, 2019
Future Africa Campus, Pretoria, South Africa


Image from Brand South Africa

Recently, the IEEE Communication Society has developed a strategic framework based on the principles that embrace industry interests and priorities while integrating IEEE and ComSoc's objectives. In order to engage industry members with high value and innovative technologies, the IEEE Communication Society plans to hold a series of high impact one day Summits in emerging technology areas (e.g., SDN/NFV, 5G, IoT, Big Data, and Cybersecurity). The IEEE Communications Society recently held a series of 5G Summits in North America. The First IEEE 5G Princeton Summit was held at Princeton University on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. It was the first one in the series. The Princeton 5G summit was followed by the Toronto 5G Summit on November 14, 2015 and the Silicon Valley 5G Summit on November 16, 2015. Previous 5G summits were planned in collaboration with local chapters, namely the Patna 5G Summit that took place at IIT Patna, India (the first summit in Asia), followed by the Aalborg 5G Summit (first one in Europe) located at Aalborg University. Most recent IEEE 5G Summits include Austin, Dresden, Tianjin, Berlin, Seattle, and Delhi. These one day summits will provide a platform for industry leaders, innovators, and researchers from industry and the academic community to collaborate and exchange ideas in this emerging technology that may help in driving the standards and rapid deployment.

Opportunities for sponsorships to market and promote your company available at summit. For details, contact Prof. Sunil Maharaj at


Distinguished Speakers*

*Note: The following list is still being finalized and is subject to change.


The Future Africa campus will host the 2019 IEEE 5G Summit in Pretoria.


Future Africa Collage


A map of the Future Africa campus is shown below. The campus is found between the CSIR and the LC de Villiers Sports Ground, around 10 km from the center of Pretoria.



Delegates need to arrange and book their own accomodation. The following hotels are located near the Future Africa campus, and may be convenient to use.


Protea Hotel by Marriott
1141 Burnett St,
Hatfield, Pretoria, 8001
+27 12 364 0300
This hotel is approximately 2.5km away from the Future Africa Campus.
Garden Court Hotel
Corner of End St and Pretorius St,
Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083
+27 12 432 9600
This hotel is approximately 1.6km away from the Future Africa Campus.
City Lodge Hotel Hatfield
407 Hilda St,
Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028
+27 12 423 5000
This hotel is approximately 2.5km away from the Future Africa Campus.
Brooklyn Guesthouses
132 Murray St,
Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0011
+27 12 362 1728
This hotel is approximately 2.6km away from the Future Africa Campus.


Airport and Public Transportation
The O.R. Tambo international airport in Kempton Park, Johannesburg is located approximately 50km away from the venue. It takes 30-40 minutes to drive to Hatfield (the area where the Future Africa campus is found) using the R21 highway from the airport. The Gautrain provides convenient access from the airport to Pretoria, with a station located in Hatfield.

Organizing Committee


Steering Committee




*Note: The schedule is only preliminary and is subject to change.
  08:00 - 09:00     Registration
  09:00 - 09:10     Introduction by Prof. Sunil Maharaj, Dean, EBIT Faculty, UP
  09:10 - 09:30     Welcome remarks and Introduction of IEEE Future Networks Initiative presented by:  Prof. Ashutosh Dutta

  Session Chair:
  09:30 - 10:00    Speaker 1: Dr. Stefano Galli, Huawei, USA
  10:00 - 10:30    Speaker 2: Mr. Giovani Chiareli, MTN South Africa CTO

  10:30 - 11:00    Break for refreshments

  Session Chair:
  11:00 - 11:30    Speaker 3: Prof. Abhay Karandikar, IIT Kanpur, India
  11:30 - 12:00    Speaker 4: TBA
  12:00 - 12.30    Speaker 5: TBA
  12:30 - 13:30    Lunch

  Session Chair:
  13:30 - 14:00   Speaker 6: Dr. Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist CSIR, South Africa
  14:00 - 14:30   Speaker 7: Dr. Piotr Osuch, CTO MultiFactal Semiconductors, South Africa
  14:30 - 15:00   Break for refreshments

  Session Chair:
  15:00 - 15:30   Speaker 8: TBA
  15:30 - 16:00   Speaker 9: TBA
  16:00 - 16:30   Fireside Chat: Reflections for Future Networks Initiative 
  16:30 - 16:45   Concluding Remarks






Registration Fees
ComSoc members FREE
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IEEE members $29
Or add ComSoc half-year membership for only $16.50 (available after March 1) and attend this summit for free!
Nonmembers $99
Or join IEEE and ComSoc (half-year membership) for only $65 (available after March 1) and attend this summit for free!
IEEE Student members $10,
Or join ComSoc (half-year membership) for only $5 (available after March 1) and attend this summit for free!
Student nonmembers $29
Or join IEEE and ComSoc (half year membership) for $18.50 (available after March 1) and attend this summit for free!
Registration link TBA.