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INGR Webinar Series: Connecting the Unconnected: To Bridge the Digital Divide
Connecting the Unconnected or under-connected (CTU) is the holy grail of transforming the lives of over 3 billion people around the globe with wireless Internet who are yet to experience its value in multiple ways. B5G leading to 6G is being discussed for societal impact to benefit all. IEEE Future Networks CTU Working Group endeavors to highlight the need to consider the CTU requirements in 5G and B5G networks in the standardization process, in the development of the use cases, and affordable solutions. This webinar presents the scope of the CTU WG, provides a brief overview of the relevant stakeholders and linkages between them, and then goes into the current status of the CTU landscape and where we want to reach to accomplish the vision of connecting everybody, especially those living in rural and remote areas. We present the various standards and industry fora and how they are interlinked. While technologies are available today, they need to be customized and optimized at the systems level to bring down the cost of the network to be affordable. In addition, the content needs to be relevant, in local languages, and user interface simple and intuitive. In this talk, we also touch upon a number of technology gaps to be filled in 5G and B5G networks, such that access is affordable and content and services are actually consumed by the target set of users. Technology aside, need to develop innovative business models is a must to be commercially sustainable in the long-term. A number of such models are discussed. Finally, we present the details of the ongoing global CTU competition and Summit launched by the Future Networks Initiative to motivate and commercialize the best concepts and solutions for potential deployment that will also be commercially sustainable. This CTU summit is scheduled to take place during November 3, 4, and 5, 2021.

Oct 20, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ashutosh Dutta
Senior Scientist and 5G Chief Strategist @Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL)
Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Scientist and 5G Chief Strategist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. He also serves as Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional (EP) Program at JHU. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, JHU, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. As a Technical Leader in 5G and security, Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities.
Sudhir Dixit
Co-Founder @Basic Internet Foundation
Sudhir Dixit is a Co-Founder of the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo, Norway, and heads its US operations. He is also a Docent at the University of Oulu, and is associated with the Academy of Finland Flagship Program, 6G Flagship, led by the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland. He is also Working Group Co-Chair of the New Directions in Networking and 6G groups and Vice Chair of Americas at the Wireless World Research Forum. He is a Co-Chair of the IEEE FNI CTU Working Group. From 2015 to 2017 he was the CEO and Co-Founder of a start-up, Skydoot, Inc. From 2009 to 2015, he was a Distinguished Chief Technologist and CTO of the Communications and Media Services for the Americas Region of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services in Palo Alto, CA, and the Director of Hewlett-Packard Labs India in Palo Alto and Bangalore. Before joining HP, he held various leadership and technical positions at BlackBerry, Nokia, NSN and Verizon Communications.