The 7th GIO Roundtable

Shanghai, China
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Events Introduction

The 7th GIO Roundtable was held on February 22, 2021 from 4:00–7:00 PM (CST) in Shanghai, China, cohosted by CAME and SAC/TC 124, during the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021. We shared insights with industry experts on industry DX trends and the latest practices in certain fields, such as Deep Integration of Industry Knowledge and ICT Technologies, digital transformation of health care, like 5G telemedicine, trusted Data Sharing for Emergency, harmonize architectures between ICT/Health/Climate. We reviewed the terms of reference & operation model documents of GIO, and reached a consensus on our annual targets and milestones to advance the digital economy.


16:00 – 16:05
William XuGIO chair
16:05 – 16:10
Qingjun LuCo-chair of the 7th GIO Roundtable
16:10 – 16:15
Jinsong OuyangCo-chair of the 7th GIO Roundtable
GIO progress
16:15 – 16:30
Martin CreanerGIO Operation Team
Industry perspective and Highlight Practice
16:30 – 16:50
Zhenshan ZhongVice President, Emerging Technology Research, IDC China
16:50 – 17:10
Qingjun LuChair, National Telemedicine and Connected Healthcare Center
17:10 – 17:30
Joann O’BrienVice President, Digital Ecosystem, TM Forum
17:30 – 17:40
Tea break
Open discussion
18:00 – 18:55
Guided by Jason Dai Martin Creaner5GDNA GIO Operation Team

Expert View

William Xu
GIO Chair
GIO is a multilateral platform that helps international organizations communicate and connect. It’s where industry organizations gather to discuss how to use ICT technologies to enable digital transformations in various industries.
Qingjun Lu
Co-chair of the 7th GIO Roundtable
Digital health is a positive trend for the future, and the systems need innovation. We also need to explore how 5G can support the new digital healthcare ecosystem. Therefore, we have to innovate and collaborate with the industry. I believe GIO is a great platform for providing the opportunity for integrating technologies across industries.
Qingjun Lu
Co-chair of the 7th GIO Roundtable
We need to provide a platform to research and develop medical technologies, and make them available to medical equipment vendors. There should be a standard protocol to make sure it is open to everyone. We should start with focused technologies and fields, and drive new development models. Telecom companies will be our main partners.
Jinsong Ouyang
ITEI SAC/TC 124 wishes to share its experience in the smart manufacturing and digital medical equipment with you. GIO has pursued its commitment since it started, and we are looking forward to improving the operational mechanisms of GIO. We hope the mechanisms to be more practical and focused.
Martin Creaner
GIO Operation Team
GIO has formed working groups around smart manufacturing, digital healthcare, and smart infrastructure. We have held a wide range of webinars and roundtables and published whitepapers in these three areas. We will be forming a range of communities of interests to discuss different topics. We’ve made some changes to the Operations document and the Terms of Reference document to define working groups and communities of interests.
Martin Creaner
GIO Operation Team
I think a cloud-based and communication-based platform is going to be needed to open up 5GtoB opportunities. Vertical industries may want digital services like payment and matching capabilities that directly connect to an industry platform. As a big step forward for the industry, I think we need to move the concept to an industry digital platform, create a knowledge ecosystem, and develop a new business model.
Zhenshan Zhong
The convergence of IT and OT technologies can help us pass on industry knowhow. We can adopt a micro-service architecture to package our industry knowhow. We need joint efforts between industry alliances, standards organizations, and government agencies to build a cross-industry general platform. We wish Chinese enterprises, particularly those in traditional industries, will take the lead in the digital transformation journey.
Qingjun Lu
Co-chair of the 7th GIO Roundtable
Digital healthcare is now a national strategy. High-quality, deterministic 5G networks with unified standards are required to ensure the quality of medical services and patient safety. We have worked with more than 200 hospitals and equipment vendors to research and apply standards. Without 5G infrastructure, smart hospitals are impossible.
Joann O’Brien
TM Forum
Digital health is still in its infancy; however, it is growing very fast. We will continue to break down barriers of ICT and the healthcare industry for innovations, so as to cooperate and share trusted data and best practice for climate, for health, and for emergency response.
Nik Willetts
TM Forum
Driving global collaboration can help us solve the most important problems in the healthcare industry. That’s where the organizations in the GIO have an incredibly important role to play. The GIO is serious about overcoming the challenges of presenting everything we know, delivering the right services, and an ecosystem that can interoperate and work more effectively.
Nik Willetts
TM Forum
Having an industry-by-industry approach is critical for the telecom industry to play a meaningful role in the ecosystem. The ecosystem is not static, but continuously changing, and there needs to be a common language and a degree of openness. We can’t realize digitalization all at once and need to select some areas to make a framework that can be used and reused.
Luigi Licciardi
GIO, with its roundtables and webinars, can facilitate a lot of capabilities through working together and sharing ideas. In 2020, we shared our views on ADI. We can see that network slicing is a key capability of ADI, and we want to have something that is usable in terms of industrialization in the medium term or in the next 5 years.
Jason Dai
5G deterministic networks (5GDN) are quite important for industrial digitalization. At deployment, we find some major challenges in devices and modules, network itself, and business and service model. We need a unified industrial digitalization platform to consolidate and simplify the roles and business service relationship. That’s why 5GDNA joined the GIO platform. For the technology part, we have to progress 5G’s evolution, to something referred to as 5.5G.
Chris Forde
The Open Group, AEA
In this transformation arena there will be winners and losers; it is the nature of disruption. Not everyone will be successful. Some will lose, some will have their positions weakened due to these innovations, so how do we strike a balance to have organizations with vested interests to cooperate for industry transformation? That is why the customer driven viewpoint is critical.
Xudong Ren
Chief Open Source Liaison Officer and ICT Infrastructure Open Source GM, Huawei
We do need this platform of industry knowhow, and we need to build this ecosystem very efficiently and with open-source software.
Xiaodong Lee
We need to develop new platforms to run autonomously. Making sure data can be obtained, transferred, stored, accessed, and used is the key value for the entire telecom industry.
Thomas Li
Director, Industry Standardization Dept, Huawei
I think basically there are two steps to digitization:The first step is 0 to 1. We need to develop POCs that make the customers see it’s doable, and solve customers’ problems by combining ICT with industry knowhow.The second step is 1 to N. We need to make this massively deployable, and solve the problem related to suppliers to reach a certain economic scale. Throughout the process, we also need the help of standards organizations and open source communities.
Xiaohui Yu
The transformation that 5G can bring is apparent. 5GtoB is a combination of technologies. In current applications, 5G is combined with cloud computing, AI, and other ICT technologies to solve problems in different scenarios. Now most of the cases do not change legacy systems, but add new functions to gradually transform the systems and to expand the application scope step by step. That’s the current path of 5G adoption as we see it.
William Xu
GIO Chair
We should clarify the needed capabilities for digital transformation platforms and get more industry experts to join us. We should also set up some strategic advisory and consulting committees to address the challenges facing industries during their digital transformations.