Kashif Mahmood


Title Enabling concepts for 5G

The biggest change of 5G over the previous generations of mobile networks is the focus on the many vertical industries that together form our modern society, ranging from media and entertainment, transportation, energy, manufacturing to robotics and health. It is this focus that drives many, often widely varying and even conflicting requirements into the efforts to develop novel solutions for 5G. For e.g. on the performance side, while some verticals require the ultra-fast broadband 5G, other industries consider low latency for small data more important. This talk presents some of the enabling concepts (for e.g. network slicing, architectural modularization, network softwarization) that can provision a flexible communication system tailored to the end customers (end users, verticals) and which takes into account their diverse requirements.


Kashif is a Research Scientist in Telenor Research, Norway. His current research interests are in the area of next generation mobile network architecture leveraging network function virtualization and software defined networks, low power wide area networks for machine type communication, analyzing cellular traffic, and traffic modelling for wireless communication systems. Kashif obtained his M.Sc. degree from GIK Institute, Pakistan and a Ph.D. in Telematics from Norwegian university of science and technology (NTNU). Prior to that he has been with the National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), Pakistan, Centre for Quantifiable Quality of Service in Communication Systems (Q2S), Norway and Nordic Semiconductor, Norway. He is a recipient of the Youth Award in Science in Technology by the government of Pakistan and Excellence Award in engineering by NESCOM. His work on radio wave propagation modelling using semi deterministic approach was awarded the best paper presentation award in ISAP 2007 while the work on cross layer modelling of CDMA networks won the best student paper award in ICON 2011.