5G & 6G Spectrum Tutorial

Today, I co-delivered a unique tutorial on U.S and global 5G and 6G spectrum challenges, in Washington DC. My co-speakers were veterans in all things spectrum: Charles Cooper (NTIA), Monisha Ghosh (former CTO FCC) and Ira Keltz (FCC).

Spectrum is the lifeblood of telecoms. If you work on 5G/6G (not only spectrum!) and are in industry, academia or government, you really should check out the tutorial slides “Riding the New Wave: Spectrum Strategies for the 5G and 6G Era”.

Here the outline of the tutorial:
1. Introduction by Mischa: Kickstart the tutorial with an overview of key spectrum challenges and opportunities.
2. Overview of Spectrum Landscape by Ira: Understand the evolving spectrum landscape, in the U.S. and globally.
3. 6G Spectrum Deepdive by Mischa: Delve deeper into the roadmap from 5G to 6G, focusing on technologies, spectrum needs and open research & policy challenges.
4. Coexistence & Spectrum Sharing by Monisha: Explore the cutting-edge strategies for efficient spectrum sharing.
5. US Spectrum Priorities by Charles: Learn about the current priorities and strategies shaping the contemporary U.S. spectrum policy.
6G. Conclusions and Q&A

The slides are available here, and a photo for the memory book is below.

Top Silicon Valley CEOs

๐ŸŒŸ ๐—๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ! First row to hear the vision of CEOs, founders and execs of all who matter in 2024: OpenAI, Anthropic, Reddit, LinkedIn, Meta, Bumble, Y Combinator, XBox, Snap, Figma, ARM and the White House.

๐ŸŽค Emily Chang: The Queen of Tech Talk
Emily didnโ€™t just moderate; she owned the stage! Sharp, witty, and always on point, she turned complex tech gab into โ€ฆ well โ€ฆ an actual dialogue. Who knew tech talks could be binge-worthy?

๐Ÿค– Anthropic’s Daniela Amodei & Dario Amodei:
Anthropic siblingsโ€™ mantra? Trust systems, not people. 100% excited & 100% scared of AGI – 200% committed!

๐Ÿš€ Adam Neumann: From WeWork to Flow
Adam shared the secret sauce to leadership: Speak last, think first – apparently advice from Bezos himself. Also, his journey from WeWork to Flow is like switching from decaf to espresso – same coffee shop, different buzz!

๐Ÿ” Anne Neuberger: Refreshingly Technical
Anne, straight from the White House, was given a tough time on stage but she took it like a champion! Her views: cyber offense easier than defense; thus, lock digital doors in critical infra + bring industry communities together. Encrypted health data should be a no-brainer, right?

๐Ÿ’ก Vinod Khosla: Free AI for all Americans – wow
Vinodโ€™s throwing free AI healthcare parties and everyoneโ€™s invited! His vision? An AI doctor for all and AI tutor for every kid. Move over, human teachers? BTW, open-sourcing Llama was a bad idea.

๐Ÿ‘พ Steve Huffman: Finding the Middle Path
Steveโ€™s in the Reddit driver’s seat, steering between open info highways and user safety guardrails. And heโ€™s translating the Reddit universe into French and Spanish – au revoir language barriers!

๐ŸŒ Reid Hoffman: Real and AI-Fake Reid
Reid (founder LinkedIn) keeps it 100 with internet safety and AIโ€™s open-source debates. His motto: Keep pedaling the innovation bike, but donโ€™t forget to wear your helmet!

๐ŸŽฌ Brad Lightcap: AI in Hollywood
OpenAI got AI ready for its Hollywood close-up. Forget about AI taking our jobs; it’s here to direct blockbusters. Lights, camera, AI action!

๐ŸŽฎ Sarah Bond: Game On!
Sarah’s launching a mobile game store in July – cloud gamingโ€™s getting hotter, and sheโ€™s serving up AAA games and of the year.

๐Ÿ‘ฆ Snap’s Evan Spiegel: The Kids are Alright
Evan’s keeping Snap snappy and safe for kids, proving tech giants can have a big heart too. Four boys at home? Thatโ€™s the real leadership training ground!

๐ŸŽ‰ Wrap Up
Still reeling from all the insights and inspirations. Thanks, Bloomberg, for this techstravaganza. Can’t wait to see how all these visions unfold into our digital tomorrow!

Last but really not least, I was impressed how you managed stage diversity – kudos!


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6G CTO Panel

I just came off the 6G CTO Panel I organized and chaired at 6G@UT in Austin. My esteemed guests on stage were Austin Bonner, Deputy CTO Policy, White House; Erik Ekudden, Group CTO, Ericsson; Danijela Cabric, Prof UCLA & Fellow IEEE; and Ronnie Vasishta, SVP Telecoms, Nvidia.

I started off with some introductory remarks on the importance of innovation, and that it often takes more than a decade to turn a vision into reality. I gave the example of 5G-enabled robotic telesurgery, a field I pioneered almost 10 years ago when at Kingโ€™s College London. It is only now that this vision is becoming reality!

On the back of these remarks, we started our panel discussions on their personal view of a notable 6G use-case. Not surprisingly, I got a lot of different answers โ€“ including automation, education, immersion. We then briefly touched on the lessons learnt from 5G, and how 6G truly differs from 5G. We also discussed some key 6G technologies and the underlying compute fabric.

The two big topics, however, were spectrum and AI. We agreed that the mid/centimetric band spectrum offers most value to the telco stakeholders, however, that hurdles need to be overcome in terms of spectrum co-existence and sharing. AI was centerpiece of our discussions, with important insights on how, where and why AI plays such a pivotal role in 6G.

Our Brother Eddie

Itโ€™s been 10 years now. To the day. My sister Anita Dรถhler and I lost our younger brother Eddie. He was such a beautiful soul.

He succumbed to glioblastoma, a rare yet terminal cancer. If only medicine had been in 2014 what it is now in 2024. He may have stood a chance.

Anyway, I was thinking a lot if to publish this very personal message, but I wanted to share the one lesson my little brother has taught us:

๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ.

We are taught by the machinery of society to study hard, work, family, career โ€“ in one word, to find our purpose. He was different. He saw across time, space, societal rules. His happiness was deep inside. Like a small but persistent flame. Until it was no more.

It took me years to process his absence. The void which never got filled. Only many years later did I find the strength to compose โ€œTimeless Memoriesโ€ for him. The piece I love to play most. The piece I struggle to play most.

Anita and I are grateful to all the people who have supported him, unconditionally, over his last years, months and days. Rest in peace, our little brother โค๏ธ

“Visionary Leader 2024”

๐”๐’ ๐‚๐ˆ๐Ž ๐Œ๐š๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐ž: “๐•๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐‹๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐–๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐จ๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

Proud and humbled to be nominated by a leading US Chief Innovation Officer Magazine as one of the “visionary leaders making waves in mobile”. Great timing, given we are all at our largest tradeshow, #MWC2024!

๐Œ๐š๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž: Really love some of the elements they picked up on my professional telco live but also my artistic and cross-disciplinary achievements. The full cover is here.

๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐จ๐ญ๐ž: “Mischa’s influence extends to prestigious stages, delivering plenary keynotes that captivate audiences. A journalist once remarked on his impactful presence, stating, ‘๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜บ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ.'”

๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ & ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก: My work is often years ahead, corroborated by our pioneering work on 5G-enabled remote concerts with my daughter Noa (https://lnkd.in/eRHfcJ9d) which 6 years later has become https://lnkd.in/ei3eiVgT.

๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก & ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก: I deeply care about making this world a better place and our pioneering work on 5G-enabled robotic telesurgery (https://lnkd.in/eKdnnisT) has now become a reality (https://lnkd.in/e2-NqrGe).

๐ˆ๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐“๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฌ ๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž: Innovation is hard, and innovation takes time. Yet, this world thrives because of innovation! I argue that more artistic and cross-disciplinary foundations are vital.

๐๐ข๐  ๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฌ: Without the amazing and often unconditional support of some extraordinary collaborators and mentors, I would not have made it thus far. I want to thank you all!

It’s Real: 5G Telesurgery

๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜†! There is โ€“ after all โ€“ something magical about humanity!

The weekend 3-4 February 2024, I have attended a remarkable event! The mission? Saving lives through the magic of skilled surgeons, pioneering robotics and the lightning speed of 5G networks. I had the honor of demystifying the buzz around 5G and latency.

The mastermind behind all that: Vip Patel, MD. An incredible robotic surgeon, a great visionary, a relentless professional, and a wonderful human being.

About 40 years ago, Rick Savata pioneered the concept of robotic surgery. About 30 years ago, Fred Moll โ€“ often called the โ€œfather of robotic surgeryโ€ โ€“ commercialized the idea through Intuitive Surgical. About 20 year ago, Jacque Marescaux pioneered remote robotic surgery through his famous Lindbergh Operation.

About 10 years ago, when at King’s College London and sponsored by Hans Vestberg, Ulf Ewaldsson and Erik Ekudden, I pioneered the notion of 5G-enabled surgery as I understood that end-to-end slicing would address SLA, performance and reliability issues. My collaborator then was the amazing robotic surgeon Prokar Dasgupta OBE.

Zoom forward to today: innovation brought us great robotic surgery solutions + slicing-enabled 5G Stand Alone is being deployed globally + robotic surgical skills grow + regulators start to listen. And above all, many surgeons came forward to become pioneers in the use of this magical technology.

So much happened over these 48h in Orlando, so here a summary on my personal highlights:

  • listening first-hand to the tech pioneers Rick, Fred and Jacque about the untold stories of their robotic surgery journeys;
  • spending quality time with Omar Al Kalaa, PhD (FDA) and Ankit Mathur (White House) to understand some other fundamental challenges;
  • incredibly engaging panels with robust yet humorous and kind discussions, with a real appetite to push this forward;
  • learning about the wonderful mission and leadership of the Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS) from Vipul (Exec Dir), SHARONA B. ROSS MD FACS (President), Martin Martino MD, MBA (past President);
  • UNBELIEVABLE (!) live operation over 10,000 km from Orlando to Dubai and Shanghai, using 5G โ€“ yes, 5G (!)
  • meeting in-person Silivia Lutucuta, Angolaโ€™s Minister of Health; A. Novello, former Surgeon General of the USA; and 10 sitting Presidents of Medical Societies

We know now what immediate issues need to be overcome, from a tech, regulatory and perception point of view. Letโ€™s walk this beautiful journey together!

As for today, I am feeling infinitely grateful for the brilliant minds and spirited discussions. Here’s to pushing boundaries, one bettered life at a time. โค๏ธ


I have always had a deep fascination with how humanity’s perception of time has evolved, shaping our interactions with the world and each other. From the present-focused lives of Hunter-Gatherers, through the Agricultural Revolution’s forward gaze nurtured by the needs of crops, to the Industrial Revolution’s backward glance seeking optimization from the past, each epoch has uniquely contributed to our collective consciousness, and understanding of the Present, Future and Past.

Humanity has historically been cast into three distinct silos: the Past, where scientists toil to decode the gifts of nature; the Present, where artists strive to interpret the daily human condition; and the Future, where engineers envision and create from the void. This segmentation, although productive, often overlooks the potential of interdisciplinary synergy.

Historically, the Renaissance stands as a testament to the power of bridging these silos, igniting a period of unprecedented creativity and innovation. Today, I argue, we stand on the cusp of a new renaissance, one where the symbiosis between humans and machines catalyzes a leap into uncharted territories of coexistence and collaborative creation.

My professional endeavors reflect this belief. In medicine, the advent of 5G-enabled telesurgery represents a bond between healthcare and technology, pointing towards a future where distance and latency no longer hinder life-saving interventions. In the arts, our work with the National Gallery and the National Theatre reveals a shift from transactional to value-driven engagements, highlighting how digital enhancements can deepen our appreciation and understanding of art. Here, technology and creativity converge, not as adversaries, but as partners in innovation.

The ethos of creation over consumption permeates my family life as well. Encouraging our daughters to be creators, we have witnessed firsthand the birth of new renaissance individuals. Dalia combines her martial arts prowess with her artistic talent, transforming broken karate boards into canvases for her paintings. With Noa, we have married tech with the performing art in a groundbreaking and creative way in 2018, which has inspired the pioneering holographic concert of Lang Lang at MWC 2024 in Barcelona.

Yet, a new era is being ushered in: I call it the Era of HumAInity. It is an emerging era with a blend of human ingenuity and AI’s capabilities. My thoughts are increasingly occupied by the challenges and opportunities this coexistence presents. How do we prepare ourselves, our families, and humanity at large for a world where machines are not just tools, but partners? The Era of humAInity demands a reevaluation of our roles, responsibilities, and potentialities in a shared world.

White House 6G

Felt privileged to represent our industry at a full-day 6G event organized by the National Security Council, The White House.

We had some fantastic speakers, including Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President & NSC; Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman of the FCC; Alan Davidson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce & NTIA; and Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the NSF.

The technical panels covered 6G technologies, skills, funding and spectrum. I was on the opening 6G tech panel with Tingfang Ji (Qualcomm) and Azita Arvani (Rakuten) and chaired by energetic Robert C. Hampshire (USG DoT).

Post event, The White Houseโ€™s National Security Council released its principles for 6G technologies. Prior to that, the FCC released its “Principles for Promoting Efficient Use of Spectrum and Opportunities for New Services”.

Policy is moving; now it’s for the industry to make 6G happen!

“Stranger Things” Crew

I was privileged to attend an amazing and truly eye-opening two-day workshop in Hollywood, LA, learning about latest production technologies. I met some of the best people in the field, from innovators to directors and even actors. The highlight to me was to meet in person the wonderful and truly humble crew behind the edits of “Stranger Things”.