5G and Beyond

Message from TPC Chairs

Dear participants of the third BalkanCom conference,

It is a great pleasure to warmly welcome you in the vibrant city of Skopje, in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, for yet another edition of the premier telecommunications and networking conference in the Balkans. We are excited to share with you an exquisite program that combines state-of-the-art topics in the broad field of communications. We are looking forward to an open and informative time and exchange of ideas among peers from all over the world.

The umbrella topic of this year’s edition is “5G and Beyond”. As we are at the dawn of the inevitable unleash of the full potential of large-scale 5G networks, the conference targets keynotes, papers, presentations, panel and students’ work in order to stimulate knowledge sharing and learning about the exciting prospects of 5G.

We thank the Conference co-chairs, our Macedonian hosts, the members of our Committee and the authors who have contributed their work and responded to our invitation. We received papers from all over the world. The program covers 4 regular sessions with 21 papers, 6 special sessions with 27 papers/presentations, 8 posters and 1 demo all of which range from 5G architectural design, through 5G enablers and 5G algorithms to the integration of IoT and IoE concepts within future networks. We also have a student session with 9 papers/posters that show the potential of the future telecom researchers and professionals. In terms of number of submissions, this edition is by far the most successful one. We managed to gather 205 paper authors with 31.2% from the Balkan region. Additionally, we organized a teasing panel for all 5G-sceptics to discuss on possibilities for 5G fails and how to avoid it. We have world-class panelists renown for their work in the field. Last, but not least, we have three keynotes specifically targeting novel concepts to be introduced in 5G networks and beyond. We are proud to be able to continue the BalkanCom story and believe it will be a long and successful event in the years to come.

We wish you a successful conference and look forward to welcoming you in Skopje!

BalkanCom’19 TPC Chairs,

Özgür Gürbüz,
Wolfgang Gerstacker, and
Vladimir Atanasovski.

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