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Welcome Message on behalf of the Steering Committee Chair
The Steering Committee of the Global Wireless Summit (GWS) 2017 welcomes you warmly to the breathtaking city Cape Town, South Africa, where based on the discussion and networking platform provided by the event, you will be able to discuss a variety of research challenges and opportunities that a virtualized communications world would bring about.
GWS 2017 is the fifth event since 2017, which this year is also technically co-sponsored by the IEEE South Africa Section Joint Chapter on Communications and Signal Processing.
Information and communications technologies have progressed rapidly in this millennium allowing for a more immersive and complete user experience, where the virtual and real worlds converge together towards the cyberspace of the future and a plethora of applications to benefit the society and economy.
The vision of GWS 2017 demands inter- and cross-disciplinary approach and the event in Cape Town brings together the various stakeholders, researchers, industrial and standardization and policy experts to focus on both the technological and human aspect arising from that vision.
The setting of GWS 2017 is Cape Town, which is the economic hub of the Western Cape Province, South Africa's second main economic center and Africa's third main economic hub city. It has beautiful surroundings and plenty of opportunities for exploring and relaxing in between professional discussions.
The GWS 2017 program features an unusually distinguished group of keynote and invited speakers, as well as a strong technical program with novel research contributions from the relevant thematic areas from all over the world. In addition, an extensive list of social events have been scheduled to allow for a break from the exciting technical sessions. Please, take the advantage of the many opportunities to network and expand your technical and cultural horizons.
I would like to extend my appreciation to the GWS2017 General Chair and Organizing Committee for their dedication and effort to put together a strong event.
Steering Committee Chair
Welcome Message on behalf of the General Chair
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2017 Global Wireless Summit (GWS), a hearty welcome to everyone that has made it to one of the seven wonders of the world, the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Wine Route and an endless selection of exceptional conference venues to suit every whim and taste. In partnership with the IEEE Joint Chapter on Signal Processing and Communications, with the support of the IEEE South Africa Section, the committee thanks everyone for enthusiastically responding to the Call for Papers, Special Sessions, Round Table Discussions, Keynote Addresses, and Tutorials on the timely theme, “Towards a virtualized communications world – Challenges and Opportunities”.
They distinguished Keynote Speakers are poised to stretch everyone to the limit on this theme. First off the bat is “Wireless Communications and Allied Techniques for Smart Infrastructures: A Smart Grid Exemplifier” by Prof. Ian A. Glover, University of Huddersfield, UK. Then follows “Understanding the 5G End-to-End System Architecture and getting your hands early on relevant 5G Technologies” by Prof. Thomas Magedanz, NGNI, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany.
I am delighted to extend my appreciation to the GWS 2017 Organizing Committee and the University of Cape Town Conference Management Centre for their dedication and effort in getting this event off the ground. I further want to acknowledge the strong support we have received from all the notable Keynote Speakers and distinguished Chairs and contributors running the Special Sessions, Workshops and Tutorials on the theme.