IGF 2023 WS #573 Back to the Basics - Using 5G/6G to Connect Under-Served


Digital Divides & Inclusion
Affordable Access
Digital, Media, and Information Literacy
Skills Building for Basic and Advanced Technologies (Meaningful Access)

Organizer 1: ENERST MAFUTA KATOKA, Internet Society ( Affordable Internet Access SIG ) / E-TELECOM CONSULT
Organizer 2: Gabriel Karsan, 🔒Ongea Na Demokrasia
Organizer 3: Catherine Kimambo, 🔒
Organizer 4: Levy Syanseke , Internet Society Zambia Chapter

Speaker 1: ENERST MAFUTA KATOKA, Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 2: Noll Josef, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Innocent Adriko, Civil Society, African Group


Gabriel Karsan, Civil Society, African Group

Online Moderator

Levy Syanseke , Civil Society, African Group


Catherine Kimambo, Civil Society, African Group


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

What policy measures can be implemented to ensure equitable access to 5G/6G technology in under-served communities?
How can policymakers incentivize private sector investments in deploying 5G/6G infrastructure in under-served areas?
How can governments collaborate with local communities and organisations to develop effective policies for digital inclusion and skills training, ensuring that under-served populations can fully benefit from 5G/6G connectivity?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the potential of 5G/6G technology and its applications in under-served communities. They will leave the session equipped with practical knowledge, real-world examples, and networking connections that can help them make a positive impact in their respective communities by leveraging these advanced communication technologies.
Participants will under the basics of 5G in serving the underserved communities
It will also serve as networking session where participant get to connect with professionals, expertise in these areas and also get to meet young people advocating for similar opportunities for the under served community
Again , case studies and best practices of real case study will be shared and discussed during the session


In an increasingly digital world, Connectivity has become a fundamental necessity.
Mobile technologies, including 5G, have the potential to transform how we connect and interact with the world around us, but its benefits often focus on speed, latency, and other advanced applications. From the SDG point of view, the true value of 5G and 6G lies in its ability to improve basic connectivity in underserved communities. This session aims to discuss how 5G technology can be leveraged to provide reliable and sustainable connectivity for basic needs such as education, healthcare, governmental services and public safety and empower them with the benefits of digital inclusion.
The session aims to explore the following:
1. The basics of 5G: The speakers will discuss the core technology behind 5G networks and compare it to previous generations of wireless connection technology, highlighting the benefits, capabilities, and limitations of 5G networks. This will help to determine how 5G can be used to provide connectivity for all.
2. The session will delve into community involvement and empowerment in bridging the digital divide. It will explore strategies for fostering digital literacy, skills development, and local entrepreneurship to ensure sustainable connectivity.
3. Basic Connectivity Needs: This session aims to bring attention to the fundamental connectivity needs of under-served communities, such as education, healthcare, public safety, and social inclusion. Speakers will examine different models of deploying 5G technology to meet these basic needs and explore how to make 5G connectivity affordable and sustainable.
4. Collaborating for Connectivity: The session will highlight the importance of collaborations between government agencies, NGOs, private sector entities, and community-led initiatives to create public-private partnerships that could ensure successful 5G deployment for basic connectivity.

Expected Outcomes

Firstly, participants are expected to gain a better understanding of the basics of 5G/6G technology and how it can be leveraged to connect under-served communities. This will enable participants to explore new ideas and approaches to digital transformation that can benefit under-served communities.
Secondly, the session will provide a platform for networking and collaboration among stakeholders in the ICT industry. This is important because collaboration and partnerships are essential for the successful deployment of 5G/6G technology in under-served communities. Furthermore, the session will highlight the role that regulatory frameworks and policies can play in accelerating the deployment of 5G/6G technology in under-served communities.
Lastly, the session will inspire and motivate participants to take action towards bridging the digital divide in under-served communities. By highlighting the transformative potential of 5G/6G technology and the benefits it can bring to communities.

Hybrid Format: Our workshop will adopt a hybrid format that allows both online and onsite
participation. We will use the IGF zoom conferencing platform that supports live
streaming, recording, chat and Q&A features. We will dedicate our website for
the public awareness and digital engagement for our workshop that will host
the programme details, speaker bios, presentation slides, workshop report and
other relevant information. We will promote the workshop through social media
platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using hashtags such as
#OngeaNaDemokrasia #IGF2023 #connectedcomunities We will also reach out to
potential participants through mailing lists, blogs and newsletters of relevant
networks and organizations