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Guest Lecture: 5G and Digital Skill Gap in the UK

Time: 13:00-14:00

Location: 102, Palmer Building

Registration: Free

Presenter: Dr Wenbing Yao - Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships - Huawei Technologies (UK) Co. Ltd.

This is a guest lecture for MSc Informatics students and others if of interest.


Wenbing Yao joined Huawei UK in 2008 and took up the role of VP Business Development and Partnerships in April 2018. She is an Advisory Board Member of UK5G and Board Member of TechUK. Since 2017, Wenbing has been with Huawei Corporate Elite Program on end to end network transformation. Between 2012 and 2016, Wenbing was the Director of Strategy and Marketing, responsible for developing the mid and long term business strategy for Huawei UK; driving strategic business development in areas including 5G, IoT, Smart City, Big Data, Media and Broadcast, Data Centre IT infrastructure; leading joint innovations with key telecom customers and organising market communication activities. Before 2012, Wenbing held various positions in a global account in Huawei, leading the solution marketing and industry and research collaborations team.

Wenbing received her Ph.D degree in Communication and Information Systems from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P.R.China, in 2001. She was a lecturer in wireless communications at Brunel University from 2003 to 2008, and a research fellow from 2002 to 2003 in heterogeneous networking technologies and mobile healthcare systems.

Wenbing lives in Basingstoke, and is a keen badminton player and a dog lover.


5G is recognized by governments all over the world as the next generation of mobile technology that can revolutionise many traditional industries and bring huge opportunities to boost productivity and grow economy.

In order to gain the massive economic advantage 5G and digitalisation, new skillset are required by the telecom industry as well as the associated vertical industries. This presentation will share some insight on the current status and challenges for preparing the 5G ready labour force for the future in the UK.

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Event information
Date 1st November 2019
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
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