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4G and Beyond: The Mobile Landscape in the UK after the LTE Auction

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

The auction for 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum concluded in early 2013, putting an end to a period of uncertainty in the UK mobile sector. The introduction of 4G, and what this means from both a business perspective and a technical perspective.

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About the event

Observations from a business perspective will be based principally on the experience of 4G in the UK with EE and from international markets, with the technical perspective focusing on future technology upgrades for LTE and what they might mean. The session will also look to the latter end of the decade and consider the next major release of spectrum, 700MHz.

This Mobile Broadband SIG will look at what the introduction of 4G means from a business perspective and from a technical perspective. The session will also look to the longer term and consider the next major release of spectrum, 700MHz, sometime later in the decade.


A collective of industry experts, representing different perspectives, who each shall give an insight to what the introduction of 4G means for business and technology.

This popular SIG event, ‘4G and beyond: The mobile landscape in the UK after the LTE auction’will focus on:

  • The experience of 4G so far in the UK: What we have learned since EE launched 4G in November 2012
  • Lessons from international markets: What pricing models have been used, what new services introduced
  • Future upgrades of LTE: The expected timing and capabilities of LTE Advanced and further developments to the LTE standard
  • Spectrum requirements beyond the 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction

Presentations will be heard from:

Cambridge Wireless and Intellect would like to invite you to join them for networking over lunch and to discuss the UK mobile landscape.
This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless and to Intellect members. Tickets for non-members are £180 + VAT. 

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWMBb.


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Registration & Networking Lunch kindly provided by Intellect


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Mobile Broadband SIG by Peter Montgomery of GSMA


Welcome from our Host, Raj Sivalingham of Intellect


4G Operator Strategies & the Key Lessons Learned; Omar Al Janabi, Head of Customer Marketing & Communications, Nokia Siemens Networks UK Ltd

A summary of the key lessons learned from the different 4G (LTE) launches in mature and emerging markets with insight into the Key Success Factors.




The Role of 4G in Mobile Data Monetisation; Ronan de Renesse, Lead Analyst, Analysys Mason

4G price premiums are difficult to sustain in the face of competition and limited customer uptake.
Operators in countries that were among the first to introduce LTE have stopped differentiating between 3G and 4G on their tariff tiers.
This presentation explores various scenarios where 4G retains the ability to help drive mobile data
revenue growth but without the heavy price tag.




Networking over Tea/Coffee


Capacity for Ultrafast Mobile; Phil Sheppard, Director of Network Strategy, 3UK

The past 10 years have seen a phenomenal growth in data traffic over mobile. How have mobile networks been able to meet this capacity demand so far and what are the challenges for the future?




Spectrum Release – What Next? Erika Forsberg, Principal Policy Advisor, Spectrum Policy Group, Ofcom

This talk will focus on the next potential major release of spectrum, the 700MHz band




Panel Session with all speakers, chaired by George Grayland of Nokia Siemens Networks


Closing Remarks and fill in Evaluation Forms


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SIG Champions

Iris Barcia - COO, Keima

Iris Barcia is Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Keima, an innovative software company delivering disruptive wireless design solutions worldwide. Iris is an innovator and forward-looking technologist working with the executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and international services companies. She has been involved in the proposal and assessment of novel HetNet strategies for nation-wide 4G, 5G, IoT and public-safety networks, with a focus on future capacity provision and multi-technology evolution. Prior to Keima Iris has worked on RAN design, optimization and deployment projects at Telefonica and European rural broadband wireless initiatives. She has a BSc and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Vigo (Spain) and an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK).

George Grayland - Founder, 5GFutures

George Grayland was a Senior Wireless Solutions Manager with Nokia. He has now established 5GFutures to advise organisations on 5G Wireless Systems. George joined Nokia in 1998 and was responsible for Mobile Broadband Networks Solutions working with international and UK MNOs and their 4G network deployments. More recently he worked on 5G Networks, particularly on Massive MIMO trials and deployments. Prior to Nokia George held various positions at Philips Electronics in both R&D and Technical Marketing. He has a BEng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bradford and is a member of the IET. 

Roberto Kompany - Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason

Roberto is a member of Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks research team and is the lead analyst for the Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme focusing on strategy and market research. He is also a Cambridge Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) mobile broadband champion. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Roberto worked for Dixons Carphone, where he analysed the effect on the business of shifts in the telecoms market – for example, in terms of mergers, operator KPIs and technology – in Europe and the UK. Previous positions included consultancy, where he helped a variety of clients worldwide with mobile-related projects, such as a capex reduction and developing a 5-year strategy for an incumbent’s wireless infrastructure. He started his career at a leading network equipment vendor, where he served in several different capacities, such as R&D, and deployment and optimisation of mobile infrastructures across multiple continents. Roberto holds an MSc in Mobile & Satellite Communications from University of Surrey and an MBA from IE Business School.

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Peter Love - 4G/5G Densification Architect, Nokia

Peter has worked in the mobile communications industry for nearly 30 years, firstly at Orbitel UK and then at Nokia Networks. Peter helped developed the first 2G DCS1800 BTSs to Orange and then continued in building a viable business for network planning & optimisation services in the UK. Holding various roles over the years focusing on UK, Europe and global markets Peter is now a principle services architect in the 5G/densification area helping operators globally to make the most appropriate decisions. Until recently he held the office of chair/vice chair of the Small Cells Forum Operations group where he played a significant role for 5 years.

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Architecture and Strategy team. He is responsible for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN and core architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, network architecture and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, H3G, EE and BT. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships from the IET, BCS and ITP. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums. Andy also has an interest in the history and heritage of telecommunications and is a CW Heritage SIG Champion.

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Intellect, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EE

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