Mobile networks: The Advent of Machines - Are you ready?

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

With over 100% penetration rates and multiple devices per person the phase of human connectivity to mobile networks is almost complete.

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About the event

Cue the next phase; where a class of device known as machine to machine (MTM or M2M) systems, which communicate directly to other computers over the internet without the mediation of humans, are likely to dramatically increase the number of connected devices.

These systems will drive network coverage and connectivity requirements well beyond their current levels and a radically different world from today is predicted. Do we literally take a back seat? This timely and topical half-day SIG event will bring together industry experts and innovators to debate the critical issues surrounding connectivity for mobile networking.
Processes without the need for any human interaction will drive network coverage and connectivity requirements well beyond their current levels and put the existing internet infrastructure under increasing strain, presenting significant opportunities and major challenges for mobile operators.
This Mobile Broadband SIG will focus on some of the key issues facing the industry to explore what the future holds, including:
  • Types of devices likely to be accessing MBB networks in the future: From cars to sensors, parking meters to point-of-sale terminals.
  • How far will this evolution drive both connectivity and traffic? CAGRs of 70–80% to 2016 are forecast.
  • The implications and opportunities for mobile operators: As networks evolve, is there a real opportunity to grow revenue?
  • Will network technology scale up? What does a one-billion-device network look like?
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Registration & Networking over Lunch & Refreshments


Introduction to the Mobile Broadband SIG by Peter Montgomery of GSMA


Welcome from our host – Graeme Maguire, Partner, Bird & Bird


The Future of M2M; Tom Rebbeck, Research Director, Analysys Mason

Tom will present Analysys Mason’s view on the market today and the drivers for M2M. He will look at the potential benefits and value of M2M, and also explore some of the barriers and challenges to greater adoption. His talk will also discuss the value chain for services. Finally, he will touch on how the M2M is moving to an Internet of Things (IoT) world.




Pervasive Wireless Networks for Machines; Tony Milbourn, VP Strategy, u-blox AG

As mobile networks start to adopt LTE as their human users consume Internet on the move, the growth in M2M connections mainly uses GSM, a technology that operators would like to switch off! Communicating machines rarely need broadband, so their communications can be carried effectively using low-cost GSM modems. To really enable the Internet of Things wirelessly, networks capable of pervasive coverage – significantly better than GSM; supporting very low cost modems – cheaper than GSM; and moreover capable of operating for years on a single battery; are needed. LTE, being designed for broadband on the move for smartphones and tablets, meets none of these criteria. There are moves in 3GPP to adapt LTE for new classes of device to meet these needs; whilst other technologies that are either proprietary or “industry standards” are also emerging. This presentation will consider the needs of machine communications from the perspective of a device supplier and discuss the evolution of standards.




Transportation: this is the age of the train; Andrew Hobbs, VP – Solutions, Airspan

As demand for train travel is at an all-time high, train operators are under increasing pressure to deliver services on-time, and provide real-time updates to passengers. With the network pushed to the limit, real-time telemetry is increasingly important to monitor both the track and the train, to minimise disruption. Security is also becoming increasingly important, with a transition from local caching of video, to real-time monitoring. This presentation will consider these challenges, and explore how next generation networks can meet these requirements, yet also support a new business model to provide additional revenue streams for the network provider.




Coffee/Tea & Networking


Scaling the Future Mobile Network for the Growth of the Thing; Alan Krisciunas, Senior Capacity Manager, EE

Exploring the future scaling questions that industry may face to prepare mobile networks for the predicted explosion of m2m and the much discussed internet of things. With the potential of an influx of devices with varying demands, how does this complement or conflict against existing modes of operation. What actions can an operator take to start to adapt their existing network model and what traditional scaling solutions need to be challenged to prepare for the “The Thing”.




Security in V2X Communications; Paul Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Plextek

Development of prototype functions using Vehicle to Anything communications is advancing rapidly with new and more advanced features being regularly announced and demonstrated by Tier 1 automotive and semiconductor companies. As features such as vehicle platooning and cooperative avoidance start to be considered for the mainstream, then appropriate communications pathways and overarching information security measures need to be considered. This presentation introduces the context of vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to person communications and looks at the issues, both technical and societal that have to be solved.




Open Forum Session with all speakers and chaired by George Grayland of Nokia Siemens Network


Closing Remarks from George Grayland of Nokia Siemens Network and fill in evaluation forms


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Alan Krisciunas - Senior Capacity Manager, EE

Paul Martin - Partner, PA Consulting Group

Tony Milbourn - Corporate Strategy, u-blox UK

Tony has 30 years’ experience in the mobile communications industry and a PhD in control theory. Following a career at PA Technology and then as one of the founders of TTP, in 2000 he led the spin-out and flotation of TTP Communications plc, a major licensing business in cellular that was acquired in 2006 by Motorola. He was also a founder of ip.access, the femtocell business, and more recently led the spin-out of a soft modem start-up, Cognovo, from ARM Holdings. Cognovo was acquired by u-blox AG in 2012. u-blox is a $400m Swiss supplier of location and communications modules and chips that is focused on industrial, automotive and professional applications, particularly in the Internet of Things. For 5 years Tony drove the strategic expansion of u-blox and enabled a number of acquisitions that extended the scope and direction of the company. He is interested in creating new opportunities at the point where communications and computing converge.

Tom Rebbeck - Research Director, Analysys Mason

Tom has recently rejoined Analysys Mason as Research Director, and has responsibility for the definition, delivery and management of its consumer telecoms research activities. Prior to returning to Analysys Mason, Tom was a Global Project Manager for Telefónica where he was involved in the launch of a number of mobile content services and applications across the Telefónica footprint. Before this, he was Principal Analyst for Analysys Mason, and worked on numerous client projects.

SIG Champions

Iris Barcia - Pr. Mng. MPN Architecture, Vodafone

Iris Barcia is a multidisciplinary professional with entrepreneurial experience in the telecommunication industry. She is an innovator and forward-looking technologist that has worked directly with international executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and 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. More recently she’s focusing on Open RAN and MPNs. Prior to Vodafone, Iris has been the co-owner and COO of Keima, and 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).

Roberto Kompany - Principal Analyst, Omdia

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.

Peter Love - Techno/economic business consultant & programme manager, Independent

I am an experienced leader of diverse sales teams and a trusted advisor for Cx0/CxO-1 leaders. Educated with Six Sigma Yellow Belt, ITIL v3, and with a PMP certification, my skillset lies in my ability to excel in global project delivery, demystify complexities, and handle challenges with tenacity and good humour. I am committed to fostering industry dialogue and have chaired telecoms forums and acted as Special Interest Group champion to drive collaboration and impact. My career has spanned global strategy, operational development, geographic management, and consumer electronics, maintaining an 80:20 balance between sales and operations

Andy Sutton - BT Fellow & Principal Network Architect, BT

Andy Sutton is a BT Fellow and Principal Network Architect for Wireless Access. The wireless access domain includes 4G/5G RAN architecture and mobile backhaul/xhaul, along with microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, and satellite communications. Andy holds an MSc in Mobile Communications from the University of Salford and has over 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s current research interests include advanced RAN coordination techniques, including C-RAN and OpenRAN, optical fibre and radio based backhaul/xhaul, along with LEO satellite communications and High-altitude Platform Systems (HAPS), all in the context of building resilient heterogeneous networks. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Liverpool and the University of Salford, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds Fellowships from the IET, ITP and BCS. Andy sits on the editorial board of the ITP Journal and is a CW SIG Champion for eMBB and Wireless Heritage.

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