What Network is Fit for Purpose?

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Taking place in London, this timely event will take a holistic view of the methods used to deliver content to devices. Have the requirements changed, and how do we have to adapt?

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About the event

This Digital Delivery and Content SIG will discuss current device requirements, broadcast, unicast and multicast and how this is affected by the constant rise in demand.

Emerging technologies enable more capacity and better quality for the digital content. We are rapidly approaching an era where the numbers of devices and their hunger for content take the capacity demands to such heights that we have to make some big choices.

How do we deliver content? This SIG event will discuss how we make these choices depending on the type of content and where it is delivered, typically choosing between unicast and broadcast. Traditionally a wall mounted TV gets its content broadcasted while a handheld device receives a unicast, specific to the screen resolution, and more adaptive to needs of that specific device.

When broadcasting live content, the format has to be suitable as it’s for a large number of devices, like a Set-Top-Box next to the TV. Using a cable or satellite technology to deliver the content to the STB that converts it to a high quality picture on the screen is a good example of broadcasting in action, but adding user specific content is needed to enhance the user experience, and this can hardly be broadcasted. Some of the big challenges in multicasting to a number of mobile devices come from choosing the right format for the multicast, such a format that would be suitable for a large number of devices.

Moreover, in mobile devices, the applications can use the sensors in the devices to identify the best way to connect to the content, when and where to get the content and even tweak the capacity needs when the best possible resolution is not needed.

Register now for this event to discuss the pros and cons of both unicast and broadcast, the value proposition of user specific content, challenges we face and the benefits we can derive from the tailored content.

Presentations will be heard from,

  • David Thompson, CTO & Founder Airsense

  • Dr David Wisely, Head of Mobile Research, BT

  • Matthew Stagg, Senior Manager of Network Strategy EE

  • Mark Swarbrick, Project Director DCMS

The SIG is championed by: Dev Audsin of Orange, Tim Cook of Arqiva, Russell Inman of Praxsys, Chris Nokes of BBC Research & Development and Sami Susiaho of BSkyB

This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless. Tickets for non-members are £155 plus VAT. 

Limited FREE places for non-members:  We are keen to engage with, and foster the next generation of technologists so we have limited FREE delegate places at our events for non-members who are under 30. If you would like to register for one of these places, please register as a non-member and under job title please list your date of birth. We will then confirm if you have received a place within one week of the event.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWDDC.

The SIG is championed by Dev Audsin of Orange, Tim Cook of Arqiva, Russell Inman of Praxsys, Chris Nokes of BBC Research & Development and Sami Susiaho of BSkyB. To follow this SIG on Twitter please use #CWDDC

Hosted and supported by techUK

techUK is the trade association which brings together people, companies and organisations to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve.

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Registration & Networking over Coffee & Tea


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Digital Delivery and Content SIG by Tim Cook from Arqiva


Welcome from Event Supporter and Host, Colin Batten, Associate Director - Internet and Media, from techUK


UK Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy – 2025 and beyond; Mark Swarbrick - Project Director, Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy, DCMS

The Government has committed to develop a UK strategy for our digital infrastructure. This will consider the measures needed, from Government and others, to ensure that the UK continues to benefit from world-class communications networks as technology and the digital economy develop further.




Making the Rich Media Experience a Reality; David Thompson, CTO & Founder, Airsense Wireless

Wi-Fi has some unique traits that make it the perfect medium to enable a true rich content experience. We are still facing some challenges to make this a reality. This talk will showcase many of the problems and discuss some of the approaches being adopted both from a commercial and technical standpoint.




Refreshment & Networking


Is 5G going to be the network to deliver everything?; Dr David Wisely, Head of Mobile Research, BT

This talk will look at emerging research and vision into fifth generation mobile. In particular it will look at the future connectivity demands of an Internet of Things and highlight the research challenges of addressing these within 5G.




LTE as a video distribution network; Matthew Stagg, Senior Manager of Network Strategy, EE

With mobile video traffic set to hit >65% in 2017 LTE is increasingly becoming a video distribution network for OTT content. This presentation looks at the challenges and opportunities that come from such a rapid evolution of content.




Panel Session with all Speakers chaired by SIG Champion Sami Susiaho from BSkyB


Event Closes & Fill in Evaluation Forms


Matt Stagg - Senior Manager of Network Strategy, EE

SIG Champions

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an Evangelist of emerging technologies with an expertise in AR & VR and IoT technologies. She has advised C-level executives in Telecom and Media organisations for digital transformation and M&A projects over more than a decade. While being a SIG Champion of Future Devices and Technologies at Cambridge Wireless, she has recently co-founded Unbounded Future, a Deeptech consulting firm based in London. Previously Nadia led Emerging Technologies at NTT Data UK where she supervised R&D and innovation in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and IoT. Nadia is a supporter of Women in STEM initiatives and is a mentor at the University College London (UCL) IXN programme. She is an industry advisor to IoTerra, a USA-based B2B marketplace for IoT products and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event.

David Crawford - Emeritus Professor, Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Professor, Digital Media Research, Ravensbourne University

David Crawford is Visiting Professor at University of Essex Colchester, and Emeritus Professor at Ravensbourne University London. David has worked for over 50 years across the telecoms/broadcast industries and UK academic institutions. His research interests are in new imaging techniques, applications for mixed reality technologies, and networks for multidimensional media. David facilitates and lectures in the UK on Degree Apprenticeship courses, promoting work-based learning curricula and collaborative industry-academia training.

David has worked in senior positions at BT, RE, Crown Castle and Harris Broadcast, and as a Director of a start-up company, TeamCast, in France. He has run his own technical consultancy company, and chairs and presents regularly at international events. David is a Member of the Royal Television Society, Fellow of SMPTE, Special-Interest-Group Champion for Cambridge Wireless on Content Production & Delivery, and Honorary Chairman of the Creative Science Foundation. He has previously served as a Council/Board Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Conference Chair at IBC, and Executive Chair at the ‘mixed reality’ Community Interest Company, PlayLa.bZ.

Tony Lavender - Senior Advisor, Plum Consulting

Tony Lavender is a managing partner at Plum Consulting. He has more than 35 years experience in technology, communications regulation, policy and spectrum management. His clients include governments, equipment vendors, network operators and regulators. Tony was a specialist adviser to the UK Parliament 2016 Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into “Establishing world class connectivity throughout the UK”, he chairs the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and he was a member of the UK Government’s Expert Panel, established as part of the UK Spectrum Strategy, on “Incorporating Social Value into Spectrum Allocation Decisions”. He has worked on a wide range of studies including on the 5G mmWave ecosystem, spectrum sharing, spectrum valuation and more broadly on electronic communications infrastructure strategy. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Chris Nokes - Senior Technical Advisor, Ofcom

Chris is Head of Distribution Core Technologies Section at BBC Research & Development. With over thirty years' experience in Broadcasting R&D, Chris has been involved in the development of digital television since 1994, including as a key contributor to the DVB-T2 technical study group, and editor of the DVB-T2 specification and Chair of the RF Group of the UK Digital Television Group (DTG).

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techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

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