Radical Future, Pragmatic Beginnings

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

The idea of applying the concepts used to build IT datacentres and Cloud services to decouple network functions from the underlying infrastructure has in a short space of time catapulted the established idea of ‘virtual networks' to one of the hottest topics in the networking industry.

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About the event

Technologies such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are the enablers for this transformative trend. The virtualization does not come without challenges though, in particular in areas of interoperability and integration as well as in scale and dealing with extreme event scenarios. Covering opportunities and threats for the entire industry, this half-day event will explore potential use cases, both from a short and long-term perspective and separate myth from reality. It will bring practitioners together to exchange their views and meet those who want to understand how the future of network operations will look like.

The aim of this captivating event is to cut through the hype and FUD in order to lay out, debate the likely progress of one of the most radical developments in the networking industry in the past 20 years and identify things that can be done now to prepare for the coming change. Speakers will address the following questions:

  • How can industry players prepare for it?

  • Will the newly built networks exist as some virtual entities somewhere in the Cloud by 2020?

  • Who will be offering what services to whom?

  • Will there still be a role for equipment dedicated to ‘networking’ or can everything be done with COTS hardware?

Confirmed speakers for this event are:

Virtual Networks SIG is championed by Phillip Bridge of EE and Dirk Trossen of InterDigital. We are grateful to EE for hosting this inaugural event.

To follow this SIG on Twitter, @CambridgeWireless, please use #CWVN

This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless. Tickets for non-members are £155+VAT. To join Cambridge Wireless as a member and attend future events for free, please visit: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/sign-up

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.

The Virtual Networks SIG is championed by Phillip Bridge of EE and Dirk Trossen of InterDigital.To follow this SIG on Twitter, @CambridgeWireless, please use #CWVN

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13:30

Registration & Networking over Tea and Coffee

14:00

Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks SIG from Dirk Trossen of InterDigital (UK)

14:10

Welcome from Event Host, Paul Ceely, Head of Network Strategy, EE

14:20

Revolutionising Mobile Networks with NFV and SDN; Philip Bridge, Senior Network Architect, EE

Lower capex and faster time to market are the most often cited drivers behind NFV and SDN. But in fact these new network models promise nothing less than a revolution not only in the way networks are architected and operated, and in the types of services they can offer, but even in the structure and ecosystems of the industry itself. This talk takes a forward view of how these new possibilities can be brought to bear on the particular challenges presented by mobile networks.

14:40

Q&A

14:45

Virtual Public Networks (VPuN); Arjuna Sathiaseelan, Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Computer Labs

Dr Sathiaseelan will present Virtual Public Networks (VPuN), networks created, deployed and managed
through an evolutionary SDN control abstraction. This offers more flexibility to users and network operators, allowing them to share and control the network, while providing opportunities for new stakeholders to emerge as virtual network operators.

15:05

Q&A

15:10

Coffee/Tea & Networking

15:40

Small Cell as Service: Discussion of a New Approach to Next Generation Small Cells; Alan Carlton, Senior Director, InterDigital (UK)

Today, the high level manual configuration required impedes the roll out of small cells. What if we take a new approach to small cells and simply virtualize them all in the cloud. What if we further abstract their implicit resources such as backhaul and spectrum and make them available to different service providers as they need them. Is this new approach to multi-tenancy feasible? This presentation will explore this topic and stimulate this discussion.

16:00

Q&A

16:05

Traffic Management in the Carrier Cloud; Joakim Rönnblom, Strategic Product Manager, Huawei

This talk will discuss the challenge to ensure proper resource allocation to enforce topological constraints for wireless carrier networks in a virtualized environment. Whether for cost control, site distribution strategy, or SLA-related constraints the network architecture shall support to model the wireless network for traffic distribution according to a specific network topology, while at the same time ensure that the forwarding plane can be dynamically orchestrated for traffic priority handling.

16:25

Q&A

16:30

Panel Session with all speakers chaired by Dirk Trossen

17:00

Fill in Evaluation Forms

17:10

Event Closes

Speakers

Arjuna Sathiaseelan

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Head of techno-economic analysis, Real Wireless

Julie has worked in the wireless industry for over 15 years. At Real Wireless, she is a thought leader in 5G business case analysis including understanding 5G use cases, quantifying (in financial terms) the operational and socio-economic benefits of 5G services and understanding network dimensioning and cost implications under 5G virtualised networks.

She has most recently been working with city councils around their wireless strategy and related Green Book outline business case development. She also led Real Wireless’ techno-economic analysis on the EC Horizon 2020 5G-MoNArch project. Inspired by the project’s smart sea port testbed constructed by HPA, Nokia and DT in the Port of Hamburg, this analysis included quantifying the operational benefits of 5G to port authorities and other port users and the cost implications of delivering these industrial grade wireless services from existing mobile infrastructure via network slicing supported via the virtualised 5G-MoNArch network architecture.

Previously, Julie was Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, consultant at PA Consulting UK, and Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK. In addition to working at Real Wireless, Julie is a CW board member and champion for the CW Virtual Networks Special Interest Group (SIG).

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 33 years of experience in IT, Telecoms and TV and Media, having worked in various roles for IBM, AT&T, Ericsson, Motorola and Arris. Andrew's present role is to leverage existing CGI capabilities that match the needs of our clients in the Space, Defence and Intelligence sectors, as well as building new capabilities that will support the emerging and changing needs of our client base. Andrew has proven experience in developing and delivering complex SI and Services solutions that meet both business and technology needs.

Andrew has co-authored "UK Telecoms For Dummies", an essential guide to the complicated UK Telecoms sector as well as articles for publications such as the Cambridge Wireless Journal including "How do we build the new world of 5g?". He frequently speaks at conferences and provides media commentary on industry topics like 5G, IoT and Smart Cities, as well as being a member of the techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

Paul Rhodes - Director of OpenRAN, AtlasEdge Data Centres

Paul has a B Eng in Communications Engineering from University of Hull and worked in the wireless industry internationally for over 30 years.

At AtlasEdge he is responsible for RAN and Open vRAN Public and Private network architecture, strategy. He has deployed 4G and 5G small cell networks in both classical architecture and as dark-fibre disaggregated RAN networks and is currently refining the technical and cost implications of centralised classic and virtualised networks.

During his career Paul has worked in Telco Vendors and Infrastructure Providers, significantly for Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, CityFibre and World Wide Technology in Technical and Commercial roles in both Europe and North America. He is also an Expert Working Group Member in Wireless Networking at UKTIN.

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