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

Hosted by EE

EE, digital communications company, is the first in Britain to offer superfast 4G mobile services

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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

Philip Bridge - Principal Network Architect, EE

Phil Bridge has spent over three decades in the telecommunications and networking industries. He has worked in research labs, academia, start-ups, equipment vendors and service providers, in the UK and Switzerland, in technical, marketing and management roles. From 2002 he worked at Orange as a network designer and architect, and continues that role at EE since it was formed from the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. Currently he is concerned with the technical strategy for mobile data in general, and the evolution of the architecture of the mobile data core network in particular.

Alan Carlton - Vice President, InterDigital Europe

Alan Carlton is Vice President, InterDigital and Head of InterDigital International Labs Organization spanning Europe and Asia. In these regions Alan is responsible for R&D activities in the areas of 5G and IoT. Alan has led his organization to over a dozen major collaborative project wins. He founded and currently leads the oneTRANSPORT initiative, one of the largest Smart City projects in the UK. In the area of 5G Alan’s research interests include next generation internet and advanced applications of NFV/SDN technologies. Alan has over 25 years wireless industry experience spanning every generation of wireless. Prior to InterDigital, he held senior positions at Nortel, Siemens and several wireless startups both in Europe and United States. Alan is an EEE graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and also holds a MSc. in Communications & Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. Alan holds many patents covering a diverse range of wireless technology areas. He is a regular invited speaker at wireless industry events and is also author of a wireless futures blog for Computerworld.

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Managing Consultant, 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 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. 

Mark England - Associate Director, Cambridge Consultants

Mark England has spent three decades architecting, designing, and implementing a wide variety of wired and wireless communications products, services, systems and protocols; from short range point to point systems to those which operate on a global scale. Mark joined Cambridge Consultants in 2000, and for the past 17 years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients.

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 31 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 Telecoms sector, 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 Digital Policy Alliance’s Smart Society Working Group, techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

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Justin Paul - Director of Marketing, Zeetta Networks

He has over twenty years’ experience in technology marketing in the telcoms and software industries. 

Prior to joining Zeetta Networks he worked for Huawei Technologies in NFV/SDN Marketing and Amdocs where he led the launch of their NFV Portfolio which now forms a major part of the ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform).  During his career he has been responsible for the launch and go-to-market for a number of leading-edge technologies including 3G, IPTV, LTE, NFV and 5G. 

A TED-trained conference speaker he has presented at a number of major international conferences including Layer 123 SDN and Openflow Congress, LTE Asia and SCTE.  A CIM qualified marketeer he runs a Bristol-based Digital Marketing knowledge-sharing group.  

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