Mobile Broadband in the Real World: a look at current and innovative uses

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

This event will explore real-world solutions that exemplify the need for robust mobile broadband network and 4G applications across a range of sectors.

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About the event

The next Mobile Broadband SIG event will explore real-world solutions that exemplify the need for robust mobile broadband network and 4G applications across a range of sectors. This Cambridge-based session looks at current case studies from enterprise, media and public safety, as well as innovative uses in some of the most advanced ICT nations. Finally, and with an eye to next year’s WRC, we will consider some feasible future scenarios and their spectrum requirements, with aims to generate thought-provoking discussion and debate with a formidable line-up of industry speakers.

Many events are dominated by opinions on the long term future, without sufficient attention given to how technology is currently being used. Listening to feedback from previous mobile broadband SIG events, it is clear that delegates want to hear more examples of how mobile broadband/4G is being applied in different sectors. This Mobile Broadband SIG event sets out to redress that balance by hearing from users of mobile broadband services in some of the most challenging sectors to understand:

  • How mobile broadband technology is being used
  • What problems were faced and how they were solved
  • How usage is evolving

Confirmed speakers:

The Mobile Broadband SIG is championed by George Grayland of Nokia Networks, Peter Montgomery of GSMA, Tom Rebbeck of Analysys Mason and Iain Stanbridge of EE. We are also extremely grateful to Microlease and Keysight for sponsoring this event.

To follow this SIG on Twitter, @CambWireless, please use #CWMBB

The Mobile Broadband SIG is championed by George Grayland of Nokia Solutions and Networks, Peter Montgomery of GSMA, Tom Rebbeck of Analysys Mason and Iain Stanbridge of EE. We are also extremely grateful to Microlease and Keysight for sponsoring this event. To follow this SIG on Twitter, @CambWireless, please use #CWMBB


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Registration and networking with refreshments


Introduction to CW Mobile Broadband SIG from Tom Rebbeck, Analysys Mason


Finding space for 5G: The Road to WRC 2019; Moray Rumney, Lead Technologist, of Keysight Technologies

Moray will consider the vital aspect of allocating spectrum in which the projected services for 5G are expected to be deployed from around 2020. Topics covered will include a review of the current spectrum allocations and the process used by the ITU World Radio Council for new spectrum allocations at WRC 2015 and WRC 2019. Included will be a summary of the UK position on spectrum as developed by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum under the auspices of techUK.




4G experiences from advanced markets – from Voice to Video; George Grayland, Senior Wireless Solutions Manager, Nokia Networks

4G LTE is now the dominant Mobile Broadband technology in several markets including Korea, Japan and the US. Korean networks offer advanced 4G services and capabilities beyond the experience of most Consumers in the UK. This presentation explores some of these and shows how users benefit from the constant drive to be the world’s leading 4G nation.




Live from anywhere - the mobile bonding revolution; Colin Muir, SBJ Mobile Journalism, BBC News

The availability of high bandwidth mobile technologies has had a huge impact on the broadcast industry, in this session we'll look at how their adoption within the BBC has helped revolutionize the way we're able to cover breaking news stories and events as well as the opportunities future wireless technologies might offer.




Refreshments and networking


The Mission Critical User and Mobile Broadband; Jonathan Hamill, Vice President Government & Public Safety, Sepura plc

This session will look at the exacting requirements of the Mission Critical user and what they rely on today. Then we’ll consider how broadband communication technologies can fulfil the MC user requirements and explore the role of global standardisation. In conclusion we’ll consider the practical and future options for the MC user.




Today, tomorrow and the future – managing data demand; Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason

A presentation on a study Analysys Mason have completed with the GSMA and Huawei to assess the benefits of mobile broadband services (with profiles of selected Asia Pacific countries), and future spectrum needs.




Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, Tom Rebbeck, Analysys Mason


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Moray Rumney - Director, Rumney Telecom, Industrial Fellow, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Moray Rumney received a BSc in EE from Heriot-Watt University in 1984. He joined Hewlett-Packard that year and remained with the company through the transition to Agilent Technologies in 1999 and Keysight Technologies in 2015. Moray joined ETSI in 1991 and 3GPP in 1999 where he participated in the development of cellular communications standards and conformance test methods. His recent work has focused on radiated test methods for mobile phones. He was editor and major contributor to Agilent’s book “LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless”. From 2018 to 2021 Moray represented Keysight at 3GPP RAN plenary who oversee the development of the 5G radio standards. His recent interests include expert witness work, engineering consulting services, and the safety debate around cellular technology including the evolution of test methods to validate that base stations and mobile phones comply with safety regulations.

Janette Stewart - Partner, Analysys Mason

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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Corpus Christi College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RH

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