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CW TEC 2015 - Integrate or differentiate?

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The future of mobile, satellite, TV, IOT and wearable technology and its impact on spectral value.

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About the event

Welcome to our first Cambridge Wireless Technology Engineering Conference (CW TEC). Launched in response to a community thirsty for detailed technical know-how, it promises in-depth debate and analysis around the most up-to-date concerns and developments in the wireless technology engineering sector.

On 24 March 2015 CW brought together industry experts to offer exclusive insights and examine the influence of technologies and the future of mobile, satellite, TV, IOT and wearable technology and its impact on the value of licensed and unlicensed spectrum from VHF to KA band and beyond. Taking place six months before WRC 2015, the event highlighted the relationship between technology innovation and the economics of broadband delivery and examined whether present technologies should become more similar or dissimilar over time examining the relative merits of a one size fits all approach versus application and market specific technology and standards evolution.

CW TEC addressed the technical challenges of delivering low cost mobile broadband connectivity into developed and developing economies and the specific challenge of delivering high EBITDA from low ARPU markets comparing the sparse network topologies characteristic of terrestrial broadcasting and GSO and LEO satellites with the increasingly dense network deployments promoted by the LTE mobile broadband vendor and operator community and examined some of the hidden costs of the presently relentless focus on high peak per user data rates.

CW TEC built on the debate as to whether user needs are converging or diverging and whether present R&D priorities are too narrowly or too broadly focussed. The agenda developed over four sessions:

  • Session 1: Terrestrial and satellite integration – a key part of the 4G to 5G transition?
  • Session 2: WiFi and low earth orbit satellites: a microwave delivery revolution?
  • Session 3: Terrestrial broadcasting and mobile broadband - the UHF story and beyond
  • Session 4: Machine to Machine and wearable connectivity

As with many CW events we regard the audience as an immensely important resource and each of the four sections was structured to capture comment and promote debate on present and future technical choices and their commercial consequence.

We had over 200 delegates including engineers and financial analysts from the mobile broadband community and anyone with an interest in information and communication technologies. Attracting interest from communities with a specific interest in high data rate low latency wide area and local area wireless system technologies including the broadcast and content industry, specialist public safety and emergency response sectors, and satellite and sub space industry, this was the must-attend event for engineers in 2015.

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

Conference Partner PwC (Technology)

PwC is the largest professional services firm in the UK, and we work alongside a myriad of businesses from smaller and mid market companies through to global organisations. The South East continues to be the growth engine of the UK economy and an important hub for business. As a result we serve both local and global clients. We can provide you with access to a pool of expertise and experience which will give you the breadth and depth of service you expect and deserve.

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Sponsored by InterDigital Europe

InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies.

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Sponsored by Anritsu

Anritsu provides a spectrum of products designed to support all of the major global standards

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Sponsored by Microlease

Microlease is the expert in Test and Measurement Equipment.

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Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies is the world's leading electronic measurement company.

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Sponsored by Interlligent UK

Interlligent has been providing professional services since its inception in 2000.

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Speakers

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.

Liam Devlin - CEO, Plextek RFI

Liam is the CEO of Plextek RFI, a UK based design house specialising in the design and development of RFICs, MMICs and microwave/mm-wave modules. He has led the design and development of over 100 custom ICs on a range of GaAs and GaN processes at frequencies up to 90GHz. He has also developed microwave and mm-wave sub-systems using a variety of technologies. He was previously Chief Designer with Marconi Caswell and before that a Research Scientist at Philips Research Laboratories.

Dan Fox - Director of Technology, Anritsu

Dan Fox joined Anritsu in 1999 and has acquired extensive experience in protocol testing throughout his career. As Director of Technology for Anritsu’s Wireless Measurements Division he is responsible for determining the technical direction of this segment of the business. Prior to joining Anritsu, Dan spent 10 years at Motorola (UK) in a variety of roles.

Dan has served as Chair of 3GPP TSG-T1 SIG (now TSG-RAN5), the working group responsible for the development of the UMTS protocol conformance test specifications, and as Vice Chair of TSG-T1.

Dan is the author of “Testing UMTS: Assuring Conformance and Quality of UMTS User Equipment” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) which is still in print today. He frequently represents Anritsu as a subject matter expert and speaker.

Raj Gawera - VP & Managing Director, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

Raj has over 20 years of experience in short range and wireless communications technology R&D, business development and marketing. Raj was part of initial IEEE 802.11 team to define first WLAN standard in 1996 – a technology which has now shipped over 5bn units. Raj also helped pioneer the first 3G data transmissions working with Motorola and others to demonstrate one of the first video calls at the 3GSM show in 1998 – many years before 3G licences were awarded. He has also been awarded a number of patents including short range wireless technologies. Raj was a founder member of startup UbiNetics (1999), which successfully exited in 2005 for over $120m USD. As part of that deal, Raj joined CSR and ultimately took the role of VP Marketing where he was part of the team that acquired SiRF Technologies for $136m (2009) to add GPS technology to CSR portfolio. More recently in 2012, he helped sell CSR’s handset business to Samsung in a deal worth $310m for 310 staff to form the SCSC division. As part of that deal, Raj took up the role of VP Marketing responsible for defining future wireless products. In 2014, Raj was promoted to head up the SCSC division leading the silicon and software development for Samsung’s connectivity solutions.

Martin Gostling - Managing Director, Radio Design

Martin has been at Radio Design from its inception in 2007 and now holds the position of Managing Director. Previously, he had responsibility for the company‘s technical strategy, regularly advising operators on network sharing options and cell site optimisation whilst overseeing the company’s product and patent portfolios. Martin received a First Class MA in Mathematics and a Masters of Mathematics from Cambridge University followed by a PhD from Leeds University. He subsequently moved to Filtronic where he worked as a System Engineer on base station RF modules before joining Radio Design.

John Haine - Visiting Professor, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

John Haine has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for large corporations and with four Cambridge start-ups. His technical background includes R&D in radio circuitry and microwave circuit theory; and the design of novel radio systems for cordless telephony, mobile data, fixed wireless access and IoT communications. He has led standardisation activities in mobile data and FWA in ETSI, and contributed to WiMax in IEEE. At various times he has been involved in and led fund-raising and M&A activities. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A; and after the company’s acquisition by Motorola became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. After leaving Motorola he was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access, a manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In early 2010 he joined Cognovo, which was acquired by u-blox AG in 2012. He led u-blox' involvement in 3GPP NB-IoT standardisation and the company's initial development of the first modules for trials and demonstrations. Now retired from u-blox he is a Visiting Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University, where he chairs the Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications. He was founder chair and is Board Member Emeritus of the IoT Security Foundation. He served on the CW Board and now chairs the Editorial Board of the CW Journal.  John has a first degree from Birmingham (1971) and a PhD from Leeds (1977) universities, and is a Life Member of the IEEE.

Paul Morris - CTO, CCS

Paul Morris (CEng) is CTO at Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) which is leading the development of self-organising wireless mesh networks at 60GHz. He specialises in taking new technologies from inception all the way through to market particularly in the fields of wireless, security and IoT. He's been at the forefront of the digital wireless revolution over the last 25 years most recently at Qualcomm and CSR. He has a First Class Degree in Electronic Engineering and is an inventor of multiple patents.

Chris Nokes - Principal R&D Engineer, BBC Research & Development

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. He is also Chair of the RF Group of the UK Digital Television Group (DTG). The work of Distribution Core Technologies Section includes amongst others, projects investigating broadcasting to mobile devices including contributions to 4G/5G standardisation, massive MIMO technology and video compression.

Graham Peters - Director, Avanti Communications

Graham has over 20 years’ experience in the satellite industry across the value chain covering satellite design, operations, software / simulation, EEE parts procurement and satellite applications. He presently heads the consulting division for Avanti working with business, institutional and residential customers. Customers include the European Space Agency, European Union and Technology Strategy Board.  He chairs the UK Space European Affairs Group, and participates in activities of the European Space Operators Association (ESOA) and Industry Satcom Initiative (ISI).

Moray Rumney - Lead Technologist, Keysight Technologies

Moray Rumney joined Hewlett-Packard in 1984 after completing a BSc in Electronics from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. The HP electronic test and measurement business was split off to Agilent Technologies in 1999 and most recently in August 2014 to Keysight Technologies. During his 30-year career Moray’s main work has been the development and system design of base station emulators used in the development and testing of cellular phones. Moray joined ETSI in 1991 and 3GPP in 1999 where he was a significant contributor to the development of type approval tests for GSM and UMTS. He currently represents Agilent at 3GPP RAN WG4, where the air interface for HSPA+ and LTE Advanced is being developed. Moray’s current focus is in MIMO “over-the-air” test methods. Moray has published many technical articles in the field of cellular communications and is a regular speaker and chairman at industry conferences. He was editor and contributing author to Agilent’s book “LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless” whose second edition was published in 2013.

Jass Sarai - Technology Industry Leader, PwC (Technology)

Jass has spent the last 14 years working with a variety of technology companies. These have included listed companies and young, high growth companies. In this regard Jass has seen many of the issues technology companies face as they innovate, develop and execute.

Alexander Schertz - Researcher, Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT)

Alexander Schertz is a member of the research staff in the Frequency Management Section of the Institut fur Rundfuncktechnik (IRT) in Germany.

Alexander joined the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in 1981 and has been involved in the planning and management of digital communications systems for many years. He specialises in the distribution of broadcast content via mobile radio and has expertise in both terrestrial broadcasting standards such as DVB-T2 and mobile commination standards such as Long Term Evolution (LTE).

Alexander Schertz gained a Diploma in physics from the University of Saarbrucken in the German state of Saarland, in 1979.

Sami Susiaho - Head of Edge Technologies, The Cloud - A BSkyB Company

Sami Susiaho has worked for European blue chip MNOs and ISPs for the last 15 years. During the last few years, at BSKYB as the Head of Edge Technologies of the Cloud business unit, focusing on WiFi R&D and helping the business to build one of the most advanced WiFi hotspot networks in the world. He researches technologies used on the edge of the network; last mile connections, wireless and wired technologies. Sami runs the Wi-Fi test lab, sits on various industry workgroups and contributes in numerous efforts towards the best possible user experience on WiFi.

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Architecture and Strategy team. He is responsible for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN and core architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, network architecture and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, H3G, EE and BT. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships from the IET, BCS and ITP. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums. Andy also has an interest in the history and heritage of telecommunications and is a CW Heritage SIG Champion.

Kent Walker - Vice President, Technology, Qualcomm Technologies International

Kent Walker has been VP of Technology at Qualcomm for the past 16 years leading project teams implementing Media FLO both at network and chip level. Present responsibilities include supporting work on ATSC 3.0 and TG6 E MBMS integration.

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PwC, 7 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2RT

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