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.

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Conference Partner PwC UK

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. Working across artificial intelligence, life sciences and AgriTech industry sectors with businesses in the region.

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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 Electro Rent

Electro Rent are test equipment specialists with over 50 years of experience providing access to the latest test and measurement technology.

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Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

Whatever your use case, when you are designing, emulating, measuring, or testing your next engineering breakthrough, Keysight has a solution to help you innovate faster and with more confidence.

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Sponsored by Interlligent UK

Interlligent UK is an RF and microwave specialist providing test equipment rental and sales services and advanced RF training

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Speakers

Liam Devlin - CEO, PRFI

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

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 an Honorary Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University, where he chairs the SWAN Prosperity Partnership Project external advisory board . He was founder chair and is Board Member Emeritus of the IoT Security Foundation. He served on the CW Board chaired 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 - VP RF and Communications Business Unit, EnSilica plc

Paul has 30 years’ experience working on various wireless and semi-conductor systems most recently promoting semiconductors for Ka-band beamformers for satellite connectivity and growing EnSilica’s business. He gained his semiconductor experience from CSR’s early days through to its trade sale to Qualcomm where he was Senior Director, Technology covering a range of mobile, security, wireless audio and automotive products. He enjoys growing international technology businesses and has lived and worked in France and China. Paul is active in various Cambridge local networks including CW and Cambridge Network and has acted in advisory roles for start-ups.

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).

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 - 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.

Jass Sarai - Technology Industry Leader, PwC UK

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

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