Pushing NFV/SDN to the edge through Mobile Edge Computing

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

Enabled by technologies like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is hailed as pushing computing and storage further towards the edge, including the mobile device.

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Scenarios are not only limited to caching locally relevant content closer to end users but also include offloading mobile computing tasks for gaming scenarios, enable rich virtual reality visualisations supported by MEC infrastructure and many other scenarios from the upcoming 5G world, particularly in the light of increasingly tighter latency constraints in these scenarios.

Delegates will be treated to a half day SIG event set to shed light on the ongoing activities in this space, including standardisation activities in the ETSI domain, vendor and operator activities as well as academic considerations that pursue the vision of computing at the edge of the network.

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Registration and networking with lunch


Introduction to Virtual Networks SIG from Phil Bridge, EE


Welcome from event supporter, Bird & Bird


Placing content intelligence at the 5G mobile network edge;Ning Wang, Reader in Networks, University of Surrey

This talk will address how mobile edge computing (MEC) is used as a key enabler for supporting smart content-oriented network functions in the 5G network design carried out at the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) hosted at the University of Surrey.




MEC: Bit pipe to smart pipe; Matt Stagg, Senior Manager of Network Strategy, EE

Not if but when: Industry collaboration to grow the ecosystem to ready the MEC platform
 How to broker cooperation with OTT providers
 Supporting network capacity demands from 2016
 Tackling the challenge of interoperability and ensuring a truly vendor-agnostic platform
 Ensuring an effective interface for technical & commercial teams to drive adoption of MEC




Refreshments and networking


MEC: A presentation and discussion on status and strategies in the industry; Julian Roldan Ramos, Telco Solutions Architect, Intel

Fixed and Mobile Networks are in the process of being transformed, just as the IT industry was transformed in the last 10 years. Mobile Edge Computing and Network Function Virtualization are not just buzz words, they are right at the centre of this transformation. Where are we, as an industry, in this transformation? Are there any synergies between NFV and MEC?




The role of user analytics in edge caching: Lessons from BBC iPlayer; Nishanth Sastry, Senior Lecturer, King's College London

It is nearly always 'good' to cache, but storage is typically limited at the edge, so deciding what gets cached can make or break edge-caching. Using traces of 1.2 Billion accesses to BBC iPlayer, the second largest application on UK's Internet, this talk will demonstrate how understanding user access patterns is crucial to realising the benefits of edge caching. This is based on two papers in IEEE INFOCOM 2015, a paper to appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and ongoing work.




Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, Phil Bridge, EE


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Julian Roldan Ramos - Solutions Architect, Intel

Nishanth Sastry - Lecturer, King's College London

Matt Stagg - Senior Manager of Network Strategy, EE

Ning Wang - Reader in Networks, University of Surrey (ICS)

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.

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