Evolution of LTE and WiFi Roles as 4G Develops towards 5G

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

WiFi and cellular technologies have always played a very complementary role in the experience of users of smartphones and industry developments such as the realisation mobile IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Voice over WiFi have brought these yet closer also from a service provision perspective.

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High performance LTE has the potential to reduce reliance on WiFi, and vice versa, depending on the use case. Both technologies have significant capability evolution roadmaps, including the sharing of operating band in the case of LTE for licence-exempt bands. Join us at this fast-forward half-day London event addressing evolution of LTE and WiFi roles as 4G develops towards 5G.

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Registration and networking


Introduction to Mobile Broadband SIG from Iain Stanbridge of EE


Welcome from the host, Professor Izzat Darwazeh of UCL


Consumer-G: Focus on user experience; Niko Louvranos, Business Development Manager - Telecoms, Arqiva

The industry has always been promising consumers that every new-G will deliver benefits that will dwarf current-G technology ones. But how do consumers experience these enhanced benefits? How will these benefits manifest in the world of 5G where the industry is mostly focusing on stretching cellular and WiFi features in isolation instead of understanding how to deliver tangible value to consumers? How high on the industry's agenda of 5G features to stretch sits the convergence of cellular and WiFi? Are we over-engineering 5G and missing the forest for the trees?




LTE and WiFi playing together on license free spectrum – learning to share; Sami Susiaho, Head of Edge Technologies, The Cloud Networks, BSkyB

All modern deployments consider how to complement the LTE network with WiFi. At the same time, the thirst to use the abundant license free spectrum for LTE has started to create friction. Thankfully, the two camps have finally sat around a table, discussing how to facilitate fair co-existence between these technologies. There is a significant risk here though, as the worst case scenario looks very bad indeed. Sami intends to dive into the details with much more depth in the event.




Refreshments and networking


A mobile operator view on the role of WiFi; Edward Ellis, Senior Corporate Strategy Manager, EE

As customer demand continues to grow, the role that WiFi plays in an increasingly mobile-centric world is changing. The evolving expectations of our customers and technological landscape require us to rethink the way in which we deliver services and connectivity to the UK population. This talk will focus on the role that WiFi has to play from the perspective of a mobile operator, and how we can leverage the technology at our disposal to best serve the evolving needs and expectations of our customers.




The evolution of LTE advanced; Milan Bavisi, MBB Solution Manager, Nokia

LTE continues to introduce higher data speeds with LTE Advanced. What are the likely data speeds on offer as we head towards 5G? What capacity features are going to become necessary as traffic grows on LTE networks? What are the key requirements being developed for LTE Advanced that will play a key part for 5G?




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


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Milan Bavisi - MBB Solution Manager, Nokia

Edward Ellis - Senior Manager Network Strategy, EE

Niko Louvranos - Business Development Manager, Independent

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.

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 - 4G/5G Densification Architect, Nokia

Peter has worked in the mobile communications industry for nearly 30 years, firstly at Orbitel UK and then at Nokia Networks. Peter helped developed the first 2G DCS1800 BTSs to Orange and then continued in building a viable business for network planning & optimisation services in the UK. Holding various roles over the years focusing on UK, Europe and global markets Peter is now a principle services architect in the 5G/densification area helping operators globally to make the most appropriate decisions. Until recently he held the office of chair/vice chair of the Small Cells Forum Operations group where he played a significant role for 5 years.

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, BT

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.

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IDEALondon, 69 Wilson St, London EC2A 2BB

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