Virtual Networks in 5G - Opportunities or Hype?

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The 5th generation of mobile networks is intended to operate across many vertical markets; it is expected to impact every aspect of our lives and span many different industry sectors, from healthcare, transport, energy, agriculture to smart cities and citizen engagement.

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About the event

In this first, of a series of events, we will consider four of the key virtual networking concepts needed to deliver the 5G vision: network slicing (enabling vertical businesses to realise their requirements in seemingly isolated network slices), service agility (enabling businesses to deploy new services much faster than is possible in today's networks), control without ownership (enabling businesses, including today's facility rich operators, to act as operators with a minimal ownership of infrastructure) and context awareness (enriching network capabilities with new forms of service assurance by increasing their awareness of conditions, users, and environments). The initial insights provided by our four distinguished speakers will provide stepping stones for the deeper consideration of each area at the follow-on events of this SIG.

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Hosted by British Telecommunications

Leading UK fixed line operator, ISP and telecoms supplier

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Strategic Partner Innovation Martlesham

Innovation Martlesham is an established cluster of high-tech ICT companies located at Adastral Park.

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Registration & networking over lunch


Introduction to the CW Virtual Networks SIG from Dirk Trossen of InterDigital


Welcome from BT and Innovation Martlesham


Using AI to Drive 5G Network Slicing; Jay Perrett, Founder and CTO, Aria Networks

5G offers the ability to create dedicated network slices. But how will operators determine how and when slices get created? Jay Perrett will share experiences of applying Artificial Intelligence techniques within collaborative ecosystems to determine when, whether and what form of network slicing makes business sense.




Network Slicing in 5G; Andy Corston-Petrie, Principal Researcher, Converged Networks Lab, BT

Andy will be exploring the drivers, principles, uses and challenges of Network Slicing. He will also look at the potential for creating new business opportunities, and operating networks more efficiently




The “Cloudified” 5G Network; Julian Ramos, Telco Solutions Architect, Intel Corporation

5G is a key enabler of the digital economy, targeting to address the needs and requirements of many different verticals and use cases. As such, the 5G Network needs to be a jack of all trades, flexible and adaptable, much like the cloud is today. Virtualization is a technology that brings the two worlds together but, is it enough? Join this session to discuss what are the key similarities and differences between the Traditional Cloud and the Telco Cloud, and what is required, in addition to virtualization, to make the 5G Telco Network truly “Cloudified”.




Refreshments and networking


Building the Virtualised 5G Network End 2 End; Stewart Lacey, 5G Driver for Ericsson in Western & Central Europe, Ericsson

What does a virtualised 5G network look like and what are the steps to get there? What are the end to end implications of Virtualisation and the transformational benefits that it will bring?




Panel Session with All Speakers, chaired by Dirk Trossen of InterDigital


Event Closes


Andy Corston-Petrie - Senior Research Manager, British Telecommunications

Stewart Lacey - 5G Driver, Europe and Latin America, Ericsson

Stewart has been with Ericsson for over 30 years in various customer facing technology leadership roles and has been engaged in the market introduction of 2G, 3G and 4G. He is currently focussed on securing readiness for 5G in both Ericsson and its customers across Europe and Latin America.

Jay Perrett

Julian Roldan Ramos - Solutions Architect, Intel

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Techno-economic assessment of wireless options and strategies, 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 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. 

Mark England - Associate Director, Cambridge Consultants

Mark England has spent three decades architecting, designing, and implementing a wide variety of wired and wireless communications products, services, systems and protocols; from short range point to point systems to those which operate on a global scale. Mark joined Cambridge Consultants in 2000, and for the past 20+ years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients. 

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 31 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 Telecoms sector, 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 Digital Policy Alliance’s Smart Society Working Group, techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

Justin Paul - Senior Marketing Manager, Ericsson

Justin has over twenty years’ experience in technology marketing in the telecoms and software industries. Prior to joining Ericsson Digital Services he worked for Zeetta Networks, Huawei Technologies in NFV/SDN Marketing and Amdocs where he led the launch of their NFV Portfolio which now forms a major part of the ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform). During his career he has been responsible for the launch and go-to-market for a number of leading-edge technologies including 3G, IPTV, LTE, NFV and 5G. A TED-trained conference speaker he has presented at a number of major international conferences including Layer 123 SDN and Openflow Congress, LTE Asia and SCTE. A CIM qualified marketeer he runs a Bristol-based Digital Marketing knowledge-sharing group.

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John Bray Lecture Theatre, Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, IP5 3RE

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