5G – from Standards to Use Cases

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

With several industry announcements per week and committed early deployments in some countries, 5G is rapidly becoming a substantive chapter in the mobile technology evolution story.

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Join us for another Mobile Broadband SIG event - these events are often over-subscribed so register NOW. With ample time for networking and discussions with business leaders and industry players, don’t miss this dynamic event.

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Hosted by PA Consulting Group

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Registration and networking


Introduction to the CW Mobile Broadband SIG from Peter Montgomery of GSMA


Welcome from the host, Tim Devine, Head of Network Group, PA Consulting


5G enablers and challenges for next generation connected autonomous vehicles; Diego Giancola, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting




5G conformance conundrums – the impact of diverse use cases; Mark Bailey from Application Development at Rohde & Schwarz UK

For the end User, 5G promises to deliver a seamless experience regardless of the access technology employed. With new ambitious use cases, how will the issue of certification be addressed for the new verticals to ensure interoperability? This presentation will debate some of the issues and highlight conformance challenges for the industry and manufacturers of 5G based products.




Virtualising 5G Network Capabilities; Serdar Vural, SoftFIRE Project Leader, 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) University of Surrey

The University of Surrey, Institute of Communications Systems (ICS), which is also the home of the 5GIC, have been researching 5G core network development for several years in the form of the Flat Distributed Cloud (FDC) architecture. 5GIC(ICS) have now developed and FDC implementation that includes several demonstrable enhancements to the existing LTE EPC that have validated on their campus-wide LTE-A testbed. These features include added security in terms of network enrolment, context information, optimised mobility functions and a flexible Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) implementation from Rel-14 which includes Moveable Breakout and Traffic Redirection. In the last year ICS have worked together with other 5GIC partners to virtualise this infrastructure. This presentation introduces our virtualisation journey and highlights a selection of key points from our experience on this journey.




Coffee/Tea & Networking


Sensors, symptoms and smartphones: making use of new types of data for healthcare and clinical research; Bruce Hellman, CEO and Co-founder, uMotif

Today's ubiquitous connected devices and sensors open new ways to help people track their health and take part in ground-breaking research. uMotif have powered world-leading smartphone based research studies and will discuss how sensors and the network can help bring citizen-science to life.




Top- Down – the importance of use cases and collaboration for 5G; Peter Marshall, Head of MBB UK and Ireland, Ericsson

Peter will present an overview of the key highlights of the current market research within Ericsson that shows trends, expectations and drivers towards 5G. It will share what the consumers’ key requirements could be and why using a top-down approach in collaboration with both industry and society groups is an essential component to make 5G what we want it to be.




Panel Session with all speakers and additional panellist John Grant of NineTiles and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, chaired by George Grayland of Nokia.


Event Closes


Mark Bailey - Application Development, Rohde and Schwarz

Diego Giancola - Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Diego has spent his career in radio systems R&D and modem design in the wireless communication sector, from 2G to the latest 4G evolutions. His research interests lie in multi-antenna systems and novel signal processing and architectures for radio signals. He currently co-runs PA's signal processing team and leads the research activities in LTE evolution and 5G landscaping. Diego has a first degree in telecommunication engineering and a doctorate in electronics and communication engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

John Grant - Partner, Nine Tiles

John Grant chairs the ETSI Industry Strategy Group on Non-IP Networking. He has been designing digital networks since 1981 when he created local area networking technology which was used in both industrial and commercial environments. Since then he has created products for carrying video and audio over digital networks, including network switching equipment; this has given him an insight into the requirements of audio and other live media, which are very different from those for data traffic. More recently he has been researching how packet networking can meet these requirements as well as avoiding the various problems that have been identified with IP. He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and chairs their standards subcommittee SC-02 on digital audio. He is also editor of several international standards documents including ISO TR 29181-3 (Future Network switching and routing).

Bruce Hellman - CEO and Co-founder, uMotif Digital Health

Peter Marshall - Marketing, Ericsson

Serdar Vural - Research Engineer, Independent

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 - Techno/economic business consultant & programme manager, Independent

I am an experienced leader of diverse sales teams and a trusted advisor for Cx0/CxO-1 leaders. Educated with Six Sigma Yellow Belt, ITIL v3, and with a PMP certification, my skillset lies in my ability to excel in global project delivery, demystify complexities, and handle challenges with tenacity and good humour. I am committed to fostering industry dialogue and have chaired telecoms forums and acted as Special Interest Group champion to drive collaboration and impact. My career has spanned global strategy, operational development, geographic management, and consumer electronics, maintaining an 80:20 balance between sales and operations

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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PA Consulting, Cambridge Technology Centre, Melbourn, Herts. SG8 6DP

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