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Small Cells enable new commercial business models

Brought to you by The Small Cell Group

Several solutions are being promoted whereby LTE augments cellular service and extends or competes with traditional cellular network operators.

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About the event

Technical proposals include using unlicensed or lightly licensed shared spectrum at 3.5GHz or 5GHz, favouring Small Cell architectures rather than DAS. A new generation of handsets/smartphones will be required, in some cases with wider implications for interaction of other spectrum use including Wi-Fi.

Commercial models range from direct connections with existing networks, consolidating via neutral hosts or operate completely standalone. Funding for network deployment may come from building owners rather than network operators who will have expectations for quality of service and ease of use. End users would expect better service with a clear understanding of any billing implications and who to call to resolve technical problems.

This SIG event examines both technical and commercial aspects, and discusses the implications. A Q&A panel session will address questions from delegates.

Read an interview David Chambers did with speaker, Stephan Litjens of Multefire Alliance in May 2016.

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWSmallCell.

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13:30

Registration & Networking

14:00

Introduction to the CW Small Cell SIG from David Chambers of ThinkSmallCell

14:10

Patenting trends in Small Cell technology; James Seymour, Partner, EIP and Adam Wylie, Director Enterprise Solutions, Patently at EIP

Using patent data, EIP will provide insight and analysis into the patent filing trends of established players and emerging companies in the Small Cell technology space.

14:30

Q&A

14:35

2016: The year the world turned upside-down (except that enterprise coverage is still lamentable); Nick Johnson, CTO, ip.access

The Mobile Network Operator: neither mobile nor a network operator. The Neutral Host: neither neutral nor a host. Enterprise Cellular Coverage: neither cellular nor coverage. Stir three contradictions together in a bowl with the freshest Small Cells you can find on the market. Bake for several years in a gently liberalising regulatory environment. Allow to cool and delight your enterprise customers (and shareholders) with a generous covering of cellular service. A recipe for disaster or the best thing since sliced bread?

14:55

Q&A

14:55

The Promise of MulteFire; Dirk Lindemeier, Head of Business Center, Advanced Mobile Network Solutions, Mobile Networks, Nokia and MulteFire Alliance Spokesperson.

MulteFire is the only LTE-based small cell solution that operates solely in unlicensed and shared spectrum and expands the LTE ecosystem to new and existing wireless providers. This session will address how MulteFire breaks down entry barriers and opens the doors to wireless innovation by allowing anyone to deploy a network that delivers performance, mobility and security.

15:20

Q&A

15:20

Coffee/Tea & Networking

15:55

Small Cells and shared spectrum; Simon Saunders, Access Technology Principal, Google

How the growing ecosystem for LTE in shared spectrum can unleash new innovation and investment for UK consumers and operators.

16:15

Q&A

16:20

Update on Ofcom’s mobile data strategy; Federico Boccardi, Principal, Spectrum Technology, Ofcom

Federico will give an update about Ofcom’s mobile data strategy, the aim of which is to identify and prioritise actions which Ofcom could undertake to facilitate the continued long term growth in consumer and citizen benefits from increasing use of mobile data services.

16:40

Q&A

16:45

Panel Session with All Speakers, chaired by Simon Saunders of Google

17:30

Drinks Reception

18:30

Event Closes

Speakers

Federico Boccardi - Principal, Spectrum Technology, Ofcom

Nick Johnson - Chief Technical Officer, ip.access

Nick founded ip.access in 1999, and has been CTO ever since.  He was founding chair of the Radio and Physical Layer working group of the Small Cell Forum and the Innovation Architect in the Horizon2020/5G-PPP project SESAME.  He represents ip.access technically in its CBRS Alliance activities. Currently leading the Product And Technology group Nick is responsible for keeping ip.access at the leading edge of small cell innovation in its major markets. Nick is an inventor on 20-odd patents worldwide, has a PhD in Microwave Scanned Imaging Techniques from University College, London, and an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

Dirk Lindemeier - Spokesperson, MulteFire Alliance, Head of Business Centre, Advance Mobile Network Solutions, Nokia

Simon Saunders - Visiting Professor, King's College London, Advisor, Real Wireless

Prof. Simon Saunders is an independent advisor and researcher with deep industry and academic background in communication systems technology and a burgeoning interest in the intersection between real and artificial neural systems, communication systems and music. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, telecoms advisor to DCMS and Trustee of the charity Music for All.

Simon is a specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Google, Motorola and Philips), academia (University of Surrey, Trinity College Dublin) and regulation (Ofcom).

He founded the Small Cell Forum and chaired this industry association from 2007-12, growing membership to 150 companies and working with 3GPP to create the first standards for small cells. He acted as Director of Emerging & Online Technology for Ofcom, leading Ofcom’s Emerging Technology programme and creating their Online Tech team. At Google (2015-20), he worked with operators globally to enhance wireless connectivity via a range of advanced technology initiatives, combining wireless networks, artificial intelligence and network virtualisation. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless (2006-15), he was responsible for overall technical capability and direction, providing independent wireless expertise and advice to operators, regulators, technology and law firms and wireless users. In 2019 Simon organised the world’s first 5G music lesson on behalf of charity Music for All, led by famous musician Jamie Cullum.

He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters, including a popular textbook on antennas and propagation. He has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies and served on technical advisory boards of several companies and universities.

James Seymour - Partner, EIP

SIG Champions

Simon Fletcher - CTO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical and innovation strategy responsibility across the company. He is a member of the UK5G AB, co-chair of the International WG, and member of the Climate WG. His long-standing association with the UK innovation eco-system through roles such as Director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of practical knowledge on open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon spent his formative years in telecoms infrastructure systems and product development. In NEC Corporation he played a key role in the formation of Joint Ventures for development of 3G and 4G products and established a core team that developed the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI). In recent times he has directed projects on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and then directing Real Wireless engagement in H2020 and the 2016 NIC study on Future Comms infrastructure brings great foresight on a range of architectural evolutions underway in 5G architectures, in particular for Open RAN and Diversification. He is a CW Small Cell SIG Champion, and in February 2022 the Small Cell Forum (SCF) appointed Simon as their Chief Strategy Officer, drawing on 25 years direct industry experience and work as an advisor to governments, regulators and big business.

Caroline Gabriel - Research Director, Analysys Mason, Co-founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

Caroline has been engaged in technology analysis, research and consulting for 30 years and since 2002, has been focused entirely on mobile and wireless. As co-founder and research director of Rethink Technology Research, Caroline has developed a significant research base and forecast methodology, based around deep contacts with mobile and converged operators round the world. This addresses critical issues and trends in mobile and wireless infrastructure, and particularly operator deployment intentions for 4G, 5G, small cells, Cloud-RAN and other technologies. She is also a senior contributor to Analysys Mason’s Next Generation Wireless research programme. She has led research and consulting projects with a wide range of clients, including mobile infrastructure vendors, large and start-up operators, regulators, trade bodies, government agencies and financial institutions. Her advice and forecasts have helped inform strategic decisions at a wide range of vendors, operators, start-ups and finance houses. Prior to setting up Rethink, Caroline held various executive positions at VNU Business Publishing BV, then Europe’s largest producer of technology related B2B reports and publications. She was the European content and research director, and was a member of the leadership team for VNU’s online business. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Neil Piercy - AVP System Engineering, Mavenir

Neil has been developing base stations for various communications systems for over 30 years, during which time he has performed roles throughout the whole development lifecycle, as well as management roles. Neil joined Mavenir as part of the ip.access acquisition in Sep 2020, having been with ip.access since it was formed as a spin-off from TTP Com back in 2000. His specialist areas include security and networking, as well as a focus on all aspects of protocol design and implementation, and on system performance and simulation across GSM, UMTS, LTE and now NR small cell RAN equipment and systems. Now as AVP System Engineering he is responsible for the development and delivery of ip.access products, as part of the Mavenir group.

Simon Saunders - Visiting Professor, King's College London, Advisor, Real Wireless

Prof. Simon Saunders is an independent advisor and researcher with deep industry and academic background in communication systems technology and a burgeoning interest in the intersection between real and artificial neural systems, communication systems and music. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, telecoms advisor to DCMS and Trustee of the charity Music for All.

Simon is a specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Google, Motorola and Philips), academia (University of Surrey, Trinity College Dublin) and regulation (Ofcom).

He founded the Small Cell Forum and chaired this industry association from 2007-12, growing membership to 150 companies and working with 3GPP to create the first standards for small cells. He acted as Director of Emerging & Online Technology for Ofcom, leading Ofcom’s Emerging Technology programme and creating their Online Tech team. At Google (2015-20), he worked with operators globally to enhance wireless connectivity via a range of advanced technology initiatives, combining wireless networks, artificial intelligence and network virtualisation. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless (2006-15), he was responsible for overall technical capability and direction, providing independent wireless expertise and advice to operators, regulators, technology and law firms and wireless users. In 2019 Simon organised the world’s first 5G music lesson on behalf of charity Music for All, led by famous musician Jamie Cullum.

He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters, including a popular textbook on antennas and propagation. He has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies and served on technical advisory boards of several companies and universities.

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EIP, Fairfax House, Fulwood Place, London WC1V 6HU

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