5G RAN Transport Connectivity

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

At this event you will debate the real-world transport network requirements that will be necessary to make 5G a reality.

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About the event

Bookings are now closed please email Rachel.kerr@cambridgewireless.co.uk to be added to the waiting list.

Terms such as fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul are commonly interchanged to describe the connectivity between a 4G or 5G base station (eNB/gNB) and mobile core network; base station architectures are often described as D-RAN, C-RAN or vRAN; these terms mean different things to different people and are often used incorrectly or at least interpreted differently which is leading to lots of confusion within our industry. Add to this the need to understand transport requirements of CPRI, eCPRI, F1, E1, S1, N2 and N3 interfaces and the 5G RAN transport connectivity situation becomes even more complex!

This eMBB SIG event will cut through all of the confusion by explaining the terms, referencing industry standards and work of industry fora such as NGMN and Small Cells Forum, and discussing the real-world transport network requirements that will be necessary to make 5G a reality. Solutions for 5G access connectivity will include fibre, fixed radio links (microwave/millimetre wave) and in-band/self-backhauling solutions, the session will discuss how these solutions align with the requirements of the various functional splits/interfaces and different RAN architectures.

Speakers from operators and vendors will offer insight through a series of presentations and a panel session, allowing plenty of time for Q&A.

Many thanks to our sponsor ADVA Optical Networking whose technology has empowered networks across the globe. 

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWeMBB.

Sponsored by Adtran

ADVA is a company founded on innovation and driven to help our customers succeed. For over two decades, our technology has empowered networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we're building a truly connected and sustainable future. For more information on how we can help you, please visit us at: www.advaoptical.com.

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Supported by UK5G

The national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK.

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Hosted by Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is the UK authority on advanced digital technology. Through collaboration and innovation, we accelerate industry adoption to drive growth and opportunity across the economy.

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Agenda

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:00

Introduction to CW and UK5G

Abhi Naha, COO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

14:05

Host welcome

Dr Dritan Kaleshi, Head of Technology - 5G, 5G Fellow, Digital Catapult

14:10

Sponsor welcome

Anthony Magee, Director Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking - www.advaoptical.com

14:15

Introduction to the Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) Group

George Grayland, Senior Solutions Manager, Nokia

14:20

RAN Functional Decomposition – the options and interfaces

Prof Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

The mobile radio access network can be decomposed in an increasing number of ways as our industry evolves 4G LTE and introduces 5G technologies. This talk will review the various options from a RAN perspective and explore the implications for network architectures and the transport networks which will need to support fronthaul, mid-haul and backhaul.

14:40

Q&A

14:45

5G ready wireless architecture

Ravi Mondair, Managing Director, iWireless Solutions Ltd

5G is going to have significant impact on infrastructure for In-Building systems with coax to become obsolete and full fibre prevalent. This talk also looks ahead to the next 20 years where it’s expected there will be an industry switch, such as the need for fibre rather than CAT6/7. It will also consider the commercials, technology uses and how fibre needs power.

15:05

Q&A

15:10

Refreshments and networking

Sponsored by ADVA Optical Networking - www.advaoptical.com

15:40

Front, Cross, Mid, Back – remind me what we’re hauling, who for and why?

Dan Warren, Head of 5G Research, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK

In the synopsis of the event there are three types of ‘x-haul’ (which overlooks ‘cross’), three types of ‘x-ran’ (which overlooks ‘O’) and seven reference points acting as the interface from one part of the network to the next. How did we end up with all these options? Does no-one remember how much trouble even the suggestion of ‘A-ter’ interface caused?
Today, we are in a very different place, where a network is made of a radio interface and a massively distributed compute platform supporting a (using the term advisedly) sliced-and-diced mixture of software-based functions in every possible topology you could think of. Is it realistic to believe all of this can co-exist in a single operation? And if they do (or even, if it is a subset of them), doesn’t this make the network nigh-on unmanageable? Or does this inexorably lead us to discuss AI, and a network where some of the x-haul bandwidth is needed just for perpetual network reconfiguration and optimisation?

16:00

Q&A

16:05

Microwave/Millimetre wave transport opportunities on the way to 5G

Paolo Di Prisco, Head of Microwave Product Strategy, Nokia

Radio transport technology is evolving to meet future requirements and overcome deployment challenges. Upcoming 5G use cases will demand for such innovative techniques and optimized traffic distribution to enable massive 5G rollout.

16:25

Q&A

16:30

Panel Session with audience Q&A

17:10

Event wrap up

17:15

Event close

Speakers

Paolo Di Prisco - Head of Microwave Product Strategy, Nokia

Paolo Di Prisco leads Product Strategy for Nokia Microwave business. He is responsible for the definition of 5G microwave/millimetre wave transport architecture and for the coordination of Nokia strategic activities aimed to innovate next generation radio transport as well as end to end networking domains.

Paolo is also covering a Product Management role, while he started his career as R&D System and Architecture engineer in the same unit, contributing to the definition of the first microwave packet radio platform.

He holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

Ravi Mondair - Managing Director, iWireless Solutions

Ravi Mondair founded iWireless Solutions in 2006 and has been pivotal in providing leadership and strengthening the organisation to offer a wide range of services across multiple technologies. Ravi has worked solely within the wireless industry for 20 years and developed a trusted reputation for successfully managing the delivery of large scale programmes for UK and wider European based operators.

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.

Dan Warren - Director, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK

Dan Warren is Director, Advanced Network Research at Samsung Research UK.  He leads a team of researchers working on cutting-edge radio and system-level technology innovation, who are contributing heavily to EC-funded 5G projects and 3GPP standardisation of 5G.  Dan performs a strategic role identifying and progressing technological innovation and market opportunities that can be the basis of new Samsung products, covering topics such as IoT, V2X and the application of AI.  Dan is also currently Chair of the European Commission 5G-PPP Steering Board.

Prior to joining Samsung, Dan held senior roles at Capita, GSMA, Vodafone and Nortel.  Dan is a widely respected authority on technical, strategic and commercial matters relating to Telecoms, Internet of Things, Voice over LTE and IMS, Roaming and Interconnect and end-to-end network architectures, regularly speaking at global events with audiences from technologists to financial investors. Dan holds a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics from Brunel University.

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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Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2RA

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