5G wide area coverage: macro cells – the why and the how

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

This event will explore the design and optimisation of the macro cell layer and its role within future heterogeneous networks.

About the event

There’s plenty of talk about small cells and their role in future heterogeneous networks, however there’s little mention of the evolution of macro cells. The macro layer comprises most of today’s deployed cellular radio sites which range from rooftops, towers, masts, columns, poles and wall mounted installations. The network often comprises of a range of macro cell sizes, from large macros to mini and targeted micro-cells.

This event will explore the current and future design and optimisation of the macro cell layer, along with its role within future heterogenous networks. Sessions will discuss network planning and base station design, RF, transmission lines and antenna systems along with the trend towards tower top electronics, massive MIMO, wider radio channels and higher frequency bands.

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SIG Champions

Iris Barcia - COO, Keima

Iris Barcia is Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Keima, an innovative software company delivering disruptive wireless design solutions worldwide. Iris is an innovator and forward-looking technologist working with the executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and international 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. Prior to Keima Iris 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).

George Grayland - Senior Solutions Manager, Nokia

George Grayland is a Senior Wireless Solutions Manager with Nokia. George joined Nokia Solutions and Networks in 1998 and has held positions in both Product Management and Technical Sales for GSM, WCDA and LTE networks. After periods working with Operators such as Telefonica and Deutsche Telecom on 3G, he is now based in the UK and is responsible for Mobile Broadband Networks Solutions working with two of the UKs larger MNOs as they plan their 4G network deployments. Prior to Nokia and NSN George held various positions at Philips Electronics in both R&D and Technical Marketing. He has a BEng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bradford and is a Member of the IET.

Roberto Kompany - Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason

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.

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Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

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 is a Visiting Professor at the University of Salford and a research mentor at the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. 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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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Science Park, Milton Road

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