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.

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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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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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Sponsored by Radio Design

Radio Design, leader in infrastructure-sharing RF solutions, enables network operators to achieve optimum cell-site performance through unique RF technologies, inc TMAs, filter-combiners & RF routers

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Sponsored by Commscope

CommScope pushes the boundaries of communications technology with game-changing ideas and ground-breaking discoveries that spark profound human achievement.

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Agenda

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:00

Introduction to CW and UK5G

14:05

A word from our Sponsor, Eric Hawthorn, Executive Chairman, Radio Design

14:10

A word from our Sponsor, Jonathan Hicks, Account Manager, UK & Ireland, CommScope

14:15

Introduction to the Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) Group from Roberto Kompany, Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason

14:20

Review of current macro network site types and design Prof Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

Macro cells have formed the basis of cellular mobile radio coverage since the rollout of analogue mobile phone networks in the 1980s. As mobile network operators have evolved their networks to support digital cellular and followed the 3GPP roadmap through GSM, UMTS, LTE and now to 5G, we’ve witnessed the incredible evolution of macro cells. From single band space diversity sites supporting a handful of voice calls, to today’s mobile broadband sites utilising multiple radio access technologies, multiple frequency bands, carrier aggregation and complex antennas transmission lines to deliver 100s of Mbps. This talk will review this evolution and present the current macro site designs as a basis for exploring the site evolution to 5G. The broad typology of cellular radio sites will be explored while initial lessons from BT/EE 5G macro cell rollout will be presented.

14:40

Q&A

14:45

Macro Cell developments that support LTE evolution and 5G deployments: Colin Bryce, Director of Mobile Network Engineering – Europe, CommScope Inc.

Over the recent past our industry has focussed on developing the standards and communication technology necessary to deliver the IMT 2020 vision and in particular 5G targets on eMBB, URLLC and mMTC. More recently as we move towards initial commercial deployment of 5G in 2019 and beyond, consideration has focused more on the practical issues related to deploying new technology on existing sites and the costs and tasks involved in delivering enhanced LTE and 5G services quickly and efficiently. This talk will consider what approaches can be taken to upgrade macro cell sites to support massive MIMO and where and when its use is appropriate, what RAN architecture might be appropriate and how that might impact the physical implementation of cell sites and finally what other initiatives such as open RAN could impact future developments.

15:05

Q&A

15:10

Refreshments and networking

15:40

Smart Rollout to Maximise ROI: Mike Page, Systems Expert, Radio Design

Rollouts of 5G alongside other existing RATs and frequency bands that bring the benefits of 5G to the entire nation promise to be very costly. A smart approach to rollout driven by prudence will yield great benefits in reaching as many markets as possible and will serve to maximise ROI. The use of combiners, TMAs and RF routers play an instrumental part in controlling the cost of rollouts that maximise ROI.

16:00

Q&A

16:05

Strategic planning: an overview of the role of the macro cell, Iris Barcia, COO, Keima

New technologies, architectures and market needs have transformed connectivity in the past years, and this talk will review how that transformation has impacted network planning. Wireless networks have hugely changed and 5G has the potential to open the door to evolved business models and services. What is the strategic role of the macro cell in today´s HetNet concept? Beyond the implementation of massive MIMO and 5G upgrades, when are macro cells the key to cost effective capacity and coverage objectives?

16:25

Q&A

16:30

How massive MIMO can deliver the promise of new 5G Radio Networks George Grayland, 5GFutures

In a cellular mobile network, high traffic areas often account for a large proportion of the total traffic in the network. Improving the customer experience in those areas is a constant challenge for Mobile Operators. New small cells are often the solution in those areas but increasing the performance of the macro cells is also a key strategy in the Operator arsenal. Massive MIMO is a relatively new base station solution for both 4G and 5G networks. This talk will cover the fundamentals of massive MIMO, how massive MIMO can be deployed in mobile networks, the challenges, examples of technical solutions and some of the initial results of this new technology.

16:50

Q&A

16:55

Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion Roberto Kompany, Analysys Mason

17:20

Event wrap up

17:30

Event closes

Speakers

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).

Colin Bryce - V.P. Network Engineering, Commscope

Colin Bryce is Director of Mobile Network Engineering -Europe with CommScope Inc.  In this role he is responsible for providing Technical Consultancy and Business Development support for CommScope’s European wireless activities. These activities cover a product portfolio that includes cell site equipment across the RF Path and involves both technical and commercial evaluations of customer requirements, ensuring CommScope’s proposals and roadmaps meet market needs.  Colin has over thirty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most of which has been spent in mobile communications and has included periods working for major infrastructure vendors in Europe, Asia and the USA. Colin has an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde  as well as a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance and he is an active member of both the IEEE and IET.

Martin Gostling - Managing Director, Radio Design

Martin has been at Radio Design from its inception in 2007 and now holds the position of Managing Director. Previously, he had responsibility for the company‘s technical strategy, regularly advising operators on network sharing options and cell site optimisation whilst overseeing the company’s product and patent portfolios. Martin received a First Class MA in Mathematics and a Masters of Mathematics from Cambridge University followed by a PhD from Leeds University. He subsequently moved to Filtronic where he worked as a System Engineer on base station RF modules before joining Radio Design.

Eric Hawthorn - Executive Chairman, Radio Design

Eric Hawthorn has been involved in mobile communications R&D and management for over 30 years. Having graduated in 1984, with a BSc (Hons) 1st Class, in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, he has lived and worked in UK, USA and Canada for Plessey, Bell Northern Research (Nortel), M/A-Com and Filtronic. He is now Executive Chairman at Radio Design which he established in Shipley, West Yorkshire in 2007. Eric is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Engineering and a Fellow of the IET.

Jonathan Hicks - Account Manager, Commscope

Jonathan Hicks is the UK & Ireland Sales Manager for CommScope Outdoor Wireless product range. In his role he is responsible for multiple Macro Cell product ranges including: Basestation Antennas, MHAs/Filters/Combiners, Fiber & Copper cabling, Tower/Streetpole structures, cabinets/associated cooling, Small Cell and Services. Jonathan has over 30 years’ experience (12 years at CommScope) in the Mobile Infrastructure market and has been involved with the UK operators roll-outs from early GSM to today’s modern 5G infrastructure.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing.

Mike Page - Fellow Engineer, Radio Design

Mike is a Fellow Engineer at Radio Design specialising in RF systems, working closely with operators to develop optimal site design solutions. He has 30 years of experience in the cellular industry gained at Nortel, Ericsson, Filtronic and Radio Design. Mike holds BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees in Telecommunications from the University of Hull and an OU MBA.

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.

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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