Broadcasting New Media - is 5G a solution or a diversion?

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The broadcast industry’s business models and the way we consume content are evolving rapidly.

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About the event

Recent research into viewing behavior across traditional live television, recorded programmes, catch-up and other on-demand services, short-form videos (e.g. YouTube) and DVDs, shows that there is a significant trend in demand, especially amongst younger audiences, towards the consumption of content … “anytime, anywhere, any device”.

‘5G’ is the next stage in mobile/smartphone connectivity; and in the UK, the government has just thrown its weight behind the new standard's development, pledging no less than £740m to the industry. The main advantage of 5G networks compared with 4G will be the increased data capacity. It is projected that 5G payloads will be able to support UHD and 360° video delivery for both individual (unicast) and multiple (broadcast) consumer services to 5G-compatible mobile devices. New forms of media and content will be delivered quickly and cheaply, without the need for RF or Wi-Fi connectivity on performance or cost grounds.

Can 5G and the new mobile network infrastructure being rolled out over the next few years, provide the solution to the public’s demands for ubiquitous high quality content? Or will Broadcasters continue to rely on the traditional platforms of cable, satellite and terrestrial transmission? Our panel of experts from the mobile and broadcast industries will provide the answers to these questions in an interesting, informative and interactive debate.

This event is jointly-organised by Dritan Kaleshi, Lead Technologist – Future Networks, 5G Fellow, Digital Catapult.

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Jointly organised by Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre.

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Registration and networking with Lunch


Introduction to Digital Delivery and Content SIG from David Crawford, University of Ravensbourne


Welcome from host and co-organiser, Dr Dritan Kaleshi, Lead Technologist – Future Networks, 5G Fellow, Digital Catapult


What could 5G mean for Media & Entertainment: Simon Frost, Industry Expert - Internet, Media and Telecoms

The media industry is driving significant change in both the formats of video, and the delivery to the viewer: With Ultra HD now established, VR, AR, 360 video and potentially 8K video all being considered, as well as viewers demanding personalisation of content choice, and immediacy of access, this session will explore what 5G as a platform might enable for capturing and delivering the next phase of Television.




A 5G transformation takes two to tango - technology and regulatory innovation: Stephen Temple, Visiting Professor and Technical Secretary of the Strategy Advisory Board, University of Surrey 5GIC

Covering urban areas with dense small cell networks at 3.6 GHz will not just deliver Gb/s connectivity but the most powerful mobile "data translocation engine" the world has ever seen. It has the potential to transform industries including the media industry. But the investment gap to deliver it is huge. Nobody believes that four competing mobile operators will each roll out independently 1m small cells across our cities and towns. We must do things a different way. With the right mix of regulatory innovation as much as 90% of the cost could be taken out of providing urban wide 5G coverage. Regulatory innovation (over licensing) is also going to be needed to develop a strong 5G indoor story. But who is going to lead this regulatory innovation and when do we need to start the debate on the optimal mix of cooperation and competition needed to secure this infrastructure leap forward?




Can 5G work commercially for the media industry?: Dr Ian Corden, Director, Plum Consulting London LLP

Amidst the usual ‘G’ hype in telecoms circles, many wonder whether 5G is a vendor’s solution looking for a problem. And yet the UK and European governments see 5G as a key enabler to economic success. To sustain commercial success, it is becoming increasingly evident that 5G cannot be yet another linear development in radio coverage and capacity. Therefore, new business models will be required. This session will recap on the current status of 4.5G and 5G development, summarise some of the commercial challenges, and examine the questions of whether and how 5G may be relevant for media players.




Refreshments and networking


Thinking Outside the Box: Will Saunders, Creative Director, Digital, BBC Studios

In a world of plenty the only currency that matter is attention, and attention is what defines media. In a landscape that can be fragmented and difficult to navigate for TV broadcasters how do you win the battle for attention in 2017? Join Will Saunders as we seek digital solutions that will last forever or for five years, whichever comes first.




Panel session with all speakers chaired by David Crawford, University of Ravensbourne


Event Closes


Ian Corden - Director, Plum Consulting

Ian is a Director at Plum, bringing over 25 years of experience in industry and consulting within telecoms and technology. He is passionate on the application of emerging technologies, engineering, and innovation for the development of commercial, economic, and social value.

He specialises in the intersects on strategy and transformation, technology, engineering, and architecture, and policy and regulation, with a particular focus towards development and delivery of practical commercial solutions, underpinned by robust analysis and proven experience.

Ian’s work has been used by governments and regulators to inform on policy development and implementation, and by operators, vendors, investors, and law firms in regulatory, commercial, and technology strategy development and solutions delivery.

Solutions delivered for clients have included 5G strategy and programme development for a major Asian enterprise, 5G spectrum review influencing national government policy for a leading UK industry body, quality review of a wholesale local access regulatory price control model for a major European regulator, c. £10m capex saving on a major IP network implementation programme for a European telco, spectrum auction valuation advice for a European mobile operator, and valuation advice to the board of a European telco on disposal of a key business unit.

During the early part of his career, he worked in defence systems and digital mobile radio and was awarded the Bell Labs President’s Prize for R&D and product development at Bell Labs NJ USA. Ian holds PhD and BSc (1st Class Hons, IET Prize) degrees in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering, plus PgD in Management and Finance, UK Chartered Engineer, Fellow IET, and is Vice-Chair of the techUK Communications Infrastructure Council.

Simon Frost - Industry Expert - Internet, Media and Telecoms, Independent

Will Saunders - Creative Director, Independent

Stephen Temple - Visting Professor, University of Surrey (ICS)

Prof Stephen Temple is visiting professor at the University of Surrey 5G IC and member of the IET Communications Policy Panel. His recently published book “Casting the Nets” reveals the extent of his involvement in the digitalisation of Britain’s communications networks.

SIG Champions

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an Evangelist of emerging technologies with an expertise in AR & VR and IoT technologies. 

She has advised C-level executives in Telecom and Media organisations for digital transformation and M&A projects over more than a decade. While being a SIG Champion of Future Devices and Technologies at Cambridge Wireless, she has recently co-founded Unbounded Future, a Deeptech consulting firm based in London.


Previously Nadia led Emerging Technologies at NTT Data UK where she supervised R&D and innovation in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and IoT.  


Nadia is a supporter of Women in STEM initiatives and is a mentor at the University College London (UCL) IXN programme. She is an industry advisor to IoTerra, a USA-based B2B marketplace for IoT products and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event.

David Crawford - Visiting Professor, Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Professor, Digital Media Research, Ravensbourne

David Crawford is a Professor at the University of Essex and at Ravensbourne in the UK, with interests in next generation networks and 'beyond HD' multimedia services. He is well-known in the engineering and business fraternities, having worked for over 40 years in the telecoms and broadcast industries and academia. David lectures on 'ICT', 'Networks' and 'Broadcast Technology', and is Director of a small high tech start-up in France. He also runs his own technical Consultancy Company, TTL, and chairs and presents regularly at technical and business conferences. David is a Member of the Royal Television Society, an ex-Board and Council Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), and has been the Executive Producer for the annual IBC Multimedia Conference in Amsterdam for many years.

Tony Lavender - Managing Partner, Plum Consulting

Tony Lavender is a managing partner at Plum Consulting. He has more than 35 years experience in technology, communications regulation, policy and spectrum management. His clients include governments, equipment vendors, network operators and regulators. Tony was a specialist adviser to the UK Parliament 2016 Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into “Establishing world class connectivity throughout the UK”, he chairs the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and he was a member of the UK Government’s Expert Panel, established as part of the UK Spectrum Strategy, on “Incorporating Social Value into Spectrum Allocation Decisions”. He has worked on a wide range of studies including on the 5G mmWave ecosystem, spectrum sharing, spectrum valuation and more broadly on electronic communications infrastructure strategy. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Chris Nokes - Head of Section, BBC R&D, BBC Research & Development

Chris is Head of Distribution Core Technologies Section at BBC Research & Development. With over thirty years' experience in Broadcasting R&D, Chris has been involved in the development of digital television since 1994, including as a key contributor to the DVB-T2 technical study group, and editor of the DVB-T2 specification. He is also Chair of the RF Group of the UK Digital Television Group (DTG). The work of Distribution Core Technologies Section includes amongst others, projects investigating broadcasting to mobile devices including contributions to 4G/5G standardisation, massive MIMO technology and video compression.

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Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NR1 2RA

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