The Time is Ripe for Innovations

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

SDN and NFV are proliferating as key technologies for 5G with standards maturing and test deployments increasing. Is this the time to expose some of the innovations we can expect to be enabled by all this technology?

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About the event

This SIG event will explore not only what those innovations could be but also what are their drivers, their main markets as well as the new benefits and opportunities that they will open up. The event will utilize a combined format of presentations, innovation pitches and discussions that brings together audiences wanting an overview of this space as well as a deeper dive in the nitty details through discussions with innovators, industry players and event participants.

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Sponsored by InterDigital Europe

InterDigital, Inc. designs and develops advanced technologies that enable and enhance mobile communications and capabilities. Since our founding in 1972, our engineers have designed and developed a wide range of innovations that are used in digital cellular and wireless products and networks, including 2G, 3G, 4G and IEEE 802-related products and networks. InterDigital has been a pioneer in mobile technology and a key contributor to global wireless standards. Our team of approximately 180 engineers – approximately 80 percent of whom hold advanced degrees, including 60 PhDs – has unparalleled expertise in major mobile connectivity and content delivery technologies. Since 2000, InterDigital has spent over $1 billion on technology research and development.

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13:00

Registration and networking with lunch

14:00

Introduction to the Virtual Networks Group

Phillip Bridge, Senior Network Architect, EE

14:10

Welcome from event supporter

Alan Carlton, VP, InterDigital

14:20

‘Turning the Edge into Mini-Internets – The Holistic Edge’

Dirk Trossen, Senior Principal Scientist, InterDigital
We see an increasing proliferation of compute and storage resources at the edge of the network, both wired and wireless. This talk will discuss work on turning this increasingly rich edge into mini-Internets that serve end-users with lower latency and richer services, while continue to utilize the rich Internet-based cloud infrastructure that we know.

14:40

Q&A

14:45

Leveraging NFV and SDN in 5G core networks

Andy Odgers, CEO, Quortus
How the virtualisation and disaggregation of mobile network core functions, coupled with SDN concepts and 5G capabilities such as network slicing can be used to drive innovative and scalable Edge Computing solutions for Enterprise and IoT deployments.

15:05

Q&A

15:10

Exhibition and networking with refreshments

16:10

Demo 1 - InterDigital

Dirk Trossen, Senior Principal Scientist, InterDigital
InterDigital, Inc. designs and develops advanced technologies that enable and enhance mobile communications and capabilities. Since our founding in 1972, our engineers have designed and developed a wide range of innovations that are used in digital cellular and wireless products and networks, including 2G, 3G, 4G and IEEE 802-related products and networks.

InterDigital has been a pioneer in mobile technology and a key contributor to global wireless standards. Our team of approximately 180 engineers – approximately 80 percent of whom hold advanced degrees, including 60 PhDs – has unparalleled expertise in major mobile connectivity and content delivery technologies. Since 2000, InterDigital has spent over $1 billion on technology research and development.

16:20

Q&A

16:25

Demo 2 - Zeetta Networks

Vassilis Seferidis, CEO, Zeetta Networks
Zeetta Networks is a spin-out from the University of Bristol offering Open Networking solutions based on a proprietary network operating system NetOS® that provides a single, converged and secure platform for monitoring, managing and automating the operations of heterogeneous networks.
NetOS® uniquely manages simultaneous data flows between different types of connected devices and sub-systems including Wireless, Optical, Ethernet and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. It addresses the increasing demand for network solutions capable of managing not only existing large-scale infrastructure networks but also the emerging next-generation network technologies and frameworks such as 5th generation mobile networks (5G) and IoT.
NetOS® uses Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualisation (NV) to replace expensive hardware networking equipment and human intervention for provisioning and intelligent management of network resources. This enables greater efficiency, capacity, security and resilience across the network.

16:35

Q&A

16:40

Panel session with all speakers

17:25

Event wrap up

17:30

Event close

Speakers

Alan Carlton - Vice President, Independent

Alan Carlton is Vice President, InterDigital and Head of InterDigital International Labs Organization spanning Europe and Asia. In these regions Alan is responsible for R&D activities in the areas of 5G and IoT. Alan has led his organization to over a dozen major collaborative project wins. He founded and currently leads the oneTRANSPORT initiative, one of the largest Smart City projects in the UK. In the area of 5G Alan’s research interests include next generation internet and advanced applications of NFV/SDN technologies. Alan has over 25 years wireless industry experience spanning every generation of wireless. Prior to InterDigital, he held senior positions at Nortel, Siemens and several wireless startups both in Europe and United States. Alan is an EEE graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and also holds a MSc. in Communications & Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. Alan holds many patents covering a diverse range of wireless technology areas. He is a regular invited speaker at wireless industry events and is also author of a wireless futures blog for Computerworld.

Franklin Mung'au - Founder , Comms Spectrum

Frank Mungau holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering for which he specialised in the mathematical modelling of radio wave propagation and modulation/demodulation systems. Taking advantage of a strong academic background and after working in Network Operations for a Tier 1 operator in the UK, Frank researched and developed the SureLink-XG concept to enable operators to cost effectively scale the network whilst maintaining optimal technical performance. SureLink-XG achieves a world's first by solving performance problems on an individual subscriber basis.

Andy Odgers - CEO, Quortus

Andy Odgers founded Quortus in 2009 and in that short time has been responsible for its sustained growth with the company now boasting multiple deployments worldwide. A serial innovator, Andy has spent the past decade developing software solutions for mobile networks. In 2003 he founded Zynetix, the developer of GSM softswitches, successfully negotiating the company’s sale to Sonus Networks. Following this he assumed the role of Sonus’ VP of Wireless Technology until taking part in a management buy-out of Zynetix in 2008. Andy subsequently worked as Technical Director of Zynetix up to the subsequent sale of that company to Globe Wireless.

Nick Randall

Nick joined Zeetta Networks from Accedian where he was Director of Sales Channel Partners EMEA. His main skills and attributes reside in successful business development and relationship building between system integrator's and channel partners. Nick has been instrumental in the strategic decision making and forward moving vision of the company. Using his industry experience to target our products and services into the market place to date he is a key and valuable member to the team.

Dirk Trossen - Senior Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe

Dr. Dirk Trossen is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital Europe, the European branch of InterDigital Inc. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in network architectures, services and wireless technology. He is currently leading the 5G networking efforts in the International Labs of InterDigital in London. He is currently technical leading the European efforts FLAME, POINT and RIFE, developing novel service routing solutions for upcoming 5G networks. Prior to joining InterDigital, Dirk was co-founder of TecVis LP, a UK-based software solution company in the mobile, context-aware solution space and he held prior positions as a Senior Researcher with Cambridge University, Chief Researcher with BT Research and as a Senior Principal Scientist at Nokia Research. He is also a research affiliate with the Advanced Network Architecture group at MIT CSAIL. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences and journals and has currently more than 35 international patents.

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Techno-economic assessment of wireless options and strategies, Real Wireless

Julie has worked in the wireless industry for over 15 years.  At Real Wireless, she is a thought leader in 5G business case analysis including understanding 5G use cases, quantifying (in financial terms) the operational and socio-economic benefits of 5G services and understanding network dimensioning and cost implications under 5G virtualised networks.

She has most recently led Real Wireless’ techno-economic analysis on the EC Horizon 2020 5G-MoNArch project.  Inspired by the project’s smart sea port testbed constructed by HPA, Nokia and DT in the Port of Hamburg, this analysis included quantifying the operational benefits of 5G to port authorities and other port users and the cost implications of delivering these industrial grade wireless services from existing mobile infrastructure via network slicing supported via the virtualised 5G-MoNArch network architecture.

Previously, Julie was Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, consultant at PA Consulting UK, and Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK. 

Mark England - Associate Director, Cambridge Consultants

Mark England has spent three decades architecting, designing, and implementing a wide variety of wired and wireless communications products, services, systems and protocols; from short range point to point systems to those which operate on a global scale. Mark joined Cambridge Consultants in 2000, and for the past 20+ years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients. 

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 31 years of experience in IT, Telecoms and TV and Media, having worked in various roles for IBM, AT&T, Ericsson, Motorola and Arris. Andrew's present role is to leverage existing CGI capabilities that match the needs of our clients in the Telecoms sector, as well as building new capabilities that will support the emerging and changing needs of our client base. Andrew has proven experience in developing and delivering complex SI and Services solutions that meet both business and technology needs.

Andrew has co-authored "UK Telecoms For Dummies", an essential guide to the complicated UK Telecoms sector as well as articles for publications such as the Cambridge Wireless Journal including "How do we build the new world of 5g?". He frequently speaks at conferences and provides media commentary on industry topics like 5G, IoT and Smart Cities, as well as being a member of the Digital Policy Alliance’s Smart Society Working Group, techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

Justin Paul - Senior Marketing Manager, Ericsson

Justin has over twenty years’ experience in technology marketing in the telecoms and software industries. Prior to joining Ericsson Digital Services he worked for Zeetta Networks, Huawei Technologies in NFV/SDN Marketing and Amdocs where he led the launch of their NFV Portfolio which now forms a major part of the ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform). During his career he has been responsible for the launch and go-to-market for a number of leading-edge technologies including 3G, IPTV, LTE, NFV and 5G. A TED-trained conference speaker he has presented at a number of major international conferences including Layer 123 SDN and Openflow Congress, LTE Asia and SCTE. A CIM qualified marketeer he runs a Bristol-based Digital Marketing knowledge-sharing group.

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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, CB4 0GA

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