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

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.

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Head of techno-economic analysis, 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 been working with city councils around their wireless strategy and related Green Book outline business case development. She also 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. In addition to working at Real Wireless, Julie is a CW board member and champion for the CW Virtual Networks Special Interest Group (SIG).

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 33 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 Space, Defence and Intelligence sectors, 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 techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

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

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