DAS and Enterprise Small Cells - Competition or Collaboration?

Brought to you by The Small Cell Group

As in-building cellular technology continues to evolve, Small Cells now becoming more commonly used to power in-building DAS systems.

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Technical options are blurring with solutions ranging from sets of standalone small cells, distributed radio systems to DAS with embedded small cell functionality. When you add the potential options for unlicensed spectrum, the changing attitudes towards neutral hosts and the growing demand for higher quality in-building service, there is plenty of food for thought. This seminar examines how both DAS and Enterprise Small Cells are likely to be adopted, and considers whether a closer combination is a winning combination. A series of expert speakers from radically different viewpoints will address both the technical and commercial practicalities, followed by an open Q&A panel session.

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Hosted by Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.

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Registration and networking with lunch


Introduction to Small Cell SIG from Bob Driver, CEO, CW


Welcome from event host, Khurram Qayam, Huawei


The evolution of indoor cellular networks: Ray Williamson, Huawei

Looking at the increasing demands of consumers and businesses and the demands these place on indoor wireless solutions. The market and the eco-system is ready to embrace the digital revolution and vendors such as Huawei is ready to serve these market and consumer demands with innovative products and by supporting new business models.




Co-life: DAS vs Small Cells: Graham Payne, Opencell

‘Co-life’ is about the growth in co-working and co-living which is increasing rapidly at present. Where will this lead to, what are the needs of this change in living and working environment and how can we best support it? Graham Payne offers his opinion on DAS vs Small Cells in the context of ‘co-life’.




The evolving eco-system of indoor systems and connectivity: Bob Slorach, Wireless Infrastructure Gp

Indoor connectivity is one of the greatest frustrations for end users and one of the greatest challenges for mobile operators. The changing habits of the end user, together with technical and economic challenges facing the industry highlight the importance of investing in holistic full fibre infrastructure solutions.




Refreshments and networking


Adis Omeragic, EE




Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, Neil Piercy


End of session followed by refreshments and networking


Event closes


Adis Omeragic - Special Projects Manager, EE

Graham Payne - CEO, Opencell

CEO, Opencell Advisor to global mobile connectivity groups including Executive level support to Vodafone on the Beacon project with Telefonica and CTIL, former MD of MBNL, planning and deployment director of T-Mobile, Graham co-founded Opencell. “Having worked in the Telecoms industry providing macro coverage, I realised that the only way to enable great, multi-operator, mobile signal indoors is by providing a solution within the building itself.”

Bob Slorach - CTO, Wireless Infrastructure Group

Chief Technology Officer, Wireless Infrastructure Group Bob has spent nearly 25 years in the telecoms industry working in the wireless and fibre sectors and is the technical lead for the Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG). WIG invests in communication towers/masts in rural and suburban areas together with 5G capable small cells connected by fibre, to enable better mobile connectivity in buildings and on city streets. Prior to joining WIG, Bob held the position of director of Metro Cell Solutions at Commscope, responsible for developing the next generation wireless metro cell solution set. Before that, he was head of engineering development for the NTL Broadcast and Arqiva wireless divisions. Bob holds two patents for modular small cell architecture.

Ray Williamson - Director of Product Management, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Director of Product Management, Huawei Ray leads the Product Management team responsible for strategy and solution definition for current 2G, 3G and 4G networks, how these evolve to 5G and how these network enable new services such as IoT, WTTx and AR/VR. He has over twenty years of experience in the wireless communications field in Engineering and Business Development roles and has held leadership positions in Product Management. Ray has been involved in the study, design and launch of small cell solutions for over 15 years and conducted early field trials of the microcellular algorithms which we became the enabler for GSM’s first “layered networks”. Ray joined Huawei in 2013 having previously worked at Motorola and NSN. He holds a BSC (Hons) in Telecommunications and a PGDBA (Finance).

SIG Champions

Simon Fletcher - CEO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical and innovation strategy responsibility across the company. He is a member of the UK5G AB, co-chair of the International WG, and member of the Climate WG. His long-standing association with the UK innovation eco-system through roles such as Director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of practical knowledge on open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon spent his formative years in telecoms infrastructure systems and product development. In NEC Corporation he played a key role in the formation of Joint Ventures for development of 3G and 4G products and established a core team that developed the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI). In recent times he has directed projects on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and then directing Real Wireless engagement in H2020 and the 2016 NIC study on Future Comms infrastructure brings great foresight on a range of architectural evolutions underway in 5G architectures, in particular for Open RAN and Diversification. He is a CW Small Cell SIG Champion, and in February 2022 the Small Cell Forum (SCF) appointed Simon as their Chief Strategy Officer, drawing on 25 years direct industry experience and work as an advisor to governments, regulators and big business.

Caroline Gabriel - Research Director, Analysys Mason, Co-founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

Caroline has been engaged in technology analysis, research and consulting for 30 years and since 2002, has been focused entirely on mobile and wireless. As co-founder and research director of Rethink Technology Research, Caroline has developed a significant research base and forecast methodology, based around deep contacts with mobile and converged operators round the world. This addresses critical issues and trends in mobile and wireless infrastructure, and particularly operator deployment intentions for 4G, 5G, small cells, Cloud-RAN and other technologies. She is also a senior contributor to Analysys Mason’s Next Generation Wireless research programme. She has led research and consulting projects with a wide range of clients, including mobile infrastructure vendors, large and start-up operators, regulators, trade bodies, government agencies and financial institutions. Her advice and forecasts have helped inform strategic decisions at a wide range of vendors, operators, start-ups and finance houses. Prior to setting up Rethink, Caroline held various executive positions at VNU Business Publishing BV, then Europe’s largest producer of technology related B2B reports and publications. She was the European content and research director, and was a member of the leadership team for VNU’s online business. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Vicky Messer - VP Product Management, Picocom

Vicky Messer is VP of Product Management at Picocom with over 25 years of experience in the wireless industry. Vicky joined Picocom over 4 years ago and leads Product Management, Technical Marketing and partnership activities. Vicky also leads the Picocom Small Cell Forum (SCF) activities and joined the board member at Small Cell Forum (SCF). In recognition leading in multiple work items and a published papers, Vicky was awarded the SCF ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution to SCF award’ in 2020.

Vicky is a certified IET registration mentor, and currently mentors a local young female engineer. In May 2023 Vicky joined Industrial Advisory Board Bath University Electronics and Electrical Engineering and also won a SCF Industry Award 2023 for Women in Wireless.

Neil Piercy - Founder, Independent

Neil has been developing base stations for various communications systems for over 30 years, during which time he has performed roles throughout the whole development lifecycle, as well as management roles. Neil joined the small cell specialist company, ip.access, when it was formed as a spin-off from TTP Com back in 2000, and stayed with the company for 23 years, during which time his roles varied from System Architect through to Head of Engineering. As a Systems Engineer covering software, hardware, and RF, he includes specialist areas such as security and networking, as well as a focus on all aspects of protocol design and implementation. He has analysed system performance and performed simulations across GSM, UMTS, LTE and NR small cell RAN equipment and systems. He is now a freelance telecoms Systems Engineering consultant.

Simon Saunders - Visiting Professor, King's College London

Prof. Simon Saunders is an independent advisor and researcher with deep industry and academic background in communication systems technology and a burgeoning interest in the intersection between real and artificial neural systems, communication systems and music. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, telecoms advisor to DCMS and Trustee of the charity Music for All.

Simon is a specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Google, Motorola and Philips), academia (University of Surrey, Trinity College Dublin) and regulation (Ofcom).

He founded the Small Cell Forum and chaired this industry association from 2007-12, growing membership to 150 companies and working with 3GPP to create the first standards for small cells. He acted as Director of Emerging & Online Technology for Ofcom, leading Ofcom’s Emerging Technology programme and creating their Online Tech team. At Google (2015-20), he worked with operators globally to enhance wireless connectivity via a range of advanced technology initiatives, combining wireless networks, artificial intelligence and network virtualisation. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless (2006-15), he was responsible for overall technical capability and direction, providing independent wireless expertise and advice to operators, regulators, technology and law firms and wireless users. In 2019 Simon organised the world’s first 5G music lesson on behalf of charity Music for All, led by famous musician Jamie Cullum.

He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters, including a popular textbook on antennas and propagation. He has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies and served on technical advisory boards of several companies and universities.

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