Are small cells ready for private LTE primetime in the lead-up to 5G?

Brought to you by The Small Cell Group

At this event you will better understand the impact small cells will have on key enterprise markets, and the very specific performance, capacity and feature requirements of each of these industries.

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About the event

The limited progress towards excellent in-building cellular coverage is well-attested, and in many enterprise and industrial sectors, this is not just frustrating, but has a tangible impact on productivity and agility. In a wide range of industries, from transport to logistics to healthcare, there is pent-up demand for highly reliable, highly secure cellular connectivity, which often needs linking with localised applications and data.

That demand is only growing even more with the advent of IoT applications and edge computing. This is a huge opportunity for small cells, even before 5G, but these sectors cannot all be served by one generic network. Each has its own particular requirements, which need to be well understood by suppliers and partners, so that the deployment can be carefully aligned to business and performance objectives.

Excellent mobile connectivity indoors and out is the baseline requirement – each sector has its own additional needs, which will help to make the business case add up. For some, low latency may be important, for others, massive device density or enhanced security. All of these can be delivered optimally by small cells, but the design of the network, and the business model to deploy it – e.g. neutral host or private network – must be tailored to the enterprise, if users and suppliers are both to achieve the best ROI.

This event focuses on the real-world issues needed for the success of small cells in the emerging private LTE market.

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:30

CW welcome and introduction to Small Cell SIG, Simon Saunders, Principal, Google

14:35

Caroline Gabriel, Chief Research Officer, Rethink Technology Research

14:45

‘Private Networks for Critical Comms & IoT’: Tadhg Kenny, SVP – Business Development – Marketing, Druid Software Ltd

Tadhg Kenny will discuss the essential role that private networks play in enterprise critical communications today and for IoT and 5G going forward.

15:05

Q & A

15:10

'Business ready applications, not the connectivity solution, will be the driver for private networks': David Rose, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Veea Systems Ltd

The last 30 years have seen a plethora of technologies emerge but very few have the staying power of more than few years before being superseded – will this apply to Private Networks?

15:30

Q & A

15:35

'Bringing connectivity to a mechanical test centre': Peter Stoker, Chief Engineer (Connected and Autonomous Cars), AutoAir

Peter Stoker will discuss the background, challenge, timeline, development, install and commissioning of the 5G AutoAIR testbed at Millbrook. He will also look at use cases for transport, demonstrations and the forward-looking landscape.

15:55

Q & A

16:00

Refreshments and networking

16:30

'Is private LTE disruptive?': Ian Taylor, GM and CFO, Quortus Ltd

16:50

Q & A

16:55

Panel session with all speakers

17:25

Wrap-up

17:30

End of session

Speakers

Caroline Gabriel - 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.

Tadhg Kenny - SVP Vertical Solutions, Druid Software Ltd

Tadhg joined Druid in mid 2013 bringing with him over 20 years of international sales & marketing experience in various commercial roles. He has helped many start ups with their Go-to-Market strategies in B2B & B2C environments. He has been instrumental in developing markets for Druids private networks in the US and EMEA. He works closely with Druids small cell partners and 3rd party application providers to help their channels deliver the latest mission critical use cases over their private networks. Tadhg's latest projects include some of the Industry's first 5G & 4G solutions for Energy Providers, Healthcare and Industry 4.0 Applications. After being shortlisted in 2017, he was a member of the team that won the Small Cell Forum Award in 2019, and again in 2020 for Software & Services for Management, Automation and Orchestration and Excellence in Enterprise Deployments.

Peter Stoker - Chief Engineer (Connected and Autonomous Vehicles), Millbrook, AutoAir

Peter Stoker started his career in the auto industry in 1983 in what was then the Austin Rover Group, after graduating from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in Polymer Physics. His first positions were in Interior Trim and Hardware development, moving to Project Engineer for Roof, Floor and Trunk trim systems engineering. He then left the Rover group to spend 5 years in the supply base, working at Tudor Webasto sunroof systems, as Project Manager for the Rover group range of roof systems, before moving to IBC Vehicles (part of GM Europe) in Luton in 1992.

Initially responsible for door system engineering, he was assigned to Japan for 3 years as part of the GM Europe/Isuzu liaison team in Fujisawa, assisting on the development and launch of the Opel / Vauxhall Frontera SUV. After his return to the UK in 2000, he went on to project manage the development of the last generation Astra Van  derivative, launched in 2006, which was for GME the first virtually developed vehicle derivative without prototypes. Periods of management in various departments followed: Chassis and Mechanical, Advanced Vehicle Development, Special Vehicles and Validation, before becoming head of the Vehicle Engineering group in November 2012.

Following the sale of Millbrook to Rutland Partners in 2013 and then Spectris in 2016, he then became responsible for new technical business for the newly formed Vehicle group at Millbrook as Chief Engineer, encompassing Engineering, Durability, Measurement and Component test and development groups. He has a special interest in connected and automatically-guided vehicles, as well as development of the technical business in Asia, and also sits on various industry groups and special interest forums.

Peter led the successful bid for the UK Government’s Controlled urban CAV testbed, opened in September 2019, and is the host for the Autoair DCMS 5G Transport testbed. He now works as Chief Engineer, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, deploying the connected and automated services into the commercial phase. More recently, he has been appointed as Chair of the EuroNCAP Active Safety Virtual Testing Working Group.

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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