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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Registration and networking with refreshments


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


Caroline Gabriel, Chief Research Officer, Rethink Technology Research


‘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.


Q & A


'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?


Q & A


'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.


Q & A


Refreshments and networking


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


Q & A


Panel session with all speakers




End of session


Tadhg Kenny - Druid Software Ltd

A highly-motivated sales, marketing and business development professional with over 20 years experience in B2B & B2C environments. Commercial experience ranging from retail to B2B sales and marketing to small, medium and large enterprises. Extensive management experience at board level. Primary focus on developing Tier 1, 2 & 3 channel partners for Druid's innovative software application. Building partnerships & marketing our solutions in our primary verticals (Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, Retail, Manufacturing, Industry, Oil & Gas, Emergency Services)

David Rose - Senior Vice President Marketing, Veea Systems Ltd

David Rose SVP Marketing of Veea Systems. At Veea we are looking to diversify the centralized cloud model by allowing decisions and transactions to be realized where they need to be, at The Edge. David joined Veea, previously called Virtuosys, two years ago to lead their Business Development and Sales activities across the regions. Having previously spent 20 years in the semiconductor industry, initially with ARM for 11 years where he helped grow annual shipments from 200m units to now exceed 18B per year and subsequently with another start-up IP company, UltraSoC, driving global Sales of their embedded analytics technology. Now responsible for the Marketing activity at Veea Systems as they look to roll out disruptive Edge Computing technology through their family of VeeaHubs, Services and Applications.

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

Peter started in the auto industry in 1983 in what was then the Austin Rover Group, after graduating from UMIST in Polymer Physics. His first position was in Trim & Hardware development. He left Rover Group for 5 years as a Tier 1, Webasto roof systems, before moving to GM Europe in Luton in 1992. He was assigned to Japan for 3 years, on the launch of the Frontera and then he project managed the development of the AstraVan, for GME the first virtually developed vehicle derivative without prototypes. He became head of the Vehicle Engineering group in 2012, and Chief Engineer in 2017.Peter led the successful bid for the Government’s Controlled urban CAV testbed, due to open in September 2019, and is the host for the Autoair DCMS 5G Transport testbed

Ian Taylor - GM & CFO, Quortus

SIG Champions

Simon Fletcher - CTO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical and technical strategy responsibility across the company. He has chaired various conference committees including the Cambridge Wireless Annual International Conference and is recognised as a regular speaker at industry events. He is a Small Cell SIG Champion. 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 the past 20 years working 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 5G-NORMA, 5G-MoNArch and the 2016 NIC study on Future Comms infrastructure brings great foresight on a range of architectural evolutions underway in 5G architectures.

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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.

Neil Piercy - VP Engineering, ip.access

Neil has been developing base stations for various communications systems for over 25 years, during which time he has performed roles throughout the whole development lifecycle as well as management roles. He joined ip.access as a small cell System Architect when the company was in its infancy in 2000, and has since designed GSM, UMTS and LTE small cell RAN equipment and systems. His specialist areas include security and networking, as well as a focus on all aspects of protocol design and implementation, and on system performance and simulation. Now as Head of Research he is responsible for ip.access future products and technologies. He is an active member of the Small Cell Forum, a Champion for their work on the Virtualisation of small cells. He is currently a representative for the EU project SESAME on the 5GPPP Architecture group.

Simon Saunders - Principal, Google

Simon is a specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Philips and Motorola) and academia (University of Surrey). He is an adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin and Access Technology Principal at Google. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless, 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. Customers included Ofcom, Cisco, European Commission, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Inmarsat and many others. He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters. He has acted as a consultant to companies including BAA, BBC, O2, Ofcom, BT, ntl, Mitsubishi and British Land and was CTO of Red-M and CEO of Cellular Design Services Ltd and has acted as an expert witness in legal proceedings in England and the US. Simon speaks and chairs a wide range of international conferences and training courses and has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies. Particular expertise includes in-building wireless systems, radiowave propagation prediction, smart antenna design and mobile system analysis. He has served on technical advisory boards of several companies, was Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey, member of the industrial advisory board at University College London, founding chairman of Small Cell Forum (formerly Femto Forum), which he chaired from 2007-12 and a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board from 2007-14.

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