Registration and networking with refreshments
Introduction to CW, Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)
UK5G update, Robert Driver, Head, UK5G
A word from our host Dritan Kaleshi, Lead Technologist - Future Networks, Digital Catapult
A word from our Sponsor Iris Barcia, Chief Operating Officer, Keima
Introduction to the Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) Group from SIG champion, Roberto Kompany, Analysys Mason
Applications of machine learning to the planning of 5G-era small cell networks; Julius Robson, Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum
Ever-growing demand for mobile data is driving network densification with the deployment of small cells. However, the identification of sites which can effectively capture traffic not served by the existing network is a complex optimisation problem that increasingly requires a computational approach. Here we consider the level of precision required in small cell planning and share two case studies of where machine learning techniques have been applied
5G – Peak Complexity (and how to make things simpler); Dan Warren, Head of Network Standards and Research, Samsung Research UK
In a network that has been fragmented functionally, has an architecture that exposes network services across the user, control, policy and management planes, has vast topological options and can then be sliced so that all of these options can be repeated over and over again, how can we expect to deploy, operate and monetise 5G-era services? We are going to need assistance – and it is not necessarily coming in the form of humans. Much is made of Machine Learning, but on the road to an automated, self-managing, adaptive network, there are going to be mistakes, so we have a lot of learning to do too.
Refreshments and networking
The real truth about AI & Automation; Andrew Burrell, Head of Digital Operations Marketing, Nokia
We hear that Telcos need to transform their operations to exploit the 5G opportunity. AI and Automation are expected to play a key role in this transformation, but where are we on our journey? All too often people, processes and practical issues (data quality says hi!) get in the way. So how do we get to where we want to go?
The theory and practicalities of automation with 5G; Dr Paul Ceely, Director of Network Strategy, BT Group Strategy & Transformation
Looking from an operator perspective, where we are on the automation journey? Why are we interested and is 5G a driver for automation? And what is holding operators back from embracing automation? Touching on the differences and needs for analytics, machine learning, deep learning, AI, data centric ways of working vs automation, and what needs to happen to unlock the opportunities.
Why is automation essential for 5G and why is it hard? Chris Murphy, Regional CTO, EMEA, VIAVI Solutions
There is a wide range of specific objectives, requirements and technology transformations ushered in by 5G that are particularly hard to deliver and manage without automation. In this presentation we seek those specific areas of 5G that most depend on automation underpinned by AI and ML. With reference to areas that are today being delivered with the help of these technologies, we identify the challenges that we will face on the path to delivering a fully-automated next-generation network.
Event wrap up