Is automation essential in 5G?

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

This event will explore the current and future use of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and explain how these tools will enable MNOs to derive network efficiencies and lower costs in order to improve network performance and deliver customer experience.

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About the event

Mobile network operators (MNOs) are apprehensive about 5G.  Their plans to serve the growing demand for network capacity must balance investments in new technologies, such as the rollout of 5G networks, in an environment where ARPU (average revenue per user) has been flat or declining. To complicate matters further, 5G networks will need a far larger number of network elements, such as cell sites and massive MIMO antennas, each of which will be more configurable and more complex to manage manually than past generations of equipment.

Additionally, tasks, such as site installation, performance monitoring and ongoing optimisation are opex intensive. This event will explore the current and future use of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and explain how these tools will enable MNOs to derive network efficiencies and lower costs in order to improve network performance and deliver customer experience.

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Sponsored by Keima

Keima is an innovative software company delivering automated network design solutions for wireless.

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Supported by UK5G

The national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK.

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Kindly hosted by Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre.

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Agenda

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:00

Introduction to CW, Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

14:05

UK5G update, Robert Driver, Head, UK5G

14:10

A word from our host Dritan Kaleshi, Lead Technologist - Future Networks, Digital Catapult

14:15

A word from our Sponsor Iris Barcia, Chief Operating Officer, Keima

14:20

Introduction to the Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) Group from SIG champion, Roberto Kompany, Analysys Mason

14:25

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

14:45

Q&A

14:50

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.

15:10

Q&A

15:15

Refreshments and networking

15:45

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?

16:05

Q&A

16:10

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.

16:30

Q&A

16:35

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.

16:55

Q&A

17:00

Panel session

17:25

Event wrap up

17:30

Event close

Speakers

Iris Barcia - CEO, Keima

Iris Barcia is Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Keima, an innovative software company delivering disruptive wireless design solutions worldwide. Iris is an innovator and forward-looking technologist working with the executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and international services companies. She has been involved in the proposal and assessment of novel HetNet strategies for nation-wide 4G, 5G, IoT and public-safety networks, with a focus on future capacity provision and multi-technology evolution. Prior to Keima Iris has worked on RAN design, optimization and deployment projects at Telefonica and European rural broadband wireless initiatives. She has a BSc and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Vigo (Spain) and an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK).

Andrew Burrell - Head of Digital Operations Marketing, Nokia

Andy is responsible for Nokia’s Digital Operations’ marketing.  After more than 25 years in the telecoms industry he remains fascinated by the possibilities of technology, in particular the potential of 5G and Artificial Intelligence to transform networks, operations and business.  He loves to use his various devices to keep up with social media, news, and above all, the football results. Finally realizing that the phone call from Arsenal FC was never going to come, he has given up playing and now prefers to watch his kids chase their own dreams from the side of the pitch.  Tweet me @andyburrell or connect via http://linkedin.com/in/andrewburrell

Paul Ceely - Director of Network Strategy, BT Group Strategy & Transformation, British Telecommunications

Paul Ceely has over 20 years' experience network strategy and IP networking, and is been responsible for developing, driving and communicating the medium to long-term network strategy for BT.  He has shaped the mobile network strategy for EE since its formation in 2010 from the merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, continuing this through the merger with BT in 2016, being instrumental in the strategy EEs 4G launch in 2012, the Emergency Services Network and the development of BT’s 5G Strategy.  Having studied Physics at Cambridge University, he started his career as a graduate working on IP networking and security in BT, before leaving for a startup, eventually ending up at T-Mobile and developing the IP strategy for the DT 4G programme.

Dritan Kaleshi - Head of Technology - 5G, Digital Catapult

With over 20 year’s experience as a technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and data interoperability in IoT, Dritan is Head of Technology - 5G at Digital Catapult, where he has established and leads the 5G Programme in Future Networks.

An acknowledged thought leader in his field Dritan has published over 70 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability, and is often invited to speak on advanced digital infrastructure. He has represented the UK in international standardization bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees.

He joined Digital Catapult from University of Bristol, where he led a 15-strong research team, strategically combining research with industrial collaboration, making a wide range of contributions and practical implementations in networking, interoperability, smart energy, cities and digital health, including large scale projects like SPHERE and Bristol Is Open demonstrators.

His focus is on national 5G coordination and how to best support startup and scaleup innovation and technical advances on new 5G network architectures, network and service orchestration, edge computing and IoT support.

Chris Murphy - Regional CTO, EMEA, VIAVI Solutions

Chris has nearly 20 years of commercial experience in telecommunications covering network performance measurement, optimization and SON, particularly in cellular RAN including LTE, UMTS, CDMA and 5G.  His focus has been on the modelling, simulation and optimization of next generation technologies to build a revenue stream early in the life cycle of each new generation of telecommunication systems.  He has contributed to various industry and standardisation bodies including 3GPP, NGMN, ATIS and the WiMAX Forum. Chris joined VIAVI through their acquisition of Arieso. Prior to that he worked for Motorola and Nokia developing new technical capabilities for the service portfolio. Chris holds a degree in Mathematics and Computing and a Ph.D. in the calibration of oceanic remote sensing satellites for improved models of climate change. He has authored various journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, most recently in "Understanding 5G: A Practical Guide to Deploying and Operating 5G Networks." Chris has filed 18 patent applications.

Julius Robson - Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum

Julius work with SCF spans a range of small cell and adjacent technologies at different stages in their commercial maturity. He has previously chaired a number of groups within industry forums including the NGMN alliance and the LTE/SAE Trial Initiative (LSTI) – all focused on establishing strong ecosystems around emerging technologies. His background is in wireless technology research and was later Nortel’s delegate to 3GPP RAN during the development of LTE. He now works as an independent wireless expert for clients with requirements ranging from the deeply technical IPR analysis through to the commercial development of business value propositions. He holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Microwave and Optoelectronics.

Dan Warren - Head of Network Standards and Research, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK

Dan Warren is Head of Network Standards and Research at Samsung Research UK.  He leads a team of researchers working on cutting-edge radio and system-level technology innovation, who are contributing heavily to EC-funded 5G projects and 3GPP standardisation of 5G.  Dan performs a strategic role identifying and progressing technological innovation and market opportunities that can be the basis of new Samsung products, covering topics such as IoT, V2X and the application of AI.  Dan is also currently Chair of the European Commission 5G-PPP Steering Board.

 

Prior to joining Samsung, Dan held senior roles at Capita, GSMA, Vodafone and Nortel.  Dan is a widely respected authority on technical, strategic and commercial matters relating to Telecoms, Internet of Things, Voice over LTE and IMS, Roaming and Interconnect and end-to-end network architectures, regularly speaking at global events with audiences from technologists to financial investors. Dan holds a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics from Brunel University.

SIG Champions

Iris Barcia - CEO, Keima

Iris Barcia is Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Keima, an innovative software company delivering disruptive wireless design solutions worldwide. Iris is an innovator and forward-looking technologist working with the executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and international services companies. She has been involved in the proposal and assessment of novel HetNet strategies for nation-wide 4G, 5G, IoT and public-safety networks, with a focus on future capacity provision and multi-technology evolution. Prior to Keima Iris has worked on RAN design, optimization and deployment projects at Telefonica and European rural broadband wireless initiatives. She has a BSc and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Vigo (Spain) and an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK).

George Grayland - Founder, 5GFutures

George Grayland was a Senior Wireless Solutions Manager with Nokia. He has now established 5GFutures to advise organisations on 5G Wireless Systems. George joined Nokia in 1998 and was responsible for Mobile Broadband Networks Solutions working with international and UK MNOs and their 4G network deployments. More recently he worked on 5G Networks, particularly on Massive MIMO trials and deployments. Prior to Nokia George held various positions at Philips Electronics in both R&D and Technical Marketing. He has a BEng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bradford and is a member of the IET. 

Roberto Kompany - Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason

Roberto is a member of Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks research team and is the lead analyst for the Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme focusing on strategy and market research. He is also a Cambridge Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) mobile broadband champion. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Roberto worked for Dixons Carphone, where he analysed the effect on the business of shifts in the telecoms market – for example, in terms of mergers, operator KPIs and technology – in Europe and the UK. Previous positions included consultancy, where he helped a variety of clients worldwide with mobile-related projects, such as a capex reduction and developing a 5-year strategy for an incumbent’s wireless infrastructure. He started his career at a leading network equipment vendor, where he served in several different capacities, such as R&D, and deployment and optimisation of mobile infrastructures across multiple continents. Roberto holds an MSc in Mobile & Satellite Communications from University of Surrey and an MBA from IE Business School.

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Peter Love - 4G/5G Densification Architect, Nokia

Peter has worked in the mobile communications industry for nearly 30 years, firstly at Orbitel UK and then at Nokia Networks. Peter helped developed the first 2G DCS1800 BTSs to Orange and then continued in building a viable business for network planning & optimisation services in the UK. Holding various roles over the years focusing on UK, Europe and global markets Peter is now a principle services architect in the 5G/densification area helping operators globally to make the most appropriate decisions. Until recently he held the office of chair/vice chair of the Small Cells Forum Operations group where he played a significant role for 5 years.

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Architecture and Strategy team. He is responsible for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN and core architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, network architecture and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, H3G, EE and BT. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships from the IET, BCS and ITP. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums. Andy also has an interest in the history and heritage of telecommunications and is a CW Heritage SIG Champion.

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