Backhauling the Rural Mobile Broadband Service

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

Join this eMBB SIG event to hear from experts in wireless terrestrial and non-terrestrial mobile backhaul.

About the event

As enhanced 4G and 5G services are rolled out across the UK, we typically see mobile network operators embracing “fibre-first” strategies for mobile backhaul, this enables multiple Gbps of capacity along with low latency and high-availability. However, what happens when fibre isn’t available, how do we connect those 4G and 5G base stations when the only solution is to go for wireless backhaul?

This eMBB SIG event will explore the state of the art in Microwave Radio Systems and Satellite Communications in the context of delivering mobile backhaul to remote areas. How can microwave radio scale to offer multiple Gbps? What role does satellite play today and how will the proliferation of low earth orbit mega-constellations change this?

This event is taking place at the historical Newnham College, University of Cambridge and will provide delegates with ample opportunities to network with fellow attendees to explore the themes of this event.

Following this event all delegates are invited to join the CW Founders' Dinner drinks reception, which is being held in the same location. The Founders' Dinner is an invitation-only event and offers business networking opportunities for Founder member organisations within the CW network.

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Sponsored by Avanti Communications

Avanti Communications is a global multi-orbit provider of fully integrated connectivity services and solutions.

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Sponsored by Aviat Networks

Aviat Networks is the leading expert in wireless transport solutions and works to provide dependable products, services and support to its customers.

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Agenda

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:00

CW welcome and introduction to the Enhanced Mobile Broadband SIG

14:10

Julian Divett - Network Design Specialist - Mobile Backhaul, BT

‘Challenges in the provision of scalable backhaul for rural mobile broadband; an operator’s perspective’

In this presentation we explore the challenges faced based on the experience of BT in the rollout and upgrade of mobile backhaul infrastructure to support the best possible user experience for mobile broadband. Topics visited in detail include the type and capacity of backhaul solutions used, their contribution to network availability (good and bad), and the challenges faced in their delivery.

14:35

Q&A

14:40

Paolo Galbiati, Director Product Line Marketing, Aviat Networks

'The role of microwave in enabling rural, high capacity mobile and data services'

Whilst “fibre-first” strategies may be preferred for mobile backhaul, Aviat’s presentation aims to illustrate that microwave remains relevant in delivering high capacity 4G and 5G services to places where fibre won’t reach. Aviat aim to explore how this is possible by using approaches such as: Multiband, Multiple Microwave Carriers and Trunk Microwave Radio.

15:05

Q&A

15:10

Refreshments and networking

15:40

Vikas Grover, Chief Technology Officer, Avanti Communications

Title and narrative to follow

16:05

Q&A

16:10

Andy Sutton, BT Fellow & Principal Network Architect, BT

Solutions to enable 100% geographical coverage

This talk will explore new and evolving technologies and architectures which will provide solutions to enable truly global mobile network coverage. The role of terrestrial, airborne and space-based communications will be discussed in the context of network availability, capacity, and performance. Drivers for enhanced network availability to support mission critical services will be considered along with the integration of terrestrial, airborne and space-based communications. The evolution of RAN architectures and OpenRAN will be examined as will the opportunities for 3GPP Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN).

16:35

Q&A

16:40

Panel session with all speakers chaired by Caroline Gabriel, Co-founder, Rethink Technology Research

Additional panellist:
Christian Borrman, Managing Director, Virtuser

17:20

Wrap-up

Andy Sutton, BT Fellow & Principal Network Architect, BT

17:25

Event closes

Speakers

Christian Borrman - Managing Director, Virtuser Business Communications Services

Christian helps companies implement difficult things in technology. He facilitates this as a mobile technology innovator, who picks difficult tasks to do for himself for fun. This started in the late nineties when many different companies wanted to become an ISP or an MNO and so we created the first VISPs and MVNOS. We won a DTI innovation award 2 decades ago for offloading mobile over Bluetooth and WiFI and now 2 decades on we have won a DSIT award as part of the consortium lead by Telet for ORAN development; One Word. We are (of course) now moving into EVs after a decade of solving IoT problems around electrification of fleets, and having built the world's first full end to end cloud MVNE and MVNO platform & realised massive efficiency gains of mobile cores along the way - and put the two together to create private, sustainable mobile networks on wheels.

Julian Divett

Julian received his degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Surrey in 1997 and started his early career as a designer of circuits for consumer electronics products at Matsushita Electric UK Ltd. (Panasonic). Since then Julian has spent the last 25 years working for a number of U.K. mobile operators; most recently working for BT following its acquisition of EE.

Julian is currently a Principle Designer within the field of Radio Access Network (RAN) Transport Design which focuses on the design of scalable solutions to provide network connectivity between mobile cell sites and their respective core network. This encompasses both radio (microwave and millimetre wave) and optical fibre technologies.

More recently solutions have evolved to support new styles of cell site connectivity (now termed ‘midhaul’ and ‘fronthaul’) which are required to support the changes in RAN architecture necessary to support new features like Advance RAN Coordination (ARC); as means of further increasing radio spectrum efficiency and maximising cell site throughput for mobile subscribers.

Day to day activities in Julian’s role include collaboration with colleagues in design, planning and deployment teams (both internal to and external of BT) to ensure the timely integration of new RAN technology to help maintain the high regard of EE by its customers.

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.

Paolo Galbiati

Paolo Galbiati brings over 20 years of leadership experience in product strategy, product management, and marketing within highly regarded multinational organizations where he has successfully led several Microwave Product lines to commercial success.

Early in his career, Paolo held positions of responsibility in R&D and pre-sales, allowing him to develop a strong technical credibility, particularly with mobile operators, with whom he collaborates in defining evolutionary roadmaps and innovation programs.

Based in Milan, Paolo is currently responsible for Wireless Transport Product Line Management at Aviat Networks."

Vikas Grover

Vikas is an accomplished leader who brings a telecoms ethos to the satellite world. He joined the business in March 2021 to lead Avanti's Technology function, which accounts for half of the company's headcount. His team is responsible for developing, building and operating Avanti’s products and services. 

With a background in telecoms, connecting people has always been a priority for Vikas and this has become a personal passion. Vikas began his career at Bell Canada in the 90s, where he contributed to creating some of the first networks in India. Following this, Vikas worked as a Technology Consultant at KPMG for nearly 8 years, before moving to Vodafone India. Whilst there, Vikas held various senior positions, including CIO and EVP of Technology Planning. Prior to joining Avanti, Vikas was the founding Chief Information Officer at OneWeb, where he led Global Networks, IT Platforms and Security. 

In his current role, Vikas uses his cross-industry experience to ensure customers receive the bespoke, quality service they require.

Andy Sutton - BT Fellow & Principal Network Architect, BT

Andy Sutton is a BT Fellow and Principal Network Architect for Wireless Access. The wireless access domain includes 4G/5G RAN architecture and mobile backhaul/xhaul, along with microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, and satellite communications. Andy holds an MSc in Mobile Communications from the University of Salford and has over 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s current research interests include advanced RAN coordination techniques, including C-RAN and OpenRAN, optical fibre and radio based backhaul/xhaul, along with LEO satellite communications and High-altitude Platform Systems (HAPS), all in the context of building resilient heterogeneous networks. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Liverpool and the University of Salford, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds Fellowships from the IET, ITP and BCS. Andy sits on the editorial board of the ITP Journal and is a CW SIG Champion for eMBB and Wireless Heritage.

SIG Champions

Iris Barcia - Pr. Mng. MPN Architecture, Vodafone

Iris Barcia is a multidisciplinary professional with entrepreneurial experience in the telecommunication industry. She is an innovator and forward-looking technologist that has worked directly with international executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and 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. More recently she’s focusing on Open RAN and MPNs. Prior to Vodafone, Iris has been the co-owner and COO of Keima, and 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).

Roberto Kompany - Principal Analyst, Omdia

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.

Peter Love - Techno/economic business consultant, 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 - BT Fellow & Principal Network Architect, BT

Andy Sutton is a BT Fellow and Principal Network Architect for Wireless Access. The wireless access domain includes 4G/5G RAN architecture and mobile backhaul/xhaul, along with microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, and satellite communications. Andy holds an MSc in Mobile Communications from the University of Salford and has over 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s current research interests include advanced RAN coordination techniques, including C-RAN and OpenRAN, optical fibre and radio based backhaul/xhaul, along with LEO satellite communications and High-altitude Platform Systems (HAPS), all in the context of building resilient heterogeneous networks. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Liverpool and the University of Salford, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds Fellowships from the IET, ITP and BCS. Andy sits on the editorial board of the ITP Journal and is a CW SIG Champion for eMBB and Wireless Heritage.

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The Cynthia Beerbower Room, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge CB3 9DF

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