CW TEC 2019


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09:00 – 10:00

Registration and Networking with Refreshments

09:15 – 09:45

Breakfast Breifing

Massive MIMO: The key to unlocking 5G user experiences

Emiliano Mezzarobba, Senior RF System Consultant, Cambridge Consultants

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome from CW (Cambridge Wireless)

Simon Mead, CEO, CW


Welcome from our host The Cambridge Computer Laboratory

Dr Ian Wassell, Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge

10:05 – 10:15

A word from our Platinum Sponsor

One year on and our thoughts for the year ahead

Guy Matthews, Director of Emerging Technology, CGI

10:15 - 10:20

Scene setting and introduction to the day

Zahid Ghadialy, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA
10:20 - 11:30

What Has Massive MIMO Ever Done For Us?

The desire for more and more capacity in cellular networks has driven the industry to find more and more novel techniques. The work done over the years, boosted by Tom Marzetta’s article “Noncooperative Cellular Wireless with Unlimited Numbers of Base Station Antennas”, has set high expectations for this emergent technology, so much so that the term "Magic MIMO" has been coined. How significant is it for today’s early 5G rollout and what can we expect over the coming years? Are there further enhancements we should expect to see?


Session chair: Julie Bradford, Managing Consultant, Real Wireless

Speakers to include:

11:30 – 12:00

Refreshment Break and Networking
12:00 – 13:10

Non-Terrestrial & Hybrid Networks

There are different initiatives underway to make satellite and other non-terrestrial networks a part of 5G. Many different mobile operators have demonstrated compelling use-cases with drones, balloons and other aerostats; alternative approaches include the European Aviation Network's deployment of a hybrid network using a terrestrial network supported by a satellite connection as a backhaul for in-flight Wi-Fi. In addition to latency, what challenges are stopping mass adoption of non-terrestrial and hybrid networks? What about advanced features like slicing, etc.?


Session chair: Andrew Palmer, Consulting Director, CGI

Speakers to include:

13:10 – 14:10

Lunch and networking
14:10 – 15:20

5G: A Catalyst for Network Transformation

5G has set high expectations in the user as well as operator community. While eMBB can be supported with an upgrade of existing 4G infrastructure, URLLC and mMTC may require massive change in the network architecture. Operators have already started the transformation process with backhaul upgrades, new data centers, distributed core and cloud rollouts. How are networks evolving to accommodate these deep changes? What other changes will be required to support their growth until the next new generation arrives?


Session chair: Iris Barcia, COO, Keima

Speakers to include:

15:20 – 15:50

Refreshment Break and Networking
15:50 – 17:05

Getting Ready For The Beyond-5G Era

Many technologies, like full duplex, that were originally intended to be part of 5G did not make it into the standards. What other revolutionary changes are needed to make Beyond-5G technologies fulfil the vision, ambition and use-cases that were originally envisaged for 5G and take it a step further - make it a game changer.


Session chair: Peter Love, 5G Densification Architect, Nokia

Speakers to include:

17:05 - 17:30
Closing remarks

17:30 – 18:30

Drinks Reception

*Draft agenda, subject to change ahead of the event

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