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CW TEC 2020: Demystifying the Edge

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CW TEC 2020 will explore the concept of the 5G edge, reviewing the role of edge computing within the broader 5G architecture evolution. 3 for 2 tickets are available

About the event

It’s difficult to read about 5G without seeing mention of the "edge" - edge computing, edge cloud, edge services… but what is the edge? Where is the edge? And why is the edge important for 5G?

CW TEC will bring delegates up to speed on the concept of the 5G edge: reviewing the role of edge computing within the broader 5G architecture evolution, exploring what edge brings to infrastructure, and how edge can enable innovative products and services.

The location of the edge will be discussed along with studies of latency in real, operational mobile network environments. The event will provide context to the work in ETSI ISG MEC and explore where multi-access edge computing will sit within future converged fixed and mobile networks.


The annual CW TEC provides a dynamic forum for harnessing knowledge, driving lively debate and networking at a senior level. It offers a more technical and focused agenda than the International Conference, exploring an emerging problem space that the CW community has highlighted as being particularly worthy of debate. Past event topics have included quantum computing and the impact on spectral value of mobile, satellite, TV, IoT and wearable technologies. The conference format and agenda is driven by the CW membership.


3 for 2 tickets are available for this conference. Email events@cambridgewireless.co.uk for more information

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CW TEC 2020: Demystifying the Edge - Day 1

09:00

Registration and networking

09:45

Welcome from CW (Cambridge Wireless) - Simon Mead, CEO, CW

09:50

A word from our Platinum sponsor, Huawei

10:00

Edge computing in the 5G era - Roberto Kompany, Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason

What is edge computing? What are use cases that will benefit from edge? What are the opportunities and threats for mobile operators in the 5G era? There has been a lot of discussions about 5G in the recent few years, however, mobile operators will only deliver incremental value if they have a combined 5G and edge computing strategy. Also, although mobile operators will be important players in the edge space, they will not be the only ones and unless the move up the value chain they will not get the full benefits that edge will provide.

10:25

Finding the edge, and why this matters - Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT

Mobile network operators need to identify their network edge to enable the optimal 5G network architecture, the location of the edge will differ between operators and even between services within a given operator. This talk will consider the thinking that goes in to identifying the network edge and review some of the key inputs to the decision-making process. Such inputs include; network latency measurements, RAN architecture and its planned evolution, service platforms and their alignment with future products and services, core network planning and Internet peering and transit locations

10:50

Q&A for all speakers

11:00

Networking and exhibition

11:30

Measuring latency in smart factories – anything else? - Arnd Sibila, Technology Marketing Manager, Rohde & Schwarz

Latency is certainly a very important KPI for smart factory use cases. In future, it will be ensured with latency Service Level Agreements. This talk will show how to measure latency and how to verify that SLAs are fulfilled. But is latency the only consideration? If factory owners rely on wireless connectivity to interconnect robots/cobots/AGV/AMR/etc. in a smart factory, another key requirement is availability. Unfortunately, availability/redundancy and latency are related to each other. The presentation will also discuss how the redundant infrastructure deployment can be validated.

11:55

5G with an Edge - Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Regius Professor, The University of Surrey & Director, ICS/5GIC

This talk will cover the role of edge computing and processing in implementing efficient communication protocols, and how it enables engineering Quality of Experience (QoE). We will include some videos from 5G trials to demonstrate the importance of edge computing in the modernisation of some vertical industries. The talk will conclude with an exploration of ‘what next’ from a research point of view.

12:20

Predicting the change required in networks for latency use cases – are there any dilemmas? - Alessandro Bovone, UK&I Chief Solution Architect, Nokia

5G fuels tomorrow's industry change and drives the new era for consumer communication. As humans and robots work together, in say, in a factory environment there will be a growing need for ultra-low latency and ultra-reliable networks to fulfil the requirements of the use case. This presentation will outline how Bell Labs predict the impact of these changes on a network and how one OEM is providing the best in class products and services to support operators to make well informed strategic decisions.

12:45

Q&A for all speakers

13:00

Day 1 wrap up and day 2 peek

13:15

Bring your own lunch and networking and exhibition

CW TEC 2020: Demystifying the Edge - Day 2

09:00

Registration, networking and exhibition

09:45

Welcome from CW (Cambridge Wireless) - Simon Mead, CEO, CW

09:50

Cloud - Session chaired by Cristina Data, Director of Spectrum, Ofcom

It’s difficult to read about 5G without seeing mention of the “edge” - edge computing, edge cloud, edge services… But what is the edge? Where is the edge? And why is the edge cloud important for 5G? This session will review the role of edge cloud computing within the broader 5G architecture evolution, exploring what edge cloud brings to infrastructure and how this can offer new and exciting opportunities for use cases which result in innovative products and services. This session will also provide context to the work in ETSI ISG MEC and where multi-access edge computing will sit within future converged fixed and mobile networks.

09:55

Convergence of vRAN and transport network functions at the edge - Anthony Magee, Senior Director, Global Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking

Considering the huge interest in vRAN and O-RAN, the edge infrastructure used to connect and host these functions needs to become part of the story. Many simply refer to use of Whitebox solutions, but this leaves multiple gaps in the maturity of the vRAN architecture. The transport network used to connect from cloud hosted RAN functions to radio units (RUs) influences multiple aspects such as latency, and the ability to synchronize the RAN estate. This presentation will address the essential issues and provide a roadmap towards a fit for purpose cloud hosted RAN architecture.

10:20

Network Function Virtualization and Cloud Native Architectures for 5G - Antía Fernández López, R&D CoDirector of Intelligent Systems Area, Gradiant

The initial NFV deployments for mobile operators didn't bring all expected benefits, since they used a “lift and shift” migration approach, being unable to unlock the full potential of the cloud. The next phase of innovation in 5G is focusing on adopting Cloud Native technologies to achieve web scale and economies of scale. This new NFV reference architecture accommodates Cloud Native Network Function (CNF) and enhancements to NFV framework including Zero-Touch, Containers, Service Mesh or Load Balancers as part of the reference architecture.

10:35

The EDGE CLOUD: Key Development for 5G Vision Services, RAN Virtualization & Securing IoT in the Mobile Multi-Cloud - Ian Goetz, Chief Architect - Mobile Solutions, Juniper Networks

This talk will cover the market conditions driving the need for the Edge Cloud; the RAN Network Evolution Impacting Edge Cloud Capability such as timing and bandwidth; the intersection with Virtualized and Open RAN; location and latency (where should the Edge Cloud be sited?) and network functions for low latency services. Use Cases and some PoCs will be explored to show it is real!

11:00

Q&A for all speakers

11:15

Networking and exhibition

12:00

Webscalers - Session chaired by Caroline Gabriel, Co-founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

How can the major web players deliver low latency services? Large international data centres have supported the huge growth of services which are accessed across the public Internet however there’s a price to pay for large centralised facilities, that price is higher network latency. What technical solutions exist for web scale players to reduce network latency and how can they work cooperatively with network operators to deliver low latency services for consumer and enterprise markets? This session will explore these questions and discuss the technical integration options for mass market low latency services such as gaming, augmented reality and virtual reality.

12:05

Now go build @the edge - Donatello Gassi, Head of Solutions Architecture, Telecom (EMEA) at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Learn about how you can build solutions at the edge with AWS. The presentation covers different architectural scenarios and an overview of AWS Wavelength, a service that allows you to deploy applications at the edge of a mobile carrier’s 5G network. By combining the benefits of 5G, such as high bandwidth and low latency, with the ability to use AWS tools and services developers are familiar with, you’re able to build next generation edge applications quickly and easily.

12:35

Hyperscalers, 5G and the edge - Sergio Gonzalez, Lead Cloud Architect, Microsoft

Microsoft has a defined set of services and functions intended for reducing latency and with 5G enabling an explosion in use cases, hyperscalers can provide huge value. This talk will cover the technologies we can use for bringing added value from the cloud to the edge and make those use cases possible (Edge ML, DevOps, Containers..) and the use cases Microsoft are working on now.

13:05

Closing remarks

13:15

Bring your own lunch, networking and exhibition

Speakers

Iris Barcia - COO, 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).

Alessandro Bovone - UK&I Chief Solution Architect, Nokia

Alessandro is a passionate telecommunications network chief architect with 20 years of industry experience. In actual role in Nokia he is accountable with his team to build, propose and technically close deal for EtoE solution for mobile and fix networks to Nokia customers, working across the Nokia wider portfolio and interacting with R&D and product owners. Working on 4G and 5G network solutions for eMBB, URLLC, IoT and its evolution to mMTC. Alessandro also cover IP, optics, cloud, Fibre, virtualization and digitalization.

Alessandro provides for customers the first point of discussion for the introduction of new technology based either on international standards or customer specific requirements.

Alessandro is a team player with strong team management background, bringing clarity, depth and breadth to a wide range of technology and business challenges faced in the mobile, fix and convergence network evolution. A Technology leader and strong communicator striving to provide direction and clarity in decision making in the technology governance arena.

Alessandro has been a key player and worked in game changing industry JV, merge and takeover like Siemens ICN & NEC (JV for intro 3G), EE (merge Orange UK & T-Mobile UK), MBNL (JV H3G & T-Mobile UK), BT (takeover EE), Nokia (takeover Alcatel-Lucent) and some of key programme in UK and worldwide like first intro of data in 2G, first launch of 4G in UK, Olympics 2012, neutral host for UK MNOs and Emergency Service Network to mention some of them.

Alessandro holds a Diploma in Mathematics, Electronics & Telecommunication, Master’s degree (Laurea) in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, Executive master’s in marketing & Sales. He is member of Italian Albo Ingegneri equivalent to a Chartered Engineer.

Antia Fernandez - R&D CoDirector of Intelligent Systems Area, GRADIANT

Antía Fernandez is the CoDirector of Intelligent Systems area at Gradiant, where I lead the Industry 4.0 strategy based on collecting data and generating value for the companies using Big Data, 5G, Edge Computing, IoT and Data Analytics technologies. She has been applying ICT technologies to SME and large companies for more than a decade, being the main researcher and also project manager in 50+ national and regional projects. She has also given speeches and trainings in different business schools and universities. Finally, she collaborates with the European Commission as an external expert for H2020 projects. 

Donatello Gassi - Head of Solutions Architecture, Telecom (EMEA), Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Donatello A. Gassi is the Head of Solutions Architecture for the EMEA Telecom Vertical at AWS and is responsible for creating architectural best practices and working with Telco customers on how they use the cloud and innovation to transform their own businesses or reinvent their markets. Donatello is a business orientated technologist nearly 20 years of experience in the technology industry in a variety of roles.

Prior to joining AWS, Donatello was Senior Manager with a global consulting firm, where he contributed to the creation and growth of the consulting and technology practice serving Telecom providers across Europe. Donatello earned his master degree in Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering from Bari Polytechnic and his master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Donatello is passionate about his customers and about technology and how it is changing how we live and work.

Ian Goetz - Chief Architect - Mobile Solutions, Juniper Networks

Ian Goetz is the Chief Architect for Mobile Solutions and part of the Mobile Product Strategy Community within Juniper Networks. He has previously run his own contracting & consulting business and held roles at Motorola, where he was the chief core network architect for EMEA, as well as working for IBM Business Consulting Services, Tellabs, BT Cellnet and BT Laboratories, all in the mobile communications arena spanning a career of thirty years. More recently, Ian has been leading work on SDN/NFV, 5G Ready Access and MEC for the team as well as working with the Juniper EMEA and Engineering teams to create new, differentiating propositions. Ian has thirty years’ experience in the mobile communications industry and in past roles has been active in ETSI SMG2, SMG11, 3GPP SA4 and GSMA 3GIG. He is a Member of the IET (MIET) and a Chartered Engineer.

Sergio Gonzalez - Lead Cloud Architect, Microsoft

Sergio Gonzalez, Lead Cloud Architect at Microsoft, working with global network operators in their digital and network transformation strategy. Sergio has developed his career in the telecom core network space in different vendors and operators around the globe. At NetNumber, he helped defined future cloud and NFV initiatives, after which he joined Microsoft, always looking for the best way and use cases around hyperscale and telco convergence.

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.

Anthony Magee - Senior Director, Global Business Development, ADVA

Anthony is responsible for driving ADVA’s mobile solutions strategy globally.  He is an experienced technologist and business development professional, with 20 years in  the telecommunications industry. Anthony has been involved in research and collaboration projects with academic, technology partners and customers relating to mobile architectures including 4G, Small Cells, LTE-A and 5G.

Prior to joining ADVA, Anthony worked as a technologist with UK Government.  His activities within ADVA have included  Hardware and Systems Engineering before reaching Principal Engineer in our Advanced Technology team.  He has a first class honours degree in electronic and electrical systems engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Simon Mead - CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

An experienced Commercial Director/CEO with a strong sales and marketing background. Successfully developing and executing sales strategies encompassing all media, partnerships, relationship sales and in field team management in the B2B market place. I have worked in hi-tech, on-line, media sales, broadcast and financial service industries. I have experience of working with Local Government, the Health Services, Public Services and in the Non for Profit sector.

Arnd Sibila - Technology Marketing Manager, Rohde and Schwarz

Arnd Sibila joined Rohde & Schwarz in 2012 as Technology Marketing Manager for Wireless Technologies and led the Infrastructure Global Key Account Manager group. Since 2016, he has focused on Technology Marketing for the Mobile Network Testing market segment.

Previously, Arnd gained 21 years of experience at Siemens Communications and Nokia Siemens Networks where he held various technical and management positions in the field of Wireless Communication Systems and Mobile Networks Product Lifecycle (Product Management, Product Line Management, System Architecture, CTO, Business Development, Portfolio Management and Product Qualification) covering nearly all wireless technologies (LTE-Advanced, LTE, WCDMA/HSPA, WiMAX, WiFi, etc.).

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.

Rahim Tafazolli - Director & Regius Professor, University of Surrey (ICS)

Rahim Tafazolli, Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering. This royal recognition was awarded to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Rahim Tafazolli has been a Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications at the University of Surrey since April 2000, the Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS) since January 2010 and the founder and Director of the 5G Innovation Centre since 2012. The world’s first dedicated centre on 5G research and innovation.

He has over 30 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications and is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to international conferences and workshops.

Professor Tafazolli was the leader of study on “grand challenges in IoT” (Internet of Things) in the UK, 2011-2012, for RCUK (Research Council UK) and the UK TSB (Technology Strategy Board). He is regularly invited by governments to advise on national 5G research and strategy and was advisor to the Mayor of London with regard to the London Infrastructure Investment 2050 Plan.

In 2011, he was appointed as a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world as well as heading one of Europe's leading research groups. He was also awarded the 28th KIA Laureate Award- 2015 for his contribution to communications technology.

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