CW TEC 2021: Engineering 5G Private Networks

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The CW Technology and Engineering Conference 2021 will explain how 5G Private Networks, a significant component of the future 5G landscape, will be built.

About the event

CW TEC 2021 will explore private 5G networks. They are forecast to be a significant component of the future 5G landscape; but what is a 5G Private Network? What will they be used for? And, most importantly, how will we build them?

Through detailed technical presentations, CW TEC 2021 will explore the engineering which will enable a successful 5G Private Network ecosystem, covering topics such as:

  • Spectrum
  • 5G NR coverage and capacity planning
  • Network architecture
  • O-RAN and vRAN
  • The supply chain
  • Other network components, such as 5G SA core and edge computing, which will complement 5G private networks and deliver use cases such as URLLC

Find out more about CW TEC 2021

The CW Engineering Conference (CW TEC) is a day designed specifically for engineers. It offers a more technical and focused agenda than the CW International Conference, exploring an emerging problem space that our engineering community has highlighted as being particularly worthy of debate.

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CW TEC 2021: Day 1 - 7 July 2021


Registration and networking


Welcome to the conference


Scene setting and introduction to the day


Radio network planning

We often hear that 5G private networks will be deployed in a wide variety of Enterprises, including challenging environments and in some cases associated to very particular latency or capacity requirements. In this section we will hear from industry experts about 5G spectrum, 5G planning in the context of the Enterprise and the different connectivity strategies that can be adopted.

- Julie Bradford, Managing Consultant, Real Wireless
- Steve Evans, Nokia Enterprise CTO for the UK and Ireland, Nokia


Networking break and exhibition


Open RAN and network architecture in private networks

There are many different RAN terminologies in the 5G era, such as, cloud-RAN, C-RAN, virtualised-RAN (vRAN) and Open RAN, but what are they and how do they differentiate? What are the operator business challenges and the drivers for pursuing the new architecture? What are the use cases and how will the new RAN paradigm benefit operators and private networks?

- Roberto Kompany, Senior Analyst, Analysis Mason
- Lou Walker, Senior Portfolio Architect – Networks, BT


Day 1 wrap up and day 2 peek


Bring your own lunch and networking and exhibition

CW TEC 2021: Day 2 - 8 July 2021


Registration, networking and exhibition


Welcome from CW (Cambridge Wireless)/UK5G


Securing Private 5G networks

In this section we’ll discuss the need for security within 5G private networks. Security of confidential data is business critical nowadays however security of the infrastructure is also essential, how do security considerations impact the private network architecture and which solution best fit which use cases.

- CJ Boguszewski, Head of Ecosystem and Partners, Pelion
- Andrew Kelly, Principal Consultant (Security), QinetiQ


Networking and exhibition


Lessons from early deployment

When all is said and done private wireless technology has to offer true business benefits to those who wish to use it. In this session we will discuss a wide range of real use cases and discus some of the lessons learned from these early deployments.

- Derek Long, Associate Director and Head of Telecoms and Mobile, Cambridge Consultants
- Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Head of Bristol Digital Futures Institute, Bristol Digital Futures Institute and Professor of High Performance Networks, University of Bristol


Closing remarks


Bring your own lunch, networking and exhibition


CJ Boguszewski - Head of Ecosystem and Partners, Pelion Ltd

Mr. CJ Boguszewski (he/him) is the Head of Ecosystem and Partners for Pelion, a vibrant 80+ company community deriving value across the platform. Holding an MBA from the London Business School and a significant technical and business background in connectivity and device management throughout his 20+ year career, he works to craft impactful go-to-market in a range of targeted use cases, aiming to achieve timely and positive economic outcomes.

Julie Bradford - Techno-economic assessment of wireless options and strategies, Real Wireless

Julie has worked in the wireless industry for over 15 years.  At Real Wireless, she is a thought leader in 5G business case analysis including understanding 5G use cases, quantifying (in financial terms) the operational and socio-economic benefits of 5G services and understanding network dimensioning and cost implications under 5G virtualised networks.

She has most recently led Real Wireless’ techno-economic analysis on the EC Horizon 2020 5G-MoNArch project.  Inspired by the project’s smart sea port testbed constructed by HPA, Nokia and DT in the Port of Hamburg, this analysis included quantifying the operational benefits of 5G to port authorities and other port users and the cost implications of delivering these industrial grade wireless services from existing mobile infrastructure via network slicing supported via the virtualised 5G-MoNArch network architecture.

Previously, Julie was Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, consultant at PA Consulting UK, and Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK. 

Steve Evans - CTO UK&I, Nokia

It is a challenging but rewarding role that encompasses all types of Enterprise businesses such as Government, Energy, Transport, Manufacturing, Health etc etc. Strong focus on Private Wireless across all sectors.

Background has been 20 years of fixed and mobile telecoms both on the operator and the vendor sides covering OSS/BSS core, mobile, optical, IP, broadband and pretty much anything else over which a packet can go.

I enjoy motor racing, football and cycling. I do enough of one, not enough of one and can't afford one. I am married with 2 children who are both at high school which makes me wonder if time travel is possible given how quick their school life is passing.

Andrew Kelly - Principal Consultant (Security), QinetiQ

Andrew Kelly is Principal Consultant in the Cyber & Information team and Technical Lead for Cyber Security, IoT and Telecoms Resilience at QinetiQ. Andrew has put to use extensive experience in both the public and private sector to provide leadership across a range of programmes and clients. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience across the security industry and began his career at a small consultancy called Buro Happold. Andrew was Technical Lead for the security of the London 2012 Olympic Park and Emirates Stadium Identity, Access Control and Security Systems. Andrew set up a security team in the Middle East and was embedded as Technical Security Lead for the Louvre Museum - Abu Dhabi. More recently Andrew was Chief Information Security Officer for the Emergency Services Network and has had significant involvement with the UK Telecoms Lab and 5G Security Landscape on behalf of DCMS.

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.

Derek Long - Head of Telecoms & Mobile, Cambridge Consultants

As head of telecoms and mobile at Cambridge Consultants, Derek leads the company’s collaboration within the sector. Central to Derek’s role at Cambridge Consultants is helping create breakthrough innovation that transforms the delivery of high-performance communication for their partners; from mobile carriers and ISPs, to vendors and component manufacturers. With over 20 years’ experience in mobile technology, Derek has held a range of multinational senior management roles and has a wealth of expertise across all generations of mobile and broadband technology, including LTE-A and 5G. Derek holds a PhD in telecommunications from the University of Bristol.

Francesca Serravalle - Emerging technology director, Colt Technology Services Ltd

Dimitra Simeonidou - Professor of High Performance Networks, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Dimitra is a full Professor at the University of Bristol and the Director of Smart Internet Lab. Her research is focusing in the fields of High Performance Networks, Software Defined Networking, Wireless-Optical Convergence and Smart City infrastructures. She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks,, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks. Since 2015 she has been the Chief Scientific Officer of the smart city test-bed project Bristol Is Open ( Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar

Lou Walker - Senior Portfolio Architect, British Telecommunications

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