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CW TEC 2022: Launching the New Wave of Wireless Networks

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The CW Technology and Engineering Conference 2022 will look at the technology and challenges behind the transformation of wireless networks and what the future holds.

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About the event

Global wireless telecommunications are continuing to evolve rapidly with the introduction of virtualisation, 5G, IoT and low-earth orbit broadband networks. The COVID pandemic has shown how critical the telecommunications industry is to society – for example, the crisis situations in Tonga and Ukraine highlight the fundamental role that wireless plays in understanding and interacting with the world.

Novel wireless networks are seeing a new wave of technology investment, from satellites to airborne networks, allowing new services to be provided around the world. With an engineering focus, CW TEC will look at the technology and challenges behind this transformation and what the future holds, focusing on:

  • How to build hybrid networks that scale globally and provide integrated services which are seamless for the user. Explore hybrid and multi-bearer, radio and optical network architectures and applications.
  • Enhancing ground networks using non-traditional radio and optical access technologies and backhaul.
  • Can wide area mobile communications be delivered from aircraft?
  • How can radio and optical wireless networks support uncrewed aircraft systems and advanced air mobility?
  • Space as a rapidly evolving global communications infrastructure enabling massively scalable business cases for IoT and broadband users.

The conference will be an ideal place to explore and discuss these issues and hear from key players involved in changing how wireless communications is delivered and used.

The agenda will look at four key areas as follows:

Ground

Mobile cell sites are evolving to require ever higher capacity backhaul while also increasingly evolving to a centralised RAN architecture in urban areas. This session will explore the use of optical fibre for backhaul and midhaul while also investigating the use of fibre based fronthaul in support of RF over Fibre deployments, carrying CPRI, eCPRI and/or Open Fronthaul. It is increasingly common for radio units to be mounted as close as possible to the passive antenna to maximise radio performance, indeed the introduction of massive MIMO antenna systems has driven the adoption of active antenna units, these require a direct optical fibre connection between the radio/antenna system and the baseband unit, the baseband unit may be located at the base of the tower or some distance away in a baseband hotel, to provide further real-time optimisation for the RAN.

Air

The rapid evolution of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) present some exciting opportunities as both consumer and provider of wireless connectivity. In urban environments, delivery drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) 'air taxis' require low-latency, mission critical comms for the command and control and monitoring of aircraft in 3D airspace. Conversely, drones have also been used to provide cellular coverage in disaster recovery situations, or as temporary in-fill in remote areas. High Altitude Platforms (HAPS) extend this concept to the stratosphere, providing 5G coverage over wide areas using phased array, beam steering antennas. This is arguably the sweet spot between terrestrial and satellite comms, with excellent spectral efficiency and the flexibility to rapidly provide coverage where needed. This session will focus on:

  • 5G / 6G networks for UAS
  • Ground-to-Air cellular systems
  • Stratospheric HAPS

Space

Space as a rapidly evolving global communications infrastructure enabling massively scalable business cases for IoT and broadband users.

85% of the earth's surface is not available to conventional networks.  The Low Earth Orbit Satellite revolution has slashed the cost per bit both in terms of energy needed to send data cost to access the network. Furthermore the use of cubesats and small satellites has speeded up deployment of new technology, and much in the same way that cellular networks transformed terrestrial connectivity, LEO massively expands capacity but without the need for local infrastructure.

Hitherto unpractical applications are now possible, with direct sensor to satellite connectivity delivering cheap ubiquitous data can now be deployed widely:

  • Broadband in all areas – Starlink/Oneweb make access available in all areas; event, disaster, conflict pop up networks
  • Agritech, especially for monitoring of water usage and crop health
  • Livestock health for roaming herds
  • Road freight transportation and Autonomous vehicles, bringing valuable information in the existing data desert

Hybrid

The integration of terrestrial and space based communications is happening today, more mobile base stations are using satellite backhaul than ever before; be this as primary connectivity or as a resilient path in the event of a terrestrial transmission failure. This backhaul is typically via GEO satellites today however exciting new developments in LEO satellites mean that additional options, which promise higher data rates and lower latency, will be available to mobile network operators. In addition to mobile backhaul, operators are deploying air to ground networks to provide connectivity to airborne assets such as planes and helicopters, and often using both terrestrial and space based connectivity to such assets. This session will review these use cases and explore recent developments in 3GPP non-terrestrial networks for space based 5G mobile broadband and IoT services.

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Agenda

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09:00

Registration and Networking with Refreshments

09:30

Welcome from CW - Mark Rayner, CW

09:40

A Word From Our Platinum Sponsor - Joey Pan, Huawei

09:50

Scene Setting and Introduction to the Day - Paul Morris, EnSilica

09:55

Ground and Air Session - Chaired by Julie Bradford, Real Wireless

Ground - Mobile cell sites are evolving to require ever higher capacity backhaul while also increasingly evolving to a centralised RAN architecture in urban areas. This session will explore the use of optical fibre for backhaul and midhaul while also investigating the use of fibre based fronthaul in support of RF over Fibre deployments, carrying CPRI, eCPRI and/or Open Fronthaul. It is increasingly common for radio units to be mounted as close as possible to the passive antenna to maximise radio performance, indeed the introduction of massive MIMO antenna systems has driven the adoption of active antenna units, these require a direct optical fibre connection between the radio/antenna system and the baseband unit, the baseband unit may be located at the base of the tower or some distance away in a baseband hotel, to provide further real-time optimisation for the RAN.
Air - The rapid evolution of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) present some exciting opportunities as both consumer and provider of wireless connectivity. In urban environments, delivery drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) 'air taxis' require low-latency, mission critical comms for the command and control and monitoring of aircraft in 3D airspace. Conversely, drones have also been used to provide cellular coverage in disaster recovery situations, or as temporary in-fill in remote areas. High Altitude Platforms (HAPS) extend this concept to the stratosphere, providing 5G coverage over wide areas using phased array, beam steering antennas. This is arguably the sweet spot between terrestrial and satellite comms, with excellent spectral efficiency and the flexibility to rapidly provide coverage where needed.

10:00

Cell Site Evolution, Fibre to the Antenna and the Impact on Cell Site Deployments - Mike Page, Radio Design

The evolution of cell site deployments has been driven by the introduction of additional bands and additional technologies. Multiport antennas and the migration of radio equipment close to the antenna calls for significant power and signalling to be made available at remote radio equipment. This requirement has increased the complexity of deployments for small works contractors. The presentation outlines this evolution and presents an FTTA solution that alleviates the issues faced by small works contractors in FTTA deployments.

10:20

Fronthaul Network Planning for Mobile Evolution Towards O-RAN - Anthony Magee, ADVA

As mobile networks undertake massive change in the coming years from a closed architecture towards a more open model, the transport network needs to evolve in a complimentary manner. Depending on use cases such as rural macro-cells, through to dense urban small cells and onwards into neutral host architectures, the options available to operators deploying these networks can quickly expand into a seemingly complex matrix of features and caveats. The presentation aims to present the options and explain some of the often glossed over requirements to help set a baseline knowledge for specification of fronthaul networks moving forwards. As we look at future architectures, we will also cover some of the challenges that operators will face when trying to design two distinct layers (RAN and Transport) in isolation, and make the case for a convergence of RAN and Transport functions when it comes to the fronthaul architecture.

10:40

Reinventing Air Travel Connectivity with SmartSky Networks - Derek Long, Cambridge Consultants

And it’s not just bandwidth and speed that are driving cellular system evolution. The demand for comms-on-the-move now extends into the sky, and the development of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) present some exciting opportunities as both consumer and provider of wireless connectivity. Drones and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) 'air taxis' require low-latency, mission critical comms for the command and control and monitoring of aircraft in 3D airspace. And for air passengers, ground-to-air cellular systems are set to revolutionise the experience with new levels of connectivity. This session will look at what it takes to provide cellular comms to passenger aircraft at 30,000 ft.

11:00

From Net Surfing to Life-Saving Actions – An Overview of Air-to-Ground Solutions - Henry Chor, Nokia

The broadband data service is already available in the sky, no longer just serving air travellers but very soon the blue light emergency workers. Various A2G use cases define their own set of requirement attributes which in turn determines an optimal solution approach. Commercial airliners typically demand high-speed downlink service for passengers that operates at higher altitude and at higher airborne speed than the blue light aircrafts. The latter however demands reliable voice/data service, at lower altitude of a cell edge, and the support of seamless handover from the “air” network to the “ground” network. This session will look into both economic and technical factors that are driving different approaches of architecting an A2G solution.

11:20

Q&A For All Speakers

11:35

Refreshments and Networking

12:05

Space Session - Chaired by Maria Kalama, biotIP

Space as a rapidly evolving global communications infrastructure enabling massively scalable business cases for IoT and broadband users.
85% of the earth's surface is not available to conventional networks. The Low Earth Orbit Satellite revolution has slashed the cost per bit both in terms of energy needed to send data cost to access the network. Furthermore the use of cubesats and small satellites has speeded up deployment of new technology, and much in the same way that cellular networks transformed terrestrial connectivity, LEO massively expands capacity but without the need for local infrastructure.
Hitherto unpractical applications are now possible, with direct sensor to satellite connectivity delivering cheap ubiquitous data can now be deployed widely:
• Broadband in all areas – Starlink/Oneweb make access available in all areas; event, disaster, conflict pop up networks.
• Agritech, especially for monitoring of water usage and crop health.
• Livestock health for roaming herds.
• Road freight transportation and Autonomous vehicles, bringing valuable information in the existing data desert.

12:10

Promise of Satellites for Ubiquitous 5G Coverage - Andy Marr, CGI

A Terrestrial-Satellite hybrid 5G network has the power to extend 5G connectivity reliably beyond the boundaries of terrestrial infrastructure to anywhere in the world – including the middle of the ocean, which could transform the IoT-enabled global supply chain. For decades Satellite industry pre-dominantly operated in non-standardised way. Big Launch and operational costs also created a big barrier to entry. But the miniaturization of components have enabled building small satellites as well as the use of Ku/Ka RF technologies facilitated creation of LEO broadband constellations. NTN inclusion in 3GPP specification will encourage standardization and further open up new possibilities for the satellite industry. In the session I will cover the following:
• Benefits of terrestrial-satellite hybrid solutions.
• Challenges of non-terrestrial integration in 5G.
• Planning for Beyond 5G hybrid - what do we need to build into future non-terrestrial network design.

12:30

Lunch and Networking

13:35

AST SpaceMobile – Connecting the Unconnected - Sriram Jayasimha and Steve Gibson, AST SpaceMobile

A presentation on the SpaceMobile business case and technical solution that will enable your current smart phone to connect directly to a satellite.

13:55

Hybrid IoT Networks: How Satellite Can Now Extend Terrestrial LoRaWAN Networks - Luc Perard, Eutelsat

IoT networks in general, and LoRaWAN in particular, are ideally suited to inexpensively connect remote sensor devices, operating years on batteries, sending a few byte-sized messages daily. But because they rely on ground gateways with limited reach, the coverage area of those IoT networks is poor at best, which is a showstopper for many massive IoT use cases. Satellite has always been able to bridge this coverage gap, but at a very high price, and taking a heavy toll on the remote devices' battery life. Global satellite LoRaWAN service is about to revolutionize this: enabling seamlessly integrated hybrid (satellite and terrestrial) networks so that small, inexpensive, battery-savvy LoRa devices can transmit their data no matter where they are, at a price point similar to LoRaWAN connectivity.

14:15

Towards the Integration of Satellites into Terrestrial 5G - Fabrizio De Paolis, ESA

This talk will provide an overview of intended technology developments at the European Space Agency, in the area of satellite/terrestrial hybrid communications for 5G and beyond.

14:35

Integrating Satellite and Terrestrial Technologies Efficiently for Low-Cost Farming - Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli, Farmer Charlie

Data is critical to sustainable farming, especially when considering that there is over 15% of agricultural production globally which is lost post-harvest. Thanks to local data collected through a private network for farming communities, using IoT and satellite broadband, Farmer Charlie brings the key information back to the farmers in real time, at a very low cost.

14:55

Q&A For All Speakers

15:15

Refreshments and Networking

15:45

Hybrid Session - Chaired by Jaime Reed, CGI

The integration of terrestrial and space based communications is happening today, more mobile base stations are using satellite backhaul than ever before; be this as primary connectivity or as a resilient path in the event of a terrestrial transmission failure. This backhaul is typically via GEO satellites today however exciting new developments in LEO satellites mean that additional options, which promise higher data rates and lower latency, will be available to mobile network operators. In addition to mobile backhaul, operators are deploying air to ground networks to provide connectivity to airborne assets such as planes and helicopters, and often using both terrestrial and space based connectivity to such assets. This session will review these use cases and explore recent developments in 3GPP non-terrestrial networks for space based 5G mobile broadband and IoT services.

15:50

Seamless Integration of Satellite and Terrestrial Networks for Humanitarian Use Cases - Maria Lema, Weaver Labs

Integration of Satellite and IoT terrestrial networks has been a topic of interest in supply chain management as a solution to provide full tracking coverage in remote areas with limited access to Internet connection. Weaver Labs has designed and developed WireMQ: an asynchronous, modular and customizable messaging system built for communications networks. The use of WireMQ allows for seamless integration of multiple communication technologies, ensuring interoperability and convergence across heterogeneous communications assets. In this presentation we will cover the design and use of WireMQ as a solution to route traffic seamlessly across a mesh network using a Satellite uplink as a gateway for IoT data. We will also cover the use of this technology for the Humanitarian sector as part of a European Space Agency Demonstrator project called “Tack and Trust” where we show the benefits of the integration of Satellite communication with IoT networks in creating last mile connectivity.

16:10

Integration of Terrestrial and Space Based Communications - Andy Sutton, BT

The growing number of 4G LTE and 5G use cases imposes new demands on mobile networks; including enhanced coverage, improved network performance and even support for mission critical networks. To address the coverage and resilience requirements mobile network operators are increasingly studying, or in some cases implementing, an integrated terrestrial and space based transmission network for cell site backhaul. This talk will review the actual implementation of such techniques on the EE mobile network and additionally, review the latest developments in 3GPP non terrestrial networks and how this will enable truly heterogenous networks.

16:30

Getting Above the Noise in Micropower Networks in Shared Access Spectrum - Steve Clarke, Wyld Networks Ltd

Hybrid networks promise the world - combining terrestrial networks and utilising satellite for the uncovered 85% of the Earth's surface. But that 85% is remote - little infrastructure, no power, difficult access. Many applications, such as smart agriculture, maritime, resource and remote asset monitoring are cost-sensitive and demand ultra-low power. This presentation will discuss the implementation using shared access spectrum, covering some of the challenges and solutions to implement a hybrid network in the ISM bands - from power usage, overcoming interference and antenna design through to roaming, quality of service and the capability gap between terrestrial and satellite communications.

16:50

Terrestrial Meets Non-Terrestrial Networks – A Real-World Example - Ben Allen, OneWeb

OneWeb has over 400 satellites launched into a LEO constellation, with more to come. Our network is serving customers that have never been connected before, making an exciting time for telecommunications as satellite communications begin to truly compliment terrestrial networks. This is brought about by global low latency coverage provided by our constellation of high-capacity satellites and complimentary ground network. This talk introduces the OneWeb network serving a variety of terrestrial and non-terrestrial use cases; it identifies several key drivers for “beyond 5G” non-terrestrial networks and describes two supporting R&D activities.

17:10

Q&A For All Speakers

17:25

Closing Remarks - Mark Rayner, CW

17:30

Event Close

Speakers

Ben Allen - Director, System Modelling, OneWeb

Professor Ben Allen is Director of System Modelling with OneWeb and Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. His career has spanned academia and industry, including as a Royal Society Industry Fellow with the University of Oxford and Network Rail. He has led numerous R&D activities relating to satellite communications as well as telecoms for railways, several of which exhibited state-of-the-art advances. Over the years he has published numerous papers and several books on radio and telecommunications research developments. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, and the Higher Education Academy.

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli - CEO & Founder, Farmer Charlie

Betty is CEO and Founder of Farmer Charlie, an information gateway to farmers around the world. www.farmer-charlie.com is a spin-off of www.AB5Consulting.com, delivering innovative solutions in telecoms, tech, energy, space and satellite. An award-winning Fellow and Chartered engineer, Betty is recipient of a British MBE. She uses her experience and skills in telecoms, tech and innovation, business and strategy to lead Farmer Charlie’s team towards connecting remote farmers around the world, bringing a complete system of data analytics, local weather and IoT system, using satellite technologies and solar power. She holds two Masters’ in Science in aeronautical and space engineering (including telecoms), and a MBA. Betty is a certified project manager. Betty is also engaged in society; she is a school governor and participates regularly to school fairs and events to promote engineering with boys and girls.

Julie Bradford - Managing Consultant in Wireless Techno-Economics, 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. 

Henry Chor - A2G Solution Lead, Nokia

Henry Chor is the A2G solution lead inside Nokia. With over 20 years of experience in Telecommunications network design and technical consultancy. Henry has been instrumental in many private wireless projects: From advocating the LTE train-to-ground vision, advising the A2G network architecture for the pan-European operation, to turning the first LTE public safety air-to-ground solution from inception into realization.

Steve Clarke - CTO, Wyld Networks Ltd

Previously a senior BBC engineer and lecturer at Salford University, Steve has many years of experience in software and electronics, from RF telemetry and low-power radio bridges to the multi award-winning Tag McLaren AV processors, EPOS & smart energy meters. Steve founded two IoT companies and led the development team of ACIS (now Vix Technology), growing them to become the UK’s largest bus telematics company.

Fabrizio De Paolis - 5G/6G Implementation Manager, European Space Agency

Fabrizio De Paolis received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the PhD in Applied Electromagnetics from “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy. He started his career in the space industry, where he was involved in the modelling and design of RF equipment and subsystems for space applications. He was also the technical lead of commercial satellite programs for worldwide prime contractors. Since 2009, he has been with the European Space Agency across various sites, where he was initially supporting industrial and R&D activities related to RF equipment and technologies. He was later responsible for the initiation, negotiation and control of large and high-risk development contracts in the areas of ground/user segment RF and antennas. He is currently an Implementation Manager in the 5G/6G Strategic Program Line, covering the strategy, coordination and implementation of development programmes involving converged satellite and terrestrial 5G/6G networks, with a high degree of innovation, in terms of technologies, services and business models.

Steve Gibson - Managing Director, AST SpaceMobile

Steve brings extensive experience in the space industry and contract management. Most recently, at Lockheed Martin’s largest UK facility, he was responsible for all business development for space activities, leading many international space program pursuits from the UK.

Prior, he held various roles across Europe in the space division of the Airbus Group, including at their subsidiary, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL). While there, he earned the inaugural business excellence award for his innovative commercial work on the Chinese DMC3 program.

He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has been a member of the UK Space Agency Space Science Programme Advisory Committee. Steve was also the vice chairman of the Space Science and Exploration Committee for the UK Space Trade association.

Steve holds an MBA from The Open University and a BA in business studies from Coventry University and is currently an honorary visiting professor at the University of Leicester in the Physics and Astronomy Department.

Sriram Jayasimha - Chief Scientist, Commercial Applications, AST SpaceMobile

Sriram brings a 30-year successful track record of IP creation and product design for the global telecommunications markets. He has authored 42 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications in an array of digital-signal-processing applications, including: mobility, satellite communications, modem, VLSI and instrumentation signal processing.

A named inventor on 21 U.S. and European patents, Sriram was a fellow of the Center of Advanced Engineering Study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned his B.Tech and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Maria Kalama - CEO, biotIP

Visionary business leader, with a 20 year career in the space sector, which remains a key passion. Former Business Development Director of Lacuna Space, a satellite Internet of Things service provider. Currently CEO of a biosensor start-up bringing the customer perspective into this event. 

Maria Lema - Co-Founder, Weaver Labs

Maria is a PhD in Telecoms, Co-Founder of Weaver Labs, a Tech Start-up innovating in the telecoms industry, and ambassador of Wagora, a Women in Tech society. She led the 5GUK Testbeds and Trials project at King's College London, and was responsible for all Technical Operations in the 5G Lab. She led teams working on connectivity solutions to real-life business problems: from transmitting the sense of touch to doctors while teleoperating, to connecting different musicians around the world to give the audience a different concert experience. Currently, she's a founder at Weaver Labs, where she leads all strategic activities that involve, business model definition, marketing our products, looking for partners and clients, defining areas of the market where Weaver Labs product Cell-Stack can grow and make an impact.

Derek Long - Head of Telecommunications, 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.

Anthony Magee - Senior Director, Global Business Development, ADVA

Anthony Magee 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.

Andy Marr - Director for Future Networks, CGI

Andy leads CGI’s 5G programmes in Space and Defence. His team have delivered the European Space Agency’s 5G/6G Hub, showcasing how space can enable future generations of telecommunications and connected applications, CGI’s Carnot-Sat hybrid networks planning tool, and their hybrid networks Management and Orchestration toolset, underpinned by CGI’s 5G Accelerator facility in Leatherhead.

Andy has 15 years’ experience working in the Space industry, delivering critical solutions for customers including OneWeb, SES, Inmarsat and AST SpaceMobile.

Paul Morris - VP RF and Communications Business Unit, EnSilica

Paul has 30 years’ experience working on various wireless and semi-conductor systems most recently promoting semiconductors for Ka-band beamformers for satellite connectivity and growing EnSilica’s business. He gained his semiconductor experience from CSR’s early days through to its trade sale to Qualcomm where he was Senior Director, Technology covering a range of mobile, security, wireless audio and automotive products. He enjoys growing international technology businesses and has lived and worked in France and China. Paul is active in various Cambridge local networks including CW and Cambridge Network and has acted in advisory roles for start-ups.

Mike Page - Fellow Engineer, Radio Design

Mike is a Fellow Engineer at Radio Design specialising in RF systems, working closely with operators to develop optimal site design solutions. He has 30 years of experience in the cellular industry gained at Nortel, Ericsson, Filtronic and Radio Design. Mike holds BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees in Telecommunications from the University of Hull and an OU MBA.

Joey Pan - Director of Industry and Public Affairs, London, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Joey Pan is Huawei’s Director of Industry and Public Affairs. In this role he is responsible for developing partnerships with academic, technical and business organisations in the UK to promote joint innovation and sustainable growth in the ICT sector. Joey is also a Board Director of techUK.

Over the past 15 years, Joey has held different positions within Huawei, both in China, Africa and Europe. Prior to this he was Vice President of Global Government Affairs in charge of relationships with key international organizations.

Luc Perard - Senior Vice President of IoT Business, Eutelsat SA

Luc Perard has 20 years of continuous experience in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, during which he has driven global strategy, sales and business development at Siemens, Jasper, Vodafone, Accenture, PTC and now Eutelsat, one of the world's leading commercial satellite operators. Mr. Perard currently serves as Eutelsat's Senior Vice President of IoT Business. In this role, Mr. Perard defines and executes the company's IoT commercial and go-to-market strategies globally. He leads the IoT business development activities and forges key partnerships with the most prestigious IoT solution providers and network operators across the world. Mr. Perard has studied at Harvard Business School in Boston, MA, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Grenoble Institute of Technology in France.

Jaime Reed - Vice President, Space Data Platforms and Applications, CGI

Jaime loves working with clients to invent the Space services of the future. He leads Space Data Platforms and Applications team in the UK for CGI, the largest IT and business consulting company in the space sector. Using SatCom and Remote Sensing technologies his team work on topics like smart cities, connected transport, AI, 5G, geospatial applications and HAPS. Jaime has spent 20 years in the space industry as a systems engineer and project manager working on some of the most complex ground, satellite and software systems for clients like the European Space Agency and NASA. Jaime has a Doctorate in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics and is a Chartered Engineer.

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, BT

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.

Ian Wassell - Senior Lecturer, Digital Technology Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Dr Ian Wassell joined the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory as a Senior Lecturer in January 2006. Prior to this, he was with the Department of Engineering for six years. He received the PhD degree from the University of Southampton in 1990 and the BSc., BEng. (Honours) Degrees (First Class) from the University of Loughborough in 1983. He has in excess of 25 years experience in radio communication systems gained via positions in industry and academia and has published more than 200 papers. His research interests include broadband wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, radio propagation, coding, communication signal processing, compressive sampling, and image processing and classification.

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