About the event

CW TEC 2019 is a day designed specifically for engineers. With 5G moving from theory into practice, this one day event will explore in intimate detail the new technologies that are transforming the mobile network.

Take for example spectrum. Frequencies that had been considered worthless are now underpinning 5G deployments with the help of some clever engineering - and massive MIMO. Massive MIMO is not massive at all, but can bring enormous benefit when it comes to increasing capacity and improving coverage. Unsurprisingly it’s referred to in some circles as the magic MIMO. What role is massive MIMO going to play in the future - and how massive can the operators go?

Elsewhere in the access network, satellites have long been used for providing emergency communications, broadband in hard to reach areas and as backhaul for cellular networks. However, the long round trip time of signals for medium earth orbit (MEOs) and geostationary orbit (GEOs) satellites have prevented them from moving outside of this niche. With many low earth orbit (LEO) mega constellations emerging, satellites are now a potential mass enabler of 5G, standards permitting. But what contributions from satellites can we realistically expect?

At CW TEC 2019, we will focus on new 5G technologies that are changing the industry today, the consequences of which will reverberate long into the future. With a particular focus on the engineering challenges of 5G access networks and last mile connectivity – including delivering on latency targets, or providing coverage to rural areas - the agenda will give delegates access to the opinions and experience of prominent subject matter experts from across the telecommunications industry.

The annual CW TEC provides a vibrant and dynamic form for harnessing knowledge, driving lively debate and networking at a senior level. It offers a more low-level, 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.

This year's CW TEC will be on the 26 September at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

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Sponsored by CGI

We're a leading provider of IT and business consulting services with 90,000 consultants and professionals across 400 offices worldwide.

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Sponsored by Sitetracker

Our Mission: Power the successful deployment of critical infrastructure.

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Sponsored by Chronos Technology

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Sponsored by InterDigital Europe

InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies.

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Hosted by Digital Technology Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

We are an academic department within the University of Cambridge.

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Exhibitor: TestEquity

MCS are a leading supplier of EMC & Wireless test equipment

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Exhibitor: Anritsu

Anritsu provides a spectrum of products designed to support all of the major global standards

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Supported by UK5G

The national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK.

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Supported by 3G4G

3G4G is a Mobile Telecoms Advisory and Consultancy focussing on Technology, Strategy, Analysis and Consulting.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Breakfast briefing - Massive MIMO: The key to unlocking 5G user experiences; Emiliano Mezzarobba, Senior RF Systems Consultant, Cambridge Consultants

In this Breakfast Briefing, Emiliano will explore the role of Massive MIMO in 5G networks and explain how the technology has the potential to enhance connectivity with higher speeds and improved user experiences


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


Welcome from our host The Computer Labs; Dr Ian Wassell, Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory


A word from our Platinum sponsor; One year on and our thoughts for the year ahead; Guy Matthews, Director of Emerging Technology, CGI


Scene setting and introduction to the day; Zahid Ghadialy, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA


What has Massive MIMO ever done for us? Chaired by Julie Bradford, Managing Consultant, Real Wireless

Clearly 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 and boosted by Tom Marzetta’s article titled “Noncooperative Cellular Wireless with Unlimited Numbers of Base Station Antennas” has set high expectations for this emergent technology, so much so the term Magic MIMO has been coined. However, how significant is it into today’s early 5G rollout and what can we expect over the coming years? Are there still further enhancements we should expect to see?


Sync Architectures for 5G NR; Chris Farrow, Technical Manager, Chronos Technology

This talk will look at how the challenges caused by the revolutionary changes in network architectures since the first mobile networks have been overcome to deliver precise time & timing for 5G


Three UK’s RAN transformation: Spectrum, RAN architecture strategy, Why? Dr Erol Hepsaydir, Head of RAN and Devices Strategy and Architecture, Three UK

Three has started to transform its network to deploy 5G efficiently. In this talk access network transformation will be presented.


Active antenna systems in RAN: performance, challenges and evolution; Anvar Tukmanov. Wireless Research Manager, BT

We will look into what Massive MIMO systems are in practice, capacity potential they bring, as well as discuss what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.


Q&A for all speakers


Refreshments and networking


Non-Terrestrial & Hybrid Networks. Chaired by Andrew Palmer, Consulting Director, CGI

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


Opportunities for blending terrestrial and satellite technologies; Dr Jaime Reed, Director Consulting Services, CGI

As satellites become more capable and affordable, they offer the prospect to create new service propositions and capabilities for ubiquitous connectivity. This talk will discuss some of the opportunities and the challenges to be overcome.


Non-terrestrial Networks: Standardization in 5G NR; Dr Yinan Qi, Senior 5G Researcher, Samsung R&D Institute UK

Description of the development and standardization of NTN in 5G NR


Satellites and 5G: A satellite operator’s perspective; Simon Watts, Principal Consultant, Avanti Communications

Avanti’s experience in 3G / 4G and its work in supporting satcom in 5G. An industry vision of satellite integration in to 5G and what may happen.


Q&A for all speakers


Lunch and networking


5G: A Catalyst for Network Transformation. Chaired by Iris Barcia, COO, Keima

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, etc. How are networks evolving to accommodate these deep changes? What other changes will be required in the network to support the growth until the next new generation arrives?


An Introduction to Open RAN Concept

This talk will explain the concept of Open RAN and will look at some of the organisations and industry bodies looking at standardizing the interfaces and approaches.


Powering the successful deployment of 5G infrastructure; David George, Vice President of EMEA and APAC, Sitetracker

This talk will highlight the most common challenges faced by the telecom industry when deploying 5G critical infrastructure. The volume of projects and assets that are going to be deployed in the coming years is growing faster than ever before. Telecom companies must invest in operations to ensure productivity and project completions in a landscape where the alignment between tools and processes become a real competitive advantage.


The 5G transformation: no sweet without sweat; Antonella Faniuolo, Head of Network Strategy, Planning, Digital & Optimisation, Vodafone

In order to realise the full potential of 5G, a profound transformation is required by the whole ecosystem and in particular by mobile network operators at all levels from architecture to processes, from business models to skills and culture.


Q&A for all speakers


Refreshments and networking


Getting ready for Beyond-5G Era. Chaired by Peter Love, 5G Densification Architect, Nokia

Many technologies like Full duplex, etc. that were originally intended to be part of 5G were not able to make it into the standards. Along with these, what other revolutionary changes are needed to make Beyond-5G technologies not only fulfil the vision, ambition and use-cases that were originally envisaged for 5G but to take it a step further and make it a game changer.


Thinking Beyond 5G: Projects and Initiatives; Alan Carlton, Vice President, InterDigital Europe

In this talk Alan will discuss the growing industry and academic initiatives in the area of Beyond 5G. He will discuss what use cases and drivers are shaping this next step for our industry. Alan will also provide some case studies on the various projects InterDigital is involved in this space.


5G Evolution: Progressive enhancement and new features for new markets; Matthew Baker, Head of Radio Physical Layer and Coexistence Standardization, Nokia

5G not only offers unprecedented performance in its first release, but also provides scope for extensive enhancements in a backward-compatible manner in subsequent releases over the coming years. An overview of the first sets of new features will be given, covering both enhancements of the initial features and the introduction of new capabilities to bring the benefits of 5G to an ever-wider ecosystem including Industrial IoT and non-terrestrial networks.


Why 6G’s design goals need far more than just radio & core innovation; Dean Bubley, Analyst & Futurist, Disruptive Analysis

We are already thinking about 6G, despite 5G being only in its earliest stages of deployment. But we need to think about the world as it will be in 2030, with technology no longer able to exist in silos. 6G should factor in energy & climate-change, AI & a much broader landscape of stakeholders, from the start.


Q&A for all speakers


Closing remarks


Drinks Reception


Event close


Matthew Baker - Head of Radio Physical Layer and Coexistence Standardisation, Nokia

Matthew Baker is Head of Radio Physical Layer and Co-Existence Standardisation at Nokia, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He was Chairman of 3GPP TSG RAN Working Group 1 from 2009 – 2013, and Vice-Chairman of the same group from 2013 – 2017. He has actively contributed to the standardization of UMTS/HSPA, LTE and 5G in 3GPP. Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) in 2009, he worked at Philips for 12 years, where he conducted research into a variety of wireless communication systems and techniques, including propagation modelling, DECT, Hiperlan and UMTS, as well as leading the Philips 3GPP RAN standardization team. He holds degrees in Engineering and Electrical and Information Sciences from the University of Cambridge. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading, UK. He is co-editor of “LTE – The UMTS Long Term Evolution: From Theory to Practice” (Wiley, Second Edition 2012), has authored many papers and holds numerous patents in the field of mobile communications.

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).

Julie Bradford - Head of techno-economic analysis, 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 been working with city councils around their wireless strategy and related Green Book outline business case development. She also 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. In addition to working at Real Wireless, Julie is a CW board member and champion for the CW Virtual Networks Special Interest Group (SIG).

Dean Bubley - Director, Mobile Technology & Futurism Analyst / Consultant, Disruptive Analysis

Dean Bubley (@disruptivedean) is the founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm based in London. An outspoken analyst & futurist with over 25 years’ experience, he specialises in wireless / telecoms fields, with an eye on the broader technological, governmental and societal contexts. He is one of the leading market observers and forecasters covering 5G/6G, Wi-Fi, FTTX, edge/cloud compute, enterprise private networks, IoT, and policy issues including spectrum, competition and broadband wholesale. He is known as a contrarian and visionary, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. Speaking at over 30 conferences and other events per year, and quoted by publications such as The Economist, FT & Wall Street Journal, he is an authority and provocateur. He regularly appears in technology industry videos, podcasts and blogs. Mr Bubley was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications stocks, with the UK arm of investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business, managed the Internet & Networking area and custom consulting operations, with roles of Chief Analyst & Director of Consulting. He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.

Antonella Faniuolo - Head of Network Strategic Planning, Vodafone

Antonella Faniuolo joined Vodafone UK in 2019 as Head of Network Strategy and Digital Transformation and since August 2021 she is leading the Network Planning, Demand, Delivery and Transformation for Europe.

Before Vodafone, Antonella was working for Ofcom, the UK telecom regulator, where she led several projects including 5G, Internet of Things, data strategy and reporting on the status of fixed and mobile infrastructures in the UK. Prior to that, she held several strategic, technical, and commercial roles for major network infrastructure vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia), where she was responsible for wireless market analysis and business strategy with a focus on deployment strategies for new technologies.

Antonella is the author of several patents in the field of wireless cellular technologies. She has a Laurea degree in Telecommunications Engineering (2002) from the University of Bologna, a master’s degree in Radiocommunications Engineering (2003) from Alma Graduate School in Bologna, and an MBA (2011) from Oxford Brookes University.

Christian Farrow - Technical Services Manager, Chronos Technology

Chris has been ‘in sync’ since the mid-1990s when he was involved in significant upgrades with the UK’s major telecom operators as they rolled out SDH and their first dedicated Sync Networks.  At Chronos Chris is responsible for professional services focused on the sync product area including delivery of the Synchronisation MasterClass, Sync Audits, network planning consultancy and acts as a system architect for product development.  Chris has extensive practical knowledge of precise time & timing generation and distribution systems from atomic clocks to GNSS and networked distribution technologies. Chris is an active member of standards groups focused on sync & timing including the  ITU (SG15/Q13). Chris joined Chronos from Marconi’s UK Technical Assistance Centre where he was a sync product specialist and emergency support engineer for the entire product portfolio – from PSTN to optical & packet.

David George - Vice President of EMEA and APAC, Sitetracker

David George is the Vice President of EMEA and APAC for Sitetracker, leading the charge toward operational excellence for critical infrastructure companies. David holds a bachelors degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Before joining Sitetracker, David George served as the General Manager of Real Estate and Workplace Solution at California-based, Trimble. Prior to that, George led  APAC Mobile Solutions division. He also spent several years at Ericsson where he was responsible for key commercial relationships for global accounts such as Vodafone and France Telecom.

Zahid Ghadialy - Principal Analyst & Consultant, 3G4G

Zahid is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. With over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry in various roles, he has been an evangelist for mobile and wireless technologies. Over the years he has accumulated a vast following on his blogs and social networks with simple explainer posts and videos.

His 3G4G blogs are widely read where he looks at different aspects of mobile technology and especially 5G and 6G nowadays, including the architecture, deployments, use cases, applications, etc. His YouTube channel is also very popular where he explains many new features expected as part of 5G in the future. While his style and content is unique, he also references many industry publications and provides slides that are very useful to view online.

He is also very active on Twitter under his @3G4GUK brand helping disseminate the benefits of 5G and why 5G will be needed in the long run. He covers a very wide portfolio of 5G related information that is hard to find otherwise.

Until recently, Zahid was a Senior Director looking at Technology & Innovation Strategy in Parallel Wireless. As a brand ambassador, he represented the company in various Open RAN discussions and also created tutorials on Open RAN and O-RAN which are being used as reference for new starters on the topic.

Peter Love - Techno/economic business consultant & programme manager, Independent

I am an experienced leader of diverse sales teams and a trusted advisor for Cx0/CxO-1 leaders. Educated with Six Sigma Yellow Belt, ITIL v3, and with a PMP certification, my skillset lies in my ability to excel in global project delivery, demystify complexities, and handle challenges with tenacity and good humour. I am committed to fostering industry dialogue and have chaired telecoms forums and acted as Special Interest Group champion to drive collaboration and impact. My career has spanned global strategy, operational development, geographic management, and consumer electronics, maintaining an 80:20 balance between sales and operations

Guy Matthews

Guy has over two decades in roles focused on data as an organisational asset and its exploitation. Guy’s background is one of leading UK and global data and analytics programmes working for a wide variety of organisations across a number of vertical markets such as John Lewis, GE Capital, Orange, LexisNexis, BOC and the NHS. At CGI as Director of Emerging Technology, Guy is helping lead developments in 5G, connected communities/smart cities and immersive technology. One of Guy’s current areas of focus at CGI is the development and modelling of clusters of 5G use cases and how these can underpin economically sustainable 5G implementation programmes at city scale. Guy frequently speaks at industry events, covering 5G, smart cities, immersive technology and advanced analytics/AI in recent months and provides media commentary on industry topics ranging from 5G at a general level through to specific areas such as 5G enabled smart roads.

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 33 years of experience in IT, Telecoms and TV and Media, having worked in various roles for IBM, AT&T, Ericsson, Motorola and Arris. Andrew's present role is to leverage existing CGI capabilities that match the needs of our clients in the Space, Defence and Intelligence sectors, as well as building new capabilities that will support the emerging and changing needs of our client base. Andrew has proven experience in developing and delivering complex SI and Services solutions that meet both business and technology needs.

Andrew has co-authored "UK Telecoms For Dummies", an essential guide to the complicated UK Telecoms sector as well as articles for publications such as the Cambridge Wireless Journal including "How do we build the new world of 5g?". He frequently speaks at conferences and provides media commentary on industry topics like 5G, IoT and Smart Cities, as well as being a member of the techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

Yinan Qi - Senior 5G Researcher, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK

Dr. Yinan Qi received Ph.D degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Surrey. He is currently a senior 5G researcher in Samsung R&D Institute UK. His main research interests include massive MIMO, cooperative communication systems, green communications and non-terrestrial networks.

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.

Anvar Tukmanov - Head of Wireless Research, BT

Anvar has been with BT Labs at Adastral Park since 2013 where he is involved in air interface R&D focussing on systems aspects of LTE and NR covering both deployment and evolution timeframes. Until 2016 he contributed to LTE femtocell activities, and is currently leading active antenna systems research. Anvar represents BT at 3GPP RAN1 working group, where he has contributed to standardisation of 5G. Anvar holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Simon Watts - Principal Consultant, Avanti Communications

Simon has worked in telecoms since graduating in 1981, most of his experience gained within the satcom sector. He has extensive experience of satcom, and network design having overseen deployment of major satellite and hybrid networks for BT and Hughes.

Since 2012 Simon has worked at Avanti on ESA, UK, and EC funded projects. He has brought wide industry experience to deliver technical and commercial direction.  These have covered the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks, 5G (and 6G) NTN concepts and standards, modem/antenna design, cellular and Wi-Fi backhaul; plus network design for African incubator service projects.

Simon has worked on multiple technical papers whilst at Avanti and is part of the UKTIN NTN EWG. 

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