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Evolution or revolution? How will the 5G core network/networks be built and operated?

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

The mobile community envisages that 5G will include a virtualised core network. But moving to a new core network is always challenging for operators, with many legacy services and systems that need migration and a risk of network instability and outage. Places are limited, early booking advisable.

About the event

University network partners have already developed virtualised core networks, often based on open source software. Might this be the basis for an approach to migration or is something different required? Will operators work with their chosen core network vendor, or is there a function for some sort of national-level testbed? Is there a need for an experimental core that innovators can work with when exploring novel forms of implementing core functions or new concepts that link into the core? More fundamentally, how important is it that the core is migrated quickly - can the benefits of 5G be delivered on existing cores?

This event will explore the most likely route to arrive at a next generation core. What role do Mobile Operators, Universities and the Government have to play?

We are grateful to Huawei Technologies for sponsoring this event.

Full agenda to follow shortly. 

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Sponsored by Huawei Technologies (UK)

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by a commitment to sound operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud technology and services. Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. With 180,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World. www.huawei.com/uk

Supported by IET RF and Microwave Professional Network

The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. It offers a range of services and resources to the engineering community. The RF and Microwave Technical Professional Network is made up of volunteers and is the go-to place for the community to keep up to date with latest developments and insights as well as connecting other professionals. The network covers radio frequency, microwave and millimetre-wave science, engineering and technology.

Agenda

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09:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

10:00

Welcome

Robert Driver, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

10:10

Welcome from event sponsor

Justin Paul, Marketing Director - NFV and SDN, Huawei Technologies

10:20

Mobile network operator (MNO) perspective

Session chaired by, Simon Fletcher, Chief Technical Officer, Real Wireless

Philip Bridge, Principal Network Architect, BT

To realise true 5G services the 5G core has to be based on Cloud concepts. The magnitude of the change this implies is starting to become apparent. Great opportunities beckon, but they are accompanied by huge challenges on a number of fronts. This short talk attempts to set out the landscape that MNOs will have to navigate in the coming years.

10:40

Panel session/discussion

Session chaired by, Simon Fletcher, Chief Technical Officer, Real Wireless

Philip Bridge, Principal Network Architect, BT

Mike Eales, Head of Network Services Strategy and Architecture, Three UK

10:55

Audience Q&A

11:00

Emerging Business Models and Future Trends’

Professor Mischa Dohler, Professor in Wireless Communications, King’s College London

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Professor of High Performance Networks, University of Bristol

Alan Carlton, Managing Director & VP, InterDigital Europe

Core networks have been developed for test bed and trials of 5G. What are their implications at scale? This talk will cover unlicensed spectrum; neutral hosting; white box opportunities; open source; network automation/intelligence and cross-tech/vendor/domain orchestration.

11:30

Panel session/discussion

11:45

Audience Q&A

11:50

An Equipment provider’s perspective

Session chaired by Steven Hartley, Senior Analyst, Western European Market Insight, Huawei Technologies

Davide Astuti, Head of Packet Core Solution Planning, Cloud Core Network Product Management, Huawei Technologies

How equipment providers are enabling 5G evolution. Why do we need 5G? What are the new use cases that 5G enables? How vendors will ensure a smooth transition from legacy 4G Core to 5G Core.

12:10

Panel session/discussion

Session chaired by Steven Hartley, Senior Analyst, Western European Market Insight, Huawei Technologies

Alessandro Bovone, UK&I Customers Chief Solution Architect, Nokia

12:25

Audience Q&A

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Bringing the strands together: concluding workshop session

Chair: Simon Fletcher, Chief Technical Officer, Real Wireless

An opportunity for the audience to give their feedback and impressions of the discussions thus far.

14:30

Close

Speakers

Davide Astuti - Head of Packet Core Solution Planning, Cloud Core Network Product Management, Huawei Technologies (UK)

Davide has over 15 years’ experience in the mobile communications field, including roles in strategic product management, sales & marketing operations and telecom network consulting. He joined Huawei in 2008, where he is currently responsible for global product strategy definition and cloud core network products planning processes (PS/EPC) - encompassing customer engagement and strategic requirements management to ensure product competitiveness. He has accumulated broad experience in multiple telecom domains during his work for several telecom operators and vendors. He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering - Telecommunications from the University of Catania, Italy. For more information please visit www.huawei.com

Philip Bridge - Principal Network Architect, EE

Phil Bridge has spent over three decades in the telecommunications and networking industries. He has worked in research labs, academia, start-ups, equipment vendors and service providers, in the UK and Switzerland, in technical, marketing and management roles. From 2002 he worked at Orange as a network designer and architect, and continues that role at EE since it was formed from the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. Currently he is concerned with the technical strategy for mobile data in general, and the evolution of the architecture of the mobile data core network in particular.

Alan Carlton - Vice President, InterDigital Europe

Alan Carlton is Vice President, InterDigital and Head of InterDigital International Labs Organization spanning Europe and Asia. In these regions Alan is responsible for R&D activities in the areas of 5G and IoT. Alan has led his organization to over a dozen major collaborative project wins. He founded and currently leads the oneTRANSPORT initiative, one of the largest Smart City projects in the UK. In the area of 5G Alan’s research interests include next generation internet and advanced applications of NFV/SDN technologies. Alan has over 25 years wireless industry experience spanning every generation of wireless. Prior to InterDigital, he held senior positions at Nortel, Siemens and several wireless startups both in Europe and United States. Alan is an EEE graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and also holds a MSc. in Communications & Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. Alan holds many patents covering a diverse range of wireless technology areas. He is a regular invited speaker at wireless industry events and is also author of a wireless futures blog for Computerworld.

Mischa Dohler - Professor, King's College London

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 200 highly-cited publications, and authored several books. He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, former Minister David Willetts’ 8 Great Technology Fund, UK Regulator Ofcom, UK Ministries, No 10, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, Tech London Advocate, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups. He is also an entrepreneur; composer & pianist with 5 albums on iTunes and an artist-verified Spotify account; as well as fluent in 6 languages. He has talked twice at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio, and his contributions have featured on the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

Mike Eales - Head of Network Services Strategy and Architecture, Hutchison 3G UK

Mike has 25 years experience in the Telecoms and Media industries performing technical roles in Network/IT design, architecture and strategy. He joined Three in 2010, where he is currently responsible for network services strategy and end to end network architecture, core network and OSS architecture and is Chief Architect for Three UK’s ongoing core network telco cloud transformation programme. Prior to Three Mike worked at Sky, Three, Orange and Vodafone in the UK in various network and IT roles. Mike has seen and worked in the evolution of the UK Mobile industry through every G - TACS, GSM, 3G, 4G and now 5G. For more information please visit www.three.co.uk

Simon Fletcher - CTO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical and technical strategy responsibility across the company. He has chaired various conference committees including the Cambridge Wireless Annual International Conference and is recognised as a regular speaker at industry events. He is a Small Cell SIG Champion. His long-standing association with the UK innovation eco-system through roles such as Director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of practical knowledge on open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon spent the past 20 years working in telecoms infrastructure systems and product development. In NEC Corporation he played a key role in the formation of Joint Ventures for development of 3G and 4G products and established a core team that developed the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI). In recent times he has directed projects on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and then directing Real Wireless engagement in H2020 5G-NORMA, 5G-MoNArch and the 2016 NIC study on Future Comms infrastructure brings great foresight on a range of architectural evolutions underway in 5G architectures.

Steven Hartley - Senior Analyst - WEU Market Insight, Huawei Technologies (UK)

Steven is a Senior Analyst in Huawei's Western European Carrier Business Group Market Insight team. Working across Western Europe, he is responsible for providing insight and analysis of market and technology trends to Huawei's marketing and sales teams. The role seeks to identify how Huawei can help its major telco clients to optimise their business performance covering topics such as carrier business service opportunities in Western Europe; EU content regulation and The EU's Digital Single Market Initiative. Steven regularly attends events, such as the Mobile World Congress, Broadband World Forum and Huawei's Global Mobile Broadband Forum, providing analysis of the key themes and the implications for Huawei.

Justin Paul - ‎Marketing Director - NFV and SDN, Huawei Technologies (UK)

Justin Paul works at Huawei Technologies, in the Western European Marketing team. He has worked in telecommunications for 20 years in product marketing and product management roles for leading telecommunication companies specializing in bringing new technologies to market. At Huawei he is part of the emerging technologies marketing team focusing on NFV/SDN and IoT. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked for Amdocs as Head of NFV and OSS Marketing; as an independent consultant to the Scottish Government; Airwave, the UK Public Safety Network Operator (TETRA) as Head of Product Marketing; Alcatel-Lucent as Head of Segment Marketing and Nokia as System Marketing Manager for the early GPRS and 3G data networks.

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, http://www.zeetta.com, 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 (www.bristolisopen.com). Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar

SIG Champions

Philip Bridge - Principal Network Architect, EE

Phil Bridge has spent over three decades in the telecommunications and networking industries. He has worked in research labs, academia, start-ups, equipment vendors and service providers, in the UK and Switzerland, in technical, marketing and management roles. From 2002 he worked at Orange as a network designer and architect, and continues that role at EE since it was formed from the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. Currently he is concerned with the technical strategy for mobile data in general, and the evolution of the architecture of the mobile data core network in particular.

Mark England - Associate Director, Cambridge Consultants

Mark England has spent three decades architecting, designing, and implementing a wide variety of wired and wireless communications products, services, systems and protocols; from short range point to point systems to those which operate on a global scale. Mark joined Cambridge Consultants in 2000, and for the past 17 years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients.

Justin Paul - ‎Marketing Director - NFV and SDN, Huawei Technologies (UK)

Justin Paul works at Huawei Technologies, in the Western European Marketing team. He has worked in telecommunications for 20 years in product marketing and product management roles for leading telecommunication companies specializing in bringing new technologies to market. At Huawei he is part of the emerging technologies marketing team focusing on NFV/SDN and IoT. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked for Amdocs as Head of NFV and OSS Marketing; as an independent consultant to the Scottish Government; Airwave, the UK Public Safety Network Operator (TETRA) as Head of Product Marketing; Alcatel-Lucent as Head of Segment Marketing and Nokia as System Marketing Manager for the early GPRS and 3G data networks.

Dirk Trossen - Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe

Dr. Dirk Trossen is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital Europe, the European branch of InterDigital Inc. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in network architectures, services and wireless technology. He is currently leading the 5G networking efforts in the International Labs of InterDigital in London. He is currently technical leading the European efforts FLAME, POINT and RIFE, developing novel service routing solutions for upcoming 5G networks. Prior to joining InterDigital, Dirk was co-founder of TecVis LP, a UK-based software solution company in the mobile, context-aware solution space and he held prior positions as a Senior Researcher with Cambridge University, Chief Researcher with BT Research and as a Senior Principal Scientist at Nokia Research. He is also a research affiliate with the Advanced Network Architecture group at MIT CSAIL. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences and journals and has currently more than 35 international patents.

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