RAN architecture evolution towards the 6G vision

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

Join us for an update on the ongoing evolution of RAN architectures including the “vision” for 6G architectures; why 6G is required (from an architectural perspective); virtualisation underpinning this future direction and how we get to the 6G vision.

About the event

This event will present an update on the vision for 6G RAN architectures from industry thought leaders in this space. Within this, we are keen to explore the ever growing role of virtualisation in mobile network architectures and how much of an underpinning technology virtualisation is likely to be in the journey to the 6G vision.

This event begin with an update from the mobile equipment vendor community on the latest vision for 6G architectures and the role of virtualisation within these. We will then hear from the mobile service and infrastructure provider communities on how close to this vision today’s mobile networks are and key steps we can take in networks today to make sure we have the right building blocks in place to facilitate future transitions.

Key questions that we aim to explore include:

  • What is the latest “vision” for 6G architectures and why is 6G needed?
  • How crucial is virtualisation to this future direction?
  • How do we get to the 6G vision?
    • What can we do in networks today to facilitate future transitions?
    • How do we orchestrate these flexible, microservice based networks?
    • What does the new ecosystem for network services look like and cost?

This event is taking place in the historic setting of Sydney Sussex College, University of Cambridge and will provide delegates with ample opportunities to network with fellow attendees to explore the themes of this event.

Following this event all delegates are invited to join the CW Founders' Dinner drinks reception, which is being held in the same location. The Founders' Dinner is an invitation-only event and offers business networking opportunities for Founder member organisations within the CW network.

Employees of CW member organisations can attend this event for free. You will need to be logged into your CW account to access your free ticket – log in (or reset your password here)

Tickets for non-members are £50 plus VAT. CW membership may be more cost effective for your organisation than fully priced tickets – find out more about CW membership benefits.

Sponsorship: We have limited sponsorship and display table opportunities available for these popular events so if you are interested in maximising your organisation’s profile, please contact sponsorship@cambridgewireless.co.uk for further information.

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SIG Champions

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).

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.

Paul Rhodes - CEO, Evolved Networks

Paul has a B Eng in Communications Engineering from University of Hull and worked in the wireless industry internationally for over 30 years.  At Evolved Networks he is responsible for RAN and Open vRAN Public and Private network architecture, strategy. He has deployed 4G and 5G small cell networks in both classical architecture and as dark-fibre disaggregated RAN networks and is currently refining the technical and cost implications of centralised classic and virtualised networks.  During his career Paul has worked in Telco Vendors and Infrastructure Providers, significantly for Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, CityFibre and World Wide Technology in Technical and Commercial roles in both Europe and North America. He is also an Expert Working Group Member in Wireless Networking at UKTIN.

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Sydney Sussex College, Sidney St, Cambridge CB2 3HU

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