RF and Optical Integration

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In this webinar, the CW Wireless Heritage SIG tracks the fifty year history of technology evolution in terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks and study how RF and optical technologies are together creating new service offers and profit opportunities.

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The auction of 100 MHz of C band spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for $80 billion dollars in the US earlier this year has helped to drive global investment in a new wave of high capacity terrestrial cellular networks. In the 5G community we think of these as radio systems but in practice these networks are dependent on the efficient integration of RF and optical transport at optical C band (191 THz to 195 THz).

In parallel for $8 billion dollars a satellite operator can have a LEO constellation with several thousand satellites covering all latitudes and longitudes with multiple payloads including GNSS, multi spectral sub metre imaging and global Wi-Fi. Increasingly these networks are deploying inter satellite and inter constellation optical switching and optical uplinks and downlinks to provide cost effective power efficient bandwidth and added value to terrestrial networks.

These are not new technologies. The industry has been deploying terrestrial fibre now for fifty years and RF over fibre for thirty years and today’s high count LEO constellations are a second iteration of Ku and Ka band networks planned thirty years ago ( Skybridge and Teledesic).

Over the past fifty years, losses per kilometre in terrestrial fibre have reduced from 20 dB per kilometre to 0.2 dB per kilometre. In space, 60,000 kilometre inter GSO links are being deployed at low power and low cost transforming the delivery economics of long distance broadband backhaul. Ever higher levels of coherent modulation make these links ever more efficient.

At this webinar, we track the fifty year history of technology evolution in terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks and study how RF and optical technologies are together creating new service offers and profit opportunities.

We are delighted to have presentations from Richard Jacklin of ViaLite on RF over Fibre, Richard Johanson of Archangel on the evolution of free space optics for LEO and HAPS based networks and Andy Sutton from BT on the integration of RF and fibre transport in terrestrial 5G networks with a follow on panel discussion of how these evolving technologies can be more closely coupled across terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks.

We have limited FREE delegate places for those under 35, and for those working in start-ups and small organisations (less than 5 employees). To claim you free ticket please email clare.kettle@cambridgewireless.co.uk 

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14:00

Welcome & introduction from Chair, Geoff Varrall, Director, RTT Online and NTN and Wireless Heritage SIG Champion

14:05

Richard Jacklin, Global Sales Director, ViaLite

'RF over Fibre; Technology, Application and Opportunities'

This presentation will review the history and technology around the RF over Fibre concept, and explain how its versatility and ease-of-use has enabled it to be applied to a huge range of application including; satcom, cellular, broadcast, testing, GNSS, defence and basically any type of RF signal that needs to be transported. It will conclude with a view to the future and the opportunities that advances in this technology will bring.

14:25

Richard Johanson, CEO, Archangel Lightworks

'Building next generation hybrid RF-Optical networks'

This presentation will cover the rise of Free Space Optics (FSO) technology for wireless data transmission. It will explore how FSO can be utilised to extend networks in concert with traditional RF solutions.

14:40

Mark La Penna, CEO Xenesis.

'FSO Backhaul & The Effort Required to Make it Work'

Novel optical heads can now serve double duty as cross-plane and in-plane Optical Satellite Inter-Links, and switch to optical uplinks and downlinks. The networking is challenging, as is the automaton and pointing accuracy. Link budgets show that optical connectivity is a cost and power efficient complementary layer to existing RF systems.

14:55

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

'The Integration of Radio and Fibre Transport in Terrestrial 5G Networks'

This talk will review the use of microwave and millimetre wave radio along with optical fibre transmission systems to provide xhaul connectivity between 5G cell sites and centralised functionality. The use of RF and Fibre will be explored in the context of macro and small cell layers along with specific applications of backhaul, midhaul and fronthaul to support a range of new and evolving RAN architectures, including C-RAN and Open RAN / O-RAN.

15:15

Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion

15:30

Closing remarks and the session ends

Speakers

Richard Jacklin - Global Sales Director, ViaLite

Richard Jacklin is Global Director (VP) of Sales and Business Development for Vialite Communications a leading manufacturer of RF-over-Fibre solutions, supplying the satellite, mobile network operator, broadcast, aero-defense and GNSS / GPS markets. Richard has over 30 years’ experience in wireless terrestrial and space telecommunications, test and measurement and electronics sectors spanning; operational and sales management, business development, product management, engineering leadership, and board-level positions. Graduating from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, he was also awarded Chartered Engineer status and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). During his career he has had many achievements including; type approving the early mobile phones, building successful international sales team, patent award for a unique method of smartphone testing, and successfully executing a number of M&A projects. He regularly presents at a wide range of satcom and telecoms events and produces opinion papers. In his spare time you can still find him working in his “man-cave” inventing anything from robot wars machines, paranormal kit to satellite scanning monitors.

Richard Johanson - CEO, Archangel Lightworks

Technology and strategy consultant with experience at Social Ventures Australia, IBM and the Satellite Applications Catapult, International Space University Alumnus. Oxford University MBA.

Mark La Penna - CEO, Xenesis

Since attending Space Camp at the early age of 9 Mark LaPenna developed a passion for space which has fueled his professional career path over the last 25+ years. For the first 20 years of his career he held executive level positions with Fortune 500 companies within the aviation and aerospace industry, mostly focusing on the utilization of data in a variety of applications. During this time, as he developed specialized knowledge and skills, he was able to identify areas where technology could be leveraged, and decided to focus his energy on creating solutions. While at OAG, through his research and analysis, Mark was confronted with some surprising information; nearly 20% of the 100,000 daily commercial flights went untracked during flight operations. Seeing the problem at hand, Mark developed a solution to track global flights from space, only to be met with hesitation, due to the concept being far too capital intensive. However, Mark didn’t feel constrained by those same limitations and made a bold move to branch out on his own and start his journey to solving some very real time problems. In a  short period of time there was an even larger problem emerging - the cost of transmitting the massive amounts of data generated per day from satellites to Earth. Aside from the financial opportunity associated with moving data, current bandwidths were limited and the technology being utilized delivered slower speeds with minimal opportunities for future scalability, to meet the ever increasing global demand. Mark pivoted his focus and set out to meet this challenge, and Xenesis was born.  Fast forward 5 years later, and Xenesis has an end-to-end solution. Mark has recruited and developed a team to solve the physics and capital issues persisting in satellite-based communications - creating and delivering the first low-cost optical communications service that routes & delivers data at speeds >10X than that of RF GEO networks with the ability to transport >20Tb/s. This service also provides a significant cost reduction, while offering scalability and thereby lowering the barriers to space based networking. Over the past 4 years, Xenesis has built excellent relationships and partnerships with companies like Airbus, JPL, Atlas Space Operations, ISS National Lab, Airforce Research Lab, GEOST, Space Micro Inc., and Planewave. Today, Xenesis is poised to deliver the world’s first, truly meshed optical communications backhaul network to empower the connecting of more than 1,000,000,000 people. Xenesis…see the light and connect.

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.

SIG Champions

Stirling Essex - Director, Espansivo

Stirling Essex has over 25 years of product development, product management, strategic marketing and business development experience in many areas of wireless technology, and has been intimately involved in the development of test systems for GSM, CDMA (IS-95), 3G (W-CDMA) and LTE. He founded Espansivo, a technology consultancy specialising in helping organisations with their technology, product and business decisions, in 2005. Stirling was previously a co-champion of the CW Future Wide Area Wireless Special Interest Group and has been a member of the CW Board since 2004.

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.

Geoff Varrall - Director, RTT Online

Geoff Varrall joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT's international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry. He co-developed RTT's original series of design and facilitation workshops including 'RF Technology', 'Data Over Radio', 'Introduction to Mobile Radio', and 'Private Mobile Radio Systems and developed 'The Oxford programme', a five day strategic technology and market programme presented annually between 1991 and 2005. Geoff has been running in depth technology and market workshops for the industry for over 33 years, spanning five generations of mobile cellular technology. A co-author of the Mobile Radio Servicing Handbook (Heinemann Butterworth, UK), Data Over Radio, (Quantum Publishing, Mendocino, USA and 3G Handset and Network Design (John Wiley, New York). Geoff's fourth book, Making Telecoms Work – from technical innovation to commercial success (John Wiley) was published in early 2012 followed by 5G Spectrum and Standards published by Artech House in July 2016. His latest book 5G and Satellite Spectrum Standards and Scale is now available from Artech House and can be ordered from http://uk.artechhouse.com/5G-and-Satellite-Spectrum-Standards-and-Scale-P1935.aspxAs a past Director of Cambridge Wireless, Geoff is actively involved in a number of wireless heritage initiatives that aim to capture and record past technology and engineering experience and is a patron of the Science Museum In his spare time he plays Jazz trumpet semi-professionally and is a marathon and ultra-runner.

Nigel Wall - Director, Climate Associates Ltd

Nigel has been involved with connected vehicle research since 1992 when he led BT’s mobile data research team – initially using modems on first generation analogue TACS mobile phones! Since 2001 he has worked an independent complex-systems engineer, with a primary specialism in connected vehicles. For the last seven years he has acted as the Monitoring Officer for twelve of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle research projects supported by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. These projects included Gateway, Venturer, UK Autodrive, MOVE UK, INSIGHT, Flourish and UK Cite. During this period he has not offered CAV-related consultancy services to other companies to avoid any potential conflict of interest. As these Innovate UK projects have now completed, he is now returning to offer traditional consultancy services to organisations that need to pragmatic advice on developing market share in this exciting market.

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