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The Rise of the Private Network

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

This event from the CW Virtual Networks SIG will look at the different levels of complexity involved with the building of 5G private networks, and the range of private network solutions that are available.

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About the event

Before the internet existed, large enterprises ran their own communications systems all the way from their end-points up through their own connectivity backbone and into central mainframes. Over time, public and enterprise scale IP networks were built to allow enterprises to communicate securely and at scale. While this was much cheaper than privately owned networks it meant that one network had to fit all use cases, something which has become increasing more problematic as systems have become more complex, demanding, and mobile.

With the introduction of 5G, many different use cases became possible within a common standard, but a public network can only support the use cases which make economic sense. Along with the release of cost-effective spectrum, this has triggered a rapid increase in building local private cellular networks to supply features that are not supported by public networks; proving that innovative use cases and technology can deliver real-world benefits. These private networks, as the name suggests, also provide a higher degree of privacy to their users, as they control who can access the network and the data flowing through it, as well as helping to understand the resilience, redundancy and reliability requirements that have to be met in order to deliver an efficient network infrastructure. The drive to look at innovation in technology, services and applications also means that private networks are also being used to understand how virtualisation, edge computing and network slicing can be deployed in order to develop the right-fit network to deliver the desired outcomes. This can all happen without having to wait for public networks to ‘catch up’.

This event will look at the different levels of complexity involved with building 5G private networks and the roles that virtualisation, slicing and edge computing can perform in delivering the 'right-fit' network. We will also explore the range of private network solutions that are available, from on-premises hardware solutions up to a cloud-based solution provided by hyperscalers. In addition, this session will look at how the supply and value chains are being diversified as private networks evolve and new ecosystems are formed.

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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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Registration and networking


Welcome by Mark Rayner, Chief Executive Officer, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Welcome by event sponsor, Bob Driver, Head UK5G


Introduction to topic by Andrew Palmer, Virtual Networks SIG Champion and Consultant Director, CGI


‘Unlocking the real value of private networks’: Richard Barrington, Principal Consultant and Head of Business Development, Perform Green


Q & A


‘Innovation and private 5G’: John Naylon, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Q & A


‘How enterprises are driving private networks’: Mike Barlow, Enterprise Sales Director, UK & Ireland, Ericsson

The Tipping point for Private mobile networks is now. The market has seen many trials, PoC’s, pilots and test networks – we’re now starting to see real commercial use.


Q & A


Refreshment break and networking


‘How the public sector can drive private networks’: Julie Snell, Chair, The Scotland 5G Centre


Q & A


Panel session chaired by Andrew Palmer, Virtual Networks SIG Champion


End of session followed by refreshments and networking




Event close


Mike Barlow - Sales Director Enterprise, Ericsson

Mike Barlow is an IT and Telecoms sales director with 25 years’ experience of selling to public and private sector enterprises. Having worked with Siemens, telent and Nokia in the past, he is now driving Ericsson’s Enterprise growth in the UK and Ireland.  Ericsson recognise the opportunity for Enterprise private mobile networks and are accelerating their investment to capitalise on this. 

Mike has a history in helping organisations to drive transformational outcomes through 5G, IoT, Fibre, LAN and Smart Places technology.  He has also been involved in a number of the DCMS 5G testbeds.  This includes working both directly and with partners such as the MNO’s, Systems Integrators and Value Added Resellers.

Richard Barrington - Executive Consultant, Perform Green

Richard Barrington is an Executive Consultant and the Business Development Director for Perform Green. He shaped the procurement of the 5GSA Network for 5G CAL and supported the construction, installation and operations of a new private network at the Nissan site in Sunderland.  He is 5G work stream lead and involved in the overall assurance of the project.

Richard has a long history of being at the leading edge of technology focused on public good and has considerable experience in 5G, IOT, Smart Cities / Society and Cloud technologies. He has held senior / board positions in the Public Sector, Industry and Charities, working for organisations such as Nokia, Juniper Networks and Sun Microsystems, plus for 3 years was seconded to the Cabinet Office  as a Director for Industry Office of the E-Envoy.

John Naylon - Principal SA, Telco, Amazon

John Naylon is a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Service (AWS), in the Telco Industrial Business Unit. The AWS Telco IBU is enabling communication services providers (CSPs) to cloudify their intrinsic operations, differentiate every stage of the customer journey, simplify their operations and to monetise 5G and beyond. John works with UK operators to maximise the business benefits they derive from cloud adoption.

Before joining AWS, John was the founder and CTO of CBNL, a pioneer of millimetre-wave FWA, and previously worked at Adaptive Broadband and AT&T Laboratories. John has a PhD in wireless networking from the University of Cambridge. Within UK5G, John co-chairs the Testbeds and Trials Working Group and is an Advisory Board member.

Julie Snell - Chair, The Scotland 5G Centre

Julie Snell has 35 + years’ experience as a business leader having successfully established new technology markets and leading technology innovation in telecoms / digital IT.

Julie was part of the leadership team that developed BT’s first public Wifi project, BT Openzone. She spent five years on the board of the global telco group Wireless Broadband Alliance, two years as Chair. In 2017, Julie was appointed as director and CEO of Bristol’s Smart City infrastructure and computer network company Bristol is Open.

Currently Chair of Scotland 5G Centre, Non-Executive Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, Non-Executive Director Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership Vice President of the Urban Technology Alliance, a global community of international smart city players, Non-Executive at Col8, and an Enterprise Advisor for The Careers & Enterprise Company mentoring to help young people realise their employment ambitions.

SIG Champions

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. 

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 20+ years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients. 

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.

Justin Paul - Senior Marketing Manager, Ericsson

Justin has over twenty years’ experience in technology marketing in the telecoms and software industries. Prior to joining Ericsson Digital Services he worked for Zeetta Networks, Huawei Technologies in NFV/SDN Marketing and Amdocs where he led the launch of their NFV Portfolio which now forms a major part of the ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform). During his career he has been responsible for the launch and go-to-market for a number of leading-edge technologies including 3G, IPTV, LTE, NFV and 5G. A TED-trained conference speaker he has presented at a number of major international conferences including Layer 123 SDN and Openflow Congress, LTE Asia and SCTE. A CIM qualified marketeer he runs a Bristol-based Digital Marketing knowledge-sharing group.

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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB4 0GA

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