Spectrum: from scarcity to abundance in one WRC… but does mmWave work for small cells?

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At this event we will explore the issues of using mmWave in 5G deployments and see what can be learnt from other deployments such as WiGig.

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About the event

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC19) has concluded. IMT/5G allocations are substantially increased to nearly 18GHz of spectrum, with significant new bands of mmWave spectrum. Operators, especially in the US, are starting commercial deployments and pushing mmWave into handsets in order to make the potential capacity increase a reality.

How does this affect the costs and usability of the handsets? The RF characteristics of mmWave propagation tend to dictate its use as hotspot deployments, and that would suggest a lot of small cells being needed, both indoor and outdoor. What is the reality of building and deploying mmWave small cells? How small are the cells needed for mmWave, how many are needed, and how, and where, are they going to be deployed? Does the US experience really translate to other parts of the world?

At this event we will explore the issues of using mmWave in 5G deployments and see what can be learnt from other deployments such as WiGig. We take a look at what sort of use cases will really benefit from mmWave, how these may be affected by regulatory and planning issues, and how in particular this affects the demands on and for small cells.

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CW welcome by Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Introduction to Small Cell SIG


Martin Fenton, Director of Spectrum Policy, Ofcom


Panel discussion and audience Q & A


'Expanding 5G NR mmWave to indoor deployments’: Puneet Sethi, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm

With more than 80% of mobile data traffic originating or terminating indoors, one enormous opportunity for mobile operators and service providers is to bring mmWave services to indoor venues, enterprises, and transportation hubs. This session will cover the technology innovations that have mobilized mmWave, the new use cases made possible with 5G NR mmWave, and the best practices for deploying indoor mmWave networks with small cells.


Panel discussion and audience Q & A


‘mmWave use cases and deployment considerations’: David Turner, Head of Product, CCS


Panel session and audience Q & A


‘5G mmWave for Transport and Smart City Applications’: Mark Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer, Blu Wireless


Panel discussion and audience Q & A




End of session followed by networking on Remo


Event close


Mark Barrett - Chief Commercial Officer, Blu Wireless Technology

Mark is a Founder and CMO for Blu Wireless, a leading supplier of millimetre wave wireless technology and products for infrastructure applications.   He has over 35 years of experience in the wireless industry in applications including radar, satellite, cellular and consumer electronics.   This ranges from FMCW radar at W and X bands, digital beamforming for satellite and mobile communications, SoC for automotive and telecommunications and high-volume Bluetooth and cordless telephones.   In 2009 he co-founded Blu Wireless Technology and has played a key role in building the company into a recognised leader in millimetre wave wireless technology.

Martin Fenton - Director of Spectrum Analysis, Ofcom

Martin is Director of Spectrum Analysis in Ofcom’s Spectrum Group. He is also Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 5, the ITU group responsible for all terrestrial radio frequency services. Martin is an expert in international and domestic spectrum regulation; specialising in spectrum policy, interference analysis and RF performance. He has 20 years’ experience in spectrum management at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, and its predecessor, the Radiocommunications Agency.

Puneet Sethi - Senior Director, Product Management, Independent

Puneet Sethi is a Senior Director of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, where he has the overall responsibility for the small cells business unit. He manages the business unit P&L along with the responsibility for execution, product roadmap and business development. He works with Qualcomm Technologies’ global sales organization to market Qualcomm Technologies’ portfolio of FSM products to operators and OEMs around the world. He drives 3G/4G/5G baseband SoC, SW and RF roadmap to meet the current and future needs of Qualcomm Technologies’ cellular infrastructure customers. Prior to his current role, he held various roles within the small cells business unit such as growing the business in Americas and Asia, and SW product management across the FSM portfolio. Puneet previously also drove the LTE PHY SW development at project at Qualcomm. Prior to Qualcomm Technologies, Puneet held various positions at Ixonos, Radioframe Networks, Comneon and Ubinetics.

David Turner - CCS

David joined CCS in 2013 to lead technical sales and is now responsible for all aspects of technology and strategy for the CCS mmWave product. David has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, working in Cambridge based technology start-ups with a focus on new and innovative wireless solutions. Prior to joining CCS, David worked in product management and solutions engineering roles for ip.access, Zinwave, CBNL, and Nortel Networks. David holds a BEng(Hons) degree in Communications Systems Engineering.

SIG Champions

Simon Fletcher - CEO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical and innovation strategy responsibility across the company. He is a member of the UK5G AB, co-chair of the International WG, and member of the Climate WG. 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 his formative years 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 and the 2016 NIC study on Future Comms infrastructure brings great foresight on a range of architectural evolutions underway in 5G architectures, in particular for Open RAN and Diversification. He is a CW Small Cell SIG Champion, and in February 2022 the Small Cell Forum (SCF) appointed Simon as their Chief Strategy Officer, drawing on 25 years direct industry experience and work as an advisor to governments, regulators and big business.

Caroline Gabriel - Research Director, Analysys Mason, Co-founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

Caroline has been engaged in technology analysis, research and consulting for 30 years and since 2002, has been focused entirely on mobile and wireless. As co-founder and research director of Rethink Technology Research, Caroline has developed a significant research base and forecast methodology, based around deep contacts with mobile and converged operators round the world. This addresses critical issues and trends in mobile and wireless infrastructure, and particularly operator deployment intentions for 4G, 5G, small cells, Cloud-RAN and other technologies. She is also a senior contributor to Analysys Mason’s Next Generation Wireless research programme. She has led research and consulting projects with a wide range of clients, including mobile infrastructure vendors, large and start-up operators, regulators, trade bodies, government agencies and financial institutions. Her advice and forecasts have helped inform strategic decisions at a wide range of vendors, operators, start-ups and finance houses. Prior to setting up Rethink, Caroline held various executive positions at VNU Business Publishing BV, then Europe’s largest producer of technology related B2B reports and publications. She was the European content and research director, and was a member of the leadership team for VNU’s online business. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Vicky Messer - VP Product Management, Picocom

Vicky Messer is VP of Product Management at Picocom with over 25 years of experience in the wireless industry. Vicky joined Picocom over 4 years ago and leads Product Management, Technical Marketing and partnership activities. Vicky also leads the Picocom Small Cell Forum (SCF) activities and joined the board member at Small Cell Forum (SCF). In recognition leading in multiple work items and a published papers, Vicky was awarded the SCF ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution to SCF award’ in 2020.

Vicky is a certified IET registration mentor, and currently mentors a local young female engineer. In May 2023 Vicky joined Industrial Advisory Board Bath University Electronics and Electrical Engineering and also won a SCF Industry Award 2023 for Women in Wireless.

Neil Piercy - Founder, Independent

Neil has been developing base stations for various communications systems for over 30 years, during which time he has performed roles throughout the whole development lifecycle, as well as management roles. Neil joined the small cell specialist company, ip.access, when it was formed as a spin-off from TTP Com back in 2000, and stayed with the company for 23 years, during which time his roles varied from System Architect through to Head of Engineering. As a Systems Engineer covering software, hardware, and RF, he includes specialist areas such as security and networking, as well as a focus on all aspects of protocol design and implementation. He has analysed system performance and performed simulations across GSM, UMTS, LTE and NR small cell RAN equipment and systems. He is now a freelance telecoms Systems Engineering consultant.

Simon Saunders - Visiting Professor, King's College London

Prof. Simon Saunders is an independent advisor and researcher with deep industry and academic background in communication systems technology and a burgeoning interest in the intersection between real and artificial neural systems, communication systems and music. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, telecoms advisor to DCMS and Trustee of the charity Music for All.

Simon is a specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Google, Motorola and Philips), academia (University of Surrey, Trinity College Dublin) and regulation (Ofcom).

He founded the Small Cell Forum and chaired this industry association from 2007-12, growing membership to 150 companies and working with 3GPP to create the first standards for small cells. He acted as Director of Emerging & Online Technology for Ofcom, leading Ofcom’s Emerging Technology programme and creating their Online Tech team. At Google (2015-20), he worked with operators globally to enhance wireless connectivity via a range of advanced technology initiatives, combining wireless networks, artificial intelligence and network virtualisation. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless (2006-15), he was responsible for overall technical capability and direction, providing independent wireless expertise and advice to operators, regulators, technology and law firms and wireless users. In 2019 Simon organised the world’s first 5G music lesson on behalf of charity Music for All, led by famous musician Jamie Cullum.

He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters, including a popular textbook on antennas and propagation. He has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies and served on technical advisory boards of several companies and universities.

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