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.

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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Martin Fenton - Director of Spectrum Policy, Ofcom

Martin is Director of Spectrum Policy in the of the Spectrum Group of Ofcom (UK). He is also Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 5, the 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 , Qualcomm Inc

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 - Head of Product, CCS

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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.

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Caroline Gabriel - 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.

Neil Piercy - VP Engineering, ip.access

Neil has been developing base stations for various communications systems for over 25 years, during which time he has performed roles throughout the whole development lifecycle as well as management roles. He joined ip.access as a small cell System Architect when the company was in its infancy in 2000, and has since designed GSM, UMTS and LTE small cell RAN equipment and systems. His specialist areas include security and networking, as well as a focus on all aspects of protocol design and implementation, and on system performance and simulation. Now as VP Engineering he is responsible for the development and delivery of ip.access products, now part of the Mavenir group.

Simon Saunders - Director of Emerging Technology, Ofcom

Simon is a specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Philips and Motorola) and academia (University of Surrey). He is an adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin and was Access Technology Principal at Google. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless, 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. Customers included Ofcom, Cisco, European Commission, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Inmarsat and many others. He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters. He has acted as a consultant to companies including BAA, BBC, O2, Ofcom, BT, ntl, Mitsubishi and British Land and was CTO of Red-M and CEO of Cellular Design Services Ltd and has acted as an expert witness in legal proceedings in England and the US. Simon speaks and chairs a wide range of international conferences and training courses and has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies. Particular expertise includes in-building wireless systems, radiowave propagation prediction, smart antenna design and mobile system analysis. He has served on technical advisory boards of several companies, was Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey, member of the industrial advisory board at University College London, founding chairman of Small Cell Forum (formerly Femto Forum), which he chaired from 2007-12 and a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board from 2007-14.

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