What does 'true' 5G mean?

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Delayed gratification? The hype around 5G has not yet materialised. Is this another bubble set to burst, or should we wait and be grateful for true game-changing technology? This event is the first of four in this month's Virtual Network SIG series: Realising the 'true 5G' dream.

About the event

The press coverage of 5G and announcements of new technological breakthroughs and services has not slowed during the global pandemic, but are consumers and enterprises really seeing the ‘true’ 5G that was promised by 3GPP yet? We have faster upload and download speeds, but where are we in relation to the lower latency and massive device density promises? There has been a fundamental change in network architecture to embrace “service-based architecture” deployment models, but how far have we travelled in the direction of 5G standalone networks, with flexible and virtualised infrastructures? Have we reached the point where open standards support networks is being orchestrated end-to-end fashion from a single point of control? When will we see the deployment of services that take advantage of end-to-end network slicing and dynamic resource allocation? When will advanced analytics and automation fully support the concept of Self-Organising Networks?

We will begin the series with a session on what ‘true’ 5G means via an introduction to the three main themes explored in more detail during the subsequent sessions:

  • How open standards and orchestration will act as pathways to fully virtualised networks
  • The deployment of private networks and slicing to meet the needs of industrial and enterprise users
  • The challenges and realities of deploying 5G virtualised networks

The session will conclude with a closing panel discussion and opportunity for people to network. Find out more about other events in the Virtual Networks SIG series: Realising the 'true 5G' dream

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWVN.

Sponsored 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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Agenda

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14:00

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

14:03

Sponsor’s welcome by Robert Driver, Head, UK5G

14:06

Introduction to Virtual Networks SIG series, ‘Realising the “true 5G” dream’, by Andrew Palmer, Virtual Networks SIG Champion and Consulting Director, CGI

14:09

Speaker to be announced

14:24

Speaker to be announced

14:39

Speaker to be announced

14:54

Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG champion, Andrew Palmer

15:14

Wrap-up

15:15

Networking

15:30

Event close

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Managing Consultant, 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 17 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 31 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 Telecoms sector, 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 Digital Policy Alliance’s Smart Society Working Group, techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

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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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