CWIC 2022 - THE HYPERCONNECTED HUMAN

Join us on the 2nd November at Hinxton Hall for an exploration of the ‘connected person’ and their connected environment

xHaul: Towards an Integrated 5G Transport Network Architecture

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

This event from the CW Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group will explore the reality and vision for xHaul transport networks in the future.

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About the event

The paradigm shift towards RAN virtualisation and the disaggregation of the RAN functional components creates a new xHaul concept (including fronthaul, mid-haul and backhaul). The fronthaul requirements for the transport network are significantly more stringent, including higher data rates, reliability, low latency, and synchronisation compared to the backhaul. During this event, we will discuss the reality and vision for xHaul transport networks to utilise heterogeneous transmission links, such as fibre or wireless to interconnect remote radios, data centres for edge compute processing and the mobile core networks.

This event is delivered by the CW Enhanced Mobile Broadband SIG, with support from UK5G.

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

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ADVA is a company founded on innovation and driven to help our customers succeed. We are engaging in multiple mobile projects and development within the O-RAN ecosystem.

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Agenda

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13:30

Registration and Networking with Refreshments

14:00

Introduction to CW and UK5G

14:10

A Word from Our Sponsor, Raymond Cassar, Account Director BT, ADVA

14:15

Introduction to xHaul and The Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) Group - Roberto Kompany, Principal Analyst, Omdia

14:25

xHaul Technology and Economics - Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT

This talk will explore different technical solutions for xHaul, focusing in the main on fronthaul. After a brief review of RAN architecture decomposition, the talk will focus on optical fronthaul solutions based on active and passive DWDM, and Radio over Ethernet (RoE). We’ll review recent lab testing along with early practical experiences from field trials and discuss the planned roadmap of activities to enable cost-optimised rollout of fronthaul solutions in support of macro and small cell deployments. The talk will conclude with an overview of recent economic modelling which highlights key areas of focus for the future.

14:45

xHaul Technology and Economics - Q&A

14:50

Open RAN Implementations in Sonic Lab: Lessons Learnt - Dr Dritan Kaleshi, Director of Technology - 5G, Digital Catapult

In the initial SONIC Labs and the next phase taking place now we have worked with a number of different products and vendors over a number of different sites, and we will provide some insights and lessons learned as we design and implement distributed gNB.

15:10

Open RAN Implementations in Sonic Lab: Lessons Learnt - Q&A

15:15

Refreshments and Networking, with a Tour of the Future Networks Lab

15:45

O-RAN Evolution, Innovation, and Integration for 5G Use Cases - Anthony Magee, Director - Business Development, ADVA

O-RAN is discussed by many, demonstrated by fewer, and deployed by an even smaller number of operators. In this session we will discuss mobile network evolution and set out why we believe O-RAN is a promising enabler of innovation. We will discuss some of the complexities involved in turning an O-RAN platforms up and share our views on the need for integration of the disaggregated and explain why we think this is a multi-dimensional challenge that needs to be solved before operators will deploy in larger numbers.

16:05

Q&A

16:10

A Component of the Open RAN Ecosystem and Its Supporting Dimensioning Tools - Simon Fletcher, CSO, Small Cell Forum and CTO, Real Wireless

16:30

Q&A

16:35

Panel Session - Chaired by Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Technology Research and Analysys Mason

17:05

Event Wrap-Up

17:15

Event Close

Speakers

Simon Fletcher - CTO, 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.

Dritan Kaleshi - Director of Technology - 5G, Digital Catapult

With over 20 year’s experience as a technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and data interoperability in IoT, Dritan is Head of Technology - 5G at Digital Catapult, where he has established and leads the 5G Programme in Future Networks.

An acknowledged thought leader in his field Dritan has published over 70 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability, and is often invited to speak on advanced digital infrastructure. He has represented the UK in international standardization bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees.

He joined Digital Catapult from University of Bristol, where he led a 15-strong research team, strategically combining research with industrial collaboration, making a wide range of contributions and practical implementations in networking, interoperability, smart energy, cities and digital health, including large scale projects like SPHERE and Bristol Is Open demonstrators.

His focus is on national 5G coordination and how to best support startup and scaleup innovation and technical advances on new 5G network architectures, network and service orchestration, edge computing and IoT support.

Roberto Kompany - Principal Analyst, Omdia

Roberto is a member of Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks research team and is the lead analyst for the Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme focusing on strategy and market research. He is also a Cambridge Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) mobile broadband champion. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Roberto worked for Dixons Carphone, where he analysed the effect on the business of shifts in the telecoms market – for example, in terms of mergers, operator KPIs and technology – in Europe and the UK. Previous positions included consultancy, where he helped a variety of clients worldwide with mobile-related projects, such as a capex reduction and developing a 5-year strategy for an incumbent’s wireless infrastructure. He started his career at a leading network equipment vendor, where he served in several different capacities, such as R&D, and deployment and optimisation of mobile infrastructures across multiple continents. Roberto holds an MSc in Mobile & Satellite Communications from University of Surrey and an MBA from IE Business School.

Anthony Magee - Senior Director, Global Business Development, ADVA

Anthony Magee is responsible for driving ADVA’s mobile solutions strategy globally. He is an experienced technologist and business development professional, with 20 years in the telecommunications industry. Anthony has been involved in research and collaboration projects with academic, technology partners and customers relating to mobile architectures including 4G, Small Cells, LTE-A and 5G.

Prior to joining ADVA, Anthony worked as a technologist with UK Government. His activities within ADVA have included Hardware and Systems Engineering before reaching Principal Engineer in our Advanced Technology team. He has a first-class honours degree in electronic and electrical systems engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University.

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

Iris Barcia - Pr. Mng. MPN Architecture, Vodafone

Iris Barcia is a multidisciplinary professional with entrepreneurial experience in the telecommunication industry. She is an innovator and forward-looking technologist that has worked directly with international executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and services companies. She has been involved in the proposal and assessment of novel HetNet strategies for nation-wide 4G, 5G, IoT and public-safety networks, with a focus on future capacity provision and multi-technology evolution. More recently she’s focusing on Open RAN and MPNs. Prior to Vodafone, Iris has been the co-owner and COO of Keima, and has worked on RAN design, optimization and deployment projects at Telefonica and European rural broadband wireless initiatives. She has a BSc and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Vigo (Spain) and an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK).

Roberto Kompany - Principal Analyst, Omdia

Roberto is a member of Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks research team and is the lead analyst for the Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme focusing on strategy and market research. He is also a Cambridge Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) mobile broadband champion. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Roberto worked for Dixons Carphone, where he analysed the effect on the business of shifts in the telecoms market – for example, in terms of mergers, operator KPIs and technology – in Europe and the UK. Previous positions included consultancy, where he helped a variety of clients worldwide with mobile-related projects, such as a capex reduction and developing a 5-year strategy for an incumbent’s wireless infrastructure. He started his career at a leading network equipment vendor, where he served in several different capacities, such as R&D, and deployment and optimisation of mobile infrastructures across multiple continents. Roberto holds an MSc in Mobile & Satellite Communications from University of Surrey and an MBA from IE Business School.

Peter Love - 4G/5G Densification Architect, Nokia

Peter has worked in the mobile communications industry for nearly 30 years, firstly at Orbitel UK and then at Nokia Networks. Peter helped developed the first 2G DCS1800 BTSs to Orange and then continued in building a viable business for network planning & optimisation services in the UK. Holding various roles over the years focusing on UK, Europe and global markets Peter is now a principle services architect in the 5G/densification area helping operators globally to make the most appropriate decisions. Until recently he held the office of chair/vice chair of the Small Cells Forum Operations group where he played a significant role for 5 years.

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.

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Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2RA

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