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The small cell ecosystem is very much in a state of flux, with new players and technologies gaining traction and establishing marketshare. The purpose of this conference is to move our industry forward. It provides a platform to share recent successes, recommend best practice as well as identifying and removing barriers to ongoing growth. 

If the future of our industry matters to you, this is one conference you can’t afford to miss.

09:00-10:40 – State of the Market 2019: Keynotes & Analyst Update

The small cell ecosystem is very much in a state of flux, with new players and technologies gaining traction and establishing market share.  The purpose of this conference is to take stock of these changes and decide what further action is needed to move our industry onwards. It provides a platform to share recent successes, recommend best practice as well as identifying and removing the barriers to ongoing growth.

  • What’s the latest market progress for densification with small cells and adjacent technologies?
  • What are the densification implications of 5G? What is being done to ensure 5G readiness?
  • How will factors like spectrum, silicon and device penetration dictate 5G rollout?
  • Is today’s densification predominantly indoor or outdoor or both? Will that change?
  • Who’s currently deploying small cells: MNOs? Neutral hosts, system Integrators, IT consultants? end users?
  • Which technologies are set to be the next game changers? What would make the industry grow faster?
  • Speakers include:
    • SCF: State of the industry
    • Deployer keynote
    • Analyst debate: Where’s the real progress being made? What’s coming next? What’s blocking growth?
      • Caroline Gabriel- Rethink Research,
      • Dean Bubley, Disruptive Analysis,
      • Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless
      • Moderator: Julius Robson, CSO, SCF

11:10-12:50 Indoor Coverage Solutions and 5G Readiness

  • Where’s the hard evidence that good mobile signal benefits property value?
  • What are enterprise’s different options to get indoor coverage?  
  • How should we split the bill for indoor deployment between MNO and Enterprise?
  • What are the different technical and commercial solutions available?
  • How can indoor deployments be future-proofed to be 5G ready?
  • What are the channels to market?
  • Will mmWave be used indoors? How does that change our deployment thinking ?
  • What is the message to enterprise regarding 5G or 4G?
  • Speakers and Panellists include:
    • Making 5G a consumer reality”, Ki Seok Yang, Manager, Access Network Lab,
      SK Telecom
    • Digital Indoor Systems for Neutral Hosting”, Huawei and Special Guest
    • Breaking the wireless barriers to mobilize 5G NR mmWave”, Puneet Sethi, Sr. Director, Product Management. Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.
    • ZTE

12:50-13:50 Networking Lunch

13:50-15:30 Neutral hosting for multi-operator mobile connectivity

  • Are neutral hosts ally or threat to MNOs?
  • How strong is the market pull for multi-operator signal?
  • What commercial approaches are gaining traction in the market?
  • What technologies do neutral hosts use?
  • How can virtualisation help neutral hosts and multi-operator ?
  • Where are efficiencies to be had through sharing?  How easy is sharing in practice?
  • What are the barriers? What would help neutral hosts to grow?
  • Speakers and Panelists include:
    • Neutral Hosting and Shared Spectrum”, Mark Reudink, Corporate Development and Strategy Crown Castle
    • Multi-Operator RANs”, Stuart Hollyoak, Director, Small Cells Business Development – Europe CommScope
    • Neutral hosting with shared virtualised RAN”, JMA Wireless
    • Multi-Operator-as-a-Service for enterprise
    • Wholesale mobile networks

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 5G Era Small Cell Planning: mmWave, Beamforming and Machine Learning

  • Is the main benefit of disaggregation in performance or for commercial reasons?
  • Is this just a 5G thing, or applicable to 4G too?  Is it for indoor or outdoor or both?
  • Which functional split will win- or will there be more of a toolbox approach of options?
  • How does the availability of silicon impact the choice of split option?
  • Are split architectures needed to do NFV? Does NFV in turn need SDN?
  • What are the xhaul transport and sync implications? Do we understand the requirements?
  • What do MNOs think a 5G transport network architecture looks like
  • Speakers include:
    • Disaggregated RAN architectures”, Richard MacKenzie, BT and TIP
    • 5G and the shape of things to come” Ravi Sinha, Reliance JIO
    • SCF’s 5G PHY API for SoC Silicon” Clare Sommerville, SCF and Intel
    • Silicon and Stack providers
    • NFV and SDN providers
    • Optical and wireless transport for xhaul

19:30  SCF Small Cell Awards and Gala Dinner 2019

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09:00-10:40 S5G Smart Cities & Policy to enable them

5G hype has raised wide awareness of the potential societal and economic benefits of connected society, and governments the world over are implementing policies to expedite adoption.

  • How are municipalities leveraging connectivity to put themselves ahead in the race to 5G
  • What’s the business case for a city to become ‘smart’?
  • What are the emerging applications for small cells in smart cities and IOT applications?
  • What challenges are being faced in deploying infrastructure?
  • Several regions are introducing legislation to facilitate small cell deployment and break barriers to rollout –  How are small cells defined in legislation?
  • What’s the expectation from the current EC light deployment regime? What will the UK do?
  • Do we expect legal challenges? Which are the most contentious issues?
  • How do local authorities feel about this?
  • Does article 57 challenge the concession model? What’s the alternative?
  • Speakers include:
    • Building the smart city business case”, Mark Lumley, Head of ICT – Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and Norm Steel, Digital Programme Manager – Royal Boroughs of Kingston and Sutton
    • From trials to deployment: Europe’s 5G cities”, Burcu Kuzlak, 5G Project Manager – City of Amsterdam and Steven Bage, Strategic Infrastructure Advisor – City of London Corporation
    • Smart Docklands in Dublin”, Michael Guerin, Programme Manager – Smart Docklands Dublin
    • Government initiatives in Busting Barriers to 5G
    • Legal challenges in implementing pro-densification policy

10:40-11:10 Coffee Break

11:10-12:50 Disaggregated Architectures, Virtualisation & Open Source

  • Is the main benefit of disaggregation in performance or for commercial reasons?
  • Is this just a 5G thing, or applicable to 4G too?  Is it for indoor or outdoor or both?
  • Will one split ‘win’ and serve all future needs, or will different splits apply to different scenarios?
  • How will the availability of silicon impact the choice of split option?
  • Are split architectures needed to do NFV?
  • Does virtualisation necessarily imply ‘cloud native’?
  • How is the industry harnessing open source implementations?
  • What are the xhaul transport and sync implications? Do we understand the requirements?
  • What do MNOs think a 5G transport network architecture looks like?
  • Speakers and panellists include:
    • Disaggregated RAN architectures”, Richard MacKenzie, BT and TIP
    • 5G and the Shape of RANs come” Ravi Sinha, Reliance JIO
    • SCF’s 5G PHY API for Small Sells”” Clare Sommerville, Lead SCF FAPI, Intel
    • Mapping of functional splits to different deployment scenarios”
    • Road-mapping disaggregated networks” Prabhakar Chitrapu, AT&T, Chair SCF Technology and 5G group

12:50-13:50 Networking Lunch

13:50-15:30 IOT & critical comms with Private LTE/5G & Edge computing

  • What are the emerging applications for small cells in smart cities and IOT applications?
  • Which situations demand cellular over Wi-Fi?
  • What’s the role of Edge compute in supporting IOT applications?
  • What are the lead verticals in adopting this approach?
  • What spectrum is being used?
  • How will MNOs monetise Edge compute?
  • When will private 5G networks start to be commercially deployed?
  • How do we grow this sector… (shared spectrum? See next session)
  • Speakers and panellists include:
    • Customer experiences with Private LTE
    • Where Edge has the Edge – Serving Critical Comms and IOT”, Druid Software
    • Connecting IoT Devices, Edge Data Centres, and Private Networks to Create Smarter Buildings”, Harry Smeenk, TIA
    • Nokia

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

1600-17:30 Spectrum for 5G Era Applications and Services

Licensed spectrum for a small number of competing MNOs has got us where we are today, creating the conditions which have built-out high quality national mobile voice and data networks. For everything else, there’s license exempt for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc.

  • Does this remain right spectrum model for the next era: Smart society and the internet of things?
  • The FCC have/are trying LSA with their CBRS band for OnGo. What’s are the expectations?
  • Is there anywhere else in the world that is or will do something similar? What about UK/Europe?
  • What are the expected outcomes from the UK’s spectrum sharing consultation?
  • Would the disruption be healthy competition for mobile networks, or could it undermine national mobile networks?
  • Does the listen-before-talk requirement of license exempt fundamentally limit its ability to cope under heavy loading, or can MuLTEfire, 802.11ax BSS colouring fix that?
  • Speakers and panellists include:
    • Peter Curnow-Ford, Partner & Co-Chair, Spectrum Access Group – UK Spectrum Policy Forum
    • “Small cells in Shared Spectrum activities including CBRS” Mark Reudink, CrownCastle and Chair SCF Business Group,
    • “Coverage and Sharing requirements for Spectrum in the UK” Anna Cartwright, Head of Mobile and Spectrum Policy – UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport
    • “Formulating technical policy that understands and balances the interests of industry stakeholders, citizens and consumers”, Armelle Boisset, Director of Spectrum Engineering, Ofcom
    • “License Exempt LTE with MuLTEfire and sXGP”

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