SCWS World 2018 Draft Agenda

Speakers

Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT
Steven Bage, Strategic Infrastructure Advisor, City of London Corporation
Peter Curnow-Ford, Co-Chair, Spectrum Access, Use and Value Group, UK Spectrum Policy Forum
Spencer Dando, Director of Wi-Fi and Advertising, du
John Gravett, Head of telecoms, Cluttons
Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Research
Steve Waldron, Chief Information Officer, The Grange Hotels
Senior representative, Ericsson
Senior representative, Samsung
Senior representative, Comba
Senior representative, CCS
Senior representative, Fon
Senior representative, OpenCell
Senior representative, SpiderCloud
Senior representative, ZTE

SCWS World Workshop Day - Monday 21st May 2018

Room 1

08:00  Registration opens

09:30 – 10:30 Workshop 1

10:40 – 11:40 Workshop 3

11:40  Morning refreshments

11:55 – 12:55 Workshop 5

12:55  Lunch break

13:40 – 14:40 Workshop 7

14:40  Afternoon refreshments

14:55 – 15:55 Workshop 9

16:05 – 17:05 Workshop 11

17:15  Close

Room 2

08:00  Registration opens

09:30 – 10:30 Workshop 2

10:40 – 11:40 Workshop 4

11:40  Morning refreshments

11:55 – 12:55 Workshop 6

12:55  Lunch break

13:40 – 14:40 Workshop 8

14:40  Afternoon refreshments

14:55 – 15:55 Workshop 10

16:05 – 17:05 Workshop 12

17:15  Close

SCWS World Day 1 - Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Densifying the public HetNet - accelerating deployments

06:00  Local tour Run Club!
Join us for some informal networking whilst getting your bearings and taking in the sights of west London and the Thames with a short jog around our new home in Hammersmith.

08:00  Registration and exhibition opens

08:00  SCF update meeting and discussion
Open to all, come and find out how the SCF are driving the deployment of small cells in different markets, the new market entrants and the challenges being faced by various stakeholders.

09:00  Opening remarks from the Chair

09:10  Update from the Small Cell Forum

09:35  Operator keynote: paving the way in next generation networks

  • Densifying the network and creating new opportunities
  • Spectrum and technologies for innovating network infrastructure

10:00  Small cells and the path to the hyperdense HetNet
Small cells are widely accepted as being essential to building the hyperdense HetNet and network densification. Explore how the ecosystem is preparing the technologies that will support and enable future networks, bridging the gap between 4G, 4.9G and 5G.

10:20  Panel discussion: Modernising approaches to spectrum to meet the industry's network demands
Spectrum is an essential component of the drive to innovate wireless capabilities, whether licensed, unlicensed or lightly licensed. Efforts are being made by regulators and the spectrum management community around the world to open up access to spectrum and make it even more efficient. What does this changing approach to spectrum mean for the current spectrum owners, new entrants, and the end users? And how will this change business models, speed of deployments and opportunities to innovate?

10:55  Ministerial keynote: Laying the foundations to bring the UK to the forefront of next generation networks
What does the Digital Strategy mean for both UK and global industry, and how will it impact the way wireless connectivity is funded, deployed, accessed and used?

11:10  Refreshments in the exhibition hall

11:40  OEM keynote

12:00  Panel discussion: Reimagining the technology mix
As technologies converge, and we move towards the HetNet, how are Wi-Fi, DAS and small cells leveraging the technologies and network sharing capabilities to deliver greater capacity? What might the high density network of the future look like in terms of technology mix and ecosystem players?

12:30  City of London case study
As the first UK small cell programme to have reached completion and deployed public wireless mesh services, find out how the City of London leveraged existing infrastructure and overcame common barriers to achieve this pioneering project.

12:50  Panel discussion: backhauling the hyper dense HetNet
Providing enough fibre and backhaul is an essential building block in the drive to densify the network. Whether this is leveraging existing assets through dark fibre, spectrum or network management, what are the best ways to support scalable, dense networks?

13.00  Lunch in the exhibition hall

Stream A - Connecting the enterprise

14:10  Site acquisition 101 - overcoming regulatory and legacy barriers to deployment
The launch of the new Electronics Communications Code heralds a new dawn for acquiring sites, opening up a host of opportunities for operators to densify the network in preparation for 5G. But is it just a question of acquiring the sites, or are there still questions around the business models, provider ecosystem and enterprise approach that need resolving first? 

14:40  Panel discussion: Building fibre to meet network densification demands
We have the demand, we’ve got the kit, and now steps are being made towards acquiring the necessary sites, but will fiber networks be the thing to hold back the potential for small cell deployments? How are some scenarios bypassing the need for a fiber network build out, and what do the alternative solutions require?

15:00  Business models for private enterprise networks

Stream B - The race to 5G

14:10  Meeting capacity demands through evolution of the RAN and MEC
Virtualisation of the RAN is supporting the demands on network capacity and functionality that will enable new applications and next generation networks. How can backhaul challenges be overcome and new latency capabilities enable new applications?

14:40  Meeting capacity demand through Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)
How will LAA fill in the gaps for operators looking to support technology on licensed spectrum and reach required network speeds, with unlicensed ones? LAA offers a tangible solution to growing network pressure, and the need to combine spectrum bands to get the most efficiency from the network

15:00  5G New Radio: Today and Tomorrow
In the wake of the first 5G standards, where are we up to now, and how have the first standards enabled the earliest trials and deployments of 5G? An outline of the roadmap, challenges and outlook for the 5G New Radio standards

15:30  Refreshments in the exhibition hall

16:00  Topic-led roundtables
The topic-led roundtables offer attendees an opportunity to share experiences and discuss with a variety of stakeholders, the benefits of different solutions, insights into successful projects and advice for leveraging the latest connectivity services to deliver coverage and services.

  • Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)
  • The neutral host business model, application & costs
  • AI for small cells
  • OpenSource
  • Fixed Wireless Access
  • New funding models for the enterprise
  • Unlicensed connectivity opportunities
  • Smart cities
  • MEC & its applications
  • Wireless connectivity for hospitality
  • Wireless connectivity for hospitals
  • Real estate
  • Public safety and emergency communications
  • Sharing network infrastructure
  • Transport connectivity
  • Site acquisition

17:30  Networking drinks reception

19:00  Small Cell Awards ceremony
Venue to be announced

SCWS World Day 2 - Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Building tomorrow's private LTE networks

08:00  Breakfast briefing 

09:00  Opening remarks

09:05  Building-your-own-network: private neutral host case study
Facing a growing demand to meet customer connectivity demands and with an increasingly fragmented provider ecosystem, many enterprises are opting to design, deploy and manage their own wireless connectivity network. What does this look like and does it make sense for enterprises to follow suit, or will a more standardised approach emerge?

09:25  Panel discussion: Balancing business needs, future-proofing and interoperability when deploying enterprise connectivity solutions
How do enterprises make sure the technologies being deployed will be fit for purpose now and in the future, and what are the exact needs they should overcome? Collaborating with various partners and having a solid understanding of the technologies is essential if solutions are to deliver on ROI and support future networks and 5G in the future.

10:00  Samsung keynote

10:20  DAS case study: New DAS architectures

10:40  Panel discussion: The sharing economy
With an ever growing menu of options for enterprise verticals ranging from managed service, to neutral host, to Spectrum-as-a-Service, how can we cut through the complex landscape to make sure networks can be deployed at scale, cost effectively, and fit for purpose? Amidst the changing landscape, openness is king, with spectrum, networks and infrastructure being shared.

11:05  Refreshments and visit to the exhibition

Stream A - Rethinking the enterprise business model

11:40  Panel discussion: Leveraging neutral host models for enterprise connectivity

12:10  Commercializing a multi-technology solution for enterprises

12:45  Panel discussion: Wi-Fi for tomorrow - commercialisation and enterprise collaboration

13:05  Multiple technologies for multiple settings
What do campuses, resorts and cities have in common? They have to consider a variety of environments and obstacles when selecting their technology mix. How do these technologies complement one another, and what does the business model look like?

Stream B - Enabling the HetNet

11:40  Future-proofing indoor solution:  multi-mode, multi-band solutions to support tomorrow’s connectivity demands

12:10  Network management

12:45  Partnering with satellite to deliver the HetNet
With more spectrum bands becoming available to the wider ecosystem, and new technologies allowing greater spectrum efficiency, how are the satellite community contributing to network densification, and in which settings would this be the best fit?

13:05  Network automation and wireless AI

13:30  Lunch in the exhibition

14:30  Topic-led roundtables
The topic-led roundtables offer attendees an opportunity to share experiences and discuss with a variety of stakeholders, the benefits of different solutions, insights into successful projects and advice for leveraging the latest connectivity services to deliver coverage and services.

  • Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)
  • The neutral host business model, application & costs
  • AI for small cells
  • OpenSource
  • Fixed Wireless Access
  • New funding models for the enterprise
  • Unlicensed connectivity opportunities
  • Smart cities
  • MEC & its applications
  • Wireless connectivity for hospitality
  • Wireless connectivity for hospitals
  • Real estate
  • Public safety and emergency communications
  • Sharing network infrastructure
  • Transport connectivity
  • Site acquisition

15:30  Afternoon refreshments

Getting connectivity where it's needed

16:00  Extending rural coverage with small cells
With rural coverage an ever present struggle, how can barriers to deploying, backhauling and scaling services be overcome, and what innovative approaches are service providers and infrastructure players taking to bridge the divide?

16:30  Urban densification

17:00  End of SCWS World 2018

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