Day 1 - 17 March 2020
5G Infrastructure: Chairpersons Welcome and Opening Comments
An analyst will give an overview of the 5G infrastructure, cut through the hype of the network and discuss how it looks to transform our landscape.
5G Core – Cut through the Hype
The 5G core network will provide new capabilities, not only for existing networks but new services that enhance the wireless landscape. As a mesh of inter-connected services, the 5G core unifies to create an enabling platform for network connectivity. This session will look at;
- How cloud platforms enable 5G
- Non-Standalone (NSA) connectivity’s role in the current 5G infrastructure
- What 5G NR Stand-Alone (SA) means for the future of the network
Panel: Unlocking the Potential of 5G
- Talk of the potential of 5G and the full network roll-out has taken-over, but how is the lack of understanding in how to integrate this network into existing infrastructures hindering its imminent use?
- How 5G will affect the holy quintet; capacity, reliability, latency, bandwidth and efficiency?
- The need for MNO’s to create new products and pricing for sector adoption
Ready, Set, 5G! Adopting and Accelerating 5G on a Mass Scale
- ‘70% of developers worldwide expect 5G to dominate in their countries within the next 2 years’ – how can the capabilities, adoption and acceleration of this wireless network be realised?
- Emphasising how collaboration is key for adoption across network operators and both public and private sectors
- The convergence between fixed and mobile services
Roll-up, Roll-out; What are the Infrastructure Challenges 5G faces in its Deployment Phase?
As more sensors and connected devices are live, increasing and challenging the amount of traffic and higher spectrum bands being used, the need for a stronger infrastructure to support an ever-growing, complex and compact grid is paramount. To enable this, we need to combat the following;
- What additional demand is 5G going to make on network designs?
- The need for densification and re-examining the network architecture and reliability – Is it built for 5G?
- Can what is already there be utilised e.g. Fibre networks?
NR is the new LTE – A Breakdown of 5G New Radio
The basics of understanding 5G New Radio frequencies between a device and active base station are already known. While LTE will be the initial interface for 5G, what will 5G NR bring as the network grows?
- Resilience of radio-interface
- Cloud-Native Architecture
- How it is building on the waveforms that are already in place
- Improvement in performance, flexibility, scalability and efficiency
- A key component for flexibility in a wider network architecture
5G Capabilities – Why You Need It and What You Can Gain
- High-band spectrum, automation and capabilities – Allowing for peak connectivity speeds with 5G
- Small cells – Increased Geographical connectivity due to more connectivity assets including antennas and cell sites
- Networking – How this enables devices from asset tracking and street furniture, to remote healthcare
- Confidentiality – Data encryption at the edge of the network thanks to local cache V’s the core
Global Head of 5G Projects, Future Networks
02:30PM - Day 1
A Slice for Everyone! How Network Slicing enables Business Optimisation
A key element of 5G adoption is the ability for MNO’s to utilise Network Slicing. While full optimisation of this feature will require a Standalone infrastructure, we can already predict the competitive advantage and KPI’s and new services this network virtualization will give operators for example, network-as-a-service capabilities which gives the consumer the exact capabilities they require at any given time. With this in mind, how will MNO’s approach and adapt to this level of customisation?
Connecting at the Edge – How MEC and 5G enhance Industry Computing
Enabling multi-access edge computing (MEC) via 5G will allow for the data processing and computing to happen closer to where the action is taking place at heightened speeds. From cell stations to autonomous vehicles, how will the progression and implementation of mass MEC, accompanied with 5G benefit industry processing?
Panel: The Big 3 for 5G – Standards, Security & Sustainability
- Have security and standards of the network become an after though, rather than a priority?
- What standards are in place for the core architecture and its deployment?
- How will these need to evolve to allow 5G to reach its optimum connectivity – is developing a spectrum strategy the answer?
- ‘5G can drive sustainable development’- What industry examples are there to support this statement?
Analysing your 5G Strategy via SOAR
- What is SOAR? (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations & Results)
- Why enterprises need to utilise the insights of SOAR for competitive advantage
- How to action from the analysis results
- Utilising SOAR to structure the network evolution
Don’t Forget About Fibre!
- How fibre networks are critical in the success of 5G
- The need for mass amounts of antennas and cell sites in order reap the benefits
- From Edge to the Core, how fibre will enable 5G NR Stand-Alone (SA)