5G FAPI suite continues to evolve to meet industry needs

SCF has updated its 5G FAPI suite, and released a new specification SCF229 5G FAPI Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) Protocol For Inline High-PHY, bringing to Open RAN fuller virtualized support of inline High-PHY implementations in O-RAN Alliance architecture. These latest releases are further indication of the FAPI suite evolving and meeting industry requirements, and it demonstrates SCF’s commitment to consistently updating and expanding the APIs.

SCWS 2022 on-demand

Every year SCWS provides an excellent opportunity for our industry to come together, to network, to share knowledge and to debate the big topics in our industry. This year we were back live in London for a two-day, in-person conference, with outstanding content, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.

For SCF, the event’s sponsors and delegates alike, SCWS 2022 proved even better than expected, with hundreds of delegates gathering from around the globe to discuss the topics that matter to our industry. The neutral host community really came to the fore, leading in a range of topic areas, and this was coupled with deep technology sessions and an excellent private 5G networks workshop with input from UK government organizations. You can download the speaker presentations further down the page.

Opening session

  • Conference Highlights – Prabhakar Chitrapu, Small Cell Forum
  • Market status – service provider survey results and analysis – Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Technology Research
  • RAN Foundation for the Digital Transformation of IndustriesGeorge Tsirtsis, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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Enterprise and industry requirements

  • Sector requirements: Commercial property, stadiums, Liverpool 5G – Simon Fletcher, Small Cell Forum
  • A major moment for indoor: how neutral host opportunities and the enterprise are driving small cell growth – Hans Hammar, Ericsson
  • Ann Williams, Liverpool City Council and UK5G
  • Mark Keenan, Real Wireless
  • Enterprise neutral host deployments – real world solutions – George Aguilera, Crown Castle
  • Digital transformation, commercial property and post-Covid recovery – Vijay Sodiwala, Wireless Infrastructure Group
  • Growing multi-operator in-building services – Samuel Buttarelli, Commscope

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Enterprise service delivery

  • Enterprise requirements, service provider solutions: Alignment or disconnect? – Michele Mackenzie, Analysys Mason
  • Small Cells – Making Cities Smarter, making transport smarter – Andrew Conway, BAI Communications UK
  • Open RAN and the enterprise – Anthony Magee, ADVA
  • Creating a connected UK – Ian Newbury, BT Wholesale

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New policy new business models

  • Dean Bubley, Moderator
  • JOTS NHIB update: Architecture – Dave Morris, JOTS and Virgin Media O2
  • JOTS NHIB update: Architecture – Soufiane Ayed, Three UK
  • JOTS NHIB update: Architecture – Doug Fripp, EE
  • Speaking on behalf of 5G Americas – US policy evolution – Mark Reudink, Crown Castle
  • European regulation and deployment: Progress and challenges –  Alastair Davidson, Wireless Infrastructure Group (speaking on behalf of EWIA)
  • Servicing the capacity constraints of today and enabling dense urban connectivity of tomorrow Mike Harrison, Cellnex

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Architectural evolutions

  • Enabling architectural diversity – Dealing with the aftermath of the RAN ‘Big Bang’ – Doug Pulley, Picocom
  • Evolving RAN Architecture for Cells Big and Small – Andrei Radulescu, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc
  • Private network opportunities – Network in a box – Abel Mayal, Airspan
  • Delivering mobile private networks for customers Graham Payne, Freshwave
  • Softwarizing 5G with Programmability and Openness – US policy evolution – Adil Kidwai, EdgeQ

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Small cell Open RAN technology strategies

  • Open RAN market overview – Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Technology Research
  • Implementing Flexible Small Cell Open RAN – Martin Lysejko, Picocom
  • Open RAN Evolution: What’s Next? – Munish Chhabra, Radisys

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Private network workshop

  • Lessons learned from CBRS in the US – Mark Reudink, Crown Castle
  • Open Ran Architecture Options – Justin Sims, Parallel Wireless
  • Andrew King, Wireless Infrastructure Group
  • The 3.8 to 4.2 (upper n77) experience and learning from it (harminsation aspirations) – Richard Moore, Ofcom
  • Product readiness for Open RAN and spectrum sharing – Stephen Patrick, Cable Free

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Industrial sectors applying private networks

Which sectors have historically utilised private networks, is that going to change? How do 5G and Open Networks (inc. Open RAN) change the prospects?

  • The evolution of private networks and the opportunity they present – Mike Short, Department for International Trade
  • Private Network Blueprints and driving technologies – Vikas Dixit, Jio
  • The European markets opportunity – Aitor Rubio, Cellnex

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Post event report

SCWS virtual 2022

State of the industry keynotes

  • RAN Foundation for the Digital Transformation of Industries – Gerardo Giaretta, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Conference Overview – Prabhakar Chitrapu, Small Cell Forum
  • Small Cell Market Status – The Numbers, Drivers and Barriers – Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Technology Research

Emerging tech & 6G

  • Chris Pearson, 5G Americas, Moderator
  • On the Path to 6G – Amitava Ghosh, Nokia Bell Labs
  • 6G: Limitless and Autodrive Connectivity for NextGen Services – Ravi Sinha, Reliance Jio,
  • Cloud Analytics and Automation for 6G and beyond – Mazin Gilbert, Google
  • Dale Seed, InterDigital, Panelist

Navigating the deployment of private networks with CBRS

  • Alan Ewing, Ongo Alliance, Moderator
  • Practical Innovations for 5G Private Networks – Rasmus Hellberg, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Private Networks and Cloud – Thomas Forner, Commscope
  • Softwarizing 5G in a Programmable, Elastic, Dynamic Manner – Adil Kidwai, Edge Q
  • Blueprints – Vikas Dixit, Reliance Jio

Open RAN & neutral host for accelerating 5G deployments

  • Vikas Dixit, Reliance Jio, Moderator
  • Small Cell Open Ran Innovation – Peter Claydon, Picocom
  • Deploying an Open and Neautrally Hosted Private and Public Small Cell Network – George Aguilera, Crown Castle
  • Indoor Neutral Host Solutions for Venue Funded Opportunities – Keyur Brahmbhatt, Extenet Systems Inc
  • Accelerating Neutral Host Deployments in the US – Roger Galuban, Ericsson
  • Eugina Jordan, Parallel Wireless, Panelist
  • Yang Xu, RAN at Facebook/Meta, Panelist

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