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 2023 on-demand

Every year SCWS provides an excellent opportunity for our industry to come together to network, share knowledge, and debate the big topics in our industry. The two-day event in London included a full program of live sessions, with outstanding content, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors.

For SCF, the event’s sponsors and delegates alike, SCWS 2023 proved even better than expected, with hundreds of delegates gathering from around the globe to discuss the topics that matter to our industry. This year’s theme was ‘Unlocking network value: infrastructure for sustainable digital transformation’. You can download the speaker presentations further down the page.

State of the industry keynotes

  • Welcome to SCWS – Mark Reudink, Chair, Small Cell Forum
  • SCF Industry Awards shortlist – Caroline Gabriel, Chair of Judges
  • SCWS keynote panel – Ensuring long-term sustainable wireless infrastructure – Richard Mackenzie, Distinguished Engineer in Wireless Networks at BT, Co-chair RAN Intelligence & Automation (RIA) at Telecom Infra Project, Vijay Sodiwala, Commercial and Business Development Director of Indoor Networks, Wireless Infrastructure Group, Jack Nasielski, Senior Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Moderated by Simon Fletcher, Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum.

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Generating value on the roadmap to 2030

  • The roadmap to 2030 – Peter Claydon, President, Picocom
  • Resetting the connectivity landscape – Anthony Magee, Senior Director Business Development, Adtran
  • From non-standalone 5G to 5G standalone – the evolution of the core network – David O’Byrne, Senior Business Development Manager, Druid
  • The future of the RAN – Dr Doug Pulley, Chief Solutions Architect, Picocom
  • Role of small network models for sustainability – Ian Newbury, Director of Business Development Mobile, BT Wholesale
  • Panel: Monetising an iterative roadmap to next generation connectivity – Nick Wiggin, Head of Partnerships, Freshwave, Ali Akhtar, Head of Acquisition and Contracts, BT Wholesale, Abel Mayal, SVP Technology and Marketing, Airspan, Moderated by Dean Bubley, Director, Disruptive Analysis

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Sharing models for digital transformation of enterprise and cities

  • How neutral host & MNO partnership enables digital transformation – Tom Bennett, CTO, Freshwave
  • Future-proofing mission-critical connectivity infrastructure – Graham Pollitt, IT Infrastructure Director, Manchester Airport
  • Maximising socio-economic benefits of large infrastructure projects; operational challenges of smart city infrastructure; evolving business & partnership models for large infra projects – Andrew Conway, Director of Solutions & Innovation, BAI Communications UK and Ireland (soon to be Boldyn Networks)
  • Small Cell Deployment – What happens when the technology and the real world meet – Chris Stratton, Company Director and Chair of RICS Telecom Expert Working Group and Carlos Pierce, NCA, Co-founder and Chair of the National Connectivity Alliance (NCA)
  • Panel: Requirements for large-scale, future-proof connectivity – Graham Pollitt, IT Infrastructure Director, Manchester Airport, Chris Stratton, Company Director and Chair of RICS Telecom Expert Working Group, Paul Senior, Chairman, Dense Air, Craig Walton, Chief Digital Officer, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Carlos Pierce, NCA, Co-founder and Chair of the National Connectivity Alliance (NCA), Moderated by Simon Fletcher, Chief Strategy Officer, Small Cell Forum

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IT platforms for scalable models for private networks

  • 5G Private Networks – moving to deployments at scale – George Tsirtsis, Senior Director, Technology, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Private network evolution – Graham Payne, Executive Chairman, Freshwave
  • Building Private Networks That Work: Lessons Learned and Tips for Success – Abel Mayal, SVP Technology and Marketing, Airspan

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Architectures, splits and options

  • Into Mainstream – Making Small Cell Deployments Take Off – Neil Winrow, VP Sales & Business Development, EdgeQ Inc
  • Getting real about vRAN – Ganesh Shenbagaraman, Head of Standards, Regulatory Affairs and Ecosystems, Radisys
  • Optimised O-RAN Fronthaul: Why Split 6 is always the answer – Paul Senior, Chairman, Dense Air
  • Taking mmWave to the next phase – Philippe Poggianti, Vice President, Business Development, Qualcomm France S.A.R.L.
  • Panel: A use case driven roadmap for Open RAN – Vicky Messer, VP of Product Management, Picocom, Andrei Radulescu Senior Staff, Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Prof Robert Maunder, Founder and CTO, AccelerComm, Ganesh Shenbagaraman, Head of Standards, Regulatory Affairs and Ecosystems, Radisys, Martin Whitcroft, Senior Director, Small Cells, Mavenir, Vikas Dixit, Assistant Vice President, Jio, Moderated by Prabhakar Chitrapu, Vice Chair, Small Cell Forum

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The role of hybrid solutions for delivering a sustainable model

  • Public, private and hybrid networks – poor relation or the way ahead for scalable, sustainable and flexible service delivery? – Bart Giordano, SVP and President, CommScope
  • Hybrid models for enterprise – Patrick Bradd, CEO, Ontix
  • Private networks in the real world – David O’Byrne, Senior Business Development Manager, Druid

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Real world priorities for digital

  • Connectivity and economic empowerment – Dr. Marika Iivari Visiting Professor, Centre for Digital Transformation, Imperial College Business School Adjunct Professor in Business Analytics and Digital Business, Oulu Business School
  • Evolving enterprise demand – Jenny Obee, Digital Technology Officer, Argent Property Development Services
  • Evolving digital ambitions of governments and policy makers – Rui Inacio, Chief Technology Officer, Vilicom, a BAI Communications UK and Ireland company (soon to be Boldyn Networks)
  • Outdoor Small Cells: Creating Connections that Matter in our Towns and Cities – Mike Harrison, Cellnex, Head of Products, Solutions and Marketing, UK
  • SCF Market Status Review: Service provider survey results and analysis – Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Networks, Analysys Mason and SCF Content Director

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SCWS Asia webinar 2023

Small cells in Asia – hybrid solutions for sustainable connectivity

  • 00:19 SCF: Unlocking Network Value, Sue Monahan, CEO, SCF
  • 09:55 Analyst keynote, Caroline Gabriel, Analysys Mason
  • 33:50 Everything but the macro, Rain Du, Strategic Product Manager, Ericsson
  • 50:06 5G Private Networks – Moving to deployments at scale, Rasmus Hellberg, Senior Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc
  • 01:06:38 Changing deployment models, Ray Zhang, Director of Business Development, Picocom
  • 01:20:12 5G Small Cells: Transforming wireless connectivity for new generation use cases, Aayush Bhatnagar, Senior Vice President, 4G/5G Technology Initiatives, Jio