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Summary of #CWTEC 2019 Conference: 5G, Satellites & Magic MIMO
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Zahid Ghadialy) on October 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm
I was involved in helping organise yet another CW TEC conference this year. The topic was quite interesting and we had some brilliant speakers. Some of the excellent presentations were shared too, links below. Here is a very quick summary of the event, linking also to couple of excellent summaries below.The topic was a bit unusual and it rhymed very well with the attendees which were from many different backgrounds, from 5G, communications, satellites, electronics, T&M companies, etc. Here is the opening video that will show you the motivations behind this The day started with a breakfast briefing from Cambridge Consultants that looked at how Massive MIMO is the key to unlocking 5G User Experiences. Presentations available here.#CWTEC is underway with a thorough breakfast briefing from @CambConsultants. What is 5G NR? What is #MassiveMIMO? How about #beamforming? Delegates get up to speed with the day’s subject area before talks kick off at 10AM. We can’t wait! pic.twitter.com/lGELOWeZk2— Cambridge Wireless (@cambwireless) September 26, 2019Session 1 was titled "What has Massive MIMO ever done for us?". The narrative for the session was as follows:Clearly the desire for more and more capacity in cellular networks has driven the industry to find more and more novel techniques. The work done over the years and boosted by Tom Marzetta’s article titled “Noncooperative Cellular Wireless with Unlimited Numbers of Base Station Antennas” has set high expectations for this emergent technology, so much so the term Magic MIMO has been coined. However, how significant is it into today’s early 5G rollout and what can we expect over the coming years? Are there still further enhancements we should expect to see?There were 3 talks as follows:Sync Architectures for 5G NR by Chris Farrow, Technical Manager, Chronos Technology (slides)Three UK’s RAN transformation: Spectrum, RAN architecture strategy, Why? by Dr Erol Hepsaydir, Head of RAN and Devices Strategy and Architecture, Three UK (slides)Active antenna systems in RAN: performance, challenges and evolution by Anvar Tukmanov, Wireless Research Manager, BTAnvar Tuknanov from @bt_uk showing improvement in communications capacity as technology has evolved to 5G M-MIMO. @cambwireless #CWTEC @CGI_UKNEWS #ExperienceCGI pic.twitter.com/IZXJk2n6u4— Andrew Palmer (@AndrewPalmerCGI) September 26, 2019Session 2 looked at "Non-Terrestrial & Hybrid Networks". The narrative for the session was as follows:There are different initiatives underway to make satellite and other non-terrestrial networks as part of 5G. In addition, many different mobile operators have demonstrated compelling use-cases with drones, balloons and other aerostats. Other innovative approaches like European Aviation Network uses a hybrid-network using terrestrial network supported by a satellite connection as a backhaul for in-flight Wi-Fi. In addition to latency, what other challenges are stopping mass adoption of Non-terrestrial and Hybrid networks? What about advanced features like slicing, etc.?There were 3 talks as follows:Opportunities for blending terrestrial and satellite technologies by Dr Jaime Reed, Director, Consulting, Space, Defence and Intelligence, CGI (slides)Non-terrestrial Networks: Standardization in 5G NR by Dr Yinan Qi, Senior 5G Researcher, Samsung R&D Institute UKSatellites and 5G: A satellite operator’s perspective by Simon Watts, Principal Consultant, Avanti CommunicationsA fantastic technical in-depth session on Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) by Yinan Qi, Samsung. Loved it @TMGB #CWTEC pic.twitter.com/QUpxA3wKj9— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) September 26, 2019Session 3 looked at "5G: A Catalyst for Network Transformation". The narrative was as follows:5G has set high expectations in the user as well as operator community. While eMBB can be supported with an upgrade of existing 4G infrastructure, URLLC and mMTC may require massive change in the network architecture. Operators have already started the transformation process with backhaul upgrades, new data centers, distributed core and cloud rollouts, etc. How are networks evolving to accommodate these deep changes? What other changes will be required in the network to support the growth until the next new generation arrives?This session featured 3 talks as wellAn Introduction to Open RAN Concept by Zahid Ghadialy, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA (slides)Powering the successful deployment of 5G infrastructure by David George, Vice President of EMEA and APAC, Sitetracker (slides)The 5G transformation: no sweet without sweat by Antonella Faniuolo, Head of Network Strategy, Planning, Digital & Optimisation, Vodafone (slides)We loved @zahidtg’s #OpenRAN diagrams in his session at #CWTEC this afternoon. Good explanation of why OpenRAN matters and how it actually works. #5G @Parallel_tw pic.twitter.com/DTna4pC7bA— Cambridge Wireless (@cambwireless) September 26, 2019The final session topic was "Getting ready for Beyond-5G Era". The narrative was as follows:Many technologies like Full duplex, etc. that were originally intended to be part of 5G were not able to make it into the standards. Along with these, what other revolutionary changes are needed to make Beyond-5G technologies not only fulfil the vision, ambition and use-cases that were originally envisaged for 5G but to take it a step further and make it a game changer.This session featured 3 talks as well, as follows:Thinking Beyond 5G: Projects and Initiatives by Alan Carlton, Vice President, InterDigital Europe5G Evolution: Progressive enhancement and new features for new markets by Matthew Baker, Head of Radio Physical Layer and Coexistence Standardization, Nokia (slides)Why 6G’s design goals need far more than just radio & core innovation by Dean Bubley, Analyst & Futurist, Disruptive Analysis3GPP Release - Technology99 - UMTS (3G)45 - HSDPA (3.5G)6 - HSUPA7 - HSPA+8 - LTE (3.9G)910 - LTA-A (4G)111213 - LTE-A Pro (4.5G)1415 - 5G161718 - 5.5G?192021 - 6G?#CWTEC #3G4G5Gpic.twitter.com/vQi5Dhfsno— 3G4G (@3g4gUK) October 8, 2019 And my personal highlight was that I launched World's first coloured 5G tieDid I mention I am launching my World's First Coloured 5G Tie that caters for all different implementations of 5G 😁 #CWTEC@cambwireless @3g4gUK @Parallel_tw @3GPPLive @IBTwi @AndrewPalmerCGI @alainmouradUK pic.twitter.com/j0ebPnSxaB— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) September 26, 2019Hopefully you found the presentations shared as useful. Please also read the summaries of CWTEC provided below.Related Articles:CW Technology & Engineering Conference Review by CW (Cambridge Wireless)CWTEC: 5G, Massive MIMO and Satellites by David Chambers, ThinkSmallCellDean Bubley made a nice Twitter Thread on CWTEC here.All the information about the conference is available here.
Exploiting Possible 5G Vulnerabilities
by email@example.com (Zahid Ghadialy) on October 7, 2019 at 6:35 am
The standards can try their best to ensure that the next generation of protocols is more secure than the previous one but there is always some way in which the protocols can be exploited. This is where researchers play an important role in finding such vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by hackers. Frankly I am quite sure that only a handful of these vulnerabilities are found and hackers always have something that may never be found.In the recent HITBSecConf or the Hack In The Box Security Conference Altaf Shaik presented "4G to 5G: New Attacks". He along with Ravishankar Borgaonkar has been working to find out issues with security in cellular networks. In fact in the GSMA Mobile Security Hall of Fame, they both appear twice, individually.From the talk narrative:5G raises the security bar a level above 4G. Although IMSI exposure is prevented in 5G, we found new vulnerabilities to attack devices and subscribers. In this talk we expose a set of vulnerabilities in the 5G/4G protocols that are found in network operators equipment and also consumer devices such as phones, routers, latest IoT sensors, and even car modems. Our vulnerabilities affect several commercial applications and use cases that are active in 4G networks and are expected to take off in 5G networks. We developed automated tools to exploit the exposed cellular information and share some of our research traces and data sets to the community. We demonstrate a new class of hijacking, bidding down and battery draining attacks using low cost hardware and software tools. We did a rigorous testing worldwide to estimate the number of affected base stations and are surprised by the results. Finally our interactions with various vendors and standard bodies and easy fixes to prevent our attacks are discussed.Slides and Video is embedded below 4G to 5G: New Attacks from 3G4G Slides and Whitepaper can be downloaded from here.Further Reading:Ravishankar Borgaonkar: New vulnerabilities in 5G Security Architecture & Countermeasures (Part 1)3G4G: Security in Mobile Cellular Networks - TutorialDr. Anand R. Prasad: Evolution of Security from 4G to 5GGSMA Mobile Security Hall of Fame4G LTE Man In The Middle Attacks With A Hacked Small CellsPresentations from ETSI Security Week 2019
CW Seminar: The present, the future & challenges of AR/VR (#CWFDT)
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Zahid Ghadialy) on October 4, 2019 at 6:54 am
One of my roles is as a SIG champion of the CW (Cambridge Wireless) Future Devices & Technologies Group. We recently organised an event on "The present, the future & challenges of AR/VR". The CW team has kindly even summarised it here. I have also tried to collect all the tweets from the day here.Why is this important? Most of the posts on this blog is about the mobile technology and I am guessing most of the readers are from that industry too. While we are focussed too much on connectivity, it's the experience that makes the difference for most of the consumers. On the operator watch blog, I wrote recently about South Korea and the operator LG Uplus. Average data usage by 5G users in Korea is as high as 18.3GB, and average 4G users use 9GB in the same period, according to MSIT in May 2019. 5G data is about 2 times than that of 4G. This remarkable traffic growth is driven by UHD and AR/VR contents. According to the operator LG Uplus, new services featuring AR and VR functions are proving popular and already account for 20% of 5G traffic, compared with 5% for 4G.Coming back to the CW event, some of the presentations were shared and they are available here for a limited time. There were so many learnings for me, it's difficult to remember and add all of them here.The awesome @NadiaAzizTweet explaining how to quickly start making your own AR/VR apps @cambwireless @NTT_DATA_UK #CWFDT pic.twitter.com/jSIQZypqKT— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) September 17, 2019 Our newest SIG champ Nadia Aziz covered many different topics (presentation here) including how to quickly start making your own AR/VR apps and how AR apps will be used more and more for social media marketing in future.Fantastic talk by Mariano Cigilano, Creative Developer at @UNIT9 on the challenges of making a VR application and what they have learned along the way #CWFDT @cambwireless @NTT_DATA_UK pic.twitter.com/9xtIQ0Om4H— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) September 17, 2019Mariano Cigliano, Creative Developer at Unit9 (presentation here) discussed the journey of their company and what they have learned along the way whilst developing their solution to disrupt the design process through integrating immersive technologies.Learnt two new design concepts, Brown-boxing and Bodystorming from Aki Järvinen, @DigiCatapult #CWFDT @cambwireless @NTT_DATA_UK pic.twitter.com/vLrlTQSIcv— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) September 17, 2019Aki Jarvinen from Digital Catapult (presentation here) explained about Brown-boxing and Bodystorming. Both very simple techniques but can help get the app designers story straight and save a lot of time, effort and money while creating the app.Some fantastic motivation for VR training by @jamescwatson from @immerse #CWFDT - VR 5G training 🤔 @cambwireless @NTT_DATA_UK pic.twitter.com/TF01mJyzw9— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) September 17, 2019James Watson from Immerse (presentation here) talked about VR training. So many possibilities if done correctly and can be more interactive than the online or classroom training's.Schuyler Simpson, Vice President - Strategic Partnerships & Operations at Playfusion (presentation here) discussed the reality of enhanced reality, diving deep into the challenges about creating an experience that resonates best with audiences. In his own words, "Enhanced Reality blends visual, audio, haptic, and intelligent components to create highly personalized, immersive, and most importantly, valuable experiences for organizations and their audiences."A fantastic workshop and pitch back session at #CWFDT event. Lots of people all the way till the end. Thanks @cambwireless @NTT_DATA_UK @NadiaAzizTweet @twinstan @PatChan288 pic.twitter.com/zi6Z2i2nlr— Zahid Ghadialy (@zahidtg) September 17, 2019 The most valuable learning of the day was to create an AR/VR app (just in theory), assuming there is no technology limitation. The whole journey consisted of:Brainstorming of the Use CaseKey Pain PointsSort the pain points in priority and select top 3 or 5Map customer journeyDefine persona for which the app is being designedMap their journeyTouch pointsWhat can be improved on those touch points Design a VR/AR application for the defined problem Storyboarding AR/VR use caseUX design considerations – spatial, emotional.. Scribe a prototype Playback to others.Many thanks to today's sponsor/host @NTT_DATA_UK, our wonderful #CWFDT SIG Champs (pictured below on the fantastic balcony) Graham, @zahidtg, David, Charlie, @NadiaAzizTweet & Sophie, our speakers and of course today's delegates for making our #CWFDT event a huge success! pic.twitter.com/khMXch37Tt— Cambridge Wireless (@cambwireless) September 17, 2019Thanks to everyone who helped make this whole event possible, from the SIG champs to the CW team and the host & sponsors NTT Data. Special thanks to our newest SIG champ, Nadia Aziz for tirelessly working to make this event a success.Related Articles:CW Blog: The present, the future & the challenges of AR/VRTwitter Moment: The present, the future & the challenges of AR/VRShort summary of #CWFDT event 'Smart Devices of 2025'Robots in Telecoms World - A presentation from #CWFDT event on 'Robots: Assistance, Automation, Entertainment'
5G Core Architecture Webinar from Apis
by email@example.com (Zahid Ghadialy) on September 28, 2019 at 11:26 am
Apis Training has a new webinar on 5G Core. It's embedded below. It covers lots of ground from Network Architecture options to Slicing concepts, Virtualization, etc.For people with only basic understanding of 5G, you may want to first start with the following, before jumping on to this webinar:Updated 5G Terminology PresentationService Based Architecture (SBA) for 5G Core (5GC) Related Posts:When does your 5G NSA Device Show 5G Icon?NTT Docomo: Bringing 5G to the Rugby World Cup5G and Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC)How the Addition of 5G Radio Resources Increases the Complexity of LTE Signaling ProceduresOpinion: What is "Real 5G" or "True 5G"The Politics of Standalone vs Non-Standalone 5G & 4G Speeds
When does your 5G NSA Device Show 5G Icon?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Zahid Ghadialy) on September 24, 2019 at 6:35 am
After I wrote about the 5G Icon Display back in February, I received lots of other useful and related materials, mostly from 3GPP standards delegates. Based on this updated information, I created a presentation and video called 'The 5G Icon Story'. Only recently did I realize that I didn't add it to the blog. So here it is.And for people who are impatient and directly want to jump to the main point, it's UpperLayerIndication in SIB 2 as can be seen above.The slides and video is embedded below. Intermediate: The 5G Icon Story from 3G4G Related Posts:Updated 5G Terminology Presentation (Feb 2019)Prof. Andy Sutton: 5G Radio Access Network Architecture Evolution - Jan 2019An Introduction to Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN)5G and Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC)
FWA: Boom or bust for U.S. wireless carriers?
by Monica Alleven on October 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm
As the industry convenes in Los Angeles this week, one of the big questions will be around how U.S. mobile operators will make a buck off fixed wireless access.
Verizon delivers standards-based 5G Home in Chicago
by Bevin Fletcher on October 21, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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Pivotal sets up shop at Luxe to show off mmWave HBF
by Monica Alleven on October 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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Dish issues the third RFP for its 5G greenfield network
by Linda Hardesty on October 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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Corning, Intel team up for in-building 5G, leveraging vRAN
by Bevin Fletcher on October 20, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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Verizon eyes enterprise applications of 5G, edge and XR
by Sean Kinney, Editor in Chief on October 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Pooling GPU compute at the edge translates 5G latency gains into user experience Edge compute is seen as a key piece of delivering monetizable, enterprise-facing 5G services. But what kind of compute in service of which applications has been an open question as carriers are still in the early days of 5G network deployment and [...] The post Verizon eyes enterprise applications of 5G, edge and XR appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
Corning, Intel collaborate to streamline 5G in-building deployment
by Catherine Sbeglia on October 21, 2019 at 3:29 pm
Corning exec: ‘5G is real and it’s going to be coming indoors’ Corning Incorporated and Intel are working together to improve 5G availability and performance indoors for enterprise users. The companies will streamline 5G in-building deployment by delivering a virtual platform for Corning’s 5G network solutions powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel FlexRAN [...] The post Corning, Intel collaborate to streamline 5G in-building deployment appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
These industries are starting to realize the IoT potential
by Kiva Allgood Head of Internet of Things, Ericsson on October 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to bring about a truly connected future, powering everything from smart homes to smart cities. Where we see a particular impact, however, is in the Industrial IoT (IIoT), where the exponential potential of connected sensors, machinery and processes will come to life, kick-starting a 4th Industrial Revolution that [...] The post These industries are starting to realize the IoT potential appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
FCC to amend tariffing rules and expedite 800 MHz band reconfiguration
by Catherine Sbeglia on October 21, 2019 at 11:13 am
FCC meeting will address wireline competition, public safety & homeland security and media The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an open meeting at the end of this week. The meeting will address a number of issues including wireline competition, public safety & homeland security and media. Specifically, the FCC will consider an Order on [...] The post FCC to amend tariffing rules and expedite 800 MHz band reconfiguration appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
The Sunday Brief: Four earnings questions
by Jim Patterson on October 21, 2019 at 11:10 am
Greetings from Lake Norman, NC (picture of a recent sunrise is shown). This week, we will discuss four questions that should be asked during earnings calls (which start this Thursday with Comcast, followed by Verizon and Charter on Friday and AT&T and Google the following Monday, Apple and Sprint (likely) on Oct 30 and CenturyLink [...] The post The Sunday Brief: Four earnings questions appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
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5G Devices Ecosystem – Sept 2019 – Updated
by Joe Barrett on October 10, 2019 at 8:01 am
5G Devices: Ecosystem Report September 2019 – The report was update 15th October 2019. GSA has announced 129 5G devices… The post 5G Devices Ecosystem – Sept 2019 – Updated appeared first on GSA.
NB-IoT and LTE-MTC Global Ecosystem and Market Status
by Joe Barrett on September 30, 2019 at 5:38 pm
NB-IoT and LTE-MTC. Continued mobile industry commitment to the range of 3GPP-standards-based Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies has been… The post NB-IoT and LTE-MTC Global Ecosystem and Market Status appeared first on GSA.
LTE-5G in the Middle East and Africa
by Joe Barrett on September 30, 2019 at 5:21 pm
LTE-5G in the Middle East and Africa. LTE has been launched by 201 operators in 66 countries in the Middle… The post LTE-5G in the Middle East and Africa appeared first on GSA.
Gigabit LTE Report – September 2019 update
by Joe Barrett on September 26, 2019 at 10:59 am
Gigabit LTE Report. 324 operators in 136 countries are investing in at least one of the three key Gigabit LTE… The post Gigabit LTE Report – September 2019 update appeared first on GSA.
Status of the LTE Ecosystem – September 2019 Update
by Joe Barrett on September 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm
Status of the LTE Ecosystem. The number of LTE devices has grown 26% year-on-year. 15,378 LTE user devices have been… The post Status of the LTE Ecosystem – September 2019 Update appeared first on GSA.