At RAN World 2017, the working groups were as popular as ever. We enlisted our ever-excellent working group leaders to write up summaries of what was discussed, and you can read the results here!
- How have expectations and capabilities of MEC changed in the last 12 months?
- How advanced are trials and Proofs of Concept?
- What new applications and service gains does MEC enable?
- How does edge computing fit within wider network evolution plans?
SON and Orchestration
- What are the latest developments in active SON?
- Where are the efficiency gains of SON for operators?
- How does SON inform orchestration of the physical and virtual network?
- How has C-RAN evolved in terms of 5G planning and current deployments?
- How do virtualisation and fronthaul support greater opportunities for C-RAN?
- What lessons do the early C-RAN deployments have to share?
- How can non-fibre rich markets capitalise on Cloud- and Centralized-RAN opportunities
AI and Automation
- How does SON support automation of the network?
- How can artificial intelligence be placed in the network?
- What moves are there towards a virtualised RAN?
- How are different approaches to virtualisation enabling new network capabilities for operators?
- How can network slicing be applied and what applications does it enable?
- How have systems been migrated to a virtualised environment?
Backhaul and Fronthaul
- How does backhaul fit into the wider network evolution towards 5G?
- What are the fronthaul requirements for next generation networks?
- What are the new opportunities and requirements for backhaul as the network densifies?
5G Use Cases
- Which 5G applications show the greatest revenue and new market opportunities?
- What new players do 5G applications bring to the market?
- What is required in order to enable new 5G capabilities?
- How can current network plans incorporate future 5G opportunities?
- How can current networks be cheaply and easily optimised to be more efficient?
- How can operators ensure they get the most longevity and use out of existing technologies and networks?
- Who can current networks be built on, rather than replaced, to enable 5G requirements?
"An excellent opportunity to discuss the common challenges we all face and learn from each others experiences in a number of areas. The workshops allow specific topics to be explored further"