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Managing LTE, 3G & WiMAX Networks using

Self Organizing / Self Optimizing Technologies
Impact on BaseStation, RF,
Backhaul & Core Equipment


What is Needed to Reduce Network OPEX?
Macro, Micro, Pico, Femto, Relays, DAS, and WiFi Cells


Keynote by:


With Carrier Participation

AT&T TeliaSonera AB Vodafone


June 1-4, 2010, London, UK


Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel
140 Bath Road

Hayes, Middlesex UB3 5AW, UK
Phone: 44-20 87596311


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Moderated by:
Don Brown, Director, IWPC
Mike Alferman, IWPC



Workshop Background:

With over 4 billion mobile phones, mobile phone data usage is growing at a fast pace. To keep up with this type of growth, wireless operators must commission large numbers of cell sites and cell types very rapidly to relieve the capacity on the network. In addition, the wireless operator must simultaneously manage multiple networks. These two factors have grown complexity exponentially with no end in site. The upward trend in complexity is only going to continue as the typical wireless operator plans to add a 4G network over their existing legacy networks.


The exponential growth in complexity leads to exponential growth in OpEx.


Self Organizing/Self Optimizing Networks (SON) become a critical factor to help manage and sustain operational complexity and costs. SON aims to reduce the complexity by automating configuration, operation, and optimization of the operator’s network.

“The issue is that as we get into more and more complex networks, the network should dynamically configure itself to distribute its resources to meet the changing demands of users.


This includes a look at how the handset can sense connectivity to the network and how the network can adapt to changing demands and how all of this gets monitored and managed.”


Quote from a Director of Verizon Wireless

Workshop Goals:

The fundamental questions to be addressed at this workshop are:

  • What SON solutions are most practical to reduce OPEX in the near, medium and long term.

  • How does SON manage networks across the technologies of 2G, 3G, 4G and cell types of macro, micro, pico, relay, DAS, femto, and WiFi?

  • How does SON manage across multiple vendors’ equipment?

  • Can the plug and play base station become a reality?




Tuesday, June 1, 2010

7:00 PM

Social and Networking
Reception & Registration

At Hotel

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:25 AM

Self Introductions

Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and share how they can contribute to this process

9:00 AM

Operator Keynote presentation



SON - What do Operators Want?

Group Research & Development

Radio Technologies



10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Operator Requirements and Use Cases

  • By implementing SON, how much OpEx reduction is expected?

    • Where is the majority of savings expected?

      • Deployment – plug and play base station setup

      • Operations – power savings

      • Optimization – traffic management

    • On which networks will operators use SON?

      • 4G

      • 3G

      • 2G

      • WiFi offload

    • How does SON impact the deployment, operations, and optimization of the following cell types:

      • Macro

      • Micro/Pico

      • Femto

      • Relays

      • DAS

      • Wifi

    • Operator Controls:

      • How do operators want to control SON?

        • Site

        • Core

        • NOC

        • All of the above

      • How do operators want to simplify network control?

        • Fewer Controls

        • Less Parameters

        • More orthogonal parameters

        • Automation of parameters

      • Which parameters have the largest impact on performance and/or savings?

      • Which areas of the network need SON automation the most?

        • RF

          • Handover Management – from cell edge to neighboring cell

          • Power Control

        • Backhaul – resource redistribution

        • Neighbor Relations

        • Hardware and Software management

        • Security

        • QOS Issues

        • Other?

    • Network Management

      • Which SON features shall support a multi-vendor network environment?

      • How must the SON system coordinate between multiple "conflicting" SON features?

    • What is needed from the industry to implement and manage SON?

An Operator's Perspective on SON

Senior Radio Expert



AT&T's SON Challenges: In a Multi-Technology Environment

Principal Technical Architect



12:10 PM

Networking Lunch


1:10 PM

OEM Equipment – RAN and Backhaul

  • Self Configuration

    • How can SON reduce the human intervention of commissioning a site?

    • How can the generation of RF and Transport parameters be used to auto configure a site?

  • Automatic Neighbor Relation (ANR)

    • How do the OEMs work with the Device Manufacturers to automate the neighbor list relationship?

    • How does ANR help with handovers?

  • Coverage and Capacity Optimization

    • How does SON help automate detection and resolution of coverage and interference issue?

    • How can OpEx be reduces for drive testing is important.

      • What tools will be available?

      • How can the end user device assist/replace drive testing?

  • Reuse Planning

    • With a limited physical cell IDs, how can the mobile simplify planning?

    • What auto configuration methods are available and practical?

  • Energy Saving

    • How can equipment use energy smarter and more efficiently?

    •  What improvements in power control will reduce the operator’s energy bills?

  • Load Balancing

    • What techniques are available to offload capacity on a busy site?

      • WAN Networks

      • WiFi Networks

      • Backhaul Networks

    • What percentage of load balancing occurs at cell edge?

  • Handoff Optimization

    • How does manage vertical handovers from WAN-to-WiFi and WiFi-to-WAN?

    • How does SON minimize drops calls due to missed handoff?

Extending SON into the Core for E2E Optimization

Director/New Wireless Technology Evaluation



Impact of SON in Real World LTE Deployments

Lead Architect



SON Suite for Multi-Technology Networks

Business and Solutions Operations Manager

Nokia-Siemens Networks





3:10 PM

Networking Break


3:50 PM

OEM Equipment – RAN and Backhaul




Confirmed Speaker - Title TBA

Director, Wireless Networks



SON + Smart Simplicity - Ericsson View on LTE O&M

Director, Technical Solutions, O&M



Capacity Management Using WiFi in SON


Ruckus Wireless


5:50 PM

Adjourn for Day


6:45 PM

Bus leaves for:


London Style

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

7:00 AM



8:00 AM

Panel Session

Operators and OEMs



  • Alcatel-Lucent

  • AT&T

  • Ericsson

  • Motorola

  • Nokia-Siemens Networks

  • Ruckus Wireless

  • Samsung

  • TeliaSonera

  • Vodafone

9:00 AM

Active Infrastructure and Mobile Antennas Performance

  •  Adaptive and Smart Antenna Systems

    • Open and Closed Loop control

      • Sectorization and control

      • Null steering

      • Beam Steering

      • Tilt Control

  • Power Management & Combining

Wireless Communication Systems Using Phased Array Antennas


Electromagnetic Technologies


Confirmed Speaker - Title TBA

VP/Product Mgmnt. & Mktg.

ReVerb Networks




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Active Infrastructure and Mobile Antennas Performance




Sensory and Activation Elements of SON

Director Business Development

Andrew Solutions


SON Aspects of Active Antenna Arrays

Senior Systems Engineer



11:40 AM

Network Testing and Validation

  • How does SON reduce the OpEx for drive testing?

Drive Test Solutions - How to Adapt Them for SON?

Technology Manager/Wireless

Rohde & Schwarz

12:10 PM



1:10 PM

Traffic Detection, Inspection,
Planning & Management


  • How can the mobile play a bigger role in optimizing network performance?

  • Determining WiFi Offload, when, where, and under what business conditions?


Handset SON Requirements - More Questions than Answers

Senior System Designer

Research in Motion (RIM)


Cost Benefits of Automated RF Configurations with SON

Managing Director

Symena Software


2:10 PM

Enabling SON Infrastructure Technologies

  • Antenna Transmit and Receive Power Measurement Technologies

  • Power Amplifiers

    • What changes are necessary to support the various SONs functions

    • What improvements are necessary to provide accurate reporting back to the site

  • What power amplifier, modulator, filter and combiner changes and entire Rx chain are required to support SON?

  • What flexible design technologies are available to develop SON?

Taking SON right up to the Antenna

Product Line Director

Nujira Ltd.


Embedding Programmability in Systems for Network Optimization

Senior Manager/Wireless Systems




3:10 PM

Networking Break


3:50 PM




The Operators will be asked to recap the extent to which the workshop has addressed their wish lists.


What are the next steps?



  • AT&T

  • TeliaSonera

  • Vodafone


4:35 PM

TakeAways & Closing Remarks


5:00 PM



7:00 PM

Dinner (Dutch*)


* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes

Friday, June 4, 2010

8:00 AM

Bletchley Park



Tour one of the most important technology sites of the 20th century !


Bletchley Park is where the famous secret code breaking took place - cited as helping win WWII for the West.  This is a very important and interesting historical site.

Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel. 




Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

Friday, May 21, 2010



  • We do not permit the Press.

  • We do not permit Analysts.

  • We do not permit Consultants.

  • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.

We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.



ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.


We estimate that these costs will be 797 Pounds Sterling  per person. (For IWPC Members, only.)


ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.


Make checks payable to IWPC.



Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel
140 Bath Road

Hayes, Middlesex UB3 5AW, UK
Phone: 44-20 87596311




Please contact the hotel directly at 44-208-8170761 and quote block code 06011WP for reservations. Mention the IWPC room block rate of £110.00 single occupancy.


Cut-off date for reservations is May 25th.  After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.


TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL:  http://www.radisson.com/hotels/gbedwair/locations




A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.



Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.



Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!



IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.


For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. These pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

These materials will be copied and handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


Please use this FREE FTP site to send electronic materials (any size file):




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