Talk from Chairman of the Femto Forum

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02 March 2011

Femto Forum in Town: CTVR hosted a talk by Prof. Simon Saunders on Wednesday March 2nd, 2011. Simon is the Chairman of the  Femto Forum   and is in Dublin for a variety of Femto Forum meetings. 040

Prof. Saunders will gave an excellent overview of the femto cell market place and of the work of the Femto Forum.

The Femto Forum has a very wide membership with 60 operators and over 74 providers of femto technologies.  The interest in femto cell solutions is increasing. According to Simon there are currently 19 femtocell deployments worldwide, with 34 expressions of interest and much larger numbers following that. The business models adopted seem to vary extensively from deployment to deployment as do the degrees of freedom of operation.

Simon provided a number of interesting facts and figures. One figure is that there are now over 1.7 million femotcells deployed worldwide. To put this in context there are 2.2 million macro cells. Small cells are taking over! Another intersting fact that came up during the presentation was that traffic is increasingly generated indoors. The following figure is taken from the presentation.

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Professor Simon Saunders is an independent specialist in wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background in both industry and academia. The former Chief Technology Officer of the Red-M consultancy, Simon has invented several novel wireless technologies. He currently serves on the technical advisory boards of Picochip and Ubiquisys and the industrial advisory board at University College London. He is a Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey.

The Internet of the Future

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The Internet of the Future – The Irish Times did an interesting article on Friday Feb 25th about the Internet of the Future. It can be found here.

SFI is encouraging the building of critical mass around this topic. As the article points out –

SFI has invested more than €200 million to date in research that will build the future internet. SFI is funding five different Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSETs) in this area. We also have a large number of companies – such as IBM, Bell Labs and Ericsson – which collaborate in research and take the products of that research. Alongside that, we have many Irish SMEs – like Intune Networks, which develops network architecture to cope with the massive increase in unpredictable traffic demand.”

And of course we have to quote the part that references CTVR –

“CTVR, the telecommunications research CSETt, is engaged in research into future networks. CTVR’s work is on the development of flexible networks that are evolvable, submissive and sustainable. These will be of particular importance, says Dr Collins, when events generate dramatically increased traffic on telecommunications networks.”

CTVR is all about building networks that can deal with change. Some changes can be predicted – others not. Hence it is tough to design networks for the unknown. In CTVR we focus on flexible optical and wireless technologies that can adapt to changes whatever they may be. We are particularly interested in the interplay between the wider network architecture and the technologies that underpin the network.

Talk by Prof. Simon Saunders of the Femto Forum

 

ffLocation: CTVR Headquarters – Dunlop Oriel House
Date: 02 March 2011
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm

 

CTVR will be hosting a talk by Prof. Simon Saunders on Wednesday March 2nd at 1pm

 

Prof. Simon Saunders is in Dublin next week for a variety of Femto Forum meetings. He is the Chairman of the Femto Forum.

 

Prof. Saunders will provide an overview of the femto cell market place and of the work of the Femto Forum.

 

The talk is open to all. It will be held in the CTVR Seminar Room – which is on the first floor of Dunlop Oriel House. The location of CTVR Headquarters can be found here.

 

Professor Simon Saunders is an independent specialist in wireless
communications, with a technical and commercial background in both
industry and academia. The former Chief Technology Officer of the Red-M consultancy, Simon has invented several novel wireless technologies. He currently serves on the technical advisory boards of
Picochip and Ubiquisys and the industrial advisory board at University College London. He is a Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey.