CW TEC 2019 - 5G, Satellites & Magic MIMO

Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, William Gates Building, 15 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FD

  • Date 26 Sep 2019
  • Time 09:30 - 18:00
  • Location Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, William Gates Building, 15 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FD

Tickets are £50 (+VAT) for CW members | £100 (+VAT) for non-CW members for a limited time only!

This year's CW TEC on the 26 September at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge will focus on 5G, Satellites & Magic MIMO.

CW TEC 2019 is a day designed specifically for engineers. With 5G moving from theory into practice, this one day event will explore in intimate detail the new technologies that are transforming the mobile network.

Take for example spectrum. Frequencies that had been considered worthless are now underpinning 5G deployments with the help of some clever engineering - and massive MIMO. Massive MIMO is not massive at all, but can bring enormous benefit when it comes to increasing capacity and improving coverage. Unsurprisingly it’s referred to in some circles as the magic MIMO. What role is massive MIMO going to play in the future - and how massive can the operators go?

Elsewhere in the access network, satellites have long been used for providing emergency communications, broadband in hard to reach areas and as backhaul for cellular networks. However, the long round trip time of signals for medium earth orbit (MEOs) and geostationary orbit (GEOs) satellites have prevented them from moving outside of this niche. With many low earth orbit (LEO) mega constellations emerging, satellites are now a potential mass enabler of 5G, standards permitting. But what contributions from satellites can we realistically expect?

At CW TEC 2019, we will focus on new 5G technologies that are changing the industry today, the consequences of which will reverberate long into the future. With a particular focus on the engineering challenges of 5G access networks and last mile connectivity – including delivering on latency targets, or providing coverage to rural areas - the agenda will give delegates access to the opinions and experience of prominent subject matter experts from across the telecommunications industry.


The annual CW TEC provides a vibrant and dynamic form for harnessing knowledge, driving lively debate and networking at a senior level. It offers a more low-level, technical and focused agenda than the International Conference, exploring an emerging problem space that the CW community has highlighted as being particularly worthy of debate. Past event topics have included quantum computing and the impact on spectral value of mobile, satellite, TV, IoT and wearable technologies. The conference format and agenda is driven by the CW membership.

This year's CW TEC will be on the 26 September at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Early-bird tickets are £50 (+VAT) for CW members & £100 (+VAT) for non-CW members!

Speakers and agenda to follow soon!

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