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2nd Neutral Host Networks Workshop

Neutral Host Networks 2.0 (Indoor, Rural and Vertical)
November 21st, 2019 - London, Amba Hotel, Charing Cross

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On November 21st 2019, Peter Curnow-Ford and Dean Bubley will run our 2nd workshop (our 1st event in July ’19 was an absolute success) in London covering one of the most interesting topics in telecoms technology and mobile business models: Neutral Hosts Networks (NHNs) with an updated agenda reflecting new developments, greater discussion around MNOs and verticals.

NHNs are open-access 4G or 5G mobile networks, using their own infrastructure - and increasingly their own spectrum - as a wholesale platform for national operators, or new niche/MVNO providers. NHN models are evolving everywhere where coverage, siting or economics pose challenges for national MNOs - indoor, rural, metro, verticals including road/rail.

The workshop will cover:
The key uses for NHN deployment are:
  • Technology, including 5G, small cells, network-slicing and Cloud-RAN
  • Business models, spanning in-building, city-wide & rural markets and verticals
  • MNOs – how revenues can be shared, amortisation, tariffing
  • Property companies – funding as part of property, investment bank criteria
  • Regulatory and economic aspects such as spectrum, wholesale and planning
  • Metropolitan centres needing 4G/5G densification with small cells
  • In-building, especially for large sites offices, stadiums, hotels and hospitals
  • Road and rail coverage (in-vehicle)
  • Industrial sites and transport hubs
  • Temporary sites and events (eg festivals, major construction projects)
  • Some classes of residential and SME commercial venue

Experienced workshop facilitators and industry experts

Peter has led and chaired many conference sessions/panels on 5G, Connected Cities, Spectrum for Neutral Host, Investment in Small Cells and has experience in advising mobile clients on network investment, deployment and regulatory areas. Dean Bubley has conducted numerous similar workshops in the past, including on 5G/MVNOs, Private Cellular, & Telcos' Internet "OTT" services.

The workshop is held under the Chatham House rule (link), to allow candid & confidential discussion, without external attribution of comments to individuals or their employers. Come prepared to think and talk, as well as listen – this is a “lean-forward” day. 

(We also do private, under-NDA workshops for internal discussion or training for single companies - see here)


The workshop will feature a blend of networking, informative presentations, group interactive exercises and open debate. Additions to the first workshop include several new areas: -
  • MNO's - how mobile operators leverage the concept and generate additional revenues
  • Deep comparison of private networks versus neutral host versus vertical networks versus small cells - analysis, features, benefits, challenges
  • 5G - how can it benefit from NHN to deliver inside-out coverage, put 5G into buildings first and then expand to outdoors
  • What does Ofcom's new spectrum licenses mean for neutral host, indoor private spectrum
  • Neutral Edge - highlight some of the opportunities and challenges that edge will face
-  09:00 Welcome & objectives
-  09:15 Introduction by the group
-  10:30 Opening presentations and Q&A
¨  Mobile industry trends, 4G & 5G, the case for NHNs & use-cases
¨  Current NHN market status, UK/international
-  11:00 Coffee
-  11:30 Making NHN business models real
¨  What's the road-map? What sectors first? And who pays?
¨  How do MNOs, property owners and vendors generate returns
-  12:15 Interactive Group Exercise #1
-  13:00 Lunch
-  14:00 Challenges for NHNs
¨  5G, Edge Computing, Inside-out approach
¨  Private versus Neutral versus Vertical networks vs Small Cells
¨  Regulatory/spectrum licensing
-  15:00 Interactive Exercise #2
-  15:30 Coffee
-  16:00 Visions, Scenarios & Actions for the future of NHNs
¨  How do we build scale, industry / international coordination?
¨  MNO buy-in, investment sources
-  16.30 Conclusions & Wrap-Up
-  17:00 End

Who should attend?
What you will learn & share
  • Established & startup NHN players
  • Cellular equipment & software vendors
  • Local and central governments & agencies
  • In-building wireless solutions suppliers
  • Spectrum/wholesale regulators
  • Design, test & tool companies
  • Mobile, fixed and cable telecom operators
  • Industry associations & standards bodies
  • Venue owners and property developers
  • Rural and road/rail network specialists
  • Enterprise networking & IoT managers
  • Telecom, technology & property investors
  • Where is the real NHN activity
  • What's real and practical?
  • Will MNOs be wholesale customer’s
  • Who will own (& operate) the assets
  • How should property owners, local authorities & others approach NHNs
  • Timelines for deployment of NHNs
  • What spectrum options for NHN types
  • How do regulators support NHN models
  • What is required for NHN backhaul
  • Overlap with private cellular networks
  • What's the NHN angle for enterprises

The full-day workshop will have a maximum of 30 attendees to ensure a high level of discussion, interaction and great networking opportunities. It will take place at The Amba Hotel at Charing Cross (link). Coffee and an excellent lunch are included.
Expect a diverse mix of delegates, each with a different story and view of opportunities and challenges. It is suitable for C-level executives, strategists, product management, marketing functions, CTO office, analysts and regulatory specialists and the investment industry.

If you are interested in a private, single-company workshop, that can also be organised. Click here for details.

Booking and Payment

There are PayPal Buy Now buttons below, which can accept card payments as well as PayPal transfers. Alternatively, contact information at disruptive-analysis dot com if you want to be invoiced directly, and use purchase-order & bank-transfer. Payment in GBP, EUR or USD.

Pricing for attendance:

  • Early bird up and till October 14th - £499+VAT
  • And £699+VAT after that date
  • 10% discount for 2 attendees booked at the same time (Max 2 from any one company. If you believe your team or one or more departments could benefit from a private internal workshop, then please contact us 
  • Note: UK VAT @20% must be charged to attendees from any country, as the service is delivered in the UK

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