5G small cells – why not Wi-Fi?

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The perennial dilemma: the latest Wi-Fi offering, or a new generation of 5G-capable small cells?

As early macro network deployments of 5G start the heavy lifting of serving increasingly common unlimited data packages, the discussion about the optimal approach to meeting capacity and in-building demand comes back into focus. The perennial dilemma emerges: the latest Wi-Fi offering, or a new generation of 5G capable small cells?

It doesn’t have to be this way…

The multitude of deployment models, the multitude of applications for wireless - there’s room in this boat for two. By exploring network deployment scenarios, device capabilities and emerging industry sector markets, the CW Small Cell SIG aims to convince you that the Wi-Fi vs small cell debate should be dead.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWSmallCell.

This event is part of 5G Week and supported by UK5G.


09:30 CW and UK5G welcome by Robert Driver, Head, UK5G

09:35 Introduction to Small Cell SIG by Caroline Gabriel, Small Cell SIG Champion and Director, Rethink Technology Research


  • Mark Grayson, Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Cisco;
  • Ben Toner, Founder & CEO, Numerous Networks; Wi-Fi & Converged Networks Expert (Associate), Real Wireless; 
  • Bjorn Odenhammar - Head of Network Pre-Sales for Customer Unit UK&Ireland, Ericsson

10:50 Final views from the panel and Small Cell SIG Champions. Wrap-up by Caroline Gabriel

11:00 Event close