Breakfast Networking: The future of 5G inside buildings in the UK

UK mobile network operators are rolling out 5G coverage across many UK cities this year. It’s claimed 5G will revolutionize business and provide significant growth in the UK economy, but how will this be achieved? What applications can we use 5G for which will deliver benefits to users, businesses and large building owners &/or operators?


Date Thursday 26th March 2020
Times 8.00am - 10.00am
Venue Møller Institute, Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge CB3 0DE
Organiser Louise Rushworth
Phone 01223 760102
Cost FREE for Members | FREE for Non-Members

The UK 4G mobile networks delivers countrywide (91% geographic) download speeds of 10-40Mbps and 20-50Mbps in our cities, which would be respectable speeds for a home fixed line broadband connection and delivers social media & video on the move.  Current headlines promise 5G will deliver 10x these download speeds, but fails to mention there is no Ofcom license requirement for minimum coverage areas.

In this talk Colin Eddison, CEO, Herbert in-building wireless, will:

  • outline what 5G (New Radio) is and the capabilities it provides: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable & low latency communication (uRLLC) and massive machine type communications (mMTC) or massive IoT.  
  • outline possible “killer application areas”: smart buildings (e.g. building control, IoT devices, optimizing occupancy, etc.), connected & autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and industrial machines.
  • identify the first 5G frequencies auctioned by Ofcom in April 2019 and the current Mobile Network Operator (MNO) rollouts
  • cover the current Ofcom plan for future 5G license auctions, the new frequencies, intended applications and associated operator obligations (e.g. geographic coverage, in-building coverage, shared rural masts).
  • outline why an in-building mobile phone coverage solution may be required for your building
  • highlight the technical requirements (e.g. JOTS) and the harsh commercial realities of dealing with the MNOs, together with the potential pitfalls of trying to implement a “quick & cheap” solution or no solution at all, both of which could significantly impact rental income.

Colin Eddison

Colin joined Herbert in 1999 as Technical Director after spending nearly a decade working in semiconductor research. He introduced DAS technology into Herbert Retail Ltd in 2012 resulting in the first UK installation of a Zinwave Distributed Antenna System in Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford in 2014 approved by EE, O2 & Vodafone.  He now heads up Herbert In-Building Wireless Ltd and counts Sky (incl. HO), RBS (incl. HO), AstraZeneca (HO), Royal Papworth, Addenbrooke’s and Broomfield hospitals, Stanhope plc (Angel Court & White City Place), Manhattan Loft Gardens and UK Parliament (incl. The Palace of Westminster) amongst its clients.  Colin enjoys a good relationship with all four UK MNOs who have approved all of his DAS designs across multiple DAS hardware vendors.


This is a joint event between Cambridge Network and Herbert In-Building Wireless.



08.00am - Registration and networking over coffee and breakfast

08.30am - Speaker - Colin Eddison, Herbert In-Building Wireless

09.30am - Further networking and a chance to follow up with the speaker

10.00am - Event close


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March 26th, 2020 8:00 AM   to   10:00 AM
Møller Institute
Churchill College
Storey's Way
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0DE
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223 760102
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