5G Usecases – Latency & Network Slicing

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog piece for the 5G world series blog regarding developments towards 5G and the impact on the network architecture.

The basic premise of my article is that the new target performance requirements of the 5G new radio specification will open up new opportunities previously not achievable on a mobile network.

source: GSMA Intelligence Report

In this article I concentrate on just one of those target specifications which is latency or network delay as per the diagram above and the effect on the network architecture.

As a result of the differing latency requirements for differing applications it essentially kills the idea of the current”one size fits all” mobile network architecture with the fixed locations for Cell tower, Evolved Packet Core, and compute process to cater for the different use cases.  The future 5G networks will have to be adaptable, dynamic, and programmable from end-to-end using virtualised constructs.

To read the full post, the original full blog post appears here on the Kinect 365 website.


Still trying to keep the fitness up.

I’m sat in the airport lounge in Ottawa Airport watching the snow fall on the runway and the small army of snow ploughs and trucks keep the path clear.  I am hoping that my flight home isn’t delayed.  This week I have been in Canada for a series of workshops and meetings with the engineering teams in Ciena on the emerging technologies for 5th Generation Mobile or 5G.   It has been a very productive week in that regard and the week has been very much a success.  It has however been a lean week for training for the Haute Route later this year.   With just a few months to go, the training and the fundraising has got to increase.

Last Saturday I joined the Rapha Cycling Club on a great day with a tribute to the Milan San-Remo pro’s race by cycling 167km from the London Soho Clubhouse to Hayling Island on the coast. First time this year pushing over the 100mile mark in a single ride and also pushing the climbing total up a little.  It was a fantastic day on the bike and a great group to ride with.

photo credit @Alberto K

But then on Sunday evening, after an emotional day at Church, I was heading out from London Heathrow to Canada. After a careful study of the weather forecast for the week, I decided that the safer course of action for this week was not to bring the bike with me.  Temperatures throughout the week of -15deg C and a good amount of snow still on the ground and more falling proved this to be a wise decision.  So training this week was confined to a couple of sessions in the pool and a decent spin on the indoor bike in the hotel.

The training will step up a notch next week when I head out with my brother Chris and our mate Andy to get four solid days on the bike in the hills.

In the meantime, I hope this snow eases up a little as I want my flight to leave tonight.  Lisa and I are supposed to be Tandem Skydiving tomorrow, a 40th birthday present from my mum.  We are not diving tandem together I hasten to add, although the kids have been referring to it as the day we orphan them….


#MWC17 & keeping up the training


I have been in the mobile industry for over 20 years and in March this year, I finally got the opportunity to go to the annual Mobile World Congress that for the last few years has been held in Barcelona.  It has become the largest mobile industry event of it’s kind and each year, the company I work for, Ciena, regularly has a presence at the show.  I was invited to go along to speak to customers and industry experts about the evolution of mobile networks towards 5G in 2019/2020.


As well as hosting over 25 meetings with operators and partners from all across the globe over the 4 days of the conference, I also looked for opportunities to get out on the bike and cover some training miles. With a bit of investigation ahead of time through the Rapha Cycling Club, I found out that there was a cycling networking group organized by AdobeCycling .  So taking advantage of this I joined up with them for early morning rides around Barcelona, ahead of the conference start days.

Ciena/Bike Centre Training Shirt looking good image credit – @benrabner @adobecycling

My original plan to ride with the group was scuppered when my rear mech cable snapped in the internal routing on my way from the hotel to the meeting point at the On Y Va cycling cafe. Continue reading “#MWC17 & keeping up the training”

Training must follow my work..

… which isn’t so bad if work requires me to fly to the other side of the world where it is the height of summer.  Not great if the location is in the middle of winter.    Very confusing if one’s travel is via both in the space of a week.

I have just got back from a recent business trip that took me from the UK to Washington DC (landing right in the middle of the protests surrounding President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from certain muslim countries), and on to San Francisco before doubling back to the UK and then across the equator to Sydney, Australia.

Work commitments, weather and the exorbitant costs of flying with my bike Continue reading “Training must follow my work..”

Cycling in Taipei

This week I have been out in Taiwan on a business trip.  With the Haute Route charity ride looming on the summer horizon I cannot afford to slacken up on time on the bike.  So I googled cycling in taiwan to see what the results suggested. After looking on a couple of resources like David’s guide to cycling in Taiwan   I decided it was worth trying to sort out some cycling. In Taiwan at this time Continue reading “Cycling in Taipei”

The 2017 Alps Haute Route Challenge

This post is designed to answer the question, what is this Charity ride you are doing?

The 2017 edition of the Haute Route Alps will take place over 7 consecutive days (or stages) from Nice on the southern Mediterranean coast of France to Geneva in the heart of the Alps on the Swiss/French border.

In those 7 stages I will cover 897 Km and ride up 22,000m of mountain roads as I raise money for the official charity of the event Team Type 1 Foundation.

2017 Alps Route image credit www.hauteroute.org

Each of the stages are pretty daunting as the route climbs from the southern coastline of France passing through the Maritime Alpes Continue reading “The 2017 Alps Haute Route Challenge”

10,000 kms becomes 10,000 miles. 

At the beginning of the year I hatched a plan to ride the Haute Route in August 2017. To do so would require a lot of preparation and training, therefore the goal for the year was to cycle 10,000km to establish base fitness before a more structured training regime commences in 2017.

Well here are the key stats for the year.


infographic courtesy of veloviewer.com

  • Total Distance 11,043.6 km
  • Time 432h 8m
  • Elev Gain 115,117 m
  • #of Rides 482
  • Longest ride of the year 230km (Tour of Flanders Sportive)
  • Longest climb 1806m (Galibier as part of La Marmotte)

So now as 2017 begins, the goal shifts from 10,000km to 10,000miles before 1st August 2017.  So another 6000km of focused training and commuting to get ready for the big event on 21st August .  All the time raising money for the official charity Team Type 1.  www.justgiving.com/MarksTT1Fundraising 

Official Training shirt (limited sizes available minimum donation £35)

One Year to go

The 2016 edition of the Haute Route kicks off 20th August in the Pyrenees.  The route looks formidable.   Profiles_Pyrenees  The following week (28th Aug – 3rd Sept), the event moves to the Alps and the start line in Nice. The route looks even more spectacular.


Then the week after that is into the Swiss Alps and the Italian dolomite’s for the final week.  (5th Sept-11th Sept)


At the moment the plan Continue reading “One Year to go”

Scott is fundraising again

Having completed the Marmotte bike ride in July and raised over £300 for Barth Syndrome Trust (BST), he is now working with his National Citizenship Service group (FLADS C254) to once again raise money for BST.

This time, they:

  • will swim the equivalent of the channel on Monday 15th August at Hamble Pool,
  • host a laser-quest event at Frankies Fun House in Romsey on Wednesday 17th August
  • have organised a picnic on Friday 19th August at  Romsey Rugby club.

Details can be found on their facebook page 

Come along to their events and/or support via their JustGiving page.

You can help Flads C254 raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Flads-C254?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Flads-C254&utm_campaign=pfp-email.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Barth Syndrome Trust (BST) and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

The reason why BST is so close to our hearts as a family is because it affects one of Scott’s oldest and closest friends.

About BST logo

Barth syndrome is a rare, often life-threatening genetic disorder that affects boys.  Look at our logo and you’ll see a heart at its centre: this is because most of our boys have heart failure and a risk of sudden cardiac arrest.  However, the heart at the centre is also a powerful symbol of who we are as an organisation: we are a strong, caring and positive force.


The swirl around the heart encompasses the many symptoms which are caused by Barth syndrome – immune system problems, muscle weakness, extreme and debilitating fatigue, growth delay and feeding problems.  But again, our swirl means more to us than just a collection of symptoms – for us it symbolizes unity, collaboration and inclusion. So yes, Barth syndrome is a serious condition that strikes in many different ways but with your help, we know we will succeed in our mission.

Riding High…..

Back in overcast London after a spectacular few days cycling in the mountains of the Alps.

This trip was conceived long before attempting the 2015 Marmotte.  Following the mountain collapse and subsequent closure of the Grand Tunnel du Chambon the 2015 sportive and also a stage of the 2015 Tour de France was re-routed.  This meant that the 2015 sportive would be a unique event in that the Marmotte would take a different route for the first time in it’s history but it also meant that those completing it would not complete the traditional course.  If we wanted to do the traditional Marmotte we would have to come back.

Roll forward 12 months and a number of our 2015 group are gathered again in Le Bourg d’Oisans ready to face the Marmotte again.  This time I was Continue reading “Riding High…..”