5G Radio Access Network Architecture and Technologies

Greenwood Theatre
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building
University of Melbourne


David Soldani will deliver this seminar on the current global research on 5G networks has identified the need to rework the Radio Access Network (RAN) architecture, beyond incremental evolution of the current and upcoming 3GPP LTE releases. Novel services and usage scenarios, new classes of traffic, and increased pressure on infrastructure valorisation place new requirements on RAN, especially in terms of re-configurability and flexibility. The seminar will address the most promising approaches to RAN architecture, functions, interfaces and protocols redesign towards IMT2020 (5G), providing a consolidated view of the selected manuscripts of authors from industry and academia for the Feature Topic on “5G RAN Architecture and Technologies” of the IEEE Communications Magazine, which will be published in November 2016, and shed light on some fundamental technology aspects of the advanced 5G RAN infrastructure, namely: 

  1. 5G Radio Access Network Architecture – Design Guidelines and Key Considerations 
  2. A Scalable and Flexible 5G RAN Architecture 
  3. Spectrum Pooling in MmWave Networks: Opportunities, Challenges, and Enablers 
  4. Initial Access in 5G mm-Wave Cellular Networks 
  5. Energy Consumption Minimization for FiWi Enhanced LTE-A HetNets with UE Connection Constraint
  6. The New Frontier in RAN Heterogeneity: Multi-tier Drone-Cells

About David Soldani

David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree, Laura Vecchio Ordinamento, in Electronic Engineering with magna cum laude from Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), Finland, in 2006. In 2014 and 2016, he was appointed Visiting Professor and Industry Professor at University of Surrey, UK, and University of Technology Sydney, Australia, respectively. In EU, he is qualified and authorized to exercise his profession in Civil and Environmental, Industrial and Information sectors.

Dr. Soldani has been active in the ICT industry for more than 20 years, successfully working on 200+ research, innovation and customer services projects for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G ICT systems and services, and contributing to 500+ quality deliverables – from strategic research and innovation strategies, business and work plans formulation to modeling, simulations, emulations and proof of concepts of innovative solutions, products and services with partners and customers.

From 1997 to 2006 he was at Nokia in various technical and research management positions. From 2007 to 2009 he served at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as Head of Customer Networks & Solutions and Solutions & Services Innovation functions, Research Technology & Platforms (RTP), Munich, Germany. In this role, he was responsible for “driving the alignment between the RTP research portfolio, the NSN Network Architecture Vision and Technology Strategy, and future customer needs”, and leading innovative research projects for improving fixed-mobile broadband solutions and services. Prior to joining Nokia, he was a research engineer at Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) and Sirti S.p.A., in Milan, Italy, and officer (lieutenant) at the Italian Military Navy, Livorno, Italy.

In 2009, he joined Huawei Technologies as Head of IP Transformation Research Centre (IPTRC) and Vice President (VP) of Huawei European Research Centre (ERC), Munich, Germany. He was then appointed Head of Network Solution R&D and, subsequently, Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation, in Europe. In his current role, he is leading “research to innovation via standardization” on Future Wireless, Network, Computing, Big Data and Multimedia Technologies in Europe, and representing Huawei in the Board of Directors of The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) and NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe. Areas of his responsibilities and expertise include, but not limited to: future wireless, network, big data, computing, IoT and multimedia technologies.

He has been selected many times to receive special awards in recognition of his role, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding contribution at Nokia, NSN and Huawei. He has published or presented numerous international papers, contributed to the publication of many books, and holds several international patents.

Since 2009, Dr. Soldani has been serving as Associate Editor in Chief (AEiC) of IEEE Network Magazine, and Guest Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE MMTC E-Letters. He has taken part in a number of IEEE Technical Program Committees (TPC) for international conferences, journals, magazines and workshops, especially in areas of future wireless, network, computing and media technologies.