ITSF 2018
Frequency & Time for F.U.N: Finance, Utilities & 5G Networks
November 5 - 8, 2018
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Romania
ITSF 2018
Frequency & Time for F.U.N: Finance, Utilities & 5G Networks
November 5 - 8, 2018
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Romania
ITSF 2018 (The International Timing & Sync Forum)
Date: November 5 - 8, 2018
Venue: JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Romania
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ITSF provides a unique window into the latest and best practice on synchronisation for the network with all vendors present.
Stephan Nawn - Senior Network Specialist, Vodacom SA
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The International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF) is the largest specialist time and sync conference in the world covering applications in Telecoms, Finance, Energy, Transport, Broadcast and Defence.

The high quality content is put together by the ITSF Steering Group comprised of international experts in time and sync representing equipment manufacturers, operators and in many cases members of relevant Standards bodies.

Attending ITSF will ensure you keep you up to date with the latest time and time transfer technologies and techniques relevant to critical infrastructure and emerging applications. The conference is preceded by a Tutorial day, open to all, led by synchronisation experts from around the world and from a range of disciplines.
Conference Programme
Time as a key enabler for SMART infrastructures

At the recent meeting of the Steering Group for ITSF 2018 the committee recognised the growing importance of precise time and frequency across multiple vertical markets. Under the heading of 'Time as key enabler for SMART infrastructures' they are keen to identify expert keynote speakers in the following sectors:

Telecoms: For telecoms networks, especially the forthcoming 5G mobile networks, accurate phase/time sync is fundamental to their operation. For some applications the accuracy required will be an order of magnitude tighter than for existing 4G infrastructure.
Financial Markets: With MiFID II placing much tighter requirements on time stamping accuracy and traceability to UTC, transmitting reliable time sync to the exchange and achieving deterministic time through the software stacks is critical and challenging.
Power Utilities: Precise timing of an electrical anomaly as it propagates through a grid can assist engineers in tracing the exact location of a power line break. Precise frequency allows greater feed in efficient to the grid from the growing number of micro and macro suppliers. Both use cases are driving a major overhall of time and frequency reference precision in the Smart Grid.
Broadcast: Accurate time sync is essential for the user perception in linking combined broadcasts from multiple and diverse locations as well as delivering time stamping for fundamental audio and video component sync.
Autonomous Vehicles: The move towards autonomous vehicles with detailed knowledge of their surroundings and in particular precise location relative to roadside beacons is going to require time of flight measurement accuracy of a few microseconds or better.

The ITSF Conference is a unique annual opportunity for network operators, standards organisations, end users and vendors to meet and discuss future requirements, challenges and solutions in a forum that attracts world experts in this field.
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Advisory Board
Thank you to our advisory board for their support of this years conference:
Tommy Cook
Tommy Cook is the Founder and CEO of Calnex Solutions. He has over 35 years' experience in the Telecoms Industry. His experience has been in telecoms test and measurement having been employed by Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies before starting Calnex. Tommy has participated in a number of Standards forums over his career, including ITU-T Study Group 15 & the MEF to participant in the discussions on Timing-over-Packet solutions. Tommy holds a Master of Science degree in Digital Techniques from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Paisley University.
ITSF Chairman & Managing Director, Calnex
Allan Armstrong
Allan is responsible for technical marketing and applications engineering for Epson's timing device, IC, and MEMS sensor products. Epson is the world #1 timing device manufacturer with $430M annual revenue and products ranging from crystals to TCXOs and atomic oscillators. Allan has worked in engineering, applications, marketing, and as an analyst on timing technology throughout his career including frequency synthesis at HP (now Keysight/Agilent), GPS and Cesium oscillators at HP (now MicroSemi/Symmetricom), timing generator ICs at Vitesse Semiconductor (now MicroSemi), and BAW resonators and PLL ICs at Maxim Integrated. Allan was born in Whitby, England, earned his BSEE from MIT, and resides in Silicon Valley.
Executive Director, Marketing & Applications Engineering, Epson
Andrew Miles
Andrew's experience encompasses RF, telecommunications, semiconductors, crystal oscillators, GNSS and mm-wave backhaul in design, project management, product management and marketing roles at Nortel, Symbionics, SiGe Semiconductor, Rakon, u-blox and Blu Wireless Technology. He is a graduate of Durham University.
Product Manager, Blu Wireless Technology
Andy Proctor
Andy is Lead Technologist for Satellite Navigation at the UK's Innovation Agency, Innovate UK and also the UK lead delegate to the European Space Agency (ESA) Programme Board for Navigation (PBNAV) providing a governance role for ESA activities within the flagship EU Galileo and EGNOS Navigation Systems. Andy also works on a cross-thematic basis in Innovate UK bringing the benefits of Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT) technology and data to other Innovate UK teams. Andy is the founder and chair of the Cross-government working group on PNT and also sits on the UK Space PNT Committee. Andy has held engineering and business and consultancy positions within a variety of organisations; military, governmental and commercial, both large and small, for over 20 years. His particular interest is in new product and market entry and has had success in growing businesses during recession. He has experience in multiple sectors including Space, Telecommunications, Defence and Automotive.
Lead Technologist Satellite Navigation, Innovate UK
Bob Cockshott
Bob is PNT Lead in Innovate UK's Knowledge Transfer Network, which facilitates knowledge exchange to promote economic growth. Bob has specialised knowledge transfer in positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) for over 8 years, and has organised events on many aspects of PNT, including internationally renowned conferences on GNSS vulnerability. Before working in knowledge transfer, Bob spent many years as a systems engineer and project manager in the space industry, developing electro-optical and RF payload instrumentation.
Director, Location & Timing Programme, Digital Systems, KTN/NPL
Charles Curry B.Eng, CEng, FIET, FRIN
Charles Curry is a chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and founder & Managing Director of Chronos Technology Ltd. Charles graduated in Electronics from Liverpool University in 1973, and started his career at GEC Hirst Research Centre working on silicon MOS boundary research, progressing to Racal Instruments where he was responsible for sales of test equipment including specialist frequency and time products such as Loran C and Caesium standards. Later with GSE Rentals Charles was involved with some of the first civil GPS and laptop PC deployments into the North Sea offshore oil exploration industry during the early 1980's. Charles founded the International Telecom Sync Forum (ITSF) in 2001 and chairs the ITSF Steering Group. He is also a member of the Workshop on Synchronization in the USA Telecommunications Systems (WSTS) Steering Group which meets annually in the USA. Charles is also a member of the Industry Advisory Boards for the Universities of Liverpool and Bath, Electrical and Electronics Faculties.
Managing Director, Chronos Technology Ltd
Chris Farrow
Chris has been "in sync" since the mid-1990s when he was involved in significant upgrades with the UK's major Telecom Operators as they rolled out SDH and their first dedicated Sync Networks. Chris joined Chronos from Marconi's UK Technical Assistance Centre in Liverpool in January 2006. At Marconi Chris was a sync product specialist and support engineer for all of Marconi's product portfolio. At Chronos Chris is responsible for professional services focused on the sync product area including delivery of Synchronisation MasterClass, Sync Audit, Network Planning consultancy, customer demonstrations and product development.
Technical Services Manager, Chronos Technology
Chris Wilson
Christopher Wilson is a Principal Designer working in mobile network provider EE, which is now owned by BT. Chris originally joined Orange UK in 2001 in network planning before moving on to forecasting of fixed broadband during the era of initial unbundling of exchanges. He then moved into Mobile Backhaul Design 7 years ago. Chris has been the lead designer for EE's Olympic 2012 backhaul design, and was also the lead designer for EE/3UK rollout and integration of dark fibre network in Hull, UK. Chris has an interest in synchronisation from within his role in the Mobile Backhaul Design team, where the team design packet transport network solutions for all RAN element backhaul to the Core network.
Principal Designer, EE
Dominik Schneuwly
Joined Oscilloquartz in 1994 as Head of R&D. He is now a consultant within the Sales & Marketing Department , where he is involved in product definition, turn-key synchronization projects and customer training. He participates in the standardisation activities on synchronization within ITU-T and ATIS. Recently he has been involved in research on real-time services over IP.
Synchronisation Consultant, Osilloquartz SA
Douglas Arnold
Douglas Arnold is a Principal Technologist with Meinberg-USA. He is currently a co-chair of the IEEE 1588 Working Group, and a co-chair of the ISPCS PTP Plugfest Organizing Committee. He has spent 17 years working with precise timing technology. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Principle Technologist, Meinberg
Duke Buckner
Duke is the head of strategy and business development for the Microsemi Frequency and Time Division. He has more than 30 years of experience in communications and data network industry with 20 years directly related to the timing and synchronization aspect of digital networks. Duke's career began with the US Air Force and as a telecommunications network analyst for NASA at the emergence of the Internet era, becoming an expert in a variety of protocols and networking design. He has held strategic and managerial roles in various capacities including engineering, global account sales, and most recently the head of North American sales. In his current role, Duke is responsible for the strategic guidance of product and development efforts to meet the synchronization needs of the evolving communications infrastructure.
Head of Strategic Marketing, Microsemi
Guy Buesnel
Guy has more than 16 years' experience in protecting GNSS Receivers from emerging threats, having started his career as a Systems Engineer involved in the development of GPS Adaptive Antenna Systems at Raytheon Systems Limited in the UK. Guy joined Spirent in May 2014 as Market Segment Leader - Robust Positioning Navigation and Timing. Guy holds an MSc (Eng) in Communications Engineering from the University of Birmingham and a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Atmospheric Physics from the University of Wales Aberytstwyth. Guy is a Chartered Physicist, a Member of the Institute of Physics and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Institute of Navigation in 2015 in recognition of his contributions to the field of GNSS vulnerabilities.
Market Segment Leader (Robust Positioning, Navigation & Timing), Spirent Communications
Hartmut Roth, Dipl.-Ing.
Hartmut has 25 years extensive experience in Synchronisation, Time & Frequency. He ran Engineering at Ball Efratom Germany, the place where Efratom was founded and the miniature Rubidium oscillator was invented. From 1995 Hartmut ran the business for Datum Timing in Europe, since 2002 the Symmetricom EMEA business and since 2013 the Communications, Infrastructure and Services business for Microsemi in EMEA. Hartmut has participated at all ITSF Meetings since the start in 2001 and joined the ITSF Steering Group first in 2001.
VP EMEA, Microsemi Inc
Helmut Imlau, Dipl.-Ing.
Has 20 years experience in the field of transport networks along with specific synchronisation and measurement issues. Since 2002 Helmut has been responsible for synchronisation systems within Deutsche Telekom's fixed network. His current focus is on Deutsche Telekom's future synchronization strategy as well as phase synchronization for mobile base stations. He is active in standardisation with main focus on ITU-T SG15 (Transport Networks, Systems & Equipment) on the synchronisation question (Q13).
Timing & Synchronisation, Deutsche Telekom
Kenneth Hann
Kenn Hann is Senior Research Director at Oscilloqiartz. He previously founded Time4 Systems producing innovative Time synchronization solutions. During the past ten years Kenneth has focused on the development of synchronization solutions for packet-networks including synchronous Ethernet, and IEEE1588. In addition to innovative solutions Kenneth likes to use colorful artwork produced with the help of his children. Kenneth participates in several synchronization bodies and forums and is a member of the ITSF steering group. Kenneth has a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queens University Belfast.
Senior Director of Research, Oscilloquartz
Kishan Shenoi
Kishan Shenoi received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from IIT-Delhi, Columbia University, and Stanford University, respectively, in 1972, 1973, and 1977. He is active in Standards bodies and co-chair of the technical committee of NIST-WSTS. He is named on 45 patents and has several publications including two books, Digital Signal Processing in Telecommunications (1995) and Synchronization and Timing in Telecommunications (2009). He is currently CTO of Qulsar, developing fit-for-purpose solutions for timing and synchronization in the fields of communications, power, sensor networks, and the Internet of Things.
CTO, Qulsar, Inc
Lee Cosart
A graduate of Stanford University, Lee worked as an R&D engineer at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent and Symmetricom prior to joining Microsemi in 2013. His R&D activities have included measurement algorithm development and mathematical analysis for a variety of test equipment for which he holds several patents. He serves on, as chair, contributor and editor, the ATIS and ITU-T committees responsible for network synchronization standardization. His TimeMonitor software is used to collect and analyze synchronization and packet timing measurement data and has been used in laboratories and live operating networks throughout the world.
Senior Technologist, Microsemi Corp
Marc A. Weiss
Dr. Marc Weiss has worked at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology--formerly NBS, the National Bureau of Standards) since 1979. He received the NBS Applied Research Award (with others) for a first GPS timing receiver in 1983. He was awarded a patent (with others) for the Smart Clock algorithm in 1993. Marc founded and has led WSTS, the Workshop on Sync in Telecom Systems, annually since 1992. Dr. Weiss has also led the NIST program to support the GPS program office in developing their clocks and timing systems since 1992, after participating in it since 1980. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical-Physics from the University of Colorado in 1981.
Telecom Sync and GPS expert, NIST
Martin Kingston
Martin Kingston is a Principal Designer for Mobile Backhaul at EE. He has over 20 years experience in communications, amassing a broad knowledge of fixed, mobile and internet services combined with a deep understanding of transmission and transport technologies. He began working on terrestrial and satellite communication systems for outside broadcasts at the BBC before moving to Orange UK were he gained extensive experience of synchronisation in mobile networks and evolution to next generation transport network architectures in a converged mobile, home and business service provider. Martin is currently working with a team of Senior Designers developing design strategy and solutions for packet transport networks to support the next generation of radio access technologies.
Principal Designer for Mobile Backhaul, EE
Michael Mayer
Michael is a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston, Canada). He is currently employed with Ciena Corporation and is involved with research and development related to transport systems design and standardization. Prior to this, he was employed by Bell-Northern Research and Nortel. Since 1998, the focus of his standardization work as been with the ITU-T, contributing to diverse topics such as synchronization, SDH, OTN and control plane architecture. He is currently involved with ITU-T Question 13 and is the editor of several recommendations related to packet network synchronization.
Advisor Network Standards, Huawei
Mike Gilson, BA (Hons), MIET
Has played a major role in developing and implementing BT's synchronisation and timing strategy from 1988 to present day. He has represented BT on various national and international working groups and standards committees (including ETSI, ITU, PNOIG, IETF) and is currently actively contributing to ITU-T SG15 (Transport Networks, Systems & Equipment) on the synchronisation question (Q13).
Technology Specialist, BT
Pedro Martins
Pedro Antao is Senior IP Engineer at NOS. He has a 20 year's experience in the communications industry since ever working in the Mobile Network Operator side. Mobile backhaul engineering as always being a primary job, evolving from the legacy TDM/ATM to allip. Now, he is a specialist in the evolution of mobile backhaul and synchronization to support the LTE-A
Manager, NOS
Silvana Rodrigues
Silvana Rodrigues is a Director of System Engineering at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) . Silvana graduated in Electrical Engineer from Campinas University, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1985. She started her career at the Telecommunication Research Center in Brazil. She worked at Zarlink (formerly Mitel Semiconductor) where she hold several positions as Analog designer, Engineering Manager and System Architect. Currently, Silvana is working in the Timing and Synchronization Division at IDT. She also participates in several standards group, being the secretary for the IEEE 1588 standards committee and the editor of the ITU-T G.8262, G.8263, G.8272 and G.8273.x Recommendations.
Director of System Engineering, IDT Canada
Stefano Ruffini
Steffano graduated in telecommunication engineering from the University of Rome gLa Sapienzah, Italy, Stefano Ruffini joined Ericsson in 1993. Currently working in the IP and Transport research area in the Ericsson Research organization.
He is one of the Ericsson experts working on the evolution of the mobile backhaul/fronthaul networks and on the related network synchronization solutions. He has been working on synchronization aspects for more than 20 years.
He is currently actively contributing to ITU-T SG15 Q13 (serving as rapporteur) and IEEE1588 (serving as secretary of the security subcommittee) and to other relevant synchronization standardization bodies and forums.
Has published several international journal papers and delivered presentations at various conferences. Co-author of a book dealing with IEEE1588 and Synchronous Ethernet. Stefano is also a member of the ITSF (International Telecom Sync Forum) and WSTS (Workshop on Synchronization in Telecommunication Systems) steering groups.
ITSF Vice Chair & Expert R&D, Ericsson
Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan is a Senior Designer working for mobile network provider EE. Terry originally joined Orange UK in 2001 within the Network Design team and worked extensively on adding capacity to the Orange 3G backhaul and core network before moving on to pseudowire and ethernet based backhaul technologies. Throughout his time at Orange/EE, Terry has worked on synchronisation solutions for both the legacy ATM network and the IP backhaul network, and within his current role is the Design Authority for mobile backhaul synchronisation; designing synchronisation solutions for the packet transport network and RAN elements
Senior Designer, EE
Tim Frost BSc, MSc, MIET, C.Eng
Tim Frost joined Calnex in the summer of 2013. He has several years of experience in next-generation synchronisation techniques, having worked with both Symmetricom and Zarlink Semiconductor on packet synchronisation technologies. He has been active in the ITU Network Synchronisation question (Q13/SG15), the Small Cell Forum, where he was editor for their Synchronisation white paper, and also in the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), where he was the editor for their circuit emulation standards. Tim has over 20 years experience in the electronics and telecommunications industry, having worked in areas such as the design of embedded CPU cores for ASIC devices, and in railway signaling systems. Tim has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds, and an MSc. from the University of Manchester. He is a Member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.
Strategic Marketing Manager, Calnex Solutions Ltd
Tony Flavin
Tony joined the Post Office Research department (later to become BT) as an apprentice in 1974 and started his career in electronic and semiconductor design for early digital transmission systems. Later he helped develop the first optical fibre networks, before specialising in SDH and network synchronisation. He represented BT's interests globally at ETSI and ITU for SDH and OTN/DWDM transport systems and gained experience across network design, procure, test, development and rollout. In the later years with BT he was responsible for BT's Timing platforms supporting frequency time and phase across all of its platform domains. At Chronos, Tony is responsible for strategic research, technical support within the research projects and helping new products to emerge into the marketplace.
Strategic Research, Chronos
Ullas Kumar
Ullas Kumar is Telecom Systems Engineer with the Business Development Team in Rakon, Singapore.

Prior to joining Rakon, he was working in the telecom synchronisation domain for the last 17 years working on traditional and packet synchronisation techniques. He has presented papers on various forums and published technical articles. He represents Rakon at various standardisation bodies.

He holds Masters degree in Electronics Design and Technology (Telecom) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and Master of Business Administration degree from National University of Singapore.
Applications Manager, Rakon
Wojciech Owczarek
Wojciech is a network architect with a background in software development and operating systems, working with communications technologies for over 12 years. He specialises in low latency trading networks, multicast distribution, data centre networks and network-centric R&D. Involved in time synchronisation for the enterprise since 2010, he also develops PTPd, an open source IEEE 1588 implementation. In his current role with the New York Stock Exchange (part of the Intercontinental Exchange group), he has been working with low latency trading technologies since 2007. Wojciech manages the operation of the Global Communications Lab, ICE's internal, global R&D facility based in the UK, where he runs a small team delivering projects for internal and external customers. His facility is responsible for consultation, testing and verification of network designs, product testing, software regression testing, issue reproduction, root cause analysis and work with vendors. Wojciech is NYSE's key time sync engineer and consultant.
Global Communications Lab Manager, Intercontinental Exchange
2018 Sponsors:
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel Calea 13 Septembrie 90, 050726 Bucharest 5, Romania
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2018 Supporting Organisations:
Global Information, Inc. - International Marketing Partner of ITSF 2018 (The International Timing & Sync Forum)