Agenda

08:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00 Welcome remarks from the Chair
09:05 Analyst panel: Setting the scene for tomorrow’s network infrastructure
Looking ahead to the next 6-12 months, what can we expect in terms of new approaches to network evolution, and the types of technologies being deployed? Our panel of analysts and market experts share their predictions and research into the changing radio access network market, and what these changes mean for network carriers and the wider ecosystem. How is the growing demand for low latency and increased network capacity being met, and how can these new opportunities be capitalized on by infrastructure, content and network companies?

Moderator: David Witkowski, Executive Director, Wireless Communications Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Earl Lum, President, EJL Wireless Research
Joe Madden, Founder and Principal, Mobile Experts
Stefan Ponegratz, Principal, Dell’Oro
Sue Rudd, Director Service Provider Analysis, Strategy Analytics
Dean Bubley, Founder, Disruptive Analysis

09:40 Building the RAN from the ground up
If we could design the RAN from scratch today, what would it look like; what would we keep and what would need to be ‘brand new’? Taking this approach when thinking about C-RAN and virtualization, explore how the network infrastructure for 5G can be designed whilst reducing CAPEX and OPEX. What implications does this have for carriers developing their RAN architecture?

John Baker, Senior Vice President Business Development, Mavenir

10:00 Virtualizing the network, whatever the transport
Deploying vRAN solutions globally comes with a wide range of challenges. Within TIP, the vRAN fronthaul project group is looking to create an ecosystem with a clear path toward commercial deployment for vRAN architectures. The activities are focused on operator-sponsored use cases and a wide range of fronthaul options. The project co-chair will provide an overview of the group’s planned activities, achievements and the road towards 5G and commercial-grade vRAN solutions

Richard Mackenzie, Principal Researcher, BT

10:20 5G & Beyond: Why next gen applications demand a new wireless waveform
A new generation of wireless is here! From 1Gbps at 500km/h to 10Gbps peak rates everywhere, from autonomous cars to remote health monitoring, from smart homes to smart cities and continents, more than 50 Billion devices will be interconnected over the next decade in a massive internet of things generating more than $12 trillion of goods and services.
Join Cohere for this presentation to explore why these new applications require a new approach to wireless.

Dr Anton Monk, VP, Strategic Alliances & Standards, Cohere Technologies

10:35 Refreshments and Networking Break
Working Groups
The working groups enable participants to take a deep dive into the specific topics of interest that form the building blocks of new network capabilities. Taking a strategic view of the technologies and best practices, the format of the working groups allows for open discussion and interactive debate in order to progress and share ideas, and perhaps think about a new way of approaching the major challenges in radio access networks.
11:10 Working Group 1:
Antenna technology
Working Group 2:
SON
Working Group 3:
C-RAN
Moderator: Joe MaddenMobile Experts

Ozgun BursaliogluSenior Research EngineerDocomo Innovations

Keith Radousky, CTO – Americas, Quintel and President, Radvisory5G, LLC

Amitav Mukherjee, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon

Moderator: Stefan Ponegratz, Principal, Dell’Oro

Ali Imran, Director, BSON LAB and Assistant Professor, The University of Oklahoma

Andrea Bonanomi, Senior Manager, E2E Network Performance, T-Mobile

Jin Wang, Director, AT&T Labs

Moderator: Earl Lum, President, EJL Wireless Research

Yvon RouaultTechnology Advisor, CTO OfficeEXFO

Mustafa ErgenChief Technology AdvisorTurk Telekom and 5GPP

12:30 Working Group 4:
Virtualization
Working Group 5:
Backhaul
Working Group 6:
MEC
Moderator: Sue Rudd, Director, Service Provider Analysis, Strategy Analytics

Raj SinghVice President and General ManagerCavium

Mustafa Ergen
Chief Technology AdvisorTurk Telekom and 5GPP

Moderator: Earl Lum, President, EJL Wireless Research

David Spencer, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Qulsar Inc.

Moderator: Dean Bubley, Founder, Disruptive Analysis

Neal Oliver, Delegate, ETSI MEC ISG

13:30 Lunch and Networking Break
14:30 Carrier keynote: Fireside chat with Sinan Akkaya, Director of RAN Engineering, AT&T
Despite the huge leaps and bounds being made towards next generation networks, there are still a range of improvements that can be made to today’s network that will not only support future capabilities, but deliver efficiencies to customers today. How are capabilities being added on to current networks, and networks enhanced to support greater efficiencies, both financially and technically?
15:00 Panel discussion: Network optimization
Whilst the deployment of new technologies and infrastructures is indisputably essential, there is still much work to be done ensuring that existing networks are optimized to deliver the maximum capability. What financial and technical efficiencies are carriers looking at and how is more capability being found in existing networks? Although views on the priorities and meanings of optimization vary widely, there remains a drive towards greater applications and capabilities of the network.

Moderator: Earl Lum, President, EJL Wireless Research
Sinan Akkaya, Director of RAN Engineering, AT&T
Andrea Bonanomi, Senior Manager, E2E Network Performance, T-Mobile

15:40 Panel discussion: The business models and technologies driving tomorrow’s radio access technologies
We know that 5G is coming, but rather than an overnight transformation, it’s likely to involve the reuse and evolution of existing technologies and networks. Given the demand and expectation on the network, and the volume of potential new technologies being tested, how do network providers choose the ones to invest in, and what are the considerations? Where do carriers see the greatest potential, and how do they evaluate and decide on which technologies to prioritize?

Moderator: Sue Rudd, Director Service Provider Analysis, Strategy Analytics
Christos Kolias, Principal Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley
Yoshiaki Tanaka, Director of Business Development, SoftBank Telecom America

16:20 Closing comments
16:30 Close of RAN USA 2017