Massive Broadband Network Densification—Unleashing the Opportunities of 5G
Held in Partnership with the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation This fifth annual spectrum technology and policy workshop will examine the issues and opportunities created by the massive broadband network densification taking place across the United States. A fundamental transformation of the country's mobile broadband networks is already underway as providers continue to extract more capacity and performance from 4G networks; however, the massive network densification that will come with 5G network buildout will result in a huge increase in wireless network capacity. Simultaneous with the deployment of small cells is the related fiber densification that is occurring and which will be needed for small cell backhaul connectivity, as well as for evolved HFC and FTTP networks. These ultradense network will unleash an immense wave of innovation in the forthcoming decade, including more choices in consumer broadband, smart cities, smart transportation, autonomous driving, and the internet of things. Speakers will address items such as: The types of innovation and use cases these ultradense networks will support. The 5G deployment timeline and small-cell buildout forecast. The key technology developments making these new networks possible. The impediments that could delay, and in some cases, are already delaying densification efforts. The role of spectrum and siting policies in supporting deployment. The relevance of ultra dense networks to the future of the digital economy. Lunch will be served at the workshop. Schedule: 9:00 – 9:30 Registration/Breakfast 9:30 – 9:45 Opening Remarks and Welcome by Georgetown and Wireless Technology Association 9:45 – 10:00 Keynote AddressTentatively FCC. 10:00 – 11:00 Panel Discussion: Ultradense Networks—Technology and Spectrum ElementsTopics: Technology aspects of densification, spectrum (3.5 GHz, 5G, WRC, harmonization), 5G standardization and schedule, architecture (including distributed intelligence), and ecosystem. Panelists will include operators, infrastructure vendors, and other technology providers.Moderator:- Peter Rysavy, President, Rysavy Research (author of Broadband Disruption: How 5G Will Reshape the Competitive Landscape).Confirmed panelists:- David Wolter, AVP, Radio Technology and Architecture, AT&T.- Dr. Robert Howald, VP Network Architecture, Comcast.- Jason Caliento, SVP Network Strategy, Mobilitie.- Mark Cudak, Nokia Bell Labs Fellow, Small Cells Research Group, Nokia Bell Labs, Nokia- Art King, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies, SpiderCloud Wireless. Board Member, Small Cell Forum. 11:00 – 11:30 Networking Break 11:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Who Pays? Funding America's 5G InfrastructureMuch attention has been paid to the cost of building out 5G networks, with some analysts even suggesting that it could be less expensive to build out 5G than it has cost to build out earlier iterations of mobile broadband networks. But projections for hundreds of thousands of small cells and dense fiber networks say otherwise.This panel will delve into the issue of whether 5G is truly a less expensive undertaking than building out 3G or 4G networks, and what implications the cost of build holds for network operators and their customers. This panel will also discuss the emerging use cases for 5G that could upend existing business models around building and operating broadband networks, and forever change the financial and economic viability of high speed broadband connectivity in both urban and rural areas.Moderator: Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities.- Aaron Blazar, Senior Partner, Atlantic-ACM.- Other panelists to be determined. 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch 1:30 – 2:30 Panel Discussion: 5G Networks and Public Policy - Friends or Foe?As network operators continue to perfect their 4G network infrastructures and begin the task of building out 5G, questions abound regarding whether there are unique policy issues that could either help or hinder the network densification that 5G requires. This panel discussion features policy experts who will explore whether policy issues at both the state and federal level can have an effect on how quickly and effectively densification can happen. Issues like infrastructure siting dominate most discussion about 5G network build but are there other, equally important topics that need to be resolved in order to minimize the regulatory barriers to more and faster 5G build. Our experts will also explore whether and how 5G infrastructure can be used by rural and urban localities seeking to embrace smart city capabilities.- Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.- Jamie Hastings, Senior Vice President, External and State Affairs, CTIA.- Tamara Preiss, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon.- Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Counsel, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and Former FCC Commissioner (2001-2005)- Other panelists to be determined. 2:30 - 3:00 Informal networking at RPM Italian, 650 K Street NW. For more information on the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy's Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation please click here.