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Oct 09
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8:00am - 9:00am 60 mins
Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:00am - 9:15am 15 mins
Introduction & Welcome: A 5G State-of-the-Market Report
  • Speaker Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
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The analyst presentation will assess that status of 5G in North America, covering standards development, operator launch strategies, chipset and device viability, and the services and business opportunities that make 5G vital to modern growth economies. It will set the scene for the day by highlighting the key issues in 5G transport and backhaul.

9:15am - 9:35am 20 mins
Service Provider Keynote
  • Glenn Wellbrock - Director, Optical Transport Network - Architecture, Design & Planning, Verizon
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9:35am - 10:30am 55 mins
PANEL: NAVIGATING NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR 5G CELL SITE ACCESS & BACKHAUL
  • Moderator Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Jon Baldry - Director, Metro Marketing, Infinera
  • Panelist Ray La Chance - President & CEO, ZenFi Networks
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Deployment of 5G New Radio basestations is imminent and will have a deep impact on mobile transport. This panel session will identify and discuss the major new requirements 5G introduces to cell site access and access network. This includes higher data rates, latency and sync requirements; the implications of RAN densification; and the design of the 5G RAN deployment architecture. The panel will address a breadth of transition technologies from dark fiber, WDM and PON, to carrier Ethernet, IP backhaul and microwave radio.

10:30am - 10:45am 15 mins
Break
10:45am - 11:05am 20 mins
Diamond Sponsor Keynote
11:05am - 11:25am 20 mins
Service Provider Keynote
11:25am - 12:20pm 55 mins
PANEL: XHAUL OPTIONS FOR THE 5G TRANSPORT NETWORK
  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Denis Fluet - Senior Director, Portfolio Strategy, Ciena
  • Panelist Glenn Wellbrock - Director, Optical Transport Network - Architecture, Design & Planning, Verizon
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Scale and performance requirements dictated by the 5G radio network and applications are forcing a radical re-think of the transport network that connects the macro and small cell sites to the core – including the fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul portions. Significantly, before 5G can be rolled out at scale, operators will have to make a number of key decisions about "xhaul" protocols, technologies and architectures. There is currently much debate: should operators maintain classic distributed RAN architectures or move to a centralized/cloud RAN? Is dark fiber the best connectivity choice; or should operators adopt active DWDM systems or move to next-gen PON technologies? And how does migration to eCPRI impact all of the above? This panel session will explore the range of 5G transport options from fronthaul to backhaul and from optics to packets with the goal of mapping each to the specific requirements of the 5G radio access network and anticipated applications.

12:20pm - 1:30pm 70 mins
Lunch & Networking
1:30pm - 1:45pm 15 mins
Heavy Reading Presentation
  • Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
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1:45pm - 2:00pm 15 mins
Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote
2:00pm - 2:55pm 55 mins
PANEL: THE CONVERGENCE OF METRO NETWORKING, EDGE DATA CENTERS & SDN
  • Moderator Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Aron Smith - VP Interconnection Product Management, EdgeConneX
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5G introduces a new, highly distributed system architecture that will enable operators to serve ultra-low-latency, highly reliable and high-bandwidth services. The architecture is part of a broader multiservice fixed/mobile transport network that is software-controlled, dynamically configurable and massively scalable. This session will examine the role of distributed service provider clouds in 5G transport, including how to connect edge data center locations and cloud-native applications using underlay and overlay networking, and how to automate transport capacity management using policy and SDN. It will consider how the "edge" is influenced by the operator's approach to RAN deployment and the how C-RAN and D-RAN determine transport requirements and topology.

2:55pm - 3:10pm 15 mins
Fireside Chat
  • Ray La Chance - President & CEO, ZenFi Networks
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3:10pm - 3:30pm 20 mins
Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote
3:30pm - 3:45pm 15 mins
Coffee Break
3:45pm - 4:05pm 20 mins
Fireside Chat
4:05pm - 5:00pm 55 mins
PANEL: CABLE MSOs & ALTERNATIVE ACCESS PROVIDERS: STRATEGIES & ARCHITECTURES FOR 5G
  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Jeff Finkelstein - Executive Director of Advanced Technologies, Cox Communications
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As mobile operators build out their 5G radio infrastructure, cable operators have an opportunity to gain a significant share of the wholesale business. Cable operators are already key players in supplying 4G backhaul capacity to mobile operators, but 5G adds many new locations (via small cells) as well as massive capacity and stringent performance requirements (such as ultra-low latency). Is the cable infrastructure suitable for emerging 5G fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul requirements? Can MSOs use distributed access architecture (DAA) initiatives for 5G fronthaul/backhaul? In addition to addressing cable, this panel will explore opportunities and challenges faced by other types of alternative access providers seeking to benefit from the coming 5G fronthaul/backhaul wholesale boom.