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May 07
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8:35am - 8:45am 10 mins
The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
Welcome to the BIG 5G Event
  • Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading
8:45am - 8:55am 10 mins
The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
5G Americas – State of the Market Address
  • Chris Pearson - President, 5G Americas
8:55am - 9:15am 20 mins
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The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
Keynote: 5G Today: The Deployment of 5G Based High-Bandwidth Residential Services
  • Connecting homes with ultra-fast wireless internet connectivity
  • Achieving downstream speeds of up to 1Gbps
  • Current and future deployments - what's next?
9:15am - 10:00am 45 mins
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The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
Service Provider Keynote Panel Discussion: The Business Case for 5G – Where is the Money?
  • Can 5G enhanced mobile broadband services command a price premium?
  • Will 5G really deliver much 'lower cost per bit' and, if so, is that enough to justify a 5G build? 
  • Can IoT opportunities bolster an operator's 5G business case?
  • Can operators afford to significantly delay 5G investments or is that business suicide?  
10:00am - 10:20am 20 mins
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The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
Diamond Sponsor Keynote: Accelerating New Enterprise 5G Services
  • Will 5G open up a new world of enterprise service opportunities?
  • The disruptive potential of 5G on society and the business world
  • Mapping the right 5G infrastructure needs to meet operator requirements
10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
Coffee Break & Networking
11:20am - 11:40am 20 mins
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The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
Service Provider Keynote: Preparing for a Commercial Launch of Mobile 5G
  • Device considerations ahead of mobile 5G service launches
  • Deployment timelines and strategies
  • Trial results demonstrating 5G user experiences
11:40am - 12:25pm 45 mins
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The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
Keynote Panel Discussion: Critical Next Steps for 5G Deployments
  • Prepare to re-define your network – do you have/need all the pieces of the 5G puzzle?
  • Key takeaways from early 5G service launches
12:25pm - 12:45pm 20 mins
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The BIG 5G Plenary Keynotes
Sponsored Keynote: Exploring the Potential of 5G Standalone
  • The technical requirements of 5G SA
  • 5G SA to simplify, improve upon efficiency and lower operational costs
  • Throughput advancements to the edge
  • Exploring the use cases for 5G SA
12:45pm - 1:45pm 60 mins
Lunch and Networking
1:45pm - 2:00pm 15 mins
Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
Analyst Introduction & Presentation
1:45pm - 2:00pm 15 mins
5G Automation & Intelligence
Analyst Introduction & Presentation
1:45pm - 2:00pm 15 mins
5G Transport & the Edge
Analyst Introduction & Presentation
1:45pm - 2:00pm 15 mins
RAN Evolution
Analyst Introduction & Presentation
1:45pm - 2:00pm 15 mins
5G Use Cases & Services
Analyst Introduction & Presentation
2:00pm - 2:15pm 15 mins
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Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
Service Provider Keynote: Developing End to End Network Capabilities with NFV and SDN
  • Enabling multiple virtual networks to run on top of a single physical layer
  • Utilizing NFV and SDN to solve architectural barriers facing 5G
  • Reducing network bandwidth and increasing latency
2:00pm - 2:15pm 15 mins
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5G Automation & Intelligence
Service Provider Keynote: 5G Network Automation Strategies
  • From virtualization to distributed cloud and 5G network slicing
  • Closed loop automation
  • Identifying the right automation opportunities
  • The importance of clean, accurate data
2:00pm - 2:15pm 15 mins
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5G Transport & the Edge
Service Provider Keynote: Facilitating 5G With Next-Gen Backhaul
  • The importance of microwave backhaul as cell density increases
  • Multiband boosters to utilise unused spectrum
  • Addressing 5G’s complex backhaul requirements including ultralow latency
2:00pm - 2:15pm 15 mins
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RAN Evolution
Service Provider Keynote: Achieving Gbps Speeds in a 4G/5G World
  • Evolving a 4G LTE network architecture to 5G while improving mobile broadband speeds and service reliability in hybrid RAN networks
2:00pm - 2:15pm 15 mins
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5G Use Cases & Services
Service Provider Keynote: Connecting North America with Fixed Wireless Access Broadband using mmWave Spectrum
  • Derek Peterson - CTO, Boingo Wireless
  • 5G as a substitute to Fibre?
  • Supporting high bandwidth services such as 4K video
  • Using FWA to connect rural communities
2:15pm - 2:30pm 15 mins
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Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
Sponsored Keynote: Packet Core Advancements to Enable 5G With Minimal Network Disruption
  • The importance of building upon a virtual foundation
  • Seamlessly Transitioning from 4G to 5G
  • Enabling the rapid introduction of new services with automated deployments
2:15pm - 2:30pm 15 mins
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5G Automation & Intelligence
Sponsored Keynote: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Zero-Touch Network
  • Coordinating humans with machines
  • How 5G will form the foundation of a zero-touch network
  • The challenge of network slicing management
2:15pm - 2:30pm 15 mins
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5G Transport & the Edge
Sponsored Keynote: How Preparing for 5G Transport Requirements Can Bolster 4G
  • The case for future-proofing existing networks
  • Pre-building capacity in the network well in advance of 5G
  • Have 4G backhaul requirements been fully addressed?
  • How 5G backhaul requirements compare and differ with that of 4G
2:15pm - 2:30pm 15 mins
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RAN Evolution
Sponsored Keynote: The RAN Implications of Non-Standalone Architecture
  • Justifying NSA 5G RAN deployments
  • Leveraging the 4G core for 5G NSA
  • The transition from NSA to SA
2:15pm - 2:30pm 15 mins
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5G Use Cases & Services
Sponsored Keynote: Looking Beyond VoLTE with 5G Voice Services
  • The role IMS will play
  • The potential of Vo5G to define other 5G voice services
  • Can VoLTE survive?
2:30pm - 3:15pm 45 mins
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Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
Panel Discussion: The Journey to Cloud-Native
  • Moderator Roz Roseboro - Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure & Management, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Chris Aniszczyk - VP of Developer Programs, Linux Foundation

CSP cloud transformation begins with virtualization and, in theory, will evolve to cloud-native in a 5G environment... but is that the only journey? Should cloud-native be the goal for 5G operators? This session will discuss the technologies, processes and models that need to change on the journey to cloud-native, the challenges CSPs can expect along the way, and the benefits they can achieve at each step

2:30pm - 3:15pm 45 mins
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5G Automation & Intelligence
Panel Discussion: Does AI and Analytics Improve Customer Experience in a 5G World?
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

The move to 5G will require the monitoring of new systems and domains, leading to the collection of large volumes of data that will in part be aggregated in central 'data lakes' while some data will be analyzed in-memory at the network edge. It will also require a shift away from batch processing and post-event policy engine updates and the adoption of 'real-time' analytics, which will require closed-loop automation and self-learning tools. That is only possible with Artificial Intelligence. This panel will explore use cases for AI-enhanced analytics that can support 5G service assurance and customer experience management strategies

2:30pm - 3:15pm 45 mins
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5G Transport & the Edge
Panel Discussion: Supporting 5G with ‘Anyhaul’ Transport
  • Moderator Alan Breznick - Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Jack Burton - Principal, Broadband Success Partners

As the mobile access architecture becomes disaggregated and virtualized, and ever lower latencies are required to connect remote radios with centralized baseband units, 'anyhaul (fonthaul, backhaul and midhaul) will become critical links in the 5G transport story. This panel will look at the multiple technology options that need to be considered (including CPRI, eCPRI, xPON, DOCSIS 3.1, OTN etc and look at the multiple players, including cable operators, that can deliver this vital connectivity

2:30pm - 3:15pm 45 mins
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RAN Evolution
Panel Discussion: Open RAN to 4G/5G Networks
  • Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

Software is re-inventing networking from cloud, SDN, NFV and white box switching and routing.  The RAN has been relatively slow to adopt these new models but that is now starting to change at pace as operators and key technology suppliers adopt virtualization and white box radio to accelerate Open RAN. This panel examines the potential for Open RAN deployments by any and all types of network operator

2:30pm - 3:15pm 45 mins
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5G Use Cases & Services
Panel Discussion: The Services Potential of Network Slicing

Network slicing' is one of the hottest terms in the industry, but how are these slices implemented and managed, and what benefits can they deliver to service providers and users? This panel looks at how slicing can be enabled in LTE and 5G networks, what needs to be done to economically enable these logical networks -- including from a transport network perspective, as slicing options exist at the IP, Ethernet, optical, and photonic layer and include existing technologies, such as IP VPNSs, as well as new technology options including segment routing and FlexEthernet -- and how slices can enable Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) and other service types

3:15pm - 3:30pm 15 mins
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Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
Fireside Chat: Facilitating Network Slicing by Utilizing Necessary Orchestration Layers
  • Independently orchestrating each network slice, customized for specific use cases
  • Network slice management and orchestration methodologies
3:15pm - 3:30pm 15 mins
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5G Automation & Intelligence
Fireside Chat: AI Powered Closed Loop Automation in 5G Hybrid SON
  • Moderator Stéphane Téral - Executive Director – Research and Analysis, Mobile Infrastructure & Carrier Economics, IHS Markit
  • How SON can enable closed loop automation
  • How SON can deal with the demands of closed loops across centralized, edge and 5G cloud platforms
3:15pm - 3:30pm 15 mins
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5G Transport & the Edge
Fireside Chat: Creating Flexible and Intelligent Transport Networks for 5G
  • How to support centralized and distributed RAN
  • Implementation scenarios
  • Innovations in 5G transport R&D
3:15pm - 3:30pm 15 mins
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RAN Evolution
Fireside Chat: Transforming Connectivity With 5G Beamforming
  • Beamforming explained
  • What are the advancements made to signal processing?
  • How beamforming will lay the foundation for the functionality of future 5G enabled devices
3:15pm - 3:30pm 15 mins
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5G Use Cases & Services
Fireside Chat: Enabling Wireless Connectivity Over CBRS
  • How CBRS meets the requirements of national wireless internet service providers (WISPs)
  • Connecting rural and remote regions of North America
  • Supporting high bandwidth applications
3:30pm - 4:15pm 45 mins
Coffee Break & LeadersIn 5G Executive Summit
4:15pm - 4:30pm 15 mins
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Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
5G MANO: Applying Cloud-Native Tools to Create Agile Network Management and Orchestration Systems
  • The evolution of MANO architectures
  • The importance of MANO to NFV
  • The opportunities and challenges that 5G MANO poses to the CSP community
4:15pm - 4:30pm 15 mins
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5G Automation & Intelligence
Predictive Analytics to Advance Network Automation & Capacity Planning
  • Monitoring source processes
  • The importance of data quality and large data sets
  • Intent based networking
  • Real time telemetry, correlation and visualization
  • Predictive analytics and traffic models to ensure smart capacity planning
4:15pm - 4:30pm 15 mins
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5G Transport & the Edge
Transforming Enterprise Service Delivery with Edge Computing
  • Why edge computing is vital to 5G service delivery
  • Exploring the multi-cloud edge
4:15pm - 4:30pm 15 mins
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RAN Evolution
What Will 5G Spectrum Sharing Look Like?
  • Evaluating licensed, shared and unlicensed spectrum use
  • The potential for unlicensed spectrum in the 6 Ghz band
  • The critical benefits of spectrum sharing
  • How mmWave is naturally suited to sharing schemes
4:15pm - 4:30pm 15 mins
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5G Use Cases & Services
How 5G Will Underpin the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • How 5G will become an important part of society
  • 5G as a platform for future innovation
  • 5G’s impact on industry and smart city initiatives
4:30pm - 4:45pm 15 mins
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Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
Sponsored Session: The Orchestration Requirements of 5G
  • Defining the new role of orchestration in a 5G environment
  • Hiding complexity & increasing efficiencies
4:30pm - 4:45pm 15 mins
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5G Automation & Intelligence
Sponsored Session: The Importance of AI in Transforming Network Operations
  • How machine learning will transform the network planning process
  • AI's role in scaling 5G
  • How AI can assist in managing, maintaining and protecting networks
  • How sophisticated algorithms can help provide real-time network analysis
4:30pm - 4:45pm 15 mins
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5G Transport & the Edge
Sponsored Session: The Rise of Multi-Access Edge Computing
  • Defining computing architectures and the opportunities they present
4:30pm - 4:45pm 15 mins
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RAN Evolution
Sponsored Session: RAN Evolution for 5G
  • Virtual RAN
  • Deploying a flexible cloud RAN architecture
  • Creating a decentralized architecture with less transport requirements
  • Dealing with the operational challenges of a virtualized RAN
  • How will Open RAN function?
4:30pm - 4:45pm 15 mins
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5G Use Cases & Services
Sponsored Session: 5G’s Impact on Future Satellite Communications
  • Why C-Band communications are important
  • How satellite can complement cellular connectivity in a 5G era
  • What is the market potential of the satellite communications industry in the context of 5G?
4:45pm - 5:30pm 45 mins
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Virtualization & the 5G Cloud
Panel Discussion: Orchestration and the Open Source Conundrum
  • Moderator Roz Roseboro - Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure & Management, Heavy Reading

Orchestration has long been a complex topic and the use of open source tools is promising much while at the same time creating new headaches for network operators as they plan their 5G strategies. Put the two together, add in the shift towards con containers and Kubernetes, and new levels of complexity will arise as service providers seek to create services out of physical and virtual elements, and those virtual elements will be a mix of bare metal, open source software, VMs and containers. This session will discuss the implications of open source engagement, unveil key learnings from orchestration developments and reveal how operators should approach network and service orchestration in this evolving environment

4:45pm - 5:30pm 45 mins
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5G Automation & Intelligence
Panel Discussion: The Truth about AI and Security
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading

There is general consensus that the future of security will be automated and AI driven. But aside from that general reference architectures and baseline requirements remain a blank canvass. However, with 5G now a commercial reality, the industry must take steps to develop a more mature view of how AI and Security can be intertwined on a level that can be holistically applied independently of vendor solutions and carrier unique network requirements. This panel will consider the steps and attributes that AI and security must embrace to be commercially viable and more importantly, capable of elegantly dealing with security threats that will emerge in the next few years

4:45pm - 5:30pm 45 mins
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5G Transport & the Edge
Panel Discussion: The Role of Edge Computing Architectures in 5G Deployments
  • Moderator Steve Bell - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Where is the edge and does it even exist? There are those that believe that the edge is just part of an elastic network continuum of cloud compute capability that is required to deliver the 5G promise. 

Understanding these different perspectives will be critical to a successful deployment strategy. In an ideal world there will be a common edge architecture. However, different network philosophies will lead to different architectures, as this panel will reveal

4:45pm - 5:30pm 45 mins
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RAN Evolution
Panel Discussion: Integrating 5G NSA with Advanced LTE Networks
  • Moderator Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

The first wide-area mobile 5G networks will be tightly integrated with host LTE networks using Non-standalone (NSA) architecture. This session will investigate this model and emphasize the importance advanced LTE plays in the operator service offer

4:45pm - 5:30pm 45 mins
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5G Use Cases & Services
Panel Discussion: 5G: Friend or Foe for Cable
  • Moderator Alan Breznick - Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
  • Panelist Chris Bastian - SVP/CTO, SCTE/ISBE

For cable operators, 5G wireless technology represents a real mixed bag. On the one hand, mobile operators could use 5G and fixed-wireless broadband to deliver gigabit speeds to consumers and businesses, matching what MSOs can now do with DOCSIS. On the other hand, cable operators could use their fiber-enriched wireline networks to support mobile backhaul, small cells and other vital services for 5G deployments. So 5G represents both a threat and opportunity for cablecos. Our panel will examine the ins and outs of 5G for cable

5:30pm - 6:30pm 60 mins
Cocktail Drinks Reception
6:30pm - 9:30pm 180 mins
BIG 5G Event Kick-off Party @ Wynkoop Brewery
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12:45pm - 1:45pm

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