As many network operators know, the process to replace non-compliant telecom equipment will be expensive and disruptive to network operations, both short- and long-term. Even more important is the need for carriers to future proof their networks and plan for smarter, more secure, network operations.
This executive conference is the first-time wireless industry executives will convene to share best practices to leverage next generation technology, including Open RAN, CBRS and more in an effort to introduce more competition from North American wireless equipment supply chain. The program (listed below) is subject to change.
|8:55 am||Welcome & Overview
Open and Welcome by Jana Wallace, President of Rural Wireless Association
|9:00 am||Network Operators: Policy Meets Reality: An Update on Frontline Activity in Network Replacement
Kicking off the conference is a panel representing various perspectives in the wireless industry as it manages the practical realities of compliance, security, network upgrades and more.
Carri Bennet, General Counsel, Rural Wireless Association
John Nettles, President, Pine Belt Telephone and Wireless
Chris Townson, CEO, DTC Communications
Mike Laskowsky, Network Operations Manager, United Telecom
|9:30 am||Summary and Review: Cost List and Replacement Catalog
The FCC contracted with Widelity, Inc. to produce a report detailing the anticipated steps in removing, replacing, and disposing of covered communications equipment or services, and an initial proposed version of the Catalog and Replacement List. Widelity conducted a series of confidential interviews with a broad range of communications industry stakeholders to understand the process and costs associated with removing, replacing, and disposing of covered communications equipment or services. A summary and update of Widelity’s findings are presented here.
Mike Lasky, Principal, Widelity
Mapping Real World Deployment Costs to the Cost Catalog
|11:00 am||Virtual Keynote: Mike Murphy, CTO, Nokia (via Zoom)|
|11:20 am||Virtual Keynote: Kris Monteith, Chief of Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC (via Zoom)|
Lessons Learned from the Broadcast Repack
The ongoing REPACK program is an FCC initiative in which broadcast stations are transitioning to newly-assigned frequencies. The structure of the FCC’s Supply Chain Reimbursement program mirrors the structure of REPACK. As the telecom industry moves toward the replacement of certain equipment, REPACK professionals offer valuable insight into how to navigate the complexities related to cash flow, reimbursement and vendor management. This session examines lessons learned from the broadcast REPACK and what wireless network operators can take away from a similar program.
Nick Solano, Vice President, QCommunications
|12:30 pm||Hosted Luncheon|
|OPEN RAN & NETWORK TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS|
|1:30 pm||Video Presentation:
Sen. Mark Warner (D), VA (Video Presentation)
Understanding Deployment Scenarios for Open RAN Networks
Virtualization of the radio access network (RAN) — arguably the most complex and costly part of the infrastructure — is gradually becoming a given. This trend is sending a wake-up call to the entire supplier community to embrace open interfaces, architectures, software. Their motivation is clear: to bring more effective competition in the market and thus, hopefully, reduce costs. This session examines the deployment scenarios for integrating Open RAN into existing wireless networks.
|2:15 pm||Keynote Interview:
John Baker, SVP Business Development, Mavenir
Fireside Chat with Iain Gillott, President, IGR
Virtual Keynote: Stephen Bye, Executive Vice President and COO, DISH
|3:00 pm||Security in an Open, Multi-Vendor RAN Environment
Security is also an issue in the multi-vendor model. Security in the network is a fundamental aspect of communications technology. The more interfaces that are utilized the more opportunity there will be for security vulnerabilities. A fundamental aspect of the system integrator must be to maintain a high level of security throughout the entire network. Open Standards and Virtualization of significant parts of the network form the basis of a new potential architecture. The role of the System Integrator will be crucial. They will need to provide simplicity, over-all design, security, equipment integration, testing, and network visibility and monitoring.
William Malik, Vice President, Infrastructure Strategies, Trend Micro
|POSITIONING FOR GROWTH WITH 5G|
|3:45pm||Remote and Rural Connectivity: Edge to Cloud Opportunities for Rural Network Operators
Robin Harwani, Head of Global Telecom Industry Solutions, Amazon Web Services
|4:15pm||Executive Q&A: Caroline Chan, VP and GM, 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platform Group, Intel
Moderator: Iain Gillott, Founder and President, IGR
|4:45pm||Building a Unified 4G/5G Network to Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow
5G places unique requirements on the transport network, including Massive Capacity and Connectivity, Enhanced Timing and Synchronization, Network Slicing, Programmability, Low Latency, and Security. Meanwhile, This presentation focuses on what wireless operators need to do with their transport network to support 4G today and be ready for 5G tomorrow.
Jamie Gibson, VP Technology and Sales Engineering, Ribbon
Leigh Ann Self, Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, B+T Group
|5:30pm - 6:30pm||Hosted Reception -- Sponsored by RINA Wireless
Hyatt Regency: Reunion Foyer
Welcome & Overview
Past, Current, and Likely Near-Term Federal Funding Opportunities
Rip and Replace with the Right Technology, People, and Processes
Rural Infrastructure Deployment - Get it Right the First Time
Understanding CBRS in Rural Deployments
Wireless Workforce Considerations, Tower Crew Availability