February 25 - February 26

Mobile World Congress 2019 - Executive 5G Panel Series

Fira Congress Hotel | Barcelona, Spain

About

FierceWireless is returning to Barcelona, Spain during Mobile World Congress 2019 with a two-day Executive 5G Panel Series at the Fira Congress Hotel. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with speakers and panelists, expand their knowledge on wireless systems and the wireless industry, and network with past and present colleagues. 

Event Overview:
February 25, 2019 | 7:30-8:50 | 5G and The Fixed Wireless Access Opportunity
February 25, 2019 | 12:15-14:00 | Taking 5G Indoors
February 26, 2019 | 12:15-14:00 |  Making 5G Ubiquitous

Speakers

Els Baert

Director of Marketing and Communications // Netcomm
As the Director of Marketing and Communications at NetComm, Els is responsible for business growth through the development of thought leadership in global markets. With a master’s degree in electrical engineering, her specialty lies in bridging the gap between technology and marketing with a focus on bringing value to the customers.

Through her experience in various roles within Nokia, Els has a broad range of knowledge to help operators find the best solution for their network.

Matt Beal

Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture // Vodafone Group
Matt Beal currently serves as Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture for Vodafone Group.  In this role, Matt oversees the global strategy and development of technology transformation and modernisation initiatives.  Current initiatives range from Cloud and Network Virtualisation to 5G, Big Data, Internet of Things and Information Technology simplification.  Having worked across a variety of start-up, competitive and incumbent carriers, Matt is experienced in large-scale technology transformation and corporate consolidation.

Ed Chan

Senior Vice President - Network Infrastructure Planning // Verizon
Ed Chan is the Senior Vice President - Network Infrastructure Planning in Verizon Corporate Network & Technology. He is responsible for the strategic technology evolution of the Verizon wireless and wireline networks including wireless spectrum and long term capital planning to meet customer demands. Ed started his career as an engineering intern in the Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems wireless lab in 1992.

Bill Cune

Vice President of Network Architecture // Corning Optical Communications
Bill Cune is the Vice President of Network Architecture for Corning Optical Communications.  In this role, Cune is responsible for understanding the intersection between technology trends and market needs to define and create new approaches to deliver future ready network and connectivity solutions.  This includes identifying and collaborating with key ecosystem players and customers to deliver differentiated optical solutions that re-define networking in the millennial era.

Slavko Djukic

Chief Technology Officer // Zinwave
Slavko Djukic joined Zinwave in December 2016 and is an expert in DAS and small-cell systems, with 18 years’ experience in indoor wireless technology development. He most recently served as Ericsson’s head of strategy and solutions for small cells, DAS, and Wi-Fi. Prior to Ericsson, he served in a global technical role for Corning, where he was responsible for expanding the company’s global indoor building solutions, acted as the primary technical interface for indoor wireless experts around the world, and acted as the technical lead in Corning’s acquisition of Mobile Access. Slavko also held a leadership role with Powerwave, where he built and led the technical indoor and outdoor DAS solutions organizations for North, Central and South America. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. 

Alejandro Holcman

SVP Corporate Engineering // Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
As SVP of Corporate Engineering (QCES), he leads a centralized organization that provides end-to-end engineering services to accelerate cost-effective development and commercialization of Qualcomm technologies. With more than 1,300 engineers, QCES provides services to Qualcomm’s internal businesses and external customers.

Holcman holds more than 24 patents, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in telecommunications from the Australian Telecom Research Institute.

Adam Koeppe

Senior Vice President - Technology Strategy and Planning // Verizon
Adam is the Senior Vice President for Technology Strategy and Planning at Verizon.  He is responsible for the strategic technology evolution and capital planning for the Verizon wireless network, wireline network, and IT infrastructure.  Adam and his team drive the future network and IT architecture to bring high-quality and cost-effective services to market including 4G LTE, next-gen passive optical networks, the intelligent edge network, software defined network virtualization, IoT, and 5G.

Durga Malladi

SVP & GM of 4G/5G // Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
As SVP & GM 4G/5G, he is responsible for cellular modem and location businesses, baseband and transceiver modem technology roadmap, features, software products, and infrastructure and operator commercial engagements.

Durga holds a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an M.S and Ph.D. from UCLA. His research interests include Signal Processing, Communication Theory and Artificial Intelligence. He is a member of IEEE and holds 420 U.S. patents.

Gordon Mansfield

Vice President - RAN & Device Design // AT&T
Gordon Mansfield was appointed Vice President – RAN & Device Design at AT&T in April 2015. In this role, Gordon leads the teams who define and validate functionality for use over the air interface within AT&T wireless network. He has responsibility for the Radio Access Network, Subscriber Product Engineering and Measurement platforms.

Prior to Gordon’s current role, he has held multiple leadership roles at AT&T since joining the company in July 2006. Gordon is a past Chairman of the Small Cell Forum having led the organization from September 2012 until September 2014.

Gordon has over 27 years of experience in the communications industry and has served in a number of leadership roles at AT&T, Siemens Communications and the United States Air Force.

Dr. Ron Marquardt

Vice President of Technology // Sprint
As VP of Technology at Sprint, Dr. Marquardt is responsible for Sprint’s long-term technology strategy and architecture, and the company’s advocacy in global industry forums and standards bodies. Prior to Sprint, Dr. Marquardt held roles as VP of Technology Development at Clearwire Corporation, and as CTO at Covad Communications. He holds an S.B. in Physics from MIT, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Kyung Mun (Moderator)

Principal Analyst // Mobile Experts, Inc.
Kyung Mun is a principal analyst at Mobile Experts Inc., a network of market and technology experts that analyze wireless markets.  He currently focuses on trends in 5G, Small Cells, Enterprise, and Industrial markets for wireless infrastructure.  With over 25 years in the mobile industry, he has held product development and technology strategy roles at Motorola, Texas Instruments, Alcatel-Lucent, and a few startups in between.  Kyung Mun holds electrical engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Tech and received his MBA from SMU.

Seizo Onoe

Chief Technology Architect // NTT DOCOMO
Seizo ONOE is President of DOCOMO Technology since June 2015 and Chief Technology Architect of NTT DOCOMO since June 2017. From June 2012 to June 2017, he was CTO, EVP and a Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO. He has been responsible for the research and development of the analog cellular system (1G), the digital cellular system (2G), W-CDMA/HSPA (3G), LTE/LTE-Advanced (4G) and 5G at NTT and NTT DOCOMO since 1982.

Derek Peterson, Ph.D.

CTO // Boingo Wireless
Derek Peterson, Ph. D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless. He is responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest wireless network technologies including 5G, Passpoint, Wi-Fi 6, CBRS, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo's core technologies and systems.

Dr. Peterson is a Wireless Broadband Alliance and MulteFire Alliance board member, and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Innovation & Technology Council.

Tejas Rao

Managing Director, Global 5G Offering Lead for Accenture's Network Practice // Accenture
Tejas Rao is managing director and global 5G offering lead for Accenture’s network practice and has been with the company for almost 10 years, joining from Nokia. He has over twenty years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry across consulting, mobile devices, wireless voice and data communication systems, client-server architecture, and design of complex business application systems. 

Ashish Sharma

CMO and EVP of IoT & Mobile // Inseego
Ashish Sharma, CMO and EVP of IoT & Mobile Solutions at Inseego, is a technology industry senior executive with vast experience driving major innovation for IoT and mobile solutions and SaaS companies. With a diverse background in sales, marketing, strategy, product management and engineering, he brought numerous highly innovative products to market and helped build multi-billion dollar brands in the mobile industry for companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, Alvarion, FreeWave and Spectralink. 

Gautam Sheoran

Sr. Director, Product Management // Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Gautam Sheoran is responsible for 4G and 5G modem chipset programs. Prior to product management he worked in a number of marketing and engineering roles. He has over 15 years of experience in the cellular wireless industry. Gautam holds an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Bill Stone

VP of Network Technology and Planning // Verizon
Vice President Radio Access and Virtualization Technology Planning, Bill reports to Ed Chan. Bill and his team are responsible for the strategy and planning for the Verizon Wireless radio access network and the virtualization of the wireless EPC and IMS networks. Bill’s team also coordinate Verizon’s participation in industry bodies such as 3GPP and CTIA, drive the deployment of new technologies such as LTE Advanced features, 5G, and the Verizon Cloud Platform. His team also manages Verizon’s spectrum strategy.

Bill has held a number of other positions at Verizon including , executive director network planning, executive director of network Northern New Jersey region, executive director of CDMA deployment, manager of radio planning for Philadelphia region and various other management positions since beginning his career with Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems in 1992.

Arnaud Vamparys

Senior Vice President Radio Networks and 5G Group Champion // Orange
Arnaud Vamparys, a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (X-Mines), joined the Group in 1995 to work since in a number of positions in France, in the Netherlands and in Spain, within the mobile, internet and business markets. He joined Orange in 2011 as “Seamless Wireless Access” Group Strategic Program Director for the Orange executive committee. Since 2014, Arnaud Vamparys is the Senior Vice President for Radio Networks inside Orange. He is as well our 5G group champion since October 2017.

Agenda

5G and the Fixed Wireless Access Opportunity
February 25, 2019 | 7:30-8:50
Industry proponents have promised to that 5G will enable a wide range of new and exciting services and applications. Everything from massive IoT to portable virtual reality to autonomous vehicles has been hung onto the 5G wave.

However, what is been coming glaringly clear is that one of the first real new services that may spring from 5G is a relatively straightforward service but also one that could be seriously disruptive to the status quo: fixed wireless access.

The promise of fixed wireless access (FWA) is nothing short of changing the way that the internet is delivered to homes, offices and other locations. Specifically, FWA promises to disrupt the incumbent telco and cable industries by providing a new, last-mile method for internet delivery. But questions remain in this new and potentially major space. Perhaps the most pressing of all is exactly how big this opportunity might be. Moreover, 5G technology is currently competing against a wide range of other FWA access technologies including proprietary offerings as well as those based on 802.11. Will FWA generate significant traction in the overall 5G market? This event will dive into this question and more.

Speakers

Els Baert

Director of Marketing and Communications // NetComm

Ed Chan

Senior Vice President - Network Infrastructure Planning // Verizon

Ashish Sharma

CMO and EVP of IoT & Mobile // Inseego

Gautam Sheoran

Sr. Director, Product Management // Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Arnaud Vamparys

Senior Vice President Radio Networks and 5G Group Champion // Orange

Linda Hardesty (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief // FierceWireless

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Taking 5G Indoors
February 25, 2019 | 12:15-14:00
As the world takes its first tentative steps into a 5G future, wireless operators around the globe are facing a familiar problem: How can they get 5G into homes, offices and other buildings?

Of course, the in-building conundrum has stood as a major obstacle to the rollout of previous technologies, including 3G and 4G. After all, concrete continues to treat wireless signals the same, regardless of the “G.” But the issue is becoming that much more pressing to wireless providers looking at the 5G opportunity, considering a wide range of 5G applications target an enterprise segment that can’t abide coverage gaps.

So, what can operators do to ensure their 5G investments pay off? How can operators, vendors and others cross the line from traditional wireless towers into smaller, more targeted deployments? How should real estate companies, building owners and others view the 5G opportunity as it heads indoors? And what services should operators deploy to ensure that enterprises and others will pay to take advantage of 5G?

Speakers

Bill Cune

Vice President of Network Architecture // Corning Optical Communications

Slavko Djukic (Sponsor Keynote)

Chief Technology Officer // Zinwave

Alejandro Holcman

SVP, Corporate Engineering // Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Seizo Onoe (Keynote)

Chief Network Architect // NTT DOCOMO

Derek Peterson, Ph.D.

CTO // Boingo Wireless

Bill Stone

VP of Network Technology and Planning // Verizon

Kyung Mun (Moderator)

Principal Analyst // Mobile Experts, Inc.

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Making 5G Ubiquitous
February 26, 2019 | 12:15-14:00
As customers across the globe get their first taste of 5G, the wireless industry is now facing a new challenge: How can it make 5G ubiquitous? As with any new technology, 5G initially will be deployed in select cities, or even just select neighborhoods. After all, upgrading to 5G involves the deployment of not only new antennas but in some cases entirely new network designs. Thus, as service providers around the world work to step up to the next “G,” they’re also going to have to figure out how to deploy that new technology into every nook and cranny of their footprint.

But how will operators densify their networks in order to take advantage of the speeds and features of 5G? How might they move 5G into additional spectrum bands? How will they leverage new network designs and technologies like edge computing and oRAN to make sure their deployment is as efficient as possible? And perhaps most importantly, how fast will operators move to roll out 5G everywhere – and what kind of return can they expect on that investment?

Speakers

Matt Beal

Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture // Vodafone Group

Adam Koeppe (Keynote)

Senior Vice President - Technology Strategy and Planning // Verizon

Durga Malladi (Sponsor Keynote)

SVP & GM of 4G/5G // Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Gordon Mansfield

Vice President - RAN & Device Design // AT&T

Dr. Ron Marquardt

Vice President of Technology // Sprint

Tejas Rao

Managing Director, Global 5G Offering Lead for Accenture's Network Practice // Accenture

Monica Alleven (Moderator)

Editor // FierceWirelessTech

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FAQ

Yes, there is free outdoor parking and access to a parking garage for an extra fee.

Yes, a full breakfast and lunch buffet will be served depending on the event you are attending.

Attendee substitutions may be made on or before February 18, 2019. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].

Due to the nature of this event, we are unable to process refunds. Attendee substitutions may be made on or before February 18, 2019. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].