September 12 - September 13

FierceWireless Executive Breakfast Series at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018

Los Angeles Convention Center // Theatre D

About

Join FierceWireless during Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 with a 2-day Breakfast Series at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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:
September 12, 2018 // 7:30AM-9:05AM 5G Moves from Trials to Commercial Reality: What's Next? - SOLD OUT
September 13, 2018 // 7:30AM-9:00AM RAN Innovation: How, Why, and When

Speakers

Arash Ashouriha

SVP Technology Architecture & Innovation
Deutsche Telekom AG
In his role at DT, he is in charge of the strategic development and architectural evolution of the technology domains including OSS alongside technology innovation management, patent management and standardization. He is also responsible for technology vendor portfolio management.

In addition, he oversees strategic technology innovation projects such as 5G, [email protected], Hyperscale Secure Telco (the evolved Terastream), Real Time Network Service Management etc.

Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom in 2016, Arash was with Vodafone Group for 15 years, where he held multiple international senior management roles, both in Technology and IT, most recently as Chief Network Officer for Germany & Central Europe (2011-2016) and Head of Global Applications (2009-2011).

Kevin Crull

Chief Strategy Officer
Sprint
Kevin Crull is chief strategy officer for Sprint, responsible for overall strategy, business development and corporate excellence. In addition, he leads a cross-functional team that supports Sprint’s launch of the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. Prior to this, Kevin served as president of Omnichannel Sales and chief marketing officer for Sprint. Kevin has more than 30 years of experience leading teams at companies such as Bell Media, AT&T, US West/Qwest Communications and Nestlé. 

William P. Cune

Vice President, 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. Prior to this role, Cune was the VP of Commercial Technology where he led the creation of new wireless products and programs through early stages of innovation and product conceptualization. Cune’s wide-ranging industry expertise enables him to provide a broad perspective from which to evaluate new trends in the market and in technology.

Cune joined Corning in 2010, as the IDAS Program Director, to lead all aspects of Corning’s entry into the wireless distributed antenna business. As an experienced wireless leader, Cune brought a keen understanding of the market and the requirements to be successful in this business. His leadership resulted in improvements in the solution as well as a clear understanding of the capabilities required to create a winning market position. His leadership ultimately led to the Corning acquisition of MobileAccess Networks.

Prior to joining Corning, Cune gained 25 years of experience in the wireless communications industry including 9 years in sales, professional services, and technology leadership at MobileAccess. Before that, Cune held various roles at Hughes Electronics in international sales and marketing of cellular and satellite communications networks. His perspective was further enhanced through several years of representing Hughes Electronics’ interests on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Cune started his wireless career at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis designing complex communication, navigation, and identification systems for advanced fighter aircraft and missile systems.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a Master of Business Administration degree in general management and international business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He holds patents in the area of wireless communications systems.

Erik Ekudden

SVP & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson Group
As Group CTO, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the direction of technology leadership for the Ericsson Group. In 2017 he was re-located to Kista, Sweden, after nearly seven years at Ericsson’s Santa Clara, California offices. His experience in Silicon Valley will influence the strategic decisions and investments in mobility, distributed cloud, machine intelligence and Internet of Things. This builds on his decades-long career in technology strategies and industry activities.

Bob Everson

Global Director of Mobility and 5G
Cisco Systems
Bob Everson is the Global Director of Mobility and 5G for Cisco Systems; leading strategy, business development, and go-to-market. In this role he also works closely with the R&D organization to ensure product and solution development aligns with the needs of customers and the market.
In addition, Everson is the lead for the Open vRAN ecosystem. This initiative was formed to accelerate innovation in and around the radio access network, and to accelerate the adoption of open, virtualized solutions.
Throughout his 25+ year career in technology, he has remained keenly focused on finding the intersection between innovative technologies and business drivers.

Hank Kafka

Vice President, Access Architecture and Standards
AT&T
As AT&T’s Vice President – Radio Access & Devices, Hank is currently responsible for the technology requirements, testing, and certification of AT&T’s wireless networks and wireless devices. This includes coordinating AT&T’s deployment of LTE.

Hank has over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, focused on identifying key emerging technologies, shaping them to meet customer and service provider needs, and moving them from the lab into the network. He started his career in Bell Labs, holding various technical and management positions in development, applied research, and architecture for communication and video technologies. At Johnson Controls he was responsible for the Controls Group data, voice, and mobile communications networks and applications for local, regional, and global networks. Before BellSouth’s merger with AT&T, Hank’s responsibilities at various times included the architecture for all of BellSouth’s networks and services, IT architecture, systems engineering, and advanced technology / exploratory development. Hank’s responsibilities in AT&T have included integrated network architecture and technology roadmaps, standards, and wireless technology.

Sachin Katti

Director
xRan Foundation
Sachin Katti, an Associate Professor of EE/CS at Stanford University, co-chairs the O-RAN Alliance Technical Steering Committee and founded the xRAN Forum. Sachin received his PhD in EECS from MIT in 2009. His research focuses on next generation wireless networks. As co-founder and ex-CEO of Kumu Networks, Sachin commercialized his research on full duplex radios

Karri Kuoppamaki

Vice President, Radio Network Technology Development and Strategy
T-Mobile USA
Karri Kuoppamaki is the Vice President, Radio Network Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA. In this role, Karri is responsible for Radio Access related technology development activities, including device development, as well as ensuring alignment between T-Mobile USA Network Technology and the regulatory environment, specifically in the area of radio technology and spectrum policy. Karri also drives the strategic long term technology strategy activities both internally as well as towards external stakeholders.

Karri has 20 years of international experience in product marketing, product development and technology management in the wireless industry, and has worked in multiple countries in Europe, Africa and USA. He has a proven track record in introducing, defining and developing new technologies for the telecommunications market.

Georges Karam is the CEO, founder, and chairman of the board of Sequans Communications, a leading provider of LTE chip platforms. Under his leadership, Sequans has become the leader in LTE for IoT, having developed and delivered the world’s first LTE-M/NB-IoT chip platform, Monarch, that enabled the launch of world’s first LTE-M networks. Before founding Sequans Communications in 2003, Karam was vice president of cable access for Juniper Networks where he ran the cable engineering and marketing departments and managed the cable sales launch in EMEA. He joined Juniper when the company acquired Pacific Broadband Communications (PBC) and Karam became first executive to join the founding team to act as vice president of engineering and general manager for Europe. Earlier, Karam served in a variety of senior management positions at Alcatel, SAGEM and Philips. He is a senior member of IEEE, has authored numerous technical and scientific papers, and holds several patents in digital communications.

Nicola Palmer

Chief Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Networks
Verizon
Nicola (Nicki) Palmer, Chief Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Networks for Verizon, is responsible for the design and engineering of the nation’s largest and most advanced wireless network. During her long career with Verizon she has been responsible for the planning, design and operation of Verizon's global voice, data and IP networks, and has led the engineering and operations of the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which enables Verizon's FiOS data and TV services.

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 having joined the company from Nokia. Based out of Toronto, 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. Tejas’ technical experience includes: mobile device portfolio planning and sales, wireless technology marketing, next generation network evolution, building a national professional services organization, design and deployment of enhanced wireless data services such as Push-to-Talk and location based services, web portals, E-Business systems, business support systems, large-scale systems integration projects, project and product management, and strategic planning. 

Durga Satapathy

Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture
Sprint
Dr. Satapathy currently serves as Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture at Sprint where he is responsible for RF Technology Strategy & Architecture for radio networks systems (LTE & 5G) and support of related standards, regulatory and global ecosystem activities. Dr. Satapathy has over 20 years’ experience with Sprint and Clearwire combined, leading access and backhaul research and architecture development, orchestrating key technology proof of concepts/demonstrations, vendor solutions development, technical contract negotiation, and technology/vendor selection.

Dr. Satapathy holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. His Ph.D. thesis addressed spectrum sharing and specifically resource utilization of unlicensed spectrum with spectrum etiquettes. He is an IEEE Senior Member and his portfolio includes 59 USPTO patent awards and publications in IEEE International Conference on Communications, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, and IEEE Globecom. He has served as Chairman, IEEE 802.16 WiMAX Standards Task Group 4, and participated in 3GPP activities for LTE standards development. His wireless communications ecosystem activities include serving as Industry Consortium Member for Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) project, Industry Forum Exhibitions Program Chair for ICC2018, Panel Reviewer for NSF projects, Wireless Advisory Board Member of Auburn University Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center, Industry Community Board Member for IEEE COMSOC, NYU Wireless Industry Affiliates Board Member, etc. Further details are available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/durgasatapathy

John Smee

VP Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Dr. John E. Smee is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 75 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the system design for a variety of projects focused on the innovation of wireless communications systems such as CDMA EVDO, IEEE 802.11, 4G LTE, and 5G. His work involves taking advanced system designs and signal processing techniques from theory through design, standardization, implementation, and productization. He is currently a 5G project engineering lead in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. John was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program and is a recipient of the Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University. 

Jonathan Wood

Senior Director Ecosystem and Business Development Advanced Technologies Group
Intel
Jonathan Wood is a Senior Director within Intel’s Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group and GM for Business Development for Advanced Technology as part of a team responsible for strategic programs and partners for advanced technology, like 5G.

Jonathan joined Intel in 2013 via an acquisition by Intel’s Software and Services Group of a leading software company focused on API management, for Fortune 100 companies and Network/Cloud Service providers.

Before assuming his current position, Jonathan served as a Senior Director responsible for Business Development and Partnerships for Intel’s Connectivity Solutions business, working to bring several new iconic designs to market with leading manufacturers from within consumer electronics, IOT and automotive industry.

Earlier in his career, Jonathan has spent more than two decades in various senior management positions at AT&T Network Systems, Philips Communications, GEC Siemens and Palmsource where his responsibilities spanned a range of business development, product sales, technical marketing and GM’s positions for wireless, telecommunications, internet, mobile software and semiconductors. Always on the very edge of leading and disruptive technology.

Monica Alleven (Moderator)

Editor
FierceWirelessTech
Monica Alleven is editor of FierceWirelessTech and pitches in as copy editor for several FierceMarkets Telecom Group newsletters. She previously was editor-in-chief of Wireless Week, where she held editorial positions covering everything from PCS auctions to noise-canceling techniques to base station technologies. Before covering the wireless industry, she worked at several community newspapers in the Pacific Northwest.

Mike Dano (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief
FierceWireless
Mike Dano is the Editor in Chief for the Telecom Group of FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceCable and other publications. Mike oversees the Fierce editorial team and all editorial content, as well as Fierce live events, ebooks, webinars and other editorial products. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for more than a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at [email protected] Follow @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Agenda

5G Moves from Trials to Commercial Reality: What's Next?
September 12, 2018 | 7:30am- 9:05am


If 2017 was the year of tests and trials, 2018 is when we’re finally seeing 5G emerge in the form of early commercial deployments. This is two years sooner than the industry originally anticipated.

Some will argue that the real, true 5G won’t come until 2019, when OEMs launch their 5G-ready devices. Then there’s all the industries outside of wireless that need to be 5G-ready. And it really, really won’t have fully arrived until commercially available autonomous cars are actually powered by 5G on roads, which is an even longer ways off.

Others argue that a lot of the hype about 5G today is really about what happens 10 years from now, not this year or in the next few years. Still, that isn’t stopping the nationwide U.S. wireless carriers from putting their stakes in the ground and declaring their own services to be first in 5G.

There’s still a long way to go. The nation’s first millimeter wave spectrum auction isn’t due to start until November and there remains a lot of spectrum that needs to be doled out for 5G. Operators also need to make sure their networks are capable of the kinds of automation that are required—that means being capable of running SDN and NFV.

Operators have been talking about their 5G deployments for years now, and they’ve been investing heavily in R&D. Now it’s time to see where the rubber meets the road. This session will examine the current state of 5G affairs and where the industry is headed in the months to come—and what is truly 5G and what is not.


Agenda: 
7:30AM-7:45AM // Registration, Networking, and Breakfast Buffet
7:45AM // Keynote
8:05AM // Sponsor Keynote
8:20AM-9:05AM // Panel Discussion and Q&A

Speakers

Nicola Palmer (Keynote)

Chief Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Networks
Verizon

Kevin Crull

Chief Strategy Officer
Sprint

Erik Ekudden (Sponsor Keynote)

SVP & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson Group

Karri Kuoppamaki

Vice President, Radio Technology Development and Strategy
T-Mobile USA

Tejas Rao

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

John Smee

VP Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Jonathan Wood

Senior Director Ecosystem and Business Development Advanced Technologies Group
Intel

Monica Alleven (Moderator)

Editor
FierceWirelessTech

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RAN Innovation: How, Why, and When
September 13, 2018 | 7:30am - 9:00am
The traditional design of a wireless network involves one antenna, one radio and one baseband unit, typically all supplied by one company. That’s the setup that largely dominated the early days of LTE.

But it’s not 2011 anymore, and the world of 5G is much, much different.

Today’s wireless networks increasingly rely on a host of advanced technologies, from MIMO to carrier aggregation. And that innovation also stretches into the design of the radio access network (RAN) itself. From centralized basebands to virtualized network functions to edge computing, the RAN is slowly undergoing a dramatic overhaul that could allow network operators to significantly speed up their operations while also cutting out excessive costs.

Of course, this transition won’t be smooth. Operators will need to employ software architectures that can handle migrations from legacy equipment. They will also need to ensure interoperability among a variety of suppliers alongside disparate network equipment and services. Perhaps most importantly, they’ll need to consider advanced concepts like “open RAN,” where fully programmable networks run on disaggregated, general-purpose hardware.

It’s 2018 and it’s a new RAN, but where is it going?


Agenda: 
7:30AM-7:45AM // Registration, Networking, and Breakfast Buffet
7:45AM // Keynote
8:05AM-9:00AM // Panel Discussion and Q&A

Speakers

Hank Kakfa (Keynote)

Vice President, Access Architecture and Standards
AT&T

Arash Ashouriha

SVP Technology Architecture & Innovation
Deutsche Telekom AG

William P. Cune

Vice President, Network Architecture
Corning Optical Communications

Bob Everson

Global Director of Mobility and 5G
Cisco Systems

Sachin Katti

Director
xRan Foundation

Durga Satapathy

Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture
Sprint

Mike Dano (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief
FierceWireless

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sponsors

Pricing

These events are part of the FierceWireless 2-event breakfast series at MWC Americas 2018. Registered attendees will also receive complimentary access to MWCA.


Standard Rate:
One event: $99

location

FAQ

The Los Angeles Convention Center can accommodate 5,600 vehicles. There are 12 EV charging stations available for electric cars - six in South Hall Parking Garage and six in West Hall Parking Garage.

Yes, a full breakfast will be served from 7:30AM-8:00AM.

Attendee substitutions may be made on or before September 5, 2018. 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 September 5, 2018. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].