September 12 - September 13

FierceWireless Executive Breakfast Series at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018

Los Angeles Convention Center // Theatre E

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?
September 13, 2018 // 7:30AM-9:05AM RAN Innovation: How, Why, and When

Speakers

Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas. In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. With more than 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, LTE World, 5G World North America, and 5G Forum USA.

David Allen is Director of Advance Product Development within the AT&T Internet of Things Solutions organization. David is responsible for the evaluation of Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) technologies, both LTE-based solutions (LTE-M and NB-IoT) and unlicensed technologies. David is responsible for managing the current deployment of AT&T LTE-M technologies, including the underlying enabling platforms, for continued continuity of holistic solutions to large industrial enterprise customers. He currently co-chairs the GSMA Mobile IoT LTE-M IoT Task Force. David is based in Dallas.

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. 

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.

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

Karri Kuoppamaki

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

Monica Alleven (Moderator)

Editor
FierceWirelessTech

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RAN Innovation: How, Why, and When
September 13, 2018 | 7:30am - 9:05am
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 // Sponsor Keynote
8:20AM-9:05AM // Panel Discussion and Q&A

Speakers

Sachin Katti

Director
xRan Foundation

Mike Dano (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief
FierceWireless

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Pricing

These events are part of the FierceWireless 2-event breakfast series at MWC Americas 2018. Attendees may register for one event or two events. 

Are you a Service Provider and interested in attending the Breakfast Series? If yes, you may be eligible for a discounted rate to attend. Please contact [email protected] to qualify and receive your discount code.


Early Bird Rates (through August 31st):
One event: $89
Two events: $165

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].