February 26 & February 27

Executive Luncheon Series at Mobile World Congress 2018

Fira Congress Hotel // Paris Meeting Room
Barcelona, Spain

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Join FierceWireless during Mobile World Congress 2018 with a 2-day Luncheon Series at the Fira Congress Hotel - directly across the street from the MWC Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with speakers & panelists, expand their knowledge on wireless systems and the wireless industry, and network with past and present colleagues. Register today - seats are limited!

Event Overview:
February 26, 2018 | 12:15-14:00 The Shared Spectrum Revolution: From White Spaces to CBRS to 5G
February 27, 2018 | 12:15-14:00 The Road to 5G: From Fixed, to Mobile, and Beyond

We are offering flexible registration packages allowing attendees to register for one event or both events! Click here to view pricing information. 

Speakers

Steve B. Sharkey (Fireside Chat)

Vice President, Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy
T-Mobile
Steve Sharkey is responsible for T-Mobile’s technical policy agenda, focusing on matters that ensure the company has access to sufficient spectrum as it deploys the next generation of broadband services. In addition to his role at T-Mobile, he is a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, which advises the Administration on spectrum-related issues and policies.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, Mr. Sharkey held positions with Motorola and AirTouch Communications. He also served in a variety of roles at the Federal Communications Commission, including in the Office of Engineering and Technology, where his responsibilities included serving as alternative liaison representative to the IRAC, and as Chief, Satellite Engineering Branch in the International Bureau.

Mr. Sharkey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Nicola Palmer (Keynote)

Chief Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Networks
Verizon Wireless
Nicola (Nicki) Palmer is Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States. She is responsible for planning, engineering, building and operating Verizon Wireless’ industry-leading voice and data networks and oversees the design and deployment of the company’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s largest and the world’s most advanced wireless data network.

Palmer began her career at Bell Atlantic in 1990 and has held a number of leadership positions in engineering, operations, and program management supporting advanced data and IP products. During her career she also was responsible for the planning, design and operation of Verizon's global voice, data and IP networks, which span more than 2,600 cities in 150 countries touching six continents. She also led the engineering and operations of the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which enables Verizon's FiOS data and TV services.

Active in a number of organizations including the National Academy Foundation, Palmer is a staunch advocate for women in business and promoting education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She has been recognized by Fierce Wireless as one of the industry Women to Watch in 2016, as well as one of the Most Influential Women in Wireless in both 2012 and 2013.

Palmer earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. She resides in NJ with her husband and three children.

Todd Landry (Sponsor Keynote)

Corporate Vice President, Product and Market Strategy
JMA Wireless
Mr. Landry leads the strategic product portfolio planning and marketing. Previously Landry held executive positions at NEC Corporation, Sphere Communications, 3Com’s CommWorks, and U.S. Robotics where he led strategy, product management, marketing, business development & strategic alliances. Landry holds patents in the area of communications and wireless data systems, is a regular speaker in numerous global forums, panels, keynotes, and hold numerous awards for product achievements and marketing. Mr. Landry attended DeVry University and Northeastern Illinois University.

Durga Malladi (Sponsor Keynote)

Senior Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Durga Malladi is Senior Vice President, Engineering in Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Durga joined Qualcomm in 1998 as an Engineer. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on 3G and 4G technologies, and was the Project Engineer of 4G LTE-Advanced in Qualcomm Research from 2008-15, responsible for features such as mobile broadband, Carrier Aggregation, HetNets, Relays, Dual Connectivity, Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), Internet of Things (eMTC, NB-IoT) and Cellular V2X.

Currently, he oversees the Wireless (5G, Wi-Fi) Projects in Qualcomm Research, spanning Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) in Sub6 and Millimeter Wave bands, Integrated Access and Backhaul systems, Unlicensed / Shared Spectrum Access, Massive IoT (mIoT), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Industrial IoT, 5G based Vehicular Communications (C-V2X) and evolution of Wi-Fi beyond 802.11ax. The responsibilities span system design, standardization, prototype testbeds, pre-commercial vendor inter-operability tests and trials.

He is the recipient of Qualcomm’s IP Excellence Award, Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership and Upendra Patel Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to HSPA and LTE.

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 Deep Learning. He is a member of IEEE and holds 375 U.S. patents.

Rob Alderfer

Vice President of Technology Policy
CableLabs
Rob Alderfer is Vice President of Technology Policy at CableLabs, the global innovation and R&D consortium of the cable industry. Rob brings sound science to bear in policy decisions by harnessing CableLabs’ technology expertise. His focus is empowering the industry to address technology policy matters of substantial strategic consequence.

Rob joined CableLabs from the Federal Communications Commission, where he guided United States wireless broadband policy as chief data officer of the agency’s wireless bureau. Previously, he shaped communications policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Rob has been engaged in significant policy decisions for over a decade, helping to shape today’s communications technology landscape. He has deep expertise in wireless spectrum, and has facilitated the development of mobile and Wi-Fi technologies and services by bringing new spectrum to market. He is now responsible for CableLabs' multinational technology policy and standards work, and he regularly provides guidance to board-level audiences across a range of strategic issues.

Luke Ibbetson

Head of Research & Development and Technology Strategy
Vodafone Group
Luke has been with Vodafone since 1996 and is currently leading the Vodafone Group Research and Development organization. He is responsible for all aspects of network / IT research including Vodafone’s participation in international standards, definition of the architectural blueprint for future networks, trials of emerging / disruptive technologies, the evolution of mobile security and long term spectrum requirements.

Pardeep Kohli

President and CEO
Mavenir
Pardeep is the President and CEO of Mavenir. He is a serial entrepreneur bringing innovation and industry leading solutions to the Wireless and Telecom market. Prior to Mavenir, Pardeep was CEO of Xura, which he joined after Xura acquired Ranzure Networks, an early stage 5G and Cloud RAN company that Pardeep founded in 2016.

Prior to Ranzure, he was President of Mitel Mobility when Mitel acquired Mavenir Systems, Inc. in April 2015. Pardeep was President and CEO of Mavenir Systems and guided the company growth to over $175 million in annual revenue. Prior to Mavenir, Pardeep was Co-Founder, President and CEO of Spatial Wireless, acquired by Alcatel in 2004.

Gordon Mansfield

Vice President - RAN & Device Design
AT&T
Gordon Mansfield is Vice President – RAN & Device Design at AT&T.  In this role, he leads the teams who define and validate functionality for use over the air interface within AT&T’s wireless network. He has responsibility for the Radio Access Network, Subscriber Product Engineering and Measurement platforms. He has held multiple leadership roles at AT&T since joining the company in July 2006 and is a past chairman of the Small Cell Forum.

Dr. Anton Monk

Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Standards
Cohere Technologies
With more than 25-years of technology and research experience in cable, satellite and wireless networking, Anton leads Cohere Technology’s efforts to galvanize support for the company’s OTFS wireless waveform. Prior to Cohere, Anton co-founded Entropic Communications and held senior engineering positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Comstream and Conexant. Anton has authored 22 patents and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCSD, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Caltech. 

Jim Nevelle

President & CEO
Kathrein USA
Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA, is responsible for strategy and development of wireless infrastructure including mobile communication antennas, broadcast solutions, connected car solutions, and radio frequency products for North America.
Jim has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications market. Prior to Kathrein, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sorrento Networks – a global provider of optical solutions for telecom service providers and cable operators. He oversaw all day-to-day operations of the sales, marketing, and engineering departments.

Mr. Nevelle also held numerous management positions at Verso Technologies, a provider of business internet, managed Wi-Fi, and wireless design and integration for the enterprise market. He held management roles at Verilink Corporation and XEL Communications as well.

He is co-author of four U.S. patents pertaining to broadband architectures and deployments and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Masters in Technology Management from the University of Denver. Jim is an Alumni of University of Washington’s 1991 National Championship Football Team.

Derek Peterson

CTO
Boingo Wireless
Derek Peterson, Ph. D., chief technology officer, is responsible for Boingo's technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest IT and network technologies including Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo's core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. Dr. Peterson has deep telecommunications experience as a consultant, engineer, product manager and executive. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor, serving with the United States Air Force. 

Dr. Peterson is a Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) board member, where he sits on the organization’s Connected City Advisory Board. He is also a board member of the MulteFire Alliance and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Innovation & Technology Council of wireless industry leaders. 

Under Dr. Peterson’s leadership, Boingo has received prestigious industry honors including the 2017 WBA award for “Best Converged Operator Deployment;” 2017 FierceInnovation Award for “Best Next-Gen Wireless Deployment” and 2017 Mobile Breakthrough Award for “Next Gen Wi-Fi Operator Deployment of the Year.” Dr. Peterson was named CTO of the Year by Los Angeles Business Journal in 2017 and was a 2015 Fierce Wireless "Wireless Industry Executive to Watch.”

Dr. Peterson holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education and Technology from the American Intercontinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on Enterprise Information Systems from Colorado Technical University. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.

Yongbin Wei

Senior Director, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Yongbin Wei is currently a Senior Director of Engineering with Qualcomm Research of Qualcomm Incorporated. At Qualcomm Research, Yongbin has been leading new technology development over the years on system design, standardization and product development for cdma2000, 4G LTE, and recently the cutting-edge 5G New Radio technology. He has authored more than 20 journal and conference papers, and holds more than 200 US issued patents with many more pending. Yongbin received Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, all in Electrical Engineering.

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.

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.

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Agenda

The Shared Spectrum Revolution: From White Spaces to CBRS to 5G
February 26, 2018 | 12:15 - 14:00


Spectrum remains the lifeblood of the global wireless industry, but there are changes afoot in the market's arteries and veins. Specifically, the radio waves at the heart of wireless may no longer be "owned" by one provider but instead will be "shared" among a variety of players - as long as the technological and business implications of this momentous change are first addressed.

However, spectrum sharing isn't necessarily a new topic. Wi-Fi users share unlicensed spectrum, of course, and TV White Space proponents sought to test out the notion of a dynamically allocated spectrum sharing scenario.

But it’s the industry’s rally around the CBRS 3.5 GHz band – alongside the deployment of LTE into unlicensed spectrum – that’s truly pushing carriers, vendors and others into the shared spectrum discussion. Proponents argue that the situation could support a range of new services and business models – for example, entities ranging from cable operators to venue owners might play a major role in deploying future wireless services, including 5G, in the 3.5 GHz band.

Of course, this raises a range of questions in an industry that has almost exclusively developed around licensed spectrum, rigid QoS requirements and billion-dollar network buildouts. How might current wireless players wade into the shared spectrum debate, and how should they work with newer players like Google or Marriott Hotels? What kinds of business models might emerge from this trend? And what do the CBRS spectrum rules in the United States mean for the world’s transition to 5G?

This Fierce luncheon will dive into the shared spectrum debate with an eye toward CBRS, 5G, and beyond.

Schedule: 

12:15 - 12:45 | Registration, Networking, & Full Lunch Buffet
12:45 | Fireside Chat
13:00 | Keynote Sponsor Presentation
13:15 - 14:00 | Panel Discussion and Q&A

Speakers

Steve B. Sharkey (Fireside Chat)

Vice President, Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy
T-Mobile

Todd Landry (Sponsor Keynote)

Corporate Vice President, Product and Market Strategy
JMA Wireless

Rob Alderfer

Vice President of Technology Policy
CableLabs

Dr. Anton Monk

Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Standards
Cohere Technologies

Derek Peterson

CTO
Boingo Wireless

Yongbin Wei

Senior Director, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Mike Dano (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief
FierceWireless

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The Road to 5G: From Fixed, to Mobile, and Beyond
February 27, 2018 | 12:15 - 14:00

5G network technology is rapidly transitioning from hype to reality. Across the globe, wireless network operators and their vendor partners are in the midst of switching on some of the world’s first 5G services.

But what exactly will 5G look like in 2018? And how might that change as additional operators join the 5G game and additional services reach the market?

Indeed, most market watchers believe some of the world’s first 5G services won’t even be able to move—they’ll be fixed to a stationary location, providing super-fast speeds only to those users near enough to access them. That’s a far cry from the promise of complete freedom that cellular technologies first introduced in the days of analog.

Moreover, 5G services pledge to support a wide range of capabilities, from network slicing to connections for billions of IoT devices. It will be up to individual operators to determine how they can best deploy 5G technologies, and which features and services will best meet customers’ needs.

All this raises the ultimate question: What will 5G look like, in the long run? And will the technology morph in the coming months and years as operators find additional features, functions and—perhaps most importantly—target markets for 5G services?

This Fierce luncheon will dig into the true nature of 5G, both now and in the future, with the goal of determining whether today’s 5G services will remain that way in the sharp glare of hindsight.

Schedule:

12:15 - 12:45 | Registration, Networking, & Full Lunch Buffet
12:45 | Keynote Presentation
13:00 | Keynote Sponsor Presentation
13:15 - 14:00 | Panel Discussion and Q&A

Speakers

Nicola Palmer (Keynote)

Chief Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Networks
Verizon Wireless

Durga Malladi (Sponsor Keynote)

Senior Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Luke Ibbetson

Head of Research & Development and Technology Strategy
Vodafone Group

Pardeep Kohli

President and CEO
Mavenir

Gordon Mansfield

Vice President - RAN & Device Design
AT&T

Jim Nevelle

President & CEO
Kathrein USA

Monica Alleven (Moderator)

Editor
FierceWirelessTech

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Pricing

This luncheon is part of the FierceWireless two-event series at MWC 2018. Attendees may register for just one event or both events. 
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One Event: $155
Both Events: $299

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FAQ

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

Yes, a full buffet luncheon will be served from 12:15-13:45.

Attendee substitutions may be made on or before February 23, 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 February 16, 2018. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].

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