February 26 & February 27

Executive Luncheon Series at Mobile World Congress 2018

Fira Congress Hotel // Paris Meeting Room
Barcelona, Spain

About

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 - and act fast. Seats are limited and Early Bird Rates go up after February 2nd!

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

Durga Malladi (Sponsor Keynote)

Senior Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Durga joined Qualcomm in 1998 as an Engineer. Over the past 19 years, he has worked on 3G and 4G systems, and was the Project Engineer of 4G LTE-Advanced in Qualcomm Research from 2008 to 2015, responsible for design, standardization, prototype implementation, pre-commercial operator trials and inter-operability tests with vendors. Currently, he oversees the 4G and 5G cellular projects in Qualcomm Research, spanning Mobile Broadband Communications, Millimeter Wave based Backhaul and Access systems, Shared Spectrum Access, Internet of Things (IoT), Mission Critical Services and Cellular Vehicular Communications (C-V2X). 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. He is a member of IEEE and holds 330 U.S. patents.

Andre Fuetsch

President - AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer
AT&T
Andre Fuetsch is responsible for delivering the architecture and design of AT&T’s future networking evolution. He leads a team of over 2,000 engineers and computer scientists working on programs encompassing both the business and mass market customer segments.

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
Bio coming soon!

Jim Nevelle

President and CEO
Kathrein
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 mdano@fiercemarkets.com. 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 | Keynote Presentation
13:00 | Keynote Sponsor Presentation
13:15 - 14:00 | Panel Discussion and Q&A

Speakers

Mike Dano (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief
FierceWireless

Derek Peterson

CTO
Boingo Wireless

Yongbin Wei

Senior Director, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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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

Monica Alleven (Moderator)

Editor
FierceWirelessTech

Durga Malladi (Sponsor Keynote)

Senior Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Andre Fuetsch

President - AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer
AT&T

Luke Ibbetson

Head of Research & Development and Technology Strategy
Vodafone Group

Pardeep Kohli

President and CEO
Mavenir

Jim Nevelle

President and CEO
Kathrein

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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. 
Register Now!

Early Bird Rates end Friday, February 2nd.

One Event: $129
Both Events: $235

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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 asecondini@questex.com.

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 events@fiercemarkets.com.