Next-Generation Mobile Networks

Small Cells/DAS, IoT Networks, LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G

Join TIA’s Next-Gen Mobile Networks track for a comprehensive view of the evolving landscape in wireless technology deployment – from 4G LTE to 5G networks, with a focus on:

  • Small Cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
  • NFV within Next-Gen Networks
  • New LTE-enabled services
  • Wi-Fi as a friend or foe?
  • U.S. interests related to 5G

TIA 2015's track on Next-Generation Mobile Networks will address both the current evolution of the network to support an all-IP, data-centric network composed of highly dense heterogeneous small cells, as well as the technologies being pioneered to provide greater control of network assets, including Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), software-defined radios and Self-Organizing Networks (SONs).

Additionally, disruptive technologies in wireless communications will also be highlighted, including the use of new spectrum bands for mobile communications, the idea of increasingly densified Wi-Fi networks replacing the traditional mobile experience, and low-power, long-range IoT networks.


TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Long-Range, Low-Power Wireless Networks for the IoT Era

The Internet of Things will transform society over the next six years, with connections expected to reach 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020. However, only a small percentage of the 50 billion connected devices is expected to be connected via licensed, mobile network operator spectrum. Concerns such as device power efficiency, deployment costs, and network congestion may hinder the use of licensed 3G/LTE spectrum as a suitable radio access technology for the billions of connected devices.

This session will discuss the use of long-range, low-power IoT options, such as those using sub-Gigahertz bands, for IoT communications, the companies that are already building to cash-in on the benefits of long-range, low-power networks, and the business models and collaborations that network operators and device manufacturers are looking to develop in order to enable access to once cost-prohibitive markets.

  • Luke D'Arcy, Director, SIGFOX USA
  • Ed Hightower, Technical Solutions Director, Blackberry Corporation
  • Gus Vos, Director, Technology Standards, Sierra Wireless
  • Andy Castonguay, Principal Analyst, Machina Research
  • Tim Horan (Moderator), Managing Director, Communications & Cloud Equity Research, Oppenheimer & Co.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Got Wi-Fi. Can You Hear Me Now? What Wi-Fi Calling Means for Mobile

With the iPhone 6’s adoption of Wi-Fi Calling features, Wi-Fi calling has the potential to disrupt the entire mobile voice experience. For mobile carriers with less ideal spectrum assets, Wi-Fi calling presents opportunities to offer improved Quality of Service and coverage.

However, with the densification of mobile networks and the increased build out of Wi-Fi access points owned and operated by Over-the-Top (OTT), cable and Internet service providers, will mobile network operators be able to recoup their investments in licensed spectrum? Or will they see further disruption from OTT and other players utilizing unlicensed spectrum that eat away at MNOs' margins?

Will the industry see the advent of new Wi-Fi-centric mobile service providers? Will there be opportunities for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreements between OTT and mobile network operators?  And will network operators that have traditionally not played within the mobile segment find opportunities to expand into new services and offerings?

  • Della Conley, Director, Coverage Solutions, T-Mobile
  • David Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Devicescape
  • Josh Wigginton, Staff Vice President of Product Management, Interop Technologies
  • Kelly Davis-Felner, Vice President, Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance
  • Rajesh Ghai (Moderator), Associate Director, US Equity Research, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

Smartphone data traffic over Wi-Fi has been around for years, but now with carrier-class Wi-Fi calling, we can expect a great deal of smartphone voice traffic to also move over to Wi-Fi. TIA NOW learns more about Wi-Fi calling with Josh Lonn, Senior Director of Marketing for T-Mobile USA and responsible for repositioning T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling product.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Business Case for Cloud Computing and NFV within 5G Network Architectures

Today’s service providers are struggling to support ever-expanding demands from both consumers and enterprises, including the need to transmit and store increasing amounts of data. As consumption of OTT services and adoption of the Internet of Things grow, these data throughputs will only rise alongside user expectations for a seamless connectivity experience.

The future business models of Telcos will need not only provide the ubiquitous connectivity to all these varied experiences, but they will have to provide this in a very  cost efficient and agile way. Operators need to ensure that their networks remain a relevant and vital part of consumers’ everyday experience, and deliver added value in new and unique ways. Emerging cloud enabled networks, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies will help service providers do just this, by enabling common management and orchestration across network services and cloud applications.

This panel will leverage use cases from a leading global telecom service provider to provide first-hand insight into the adoption use cases of Telcos' migration towards 5G network architecture. Attendees will learn how by taking advantage of NFV and using cloud-based orchestration, service providers can elastically provision virtualized functions and adjust to dynamic loads.

  • Ashish Singh, General Manager and Vice President, Products, SK Telecom Americas
  • Sandro Tavares, Head of Marketing for Mobile Core, Nokia Networks
  • Angela Whiteford, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Affirmed Networks
  • Nicolas Lemieux, Senior Principal Solution Architect, Red Hat

On the heels of 5G technologies making some noise, industry stakeholders are already looking for clear business cases that leverage next generation network architectures. To tell us more about 5G and how next-gen technologies will play a role is Ashish Singh, Vice President of Products at SK Telecom Americas.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 4:05 pm – 5:00 pm

VoLTE is Here, But Has it Arrived? Addressing Quality of Experience within VoLTE Rollouts 

Within the U.S. market mobile network operators’ transition to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) has been underway while many operators abroad look to develop their network transition to an all-IP voice and data network. However the transition from a traditional circuit-switched voice network to one that requires new applications at the device level, new interfaces with existing RAN installations and new functionality at the mobile core has been a bumpy, often delayed process.

The business benefits of VoLTE for mobile network operators is clear. The transition to VoLTE offers more efficient use of existing network resources, lower operational costs and, in the long run, an improved customer experience.

Additionally, VoLTE offers solutions that will mitigate the risks of new entrants within the mobility market, such as Voice over Wi-Fi, and the threat of wireline providers introducing new non-traditional mobile services, but the success of VoLTE will be the delivery of Quality of Experience to consumers. Issues such as carrier interoperability and adjusting networks to meet the demands of bi-directional upload and download data links are still required to ensure consumer experiences are on par with current 3G/4G networks.

This session will address current VoLTE deployments, ongoing challenges to ensuring the required Quality of Experience and the new services, such as Rich Communications Services, enabled by VoLTE roll out.

  • Dr. Sameh Yamany, Vice President and CTO of Applications and Analytics, JDSU
  • Anatoli Levine, Director of Product Management, Spirent Communications
  • Jim Parker, Director Wireless Small Cell Product Management, Huawei
  • Mathias D'Autremont, Director, Systems Engineering, NetScout
  • Jeff Mucci (Moderator), CEO and Editorial Director, RCR Wireless News


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3:  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In-Building Networks: Beyond the Demarcation Point Towards DAS and Small Cells

As mobility becomes an everyday need, providing capacity and coverage to end-users wherever they are – whether they be in an office complex with poor service coverage, or at a stadium with 80,000 other mobile users – is essential for mobile network operators looking to reduce subscriber churn, and enterprises looking to mobilize their workforce to provide end-users with the highest levels of Quality of Experience.

Densifying networks utilizing either Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) or Small Cell deployments has become the proven method to improving capacity and coverage, but whether to deploy DAS or Small Cells can depend on cost, complexity and the needs of the host facility. Moreover, the business models and opportunities for both service providers and enterprises are not as clear cut.

This session will address both the various deployment scenarios to consider when electing to deploy DAS versus Small Cells, as well as the various business models for each, including how DAS/Small Cell systems can be leveraged to create new revenue-generating services for both enterprises and service providers, and how DAS/Small Cells offer service providers new ways to offer managed services to enterprises.

  • Art King, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies, SpiderCloud Wireless
  • Artecia Wilson, Area Manager, Construction and Engineering, AT&T
  • Troy Suddith, Director of Engineering and Services, Corning Wireless
  • Femi Adeyemi, Lead LTE Solutions Architect, Fujitsu
  • Tracy Ford (Moderator), Director, HetNet Forum

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Mobile Backhaul for Next-Gen Networks

Looking to add more capacity to their LTE networks, mobile network operators continue to move their network assets from macro network site installations to outdoor small cells. However, one of the biggest challenges with this strategy within the U.S. is the density of available backhaul and fronthaul networks owned or leased by mobile network operators.

Trenching fiber is a costly endeavor for mobile network operators, many of whom have not made the same infrastructure investments as their wireline counterparts. The costs associated with permitting, right-of-way and trenching can be extremely high. But with deployment of LTE-Advance and similar technologies that allow for greater coordination and harmonization of mobile networks, such as carrier-aggregation and cloud-RANs, the need for more supporting backhaul is paramount to mobile network operators’ next-generation mobile network strategy.

This session will focus on the technologies and business models mobile networks operators are adopting to meet capacity demands while densifying their wireless networks. Fiber build out in support of next-gen technologies such as RANs, Self-Organizing Networks (SONs), the proposed merging of backhaul and access networks to meet capacity demands and LOS/NLOS mobile backhaul in support of outdoor Small Cell/Pico Cell deployments will be addressed within this session.

  • Steven Glapa, VP of Marketing,  Tarana Wireless
  • Angela Butler, Area Manager for Construction & Engineering, AT&T
  • Dave Jones, VP, Fiber to the Tower, Zayo Group
  • Rikin Thakker, Instructor, RF Academics / Professor, ECE, University of Maryland
  • Fred Ter Haar, Director of Sales, Mobile Enterprise, Ericsson North America

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Building a US Position on 5G

Within the mobile industry, 5G will be the buzzword of 2015 and for years afterward. Experts expect to see the first deployments of 5G, mainly in countries such as Japan and South Korea, by the year 2018 – driven mostly by the 2018 Olympics in South Korea and 2020 Olympics in Japan – but European nations have been investing resources into the development of next-generation 5G network technologies too. One recent report predicted that the small crown dependency of Great Britain, the Isle of Man, may be the first country to deploy 5G as early as 2016.

However, within the global development of 5G, the U.S. seems oddly behind. A 2014 Wall Street Journal article titled "EU, South Korea to Ally on Faster Mobile Access" identified that the U.S. lacked a nationally-backed 5G program similar to other countries' efforts.

So does the U.S. need a nationally-backed 5G program? With the development of standards for beyond 4G and 5G technologies already in the works, and the future of spectrum allocations to be addressed at the ITU World Radio Conferences in 2015 and 2018, deciding what will be the U.S. position on 5G is needed to maintain the nation's leadership in wireless.

This session will highlight the various U.S.-based research universities and global companies that are leading the development of 5G, the proposed test-beds for 5G development within the U.S., and how the FCC, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of State are presently supporting and can continue to aid in development of the U.S. position on 5G.

  • Reza Arefi, Director of Spectrum Strategy, Intel Corporation
  • Francis (Fran) E. O’Brien, Jr., Ph.D. Mobility CTO Team – Wireless Standards, Cisco Systems
  • Michael Ha, Deputy Chief, Policy and Rules Division, Federal Communications Commission
  • Nick Baustert, Technology Development Strategist, Sprint
  • Tom Mao, Principle Architect, ZTE CTO Group
  • Jonathan Make (Moderator), Managing Editor, Warren Communications News