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Wireless Technology and Policy Forum: Massive Broadband Network Densification: Unleashing the Opportunities of 5G

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Georgetown's metro-accessible downtown location at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001


Massive Broadband Network Densification: Unleashing the Opportunities of 5G 

(in partnership with the Wireless Technology Association)

The fifth annual spectrum technology and policy forum examined the issues and opportunities created by the massive broadband network densification across the United States. A fundamental transformation of the country's mobile broadband networks is already underway as providers continue to extract more capacity and performance from 4G networks. Moreover, the massive network densification that will come with 5G network buildout will result in a huge increase in wireless network capacity. Simultaneous with the deployment of small cells is the related fiber densification which will be needed for small cell backhaul connectivity, as well as for evolved HFC and FTTP networks. These ultradense networks in turn will unleash an immense wave of innovation in the coming decade, including more choices in consumer broadband, smart cities, smart transportation, autonomous driving, and the internet of things. Discussion topics included:


Panel Discussion 1: Ultradense Networks—Technology and Spectrum Elements (Video)

Moderator: Peter Rysavy, President, Rysavy Research

Jason Caliento, SVP Network Strategy, Mobilitie

Mark Cudak, Nokia Bell Labs Fellow 

Robert Howald, VP Network Architecture, Comcast

Art King, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies, SpiderCloud Wireless

David Wolter, AVP, Radio Technology and Architecture, AT&T

Panel Discussion 2: Who Pays? Funding America's 5G Infrastructure (Video)

Moderator: Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities

Aaron Blazar, Senior Partner, Atlantic-ACM

Patrick Brogan, Vice President - Industry Analysis, USTelecom

Anna-Maria Kovacs, Visiting Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Mark Stodden, Analyst, Moody’s Investor Service


Panel Discussion 3: 5G Networks and Public Policy - Friends or Foes? (Video)

Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Counsel, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and Former FCC Commissioner (2001-2005)

Jamie Hastings, Senior Vice President, External and State Affairs, CTIA

Tamara Preiss, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon

Morgan Reed, President, ACT | The App Association