Panels @ Wireless Connect 2018

“All Things Spectrum”
TUESDAY, April 3rd        9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
SPECTRUM - a limited radio frequency resource is the driving force of unlimited mobile broadband, TV, radio, GPS and many other wireless services. The 5th Generation wireless systems set to offer high data capacities, expanding capabilities, efficiency, and limitless utilities of wireless networks. It demands frequency space in the low-band, mid-band and high-band frequencies where lower frequencies promise much larger footprint and higher bands deliver exceptional speeds and capacity. It will be interesting to see how various frequency bands model and shape the 5G standard.
Would a single frequency band in mmWave range emerge as one global standard for 5G deployment? What role will CBRS band play? Can 5G be deployed at Macro Towers using low and mid-band spectrum? Spectrum Frontiers – what is being done at the FCC right now?
Trials are being held the world over for early 5G deployments. FCC is working towards freeing up spectrum space, refarming, new spectrum releases, efficient sharing and allocation schemes to eliminate any means of spectrum shortage. ALL THINGS SPECTRUM explores the possibilities of efficient spectrum usage, addresses the challenges and discusses the recent developments in spectrum allocation propelling the future innovations.
“Densification and In-building Wireless”
TUESDAY, April 3rd        2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
With 5G looming on the horizon, there are questions around the future roles of DAS and Small Cells. Rapidly growing traffic per square-meter, along with the continuous increase in required and requested data rates for end users, is accelerating network development and 5G convergence. Major carriers and equipment manufacturers are focusing on customized wireless solutions for outdoor as well as indoor wireless systems. At the center of new-age network development is densification and indoor performance maximization.
Densification with small cells is the leading use case with the FCC actively working toward expediting the deployment process, compelling mobile operators to capture opportunities including university campuses, stadiums and public venues. Centralized RAN concepts and CPRI backhaul options are gaining traction. 
The panel will elaborate on the policies and technology choices that will drive ultra-dense deployments actively being pursued by all major carriers. Join us as we also discuss areas where LTE is a great compliment to Wi-Fi as a need for robust in-building wireless systems. Another key point of discussion will be the co-existence or elimination of In-Building wireless alternatives.
“5G Use Cases: Current State and Future Promises”
WEDNESDAY, April 4th      9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
5G is the hot topic but what will 5G do that 4G doesn’t do today? This panel will look at the use cases currently in play for 5G and examine how they will change as 5G becomes available. 5G Network is envisioned to revolutionize the elements of the wireless broadband ecosystem. Spectrum scarcity and ever-increasing demand for data have promoted wireless operators, infrastructure providers and mobile hardware manufacturers to collaborate for the 5G roll-out. The industry has set standards to materialize high speed, high capacity, low latency, mobility and reliability through 5G. Back-end network architecture is gradually transforming towards virtualization and centralized processing.
The industry has different use cases including location-based services, driverless cars, on-demand connectivity and multimedia content while moving through urban spaces and massive-scale connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as sensors, wearables, health-care, drone delivery services, industrial automation. The mobile network of the future will also need to support the growing number of mission-critical applications that have stringent communication performance and reliability requirements. There is a need for deeper understanding of the performance criteria of the expected 5G use cases and services. The panel will address successful trials of 5G and evaluate promises made for the future.
“Smart Cities: Infrastructure Deployment, Policies, and Partnerships”
WEDNESDAY, April 4th      11:10 AM to 12:10 PM
Smart City has very quickly moved on from being a mere concept to a reality. The widespread availability of IOT and cheap sensors today enable deployment of Smart city much more advanced than the original vision. From Developed countries to emerging markets, realizing the need of integrating information and communication technology with internet of things (IoT), helping improve the quality of life of its citizens and the services have been adopting the concept of smart city.
But how exactly do we implement smart cities? When we talk about sensor nodes how many sensors are we talking about? Thousands, millions or billions? Indeed, if we talk in these numbers the challenges in maintaining them and managing the congestion of data across these nodes comes into picture. Also, where does the government get the money required to finance the development of smart cities. Leave it to the operators and they face the hurdle of myriad of regulation policies in different cities. Smart cities are not all ubiquitous as it looks to be.
"Evolution of 5G Workforce
WEDNESDAY, April 4th      1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Wireless is changing fast. By 2020, the industry will be riding the 5th generation of technology introduced since its beginnings just 30 years ago. We still need pole climbers but we need much more. Small cells, DAS, C-RAN, D-RAN, LTE-U, Network Densification, Network Virtualization, Internet of Things (IoT), and Millimeter wave communications are hot topics in every company and at every tradeshow. What new skills do we need to ensure the transition occurs smoothly, who will train new entrants, and how ill training happen? 
The existing skills availability in the wireless industry has been limited in its purported growth and the skills gap could become more pronounced as we progressed into the future with upcoming technologies and the continued densification approach. How do we avoid a bottle neck in delivering wireless technology services, with not enough personnel skills to achieve them and meet societal need?
The solution for bridging this skills gap is to develop training & educational workshops, and cater the engineers & professionals with the required advanced skill set to meet the growing wireless industry demands. Without sufficient investment in skills, technological advancements will not render the productivity growth, and countries can no longer be at the top of the competition. This panel will look at requirements and assess what the industry needs and how to get it during this critical inflection point for the market.