5G Applications


Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst as well as a business and technology consultant.  He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which is now in its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE, (he is past Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6, President Elect for IEEE USA and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations.  Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (www.storagevisions.com as well as the Creative Storage Conference (www.creativestorage.org). He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications and activities go to www.tomcoughlin.com.


Narayan Menon, XCellAir

Talk title: Spectrum Sharing in Conjunction with 5G – Opportunities and Challenges

Narayan currently works as Founder and Chief Technology Officer at XCellAir, a wireless startup, where he develops and evangelizes the technology strategy and roadmap, and drives product development. XCellAir provides radio optimization, management and real-time analytics for HetNet systems, including Wi-Fi, small cells and shared spectrum.

Prior to XCellAir, Narayan drove research and development for InterDigital, leading elite teams to innovate and implement next-generation wireless solutions. As VP of R&D at InterDigital, he also promoted the company’s technological position, and set up key external partnerships and offshore development initiatives. Narayan has over 25 years of experience in the wireless field, holding leadership roles at Siemens Mobile Networks, Omnipoint Technologies and Hughes Network Systems in the development of TDMA, GSM/GPRS and 3G systems.

Narayan holds Engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and an Executive MBA from Hofstra University in New York, and is an inventor on over 30 U.S. patents.

Rajeev Shorey, TCS Innovation Lab

Dr. Rajeev Shorey is the Principal Scientist at the TCS Innovation Lab, Cincinnati, USA and Bangalore, India.  Dr. Shorey received his Ph.D and MS (Engg) in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India in 1997 and 1991 respectively. He received his B.E degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1987.

Dr. Shorey’s career spans several reputed research labs – General Motors (GM) India Science Laboratory (ISL), IBM India Research Laboratory and SASKEN Technologies. He has been an adjunct faculty in the Computer Science & Engineering Dept at IIT, Delhi from 1998 to 2005 and again from 2017 onward. He was a faculty in the Computer Science Dept at the National University of Singapore from 2003 to 2004, while on leave from IBM Research Labs in New Delhi. Dr. Shorey served as the first President of NIIT University from 2009 to 2013 before joining the TCS Innovation Labs in 2014.


Spectrum Sharing in Conjunction with 5G – Opportunities and Challenges

Wireless spectrum is a limited resource, and constantly increasing wireless demand places pressure on capacity. Large swathes of spectrum, in bands usable for wireless communication, are unused – or very lightly used, at most. Many of these bands are owned by the federal government. Spectrum sharing seeks to harvest unused or underused bandwidth in this bands for commercial use, without needing to displace incumbent users, such as military radar, fixed satellite and others. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is a good example of a spectrum sharing initiative.

This presentation will highlight the opportunities and challenges arising from the use of spectrum sharing frameworks. We will look at the opportunity to leverage spectrum sharing to unlock key use cases such as private 5G networks, bandwidth augmentation, offload / onload scenarios, least-cost routing across a multiplicity of network asset types, and IoT. The presentation will also address spectrum sharing in the context of 5G systems, highlighting key facets of the newly specified 5G NR that make 5G spectrum sharing friendly. The presentation also describes the key challenges that need to be surmounted to ensure cohesive coexistence between different systems sharing bandwidth within these spectrum bands – as well as radio optimization techniques necessary to arbitrate access to the system, and to mitigate congestion, coverage and interference.


Ravikiran Annaswamy
Innohabit Technologies