5G Applications

Date: Monday July 9
Time: 11:00 – 4:00
Room: TBD


  • 5G Killer applications 
  • Defining Business models 
  • Operationalizing Applications 
  • Power of Data and intelligence 


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.

Narendra Mangra, Wireless Mobility Advisor, Consultant, Educator

Narendra Mangra is a multi-disciplinary telecommunications advisor, consultant and educator with over 20 years of experience. He has worked in the mobile satellite and terrestrial telecommunications, public safety, information technology, government, and higher education sectors.

Narendra has held leadership roles that span the mobile wireless ecosystem and system deployment lifecycle. His experience includes strategy development, wireless engineering, large scale system deployments coordination, business / operational support systems (BSS/OSS), and wireless education. His areas of interest include smart cities and related ecosystems such as mobility, connected health, smart grid, and connected vehicles.

Narendra is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University where he teaches telecommunications project management with a focus on smart cities. He continues to develop educational programs that address the needs of wireless mobility knowledge workers.


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.

Brian Zahnstecher, Principal, PowerRox LLC

Talk title: 5G is Power Starved

Brian Zahnstecher is a Sr. Member of the IEEE, Chair of the IEEE SFBAC Power Electronics Society (PELS) awarded 2017 Best Chapter awards at the local/national/worldwide levels concurrently (an unprecedented achievement), sits on the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Board of Directors, and is the Principal of PowerRox, where he focuses on power design, applications, OEM market penetration, market research/analysis, and private seminars for power electronics. He leads Power for the IEEE 5G Roadmap Applications & Services Working Group, authored the Group’s position paper, and has lectured on this topic at major industry conferences. He has successfully handled assignments in system design/architecting, AC/DC front-end power, EMC design/debug, embedded solutions, processor power, and digital solutions for a variety of clients. He previously held power electronics positions with industry leaders Emerson Network Power, Cisco, & Hewlett-Packard. He has been a regular industry contributor as an invited keynote speaker, author, workshop participant, session host, roundtable moderator, and volunteer. He has over 14 years of industry experience and holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


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.

5G is Power Starved:  The next-generation 5G networks are expected to deliver unprecedented latency and bandwidth to make good on the exponential projections of network traffic predicted for the billions or even trillions of data-hungry devices that will be utilizing these networks. Unfortunately, there exists a very crucial and eye-opening gap between these projections and the ability of network providers, users, and system/device makers to enable them. This is known as the power gap, which stems from a serious mathematical disconnect between the power required to support all those billions and trillions of devices and how much all the power sources on the planet can actually produce and afford to allocate to said devices and associated services.

This talk will identify some fundamental power requirements and calculations based on today’s networks, devices, and power sources. Then, we will do the same for the networks and devices (in development and expected in the near future) and attempt to quantify the aforementioned power gap. By doing so, we will see just how much end-to-end, network-level improvement is required in energy efficiency and power utilization. As time permits, we will then breakdown some of the major network components (from generation/distribution to smart phones and edge IoT devices) to further understand the efficiency improvement opportunities at all major levels of the network in order to sufficiently deliver on all those marketing and network traffic projections that will bring the promises of 5G to fruition.


Ravikiran Annaswamy
Innohabit Technologies