5G Applications 2018

Date: Monday July 9
Time: 11:00 – 4:00
Room: Camino Real


Time Slot Speaker Company Title
Presentation Slides (PDF)
11:00 – 11:30 AM Narayan Menon Fon Spectrum Sharing in Conjunction with 5G – Opportunities and Challenges Presentation
11:30 – 12:00 PM Rajeev Shorey TCS Innovation Lab 5G and Industrial IoT: Current Trends and Future Landscape in Smart Manufacturing
12:00 – 12:30 PM Nora Tofigh Colla Netrix Human Cloud: Future Driven Operational Modeling Presentation
12:30 – 1:00 PM Narendra Mangra GlobeNet 5G Interconnected Ecosystems for the Development of Smart Cities Presentation
Lunch:      1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
2:00 – 2:30 PM Ranny Haiby Nokia 5G Service Orchestration – Early Experience Sharing Presentation
2:30 – 3:00 PM Tom Coughlin Coughlin Associates Storage and Memory Infrastructure to Support 5G Applications Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 PM Yasir Liaqatullah A10 Networks Application and Infrastructure Security Challenges in 5G Presentation 
3:30 – 4:00 PM Brian Zahnstecher PowerRox LLC 5G is Power Starved Presentation
Coffee Break:      4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
4:30 – 5:30 PM Panel Discussion


Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates

Talk title: Storage and Memory Infrastructure to Support 5G Applications

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.

Ranny Haiby, Nokia

Talk title: 5G Service Orchestration – Early Experience Sharing

Ranny Haiby is a Principal System Architect in the Nokia CloudBand product group. In addition to his role in Nokia, Ranny serves as a member of the Technical steering committee of the Linux Foundation ONAP project. Ranny is dealing with transitioning network functions to the cloud and is constantly seeking creative ways to make this experience smoother. He has been involved in NFV for several years, leveraging his twenty year experience from previous roles in his carrier in various telecom equipment vendors and startup companies. Ranny is always striving to think out of the box in order to make the impossible happen.

Yasir Liaqatullah, Sr. Director – Product Management, A10 Networks

Talk title: Application and Infrastructure Security Challenges in 5G

Yasir is the Sr. Director of Product Management at A10 Networks where he owns the technology strategy and roadmap, and drives product development for A10’s portfolio of high-performance application security and networking solutions. He has 20+ years of experience in designing and building network and security solutions for Service Providers and Enterprises.

A10’s solutions, including the 5G GiLAN solution, have been deployed around the world at leading Service Providers and Enterprises. A10’s DDoS Protection solutions protect leading Cloud Service Providers at multi terabit scale as well as several other verticals, including latency-sensitive Gaming providers, Mobile Network Operators etc.

Prior to A10 Networks, Yasir has contributed at Brocade Systems, Foundry Networks & Force10 Networks in various engineering and sales leadership roles.

Narendra Mangra, Wireless Mobility Advisor, Consultant, Educator, GlobeNet

Talk title: 5G Interconnected Ecosystems for the Development of Smart Cities

Narendra Mangra is a multi-disciplinary telecommunications advisor, consultant and educator at GlobeNet. He has over 20 years of experience working 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.
Narendra also works with Redhorse in assisting large agencies with mobility and enterprise communications services modernization. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University where he teaches telecommunications project management with a focus on smart cities. His areas of interest include smart cities and related ecosystems such as wireless mobility, connected health, smart grid, and connected vehicles.


Narayan Menon, Fon

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

Narayan currently works as CTO and EVP Engineering at Fon, where he develops and evangelizes the technology strategy and roadmap, and drives product development, for Fon’s Home WiFi solutions. Fon’s Home Wifi solution provides radio optimization, management and real-time analytics for HetNet systems, including Wi-Fi, small cells and shared spectrum. Narayan moved to Fon in 2018 as part of the acquisition of the wireless startup, XCellAir, by Fon. Earlier, Narayan was Founder, CTO and EVP Engineering at XCellAir – driving XCellAir’s product development and engineering activities.

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

Talk title5G and Industrial IoT: Current Trends and Future Landscape in Smart Manufacturing

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.

Nora Tofigh, Colla Netrix, Inc, CEO

Talk title: Human Cloud: Future Driven Operational Modeling 

Nora Tofigh is a wireless and omnichannel innovator as a self-taught full-stack developer and IoT architect. With a background in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Nora researched photosynthetic protein isolation for the development of biohybrid photovoltaic cells as a source of alternative energy. This concept of using nature as a blueprint for technical development inspired Nora to study the synergies between biochemical pathways and the routing algorithms of radio communications, leading her to conceptualize the human applications of IoT Network Design and Cloud Computing. In addition to applied research and her experimentation with current projects, Nora has pursued mastery of diverse skillsets and experiences across business operations, including IT, marketing, sales, strategy, education and design. As a proud “gig economist,” Nora actively participates in the Human Cloud, serving cross-functional roles as a Network Consultant, Web Designer, Copyeditor, Mentor, Application Developer, and Brand Manager. After collaborating with stakeholders in a variety of industries and functions, Nora incorporated diverse perspectives into problem solving for social economics. Nora holds a Bachelors in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and French Literature, and a Masters in Business Administration. Between gigs and go-getting, Nora enjoys surfing and the vitamin rush of citrus fruits.

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.


Storage and Memory Infrastructure to Support 5G Applications: 5G communications enable many applications including autonomous vehicles, video streaming and the internet of things. However, even with faster communication it will be important to create efficient caching and buffering as well as digital storage solutions to enable the most efficient communication between content sources (and clients), the edge of networks and in the cloud. This talk will discuss the developments in storage and memory devices and storage and memory architectures that will enable efficient 5G communication that support important industrial, media and consumer applications.

5G Service Orchestration – Early Experience Sharing: While the industry is still evolving the maturity of legacy network orchestration, 5G comes in with its unique challenges and sets the bar even higher. In this presentation I will highlight some of the new challenges and share some of the solutions being worked on. This is an opportunity to understand the current state of things with regards to orchestration and get a sense of how vendors and operators are preparing for the future of 5G.

Application and Infrastructure Security Challenges in 5G: The new 5G use cases like evolved Mobile Broadband (eMBB), ultra reliable low latency communication (uRLCC) and massive machine type communication (mMTC) are exposing new threats and attack vectors that will significantly change the security landscape for mobile network operators infrastructure and related applications. For example, the combination of very high performance cellphones and very high scale broadband connections, will lead to DDoS attacks being much more prevalent. These attacks can target not only the end users and remote websites but also the mobile core infrastructure itself. Similarly, the mobile network infrastructure will now be much more critical in the age of connected cars and remote surgeries. Total loss or increased latency in connectivity can now be a matter of life and death instead of being a mere inconvenience.

5G Interconnected Ecosystems for the Development of Smart Cities: The significant growth in the global urban population is expected to drive economic development, quality of life, technology development, resource conservation, and sustainability initiatives. The urban population growth may also strain current capabilities as cities adjust to meet growing demands. Cities will need to evolve to attract and retain residents, businesses, and visitors. Ecosystems will need to adapt and become smarter to drive cross-industry improvements in transportation, energy and utilities, healthcare, public safety, tourism, etc.

Smart Cities is based on a connected ecosystem of ecosystems where the underlying communications infrastructure is critical. The combined satellite, 5G, and wireless local area network (WLAN) communications will help create new applications and provide greater operational efficiencies for existing applications. Ecosystems will evolve to drive cross-industry applications such as Connected Vehicles, Smart Grids, Connected Healthcare, and Connected Workforce, etc. This presentation will highlight strategy development, governance and structure, 5G use case categories and technical drivers, and roadmap development considerations for Smart Cities.

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 and Industrial IoT: Current Trends and Future Landscape in Smart Manufacturing:  Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution and includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing.

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the key enablers in the area of Smart Manufacturing. Within the IoT umbrella, Industrial IoT (IIoT) is likely to play an increasing role in Smart Manufacturing with each passing year.

The current generation of mobile communication networks (e.g., 3G, 4G, LTE) cannot meet the stringent demands of Industrial IoT for high data rate, high reliability, high coverage, low latency, and low energy footprint, which hinders the development and implementation of use cases in Smart Manufacturing. As a future advanced wireless transmission technology, 5G has a significant potential to promote Industrial IoT and in turn Smart Manufacturing.

In this talk, we attempt to map select Smart Manufacturing use cases to the three service classes of 5G, i.e., enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communication (URLLC). We present key challenges of 5G based IIoT and also present open research problems in the area.

Human Cloud: Future Driven Operational Modeling: As disruptive technologies overhaul traditional industries, “liquid” workforces have emerged alongside the fast-growing gig economy in a phenomenon known as the Human Cloud. However, in spite of ever-accelerating innovation, why have companies been hesitant to integrate newly abundant digital tools into their internal and external processes? Often, slow traction in adopting contingent workers is related to lack of comfort, understanding, or trust in modern telecommunications tools. While companies and industries increasingly go extinct, firms and individuals who wish to survive the Fourth Industrial Revolution will need to understand and utilize the Human Cloud or risk obsolescence. This talk will explain the business implications of disruptive technologies from the last decade, defining the past, present, and future implications of 5G applications, AI, IoT, and beyond to outline the evolution of future-driven corporate and industrial Operational Models.

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

Narendra Mangra
Wireless Mobility Advisor, Consultant, Educator

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