Open API, Unbundled, Open Source, and Testbeds 2018

Date: Tuesday July 10
Time: 11:00 – 6:30
Room: Alameda

This track and the Monday Evening 5G Lab Tour will continue the work from the past successful IEEE 5G Testbed Workshop focusing on Open source, Open API, unbundled software and experimental testbeds for 4G, 5G and Beyond Telecom networks. Specifically, we have included examples of wireless private-public partnerships from Europe, US, Canada, South Africa, India and Silicon Valley.

In addition to demonstrations in the Exhibit Hall during the IEEE 5G World Forum, we have planned a 5G Lab tour on Monday night, an opportunity to see, touch and feel cutting-edge 5G testbeds and to network with others in this arena through a social event including food and beverages to those that sign up in advance. Seats are limited so please register now to reserve your spot.

The objective of this track is to bring together developers, practitioners, technical experts and researchers to share experiences and advance the state of the art in all aspects of 5G systems prototyping, evaluation, and testing that use Open source, Open API and unbundled Radio Access and edge core Telecom networks – RAN, EPC and higher levels.

The track also aims to solicit contributions and promote discussion on the novel methodological studies and experimental paradigms for future 5G testbeds and co-development and co-deployment of experimental platforms. Of particular interest are ideas on extending publicly available testbeds with 5G related technologies as they become available and how they can be used to address common technological and scientific problems that are related to advanced wireless systems.


Time Name Affiliation Topic
11:00 Upkar Dhaliwal Future Wireless Technologies Session Introduction
11:10 Tom Sawanobori CTIA Keynote: The Global Race to 5G – what spectrum and policies are needed to ensure the US is a leader
Status of Global efforts towards 5G era of Private Public Partnerships
11:40 Serdar Vural University of Surrey EU SoftFIRE Federated and Orchestrated Virtualisation Testbed
12:00 Benoit Pelletier
Charles Despins
École de Technologie Supérieure
ENCQOR: A Canada (Québec-Ontario) 5G public-private partnership project
12:20 Abhay Karandikar IIT Challenges in Broadband Connectivity in India: Frugal 5G
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Abhimanyu Gosain US-Ignite, Northeastern University Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research
2:30 David J. Bruemmer Adaptive Motion Group
2:55 Richard Maiden Intel Next Generation fronthaul interfaces & FlexRAN
3:15 Tom Tofigh
Sassan Ahmadi
Developing and Deploying Programmable 5G White Boxes in the Edge Clouds
3:45 Vinay Gupta Polaris Networks Management and Orchestration of 5G Network Slices
4:00 Coffee Break
Specific Examples of Technologies and Implementations in Open/Public Networks
4:30 David Witkowski Joint Venture Silicon Valley Challenges and Opportunities in 5G Public-Private Partnerships
4:50 Natasha Greer
J. Guevara
Balaji Sundaram
Angela Kung
City of Sacramento
City of San José
Panel: 5G Public-Private Partnerships
5:20 Luis Mirabal Ex-Qualcomm Paradigm shifts in Open 4G / 5G Networks
5:40 Tom Bilotta Assured Wireless First Responder Network Update and the Path to 5G
6:00 Jari Vikstedt ETS Lindgren 5G and mmWave Device Measurement Challenges
6:20 Upkar Dhaliwal Future Wireless Technologies Session Closeout



Tom Tofigh, AT&T

Tom is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T’s Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T. Tom has been responsible for planning and implementation of large-scale telecommunications equipment He has extensive experience that spans across many disciplines including 5G networks. Tom is currently representing AT&T at Open Networking Foundation working on Open Source CORD.  Tom previously was chair of application working group for 5 years, and held software management positions at various switching companies. He was an adjunct at GWU teaching advanced networking courses.   He is co-editor of couple of books on 4G networking and QOS Architecture for wireless networking.  He holds over 50 patents awarded and many more pending.

Talk title: Developing and Deploying Programmable 5G White Boxes in the Edge Clouds


Sassan Ahmadi, Xilinx Inc.

Dr. Sassan Ahmadi is the Director of 5G Wireless Systems and Standards with Xilinx Inc., and a Lecturer at Stanford University with over 30 years of experience in signal processing and communication system design as well as cellular systems standards development. Previously, he held senior positions at Apple, Intel and Nokia. He has authored two recent books on wireless communications, “LTE-Advanced, A Practical Systems Approach to Understanding 3GPP LTE Releases 10 and 11 Radio Access Technologies”, Academic Press, 2013 and “Mobile WiMAX, A Systems Approach to Understanding IEEE 802.16m Radio Access Technology”, Academic Press, 2010 and over 80 patents/patent applications on various aspects of 4G and 5G radio access networks. He is the co-author of six other books as well as and the author of more than 20 refereed journal and conference papers. He has taught graduate courses at Stanford University since 2014 and University of California, San Diego between 2000 and 2003.

Talk title: Developing and Deploying Programmable 5G White Boxes in the Edge Clouds

Tom Bilotta, Assured Wireless

Principal, founder, consultant, you name it, and Tom Bilotta’s done it.

Tom clings to his serial entrepreneurial roots, bridging the gap between business strategy and technology.

Tom served in high-level positions at eight high-tech startups and coordinated three successful exits, with cumulative valuations in excess of $170 million. The high-performance teams he led developed many of the world’s firsts in communications and electronics technologies.

As a key player in multiple tech organizations –TurboNet Communications, Malibu Networks, Rainbow Network Systems, and Nextivity – Tom upped the value of new companies 15-30 times their initial worth in one to three years.

Tom has always been fascinated by connectivity solutions from the product and business development side, and has publicized his works in multiple wireless and entrepreneurship journals.

Tom has established himself as an expert as evidenced by the six communications-related patents he wrote and the significant IP analysis he conducted for leading telecommunications companies. He holds an MBA in entrepreneurship from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Talk title: First Responder Network Update and the Path to 5G

Charles Despins, École de Technologie Supérieure

Charles Despins’ career has spanned more than 30 years in both the academic and industry segments of the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. Following academic work as a faculty member of the Institut National de Recherche Scientifique (Université du Québec), he held various posts in the private sector, namely at Bell Nordiq Group as vice-president and chief technology officer, as a consultant for wireless network deployments in India and China and for 13 years, as President and CEO of Prompt inc., an ICT research and development consortium.

In 2016, he returned to academia and is currently Vice-president – research, partnerships and faculty affairs as well as Professor of Electrical Engineering at École de Technologie Supérieure (Université du Québec) in Montreal, Canada. His research interests focus on wireless communications. Dr. Despins is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a recipient (2006) of the Outstanding Engineer award from IEEE Canada. He is a former recipient of the “Best Paper of the Year” award in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is currently a frequent advocate on issues regarding the opportunities ICT offer to achieve sustainability in the 21st century.

Talk title: ENCQOR: A Canada (Québec-Ontario) 5G public-private partnership project

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain, Northeastern University

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director at Northeastern University. In this role, he is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda of a $100 million public-private partnership; Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR). His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as LTE, Dispersed computing, Edge computing and Internet of Things.  He has organized and participated in technical program committees, workshops and panels at premier venues such as IEEE InfoCom, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM MobiCom and IEEE VTC. He was formerly the lead wireless engineer for the NSF GENI program at Raytheon BBN Technologies. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.

Talk Title: Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research 

Natasha Greer, IT Project Manager/POC, City of Sacramento

Natasha is an IT Project Manager who currently serves as the Point of Contact for the City of Sacramento’s public-private partnership with Verizon. She leads a team of City officials, partners, and contractors to manage the roll-out of 5G technology and Smart Cities solutions including public Wi-Fi, traffic management and safety, economic development, and youth programs. Natasha is passionate about providing services and opportunities to underserved populations within Sacramento and regularly volunteers her time to mentor disadvantaged youth. Prior to working as an IT Project Manager, she served for 4 years as the City’s Webmaster, a position she’s held with various organizations for over 15 years. As the City’s Webmaster, her first major accomplishment was spearheading a major project to redesign the City of Sacramento website into an award-winning site.

Natasha holds a BS in Computer Engineering from U.C. Davis. To balance her heavy workload, she enjoys singing, yoga, and martial arts.

J. Josh Guevara, Ph.D., Broadband Manager, City of San José

As part of the City of San José’s Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy team, J. Guevara has ten years of public sector experience specializing in broadband. With the City of San José recently announcing the nation’s largest small cell deployment through public-private partnerships with Verizon, AT&T, and Mobilitie valued collectively over $500 million and generating $24 million toward digital inclusion, J. leads the implementation to make 5G a reality for San José. He is as committed to improving permitting speed and predictability for the private sector as he is passionate about confronting the digital divide. J. Guevara holds a doctorate and master’s degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, all of which, in unpredictable ways, prepared him to champion broadband as a 21st-Century necessity.

Vinay Gupta, Polaris Networks

Vinay Gupta, Chief Technology Officer and a Co-Founder of Polaris Networks (, is a technologist with over twenty years in the telecommunications and networking industry. He has steered the company’s R&D in protocol software and test tools in technologies such as Wireless LAN, WiMAX, RFID. LTE, IoT and now 5G. Previously, he was the head of the Agilent Technologies R&D center in Kolkata. Vinay has a BS in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai, and an MS in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Talk title: Management and Orchestration of 5G Network Slices


Abhay Karandikar, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Professor Abhay Karandikar is currently the Director, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Dr Karandikar is also a Member (part-time) of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Before joining IIT Kanpur as the Director in April 2018, he served as Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He also served as Dean (Faculty Affairs) at IIT Bombay from February 2017 to April 2018 and Head of the Electrical Engineering Department from January 2012 to January 2015. He was the coordinator of Tata Teleservices IIT Bombay Center for Excellence in Telecom (TICET), National Center of Excellence in Technology for Internal Security. He spearheaded a national effort in setting up Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), India’s standards body for telecom with participation of all stakeholders. Prof Karandikar is the founding member and Chairman of TSDSI. Currently, he is working as a consultant to provide technical expertise in design and implementation of BharatNet, Government of India’s flagship initiative under Digital India program. Dr Karandikar has several patents issued and pending, contributions to IEEE, 3GPP standards, contributed chapters in books and large number of papers in international journals and conferences to his credit.

Dr. Karandikar was awarded with IEEE SA’s Standards Medallion in December 2016 in New Jersey. His team also won Mozilla Open Innovation challenge prize in March 2017. He is a two time recipient of award for excellence in teaching at IIT Bombay- in 2006 and 2011. He is co-author of papers which won the Best paper awards in ACM MobiHoc 2009, Workshop on Indoor and Outdoor Small Cells WiOpt2014 and finalist for the best paper award in IEEE LCN 2012 and IEEE NCC 2014 conferences.

Talk title: Challenges in Broadband Connectivity in India: Frugal 5G 

Joe Kochan, Co-founder and COO of US Ignite and Project Director, PAWR Project Office

Joe Kochan serves as the COO of US Ignite, responsible for day-to-day operations, finance, and program management for the national non-profit organization, which is based in DC. Joe also serves as the director of the Project Office for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, a $100M program funded by NSF and over 25 leading wireless and telecom companies. Prior to US Ignite, Joe worked as part of the Department of Commerce’s BTOP grant program, as well as having also been a founder and Vice President–Operations of DigitalBridge Communications (DBC), a Virginia-based startup backed by over $40M in venture funding. Previously, he was with Verizon, with responsibility for strategic planning and strategic project management, specifically focusing on the military housing market and the implementation of the first Verizon FiOS networks at military bases across the country.

Angela Kung, AT&T

Angela Kung is a Bay Area native who has lived and worked in Santa Clara County for most of her life. Prior to joining AT&T as an External Affairs Director overseeing San Mateo and Santa Clara County in 2013, she has spent most of her professional career in public service working for elected officials such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, Assemblyman Phil Ting, and Assemblywoman Wilma Chan. During this time, she has championed legislation in chemical elimination in children’s toys and specialized in tax policy. As an active board member to the SJSV Chamber and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, she continues to dedicate herself to enhancing public-private partnerships in her community. She has a Masters of Public Policy from American University in D.C. and her B.A. from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Richard Maiden, Senior Manager of Wireless System Engineering, Intel Corporation

Richard Maiden is the Senior Manager of Wireless System Engineering at Intel PSG (Programmable Solutions Group) where he leads a team to create wireless infrastructure IP, reference designs and to architect silicon and software solutions. Richard works closely with other Intel entities to provide end-to-end solutions in the baseband and radio space for 4G, 5G and massive MIMO systems, including traditional architectures and CRAN/VRAN. He is an active contributor to IEEE1914 & xRAN fronthaul standards and serves as the editor of the IEEE1914.3 Radio over Ethernet standard. Richard has more than 17 years’ experience in telecommunications infrastructure, both as an equipment provider and a component provider.

Talk title: Next Generation fronthaul interfaces & FlexRAN

Luis Mirabal, Director of Technology Valuation at Qualcomm, Inc

Luis is a technology and product innovator.  He leads the Technology Valuation team at Qualcomm and is responsible for engaging with service providers around the world in understanding the implications of new technologies into new markets and verticals.  He has breadth and depth knowledge of digital technologies, services, applications, and industries.  Previously, Luis worked with the broadband ecosystem players in Latin America to evaluate their businesses, assess market trends, and implement business plans regarding broadband services.  Luis holds a Master degree on Political International Economics from UCSD and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.  He graduated top of his class as Electronic Engineer at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela.  When he is not working on transformational projects, he enjoys surfing or skiing in California.

Talk title: Paradigm shifts in Open 4G / 5G Networks

Benoit Pelletier, Ciena

Co-founder of the 5G ENCQOR project and Vice-President of Innovation ENCQOR; a NPO created to deliver this collaborative innovation project across Quebec-Ontario corridor in Canada, Benoit Pelletier is currently director, Business Development and ENCQOR’s Program Lead within Ciena. He is involved in developing new business opportunities, partnerships and/or alliances as well as fostering innovation through collaborative ecosystems and synergy with Universities and Small & Medium Enterprises.

Passionate about innovation – “Innovate or Evaporate” has been its mantra over the last 30 years in different industry markets: Telecom at Ciena and Nortel, Transport at Bombardier and Aerospace at Oerlikon Aerospace.  Benoit held a number of positions within design, system integration, program management and business development.  Broad knowledge in Product Development and expertise in New Product Introduction of cutting-edge technologies.  Benoit holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Sherbrooke University.

Talk title: ENCQOR: A Canada (Québec-Ontario) 5G public-private partnership project

Tom Sawanobori, CTIA

Thomas (Tom) Sawanobori is CTIA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for technology and technical matters concerning spectrum, network evolution, cybersecurity and device certification to benefit CTIA’s members and to serve as a technical resource to policymakers. He has 22 years of technology planning, network engineering and operational experience for Verizon, including lead planner for Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

He was Vice President of Network Planning at Verizon, where he was responsible for technology planning and capital budget management. He led the technology evolution of the network including spectrum planning, 3G/4G technology, LTE and LTE-Advanced, and core network evolution. In addition to his career at Verizon, Mr. Sawanobori worked at Hughes Electronics on Navy Communications and Combat Systems. He served 5 years in the US Navy as a Submarine Warfare Officer and went on to complete 20 years total, retiring as a Commander in the Naval Reserve.

Mr. Sawanobori holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Engineering from California State University-Fullerton.

Talk title: Race to 5G Report 

Balaji Sundaram, Verizon

Balaji Sundaram is a Principal with Verizon’s Smart Communities practice and is based out of San Francisco Bay Area. He leads strategic engagements with local government agencies, transit agencies, and large venues like university campuses, sports & music venues, airports etc.

Balaji takes a consultative approach to engage his clients to understand their key urbanization challenges and uses a combination of innovative technology solutions, new revenue models, and alternate procurement models like Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to meet his client needs. While addressing the urbanization challenges and needs of his clients, the charter for Balaji’s role also includes advancing Verizon’s next-generation wireline and wireless network rollout across multiple cities.

Before Verizon, Balaji worked in Corporate IT with the leading global interactive entertainment company, Electronic Arts and prior to that in Deloitte Consulting, a Big-5 consulting & advisory firm leading technology strategy engagements for a wide range of clients across multiple industries.

Balaji holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from State University of New York at Binghamton.

Jari Vikstedt, ETS-Lindgren

Mr. Jari Vikstedt is the Manager, Wireless Solutions for ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, Texas.  He has over 20 years of experience with ETS-Lindgren in developing and testing RF test solutions for EMC and Wireless applications.  Mr. Vikstedt and the other engineers at ETS-Lindgren are active technical contributors to the leading wireless industry organizations, including the CTIA, 3GPP, IEEE and the Wi-Fi Alliance®.  Recently, Mr. Vikstedt has devoted his expertise to the development of CTIA and 3GPP Over-The-Air (OTA) testing solutions as well as developing innovative 5G OTA test solutions. He holds a BSEE degree in RF Engineering from the Turku University of Technology, Finland.

Talk title: 5G and mmWave Device Measurement Challenges


Serdar Vural, University of Surrey, UK

Serdar Vural received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005 and 2007, respectively, from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. His BS Degree is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2003 from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Vural is currently a Technical Architect at the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) University of Surrey, UK, and is the team leader for software-defined networking (SDN) activities, and co-leading 5G system deployment and development initiatives. Dr Vural’s research interests are in SDN, network functions virtualisation (NFV), wireless sensor and ad hoc networks, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Future Internet, and Next Generation Mobile Networks.

Talk title: EU SoftFIRE Federated and Orchestrated Virtualisation Testbed

David Witkowski, Executive Director, Civic Technology Initiatives, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Co-Chair GCTC Wireless SuperCluster, NIST

David Witkowski is a wireless and telecommunications industry veteran. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and earning his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of California @ Davis, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage startups. David is the Founder & CEO of Oku Solutions LLC and serves as the Executive Director of Civic Technology Initiatives at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He serves as Co-Chair of the GCTC Wireless SuperCluster at NIST, on the Board of Expert Advisors for the California Emerging Technology Fund, as a Member of the Connected City Advisory Board, and is a Senior Member in both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.

David is the author of “Bridging the Gap : 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications” (Joint Venture Silicon Valley – 2016), co-editor of “Public Wi-Fi Blueprint” (GCTC/NIST – 2017), lead co-author of “Evaluation of RF Network Testing” (Anritsu, Bird Technologies, CommScope, & Motorola – 2013), co-author of “Carrier & Public Wi-Fi” (Mobile Experts LLC – 2015), and co-author of “The HayWired Scenario – Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology” (U.S. Geological Survey, planned release October 2018). He has written feature articles for CQ Magazine, CIO Review, EETimes, IEEE Microwaves Magazine, Make:Magazine, MissionCritical Communications, QST, RCR Wireless, and Urgent Communications. David has presented and moderated panels at Alberta Wireless Connections, APCO, Broadband Live, CDX Global Forum, CTIA, DAS & Small Cells Congress, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, IWCE, League of California Cities Conference, Mobile World Congress – Americas, RCA Technical Symposium, SCWS Americas, State Of  The Valley, TC3, and Wireless West.

Talk title: Challenges and Opportunities in 5G Public-Private Partnerships


The Global Race to 5G – what spectrum and policies are needed to ensure the US is a leader:   CTIA commissioned studies from leading telecommunications research firms Analysys Mason and Recon Analytics. These studies measure the global race to 5G and quantify the benefits of leading a generation of wireless development, respectively.

Analysys Mason conducted a comparative assessment of ten nations and derived a 5G Readiness Index, an indicator of which countries are currently leading the race to 5G. The index measures each government’s progress in moving toward conducive 5G spectrum and infrastructure policies, and each country’s industry investment. Recon Analytics conducted a historical analysis of the economic benefits nations derived from leading the world in prior generations of wireless, as well as the costs associated with losing leadership. These analyses quantify the stakes of winning or losing the 5G race.

Key findings:

  • China, South Korea, and the United States are currently leading the race to 5G, with China holding a narrow lead.
  • America’s 4G leadership resulted in economic and job growth that would have otherwise gone to other countries.
  • Losing wireless leadership in 3G and 4G had significant, long-term, negative effects on the Japanese and European telecommunications industries.
  • America’s wireless industry is a global leader in making the commercial investments and preparations necessary for 5G deployment.

EU SoftFIRE Federated and Orchestrated Virtualisation Testbed: In this talk, the federated and orchestrated virtualisation testbed built by the EU SoftFIRE project is presented. The testbed was designed and has been deployed for 5G experimentation, and spans a number of countries across Europe, consisting of multiple component testbeds, each running OpenStack as its virtual infrastructure manager. These component testbeds are orchestrated by the open-source and ETSI MANO-compliant orchestrator Open Baton. SoftFIRE has also developed an experimentation middleware, which provides the capability to easily deploy virtualisation experiments. The middleware enables platform users to pick multiple virtual resource types, such as NFV, SDN, security, NFV monitoring, and physical devices. Experimenters can define their experiments following TOSCA resource templates, and upload them as cloud archive (CSAR) files. The talk will explain SoftFIRE’s testbed and its middleware, and also present its Waves of Experiments that have accommodated more than 30 NFV/SDN experiments, each designed for innovative 5G applications and solutions.

ENCQOR: A Canada (Québec-Ontario) 5G public-private partnership project: ENCQOR (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) is a Canadian 5G public-private partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G disruptive technologies, adoption initiatives and system uses. ENCQOR establishes the first Canadian pre-commercial corridor of 5G digital infrastructure — the key to making the digital economy a reality. ENCQOR’s five-year strategy and unique focus on providing access to 5G networks to SMEs, researchers and academia means it is purpose-built not just for unlocking the technological promise of 5G in the near term, but for driving long-term economic growth in Québec and Ontario and in the broader Canadian innovation ecosystem.

The ENCQOR project is spearheaded by five world-class digital technology companies — Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, IBM Canada and CGI — and brings together industry, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the public sector, centres for innovation, and universities. This talk will focus on the project’s innovation corridor that will enable industry, enterprises, governments and researchers to develop niche technologies and solutions. In order to construct the infrastructure necessary to support rapid development, the underlying platform will allow ENCQOR partners and users to stitch systems that continuously adapt to rapidly changing environments. Key testbed features, core technologies and use cases will be highlighted.

Challenges in Broadband Connectivity in India: Frugal 5G: In this talk,  I will identify the challenges and requirements of providing broadband connectivity in India, specially Rural India. These challenges require a re-thinking on developing next generation wireless system for connecting the unconnected world. Mobility is not a major driver for designing such systems, rather fixed primary broadband access is the most important requirement.  A simplified IP based network architecture with dynamic spectrum sharing and a low cost wireless backhaul can set the vision of what we call “Frugal” 5G for connecting the unconnected. We will share experiences for Frugal 5G test-bed. The reference architecture for Frugal 5G may have the following elements- a Software Defined Network (SDN) controller, a wireless middle-mile network and an access network. We will also outline the recent IEEE standards activity in defining a reference architecture for Frugal 5G.

Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research:  This talk introduces PAWR, a $100M US public-private research partnership program to support creation of four city-scale experimental platforms for advancing fundamental wireless research. This program plans to blend cutting-edge wireless and network innovations with a large scale geographical community. We share our vision of creating a platform architecture, which is extremely agile, dynamic, cost-effective, adaptable, sliceable and extensible, giving unprecedented programmability and control to a broad set of researchers. The talk also details the first two Platforms addressing mmWave and Massive MIMO radio technologies and an emerging edge computing paradigm supported by PAWR, where heterogeneous edge devices, new air interfaces and multi-tier cloud architectures collaborate to sense, process, analyze data and create many novel applications.

5G Enabled Micropositioning for Autonomy & Connected Vehicles NYC US-DOT Testbed Pilot: Adaptive Motion Group has teamed with Sprint, LG, United Rentals, Leidos, P3, FSG, W8less, Freewire, and Locbit to provide a smart city offering that includes connected vehicle capabilities, autonomous driving, mobile EV charging, solar, smart lighting and coordinated parking. At the heart of these efforts is the capability for highly accurate positioning which supports real-time coordination and autonomy. This underlying vision, called “Project P” is an ambitious effort to bring accurate, reliable positioning to cities as part of the 5G rollout. 5G is the key not only for facilitating and funding deployment, but also for because the next generation network provides the low-latency and synchronization necessary to support a scalable positioning solution. This talk will discuss current pilots in NYC and Hong Kong.

Next Generation fronthaul interfaces & FlexRAN: CPRI has been the most common interface between baseband and radio (fronthaul) for more than two decades. In order to reduce the bandwidth on the fronthaul interface for 5G NR, the trend is towards an Ethernet based transport. Most practical implementation for 5G NR infrastructure require new functional split. This presentation looks at the standardization efforts. And, through FlexRAN, an Intel programable solution to enable the highest level of flexibility for both NR and legacy 4G.


Developing and Deploying Programmable 5G White Boxes in the Edge Clouds: Open Edge Cloud Reference Platforms are enabling the deployment of SDN-controlled/NFV-based 5G networks with a set of new and emerging services that are highly dependent on mobile edge computing and smart radio access platforms. This talk will reference M-CORD as an example of open platform for demonstrating that 5G networks are not just about connectivity, rather providing fully-configurable platform for emerging services. Relying on standardized [mobile network] data planes including control over RRH configuration parameters from an SDN controller, M-CORD provides a platform for innovation in emerging versatile 5G services such as AR/VR, V2X, transportation, manufacturing, health and education. Some of these vertical markets and applications will need to operate in sub-millisecond zones where 5G systems features such as split architecture, virtualization, slicing, and beam steering under control of SDN will enable opportunities and mitigate challenges via [democratized and] open network interfaces. Such open interfaces would provide 5G and edge cloud technologies to support shared acceleration, analytics, AI and ML solutions that complement operators’ 5G vision. The low-cost edge cloud and smart RRH based on open hardware and open software stacks will pave the road for faster deployments and new set of application classes that operate in sub-millisecond zones.

First Responder Network Update and the Path to 5G: The National Public Safety Broadband Network is now a reality. The United Stated Department of Commerce has enabled FirstNet to oversee this nationwide network. AT&T is contracted to build and operate this. We will cover an overview of FirstNet, its impact to the country, and its status of today. Some standards are evolving that are important for such mission-critical communications. The 5G requirements begin to address some of the important needs of this segment. After addressing the network status, we will discuss how 5G addresses these requirements, and cover the important 5G techniques that can be utilized to help support these requirements. There is a large opportunity for future capabilities as the 5G edge techniques expand for these critical users, and these will benefit the entire user community in terms of resource utilization and performance as such adoption is enabled by these techniques.

Management and Orchestration of 5G Network Slices:  Network Slicing is seen as one of the key features in an ‘open’ 5G network, enabling vertical industries and communication service providers to take advantage of 5G networks and services. My talk will address the management aspects of network slicing. Various industry bodies and technical forums such as NGMN, ONF, 3GPP and ETSI have defined the architecture and use cases of network slicing. 3GPP has proposed a Network Resource Model for the 5G Radio Access and Core Network and identified new management functions which use service-based interfaces for managing the 5G network. We will look at open-source / research MANO frameworks that aim to provide life-cycle management of 5G network functions and network slices.

Challenges and Opportunities in 5G Public-Private Partnerships:
The required density of 5G deployment will create new opportunities in terms of quantities and project scope, but it will also create challenges that must be addressed by shifts in policy, economics, public relations, and technical understanding at the local government level.  Public-Private Partnership models can be a path forward, provided that we can build mutual trust between local governments and the wireless industry, avoid the mistakes made during 4G HetNet deployments, and educate the public about the benefits of 5G networks.

5G Public-Private Partnerships: The cities of Sacramento CA and San Jose CA will be among the first to deploy 5G. These early deployments are the result of public-private partnership agreements between forward-thinking cities and carriers/operators. This panel will include representatives from both cities and carriers who will provide detail and insights on the partnership process, and will offer perspectives on whether or not these agreements can be a model for use by other local governments.

Paradigm shifts in Open 4G / 5G Networks: From an economics perspective, the mobile wireless industry is dependent on three factors: (1) Spectral Efficiency, (2) Site Locations, (3) Spectrum bandwidth.  MNOs have been the industry gatekeepers by maintaining tight control of those three factors.  Recently, the FCC is attempting to break the spectrum control by changing the allocation rules under CBRS.  With wireless spectrum within reach, new industry players are planning on how to open up value with innovative business models, new network deployments, and different service offerings.  5G will bring a new wave of spectrum innovation and a greater number of locations will be suitable for 5G nodes.  Still to come, MEC capabilities and immersive applications will enable access to valuable services.

5G and mmWave Device Measurement Challenges: Emerging 5G radio access technologies will drastically change the landscape of not only the cellular communication ecosystem as a whole, but more specifically the way in which radios are tested. In the search for more data bandwidth, the 5G new radio (NR) will push into new frequency ranges traditionally reserved for satellite and defense applications. The associated adaptive antenna system (AAS) technologies required to accomplish this and increase overall spectral efficiency, namely beamforming and massive MIMO, will have a dramatic impact on the testing of the associated radios. Where traditionally most of the radio functionality could be evaluated independent of the antenna system, the use of AAS makes it impossible to dissociate the radio performance from the antenna performance. The antenna arrays used with these radios make the prospect of performing a conducted test at each antenna port impractical if not impossible. Thus, even the most basic radio performance or functional metric must be performed in an over-the-air test environment.  This presentation will review these test challenges and discuss possible solutions.



Upkar Dhaliwal
Future Wireless Technologies

Luis Mirabal
Qualcomm, Inc


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