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Massive Broadband Network Densification—Unleashing the Opportunities of 5G

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Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

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Held in Partnership with the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation

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This fifth annual spectrum technology and policy workshop will examine the issues and opportunities created by the massive broadband network densification taking place across the United States. A fundamental transformation of the country's mobile broadband networks is already underway as providers continue to extract more capacity and performance from 4G networks; however, the massive network densification that will come with 5G network buildout will result in a huge increase in wireless network capacity. Simultaneous with the deployment of small cells is the related fiber densification that is occurring and which will be needed for small cell backhaul connectivity, as well as for evolved HFC and FTTP networks.

These ultradense network will unleash an immense wave of innovation in the forthcoming decade, including more choices in consumer broadband, smart cities, smart transportation, autonomous driving, and the internet of things.

Speakers will address items such as:

  • The types of innovation and use cases these ultradense networks will support.

  • The 5G deployment timeline and small-cell buildout forecast.

  • The key technology developments making these new networks possible.

  • The impediments that could delay, and in some cases, are already delaying densification efforts.

  • The role of spectrum and siting policies in supporting deployment.

  • The relevance of ultra dense networks to the future of the digital economy.

Lunch will be served at the workshop.

Schedule:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration/Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 Opening Remarks and Welcome by Georgetown and Wireless Technology Association

9:45 – 10:00 Keynote Address
Tentatively FCC.

10:00 – 11:00 Panel Discussion: Ultradense NetworksTechnology and Spectrum Elements
Topics: Technology aspects of densification, spectrum (3.5 GHz, 5G, WRC, harmonization), 5G standardization and schedule, architecture (including distributed intelligence), and ecosystem. Panelists will include operators, infrastructure vendors, and other technology providers.
Moderator: Peter Rysavy, President, Rysavy Research (author of Broadband Disruption: How 5G Will Reshape the Competitive Landscape) or Emil Sturniolo, Executive Director, WTA.

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Break

11:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Financing and Investing in Dense Networks
Topics: Investment motivation, business models for new use cases, business implications of distributed intelligence, other. Panelists will include fiber companies, tower companies, and other key industry players.
Moderator: Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Panel Discussion: Regulatory and Policy Implications of Massively Densified Networks.
Topics: reforming siting policies to facilitate small cell deployment, policies that undermine 5G capabilities, spectrum policy, and harmonization.
Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.

2:30 - 3:00 Informal networking.

For more information on the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy's Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation please click here.

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