With Republicans holding both houses of Congress and the White House, an opportunity has arisen to enact sweeping changes to how our nation’s communications networks are deployed. What will Trump’s deregulatory stance mean for our industry? Will this Administration’s infrastructure plan include stimulus for broadband, and what form will it take? What additional reforms or rollbacks will we see of policy over the last eight years? Policy experts and Beltway insiders will mull these and other issues in this special session.
The FCC is in the midst of another round of wireless infrastructure deployment streamlining efforts, with a focus on eliminating delay and rationalizing fees. Panelists will discuss how the FCC is laying the groundwork for 5G by reducing barriers to DAS and small cell siting in an attempt to bring greater opportunities for mobility and connectivity to communities across the country.
o Across the US the topics of municipal broadband, private-public partnership infrastructure projects, and vendor-led Smart City pilots are capturing a wave of new investment and opportunities within the communications industry; while capturing the imaginations of mayors and city council members seeking to solve their cities’ unique challenges. For public officials representing tier-two and tier-three markets, this is becoming especially true since connectivity is less available, but is considered essential to economic development.
o For this reason, when discussing the development of Smart Cities and ways to reduce the digital divide, it is better to address the foundational component needed within any future-oriented connected city: dark fiber.
o To mobile network operators (MNOs), dark fiber is becoming increasingly valuable. It’s no secret within the wireless industry that dark fiber offers MNOs a lower total cost of operation. Thus, it is now being deployed across the wireless industry, as dark fiber is now run to tower sites and is a key component to MNOs small cell deployments within tier-one metro markets.
o But can the intersect between municipalities’ Smart City ambitions, dark fiber, and MNO’s widespread adoption of dark fiber be the key to closing the digital divide and ensuring that the development of Smart Cities, and even the adoption 5G, is not only reserved for those in tier-one markets? The business case for municipal dark fiber deployments in tier-two and tier-three markets is complex, and the business models for Smart Cities are even more confusing, however, revenue from MNO backhaul can help make municipal-sponsored dark fiber and Smart City developments cost justifiable and help close the digital divide.
o This panel session will discuss the opportunities for MNOs, utilities, state and local governments, infrastructure providers, engineering firms, dark fiber providers, IXPs, and capital investment firms to reduce the digital divide and expand mobile broadband across the US, including:
Ways for utilities to work with city officials to help monetize municipal-sponsored dark fiber deployments and the development of Smart Cities
Why capital investment firms are shifting from traditional telco to common infrastructure within metro markets and what this means for MNOs
The new ecosystem defining municipal-broadband projects and Smart City developments, and how infrastructure providers and MNOs can join the value chain
The value of connecting tier-two and tier-three markets and ways to make it economical
Connectivity is essential to Getting to Smart. This panel will look at innovative ways cities and communities are applying network technology to enable applications in transportation, public safety, energy and digital transformation. LPWA, M2M, LTE-Cat M, Bluetooth, RFID, LORA and NB-IoT are some of the network types that will make up IoT and 5G. Speakers will look at case studies including the Smart City Readiness Grant Winner-Orlando.
Modern enterprise connectivity requirements are evolving, and carriers must make adjustments to keep up. Significant opportunity for carriers and the American economy exists as the FCC is opening up millimeter wave spectrum. This panel will explore how and why carriers are embracing millimeter wave to evolve business models as well as new strategies to scale 5G fixed wireless to homes across America.
The next generation architecture of 5G wireless networks will require a complete paradigm shift in the traditional design, build & maintain deployment models used by most modern organizations. For the United States to win the global 5G race, a new level of collaboration between Government, Industry and Education must be achieved to create the broadband workforce of tomorrow. This panel will discuss the different 5G readiness factors required within the Engineering, Real Estate, Site Development and Network Operation disciplines to support multiple use cases like IoT, Edge Networks, Mini Data Centers, Small Cells & FTTx.
One of the biggest challenges in the Wireless Industry is attracting, hiring and retaining highly skilled professionals. The fierce competition for skilled workers can make recruiting more difficult. According to research, 67% of workers said they would consider a job offer from a recruiter regardless of whether they had been considering a career move. Attendees will leave this discussion with a greater understanding of the challenges of attracting, hiring and retaining skilled workers. They will learn how their colleagues and competition overcome these challenges through examples and case studies. They will receive tips, tools and strategies to make the hiring process more efficient and effective. Ultimately, this session will make the attendees more competitive in the marketplace.
Attendees will hear from real estate executives and successful suppliers who have marketed to them about what offerings and what techniques are most appealing. What is most important to them in the new real estate world order where the primary players are NOT the carriers. Topics include:
i. How much appetite is there for neutral host offerings?
ii. What resources do panelists to find partners?
iii. Is every system a four carrier, multi technology set up?
iv. And much more.
Myriad tests and trials are under way as operators transition from 2G, 3G and 4G to the next generation known as 5G, which is still being defined by standards organizations but is expected to be much more than previous generational shifts. But how do operators prepare for something that is still undefined, and how much of the previous generations of technology will carry forward?
This panel will examine how operators will pivot from 4G to 4.5G and 5G and their relationships with spectrum. How will operators share 3.5 GHz spectrum? What are the benefits to using unlicensed spectrum alongside licensed? Is the value of licensed spectrum being diminished?
We’ll ask some key questions of wireless carriers and their vendors, including the shift to SDN/NFV, integration of unlicensed spectrum with licensed, the role of small cells and the viability of millimeter wave spectrum for indoor and outdoor deployments.
What does the power shift of the 2016 election and Chairman Pai taking the FCC gavel mean for the wireless industry? We’ll hear from government stakeholders as the panel examines the important telecommunications issues facing Congress, the Administration, and the FCC this year.
An all-star panel of wireless industry analysts and wireless investors will discuss the state of the capital markets, the business impact of 5G, IoT, merger and acquisition activity, and international opportunities. Learn exactly how new technologies impact your business and how your company can best prepare to take advantage of these opportunities.
Low Power Wide Area Networks are becoming more and more prevalent as an Internet of Things networking solution. These networks provide the coverage needed for Machine to Machine communications. They require low bandwidth and reliable connectivity. This session will discuss the network architectures as well as vertical markets where there has been success. These networks operate in the 902 to 928 MHz bands as well as in 2.4 GHz. These frequencies have very different characteristics which will impact TCO, Time to Market and ongoing operating expense. Join this panel of experts to learn how your company can take advantage of this booming technology.
More enterprises are investing to build their own in-building wireless coverage systems, however, the traditional DAS (distributed antenna systems) are viewed as expensive where small cells have limited radio frequencies. A marriage between the two systems is a match made in heaven as the hybrid system can make the radio part of the DAS equipment and bring down the total cost of ownership. In this session, the speakers will share the market trends for enterprise DAS and small cells, explain pros and cons of the two systems from both technological and financial perspectives and describe the best practice and results of interoperability testing between DAS and small cell solutions.
A registered apprenticeship is a proven ”learn while you learn” model for preparing your workforce for key occupations within the wireless industry. This session provides an opportunity for companies to engage with WIA as the National Sponsor, TIRAP’s Chairman and others that have successfully integrated apprenticeship into their human resource and training strategies. In addition, this session is intended to help companies and identify resources/partners that can help develop and sustain Registered Apprenticeship programs.
In the near future, can 5G be the primary network for the enterprise market? Will the technology service the needs of IoT, venue guests, public safety, and building owners and managers? What are the impediments to make 5G the only network, and what is the business case for an against 5G as the primary network? A panel of experts will answer these questions and engage in a lively debate with audience members as more and more solutions come to market daily.
This panel will discuss updated rules and the potential for sweeping change in regulatory obligations for structure owners, and important changes to FAA policy that will impact the infrastructure industry. Panelists will discuss changes to the FAA’s Advisory Circular governing marking and lighting, detail future FAA rulemakings, and Hill activity.
In Case you haven't heard the Internet of Things is exploding with new applications and deployment opportunities. Service providers, enterprises and municipalities see all sorts of ways to make things faster, cheaper and more valuable. However, the term IoT is applied to a variety of applications from autos to supply chains. How does this impact the marketplace and what are the implications for your business?
Technology advances in the home, office and world at large are moving fast. Today’s connected home devices allow people to change dryer settings remotely, access security cameras outside the home and even watch a movie on a refrigerator. In the enterprise, connectivity enables everything from asset tracking of wheelchairs in a healthcare facility to more efficient heating and cooling systems for the office. The cornerstone of a smart society is a strong wireless foundation, and this panel will discuss technology needs critical to the functioning of a smart society.
Backhaul, connecting the cell to the rest of the network, is a critical part of any mobile network, but providing cost-effective, reliable, and scaleable backhaul is no easy task. A range of solutions are available, including lit and dark fiber, microwave, and ethernet. Each type of backhaul has its own benefits and drawbacks, and costs vary for each solution. This session will discuss the issues surrounding providing backhaul for various wireless networks and will and present solutions that are being deployed today.
In recent years, the wireless industry has experienced a monumental boom in technology and innovation due to a critical, unrelenting influence: consumer demand. Equipment is now more sophisticated and abundant—increasing network stability and customer satisfaction, yet also drastically increasing the demand on the mounts that bear this equipment. With every technological innovation, it becomes increasingly clear that mounts carry not only the physical weight of enhanced equipment, but the weight of the network in its entirety. Once viewed as an afterthought at the end of the 20th century, mounts are now deemed critical to the success of the network. As a result, mount analysis is now one of the greatest urgencies facing the industry today. A better, faster, more reliable network cannot be attained without documented data that guarantees the ability of mounts to support future technological innovations. Capacity will continue to increase, existing tower infrastructure will continue to be optimized, and the drive for 5G speeds (and beyond) will continue to intensify. Mount analysis is the key to facilitating the success of this movement. This panel will discuss the practical applications of mount analysis as well as the implications for the financial success of your business and longevity of the equipment that makes the network function.
This discussion builds on the information shared as part of Tuesday’s Apprenticeship panel and will focus on the National Standards of Apprenticeship:
i. Appendix A – Work Process Schedule & Related Training Instruction
ii. Appendix B – ETA-671 Apprenticeship Agreement
iii. Appendix C – Affirmative Action Plan
iv. Appendix D – Qualifications & Selection Procedures
v. Appendix E – TIRAP Bylaws
vi. Appendix F - Employer Acceptance Agreement
The panel will explore the technical side of the Enterprise sale. The speakers will discuss what technologies exist and what a logical needs analysis might look at, including a view of system handover- did you get what you were supposed to get?
i. What does the CRE want in their buildings?
ii. Must every system include everything?
iii. What tech exists today and is it active or passive?
iv. Are Femtocells viable yet?
v. Is Wi-Fi dead or ready to be reborn?
vi. What does it cost to cover?
vii. How do small cells fit?
As providers ramp up facility deployment in cities and towns across the country, state capitols and public utility commissions are hotbeds of activity as providers continue to look for ways to streamline wireless facility deployment and prepare for the next generation of deployment. This panel will discuss successes and setbacks in the 2017 state legislative session and in state regulatory proceedings.
With experts predicting anywhere from 20 billion to 200 billion IoT devices on the network by 2020, what’s going on with the physical infrastructure build out? Are IoT companies ready? What are carriers and tower companies doing to ready their infrastructure for this additional network load? Client expectations are high, budgets are tight. Security is an issue. But demand is strong as ever. How do we as infrastructure providers step up to meet all the needs of an IoT network? This panel will discuss some of these challenges and how they’ve tackled them so far and plans for the future.
Bus stops, street signs and streetlights, oh my! Street furniture is here, but the business of network densification isn’t all easily accessible. Demand for mobile broadband within highly dense metro environments is driving the need for small-cell wireless infrastructure as a supplement to macrocellular network coverage. Street furniture – utility poles, bus-stop enclosures or any other street-level infrastructure that can house wireless equipment – offers mobile carriers the close proximity to end-users while maximizing spectral resources within a small radius, but the benefits of getting closer has its costs. This panel will discuss the practical implementation of street furniture, the potential pitfalls, and what partners mobile carriers can work with in order to reduce the costs associated with street furniture deployment.
A well-designed cellular site electrical system will balance scalability, efficiency, and reliability. When a site’s power system is running well, all stakeholders are poised to deliver a positive experience to end users and a profitable balance sheet to their shareholders. Maintaining network uptime and reliability is also critical to operating a wireless network. This discussion will provide attendees with a better understanding of site power needs and the differences between new build outs and legacy designs. Panelists will dive into understanding power loads, site conditions and provide an analysis of how to best fit an appropriate generator size for the given load reducing capital and saving on operational expenses.
Over the past 30 years, the growing demand for wireless and broadcast communications has spurred a significant increase in communication site construction and maintenance. Maintenance of wireless sites often requires technicians to climb structures up to 2000 feet high in order to inspect or repair equipment. Such maintenance often puts climbers at risk of falling, electrical hazards, falling object hazards, equipment failure, and collapse of structures. This group of experts will discuss the latest strategies, regulations and equipment designed to protect wireless’ most valuable asset – it’s employees.
An In-Building Public Safety Communication System ensures that radio signals are able to penetrate into all areas of buildings, including areas that are especially difficult for RF to penetrate such as stairwells, elevators, basements, and thick-walled or shielded areas. National Fire Protection Act(NFPA) 72 offers guidelines but in practice each Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) has differing engineering standards. Confusion can result in the denial of a Certificate of Occupancy and a very expensive retrofit to solve. This session will explore the technical differences between a Bi-Directonal Amplifier (BDA) and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) as well as the code and some best practices from around the country.