5G BLITZ WEEK - SUMMER
JULY 20 - JULY 24 | FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
ABOUT 5G BLITZ WEEK - SUMMER
FierceWireless is excited to announce our second online 5G BLITZ Week, a digital event series across our network. Through a series of live video roundtables, fireside chats, and keynotes featuring some of the world's largest operators, OEMs, and enterprises, our readers will be able to access top notch industry panels, without having to travel! As a part of 5G BLITZ Week, our industry leading editorial team, along with our network of third party analyst firms, will be supplementing these digital events with a huge variety of 5G features and special reports across our sites and publications all week long. It’ll be a one-of-a-kind series, that you don’t want to miss.
MONDAY, JULY 20
ROLLING OUT 5G INFRASTRUCTURE
All of the U.S. carriers need to deploy more towers and small cells as part of their 5G buildouts. In addition, T-Mobile will need to integrate its network with Sprint’s, and Dish is planning a whole new wireless 5G network. All of this portends a lot of activity in the wireless infrastructure space over the next few years. What’s the role of tower companies in the exchange and transfer of assets between T-Mobile, Sprint and Dish? How is the process of urban densification going for 5G? Will 5G infrastructure be more, or less, energy-efficient than previous generations? How will the potential availability of C-Band spectrum affect the wireless infrastructure space?
TUESDAY, JULY 21
VIRTUALIZATION IN 5G
Surprisingly, the O-RAN Alliance became part of the political discussion this year when a bi-partisan group of U.S. senators suggested the creation of an O-RAN research and development fund to help operators move away from Chinese vendors. Aside from advancements in virtualization of the radio access network (RAN), many operators have already virtualized much of their core networks. Which operators are leading the charge in RAN virtualization? Where do specifications from the Telecom Infra Project and the O-RAN Alliance fit in operators’ plans? Which vendors are leading the charge in terms of virtualization of 5G networks? And how can operators’ 5G networks benefit from connecting with the big cloud providers?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
As a new generation of wireless technology, 5G could usher in new security threats. In fact, security of 5G networks is the primary concern of U.S. lawmakers who don’t want Chinese telecom equipment from Huawei and ZTE in American wireless networks. But what are the possible security threats, and are they addressed by the 3GPP protocols? Will the availability of CBRS spectrum and the advent of private 5G networks solve all the security problems for enterprises who use these private networks? Is private 5G more secure than Wi-Fi?
THURSDAY, JULY 23
BEYOND THE CITIES: WHAT DOES NEXT GEN WIRELESS LOOK LIKE FOR RURAL AREAS
2020 promises to be a big year for rural wireless. T-Mobile will begin working on its promise to deliver 5G service to 99% of the U.S. population within six years. And the FCC has proposed a 5G Fund for Rural America with up to $9 billion USF support. But in the interim, how far behind will 5G be in rural areas? Will some areas never get there? Will some areas be better served by a new wave of low orbit satellites from the likes of SpaceX, Project Kuiber from Amazon, or others?
FRIDAY, JULY 24
DESIGNING FOR 5G
The coming 5G evolution opens up a new era in wireless communications, offering the promise of a unified solution connecting everything from simple IoT devices to high-performance, connected embedded systems and also accelerate new use cases and deployments for sensors of every type and capability. The challenge for design engineers will be to navigate the expanded requirements for 5G; develop new and reliable approaches to testing; and deal with the multitude of configuration options while meeting cost and time-to-market goals. How will the improvements in speed, latency, and capacity brought about by 5G impact product performance? What will be special and different about 5G-powered sensor and sensor networks? What are some of the innovative 5G test tools and solutions emerging to help engineers meet requirements and overcome new testing challenges? What will be some of the first use cases for 5G in both the low-cost and high-performance space?