About 5G Blitz Week: Spring Edition

Focused on the present, future and opportunities of 5G evolution and the roadmap to 6G, Fierce Wireless’ 5G Blitz Week returns with a renewed and updated agenda. Designed to give you a full, end-to-end view on the evolution of 5G, you’ll hear from leading experts and organizations covering topics such as FWA, Open RAN, Private Networks, open core and more. Regardless of whether you are an incumbent or a new entrant in the market, 5G is evolving at a vertiginous speed, and understanding the key challenges and technical advancements in store will set you apart from the rest.

AGENDA
MONDAY, MARCH 28

11:00AM-12:15PM ET

5G RAN STATE OF THE MARKET – WHERE ARE WE AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?

5G has reached its maturity, present in an increasing number of markets and available to more customers each passing week. But, as with each generation, 5G continues to evolve, finding new use cases and verticals to fuel disruption in. Where are we today with 5G deployments? What innovations will we see in 2022 and beyond? Are we setting ourselves up for further evolution into 6G?

11:00AM-11:15AM: Partner Keynote with Ericsson's Paul Challoner
11:15AM-12:00PM: Panel Discussion
12:00PM-12:15PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Viavi Solution's Sameh Yamany, Ph.D

AGENDA
MONDAY, MARCH 28

12:30PM-1:15PM ET
STATE OF OPEN VRAN: MARVELL, DELL TECHNOLOGIES AND VODAFONE

5G and cloud convergence started with the core network. But what will it take for carriers to scale open and virtualized 5G radio access networks? After several years of Open RAN hype, it’s time to reflect on what the industry has learned and accomplished, and what challenges remain. Grab your coffee and tune into live insights from a panel of industry experts whose organizations not only operate at scale in the established 5G network environment but also are at the forefront of the Open vRAN technology curve. 

AGENDA
MONDAY, MARCH 28

2:00PM-3:30PM ET

ENTERPRISE 5G & PRIVATE NETWORKS

As more enterprises and sectors look for connectivity solutions to disrupt and optimize their processes, the interest in enterprise and private networks has reached new highs in 2021. Enterprise CxOs and IT leaders are becoming familiar with the technologies available to them and the telecommunications industry is continuing to devise cost-effective solutions to deliver customizable connectivity solutions for a large array of scenarios and use cases. What do Enterprises need to know about the state of the emerging private network ecosystem? How can telcos position themselves as an optimal partner for private 5G network deployments? What role do integrators and hyper-scalers play in the ecosystem? What are some of the key challenges facing private wireless deployments today, from cybersecurity to orchestration and integration with existing IT systems? 

2:00PM-2:15PM: Keynote with Verizon Business' Arvin Singh
2:15PM-2:30PM: Partner Keynote with Google's Dave Vadasz 
2:30PM-3:15PM: Panel Discussion
3:15PM-3:30PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Qualcomm's Manish Tripathi

AGENDA
MONDAY, MARCH 28

3:30PM-4:00PM ET:

DELIVERING FRICTIONLESS SERVICES BY CONNECTING THE 5G ECOSYSTEM 

5G is expected to fuel the future growth of telecom providers by unleashing numerous new connected use cases that will depend on guaranteed, uninterrupted connectivity enabled by network slicing. However, to enable this new business model to truly work and drive business growth, telecom providers must deliver a frictionless experience to their ecosystem partners and end customers alike. Join this session to learn how to accelerate 5G monetization by connecting the ecosystem across service co-creation, delivery and assurance workflows. 

AGENDA
TUESDAY, MARCH 29

11:00AM-12:30PM ET:

ADDRESSING OPEN RAN DEPLOYMENT CHALLENGES 

Interest in Open RAN is at its peak. The prospect of interoperable, versatile, open and almost custom-made networks is an attractive proposition for CSPs large and small. Open RAN has made a strong case for use in remote and rural areas, and deployments in brownfield settings also show promising results, both at a technical as well as an economic view. How secure are Open RAN networks? What are some of the key challenges in interoperability, and how can these be overcome? Does having too many vendors create an unsolvable puzzle in the case of a technical fault? 

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote with Orange's Atoosa Hatefi
11:15AM-11:30AM: Partner Keynote with Ericsson's Michael Murphy
11:30AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion
12:15PM-12:30PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Viavi Solutions' Reza Vaez-Ghaemi

AGENDA
TUESDAY, MARCH 29

2:00PM-3:15PM ET

WHAT IS 5G & FWA'S ROLE IN BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE?

The Covid-19 pandemic made the Digital Divide more apparent than ever. Those without broadband or reliable connectivity were unable to work, study, communicate or engage with the digital economy. The shift in customer behavior and work patterns has made this discussion front and center, both for the private sector, but also for elected officials and federal agencies. In its effort to reach under- and unserved areas, 5G and FWA technology has been shown to be a promising set of tools for carriers. How can CSPs leverage FWA in delivering connectivity to areas where the economics just do not add up for immediate or short/mid- term ROI? 

2:00PM-2:15PM: Partner Keynote with Inseego's Ritesh Mukherjee
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion
3:00PM-3:15PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Samsung's John Godfrey

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

11:00AM-12:00PM ET:

BUILDING & LEVERAGING 5G INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A 6G WORLD

Like with every generation, 6G will present new opportunities, revenue channels and technological advancements. However, as with every previous generation, the cost of roll-out will remain an important barrier for many. With significant investment spent on ubiquitous 5G networks, CSPs are looking to future proof their infrastructure to be 6G ready. From fiber outlay, transport, convergence, and site readiness, 5G infrastructure and investment must serve as a starting point for future updates. How can CSPs, standards bodies, regulators and the ecosystem work together to build a future-proof 5G? What are some of the key elements of 6G that carriers can prepare for now? 

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote with The Wireless Association's Jonathan Adelstein
11:15AM-12:00PM: Panel Discussion

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

2:00PM-3:15PM ET

5G CORE - BUILDING AN OPEN, MULTI-VENDOR ECOSYSTEM

When we think of open architecture, we are naturally inclined to think about Open RAN. However, work is underway to develop and deploy open, cloud-native core network functions. This movement aims to develop packet core technologies across any access wireless networks operating on licensed, unlicensed and shared spectrum. Organizations such as TIP have been working on open standards with success. Whilst we have seen limited deployments of VNFs, Open RAN has proven successful, will an open core ecosystem become a reality (or even a necessity) for CSPs? What are the key benefits and drivers behind open core infrastructure?

2:00PM-2:15PM: Partner Keynote with Google's Ersilia Manzo 
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion
3:00PM-3:15PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Red Hat's FatihNar

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

3:15PM-3:45PM ET

OPEN RAN TEST: CONDUCTED AND OVER-THE-AIR (OTA)

Open RAN (O-RAN) is here to stay. Macro and private network deployments are based on this concept and its benefits are now well understood. Telecommunication companies who value high quality will need to validate their O-RAN solutions as they move forward in their implementation. Join the session to understand how Rohde & Schwarz is assisting the wireless ecosystem to verify Open Radio Unit (O-RU) functionality and performance with an emphasis on both conducted and over-the-air (OTA) modes of test. 

AGENDA
THURSDAY, MARCH 31

11:00AM-12:00PM ET:

FOCUS SESSION - 5G FOR AUTOMOTIVE & TRANSPORTATION

5G has reached its maturity, present in an increasing number of markets and available to more customers each passing week. But, as with each generation, 5G continues to evolve, finding new use cases and verticals to fuel disruption in. Where are we today with 5G deployments? What innovations will we see in 2022 and beyond? Are we setting ourselves up for further evolution into 6G?

11:00AM-11:20AM: Keynote with Verizon's Erik Varney
11:20AM-11:40AM: Keynote with 5GAA's Johannes Springer
11:40AM-12:00PM: Keynote with Counterpoint Technology Market's Soumen Mandal

AGENDA
THURSDAY, MARCH 31

12:00PM-12:30PM ET:

5G IN 5 MINUTES - REAL-WORLD INSIGHT INTO OPEN NETWORK TRANSFORMATION

Telecommunications networks are undergoing unprecedented disruption and transformation, impacting the way we work, connect, communicate, conduct business and live. In this climate of fast, constant and unpredictable change, forward-thinking service providers have found that open technologies are the key to staying agile, responsive and adaptable. 

In this series of 5-minute lightning talks, Red Hat telecommunications experts share their perspectives on transformative 5G technologies, challenges and opportunities -  based on their experiences with digital service providers from around the world. Tune in as we cover topics including: From Core to RAN, 5G transformation is happening!, Why Open RAN (or why not)?, Multi-vendor 5G Core, Distributing 5G Core elements, A smoother move to the cloud, and Connecting slices to the edge.