The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel II: Market Projections for Wireline and Wireless Technologies to Support 5G

Tuesday, 05 March
12:30 - 14:00
Expo Theater I

Moderator: Karen Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Corning Research & Development Corp., USA

Panel Description:

In 5G networks, we are transforming the world from person-to-person to “thing-to-thing” connectivity.  No longer are we talking about connecting people to other people via devices (in the traditional sense), but we are now discussing connecting every “thing”-be it a device, a person, a surface…any “thing”.  If we make all “things” “smart” (where smart is equivalent to making all things able to collect, disseminate and/or analyze data), then we can connect all “things”.  This connectivity of all “things” is the true definition of the Internet of Things (IoT), one of three subsets of 5G.  
As we begin to connect “things”, and meet the latency, bandwidth, coverage and/or energy utilization required for that use case, we will start to see the emergence of applications such as automated vehicles, smart cities, artificial intelligence and augmented/virtual reality. The potential of 5G brings about new markets, applications and verticals that cause industry to re-think monetization.  The shift from a hardware to a potentially software-dominated regime is causing many companies to rebrand themselves, re-organize their corporate structure and re-assess potential alliances. However, we need to understand that 5G is not only about wireless technologies, but includes wireless and wired technologies that build the 5G network. 
This session will discuss both wired and wireless 5G technologies, their respective ecosystems as well as their respective market projections.


William Cune, Vice President, Network Architecture, Corning Optical Communications, USA
Ning Deng, Optical and Microwave Technologist, Huawei, China
Daniel Walton, Director Software Development, Cisco Systems Inc., Canada
Scott Wilkinson, Senior Director, Portfolio Marketing, ECI Telecom, USA
Jonathan Wood, Senior Director of Business Development & Partnerships, NGS Advanced Technologies, Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group, Intel Corp., USA


Karen Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Corning Research & Development Corp., USA

Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a Bachelor in Science in electrical engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a Master in Engineering (1991), a doctorate in electrical engineering (1998) and an Master in Business Administration (2007), all from Cornell University. Prior to pursuing an MBA, Karen held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging, and as a research and then senior research scientist. After completing her MBA, she worked as a technology and market development manager for Corning’s Specialty Materials division. 

Upon returning to Science and Technology, she began working in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis on the wireless industry. Dr. Matthews has authored numerous publications and patents, been a speaker/keynote speaker at various industry conferences, and is a member of several technical and professional organizations. She has served as Corning’s Executive Board member of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) – sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group therein. She continues to lead CDAIT’s Thought Leadership Working Group and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Georgia Tech and a member of the OFC 2019 program committee.


William CuneVice President, Network Architecture, Corning Optical Communications, USA

Bill Cune is the Vice President of Network Architecture in Corning’s industry-leading Optical Communications sector. In this role, Cune is responsible for understanding the intersection between market needs and technology trends to define, create, and evangelize new approaches to deliver future ready connectivity solutions. Prior to this role, Cune was the VP of Market Development, In Building Networks where he led the creation of new solutions through early stages of innovation and product conceptualization.  Cune’s wide-ranging industry expertise provides him a broad perspective from which to evaluate new trends in the market and in technology. Cune joined Corning in 2010, as the IDAS Program Director, to lead all aspects of Corning’s entry into the wireless distributed antenna business. His leadership contributed to Corning’s acquisition of MobileAccess Networks, iBwave, and SpiderCloud Networks. 

Cune holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree in general management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He holds several patents in the area of fiber, wireless, and data communications systems.

Ning Deng, Optical and Microwave Technologist, Huawei, China

Ning Deng is currently working on advanced technologies and industry standards for optical networks, especially on intelligent photonic networking and 5G applications. He is an IEEE Senior Member and an editor for multiple ITU-T and CCSA standards.




Scott Wilkinson, Lead Analyst – Optical Hardware, Cignal AI, USA

Scott Wilkinson has deep experience in the telecommunications and technical startup fields, with positions held ranging from technical systems engineering to entirely customer-focused marketing leads. He is a recognized public speaker and writer who has worked closely with major US carriers, rural telcos, utilities, and municipalities.



Jonathan WoodSenior Director of Business Development & Partnerships, NGS Advanced Technologies, Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group, Intel Corp., USA

Jonathan Wood is a senior director within Intel’s Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group and general manager for Business Development for Advanced Technology as part of a team responsible for strategic programs and partners for advanced technology, like 5G.

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