The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel 2: 5G Applications and Networks: Real-World Operator Case Studies

Wednesday, 06 March
13:30 - 15:00
Expo Theater I

Moderator: Sterling Perrin, Industry Analyst, Heavy Reading, USA

Panel Description:

There is tremendous hype surrounding 5G currently, but away from the hype there is also real 5G-activity and operator progress taking place. For example, AT&T has announced ambitious plans to roll out mobile 5G in multiple cities across the United States in 2018, while Verizon has outlined its own commercial plans for 5G fixed wireless access (FWA). In Asia, early 5G capabilities were demonstrated at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, and Intel and NTT Docomo have announced plans to turn Tokyo into a smart city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. These are just a few examples. Small-scale trials and isolated deployments don’t require much change to the supporting wireline infrastructure, but wide scale commercial adoption mandates significant planning and possibly a re-think of the entire network as operators seek to support extreme mobile broadband, ultra-low latency, and massive machine-type application requirements.

This Network Operator Summit session will assemble speakers from leading edge operators around the world that are trialing and commercializing the first 5G applications and services regions to share their plans, perspectives, and lessons learned so far. Perspectives will include both mobile 5G as well as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) services. Throughout the session, speakers will tie their plans and requirements to their optical networks and roadmaps, including fronthaul, mid-haul, backhaul and the metro core. The key questions throughout will be: how must optical networks adapt and change to meet the capacity and performance requirements of 5G?


Christopher Parra, Vice President - Business Development and Strategy Z5G, USA
Albert Rafel, Optical Networks Consultant, British Telecom, UK
Rajesh Yadav, Associate Fellow, Verizon Communications, USA


Sterling PerrinIndustry Analyst, Heavy Reading, USA

Sterling Perrin has more than 20 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage areas at Heavy Reading are optical networking, including packet-optical transport, and Carrier SDN. He authors Heavy Reading's Metro Optical Networking Market Tracker and Next-Gen Core Transport Market Tracker. Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press. 


Albert RafelOptical Networks Consultant, British Telecom, UK

Albert Rafel received a degree in telecommunications engineering in 1992 and a doctorate in optical communications in 1999 both from the “Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya” (Poly-Technical University of Catalonia) where he was a lecturer and researcher between 1996 and 2001. He joined BT Technology in April 2001 where he currently leads teams in design and development work supporting evolution of next generation optical access. He provides technical consultancy on optical fiber system/network performance, evolution, cost modelling and architectures. Albert is also involved in standardization activities actively working in ITU and FSAN Group. He has participated in numerous European collaborative projects, and is currently the Technical Manager of the H2020 Phase II Metro-Haul Project. Albert has published several technical papers in international conferences and journals and is also co-inventor on several patents.


Rajesh Yadav, Associate Fellow, Verizon Communications, USA

Rajesh Yadav is an Associate Fellow at Verizon Communications with 23+ years’ experience in telecommunication network architecture and design. He is the chief network architect for Verizon’s wireline access network with primary focus on Verizon’s FTTP deployment and future evolution. His current work is focused on deployment of next generation universal access network for residential, business and 5G wireless fronthaul/backhaul transport using NG-PON2 technology. He received a Bachelor of Engineering in computer science and engineering from Bangalore University, India and a Master in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, USA.

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