• Technical Conference:  05 – 09 March 2023
  • Exhibition: 07 – 09 March 2023
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

The Converged Mobile Xhaul and FTTH Fiber Access Opportunity

Tuesday, 08 March 15:30 – 16:30
Theater II

Session Description:

A single converged fiber fixed and mobile access network has been an area of interest for FMC and wholesale providers ever since the first FTTH deployments. With new advancements in PON technologies and the roll out of 5G and the demands that puts on fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul, what is the reality today and in years to come to deploy a single cost effective fiber access network?

Moderator: 

Bernd Hesse, BBF Marketing Chair, DZS, Germany

Panelists: 

Andrew Bender, Chief Technology Officer and BD Leader, DZSi, USA
For Network and Service Convergence, Timing is Everything

Yuanqiu Luo, Director of Optical Access Standards, Futurewei, USA
Optical Access Technologies for xHaul

Ed Walter, Director Member of Technical Staff, AT&T, USA
The Future of Converged Networks

Julie Kunstler, Chief Analyst, OMDIA, USA
PON for Converged Access – Focus on xHaul

Rajash Yadav, Associate Fellow, Verizon, USA
Flavors of Wireline and Wireless Networks Convergence

Ron Heron, Director of Network and Portfolio Strategy, Nokia, USA
Presentation title to be determined.

Biographies: 

Andrew Bender, Chief Technology Officer and BD Leader, DZSi, USA
Andrew Bender serves as Chief Technology Officer for DZS, where he is responsible for developing, coordinating, and promoting the technology strategy for the company. He joined DZS in October 2020 to help expand the solutions space for DZS to SDN, mobile broadband and 5G technologies. Mr. Bender has over 20 years of broad ranging experience in the carrier networking, infrastructure and software sectors spanning Kubernetes and cloud native, webscale applications, NFV, SDN, mobile access / edge / core, video and streaming media, IMS / RCS, DOCSIS, multiservice access and transport network technology areas.

Frank Effenberger, Fellow, Futurewei, USA
Dr. Effenberger has worked in the optical access field at Bellcore, Quantum Bridge Communications (Motorola), and Futurewei Technologies, where he is now the Fellow for fixed access network technology.  His team works on forward-looking fiber, copper, and coax access technologies, with several “world’s first” prototypes and trials.  Frank is the rapporteur for ITU-T Q2/15, and chair of IEEE 802.3cp, is a Fellow of the OSA and the IEEE, and holds 130 US patents.

Ron Heron, Director of Network and Portfolio Strategy, Nokia, USA
Ronald Heron is responsible for next generation access fiber strategies at Nokia.  As an Electrical Engineer from Concordia University in Montreal, he has guided development and deployment of FTTH, DSL, radio and long-haul fiber networks, first at Bell Canada, then Alcatel and now Nokia.  Based in Ottawa, Canada, he provides CTO guidance and is an active contributor to industry fora and optical access conferences around the world.

Bernd Hesse, BBF Marketing Chair, DZS, Germany
Bernd Hesse is an established expert in the international telecommunications market with over 30 years of experience in the optical carrier Ethernet and access markets. He is currently Vice President Global Business Development with DZS, focused on international business development/partnerships and thought leadership while representing the company in the Broadband Forum (BBF). Bernd serves on the BBF Board of Directors, which appointed him as Chief Marketing Officer and Marketing and BASe Chair. In addition to instituting the Marketing Councils, he successfully established the BASe (Broadband Acceleration Seminar events) Program.

Julie Kunstler, Chief Analyst, OMDIA, USA
Julie Kunstler is Chief Analyst within Omdia’s Broadband Access Intelligence Service. Julie has several decades of experience in the communications components, equipment, and software industry. She is responsible for market analysis of wireline and wireless broadband access technologies and networks, focusing on developing technologies such as next-gen PON. Julie has worked as an executive, investor, and board member for communications companies. Having served in these numerous roles, she understands what it takes for new communications technologies to be deployed in large numbers, across multiple geographies, and for different applications and customer types. Julie brings her knowledge of the pressure on operators to support bandwidth-hungry applications along with the margin requirements of the ecosystem. She is a regular participant at industry events around the globe.

Ed Walter, Director Member of Technical Staff, AT&T, USA
Ed Walter joined AT&T in 2000 and is currently a Director Member Technical Staff within the Converged Access Architecture organization.  Ed has been engaged in Access ideation and development since 2006 when he joined the AT&T Lightspeed project to deploy Broadband/IPTV over xDSL and PON.  He is currently leading test teams that develop and certify Broadband and Mobility Transport technologies at AT&T.  He is an AT&T 2020 Science and Technology Medal Recipient awarded for his significant contributions to Broadband Access technologies, as well as a prolific inventor with over 100 Patents.

Rajash Yadav, Associate Fellow, Verizon, USA
Rajesh Yadav is an Associate Fellow at Verizon Communications with 26+ years’ experience in telecommunication network architecture and design. He is the chief network architect for Verizon’s access network with primary focus on Verizon’s FTTP deployment and its evolution. His current work is focused on deployment of next generation universal access networks for residential, business and wireless xHaul services using NG-PON2 technology and convergence of wireline and wireless networks towards a common 5G core infrastructure. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangalore University, India and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY