Track 1: Mobility & Broadband Capacity

Track Chair

Mark Lowenstein
Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem
Berge Ayvazian
Senior Consultant, Heavy Reading
  • Track Chair: Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem
  • Track Co-Chair: Berge Ayvazian, Senior Consultant, Heavy Reading
  • TIA Staff Expert: Mark Uncapher, Director, Regulatory & Government Affairs, TIA

Networks are already overburdened, and the pace of demand is exponentially exploding as a result of mobile devices, BYOD, video content and enterprise Cloud adoption.

Technology innovations and policy solutions are only partially addressing the problem. Business models are shifting, and the winners are those that are agile in responding to customer needs.

TIA 2013 will offer new insight on how service providers can monetize their networks and drive down costs as well as explore changes in the supply chain and more.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7:30 am - 8:30 am Complimentary Breakfast for Workshop Participants
8:30 am – 10:30 am Pre-Conference Workshops
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Opening Keynotes
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch in Solutions Zone
1:30 pm - 2:25 pm Vision

Mark Lowenstein

Andrew Dodsworth

Mike Tighe

Fran Caulfield


Mark Lowenstein

  Come prepared to be challenged in an entertaining peer-to-peer exchange, led by our expert, charismatic Track Chair. In this participatory Vision session, we’ll set the tone for the entire track, and discuss the strategies, technologies and policy activities affecting the Future of Networks, specifically as pertains to:
  • The changing economics of ICT
  • Value chain transformations, and the evolving mobile eco-system
  • Policy challenges for the industry
  • New ways to address shortage of bandwidth and spectrum
  • Security risks in all-IP networks
  • Monetizing networks in an application-focused future
  • The hidden value of intelligence on the network
2:30 pm – 3:10 pm Quality & Supply Chain: Disruptions in the Supply Chain, or Why it Pays to Stay Ahead of the Game

Berge Ayvazian

Tim Harden

Shauna Gamble

Viju Menon
  It's no longer your father’s supply chain… business models in the communications world have shifted dramatically, and traditional supply chain ecosystems are blurred and dynamic.

But from threat and competition can emerge collaboration and new ecosystems.

Your future strategy depends on key knowledge about the future of global supply chains, given shifts in:
  • Who builds the network? If Google with its deep pockets can build a super-high speed fiber network in Kansas City, MO, charging a fraction of the usual cost to connect, what next?
  • Who supplies equipment? Companies like Amazon are looking to cheaper sources of white-label equipment direct from manufacturing hubs in Asia, bypassing the large equipment manufacturers. How will ICT equipment suppliers remain relevant and profitable?
  • Qualified technical workers are increasingly scarce in the U.S. and other developed countries, while at the same time immigration laws have become more stringent. Human capital has a direct impact on companies’ ability to innovate, ensure superior customer service, and compete.
  • Ever-more stringent environmental regulations are increasing costs for product manufacturers, who must be vigilant regarding:
    • Sourcing parts and equipment
    • Accessing global markets
    • Disposal of retired equipment
3:15 pm – 4:10 pm The Basics: Mobility & Broadband Capacity 101: Wireless Industry’s Top Trends

Jake MacLeod

David E. Young

Dr. Juan Jung

Ronny Haraldsvik

Berge Ayvazian

Mark Lowenstein
  A brief overview of the technology and where it’s headed.
  • Small Cells – Street Furniture
  • Backhaul
  • 4G/LTE Networks – Current Technical Hurdles
  • Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
  • Sunsetting the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN)
  • Cyber Security – LoozFon and FinFisher
  • Spectrum Sharing
  • Sensor Networks – M2M, Automotive, Proximity Awareness, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives ( CBRNe)
  • Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet)
4:15 - 5:00 pm Technology & Markets: Small Cell Deep Dive

Mark Lowenstein

Rammy Bahalul

Udayan Mukherjee

Syed Zaidi

Lance Uyehara
  • Moderator: Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem
  • Rammy Bahalul, VP, Marketing, Omnitron Systems
  • Udayan Mukherjee, Senior Principal Engineer & Director (Wireless Infrastructure), Intel
  • Syed Zaidi, Sr. Director, Solutions Architecture, Goodman Networks
  • Lance Uyehara, Sr. Manager, Design Engineering, TE Connectivity Wireless


Rammy Bahalul

Udayan Mukherjee

  In the last session you heard about top wireless trends, including small cell technology. Whether you’re a small cell expert or a beginner, you’ll want to explore with our panel of small cell experts:
  • Refresher on what small cells are
  • Differences between various base stations/cells: Macro/Pico/Micro/Femto and the benefits
  • The emerging trends of “smart” cell and the services at the edge
  • Ways that operators can generate new service revenue
  • Limitations/challenges of small cell deployments
  • Merging WiFi offload with small cell deployments
  • Carrier Ethernet demarcation and Power over Ethernet for small cell and Wi-Fi deployments
  • Performance assurance and fault management for Small Cell backhaul
  • Streamlining the provisioning and testing of small cell services
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:30 am - 12:00 pm Start your day by attending the "Women in ICT" Breakfast. All attendees are invited to the keynotes beginning at 9:00 am through 12:00 pm. See Policy Day at TIA 2013 for more information on the exciting lineup of industry leaders who will discuss their perspectives on how policy issues and decisions are affecting every area of our industry.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CTO Roundtable Luncheon - Add this option to your Registration Choices
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Visit the Solutions Zone for excellent networking and business development opportunities
2:30 pm – 3:25 pm Spectrum

Hayley Tsukayama

Paula Boyd

Mary Brown

Derek Khlopin

Jennifer Manner
  • Moderator: Hayley Tsukayama, Technology Reporter, Washington Post
  • Paula Boyd, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft
  • Mary Brown, Director, Technology & Spectrum Policy, Government Affairs, Cisco
  • Derek Khlopin, Head of Government Relations, North America, Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Jennifer A. Manner, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Echostar
  • Melissa Tye, Director of Federal Policy & Government Relations, Motorola Mobility
  Hear from policy experts about the pressing issues that will have an impact on the investment and deployment of mobile broadband networks and end-user devices. The challenges and opportunities that exist are endless, and are certainly impacted by government decisions related to spectrum availability and use, device mandates, and marketplace drivers that are helped or hindered through regulatory clarity – or lack thereof.
3:30 pm – 4:10 pm IP Transition

Brooks Boliek

Bob Quinn

David E. Young

Lisa Youngers
  • Moderator: Brooks Boliek, Technology Reporter, Politico
  • Kristie Ince, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, tw telecom
  • Bob Quinn, Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T
  • David Young, Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon
  • Lisa Youngers, Vice President, Federal Affairs, XO Communications
  Join leaders from industry to learn about the engagement with government on America's transition from networks communicating using TDM technology to Internet Protocol technology. We'll focus on cost efficiency, consumer benefits, and other advantages of advantages of this change in technology, and how it is being balanced with the preservation of vital services and safeguards today. We'll also discuss how the regulatory environment impacts the change in network technology and what role policymakers can play to both encourage the technological transition while protecting competition and consumers.
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Markets & Monetization: How to Find Cash and Break Down Barriers to New Networks and Services

Gautham Nagesh

Brian Mefford

Kurt Schaubach

Jeffrey Feingold
  • Moderator: Martin Warwyck, Editor in Chief, Telecom TV
  • Brian Mefford, President, Connected Nation Exchange (CNX)
  • Richard Laing, Chief Operations Officer, Spartan Net Co
  • Kurt Schaubach, Chief Technology Officer, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
  • Jeffrey Feingold, Managing Partner, TaxPoint Advisors
  Building networks in rural, mountainous and sparsely populated areas is expensive, excruciatingly complex and difficult. And financing for new projects in an economically stagnant climate is a critical barrier for many telco providers.
  Find out about amazingly available solutions to the problem.
  1. A national marketplace now exists to break down the barriers to build-out. By working with local communities to collect locations and other details of their assets, Connected Nation Exchange is streamlining the contract negotiation process. With real-time instalytics, providers are able to back up business case decisions and more effectively reach the local decision makers for faster, less costly time to market.
  2. Developing a financeable business plan for rural broadband may be just what you need help with, in terms of a clear description of the challenges and funding needs - find out how to go about it!
  3. Many telecom companies are not aware that they qualify for Federal and state R&D tax credits, With $8 billion available annually in Federal R&D tax credits, and a similar amount at the state level, it may be just a matter of knowing:
    • What types of companies and activities qualify
    • The application process
    • The value of R&D credit programs
Thursday, October 10, 2013
9:30 am – 10:25 am Technology:  Advanced Technological Solutions to Mobile Data Explosion
  The Holy Grail: A Revolutionary Approach to Alleviating Spectrum Congestion

Glen Hunt

Dr. Afarin Bellisario

Rachel Learned
  • Moderator: Glen Hunt, Principal Analyst, Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Current Analysis
  • Dr. Afarin Bellisario, Technology Licensing Officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Dr. Rachel Learned, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Dr. Afarin Bellisario & Rachel Learned


By 2015, the Earth’s population is expected to grow to 8 billion, with 60% living in urban areas. Looks like we may be running out of bandwidth well before then…What can be done?

Most solutions to spectrum congestion involve dynamic and “smart” allocation of “unoccupied spectrum.” Yet practical implementation of these solutions would entail addressing many technical problems (e.g., setting appropriate sensing threshold), as well as extensive legal issues to meet national and international regulations.

But what if you could use already occupied spectrum for a 5-fold increase in network capacity – all without negatively impacting performance? Come to this presentation by one of the most respected academic institutions in the world to learn about a patent-pending technology that allows successful coexistence of different interfering networks/systems with different standards, protocols, and levels of computational capabilities within a given band.

  The Gentle Approach to Rip-and-Replace: Modernizing Legacy Networks

Erik Keith

Keith Russell
  • Moderator: Erik Keith, Principal Analyst, Broadband Infrastructure, Current Analysis
  • Keith Russell, Fixed Networks Products Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent
  New technologies such as VDSL2 Vectoring and Bonding offer ways to provide highly competitive services while accelerating fiber deployment. Learn about:
  • The outlook for G.Fast standards
  • Benefits including speed gains
  • Investment requirements
  • Requirements for swift and successful deployments based on real-world experience
10:30 am – 11:30 am Closing Keynotes
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch in Solutions Zone
12:30 pm – 1:10 pm Markets & Monetization: Monetizing the Interconnect Business

Ashok Kumar

Ashish Jain
  • Moderator: Ashok Kumar, Director, Custom Research, Current Analysis
  • Ashish Jain, Director, Solutions Marketing, GENBAND

A smart network edge offers operators a clear avenue for growing the customer base and revenues. It’s also a path to making interconnections more efficient and cost-effective.

The network edge is the new nexus for communications – the place where networks meet and all traffic is exchanged, the focal point for substantial service and competitive differentiation, and also the location for the largest security threats.

This important session will help you simplify the complexities in unifying disparate communication islands by enabling interconnection, inter-working, roaming and enhanced quality of experience across all varieties of real-time, interactive data communications.

1:15 pm – 1:55 pm Technology: Approaching Mobile Backhaul – Intelligently!

Glen Hunt

Humair Raza

Rodney Wise
  • Moderator: Glen Hunt, Principal Analyst, Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Current Analysis
  • Humair Raza, Product Marketing Manager, Juniper Networks
  • Rodney Wise, Director, Technology, Walker and Associates
  How do you sift through the many solutions for mobile backhaul? All will become clear through real world deployment scenarios highlighted in this session. Dive into discovering how to transform your network:
  • Optimizing the mobile network by moving intelligence further out into the network, away from the historical mobile core (Walker)
    • Intelligent base stations
    • Storage options
    • Efficient backhaul components
    • Innovative bandwidth offload ideas
  • The drivers and justifications for Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) backhaul
  • Addressing a key technical challenge of mobile broadband – frequency and phase synchronization
2:00 pm – 2:55 pm Best Practices: Thinking Big by Thinking Small: Real-World Perspectives on DAS and Small Cell Deployments

Berge Ayvazian

Kelley Carr
  • Moderator: Berge Ayvazian, Senior Consultant, Heavy Reading
  • Kelley Carr, Sr. Vice President, DAS Solutions, Goodman Networks
  • Arthur Giftakis, VP, Engineering & Operations, Towerstream
  The wireless industry is in the midst of a major transition from macro to small cell and Wi-Fi architectures to address the surging data growth and demand for additional capacity. As a result, small cell architectures are being viewed by leading service providers as the solution for the coverage and capacity conundrums. In this approach, cells are pushed closer and closer to the end user and Wi-Fi is utilized as a key offload mechanism for getting cellular traffic off the 4G network.

Despite the obvious list of benefits, however, deploying networks that utilize small cell technologies is far different from the macro networks that preceded them. While many service providers are viewing the arrival of small cell as “just another new technology,” deploying these networks requires expertise and skills that many traditional services organizations/firms lack. As such savvy network operators are carefully selecting deployment partners capable of understanding the deployment dynamics (and navigating the potential pitfalls) that will allow these nascent architectures to ensure they deliver on their potential and promise.

This session will explore:
  • The key reasons service providers are embracing small cell and DAS architectures so aggressively
  • Some of the key deployment considerations necessary to ensuring successful roll-outs
  • How leading services organizations are evolving their solution portfolios to enable them to most effectively support service providers in the deployment of small cell and DAS deployments
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Wrap

Mark Lowenstein

Berge Ayvazian
  You’ll want to stay for this final half-hour session, led by the Track Chair and Co-Chair, as together with you, we summarize the actionable outcomes emerging from the three days of discussion.

Because the entire conference is participatory, don’t expect the outcomes to be predictable – they will emerge throughout the conference as attendees are engaged in polling and interactive discussions, session by session around policy, technology and business issues affecting our future as an industry.

Remember, decisions are made by those who show up!