Date: 9/8/2016–9/8/2016 Time: 7:00 AM–8:45 AM Location: Sands Expo|Venetian − Palazzo C & D
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and a variety of other carriers across the nation and the globe are testing 5G network technology this year. Some hope to commercially deploy 5G as early as next year. It will be no small feat. iGR forecasts that carriers worldwide will spend roughly $56 billion between 2017 and 2025 to build out 5G network technology.
The deployment of 5G will involve a remarkable array of moving parts. Operators will need to upgrade everything from their core networks to their base stations and antennas to their handsets -- and everything in between. Vendors and carriers likely will need to densify cell sites, deploy small cells, move into unlicensed spectrum, employ network virtualization, utilize network slicing, adopt massive MIMO, expand into millimeter wave spectrum -- and more -- to reach the low latency, 1 Gbps promise of 5G.
But what exactly will those deployments look like? How will carriers and vendors organize and prioritize their buildouts to make the most of their already-stretched finances? Which technologies and techniques will be deployed first, and which will take a backseat? And what elements of 5G will pull the most money out of carriers’ capex budgets? This no-holds-barred executive roundtable discussion will provide an inside look at the strategies and technologies that will go into the construction and deployment of 5G wireless networks.
Adam Koeppe, VP of Network Technology & Planning, Verizon