5G Transport & the Edge: From Scarcity to Standalone

Without the support of next-generation transport and distributed computing platforms, the full potential of 5G will not be realized.

That's why Light Reading is hosting its third 5G Transport & the Edge event on October 10 in midtown New York, where industry experts from the network operator, vendor and analyst communities will look at what's coming next in the transport network for 5G and at the key developments in network edge computing.

And for the first time, there are a number of live 5G networks -- in the US, South Korea and a number of European markets -- to use as reference cases. "The 5G networks that are now live are a great opportunity to verify 5G technology in the real-world world," comments Gabriel Brown, principal analyst, mobile networks & 5G at Heavy Reading and one of the event's moderators.

"We're still early in the cycle and we expect great progress in the next three years as operators continue the buildout and phase in standalone 5G and associated service types," he added.

The event will feature insight on the newest aspects of 5G networking, including the forthcoming standalone 5G standard. "At this year's event we'll revisit the themes of RAN architecture, X-Haul and small cells, and look ahead at challenges such as migration to 5G SA, the introduction of URLLC [ultra-reliable low-latency communication] capabilities, and the integration of edge cloud with the aggregation network," Brown continues. "We also have dedicated sessions on Layer 2-3 packet network evolution and synchronization."

Glenn Wellbrook, director, optical transport network, architecture, design and planning at Verizon, will lead off with a morning keynote at the event.

Other speakers at the event will include:

  • Kristen Young, DMTS, technology strategy, architecture and planning, Verizon
  • Parvin Mahajan, chief of customer operations, Sprint
  • Edward Fox, CTO at MetTel

    Other speakers from companies including Colt Technology Services, Ericsson and ZenFi will also give presentations, while Sterling Perrin, principal analyst, optical networking and transport at Heavy Reading, will also act as event moderator.

    "This is our third annual 5G transport event and we're really looking forward to tracking progress and taking the pulse of the industry. Working with the expert guest speakers and the audience, we aim to identify major themes in 5G transport for 2020," says Brown.

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    — Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

  • daveburstein 9/30/2019 | 5:09:49 PM
    I've attended the last two years. It was excellent. Sterling and Gabriel are among the best analysts and bring in the people delivering in the field. The discussion put me months ahead. 

    Mike Dano is really pulling ahead as the best US reporter in telecom.

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