5G Is Redefining Transport Networks – Are You on Board?
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading

Sébastien Prieur, Product Line Manager – 5G and Fronthaul, EXFO

Mark Gilmour, Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions, COLT

Whatever the level of speed, latency or throughput demanded, the transport network is the bedrock upon which 5G networks are being built – powering the movement of all that data across fiber optic connections. And all the new 5G requirements will have a direct impact on the transport network. From the core to the radio unit, 5G demands a tight link between all transport network resources – even more than in previous generations of network technology. Expectations are high that this unprecedented transformation of the transport network be done right. In this exclusive webinar, Colt Technology Services, EXFO and Light Reading will delve into the key 5G requirements that will affect the deployment of the technology, including:

  • More fiber links between access points and backhaul networks – and what this means for 5G transport
  • Higher bandwidth and new synchronization requirements
  • Preparing for lower latency, network slicing and edge computing
  • Potential impact of private cellular on backhaul connectivity
  • Faster and more efficient fronthaul connections (eCPRI)
  • More granularity in the distribution of network functions (CU, DU, RU)
  • Testing considerations to efficiently manage and maintain 5G rollouts and deliver the stringent QoS performance results
Join us for this webinar to learn more about the transport network's changing requirements as the race to 5G heats up.


Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
Sterling has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage area at Heavy Reading is optical networking, including packet-optical transport. He also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Market Tracker and Next-Gen Core Packet-Optical 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.

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Sébastien Prieur, Product Line Manager – 5G and Fronthaul, EXFO
With more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Sébastien has held lead roles in areas ranging from hardware design to product and team management. He has brought his expertise and passion for technology and innovation to prominent companies such as EXFO, Marconi Communications and Simpler Networks. He initially joined EXFO in 2006 as Technical Leader and is now Product Line Manager for 5G and Fronthaul market in the Transport & Datacom business unit. Sébastien holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Montreal’s École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).

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Mark Gilmour, Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions, COLT
Mark Gilmour joined Colt in January 2019 as Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions. His role is focused on leading and expanding Colt’s mobile connectivity proposition, playing a pivotal role in driving Colt’s mobile strategy.

Prior to joining Colt, Mark worked at Ciena for just under 4 years where his roles, amongst others, included Senior Advisor for Product Line Management (Cellular & Wireless) and Director of Portfolio Strategy for Mobile.

He has also held various roles at mobile operators such as Three, Ericsson and Hutchison.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and is a technical leader in the constantly evolving area of mobile networks and optical networking.

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