5G Webinar: How to Automate and Scale 5G Deployments
Date / Time: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
sponsored by
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading Bruno Giguère, Sr. Product Line Manager, EXFO Étienne Gagnon, VP Commercial Transformation, EXFO

With the COVID-19 pandemic altering our daily lives and social interactions, carriers are scrambling to cope with the new realities of social distancing and near-universal remote working, as well as the increasing likelihood of a major global recession.

As if all that weren't enough, the pandemic is also taking its toll on 5G technical readiness as governmental measures impact global supply chains and the normal work of standards bodies. For instance, 3GPP has already delayed its work on both the Rel-16 Stage 3 and Rel-17 standards by three months. In turn, these delays have consequences for the broader 5G ecosystem, with snowballing effects on the makers of 5G devices, network equipment manufacturers and carriers planning to deploy 5G SA.

With the pending global recession, carriers will also face the challenge of monetizing their 5G deployments at a time when consumers and businesses will undoubtedly be less willing or able to spend money.

Join us for this free webinar as we assess these issues with our panel of experts.

Key takeaways from this webinar include:

  • Update on carrier 5G rollouts
  • Current 5G outlook and short-term challenges
  • Mapping of 5G field deployment inefficiencies
  • How to safely automate, digitalize and scale 5G rollouts with cloud and analytics


Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan Breznick has tracked the media, telecommunications, broadband, and consumer electronics industries for more than 20 years. Before switching over to Heavy Reading in 2007, he was the original editor of Light Reading Cable Website and founding author of Heavy Reading's Cable Industry Insider. At Heavy Reading, he primarily focuses on cable/MSO services, technologies, and networks, as well as IPTV infrastructure. Alan was formerly a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence. He previously reported for Communications Daily, Cable World, Multichannel News, Broadband Daily, Crain's New York Business, and Genuine Article Press, among other publications.

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Bruno Giguère, Sr. Product Line Manager, EXFO
Bruno Giguère was nominated to EXFO’s CTO Office in 2006. As Sr. Advisor, he is instrumental in analyzing market dynamics and implementing corresponding technical strategies for the Transport and Service Assurance Division. He is EXFO’s representative to many standard organizations including the Metro Ethernet Forum, the International Telecommunication Union and the Broadband Forum. Mr. Giguère is also the Canadian National Study Group Chairman for ITU-T Study Group 12 and the current Editor of ITU-T Y.1564 and MEF 48. Mr. Giguère holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the École de technologie supérieure in Montréal, Canada.

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Étienne Gagnon, VP Commercial Transformation, EXFO
Étienne Gagnon was appointed Vice President, Commercial Transformation in February 2019. Mr. Gagnon is a noted international business and B2B marketing professional. Over the past 25 years, he has held leadership roles in sales team management, marketing strategy implementation and innovation management in high-growth, international tech companies. From 2017 to 2019, he headed up global commercial efforts as Senior Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Eddyfi Technologies, a fast-growing company in the field non-destructive testing inspection technology. From 2015 to 2017, he served as Vice President and then President of Optel Vision, positioning the company as the undisputed leader in the field of pharmaceutical product serialization. Under his leadership, the international sales team generated growth and market share in pharmaceutical packaging rapid inspection and serialization. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at EXFO. As part of his responsibilities as Vice President of Test and Measurement and Corporate Marketing, he was responsible for EXFO's wireline and wireless test and measurement business units (Optical, Transport and Datacom, Access, Simulators and Analyzers) and Corporate Marketing for the company. Mr. Gagnon previously held sales and innovation roles at TeraXion, EXFO and Bombardier Aerospace. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and a master's degree in European affairs from Télécom Bretagne.

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Leo Liu, Service Solution Architecture & 5G End to End Services Marketing Manager, Huawei

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