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C-Band Spectrum: What It Means for Accelerating 5G Deployments
Date / Time: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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The newly available C-band frequencies are considered ideal for 5G as they strike the perfect balance between coverage and throughput. As those frequencies weren't available when 5G was first introduced, operators are now realigning their investments to focus on C-band in an effort to offer a quicker, better 5G experience to mobile users. This new mid-band spectrum enables mobile and broadband providers to expand their services, such as the ability to provide fast home internet service in rural areas via fixed wireless access (FWA). Yet, C-band imposes new RF technologies and requirements, making 5G network deployments complex for operators.

In this webinar, we will focus on some of the key technologies and important considerations for efficiently validating 5G C-band deployments – all through the lens of a real-world use case.

Key topics include:

  • What is C-band and what role does it play in 5G
  • How will C-band help to accelerate 5G roll outs
  • What are the new testing best practices for validating 5G C-band deployments throughout the network lifecycle

Speaker:
Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading | bio Danny Sleiman, Product Line Manager, EXFO | bio
 

Simon is Founder and Principal Consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd., an independent market analyst and consulting company based in the U.K.

Simon’s research covers a variety of communications-related subjects, including next-generation core networks, radio access, and 5G, 100G/400/800G technology, IoT, Open Compute, smart NICs, uCPE, multicore processors and switching. In addition, to leading survey-based research projects addressing these areas, he has also hosted many Light Reading webinars and events covering next-generation networking technology. Simon has over 18 years market analyst experience and holds a Bachelor's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, London.

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Danny currently holds the position of Product Line Manager for EXFO’s 5G Transport and RF division, with responsibility for supporting service providers worldwide throughout their network test and measurement activities. His area of expertise spans mobile fronthaul and backhaul technologies including CPRI/eCPRI, Cloud RAN, and Ethernet/IP. Danny has previously worked as a hardware engineer for Extenway Solutions. He also gathered technical insight as a support services representative for IBM. Danny received his bachelor degree in electrical engineering from École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, Canada.

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Eleonora Pradelli is working as Head of Automation and AI for Cloud and IT Service Operation in Business Area Managed Services. In her 23 years long career as IT professional she was working to start up new IT businesses and transform managed services contracts, implementing automation everywhere and leveraging the power of AI across operators on all continents.

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As part of the Omdia service provider transformation team, Adaora Okeleke covers the service provider operations and information technology service with a specific interest in intelligent operations and the customer experience. Adaora researches artificial intelligence (AI), automation, analytics, and big data for telco networks and supporting operations.

Adaora produced a series on using AI to improve network operations, as well as a decision matrix on network analytics tools used by telcos. Before joining Omdia in 2013, was an RF planning and optimization engineer for Motorola and as a quality assurance officer for the software company Socketworks. Adaora holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Master of Science from Imperial College London.

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Francois is a Senior Solutions Architect in the Red Hat’s Telco Technology Office and collaborates with telecom service providers and partners across EMEA. Passionate about security, Francois leads the NFV security domain and is the Red Hat’s technical interface to the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI). Before Red Hat, he spent more than 15 years contributing to network evolution especially towards cloud platforms.

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