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Addressing the 5G Densification Challenge with Next-Gen PON Technologies

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
sponsored by
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading

Ryan McCowan, Director, Portfolio Management, Fiber Access & Aggregation, ADTRAN

5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.

In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:

  1. Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
  2. Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
  3. Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
  4. Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G


Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading
Gabriel covers the mobile network system architecture, including evolution of the RAN, the mobile core, and service-layer platforms and applications. Key technologies in his coverage area include LTE Advanced, small cells, Evolved Packet Core, carrier Wi-Fi and software-centric networking technologies such as NFV, SDN and service chaining. Gabriel has covered mobile networking since 1998 through published research, live events, operator surveys and custom consulting.

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Ryan McCowan, Director, Portfolio Management, Fiber Access & Aggregation, ADTRAN
Ryan McCowan is a seasoned telecom professional with over 15 years in the industry. He currently serves as product manager for ADTRAN’s FTTH portfolio inclusive of all 10G PON technologies and associated open SDN deployment models. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Ryan served in engineering and technology management roles with Paradyne and AMD. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.

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