Wireless is becoming an increasingly critical part of the pay-TV business – either through the industry’s growing number of CableWiFi hotspots, which now top more than 400,000 nationwide, or through potential mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals such as the one Comcast is expected to unveil sometime in 2016.
At the same time, consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to view video whenever and wherever they want. In fact, a recent Ericsson report predicts that average smartphone data usage in North America to grow nearly six-fold in the next six years and much of that growth will come from streaming video over smartphones and the advent of 5G.
But what exactly is 5G? Although 5G is not expected to be commercially deployed until at least 2020, the wireless industry is already beginning to define this next generation of wireless networking. The vision of 5G includes network speeds that are blazingly fast at 20 Gbps or higher with a latency that is mere milliseconds. Not only will people be connected to each other but so will machines, automobiles, city infrastructure, public safety and more.
Of course, critical to the future of all networks is the role of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). These tools are currently being evaluated by service providers as a way for them to virtualize key network functions while at the same time reducing network operations costs.
This half-day event from FierceWireless, FierceCable and FierceTelecom will bring together many different players from across the telecom world – from wireless operators to telcos to pay-TV operators—to discuss the technologies, strategies and policies that are shaping the next generation of wireless.
Although 5G is not an official standard yet, the vision for 5G will likely include network speeds of 20 Gbps, extremely low latency and the ability to connect billions of devices. Migrating to 5G will likely require new spectrum and new (and exciting) technologies. In particular, 5G researchers are exploring high-frequency spectrum in the microwave and millimeter wave bands--bands that until now have been considered unusable for cellular technology. Plus, 5G also will likely incorporate HetNets, or heterogeneous networks, which combine multiple transmitters and wireless technologies into one unified service.
This panel will discuss the 5G vision and delve into what 5G will mean for wireless operators, pay-TV players, consumers and more.
It’s no surprise that consumers are increasingly using their smartphones and tablets to view video and that wireless operators are taking note of this trend and attempting to deliver video services that will not only appeal to consumers but boost their bottom lines. AT&T is hoping that its recent acquisition of DirecTV and the combination of its U-verse video platform with DirecTV will allow it to push bundles of wireless, video and broadband offerings to consumers. Verizon, meanwhile, has introduced Go90, its mobile video offering that includes “snackable” content with the hope that it will appeal to millennials.
This panel will look at the various mobile video offerings and discuss their likelihood of success. In addition, it will look at the impact of mobile video on the pay-TV marketplace.
Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are critical to the future of all networks because these technologies offer a way to virtualize key network functions while at the same time reducing network operations costs. For example, AT&T is using SDN for its Network on Demand functionality to let customers provision their broadband services on the fly using a dedicated portal.
This panel will explore the pros and cons of deploying SDN and NFV and include real-world examples of how this technology promises to revolutionize the industry.
Ericsson, the world’s leading provider of communications technology is enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us to work and live our lives more freely around the world. Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers’ networks servicing more than 2 billion subscribers. We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
Backed by a decade of experience, Quickplay is the global expert in powering TV over any device, allowing premium video service providers to focus on growing their business. Quickplay’s proven services leverage an open platform, cloud economics, and best-of-breed partners so providers can move faster, operate leaner, and offer the best TV experience anywhere. With facilities and experts in Toronto, San Diego, Singapore, Chennai, and Frankfurt, Quickplay enables one billion viewers around the globe to fast forward to a next generation of TV with over 700 live channels, 4,000 live events each year, and two million securely-managed premium content assets. Quickplay has successfully launched multiscreen video services for the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Rogers, Bloomberg, Bell and TELUS, HOOQ and AccuWeather.
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Is parking available at the venue?
To self-park in the BCEC South Lot, from Summer Street, turn onto East Side Drive, drive past the valet area, and continue straight along the side of the building. At the end of the building, make a right and go down the ramp. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left and you will see the entrance to the South Parking lot in front of you. Parking rates are $15 for regular sized vehicles and $30 for oversized vehicles.
Please note: Parking is limited at the BCEC and is available on a first come, first served basis. On certain events if the South Lot is full, attendees may be directed to an offsite parking lot.
Is food provided at this event?
Yes, a full buffet breakfast will be served from 6:30-7:30am
I can no longer attend this event, may I offer my place to my colleague?
Attendee substitutions may be made on or before May 9, 2016. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].
I can no longer attend this event, may I receive a refund?
Due to the nature of this event, we are unable to provide refunds. Attendee substitutions may be made on or before May 9, 2016. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].