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Stephen Bye
Chief Technology Officer, C Spire
Bye is the CTO of C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services for businesses. Bye previously served as CTO at Sprint where he led a major overhaul and shift in the strategic direction of their network. Through his leadership and great teamwork, Sprint was recognized as the most improved national wireless service provider in 2014, Sprint's voice and data network KPIs improved significantly year over year, and independent, third-party evaluations showed Sprint's network performance improved from 4th to 1st overall in a number of major national markets. Prior to his time at Sprint, Bye was Vice President of Wireless at Cox Communications and he also served as Executive Director of Converged Services at AT&T. In total, Bye has more than 23 years of industry experience across a number of disciplines including technology and network development, engineering, operations, as well as cable.
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Dan Pitt
Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation
Dan Pitt is Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation, joining on its public launch in March 2011. Dan spent twenty years developing networking architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems in North Carolina, IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland, Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, and Bay Networks in Santa Clara, Cal., where he was vice president of the Bay Architecture Lab. When Nortel bought Bay Networks, Dan became vice president of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions Technology Center, spanning nine cities on four continents.
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Sean Buckley
Senior Editor, FierceTelecom
Sean joined the FierceTelecom staff in July 2009 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the wireline section of the telecom industry. Before joining the FierceTelecom staff, Sean most recently served as the Editor-in-Chief for Telecom Engine from 2006 to 2009 overseeing both the former print publication Telecommunications Magazine Americas and its transition to a web-based publication. Sean returned to Telecommunications in July 2006 after a brief one-year stint covering the public sector IT and mobile network infrastructure trends as a senior analyst at Current Analysis. In addition to writing about wireline industry trends, Sean enjoys playing with his two sons, reading history books, watching the Celtics, and listening to Grateful Dead concerts on Sirius Satellite Radio. Sean works out of his home office Dracut, Mass., and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @FierceTelecom on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
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Daniel Frankel
Editor, FierceCable
Daniel Frankel is the editor of FierceCable. He joined the FierceMarkets staff in May 2014 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the pay-TV section of the telecom industry. Before joining FierceMarkets’ Telecom Group, Daniel served as a senior writer for GigaOm, joining the San Francisco-based technology research and publishing company upon its acquisition of paidContent.org. In this job, Daniel covered the pay-TV industry and the migration of video services to the Internet. Daniel worked on staff at Variety for eight years, covering the home entertainment and television industries. He has also worked in corporate communications, serving clients including IMAX, Lionsgate and The Chernin Group for the boutique PR firm Principal Communications. Daniel is married with two pre-teen sons, and is an active youth sports coach, bicyclist and Mexican food consumer. He’s based near Downtown Los Angeles.
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Belal Hamzeh
Director of Network Technologies, CableLabs
Belal Hamzeh is Director of Network Technologies with CableLabs, leading the wireless and wired technologies R&D efforts for Wi-Fi, LTE technologies, 5G and DOCSIS. Belal has extensive experience in the technology development lifecycle for wired and wireless technologies spanning specification and standards development to technology deployment.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Belal led research and development efforts for 3G/4G systems, including standardization, product development, certification and network deployment. He holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Penn State.
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mike dano
Editor-in-Chief, Telecom Group, FierceMarkets
Mike Dano is the Editor in Chief for the Telecom Group of FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless,  FierceTelecomFierceCable and other publications. Mike oversees the Fierce editorial team and all editorial content, as well as Fierce live events, ebooks, webinars and other editorial products. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for more than a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
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Karri Kuoppamaki
VP, Network Technology Development and Strategy, T-Mobile, US
Karri is responsible for Radio Access related technology development activities, including device development, as well as ensuring alignment between T-Mobile USA Network Technology and the regulatory environment, specifically in the area of radio technology and spectrum policy. Karri also drives the strategic long term technology strategy activities both internally as well as towards external stakeholders.   Karri has 20 years of international experience in product marketing, product development and technology management in the wireless industry, and has worked in multiple countries in Europe, Africa and USA. He has a proven track record in introducing, defining and developing new technologies for the telecommunications market.
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Vito Forlenza
Senior Director, TV Everywhere Content & Product Strategy,   Comcast Cable
Vito Forlenza serves as Senior Director, TV Everywhere Content & Product Strategy for Comcast Cable. In this role, he leads Comcast’s TV Everywhere (TVE) initiative by guiding implementation on partners' TVE offerings and shaping content strategy for Comcast’s Xfinity TVE platforms – Xfinity.com/TV and the Xfinity TV mobile app. Vito has been instrumental to the addition of live streaming networks available on Xfinity TV Go, which surpassed 100 this year. In various roles at Comcast, Vito has shaped the cross-platform offering for key sporting events, including the Olympic Games, March Madness, the FIFA World Cup, NFL Draft and The Masters. Vito joined Comcast as a member of Comcast Interactive Media, where he managed the Xfinity.com Sports Channel. He previously served in editorial and product roles at the Associated Press and Fox Interactive Media. Vito earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and Masters of Science from Temple University.
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Neil katz
Senior Vice President of Global Content, Editor-in-Chief,  The Weather Company
Neil Katz is the as senior vice president of global content and editor-in-chief of The Weather Company, an IBM Business.  He oversees the global expansion of Weather’s portfolio of digital content with a focus on mobile and social video, which includes weather.com and a category-leading lineup of mobile applications.   As the editor-in-chief, Neil owns editorial direction of all digital video, news, lifestyle, social video and sponsored content.  Over the last three years, the Weather team has tripled the content audience, grown mobile video views by 500% and won over 50 awards and accolades, including an Emmy award, a George Polk award, an IRE Medal, a Society of Professional Journalists award and a National Press Club award. In 2015, Weather launched the first-ever mobile morning show, The Lift, and became a top 10 video news channel on Facebook.   Prior to The Weather Company, Neil held a variety of senior editorial positions at The Huffington Post, AOL and CBS News. As a journalist, Neil has reported from around the world including Iran, India and Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans.   Neil received a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He currently lives in New York City.
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Manish Jindal
Head of Technology and Strategy Development, Ericsson
Manish Jindal is Head of Technology and Strategy Development for Ericsson in North America. In this role, he is responsible for defining strategy direction and execution for Ericsson in the United States and Canada, as well as driving growth by leveraging advanced technologies.   With more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry, Jindal has held multiple responsibilities in Product Development, Product Management, Solution Development and Technology. He most recently served as Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson’s Broadband and Media Account customer unit.   Prior to joining Ericsson, Jindal was responsible for End-to-End Solutions Architecture for Nokia Solutions and Networks in North America. In this capacity, he worked with operators in planning their network evolution across the breadth of technologies in support of their business objectives. Jindal also served as Chief Technology Officer for the United States Sub Region. He spearheaded an innovative multi-screen capable IPTV solution enabling a convergence of video, voice and web 2.0 services over IMS.   Jindal also served in technology leadership roles at Nortel Networks and various start-up companies.   Manish holds a BS in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology in Mesra, India, and a Masters in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of Missouri.
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Ben Weinberger
Senior Vice President & Chief Product Officer, Sling TV
Ben Weinberger is the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Sling TV and oversees product development, product management, programming and editorial teams. Prior to joining Sling TV in 2015, Ben served as co-founder and CEO of Digitalsmiths. In this role, Ben helped pioneer the development of video discovery solutions that made it easier for consumers to find personally relevant programming at any time across multiple devices. As a result, the company’s products were adopted by seven of the top ten pay-TV providers in the U.S. In 2014, Ben was instrumental in the acquisition of Digitalsmiths by Tivo for $135 million in a move to expand on new opportunities to commercialize and deploy TiVo’s cloud-based services and technologies to operators in conjunction with Tivo’s renowned user interface. Post-acquisition, Ben expanded Digitalsmiths’ efforts to include Latin America and Europe. Additionally, Ben serves on the board or advisory boards of Librestream, T3Media, the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association and Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Ben graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University. He is an avid college basketball fan and enjoys traveling with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Gemma.
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Chris Bastian
SVP and CTO, SCTE/ISBE
Chris Bastian joined SCTE/ISBE in 2015 following three decades of leadership in advanced cable and network security technologies. Chris is responsible for all areas of technology and engineering to ensure that SCTE and ISBE maintain a leadership role in standardizing and operationalizing advanced technology, including the SCTE Standards Program and the SCTE Engineering Committee – as well as groundbreaking efforts such as SCTE’s Energy 2020 program. Prior to joining SCTE/ISBE, Chris spent 10 years with Comcast, where he served as senior director of converged regional area network engineering for the Comcast Network Engineering Group, executive director of network architecture for the Comcast Technology and Product Group and ultimately as executive director of Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi network.  Previously, he had held network operations and engineering positions with RCN and Comcast Cellular Communications, and had spent 10 years in engineering and leadership capacities with the National Security Agency.   Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University and an M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.
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Adam Saenger
Vice President, Global Product Development & Management, Level 3
Adam Saenger is Vice President, Global Product Development & Management for Level 3 Communications, with responsibility for leading all aspects of Level 3’s global solutions development in addition to lifecycle product management responsibility for the company’s Customer Interaction Strategy and Adaptive Network Control Solutions.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Saenger spent 16 years in various marketing executive leadership positions at tw telecom inclusive of directing the product management and development organizations where he played a critical role defining the company’s Internet, Ethernet, Managed Services and Intelligent Network Strategies.
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Jay wilson
Senior Vice President – Technology and Strategy, ADTRAN
As Senior Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Jay is responsible for developing the strategy, portfolio and direction for the company’s global business to enable the delivery of customer solutions and market leadership into target market segments and the global customer base. Jay joined ADTRAN in 1998 and most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. He has played a key role in the development and introduction of several ADTRAN product lines that are widely deployed by telecommunications carriers.

Prior to joining ADTRAN, Jay served in a number of management roles for Wyle Laboratories. While there, his responsibilities included sales, marketing and engineering management for Wyle’s testing and engineering services to the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and nuclear equipment qualification industries. Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
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MIKE COUTURE
SVP - Product Management and Marketing, Quickplay
Michael Couture joined Quickplay in July 2014 as SVP, Product Management and Marketing to direct the services lifecycle and roadmap, expand marketing in support of the Quickplay growth strategy, and drive key sales initiatives. Bringing experience in telecom product management from market challenger Sprint Canada, Couture was a key contributor to the product roadmap and go-to-market strategies of one of Canada’s most successful tech start-ups, Solect Technology Group (acquired by Amdocs in 2000 for $1.5 Billion). At telecom software and services giant Amdocs, Couture progressed to Vice President, Global Product and Solutions Marketing across the full portfolio of software and professional services, eventually being promoted to General Manager and Head of Global Marketing. In 2008, Amdocs appointed Couture as General Manager of a $250 million managed services business, where he led the unit comprised of consulting, sales, software development, systems integration, and operations to five years of overachievement in sales bookings, revenue and EBIT. Couture holds a BA in Economics Summa Cum Lade and MBA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
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Tetsuya Nakamura
Principal Architect, Strategy and Innovation, CableLabs
Tetsuya Nakamura is Principal Architect, Strategy and Innovation at CableLabs. He is leading CableLabs’ open source research efforts on NFV and SDN, and serves on the Board of OPNFV. He is a member of the OpenDaylight User Advisory Group. Before joining CableLabs, he worked at NTT for 17 years. At NTT DOCOMO, he was in charge of NFV investigation for mobile networks, and actively involved in the ETSI NFV ISG where he served as ISG Vice Chair, Technical Steering Committee Vice Chair, and Chair of the Software Architecture Working Group. He is a founder of OPNFV and was the Board member for NTT DOCOMO.

CABLE AND THE NEXT GENERATION
OF WIRELESS – FRIEND OR FOE?

Boston, MA
MAY 16, 2016

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MAY 16, 2016
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING: 6:30AM - 7:15AM
BREAKFAST & PROGRAM: 7:15AM-11:00AM
BOSTON, MA
BOSTON CONVENTION AND
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MAY 16, 2016
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING: 6:30AM - 7:30AM
BREAKFAST & PROGRAM: 7:30AM-11:00AM
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event overview

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.

the panels

The path to 5G and 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.

Delivering on the Mobile Video Dream

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.

Strategies for SDN and NFV

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.

Excellent information. Great value for the quality of program!

schedule of events

6:45-7:30am
Check-in, Networking, and Buffet
7:30-8:30am
The Path to 5G and the Next Generation of Wireless
8:30-8:45am
Coffee Break & Networking
8:45-9:45am
Delivering on the Mobile Video Dream
9:45-10:45am
Strategies of SDN and NFV

I found the topics & related discussions to be highly relevant and timely. Thank you for putting together a terrific event.

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The path to 5G and the next generation of wireless

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Delivering on the Mobile Video Dream

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Strategies for SDN and NFV

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Venue:
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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.

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Is food provided at this event?

Yes, a full buffet breakfast will be served from 6:30-7:30am

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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].

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