Day 1 - Wednesday, April 22

8:00am-
9:30am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

 

9:30am-
9:45am
Opening Remarks
Speaker: Andreas Roessler, Rohde & Schwarz
About:

Today’s wireless world is changing faster than ever. New technologies are pushing the envelope in terms of data rates, efficiencies, and cost – all of this in a highly connected environment with multimedia (video, voice, data) on every device. The 2015 LTE Innovation Summit will dive into the key technologies and issues driving the mobile wireless market, with an emphasis from a design & test perspective.

 

9:45am-
10:15am
Key trends and drivers shaping LTE/LTE-A and beyond
Speaker: Olga Shapiro, Frost & Sullivan
About: As the IoT is quickly moving into various industries and applications, the telecommunications industry, among others, will see a greater number of smarter, faster, and wearable devices for consumers. This, in turn, will continue driving the demand for test equipment solutions. The idea that 5G will be necessary to bring the potential future IoT and streaming video use cases seems more real now as it is expected to provide improved data bandwidth, decreased latency in the network, and increased capacity. Small cells and HetNets will continue to gain momentum as ways to increase the capacity of mobile networks. In addition, VoLTE is expected to be the game changer by offering superior quality voice to customers. This presentation will discuss the key trends in the mobile and wireless industry as well as their influence on the test equipment market.

 

10:15am-
10:45am
Real-world challenges in a LTE connected world
Speaker: Keith Radousky, Quintel Solutions
About: Wireless subscribers are, and will continue to be ravenous for more bits. Forecasts of exponential data traffic growth have come true. Also VoLTE is now launching which exacerbates the capacity problem and just as important is the need for QoE. Carriers are scrambling to add capacity by deploying additional infrastructure including new Macrocells, LTE carriers, LTE 4Tx-4Rx, Cloud RAN, DAS and Small Cells. DAS and Small Cells are getting much attention but they are only feasible in a very small footprint of the network. More attention is needed on how to increase capacity on existing Macrocells and deploy Cloud-RAN. Accordingly, this session will focus on deploying LTE Advanced (4Tx-4Rx and 8Tx-8Rx) and more bands (600MHz, AWS-3) on Macrocells and realize Cloud-RAN. The growing problem of LTE uplink interference will also be discussed along with mitigation options.

 

10:45am-
11:15am
Understanding and testing LTE vulnerabilities
Speaker: Vuk Marojevic, Virginia Tech
About: Continuous R&D support and innovation make LTE and its evolution appealing for a wide range of applications and services. In addition to high-capacity and high-mobility, future mobile broadband systems will also need to have high-availability to support mission-critical applications and flexibility to support new spectrum management paradigms. Researchers at Wireless@Virginia Tech have been investigating the vulnerabilities of LTE by analyzing its behavior in different signaling environments that can be expected in future deployments, such as AWS-3 and the new 3.5 GHz band. This presentation will present our methodology, testbeds, tools, and trials for analyzing the performance of LTE to targeted RF interference.

 

11:15am-
11:30am
Refreshment Break

 

11:30am-
12:30pm
Attendees to select a technical track

Track 1:
Understanding E-911 Device Compliance in a VoLTE/IMS Environment

Track 2:
LBS Challenges and Emerging Hybrid Solutions for Handsets
Track 3:
Testing CAT-9 Devices with 3CC Carrier Aggregation
Track 4:
Overcoming eMBMS Testing Challenges for User Equipment

Track 5:
VoLTE Device Performance: Audio Quality & Power Consumption

 

12:30pm-
1:30pm
Lunch Break

 

1:30pm-
2:30pm
Attendees to select a technical track

Track 1:
Understanding E-911 Device Compliance in a VoLTE/IMS Environment

Track 2:
LBS Challenges and Emerging Hybrid Solutions for Handsets
Track 3:
Testing CAT-9 Devices with 3CC Carrier Aggregation
Track 4:
Overcoming eMBMS Testing Challenges for User Equipment

Track 5:
VoLTE Device Performance: Audio Quality & Power Consumption

 

2:30pm-
3:00pm
Refreshment Break

 

3:00pm-
3:30pm
LTE for public safety
Speaker: Jim Harper, Elektrobit
About:

Device solutions for commercial wireless applications and public safety applications have both common aspects and differences. Elektrobit has been developing specialized solutions for specialized, vertical wireless markets for many years, bridging the gap between mainstream commercial wireless and public safety. Device solutions for LTE Band 14 require specific features and functionality in order to serve first responders. Elektrobit addresses these requirements and needs in its product development for public safety.

 

3:30pm-
4:00pm
Ensuring VoLTE QoS in a Stressed Environment
Speaker: Paolo Marini, Prisma Telecom Testing
About:

Ensuring VoLTE QoS meets customers expectations Is VoLTE competing with or just complementing OTT-mediated VoIP Services (OTT Voice, such as Skype)? Service Providers propose VoLTE as an enhanced, efficient, reliable primary voice service – but Customers expect QUALITY ! End-to-end QoS validation is essential before VoLTE deployment! Unlike 2.5/3G networks, a 4G network is able, thanks to QoS and DiffServ, to identify, track and deliver traffic flows with specific QoS characteristics for latency, jitter, packet loss and error rates. LTE RAN functionality heavily impacts end-to-end QoS, thus RAN validation is central to delivering optimal voice services. Correct implementation of VoLTE ensures a much better quality than 3G or OTT Voice, with improvements such as lower delays, lower setup times, lower resource usage. Correct VoLTE implementation improves network efficiency maintaining legacy voice services quality.

 

4:00pm-
4:30pm
LTE network optimization for public safety
Speaker: Michael Schwab, P3 Communications, Inc
About:

Public Safety and Critical Communications entities have been focussing on speech services and low data rate applications for decades. Nowadays information flow is frequently limited by interoperability problems like different standards or independent systems. Long-Term Evolution (LTE) has a chance to revolutionize the public safety sector and its processes.

The FirstNet 700 MHz LTE vision is the first broadband initiative to be designed for the needs of first responders in the United States. FirstNet has not yet disclosed details about the network, capabilities and roadmap. The industry is waiting for the upcoming RFP to contribute and to build a nationwide network within the next 7 years. During this period, appropriate amounts of the Public Safety Trust Fund will remain available.

P3 communications performed measurements during the rollout of New Jersey's LTE network (JerseyNet). JerseyNet intents to have a functional Public Safety LTE network by end of June 2015 in 3 geographical areas.

 

4:30pm-
4:45pm
Refreshment Break

 

4:45pm-
5:30pm
Panel Discussion: LTE for public safety – are we ready?
Speaker: Meaghan Ziemba, WD&D (co-Moderator)
Andy Berg, Wireless Week (co-Moderator)
Emil Olbrich, Signals Research Group
Jim Harper, Elektrobit
Wim Brouwer, Alcatel-Lucent
Michael Schwabs, P3 Communications, Inc.
About:

Today, usually two separate wireless communications systems are in place to serve the needs of commercial applications on the one hand and critical communications, often referred to as public safety, on the other hand. This is due to the very different requirements for both systems. The vast success of LTE/LTE-Advanced becoming the wireless communications standard for delivery of mobile broadband data and high-definition (HD) voice has led to a commitment of governmental authorities to select LTE as the underlying technology for their next-generation public safety networks. At this panel we will explore if the technology is ready, if not what is missing. How the eco-system for "LTE for public safety is shaping up. These and other question will be answered during the discussion.

 

5:30pm-
6:00pm
The role of DAS in LTE-Advanced Deployment
Speaker: Phil Wala, TE Connectivity
About:

LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) comprises a family of enhancements to the LTE standard that promise to increase data rates and maximize spectrum efficiency through the implementation of new network technologies. Many of these new technologies present significant deployment challenges for the carrier, including greatly increased backhaul capacity and new requirements for inter-cell timing control and synchronization.

Distributed Antenna System (DAS) technology offers the tools needed to enable these new features, in a way that significantly mitigates the challenges and costs associated with deploying an LTE-A network. In this article, the author will discuss the role of DAS in addressing LTE-A deployment challenges. Specific topics to be discussed include use of multi-band DAS to increase data rates by enabling inter-band non-contiguous Carrier Agg

 

6:00pm Cocktail Reception

 

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