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WTA Panel @ The NAB Show: Satellite – The Future of 5G
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WTA Panel @ The NAB Show: Satellite – The Future of 5G

When: Tuesday, April 9
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center - South Upper Hall - Destination 5G Theater - SU13306
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 
United States
Contact: Randall Barney
+1 212-825-0218 x104

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Satellite – The Future of 5G

South Upper Hall - Destination 5G Theater - SU13306
Tuesday, April 9 - 10:30AM

The terrestrial mobile industry is working hard to complete the 5G specification and begin deployment of a network promising blazing speeds.  That network will also depend on much greater density of cell sites to support high-bandwidth, low-latency service.  To keep deployment costs manageable, 5G networks will centralize most processing in data centers and use new technologies to interconnect baseband units with remote radio units at the edge, which is known as fronthaul.  That centralization means that fronthaul traffic will add considerably to the capacity demands of 5G.  The obvious solution is fiber – but its deployment beyond urban and suburban areas quickly becomes hard to cost-justify.  The long-term roll-out of 5G depends on managing a hybrid mix of fiber, microwave and satellite to extend its benefits beyond the urban core. Join us, along with senior leaders from satellite providers and content delivery executives to unpack this change and we collectively prepare for 5G.


  • Randall Barney, Director of Certification & Membership, WTA


  • Richard Swardh, Senior Vice President, MNO, Comtech EF Data
  • Gary Drutin, CEO. NovelSat
  • Thomas Van Den Driessche, CEO, Newtec
  • Tom Freeman, SVP, Land Mobile, Kymeta
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