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NEW    –    International Wireless Industry Consortium
Interactive Technical Workshop


Limited to 100 seats


Toward Use of GigaBit Millimeterwave Wireless 

in Cellular and Enterprise Networks 
Wireless Cellular Backhaul, Last Mile Access, Metro Networks, Enterprise and WISP Networks

Hosted by:   

Dulles, Virginia

June 19-21, 2007

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
13869 Park Center Road
Herndon, VA  20171
Phone: 703-478-2900
Fax: 703-478-9286

Organized by the International Wireless Industry Consortium

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In 2005, the IWPC held a workshop to explore the potential use of millimeterwave wireless systems for very high data rate communications links. Wideband wireless services are now growing rapidly resulting in a need by cellular service providers and WISPs for increased backhaul and front haul distribution capabilities to support the networks which deliver the access services.  In addition, enterprise networks are emerging to meet the demand for greater corporate privacy and options for independent ownership while avoiding the complications of  right of way negotiations and the disruption of utilities and traffic patterns.  The flexibility of deployment and potential for independent ownership is encouraging an in-depth look at new ways to provide up to gigabit data rate links.  

Applications which are being considered include:

  • Network infrastructure backhaul and front haul transmission
  • Distributed antenna system umbilicals
  • Business class end user last mile access
  • Enterprise networks
  • WISP Network deployment
  • High Speed LANs/PANs

Licensing rules have been issued for use of the E-Band for wireless communications (71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz). This Band has unique characteristics which show promise for offering secure and reliable gigabit rate wireless alternatives to fiber installation and rental. Furthermore, 60 GHz systems continue to improve and reduce in cost.  Where will these bands serve best rather those at lower microwave frequencies?

Workshop Goal

The goal of this workshop will be:

  • To examine the characteristics, needs and potential markets for wireless backhaul and front haul systems as well as other related applications sectors;
  • To examine and explore the cost and performance feasibility of E-Band, 60 GHz and microwave systems and alternative wireless solutions for high data rate network interconnectivity;
  • To identify the key technologies and technology advances needed to bring down the costs to competitive levels;
  • To explore the possibility of establishing an ongoing discussion group to continue to move forward on these cost reductions.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

3:00 to
5:00 PM

IWPC Millimeterwave and Infrastructure
Advisory Panel Meeting

To request your seat, please click HERE.

At Hotel, Executive Boardroom II

7:00 PM

Social and Networking Reception

Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:15 AM


Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and share how they can contribute to this process


9:00 AM

Sprint NEXTEL Keynotes


  • Backhaul characteristics, architectures and performance requirements (availability, link distances, costs, reliability, etc.).

  • Metro network topologies and proposed use and system characteristics (availability, link distances, costs, reliability, etc.). 

  • How and where can E-band potentially best play a role? What does Sprint Nextel understand the characteristics, advantages and limitations of E-Band to be?

  • What does Sprint Nextel see as distributed antenna systems (DAS), remote antenna networks (RANs) architecture requirements?

  • How E-band can potentially play a role in Distributed Antenna System (DAS) umbilical substitution and conventional (future focused demand) traffic wireless backhaul?

  • What data rates are required and how will these evolve over the next several years?.

  • When and how much does "last mile" cost-of-access become an economic hurdle to win business?

  • Who are the candidate service providers who may benefit from E-band system applications?

  • What are the critical areas of focus from Sprint Nextel's perspective?

  • Where will microwave, 60 GHz, FSO and WiMAX best fit?

  • How does Sprint view performance minimums for E-band? 

  • What thoughts does Sprint have about a technical evaluation of E-band?





Title TBD (Vision for the Future)

Harold Johnson

Technology Development Strategist

Sprint Nextel


Weather Disruption-Tolerant Wireless Backhaul Mesh Networking

Dr. James P. G. Sterbenz

Assoc. Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Information &Telecommunication Technology Center

The University of Kansas 


10:15 AM



10:45 AM

Sprint NEXTEL KeynoteS


Title TBD (Weather Research and Field Trial)

Tim Euler

Technology Development Strategist

Sprint Nextel


11:30 AM


  • Other Service Providers will be invited to expand on the perspectives presented by Sprint.

  • WISP Network applications:

    • What is the application and business case for use of these high frequency links in WISP Networks?

    • What are some architectures and performance requirements for use in WISP networks (availability, link distances, costs, reliability, etc.).

    • What are the key parameters of importance to them?

    • What kinds of volumes might be anticipated?

  • What are some representative enterprise networks (University, Hospital, Corporate and Government) and what kinds of performances make sense? 

  • What are the key performance and selection criteria for each of these types of networks?




Building Highly Reliable Backhaul Networks Utilizing Licensed Microwave Frequencies

Eric Miller




Title TBD

Tom DeReggi

President, Owner/Operator

RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc


12:30 PM



1:30 PM

Panel of Keynotes, Operators, WISPS and Enterprises

All previous speakers and other Service and Access Providers present will be given the opportunity to clarify their needs, requirements and views and will engage in a panel session where the audience is invited to ask questions and they will be given the opportunity to ask each other and the audience questions.


Previous speakers plus other Operators, Enterprises and WISPs Present

  • Sprint Nextel

  • Alltel


  • Lariat Networks

  • NextLink

  • RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc

  • T-Mobile

  • Vodafone

2:30 PM



Suppliers of the key E-Band systems components will present emerging solutions and innovations and their perspectives on options for cost reductions at what quantities and in what time frames.

  • Antennas and antenna integration techniques

  • Module Integrators

  • Material options

  • Propagation Information




Design Considerations in the Selection of High Performance Printed Circuit Materials Suitable for Use in Millimeterwave Applications

Arturo Aguayo

Manager, Market Development

MW Materials Division 

Rogers Corporation


Taclamplus - New Low-Loss, Laser Ablatable Substrate for Microwave Circuitry & RF/MW Component Packaging

Sean Reynolds

Technical Sales Manager

Advanced Dielectric Division




3:30 PM



4:00 PM




Millimeterwave System Packaging Alternatives

Dr. Aroonchat Chatchaikarn

Senior Engineer

EndWave Corporation


MMwave Duplexers - Current Production State and Cost vs. Electrical Specs Trade-Offs

Rafi Hershtig

Vice President, Filter Systems and R&D

K&L Microwave


Advances in Millimeterwave Technologies

Speaker TBD

Last Mile Communications



5:30 PM


7:00 PM


Capital Style!

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel

Thursday, June 21, 2007

7:00 AM



8:00 AM


  • What are the semiconductor candidates for applications at 60 GHz and 70-90 GHz?

  • How do their performances compare at these frequencies?

  • What level of MMIC integration makes sense for these volumes?

  • What are the cost projections vs. appropriate  volumes? 

  • What advice do semiconductor providers have for others in the supply chain to keep the cost down?

  • Can Millimeterwave MEMs Contribute to Millimeterwave system cost reduction?

  • What other applications are influencing the cost of semiconductors at these frequencies?




Low Cost SiGe:C Technology for Wireless Consumer Applications in the 59 - 66 GHz Band

Dr. Heinrich Heiss
Senior Manager, Technical Marketing
Silicon Discretes

Infineon Technologies AG


Title TBD

Schaffer Grimm
RF Applications Engineer

Northrop Grumman

Velocium Products


Millimetre Wave at UMS

Pierre Quentin
Product Marketing Manager

United Monolithic Semiconductor


9:30 AM

EQUIPMENT Systems Providers


Microwave, E-Band and 60 GHz Equipment System suppliers will present emerging solutions and innovations and their perspectives on options for cost reductions at what quantities and in what time frames.

  • What are the network configurations that systems providers recommend for what scenarios? Mesh, Hub and spoke, daisy chain, etc.

  • What are the main challenges to building cost effective millimeterwave links?

  • What are the key limiting technologies?

  • What are some representative percentage breakdowns for the BOM (bill of materials) costs for link equipment?

  • What data rates make sense and how do the challenges increase with data rate? What is the roadmap for increasing these over time?

  • What availabilities are achievable over what atmospheric conditions?

  • When should microwave or 60 GHz be used rather than E-Band solutions?

  • Equipment providers’ perspectives and solutions on ways to address the need for broadband access services to distributed antenna systems and picostations.

  • Equipment providers’ perspectives on E-Band vs. 60 GHz, FSO and WiMAX.

  • What might be a roadmap to cost reduction?

  • Can the necessary price points be met for these high data rate links? In what quantities?  In what time frame?

  • What volumes are needed to realistically see breakpoints in the costing?



Migration to High Capacity Ethernet Transport

Hilik Shivek
Vice President of Major Accounts
Ceragon Networks


Metro Ethernet Meshed Backhaul - An Investigation into Metro Link Distances

Erik Boch

CTO and Co-Founder



10:30 AM  



11:00 AM

EQUIPMENT Systems Providers




Microwave Backhaul Solution for High Capacity Network

Antonio Milani

Solution Manager

Nokia Siemens Networks


The New 60 GHz Ecosystem -- Keeping Pace with the Ethernet (R)evolution

Uhland Goebel


Radio Frequency Technology Sector



12:00 PM



1:00 PM

EQUIPMENT Systems Providers




Building Highly-Available Backbones Using 60-90 GHz Radios

Gregg Levin

Sr. VP and Chief Marketing Officer

BridgeWave Communications


Millimeterwave Communications- Cost Drivers and Supply Chain Issues

Dana Wheeler

Senior Vice-President and General Manager

Millimeter Wave Operations



Millimeter Wave Deployments,  Market Starts to Mature

Doug Lockie

President and CTO



2:30 PM



Equipment System Provider will debate with the Users whether they have met or will meet their requirements and when.

Equipment System Providers and Backhaul and User Community discuss and debate the pros and cons of the microwave, 60 GHz and E-Band solutions and how they fit into the various backhaul and other user scenarios.

Hosts, service providers, and user community will discuss if/how the workshop met their expectations.



Equipment System Providers and 

  • BridgeWave

  • Ceragon

  • DragonWave

  • GigaBeam

  • Huber+Suhner

  • TeraBeam

  • Nokia-Siemens Networks

  • Alcatel-Lucent

3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:45 PM



Service Providers 

  • Sprint Nextel

  • Alltel


  • Lariat Networks

  • NextLink

  • RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc

  • T-Mobile

  • Vodafone

4:15 PM

Take Aways & Closing Remarks


What Can the IWPC Do To Help the Industry Move Forward?


5:00 PM


7:00 PM

Dinner (Dutch *)

* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes



Deadline for electronic version of handout materials:  June 8, 2007



ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members, Attendees AND pre-approved guests will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.

We estimate that these costs will be approximately $755 (USD) per person. 

ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members, Attendees AND pre-approved guests will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.

Make checks payable to IWPC.



Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
13869 Park Center Road
Herndon, VA  20171
Phone: 703-478-2900
Fax: 703-478-9286


Please contact the hotel directly for reservations.  Mention the IWPC room block rate of $239.00 USD.  Cut-off date for reservations is June 1, 2007.  After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.


If making reservations on-line please go to:


www.washingtondulles.hilton.com and use the group reservation code "IWI".




Just 3.5 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport, complimentary shuttle service 24 hours a day.



A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.  

In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions.  Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.



Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.




Business casual suggested.    No ties, please !!



IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.


For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. These pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

These materials will be copied and handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files. 


NOTE: If your Power Point Presentation presentation includes an animation, please use MPEG format and NOT AVI format.


Please send electronic materials (any size file) to:

[email protected]


or use one of these FREE FTP Sites

IF your email system cannot send large files:






Click HERE to Register for Workshop