5G mmWave Opportunities and Challenges

How will the industry design and operate 5G Radio Access Networks? Propagation challenges, which bands, in
what scenarios?
Can mmWave provide access for new high performance
use-cases, while maintaining device connectivity
to deliver optimum QoE?

Hosted by:


** SOLD OUT **


October 16-18, 2017


Hotel Ella

Austin, TX USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


What have we learnt about coverage in the mmWave bands? How will interaction between high (mmWave) and low (sub-6GHz) frequencies operate and what roles will each play? Considering algorithms are necessary to ensure session continuity, where high speed services can be delivered effectively and network quality is assured. Considering indoor mmWave opportunities, mmWave coverage prediction and planning tools, 5G Deployability and Deployment aspects of mmWave Access Points and FD-MIMO/Massive MIMO antennas in sub 6 GHz. This workshop will attempt to cut through the hype and address the fundamental issues the industry faces as we approach the first release of the 5G standards.

Workshop Goals

  • Assessing which new and emerging unique use cases will evolve?
  • Exploring device challenges and roadmaps, co-existence challenges between 5G and 4G-LTE
  • Considering RF Component challenges and innovation


October 16


3:00 PM

Afternoon Tour and Demonstration

2:00 pm Registration at hotel, bus to depart hotel at 2:30 pm

7:00 PM

 Evening Reception & Registration

At Hotel

October 17


7:00 AM


Registration and Breakfast


8:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 AM

Opening Remarks and Keynote

5G Evolution from MNO Point of View


AVP, Radio Tech. & Strategy


10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • Operators planned architecture
  • Challenges regarding the 5G mmWave solutions - current limitations, technology considerations and the proposed solutions to achieve this.
  • Use cases for fixed mmWave networks
  • Fixed wireless access - mmWave for access and backhaul
  • When will which type of infrastructure be deployed?
  • What are the use cases for mmW beside fibre Extension/replacement with Wireless?
  • Which role does mobility Play for mmW 5G?
  • Deployment strategy
  • Testing strategy
  • mmWave band coverage and use cases
  • mmWave performance in access network and implication on device integration
  • Regulation and use cases
  • Spectrum requirements/constraints.
  • What is preventing mmW adoption in 5G?
  • Business cases for 5G Testing for mm wave unlicensed band utilization in 5G
  • mmWave applications and deployment
  • Will there be large Scale deployment of mmWave systems?

Building the Road to 5G


Wireless Technology Strategist



11:20 AM

OEM Perspectives

  • mmW propagation characteristics relative to legacy bands
  • Outdoor and indoor coverage with mmW
  • Deployment considerations
  • Complementing MBB based LTE with 5G mmW
  • mmW based Fixed Wireless Access
  • Mid and low band (LTE) interworking to boost performance
  • Unlicensed opportunities in the 3.5 GHz band, etc.
  • Technology Deployment Challenges (line of sight, mm wave, etc)


5G Opportunities with mmW Bands


Senior Expert


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

OEM Perspectives, continued

  • mmWave Challenges, Propagation and Use cases
  • New Radio Features (Frame Structure, Numerology, DL/UL Channels, Beam Management)
  • mmWave Massive MIMO and Performance
  • Self-Backhauling in mmWave
  • Does mmW 5G Need also mmW backhaul ?
  • 5G deployment and coverage issues
  • mmW Antenna/radio systems and technologies
  • Roadmap to deployment
  • 5G mmWave Band and deployment strategy
  • 5G Backhaul/Fronthaul bandwidth requirement and transport technology
  • 4G/5G multi-band multi-moden UE architechure and the way of control and selection
  • Estimated coverage area for these technologies
  • Frequency band for these technologies
  • How are people planning to test these new technologies and the challenges they face
  • Infrastructure requirements and implications on network architecture to support migration to 5G mmWave
  • Basestation split and 5G mmWave technologies -main tradeoffs

5G mmWave New Radio and Performance


Head, Small Cell Research Bell Labs





mmWave for 5G


Senior Director




Innovation in 5G mmwave Technology




3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

OEM Perspectives, continued

  • Seamless coverage issues of 5G mmWave, and mobility performance
  • Which devices will be available for mmW 5G?
  • 5G Fixed Wireless co-existence with 5G Access, will different spectrum allocations be required for backhaul versus device connectivity?
  • Will 5G Fixed be confined to 28GHz or also use the 39GHz/42GHz bands?
  • Issues of coexistence between mmWave radio and other radio technologies in the UE.
  • LTE-NR coexistence in sub6 GHz.
  • Combination of 5G discussion and Multi-Band, including unlicensed implications
  • Mobility and connectivity management
  • 4G/5G Multi-Band


5G RF Propagation at 28 GHz


Senior Staff System Engineer


4:20 PM

Systems Perspectives

  • Understanding radio channel propagation characteristics
  • How are OTA test methods increasing our understanding of mmWave propagation and influencing development of critical radio requirements and associated conformance tests
  • Understanding the consequences on device design, and in particular dynamic antenna steering at both ends of the link
  • Deployment of robust 5G mmWave networks

Don’t mess with Maxwell - Why accurate channel modelling is critical to the success of mmWave 5G


Lead Technologist


5:00 PM

End of Day Panel

  • Spectrum allocation for 5G around the world 5G network densification / small cells 5G mobile backhaul and fronthaul requirements

5:40 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner - Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

Bus transportation provided - bus to depart from hotel at 6:30 pm

October 18


7:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast


8:00 AM

Technology Enablers

  • 5G market and need for active antennas at mmW
  • Considering 28 GHz, 64 element arrays
  • Assessing 28 GHz, 256 element multi-mode arrays
  • 4x4 MIMO, EIRP, NF, 1x256 or 4x64, cal free arrays
  • Can 2 arrays enable 8x8 MIMO
  • Exploring Silicon array advantages
  • 2D scanning for dense urban environments
  • RF front end and air interface for 5G
  • Radio architectures and technologies that fit together to optimize the radio
  • Power tradeoffs for the various semiconductor technologies and the impact on antenna array size
  • Considerations on PA efficiency and how DPD can be brought to bear to improve the overall radio efficiency
  • Thermal management solutions
  • Size/Weight/Volume/Power dissipation requirements
  • Are there still challenges of passive components (interconnection elements, filters, phase shifters, feedlines etc) to overcome?
  • High-efficiency radiator elements (e.g. for array antennas)?

Industrializing 5G mmw Radio Front Ends with High Performance, All-Silicon Arrays


Chief Systems Architect




Holographic Beamformers for 5G mmW Applications






RF Technology for mmwave Radios






mmW for 5G Infrastructure – Which RF Challenges to Overcome?


Director, Program Management


10:20 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM

Technology Enablers, continued

  • mmW GaN technology and performance
  • 28GHz GaN MMIC for 5G
  • Challenges in mmWave technology: with high attenuation between chip and radiated power
  • Exploring high-efficiency antenna elements based on novel technology
  • How can a radiation efficiency better than 90% be achieved over a wide bandwidth at mmWaves?
  • Single surface-mountable antenna elements and 1D or 2D array arrangement
  • Performance at 28 GHz, 38 GHz and 60 GHz – scalability up to 80 GHz
  • Adaptable beam characteristic from high gain to wide angular beamwidth
  • Measured antenna performance data: efficiency, matching, bandwidth, radiation pattern


GaN Technology for 28GHz M-MIMO Antennas


Chief Engineer




Innovation for 5G mmWaves: Novel High-Efficiency Antenna Elements


Director, Innovation Development


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Technology Enablers (Continued)


Millimetre Wave 5G Wireless – a Baseband ‘Systems IP’ Perspective




1:30 PM

Performance Validation, Testing and Network Planning Challenges

  • mmWave propagation challenges: impact of vegetation, detection of urban furniture, outdoor/indoor penetration
  • Comparison of predictions and measurements
  • Impact on the LoD (Level of Detail) for the required map data
  • LIDAR modelling
  • Practical combination with planning for existing operational frequency bands


Beam Management in New Radio: Prototyping and Testing


Senior Wireless Platform Architect



Planning for 5G: Massive MIMO, mmWave Propagation, Coordinated MultiPoint…Putting it all Together with Predictive Simulation


Director, Propagation



Innovative Techniques for Network Planning


Vice President, Business Development & Innovations


3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

Technology Enablers (Continued)

  • Channel sounding results for 2.9, 29GHz and 61 GHz in indoor, outdoor, stadium and mall use cases
  • Prototyping results; specifically performance data collected from 28GHz systems in action for indoor and outdoor with mobility and NLOS
  • System modeling and performance for variety of use cases; (capacity curves for indoor/outdoor/stadium and fixed wireless use cases)
  • Design flow for UE and Basestation components, sub-systems, and RF environment
  • Architectures for MIMO, multi-CA
  • Technical challenges for handling mmWave in PCBs and cables
  • Considering 28 GHz TX/RX up/downconverters
  • Power consumption distribution/partitioning
  • Related to target - weighted to system
  • Remedies to make mmWave practical for User Equipment
  • Dependencies: Design targets – Considering User Equipment Form Factors (laptops, routers and Smartphones)
  • Exploring the needs for 5G mm-wave control interface
  • Can an evolved MIPI RFFE Interface support mmWave or is a new bus architecture needed?

5G Millimeter Wave: Propagation, OTA Testing and UE Design Considerations


Principal Engineer




Making it Happen: mmWave UE Scenario


Director, Technology




5:00 PM

Closing Panel - What to Expect, When?

Host and IWPC Members

7:00 PM

Evening reception for 4G/5G Multi-Band, Multi-Mode User Equipment workshop



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  3. Who are the attendees?
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  5. Hotel information?
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  8. Will business cards be collected?
  9. What is the dress code?
  10. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Friday, October 6, 2017

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    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees 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 Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $932 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

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  5. Hotel information? IWPC Room Block Sold Out

    Hotel Ella
    1900 Rio Grande Street
    Austin, TX 78705
    Phone: 512-495-1800
    Hotel Website

    The IWPC room block rate is USD 179/night. Please call the hotel directly or send a request to [email protected] to make your reservation.

  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    Directions and transportation options will be posted as soon as possible.

  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    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 “recordings” of all presentations and panel sessions.

  8. Will business cards be collected?

    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.

  9. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please!

  10. How will handout materials be provided?

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to be included in the online workshop folder in the IWPC Research Library. This should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

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    • Go to www.iwpc.org
    • Click on IWPC Activities Tab
    • Under Workshop: 5G mmWave Opportunities and Challenges
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