Enhancing Rural Connectivity, New Wireless Opportunities and Deployment Scenarios

Maximizing the impact of 4G/5G connectivity on rural communities. Exploring new use-cases including tele-health, agriculture and drone applications for vertical industries. What impact will new satellite technologies and innovation have on cellular services?

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January 29-31, 2019


Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel

New Orleans, LA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


The wireless industry is gearing up for the introduction of several flavors of 5G. Some may argue that other than capacity increases for high traffic urban areas, Enhanced Mobile Broadband below 7GHz will not initially provide more than LTE-Advanced does today. Propagation challenges are likely to limit initial mmWave deployment to fixed wireless access and massive device connectivity is now supported by NB-IoT and numerous license free technologies.

So what does all this mean when it comes to 5G deployment for less densely populated regions of the world? Rural communities need connectivity, both fixed and mobile, for a variety of applications from agriculture to healthcare to education. Industries and homes alike need to be connected in order to prosper and thrive in a fast-moving world.

Recently, the FCC opted to go forward with an exploration of allocating $100 million for a “Connected Care Pilot Program” designed to deliver telehealth solutions with a focus on rural communities. Can we expect doctors and other health practitioners to treat patients remotely at home using video streaming and other forms of two-way live communications?

Will machine connectivity for next-generation sensors, cloud platforms, telematics, autonomous machines and various other technologies drive demand to connect globally scattered resources through cellular 5G and satellite? This workshop will assess connectivity needs for rural and sparsely populated areas, explore use cases and identify verticals which may drive deployment of next generation 5G technologies.

Workshop Goals

  • Identify key verticals and use-cases which have the potential to drive 5G demand in rural and less densely populated regions
  • Understand which 5G and next generation technologies make sense for these areas
  • Explore potential for current and evolving wireless technologies
  • Assess opportunities, challenges and roadblocks for broader nationwide 5G deployment


January 29


7:00 PM

Evening Reception & Registration

At Hotel

January 30


7:00 AM


8:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 AM

Host Introduction and Keynote

  • Identifying needs and innovative ways to bring fixed and mobile 5G applications to rural communities
  • Understanding rural and sparsely populated services and network challenges
  • How does the industry ensure sustainable services in rural areas
  • Exploring 5G usage cases and deployment priorities

Keynote Presentation





10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Service Provider Perspectives

  • Why rural population requires mobile and internet connectivity, key demographic statistics, and advantages
  • 5G verticals and use cases – How can Agriculture, Construction, Autonomous Aircraft or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Energy, Oil & Gas, Education, Tele-Health, etc. benefit?
  • Assessing updated Schedules of 5G deployments
  • Identifying 5G Deployment Challenges
  • New Deployment Scenarios
  • How best to address rural 5G need without breaking the bank
  • Understanding rural use case scenarios for sub 6GHz 5G, CBRS and mmWave

Facebook Connectivity and the Rural Challenge


Research Scientist; Head of Connectivity




5G in a Box : Answer to Rural Connectivity


AVP ( Network Engineering and Delivery)


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Service Provider Perspectives, continued

  • Exploring rural use cases for 5G
  • Specific "how-to's" of bringing 5G to rural areas (antenna, small cell, real estate acquisition, ROI) differences in urban vs. rural implementations
  • Understanding rural / regional carriers thinking about 5G - lower bands, rural carrier advantages
  • Smaller Regional Carriers, new industries that may benefit from 5G, who are they, what will they require
  • 5G Deployment Opportunities and scenarios
  • Which use cases beside Fixed Wireless Access are feasible in US and other countries?
  • What are boundary conditions (like regulation, site access, 3GPP Standardization) which are needed to support it?
  • How do operators intend to integrate Small Cells in current 4G Macro Cell networks?
  • What performance will 5G really achieve in rural deployments?
  • How will operators bring those relevant 5G capabilities (high-speed user throughput, low latency) to rural deployments?

5G User Experience and Capacity


Director., Wireless RF Engineering




Mississippi’s First 5G Deployment


Wireless Systems Engineer



VP, Business Development


3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

OEM Perspectives

  • Deployment technology use cases timing / Road map
  • Is massive MIMO at 2.6GHz or other bands of interest in rural deployments?
  • How does massive MIMO perform in rural environments?
  • 5G use cases, deployment challenges, and Interoperability with 4G
  • 5G Business models for mmWave transport; Business models for gigabit fixed wireless networks
  • Can high capacity mmWave be used for 5G access in rural areas
  • 5G roll out band plans/schedules
  • 5G deployment modes: Stand-Alone (SA) vs. Non-Stand-Alone(NSA)
  • 4G & 5G NSA combinations
  • 5G Configurations and deployment options
  • What is 5G FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) – how can it help?
  • Assessing beamforming technology
  • Advantages and challenges of 5G FWA
  • What is 5G FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) – how can it help?
  • Assessing beamforming technology
  • Advantages and challenges of 5G FWA

Performance evaluation of Massive MIMO in rural scenarios






5G FWA Broadband Access to Rural Communities


Sr. Staff Systems Engineer



5G Rural - Fixed Wireless Access Economics


CTO, BLiNQ Networks


5:00 PM

End-of-Day Panel Session

5:40 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner - Brennan's



January 31


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

Leveraging Satellite Communications for 5G

  • 5G satellite plans and performance expectations
  • Can satellites deliver on the promise of seamless connectivity?
  • Building on LTE seamless service for airlines, cruise ships and remote geographies
  • What are the use cases tying Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) Satcom/GEO Satcom and 5G?
  • What are the interfaces and network architectures?
  • Understanding the coming changes in satellite technology – GEO/MEO/LEO
    • Capacity, Throughput, Latency, Timelines, Cost points
  • Satellite networks evolution to support new satellites and constellations
  • Exploring key applications for 5G over satellite
    • Aviation, Maritime, Land mobility, Rural/Remote Backhaul
  • Network resilience and high availability
    • Rural/remote enterprises – energy, hospitality, retail, corporate
    • Rural/remote residential, Emergency services
    • IoT – narrowband and broadband – utility, agriculture
  • Common satellite and 5G technologies
  • Phased array antennas
  • Multi beam connectivity
  • mmW FWA for rural, Satellite connectivity, Satellite broadband, NTN (Non Terrestrial networks)
  • Will IoT and M2M networks drive technological advancements in associated devices to enable satellite and cellular integration?
  • Can satellite operators and device manufacturers develop robust solutions that can potentially switch between terrestrial and satellite network as required?
  • Can cellular and satellite operators collaborate with IoT and connectivity application developers to advance the capability of end to end solutions for oil & gas, agriculture, construction, autonomous aircraft or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)?
  • Can satellite network operators develop relatively scalable and hybrid components, which facilitate capabilities equivalent to the components that are being used in traditional big satellites?
  • How will applications such as mobile, telemetry, and asset monitoring, that require relatively low power, be supported by L-Band and other satellite bands, particularly Ku-and Ka-band?
  • mmW for FWA
  • Proposed 5G applications and Services are categories as
    • Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)
    • Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC)
    • Ultra-Reliable, Low-Latency Communications (URLLC)
  • Deployment of terrestrial 5G services will inevitably start with densely populated areas and spread gradually to rural community over many years
  • Satellite communications provides wide area coverage is most suitable to fill the gap
    • Ideal for rural or hard to reach terrain
    • With the exception of ultra low-latency, tool to provide most of the 5G services are here and now!
  • By example scenarios, we can demonstrate how eMBB, mMTC and URC can be delivered

Leveraging Satellite Communications for 5G


Head, Marketing & Business Development




5G Services via Satellites






Satellite for 5G


Senior Director, Marketing





LEO Satellites and Rural Connectivity


Director, Public/Private Partnerships






10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

System Vendor Perspectives, continued

  • Use of Edge Cloud and MEC for local services with Satellite connectivity to the Mobile core
  • Security
  • Edge computing, SDN, NFVi, telco clouds
  • The role of edge clouds in the 5G era
  • Will open source SDN/NFVi technologies (OpenStack, Tungsten Fabric, Kubernetes, and others) enable service providers (telco & cable) to deploy edge clouds throughout their distributed infrastructure (central offices, base stations, etc.)?
  • Will this enable service providers to enhance their existing infrastructure, prepare for 5G-capable applications, and monetize these resources by offering managed services to enterprise customers?
  • Network Slicing : Opportunities and Implementation Challenges
  • Virtualized cloud environments and centralized, orchestrated control
  • Use cases relevant to rural communities
  • Implementation of business and retail services by deploying distributed clouds
  • Monetization of existing resources in central offices and regional data centers
  • Will Network Slicing allow limitless logical networks to be spawned atop a single physical one?
  • Can Network Slicing directly address bandwidth demand and top line revenue growth, providing an array of new business models to serve countless high value use cases?
  • Support for Narrow Band IoT applications

Delivering Low Latency & Distributed Services with the Secure Mobile Edge Cloud


Chief Architect




Models for Monetizing 5G




12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

System Vendor Perspectives, continued

  • The use of microwave and millimeterwave systems for rural backhaul
  • Optical networking as service delivery platform in support of 5G applications
  • Ethernet based Fronthaul and Midhaul opportunity
  • Small Cell opportunity from Ethernet Transport point of view?
  • How are deployment and prediction models verified for 5G, in particular for mmWave frequencies
  • Modelling an atrium for a 5G NR-based 26 GHz indoor, small cell deployment scenario
  • Deploying network based on modelling results
  • Correlate results of prediction model to actual coverage measurement results

Fast and Cost Efficient Rollout of Rural Services


SVP and Chief Product Officer



Bringing Gigabit to Every Town’s Main Street


VP, Product Line Management




5G NR Field Measurements – A First Look


Technology Manager, NA


3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM

Technology Enablers

  • Where is it safe to fly in the 3D radio space of a cellular network (for command & control signals and data transfer)?
  • How is that data automatically shared with UAV Service Providers for flight planning and approval by the ANSPs, e.g. FAA?
  • How a metamaterials-based satellite flat-panel antenna can provide mobile connectivity to different platforms
  • What this high-throughput satellite connectivity means for verticals such as rural vehicles, agriculture, telemedicine, and more
  • How edge computing, connected by hybrid satellite/terrestrial networking can benefit 5G and IoT architectures
  • Realities with hybrid LTE networks and the bridge to next-generation networks

Cellular Connectivity for BVLOS Drone Operation






Leveraging Mobile Satellite-Enabled Vehicles for Rural 5G Connectivity


Connectivity Solutions Manager




Supporting NGSO and 5G Communications


Chief Technologist




Enabler Technology for 5G & Communication Satellites


Project Leader


5:00 PM

Closing Discussion

6:00 PM




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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: Monday, January 14, 2019

  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?

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  3. Who are the attendees?
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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 $997 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees 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.

  5. Hotel information?

    Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel
    700 Tchoupitoulas St
    New Orleans, LA USA 70130
    Phone: +1 504-613-2330
    Hotel Website

    The IWPC room block rate is $139/night. The deadline for hotel reservations is Friday, January 11, 2019. After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate. You can make your reservations at Book your group rate for IWPC New Orleans 2019.

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


    • Go to www.iwpc.org
    • Click on IWPC Activities Tab
    • Under Workshop: Enhancing Rural Connectivity, New Wireless Opportunities and Deployment Scenarios
    • Click on Submit Presentation Proposal. Complete the form and attach your presentation.
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