Program Agenda

The Network of the Future’s conference theme Foundations of Infrastructure Connectivity will address the challenges being tackled to build and advance the connectivity solutions necessary for the network of the future. Against this backdrop, keynote speakers and general sessions will explore a wide range of perspectives across the global communications technology industry including interoperability, security, broadband deployment, spectrum availability, data management, assurance, public safety communications integration, and more.

The event will provide an avenue for discussions that seek to enhance the understanding of the many variables that support the connected infrastructure backbone needed to accelerate connectivity and with it economic opportunity across every industry and market.

  • 8:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Keynote Address
Internet of Things
This presentation will cover the impact of the Internet of Things and IoT Technology on people’s lives and businesses.
Keynote Address
Unwrapping Network Automation – Are You Ready?
With all the intelligence gained from the customer and network experience, we are at that moment when technology can be pushed to its limits to gain agility and speed by automating our wireless networks. Increasing levels of machine learning and correlation of information offer the prospect of vastly improved efficiency, effectiveness, and increased scale. Sankaran Ramanathan, Executive Director of Network Support Systems at Verizon Wireless will address attendees on the opportunity to move towards a zero-touch paradigm with self-optimized, auto-remediated intelligent networks that are no longer a dream. The concept of breaking each function into generic APIs and integrating the components to create a holistic automation solution without reinventing micro-services is the key to success. The end-to-end technology advancements with virtualization readiness and shifting processing workloads from the Core to the Edge and visa-versa are things to watch for in the ecosystem.
  • 10:15 AM
Morning Break
Executive Panel: Network of the Future: Infrastructure, Technologies, and Applications
The Network of the Future demands advances at all layers of the stack. ICT thought leaders will discuss the challenges of deploying next-generation infrastructure, crucial advances in communications technology, and implications of applications development and the data requirements they will place on networks. Where are we today? What are the gaps? What forces will compel adoption of next-gen networks? What policies are needed to support the next generation of communications capabilities and infrastructure?
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
General Session: Densification: Aligning Technology and Policy with Market Opportunity
Network densification is a fundamental requirement for realizing 5G’s millisecond or less of latency potential. Densification encompasses many technologies that are in the process of being produced; working in seamless synchronization with each other and legacy systems already in the field. Some of the technologies include fixed-wireless access, mmWave, Cloud-RAN, network slicing, edge data centers, and edge computing. Deployment of antennas, such as small cells and DAS, as well as macro antennas will expand until we have “a tower on every street corner.” This will require technologies, pricing models, deployment paradigms, and government policies to be ready. This panel will present the status of technology and policies, what is to come and unfold the complexity of solutions needed to enable the deployment of 5G.
General Session: Powering 5G Networks

As macrocells grow in capacity and size, their demand for electrical power grows as well. MmWave technologies demand high power inputs to push out their signal. The networks energy needs are expanding and diversifying with a proliferation of base stations attached to light poles, buildings, and other structures. The cumulative impact of edge data centers, DAS, small cells, CBRS cells, POE, wireless power transfer, and other technologies could place significant demands on the power grid. More importantly, managing the deployment and integration of these devices will be complex, especially when layered with automated systems powering an expanding array of IoT devices. The 5G enabled future, when seen in the aggregate, will require we think differently about associated infrastructure, especially the power grid.

Is the energy infrastructure needed to power the next generation of communications infrastructure in place today? Are non-grid technologies like batteries and solar ready to fill-in where the grid leaves off? Who will pay for the energy consumption? What business models are in place now and what new ones will develop? This panel will discuss the technologies, policies and solutions are needed to ensure that energy does not constrain the 5G future.

  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break
General Session: Securing the Networks of the Future: Enhancing Cyber and Physical Security

The future is more connected, both through the expansion of the network and the proliferation of the internet of things. As 5G connectivity rolls-out there will also be an explosion of network nodes. Edge data centers in buildings or at the base of light poles and other decentralized network devices will also need securing. The entry points for cyber-attacks and other security vulnerabilities demand a robust cyber and physical security response.

Sabotage, the injection of malicious software, trusted insider code corruption, are key areas of concern. DOS (denial of service) attacks and others that are common now, will become even more devastating, affecting not just companies, but regions. Hackers and disruptors will see the new networks, devices, and applications as green field opportunities for increasingly sophisticated and destructive attacks. This panel will discuss the crucial cyber and physical security needs of this next-generation of connectivity, who will be responsible for providing that security, and how we begin to build those layers of protection now.

General Session: Quality Assurance, Business Performance, and Sustainability Best Practices
TIA's QuEST Forum Community offers tremendous experience in global quality metrics, benchmarking, and sustainability. This session will introduce TL 9000; the telecom industry’s unique extension to the ISO 9001 standard, as well as Performance Data Reports (PDR) and subsequent Benchmarking as a Service (BaaS) opportunities. The QuEST Sustainability Assessor is an online sustainability assessment tool designed to enable companies the ability to rapidly self-assess and benchmark their sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs against industry best practices. It then provides feedback and a prioritized set of recommendations for improvement to assist a company with optimizing their sustainability programs. In this session, you'll hear testimonials from some of the global Sustainability Award winners and hear how their sustainability journey has helped their companies improve.
  • 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Networking Reception
Join your fellow attendees and meet others in the marketplace working to accelerate connectivity. During the reception, TIA will recognize the 2018 winners of its Global Sustainability Awards.
  • 8:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
Shaping the Future of TIA
Short Takes | Big Ideas
  • Interdependence of 5G and Intelligent Transportation, presented by General Motors
  • The value of Quality and Measuring Customer Experience, presented by Metrinomics
  • Using CSR and Micro-Enterprise to Create Real Economic Change, presented by Soles4Souls
  • 10:15 - 10:30 AM
Morning Break
General Session: Smart Buildings Lay the Foundation for Smart Communities
There is a demographic revolution underway. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world's population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050. Municipal leaders recognize the necessity for intelligent, automated, data-driven systems and services to address the changing and growing demands placed on infrastructure. But government officials and cities planners cannot do it alone. Smart buildings will be an essential building block of smart communities. With ultra-broadband communications combined with intelligent building platforms, and integrated with 5G communications networks, smart buildings will become foundational pillars which will enable and accelerate the creation of smart communities. This panel will discuss what it takes to create the smart building of tomorrow and the role it plays in enabling smart communities.
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
  • 1:00 - 5:30 PM
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AT&T Supplier Summit (By AT&T Invitation Only)
  • 1:00 - 5:00 PM
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TIA’s Business Performance Leadership Council Meeting
  • 1:00 - 5:00 PM
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Network Service Provider Reliability Council (NSPRC) Meeting
  • 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Networking Reception
Networking Reception co-sponsored by AT&T and Infinera.
Following the AT&T Supplier Conference a joint reception for Network of the Future and AT&T Supplier Summit attendees will be held.
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Oversight Working Group

The Oversight Work Group manages the overall TL 9000 program, including Registration and Measurement Repository systems, electronic tools, recognition, training, translations, Certification Bodies and Accreditation Bodies.

  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Global Business Excellence (GBE) Working Group
The Global Business Excellence (GBE) Work Group is chartered to facilitate the evolution of the our global regions and hubs while also establishing TIA/QuEST Forum as the recognized global industry leader in providing Business Excellence and Best Practices information. 
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Edge Computing Working Group
The working group, chaired by Rebecca Hunter, Crown Castle, will have the sub-groups each report back and discuss in the detail progress made on the initial two key deliverables. Sub-Group 1: “Whitepaper” lead by Don Duet of Vapor IO will review ROI, Financial Implications and Business Models, along with Service Levels (SLA) & Service Assurance, Benchmarking, Maintenance and Operations Procedure requirements and others. Sub-Group 2: “Standards” will leverage the TIA-942 existing standard while defining Edge Data Center Taxonomy, Reference Architecture, Definitions, Power and Storage Requirements, Risk and ratings levels along with numerous other items.
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Smart Buildings Community
TIA launched the Smart Buildings Community and Program in January 2018, to unite the communications infrastructure, real estate development, construction and government entities in the mission of creating a common understanding and pathway to developing what is known as Smart Buildings. In February, TIA joined in collaboration with NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) to extend this work to interconnection and interoperability between buildings and municipalities. During this daylong workshop, TIA’s Smart Buildings Community will present and discuss the work accomplished thus far, and press forward with next iterations.
  • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Network Service Provider Reliability Council (NSPRC) Meeting
The purpose of the Network Service Provider Reliability Council (NSPRC) working committee is to ensure communications service for all end-users by identifying service performance and product quality concerns that can be addressed within the TL 9000 standard. The NSPRC working committee provides a forum for active voluntary participation in the resolution of common reliability and/or public safety problems identified in the operation and maintenance of equipment within the communications service provider network.
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
QuEST Forum Product Roadmap Working Group
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NFV Working Group
TIA’s NVF Working Group will meet to review updates on the two major initiatives and determine going forward plans. There will be an update from the NFVI Classification team reviewing the slides and the document outline. The team will also review progress made on the VFF measurement. TIA will provide a brief summary of the Network Service Assurance initiative and how NFV might fit.
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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IGQ Working Group
The charter of the Integrated Global Quality (IGQ) Work Group is to harmonize global industry quality system requirements and measurements. It ensures that the TL 9000 Handbooks are steadily evolving and keeping pace with changes in the industry for products, solutions, technology, services, and supply chain.
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Network Service Provider Reliability Council (NSPRC) Meeting
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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All Working Groups Break for Lunch (not provided)