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Now it might be difficult for those of us entrenched in the telecoms world to believe, but a vast majority of end-users and policymakers still don’t understand how the transition to a new 5G wireless standard will work. That’s why we’re bringing DC5G back to the nation’s capital for a second year — to break telecommunications industry sectors out of their silos, and unite leaders, policy makers, investors, and end-users to educate the world about the benefits of adding a 5G capability to the wireless ecosystem. If you have questions about 5G, then DC5G is the place to find answers.

With a keynote from Samsung Senior Vice President (SVP) of Policy John Godfrey, who will outline what the world’s largest handset manufacturer believes will be the “killer app for 5G.” Godfrey will explore the prevailing use cases for 5G from the initial commercial network uses to some of the more transformative industry applications. Immediately following the keynote will be a fireside chat with Chris Pearson and Small Cell Forum CEO Sue Monahan, moderated by SDx Central Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek, titled “What Makes 5G Different than Previous Generations?” The group will take an in-depth look at the various elements necessary to create a 5G world of the future, including small cells, spectrum resources, and more.

The opening program rolls nicely into our day-one morning session, which addresses a major industry challenge — deploying 5G infrastructure. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) primary mission over the next few years will be to ensure that the United States wins the race to full 5G deployment while allowing private industry to ultimately determine how it will be done. The FCC’s biggest challenge is creating a balanced regulatory environment that will keep investment capital flowing, and make it easier for the industry to install and deploy infrastructure. Can the U.S. keep pace with its international competitors? Our morning panel session, “Winning the Global Race to 5G,” aims to answer this question. The session features an all-star speaker lineup from a variety of organizations playing widely different roles in the 5G space, including QUALCOMM, Intelsat, the U.S. Navy, Crown Castle, and CommScope.

DC5G 2018 will then welcome its second keynote speaker — entrepreneur, technologist, and Eisenhower Fellow Adam Zuckerman, director of ventures and innovation for Discovery. Adam has directed the implementation of emerging technologies for numerous Fortune 500 companies around the world. His DC5G presentation, “The Disruptive World of 5G-Powered Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Applications,” will explain how 5G connectivity unlocks incredible VR, AR and mixed reality capabilities for businesses, consumers, and governments.

Next at DC5G 2018 will be a trio of a smart city- and rural deployment-themed sessions, starting with a 5G smart structures panel, “Transforming Unique Physical Buildings into Compatible Smart City Network Nodes” featuring speakers from Google, Mobile Stack, and the Telecommunications Industry Association. Satellite Industry Association (SIA) President Tom Stroup then leads his session, “Are there 5G Deployment Plans for Rural Communities and Mobile, Remote Industries?” Stroup and fellow speakers from SES, Geeks Without Frontiers, and The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) will answer questions about satellite, cellular backhaul, and wireless opportunities that could be created for operators serving remote and underserved clientele.

Day two of DC5G 2018 begins with a roundtable discussion, “What Can 5G Do for Smart Cities?” with Crown Castle Director of Product Development Mark Reudink, NDP Analytics Managing Director Bonnie Pierce, and Jackie Crotts, the Deputy Director of Technology for the City of Richmond, Va. This opening discussion speaks directly to our many city government attendees who are coming to DC5G 2018 to learn about how 5G connectivity brings value to city managers, creates new efficiencies and opportunities, works alongside and with existing technologies, and empowers citizens.

The next session, “How Local Government and Private Industry Should Invest in 5G,” features Steve Baker, Director of Innovation for American Tower, along with GWTCA President Andy Maxymillian, Mobile Future Executive Director of Mobile Future Margaret McCarthy, and Shulman Rogers Chairman of Telecommunications Alan Tilles. NTCA Assistant General Counsel Jill Canfield and OST Program Manager Asghar Meraj will then explore ideal collaborative industry and government strategies to address 5G security and privacy concerns related to protecting individual data and enterprise operations.

DC5G 2018 concludes with a callback to the theme of our opening keynote — a panel session that “geeks out” over the new applications that 5G enables for connected consumers and businesses. This will be an exciting closing session led by speakers with incredible insight on 5G application development, including National Retail Federation (NRF) Senior Director of Digital Retail Jill Dvorak; Samsung Head of Marketing Derek Johnston, and Nokia North American Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mike Murphy.

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Deutsche Telekom headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Photo: Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom, the majority shareholder of T-Mobile U.S. , will launch commercial 5G operations in Germany in 2020. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Höttges said operations will launch as long as enough commercial devices are available. He renewed a pledge to invest $6.32 billion (5.5 billion euros) a year in building Telekom’s broadband network in Germany, according to a statement issued before a meeting on network strategy to be hosted by Germany’s main industry lobby.

Höttges plans to cooperate in building out Germany’s fiber-optic network, critical both for providing gigabit-speed internet connections and ensuring that 5G services such as networked factories and smart cities can operate. He also invited industry to join in the development of a standardized European 5G platform.

The company plans to host a user conference to assess the demands on its 5G network.

Deutsche Telekom has submitted an eight-point plan for a fast, successful launch of 5G which includes a proposal to offer 5G coverage to 99 percent of the population by 2025. The company is also taking a major step in area coverage, targeting 90 percent 5G coverage by 2025.

The Operator said it will invest 20 billion euros in Germany by 2021. To ensure that business, industry, and the general public get the best possible 5G network, Deutsche Telekom will also team up with partners. It has recently concluded an agreement with competitor Telefonica, which enables Telefonica to use Deutsche Telekom’s fiber-optic network to connect its own mobile base stations.

The Operator said it has connected 22,000 mobile base stations with fiber. To provide even more coverage for Germany and its residents, Deutsche Telekom is also speeding up the installation of new antenna sites. The company currently operates 27,000 of them and will be adding at least 2,000 each year. Their number will reach 36,000 by 2021. The sites already use an advanced technology called Single RAN which enables frequencies to be split flexibly and dynamically on demand. S RAN technology is already capable of supporting the first 5G applications.

Tim Hottges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom says:
Everyone wants to be in the high-speed network – across all levels of society. That’s what drives us. Deutsche Telekom is ready for 5G. We’re working hard on the network roll-out in both the fixed and mobile networks. And we will live up to our responsibility for Germany’s digital future. We’re building the network for everyone.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on a critical and contentious proposal this week that could prevent city governments from charging access fees for 5G infrastructure construction and installation, and force cities to approve or deny carrier applications within as little as 60 days or as many as 90 days. The vote puts the agency at odds with city governments that have already partnered with carriers to deploy 5G small cells and other infrastructure networks.

The proposal’s supporters, including the FCC’s Republican majority, claim that the new rules would accelerate the pace of 5G rollout while saving carriers billions of dollars in fees and expenses. The savings, the agency said, could then be re-invested by carriers in connecting rural and underserved communities. Telecommunications companies in the United States are eager to invest in and deploy 5G infrastructure to stay ahead of nations like China, which have far fewer regulatory hurdles. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai admitted that striking a balance between leading the world in 5G innovation and adhering to free-market economics would be a major challenge for the U.S. He had stated publicly that the telecom industry is relying on his commission to speed up infrastructure rollout and 5G service deployment by cutting the red tape and eliminating regulatory hurdles.

The FCC proposes that cities adhere to a ‘reasonable’ standardized application fee structure — a one-time $100 fee to apply, and $270 per year to maintain each small cell installation. This follows another order from March 2018, in which the FCC voted to exclude small cells from the same category of federal review procedures required for 200-foot cellphone towers — making small cell deployment much easier and faster for carriers.

“Our action would eliminate around $2 billion in unnecessary costs, which would stimulate around $2.5 billion of additional buildouts,” Pai and other Republican commissioners wrote in the proposal. “And that new service would be deployed where it is needed most — 97 percent of new deployments would be in rural and suburban communities that otherwise would be on the wrong side of the digital divide.”

Municipal governments argue that it is their right to charge fair market rate fees to carriers wanting to install small cells or other physical elements on public infrastructure. Some state governments also feel that the FCC proposal would steamroll legislation that some have already put into place to facilitate 5G small-cell deployment.

The FCC acknowledged that many states (currently more than 20) and localities have “acted to update and modernize their approaches to small cell deployments. They are working to promote deployment and balance the needs of their communities. At the same time, the record shows that problems remain,” The FCC’s proposal also stated that “many state and local officials have urged the FCC to continue our efforts in this proceeding and adopt additional reforms. Indeed, we have heard from a number of local officials that the excessive fees or other costs associated with deploying small scale wireless infrastructure in large or otherwise ‘must serve’ cities are materially inhibiting the buildout of wireless services in their own communities.”

Despite the pitch to rural governments, not all of the beneficiaries here are on board with the FCC’s plan. Last week, Paul Smith, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), wrote a letter to the FCC expressing the organization’s concerns with the language of the proposal. Smith wrote that while the RCRC supports policies that close the digital divide, the organization believes that “the proposed language set forth in the Order would actually incentivize increased deployment in already-served, historically high-cost markets.”

Smith pointed to certain elements of the proposal to support his claim. “The FCC’s proposed new collocation ‘shot clock’ category is too extreme. The proposal designates any preexisting structure, regardless of its design or suitability for attaching wireless equipment, as eligible for this new expedited 60-day shot clock,” he wrote. “The FCC’s proposed recurring fee structure is an unreasonable overreach that will harm local policy innovation. We disagree with the FCC’s interpretation of ‘fair and reasonable compensation’ as meaning approximately $270 per small cell site … The FCC’s decision to prohibit a municipalities’ ability to require ‘in-kind’ conditions on installation agreements is in direct conflict with the FCC’s stated intent of this Order and further constrains local governments in deploying wireless services to historically underserved areas.”

The FCC said it drafted the order based on feedback from multiple cities and state governments, as well as carriers and investors. FCC Chairman Pai and his colleagues said that they are seeking a fair, yet realistic path to 5G rollout in the United States. “We have reached a balanced, commonsense approach, rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all regime. This ensures that state and local elected officials will continue to play a key role in reviewing and promoting the deployment of wireless infrastructure in their communities,” the agency wrote in its proposal.

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Intelsat CEO Steve Spengler (right) defended his company’s advocacy of a plan to transfer some C-band satellite spectrum to terrestrial operators for 5G use, arguing it was better for the company to be in control of any deal.

Chief executives of satellite operators took sharply divergent views on working with terrestrial mobile operators on access to spectrum, with some advocating for negotiations while another warned of making any deals.

The difference of opinions expressed during a panel at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week here Sept. 10 comes as discussions continue on a potential transfer of C-band satellite spectrum to mobile operators for 5G services in the United States and next year’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) that will take up other satellite spectrum proposals.

Intelsat Chief Executive Steve Spengler, the leading advocate for the U.S. C-band spectrum proposal, argued that while C-band globally is important for Intelsat, the company felt that, in the United States, it needed to work out an arrangement that will hand over some C-band spectrum to terrestrial operators.

“The key here is protecting the incumbents while addressing the reality that the 5G situation had to be addressed one way or another,” he said. “We’d rather have a situation where we’re managing it, where we’re controlling this process, to get the right outcome.”

Supporting that proposal is SES, who with Intelsat controls the vast majority of C-band satellite spectrum in the United States. “It was a unique situation in the U.S. where there was no other practical alternative in terms of where this would go,” said Steve Collar, president and chief executive of SES. “This was an opportunity to create something that was genuinely a win-win.”

Viasat CEO Mark Dankberg, left, and Telesat CEO Daniel Goldberg at World Satellite Business Week in Paris (SpaceNews/Brian Berger)

ViaSat CEO Mark Dankberg, left, and Telesat CEO Daniel Goldberg at World Satellite Business Week in Paris

However, Mark Dankberg, chairman and chief executive of ViaSat, took a very different view. While ViaSat is not involved in the C-band spectrum discussions in the U.S., he said his experience with debates about spectrum sharing at other frequencies led him to be skeptical about working with terrestrial operators.

“I don’t really see the mobile operators as our friends, because if they really wanted satellite as part of 5G, they wouldn’t be trying to take existing spectrum away from us, which will make our services less capable and more expensive,” he said.

“We all need to be extremely wary” about the benefits of sharing satellite spectrum with terrestrial operators, he cautioned. “I think that issue about spectrum is a hugely important issue for us.”

Rupert Pearce, chief executive of Inmarsat, tried to strike a middle ground in the debate. “I think we don’t do a good enough job as a community educating the world about the potential important differentiating role of satellite in a 5G world, and we don’t do a good enough job holding our nose and going in to talk to the [mobile network operators] about why they should regard us as collaborators,” he said. The satellite industry, he said, needs to explain to companies and governments those cases where 5G services can be best provided by satellite.

While Spengler advocated for a C-band deal in the U.S., he said it’s still important for the satellite industry to advocate for other spectrum at next year’s WRC. “There is still a lot of uncertainty around Ka-band,” he said, including concerns that regulations may no longer be globally harmonized.

“We have to stay together globally to make sure that we advocate for our interests just as others will be doing for theirs,” he said.

Major Satellite Operator CEOs Clash Over 5G

Spengler

Intelsat CEO Steve Spengler (right) defended his company’s advocacy of a plan to transfer some C-band satellite spectrum to terrestrial operators, arguing it was better for the company to be in control of any deal.

Chief executives of satellite operators took sharply divergent views on working with terrestrial mobile operators on access to spectrum, with some advocating for negotiations while another warned of making any deals.

The difference of opinions expressed during a panel at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week here Sept. 10 comes as discussions continue on a potential transfer of C-band satellite spectrum to mobile operators for 5G services in the United States and next year’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) that will take up other satellite spectrum proposals.

Intelsat Chief Executive Steve Spengler, the leading advocate for the U.S. C-band spectrum proposal, argued that while C-band globally is important for Intelsat, the company felt that, in the United States, it needed to work out an arrangement that will hand over some C-band spectrum to terrestrial operators.

“The key here is protecting the incumbents while addressing the reality that the 5G situation had to be addressed one way or another,” he said. “We’d rather have a situation where we’re managing it, where we’re controlling this process, to get the right outcome.”

Supporting that proposal is SES, who with Intelsat controls the vast majority of C-band satellite spectrum in the United States. “It was a unique situation in the U.S. where there was no other practical alternative in terms of where this would go,” said Steve Collar, president and chief executive of SES. “This was an opportunity to create something that was genuinely a win-win.”

Viasat CEO Mark Dankberg, left, and Telesat CEO Daniel Goldberg at World Satellite Business Week in Paris (SpaceNews/Brian Berger)

ViaSat CEO Mark Dankberg, left, and Telesat CEO Daniel Goldberg at World Satellite Business Week in Paris

However, Mark Dankberg, chairman and chief executive of ViaSat, took a very different view. While ViaSat is not involved in the C-band spectrum discussions in the U.S., he said his experience with debates about spectrum sharing at other frequencies led him to be skeptical about working with terrestrial operators.

“I don’t really see the mobile operators as our friends, because if they really wanted satellite as part of 5G, they wouldn’t be trying to take existing spectrum away from us, which will make our services less capable and more expensive,” he said.

“We all need to be extremely wary” about the benefits of sharing satellite spectrum with terrestrial operators, he cautioned. “I think that issue about spectrum is a hugely important issue for us.”

Rupert Pearce, chief executive of Inmarsat, tried to strike a middle ground in the debate. “I think we don’t do a good enough job as a community educating the world about the potential important differentiating role of satellite in a 5G world, and we don’t do a good enough job holding our nose and going in to talk to the [mobile network operators] about why they should regard us as collaborators,” he said. The satellite industry, he said, needs to explain to companies and governments those cases where 5G services can be best provided by satellite.

While Spengler advocated for a C-band deal in the U.S., he said it’s still important for the satellite industry to advocate for other spectrum at next year’s WRC. “There is still a lot of uncertainty around Ka-band,” he said, including concerns that regulations may no longer be globally harmonized.

“We have to stay together globally to make sure that we advocate for our interests just as others will be doing for theirs,” he said.