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LTE and Small Cells: Meeting the Sync Demands


The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing. You can also download a copy of the presentation slides.

All cellular radio base stations require precise synchronization. Developments in technology and in topology such as TDD-LTE, LTE-Advanced and Small Cells put new demands on networks and methods to deliver sync to meet stricter phase requirements.

This webinar will examine the following relevant topics in an effort to show how to meet these demands:

  • Requirements and challenges of sync for LTE and small cells
  • How to address these challenges and deploy successfully
  • Overview of Standards and Recommendations
  • Qualifying the backhaul for LTE-A
  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and next steps

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Panelists


Tim Frost, BSc, MSc, MIET, C.Eng
Stategic Marketing Manager
Calnex Solutions, Ltd.

Tim Frost joined Calnex in the summer of 2013. He has several years of experience in next-generation synchronisation techniques, having worked with both Symmetricom and Zarlink Semiconductor on packet synchronisation technologies. He has been active in the ITU Network Synchronisation question (Q13/SG15), the Small Cell Forum, where he was editor for their Synchronisation white paper, and also in the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), where he was the editor for their circuit emulation standards.

Tim has over 20 years experience in the electronics and telecommunications industry, having worked in areas such as the design of embedded CPU cores for ASIC devices, and in railway signaling systems. Tim has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds, and an MSc. from the University of Manchester. He is a Member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.

Jim Olsen
Director
North American Solutions Architecture
Microsemi

Jim Olsen has been with Microsemi for 30 years. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing network synchronization and timing architectures in more than 50 countries. Jim first joined the company in 1984, and has served in a wide range of roles in Service, Sales, and Marketing.

In 2000, he was named Director of Advanced Technologies, and he is currently a Director, Solutions Architecture, for The Americas. Jim speaks regularly at industry seminars and events, and his numerous articles and whitepapers on synchronization and timing have appeared in books and trade publications.

His knowledge of how timing impacts mobile and Wireline networks coupled with his extensive travels, help make Jim an informative and entertaining speaker.

Moderator

Tim Pearson
Technology Strategist
Sprint

Tim Pearson serves Sprint as a Technology Strategist, reporting under the CTO. With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunication field, Tim has worked in various engineering and management roles such as design, planning and strategy for both local and core networks within the North American US market. In addition to his normal strategic role, Tim is the Principal Technical representative for Sprint to the MEF, leads Sprint’s Synchronization Strategy by participating in the development of international standards for packet synchronization in Study Group 15 Question 13 and participates as Sprint’s ATIS/COAST representative. He holds a Bachelor of Science Electronic Engineering Technology degree from the University of Nebraska.

Precision Timing Protocol – Fundamentals and Futures


The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing. You can also download a copy of the presentation slides.

Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) is a vital enabler for new networks and features within many industries including mobile communications, power, finance, broadcast, industrial automation, scientific research and more. With its ability to achieve clock accuracy in the sub-microsecond range, PTP is an essential force in today’s measurement and control systems. And innovations are being made now to prepare this protocol for the future. Get up to speed on the basics and future developments of Precision Timing Protocol by participating in the PTP – Fundamentals and Futures webinar, which will cover:

  • Basics of PTP – How it works
  • Different Profiles for Different Applications
  • Future PTP standardization.

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Panelists


Patrick Diamond
Founder and Principal
Diamond Consulting

Patrick Diamond Ph.D is the Founder and Principal of Diamond Consulting a specialty consultancy focusing on Synchronization technology and techniques for Telecommunications, Industrial and Financial networks. Pat is an early pioneer and evangelist of 1588 packet timing technology starting in 2003. Previously Pat was the Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Semtech Corp and lead development of the first and most highly integrated 1588 SoC solution for Telecom equipment. In excess of 1.5M of these devices are installed today. Pat has been active in many standards organizations including IEEE and ITU. Pat is currently Co-Chair of the Maintenance sub-committee of the P1588 Working Group.

Tim Frost, BSc, MSc, MIET, C.Eng
Strategic Marketing Manager
Calnex Solutions, Ltd.

Tim Frost joined Calnex in the summer of 2013. He has several years of experience in next-generation synchronisation techniques, having worked with both Symmetricom and Zarlink Semiconductor on packet synchronisation technologies. He has been active in the ITU Network Synchronisation question (Q13/SG15), the Small Cell Forum, where he was editor for their Synchronisation white paper, and also in the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), where he was the editor for their circuit emulation standards.

Tim has over 20 years experience in the electronics and telecommunications industry, having worked in areas such as the design of embedded CPU cores for ASIC devices, and in railway signaling systems. Tim has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds, and an MSc. from the University of Manchester. He is a Member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.

Moderator

Silvana Rodrigues
Director of System Engineering
IDT

Silvana Rodrigues is a Director of System Engineering at IDT. She graduated in Electrical Engineer from Campinas University in Brazil. She is the secretary for the IEEE 1588 Working Group and the editor of several ITU-T Recommendations.

Network Evolution - PSTN in Transition


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The transition of the Public Switched Telecommunications Network (PSTN) to Internet Protocol (IP) technology presents challenges to the decision makers managing the many aspects of network evolution. Existing PSTN processes and regulations are based on time division multiplex (TDM) technology. Thus, in planning for the future, the industry must comprehensively evaluate the implications of the transition to IP.

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ATIS’ PSTN Transition Focus Group developed the PSTN Transition Focus Group Assessment and Recommendations to help in this planning. The report overviews the current state of communication networks as well as the robust capabilities that the networks of the future will deliver. During this webinar, leaders of the ATIS PSTN Transition Focus Group discuss the Assessment and Recommendations report to offer insight and guidance to the industry as it manages the transition to IP-based services.

Panelists


Richard Ejzak
Director, Corporate Standards
Alcatel-Lucent

Richard consults in the development of architecture and standards evolution plans for IP-based communications systems while currently focusing on WebRTC and the evolution of the PSTN.

Since joining AT&T in 1983, Richard has stayed with Lucent and then Alcatel-Lucent to the present, focusing primarily in wireless communications as systems engineer and then as a member of CTO. He has participated in multiple standards and industry organizations and has over 42 patents awarded, many of which are utilized in existing standards and products.

Richard has a PhD in CS from Northwestern University and a BSEE from the University of Michigan.

Carroll Gray-Preston
Senior Director, Technology and Planning
Office of the CTO
GENBAND

Carroll-Gray-Preston is responsible for leading the planning of GENBAND's technology strategy including management of standards and IPR development. With more than 20 years experience in real-time communications development, Carroll has a proven track record of successfully leading advanced technology initiatives to deliver products and solutions to meet customer needs across a global market. Prior to joining GENBAND, Carroll worked at Nortel, where she held a variety of leadership positions within Research and Development. Most recently, she was Director of Architecture for the Carrier VoIP and Applications Solutions business where she led development of voice and multimedia solution architecture for Fixed, Wireless, and Cable Service providers. Carroll holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate certificate from North Carolina State University, where she studied Computer Science.

Mike Nawrocki
Director
Wireline Standards
Verizon

Mike Nawrocki is Director – Wireline Standards in Verizon’s Network and Technology organization. He has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including technology development, network planning, engineering, and product evaluation. Mike’s current responsibilities at Verizon include standards strategy for video services, optical systems, cloud-based services, VoIP, network interconnection and in-home networks. Mike has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University.

Moderator

Brian Daly
Director
Core Network & Government/Regulatory Standards
AT&T Labs - Network Technologies

Brian K. Daly – Director, Core & Government/Regulatory Standards, manages the team responsible for the strategic standards engineering for the 3GPP evolved packet system, the IP multimedia subsystem, femto cells, machine-to-machine system, regulatory aspects including emergency services, CMAS, SMS to 9-1-1, and CALEA, homeland security, public safety broadband, PSTN transition standards, and wireless-wireline convergence. Brian has a working knowledge of wireless security standards, homeland security aspects including citizen-to-citizen, citizen-to-authority, and authority-to-citizen communications, and regulatory aspects including public safety/law enforcement requirements. Brian is an appointee to the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council and the Emergency Access Advisory Committee, and was part of the Commercial Mobile Alert Service Advisory Committee where he led the Communications Technology Group, and was active in the development of industry standards for CMAS. Brian is a member of the FCC’s Communication Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council working groups for Transition to NG-9-1-1 and Next Generation Alerting. He currently is Chair of the North American Fraud Forum and Security Group and Emergency Services Task Force under the GSM Association’s North American Regional Interest Group.

Brian holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University with an emphasis in electromagnetic engineering (antennas and microwaves) and communication systems.

GPS Vulnerabilities and Implications for Telecom


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Free to use and extremely accurate, GPS and GNSS have become ubiquitous as sources of time and frequency in today’s technologies. Much of our critical infrastructure depends on these signals. Electrical power, financial systems, transportation and communications systems all contain aspects that depend critically on GPS time and positioning. And increasingly, new telecommunications standards are evolving that call for time synchronization for greater accuracy. Yet companies and organizations are often unaware of the extent of this dependence in embedded systems.

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As reliance on GPS and GNSS increases, these systems are also growing more vulnerable because of problems such as jamming and spoofing. Managers must plan now for backup systems to GPS time and frequency. Holdover is becoming more important and stringent for maintaining the new time synchronization requirements. Yet issues of transferring accurate time through the network, alternative time transfer systems are developing. This webinar will address telecom systems’ dependence on GPS and GNSS, and provide insight into the options for backing up these systems using holdover and alternative time transfer techniques.

Panelists


Todd Humphreys
Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
University of Texas at Austin

Todd E. Humphreys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, and Director of the UT Radionavigation Laboratory. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. He specializes in applying optimal estimation and signal processing techniques to problems in radionavigation. His recent focus is on radionavigation robustness and security.

Martin Nuss, Ph.D.
Vice President, Technology and Strategy and Chief Technology Officer
Vitesse Semiconductor

Martin Nuss joined Vitesse in November 2007 as Vice President, Technology and Strategy and Chief Technical Officer. With more than 20 years of technical and management experience. Mr. Nuss is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a member of IEEE and a member of the ATIS Board of Directors. Mr. Nuss holds a doctorate in applied physics from the Technical University in Munich, Germany.

Moderator


Dr. James Armstrong
Chief Technology Officer
Symmetricom

James Armstrong serves as the chief technology officer at Symmetricom. Dr. Armstrong joined Symmetricom in 2006 as vice president of engineering and previously held the position of executive vice president and general manager of the Communications Business Unit. Prior to joining Symmetricom, Dr. Armstrong was president of Movidis, Inc., a privately held company that develops high-performance networking equipment for OEM and enterprise markets. From 1998-2002, he served as vice president of software development at DIVA Systems, a provider of interactive, on-demand television products and services. He is a member of ATIS and ATIS TOPS Council which brings together technology executives from leading ICT companies to solve the industry’s most pressing challenges. Together, members work to transform the market’s disruptive influences into solutions to advance long-terms, strategic, industry-wide priorities. Dr. Armstrong holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.