Accurate time synchronization is an essential driving force in the success of today’s most commonly used technologies. Effective “sync” is imperative for the operation of mobile wireless systems. LTE, driven by the demands of significantly greater spectral efficiency and the migration to small cells, is particularly sync-dependent. Next-generation E911 networks now have new, more stringent requirements for time synchronization. And greater awareness is developing of GPS and GNSS vulnerability to intentional and unintentional interference. Today’s networks face challenges as they support both existing and emerging services that have a variety of sync needs: time, frequency and phase synchronization. Add to the mix that new standards for time synchronization are being developed in the ATIS, ITU, IEEE, IETF and other standards bodies.
The 25th Annual Workshop on Synchronization and Timing Systems (WSTS), sponsored by NIST and ATIS, is a vendor-neutral technology workshop that will address evolving sync requirements, as well as the roll-out of new sync systems and standards, and how this affects network operators and equipment manufacturers.
The WSTS is managed by a Steering Committee composed of synchronization experts representing a cross section of users, manufacturers and professionals associated with telecommunication network synchronization. The Committee sets the strategic priorities for the event and defines the main topics to be addressed each year.
WSTS and its sister conference in Europe, Time and Sync in Telecoms (ITSF), represent a global alliance of pre-eminent experts in synchronization for telecom and related applications. Many of these experts participate on the steering committee of both conferences, and various standards bodies including ATIS, ITU, IEEE and IETF.