WSTS: 5G and Smart Cities


Sponsored by:


The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing.

You can also download a copy of the presentation slides.


Acceleration of the 5G network, convergent with growth in the number of Smart City-related applications requiring synchronization, amplifies the critical need for accurate and reliable timing throughout the network. A broad range of Smart City-related applications will require synchronization including those in the areas of Transportation, the Industrial IoT, and Smart Grid.

This session addresses the various aspects of synchronization as related to 5G and Smart Cities applications. It identifies the key synchronization implications and requirements of relevant 5G use cases and new architectures. Potential new solutions used to complement traditional GNSS- or PTP-based solutions as well as PNT (Position, Navigation, and Time) Smart City services are presented.


10:00 – 10:05 a.m. 5G and Smart Cities Overview
Stefano Ruffini, Expert, Ericsson Research, Ericsson
10:05 – 10:20 a.m. The Commercial Reality of 5G
Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas
10:20 – 10:30 a.m. ITU-T – Q13 Update
Stefano Ruffini, Expert, Ericsson Research, Ericsson
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Questions
10:40 – 10:45 a.m. Three Steps to 5G
Anand Ram, Vice President Business Development, Calnex Solutions
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Sync Accuracy Challenge in 5G
Mårten Wahlström, System Developer, Ericsson
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Smart City Precision Timing
Joe Neil, Technical Specialist, Microchip Technology
11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Alternative Approach for Time Sync Over Telco Networks
Umut Keten, Lead Architect Networks, Turk Telekom
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Questions


. Chris Pearson
5G Americas

Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas. In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. As President of 5G Americas (formerly called 4G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents the organization’s Market Representation interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization.

Mr. Pearson led the organization from its inception in 2001 as the 3GPP family of technologies market share grew from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 90 percent in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to the organization from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic executive management of the global TDMA wireless technology consortium. Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE.

With more than 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, LTE World, 5G World North America, and 5G Forum USA.

Barry Dropping
Director, Product Line Management

Barry Dropping is a 30-year veteran in the synchronization and timing field, having held leadership positions with Hewlett-Packard and Symmetricom prior to Microsemi. His background spans marketing, engineering and operations management, and he holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from the DeVry Institute. In his current position, he is responsible for industry-leading synchronization and timing system solutions for telecommunications, enterprise, and military/aerospace markets.

Anand Ram
Vice President Business Development
Calnex Solutions

Anand is Calnex’s Vice President of Business Development and has 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing for blue-chip companies as well as local distributor sales. The majority of his experience has been in telecoms test and measurement, including mobile, optical and datacomms. Anand has held management positions in Agilent Technologies, and Wandel & Goltermann (now Viavi).

. Mårten Wahlström
System Developer

Mårten Wahlström works in Ericsson RBS system design, where he now holds the system responsibility for the Network Synchronization Module. Mårten has more than 30 years of telecom experience and has worked with PDH, SDH, ATM, WCDMA, LTE and now NR(5G) product development. In many of these positions he has worked with the synchronizations aspects, both in customer/marketing support and Product Development.

. Umut Keten
Lead Architect
Turk Telekom

Umut graduated in 2002 at the university in Utrecht. After working at KPN, BT and Alcatel-Lucent(Nokia), he joined Turk Telekom 7 years ago as Senior/Lead Architect Fixed Networks. Nearly 18 years of experience in Telco Networks and Broadcasting Technologies. Member of the 1588 SG, responsible for the DVB-T network at KPN, managing the global MPLS network at BT, designing the 4.5G Mobile Network, Media Transport Network and Centralized Video Assistance Referree (VAR) system at Turk Telekom. Currently working on the development and rollout of 5G with emphasis on time synchronisation and distribution over fixed networks.

. Joe Neil
Technical Specialist

Joe Neil is a Microchip Technical Specialist in timing and synchronization, with more than 25 years of experience in engineering networks for operators world-wide. He holds degrees from Edinburgh Scotland and Aix-en-Provence, France. He is currently working on advanced timing solutions for Smart Cities and Autonomous Vehicles.


. Stefano Ruffini
Expert, Ericsson Research

Stefano Ruffini (Ericsson Research), is one of the Ericsson experts working on the mobile backhaul aspects and network synchronization solutions. He has been working on synchronization aspects for more than 20 years. He is currently actively contributing to ITU-T SG15 Q13 (serving as rapporteur) and IEEE1588 as well as to other relevant synchronization standardization bodies and forums. Stefano is also a member of the ITSF and WSTS.

You can also download a copy of the