At LTE Americas next week

At LTE Americas next week

I will be participating in a number of sessions at LTE Americas in Dallas next week including the opening talk at Signaling Day on 13th. Here are the full details. Hope to see some of you there.

LTE Americas Sessions


09.45 Signaling Market Overiew and Key Trends in the Signaling Space

• Signaling traffic growth – some perspectives

• Key strategies to deal with the traffic growth

• Applications and signaling – cause and effect

• Managing the signaling traffic growth

Chetan Sharma, President, Sharma Consulting


Analysing the Signaling Environment: Why the Signaling Storm?

· Increasing number and hunger of users

· Explosion of M2M applications, mobile gaming, connected devices and multimedia services – data usage now surpassing voice

· Growth of the always-on service

· In what ways has the shift to usage-based services increased the difficulties of signaling reduction and control?

Moderated by Chetan Sharma, President, Chetan Sharma Consulting

Michael Thelander, Founder and CEO, Signals Research Group

Scot Yagel, Product Management and Marketing, Developing Solutions

Erik Neitzel, DMTS, Technology Development Group, U.S.Cellular


16.55 – 17.25 PANEL DISCUSSION

How Is Mobile Video Challenging the Network Architecture of LTE?  Mitigating the Bandwidth-Hogger

· Explosion in video content, given increased user generated content and usage of video for social interaction and social networking

· Evaluating the impact on bandwidth consumption

· Video usage changing: Shift in viewing from broadcast ‘Prime Time’ to convenient ‘My Time’: Exponential growth in on-demand viewing

· What challenges do these changes in video usage create for the network?

Moderated by Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates

Marc Zionts, VP Strategic Mobile Service Providers, Allot Communications

Oliver Korfmacher, Head of Presales Policy, Siemens SCT

Chetan Sharma, President, Sharma Consulting



Maintaining a Robust, MultiNetwork Environment with SON: Why SON is becoming increasingly Necessary

· Heightened network complexity and topology with LTE calling for increased feedback mechanisms

· Moving from a Coverage Centric focus to a Capacity Centric focus – increasing need for better spectrum efficiency per user area

· Leveraging the ability to utilise CAPEX better and reduce OPEX

· Customer expectations increasing making fast and controlled optimisation essential

Moderated by Chetan Sharma, President, Chetan Sharma Consulting

Bertrand Mizzi, Director of Strategic Marketing and Innovation, Astellia

Thomas Neubauer, Founder and MD, Symena

Arif Ansari, CTO, Reverb Networks

Başar Akpınar, CEO & Co-Founder, P.I.Works

Ahmad Armand, Staff VP LTE, MetroPCS

14.20 – 14.50 PANEL DISCUSSION

Harvesting Data Analytics for Improved Customer Personalisation

· Moving beyond the paradigm of ‘Carrier as Commoditised Access Model’ through Personalisation

· Using analytics to dynamically link customers to products and services, then back to financials and network quality for proactive response to QoS issues

· Moving beyond network monitoring to real-time Network Reaction

Moderated by Chetan Sharma, President, Sharma Consulting

Ray Bariso, VP, Strategy for OSS/BSS, Ericsson

Brian Holeman, Partner, TATA Consultancy Services

Keith Cobler, Marketing Manager, Tektronix Communications

Kenneth Jackson, Regional Account Director, The Now Factory

Paul Wakefield, VP & MD, Dingli Communications

16.30 – 17.00 PANEL DISCUSSION

End User Value for RCS

· Why RCS is critical for carriers?

· What RCS provides to end users?

· Unified user experience in RCS?

· Integration to social networking in RCS?

· How presence is going to Impact telephony services?

Solyman Ashrafi, VP, Product Management, MetroPCS

Ranjeet Bhattacharya, Principal Solutions Architect, Ericsson

Chetan Sharma, President, Chetan Sharma Consulting