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TEST Talks 2021 - 5G webinar series

Let's talk 5G done right!

June 23, 2021 - July 7, 2021 Virtual event

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TEST Talks 2021 - 5G webinar series
June 23, 2021 - July 7, 2021 Virtual event
TEST Talks 2021 - 5G webinar series
June 23, 2021 - July 7, 2021 Virtual event

Meet with our team of experts


Gwenn Amice

Subject Matter Expert

Gwenn Amice currently holds the position of Subject Matter Expert with EXFO, focusing on next generation optical network in charge of technical seminars, trainings, support and technical advices to EXFO’s customers.

Since 2019 Gwenn Amice has been appointed Senior member of technical staff representing EXFO at industry standard events and interfacing with EXFO product development groups.

Mr. Amice holds a university degree in electrical engineering and industrial computing.

He is a member of the Broadband Forum Americas Technology Committee


Guillaume Lavallée

Product Line Manager

Guillaume Lavallee is a product line manager at EXFO, the communications industry’s test, monitoring and analytics experts. He oversees the optical products in the Installation and Maintenance division. He has more than 15 years of experience in telecom test and measurement, related technologies and best practices. Guillaume has a bachelor’s degree in Physics Engineering, specialized in Optics, as well as an MBA from Canada’s University Laval.


François Marcotte

Subject Matter Expert

François Marcotte is a Senior member of technical staff and Subject Matter Expert at EXFO. With 30+ years in the telecom industry, he started as a repair tech for DMS-100 systems. Over the years, François has acquired expert knowledge on Ethernet, IP, OTN and high speed optical technologies. He is continuously working with customers as a technical advisor for testing high speed systems and troubleshooting 5G performance. François is involved with product definition and guidance at EXFO for Ethernet and optical transport solutions. He regularly contributes as a speaker in various seminars and webinars. François graduated in electrical engineering from Polytechnique Montreal.


Sébastien Prieur

Group Manager - 5G Transport and RF application

Sébastien Prieur is Group Manager – 5G transport and RF application at EXFO. With 20+ years of experience in the telecom industry, Sébastien has held lead roles in areas ranging from hardware design to product and team management. He has contributed his expertise and passion for technology and innovation to prominent companies such as EXFO, Marconi Communications and Simpler Networks. Sébastien holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Montreal’s École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).


Danny Sleiman

Product Line Manager

Danny currently holds the position of Product Line Manager for EXFO’s 5G Transport and RF division, with responsibility for supporting service providers worldwide throughout their network test and measurement activities. His area of expertise spans mobile fronthaul and backhaul technologies including CPRI/eCPRI, Cloud RAN, and Ethernet/IP. Danny has previously worked as a hardware engineer for Extenway Solutions. He also gathered technical insight as a support services representative for IBM. Danny received his bachelor degree in electrical engineering from École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, Canada.


José Maria Pindado

Product Line Manager

José Maria has worked as a telecommunications engineer for over 20 years with a deep focus on radio technologies covering both the physical layer of radio networks as well as the wireless protocol layer. For the last five years José has worked in the test & measurement industry as a field application engineer and RF and 5G product line manager, taking care of the pre-sales and post-sales technical support of customers in the European telecommunications industry.

Learn from industry experts

Join us for our 5G webinar series, part of EXFO's TEST Talks 2021 series of panel discussions and webinars. In this series of three webinars, our experts will take a deep dive into the architectures, technologies and processes required to make 5G a reality. We’ll also explore best-practice testing strategies that will play a critical role in making 5G deployments feasible, successful and sustainable.

Attend as many sessions as you like. Topics include 5G network testing best practices, over-the-air (OTA) testing as well as timing and synchronization. Join us June 23, June 30 and July 7—and let’s talk 5G done right!

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TEST Talk 1: Installing, activating and troubleshooting 5G networks—a reality check

5G networks will bring forth stricter speed, latency and bandwidth requirements—and mandate the deployment of a lot more fiber and small cells.

In fact, 5G will require:

  • 100x more fiber links
  • 2500% improvement in link latency
  • 1000x more network devices (i.e. transceivers, switches and radio equipment)

To deliver on the promise of 5G, operators will need to implement new testing processes in order to guarantee first-time right network installation and turn-up.  This interactive webinar will cover testing methods and procedures required to successfully turn-up and troubleshoot new 5G cell sites.

Key takeaways:

  • Testing best practices for accelerating 5G fiber rollouts
  • Achieve first-time-right cell site installation and turn-up
  • Featuring a live virtual test demonstration

TEST Talk 2: Demystifying 5G NR: challenges and solutions in over-the-air (OTA) testing

5G NR cellular networks represent a significant evolution from their legacy counterparts, with very different scenarios and traffic types coming into play. As a result, the air interface has increased in complexity and poses new challenges for base station characterization and the evaluation of KPI measurements. This webinar will discuss the main advances that 5G networks bring and what this means for deploying, optimizing and supporting the new 5G NR network.

Key takeaways:

  • The current status of 5G NR technology
  • 5G beam management process and how to verify proper operation
  • Understanding and maintaining the key 5G NR KPIs
  • Analysis of external issues on the 5G channel

TEST Talk 3: Why timing and synchronization is critical in 5G networks

5G requires frequency and phase synchronization to support advanced features such as time-division duplex (TDD), dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) and beamforming. Operators are turning to network synchronization, relying on IEEE 1588 PTP (Precision Time Protocol) and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) as the preferred solution to synchronize every network element, from the core to the radios, in frequency and in phase.

This webinar will cover the timing & synchronization challenges that 5G brings and the standards and test applications that ensure optimal delivery of 5G use cases.

 Key takeaways:

  • The basics of 1588 PTP
  • Understanding the impact of bad synchronization in a wireless network
  • How to troubleshoot timing and synchronization issues

Let's talk 5G done right!

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