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5G begins: latest status, key challenges, lessons learned

Hosted by

Dr. Konstantinos Stavropoulos

Solution Marketing Lead

Dr. Konstantinos Stavropoulos develops and executes the marketing strategy for EXFO's mobile network (access, core, end-to-end) monitoring/optimization solutions, which include intelligent software platforms and expert professional services. His main areas of focus are 5G, 4G evolution, network virtualization/transformation, analytics, and automation. In addition to EXFO’s 5G solutions and market positioning, he actively contributes to the promotion of EXFO’s solutions for automated operations and fiber monitoring.

Konstantinos has been focusing on mobile networks for more than 20 years, through academic and professional roles. His experience covers diverse areas, from antenna array systems research and mobile network planning/optimization consultancy to the development/management/marketing of innovative software solutions. These solutions have supported automated planning/optimization, customer experience geolocation, device interoperability and acceptance testing, service assurance for physical/virtual networks, centralized and automated operations, and (big data) analytics. Konstantinos holds a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering from Imperial College London, has presented at dozens of conferences and webinars, and has authored several articles, blogs and white papers on mobile networks.

Yes, the wait is over. Following a number of commercial launches, 5G is now here. And, with more launches planned, we are getting close to the 5G promise of exciting new services and innovative business models. Or are we?

For many, 5G will not be “truly” 5G (and will not deliver on its promise) without its key differentiating feature: end-to-end network slicing. For others, the argument has more of an evolutionary nature. In other words, 5G needs to start from somewhere and gradually evolve to realize its full potential.

Either way, there are challenges for service providers who are deploying or plan to deploy 5G. Some significant challenges have been identified or confirmed in practice during initial rollouts, which have also been a great learning opportunity for the 5G ecosystem.

Attend this webinar and learn about:

  • Alternative 5G definitions, and what 5G actually is
  • Current and planned deployments of 5G worldwide
  • Key challenges in deploying 5G
  • The right 5G approach, based also on initial 5G deployments

This webinar focuses on the 5G plans and deployments of leading service providers. Main highlights from 5G conference events in June, such as 5G World and Valencia 5G Week, will also be shared. Join us for a lively discussion and take the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

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