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

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 Lavallée is a Product Line Manager at EXFO. Guillaume is responsible for the optical solutions in the Installation & Maintenance division. He holds an MBA and a university degree in Physics Engineering specialized in optics. Guillaume has over 12 years of experience in the telecom industry during which he has built a strong expertise in test and measurement best practices.

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.

Deploying 5G networks may not seem more complicated than 4G/LTE, but unlike its predecessors, 5G is actually way more complex. 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

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