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Massive Broadband Network Densification -
Unleashing the Opportunities of 5G

A Technology and Policy Workshop
Held in Partnership with the Georgetown University
Center for Business and Public Policy’s
Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research



Workshop Agenda
Workshop Location
Hotel and Travel Information
Presenters and Panelists
Information for Presenters and Panelists



This fifth annual spectrum technology and policy workshop will examine the issues and opportunities created by the massive broadband network densification taking place across the United States. A fundamental transformation of the country's mobile broadband networks is already underway as providers continue to extract more capacity and performance from 4G networks; however, the massive network densification that will come with 5G network buildout will result in a huge increase in wireless network capacity. Simultaneous with the deployment of small cells is the related fiber densification that is occurring and which will be needed for small cell backhaul connectivity, as well as for evolved HFC and FTTP networks.

These ultra-dense network will unleash an immense wave of innovation in the forthcoming decade, including more choices in consumer broadband, smart cities, smart transportation, autonomous driving, and the internet of things.
Speakers will address items such as:

  • The types of innovation and use cases these ultradense networks will support.
  • The 5G deployment timeline and small-cell buildout forecast.
  • The key technology developments making these new networks possible.
  • The impediments that could delay, and in some cases, are already delaying densification efforts.
  • The role of spectrum and siting policies in supporting deployment.
  • The relevance of ultra dense networks to the future of the digital economy.

Lunch will be served at the workshop.


Workshop. Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Agenda and schedule subject to change.

9:30 Registration/Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 Opening Remarks and Welcome by Georgetown and Wireless Technology Association

9:45 – 10:00
Keynote Address
Tentatively FCC.

10:00– 11:00 Panel Discussion: Ultradense Networks—Technology and Spectrum Elements

Topics: Technology aspects of densification, spectrum (3.5 GHz, 5G, WRC, harmonization), 5G standardization and schedule, architecture (including distributed intelligence), and ecosystem. Panelists will include operators, infrastructure vendors, and other technology providers.

Moderator: Peter Rysavy,
President, Rysavy Research or Emil Sturniolo, Executive Director, WTA.

Panelist: Soliciting participants now.

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Break

11:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Financing and Investing in Dense Networks

Investment motivation, business models for new use cases, business implications of distributed intelligence, other. Panelists will include fiber companies, tower companies, and other key industry players.

Moderator: Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities.

Panelist: Soliciting participants now.

12:30 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Panel Discussion:
Regulatory and Policy Implications of Massively Densified Networks.

Topics: Reforming siting policies to facilitate small cell deployment, policies that undermine 5G capabilities, spectrum policy, and harmonization.

Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.

Panelist: Soliciting participants now.


The workshop will be held at:

Georgetown University
School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001



The registration deadline is end of day, October 24, 2017.


WTA members: free. If you are a WTA member and don’t have the discount code, please contact me. The following organizations are WTA members and people from these organizations do not have to pay the workshop fee to attend: AT&T, Ericsson, Georgetown University, Growth Impact Solutions, Instep Group, Intel, MCCI, Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium (MCPC), NetMotion Wireless, Rysavy Research, and Sierra Wireless.

Press and government agencies: free.

Organizations affiliated with Georgetown University: free. Contact us for a discount code.

Non-members: $295 for registration through September 25, $495 September 26 to October 24.

If you intend to come, please register soon.

Click here to register using our Eventbrite registration process.


Nearby hotels include the following. We do not have a room block.

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Embassy Suites
900 10th Street NW,

Marriott Renaissance
999 Ninth St NW

Hampton Inn
901 6th Street

Hotel Monaco
700 F St NW


PRESENTERS AND PANELISTS (alphabetical by last name)

Carolyn Brandon

Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Ms. Brandon formed strategic consulting firm Whitworth Analytics LLC in 2011 to provide decision support, and strategic policy counsel to companies in the high tech, broadband and wireless sectors.  Ms. Brandon is also a Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy where she focuses on competition and regulatory policy as applied to networked industries and emerging markets.

Prior to forming Whitworth Analytics, Ms. Brandon served as Vice President, Policy for CTIA-The Wireless Association where she worked for five years with CTIA’s more than 200 members to develop strategic, national public policies for the U.S. commercial wireless industry.  Brandon focused on policy matters impacting industry structure, competition, innovation and technology development.

Before joining CTIA in 2004, Ms. Brandon was a partner in the Washington, D.C. boutique law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP where for 12 years she represented wireless telecommunications providers in proceedings and transactions before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, U.S. bankruptcy courts and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Voted one of the “Top Ten Women in Wireless” by the publishers of Wireless Week, Ms. Brandon has served on the Advisory Board of the TechPolicy Summit, and was selected to represent the wireless industry on the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, an official Federal Advisory Committee.  Carolyn has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association and two terms on the Steering Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Computer and Telecommunications Committee.   Her pro bono activities include representing prospective adoptive parents before the DC Superior Court, Family Division.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Green Hedges School, a pre-K through 8 independent school located in Vienna Virginia.  Ms. Brandon also serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Northern Virginia Children’s Science Museum.

Jennifer Fritzsche
Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities


Jennifer Fritzsche is a managing director in the Equity Research department at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services and Tower sectors since 1999. Jennifer started in telecom equity research in 1996 with EVEREN Securities, where she was promoted to senior analyst after serving two years as an associate analyst on the telecom research team. In 2000, she tied for second in the “Best Up and Comers” category in Institutional Investor’s annual vote. In 2006, Forbes magazine recognized Jennifer as one of the top ten stock pickers from a universe of 4,500 sell-side analysts across all industry sectors. In May 2011, Jennifer was recognized as the No. 1 earnings estimator for wireless telecommunication services by Financial Times/StarMine, a leading provider of objective ratings of equity securities analysts. Most recently, Jennifer was again recognized by StarMine and received the 2014 No. 3 stock picker ranking for the diversified telecom services sector. Jennifer makes numerous media appearances and has often been a guest on Bloomberg and CNBC. She also speaks at many of the industry and trade conferences and often is asked to participate in many Washington, D.C. regulatory telecom seminars and events.

Jennifer has a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated summa cum laude.

Peter Rysavy

President, Rysavy Research

Peter Rysavy is the president of Rysavy Research LLC, a consulting firm that has specialized in wireless technology since 1993. Projects include analysis of spectrum requirements for mobile broadband, reports on the evolution of wireless technology, evaluation of wireless technology capabilities, strategic consultations, system design, articles, courses and webcasts, network performance measurement, test reports, and acting as expert in patent-litigation cases. Clients include more than 75 organizations.

Peter is a broadly published expert on the capabilities and evolution of wireless technology. He has written more than 150 articles, reports, columns, and white papers, and has taught more than 40 public wireless courses and webcasts. He has also performed technical evaluations of many wireless technologies including cellular-data services, municipal/mesh Wi-Fi networks, Wi-Fi hotspot networks, mobile browser technologies, wireless e-mail systems, and social networking applications.

From 1988 to 1993, Peter was vice-president of engineering and technology at Traveling Software (later renamed LapLink) where projects included LapLink, LapLink Wireless, and connectivity solutions for a wide variety of mobile platforms. Prior to Traveling Software, he spent seven years at Fluke Corporation where he worked on data-acquisition products and touch-screen technology.
More information is available at http://www.rysavy.com.




The following information is for people presenting at the WTA workshop: 


  • Panelist are welcome to give up to a 3 minute introductory statement about the organization they represent and themselves. 
  • Keynote and any presenters must provide their presentations (PDF or PPT) at least one week prior to the workshop to allow for copying to the members area of the WTA Web site, as well as to allow detailed questions for discussion.
  • Emphasis should be on industry and technology at large, versus selling your product (limit of 3 slides). Consider items such as compatibility, technical alternatives, standardization, deployment considerations, interoperability, certification and adoption.
  • Generally, a dynamic and attentive audience of key industry stakeholders attend each workshop, representing a broad spectrum of the mobile computing industry, including operators, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, middleware providers, policy makers, and application developers.
  • We will provide a video projector and computer for presenting. Presenters should use their own presentation templates.
  • Because WTA workshops are considered public meetings, please do not include any confidential or proprietary information. Please do not mark your presentations with any terminology indicating confidential or proprietary information.


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