Spectrum Frontiers Workshop

9:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC

The FCC ’s Office of Engineering and Technology, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the International Bureau hosted this workshop exploring the concepts raised in the Commission’s Spectrum Frontiers NPRM and the state of technological developments in the millimeter wave (mmW) bands .  In parallel to the workshop, OET, WTB, and IB hosted equipment demonstrations illustrating some of the technologies enabling advanced wireless services in the mmW bands.  The workshop and tech demonstration were held on Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the Commission Meeting Room (CMR) at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The workshop was on March 10th in the CRM from 9am to 4pm. In parallel, there were live equipment demos* in two locations:

  • Training rooms (TW-A402/A442)
    • Intel –  5G Mobile Trial Platform live demo in 60GHz, Mobile Edge mmWave Backhaul and Access for 5G Densification, Pre 5G Anchor Booster Concept with mmW, Narrowband IOT.
    • Nokia – 5G equipment live demo operating in 70GHz band.
  • Tech Center
    • Samsung –5G equipment live demo operating in 28GHz band.
    • Qualcomm – Streaming 5G live demo from the New Jersey lab.
    • Ericsson – Live 5G remote machinery control demo (operating a Volvo excavator in Dallas remotely from FCC in a simulation chair with Oculus Rift; emphasize the importance of latency aspect of 5G).

*The provision of equipment for display and other exhibited material is strictly voluntary and is not contingent on and does not imply any expected benefit to the exhibitor. Acceptance of any exhibit by the FCC does not constitute endorsement of the device, its manufacturer, vendor, or any company offering such devices.

Keynote Speaker: Ted Rappaport
Keynote Presentation

Presentations Panel 1
Presentations Panel 2

Presenter Biographies and Workshop Agenda


Time Slot
9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks, Remarks

Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Time Slot
9:00 a.m. 9:40 a.m.


Ted Rappaport, David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at NYU, and founding Director of NYU Wireless
Time Slot
9:40 a.m. 10:50 a.m.

Panel 1: Envisioned Services, Applications, and Deployment of Next Generation Wireless Technologies

Asha Keddy, Vice President and General Manager, Intel
Erwin Hudson, Vice President, Australia/SE Asia, ViaSat
Dave Parish, Manager of Wireless Systems, Google
Joe Lipowski, Chief Technology Officer, Starry
Starry Sanyogita Shamsunder, Director of Wireless Technology, Verizon Wireless
Time Slot
10:50 a.m. 12:10 a.m.

Panel 2: Enabling Technologies of Next Generation Wireless Systems

Amitava Ghosh, Nokia Fellow and Head of Small Cell Research, Nokia Bell Labs
Kumar Balachandra, Principal Research Engineer, Ericsson
Matt Grob, Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm Paul Steinberg, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola
Thyaga Nandagopal, Program Director, National Science Foundation
Woojune Kim, Vice President of Next Generation Products and Business, Samsung
Time Slot
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Panel 3: Creating a Regulatory Scheme for Flexible Use in the mmW Bands

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
John Hunter, Director of Spectrum Policy, T - Mobile
Jennifer Manner, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar
Joan Marsh, Vice President of Federal Regulatory, AT&T
Davidi Jonas, CEO and President, Straight Path
Michael Daum, Technology Policy Strategist , Microsoft
Time Slot
3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Panel 4: Fireside Chat Furthering Spectrum Policy and Promoting Wireless Technology

Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology
Jon Wilkins, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Paige Atkins, Associate Administrator, NTIA
Nada Golmie, Chief, Wireless Networks Division, NIST
Fred Moorefield, Director, Spectrum Policy and International Engagements, DOD CIO
Renee Gregory, Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Time Slot
4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Wrap Up Exhibit/Demo closes at 5:00 p.m.