Spectrum Frontiers Workshop

9:00 am 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


9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks, Remarks

  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
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
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
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
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
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
4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

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

  • Exhibitors