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Show Overview


The Infrastructure Conference
Track i4: Developing a Wireless Network

Track Leader:
Dave Beering, Principal
Infinite Global Infrastructures, LLC

As the capability and speed of broadband networks continues to advance, and the networked workforce becomes more reliant on widely-dispersed resources, the need for wireless infrastructure is more and more apparent. Advances in power control, new network access mechanisms, and advanced modulation schemes have made it possible to use spectrum much more efficiently. This track will examine the various options of supporting broadband wireless networking, with emphasis on LMDS, optical line-of-sight, and Satellite technologies. The track will also explore the interface between the wireless broadband network and the terrestrial broadband network to ensure a high level of service integrity and interoperability. The future of satellite-based communications enabled by next-generation satellites will also be covered.

Who should attend:
Service providers working in areas where traditional wired rights-of-way are not available, engineers and network planners working with international network implementations involving satellite services. Anyone with an interest in broadband wireless networking.


Thursday, June 29, 2000

8:00 – 9:15 AM
Wireless Internet I (Local Area Networks)

Wireless LANs are making a comeback in corporate networks, as well as in the home. New standards and technologies are making it possible to connect more types of appliances to wireless networks.

  • Where are wireless LANs seeing the most action?
  • What data rates are supported?
  • At what distances?
  • How difficult are wireless LANs to manage?
  • How well do wireless LANs integrate with existing wired LANs?

Speakers:

Cees Links
General Manager
Lucent Technologies

John Ferrari
Director of Product Marketing
Nokia Internet Communications

John Drewry
Director of Product Management
Wireless Connectivity Division
3Com Corporation


11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Wireless Internet II (Mobile Devices)

The fastest growing market segment of wireless networking is in handheld mobile devices. The convergence of portable communications devices and hand-held computers sporting laptop functionality is changing the way we see and use the network.

  • What functionality can we expect to see in handheld devices this year?
  • What data rates will be supported between mobile devices and base stations?
  • Will the incompatibility of existing standards (GSM and North American Cellular) inhibit the emergence of global high-rate mobile services?

Speakers:

Ken Stewart
Member of Technical Staff
Motorola Labs

Mike Hegeman
Wireless Program Manager
Hewlett Packard Company


2:45 – 4:00 PM
Terrestrial Wireless Access

Competition for existing copper and cable access networks is coming in the form of LMDS

(Local Multipoint Distribution System) and MMDS (Multi-Channel Multipoint Distribution System) services. New frequencies have been allocated that provide broadband access between user locations and the base stations at distances up to 40 miles.

  • What are the technical limitations of these services in terms of speed, distance, and weather conditions?
  • Who is using broadband wireless access services?
  • Which equipment makers and service providers serve this market?

Speakers:

John Skoro
Marketing Director, Carrier Packet Solutions
Nortel Networks

Robert Gillan
Vice President, Wireless Networks
Newbridge Networks

Rami Hadar
Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Ensemble Communications, Inc.


4:15 – 5:30 PM
Satellite Systems / Services

For many years, the satellite industry has been perched at the edge of the broadband revolution. Promises of nimble new satellite constellations in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and ultra high capacity satellites parked in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) have sparked our imaginations.

  • How much bandwidth will be available to user applications?
  • Will the new constellations interoperate with the terrestrial network?
  • Which markets will adopt broadband satellite services?
  • How soon will these services be available?

Speakers:

Michael Liebold
Senior Vice President
Tachyon, Inc.

Prakash Chitre
Vice President and General Manager of Systems and Technology
COMSAT Laboratories

Aaron Falk
Director of Internet Services Development
PanAmSat Corporation

 
 
 
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