RWA Webinars 2020-10-26T14:34:56-04:00

RWA Webinars

RWA and its members host webinars on a variety of telecommunications topics and issues. Each webinar is sponsored by one of our industry partners or one of our industry-leading members. Tune into the live webinar or watch them in your downtime if you cannot make the live stream.

Join us for our upcoming webinars!

Open RAN: Opportunities and Challenges, Presented by Ericsson

Thursday, November 12, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern.

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Over the last few years, the telecom industry has been moving towards increased openness due to the benefits it can bring to global ecosystems and innovation, and Open RAN is an important part of that movement. As with any technological change, Open RAN presents several opportunities, along with some challenges. As a contributing member to the Open RAN Alliance and multiple other open network forums, Ericsson understands these technology changes well.

Please join us for this informative webinar about Open RAN and its potential future. In the webinar, we will cover the following topics:
•             What is Open RAN?
•             What are the benefits of Open RAN?
•             What are the challenges that Open RAN presents?


Paul Challoner, Head of Network Product Solutions for Ericsson North America, is based in Plano, Texas. He is responsible for radio solutions including 4G, 5G & IOT. Prior to his current role, Challoner worked as Head of Product Line Wi-Fi and Head of Ericsson’s CDMA Product Line.

Challoner joined Ericsson in 2010 from Nortel where he held executive roles leading the GSM product group, Intelligent Networks and Broadband Wireless businesses. He has global experience working in the US, Canada, France, India and the UK. With 20 years in the telecom industry he possesses extensive industry experience and has innovated bringing numerous radio products to market specializing in the field of wireless communication.

Challoner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, London, UK.

Is STIR/SHAKEN enough for Robocall Mitigation?, Presented by NetNumber

Webinar date coming soon. 

The number of robocalls, instances of fraud from these calls, and subsequent revenue losses are all rising. In fact, according to a February 2020 GSMA report, 26.3 billion robocalls were received in 2018 in the U.S. alone.  Instances of fraud are also on the rise. According to the 2019 CFCA Fraud Loss Survey, telecom fraud is causing global annual losses of $28.3 billion (USD). On average, 1.74% of telecom revenue is lost due to fraud. In parallel, major carriers and service providers are suffering fraud losses and lost revenue due to inter-network fraud that is estimated more than $10 billion (USD) per year.

The Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) protocol and the framework for implementing it – Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) – are good first steps towards combating unwanted robocalling, but is that enough?  While STIR/SHAKEN does not solve all the problems robocalling creates, STIR/SHAKEN augmented with a robust NetNumber Cloud Connect solution will resolve most of them.

This webinar will look at the current regulation status of STIR/SHAKEN, examine the implementations for both SS7 and SIP and compare the pros and cons of those implementations.  Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the challenges facing full and partial deployment of STIR/SHAKEN and what options are available to them to ensure a successful implementation.

More details coming soon.

“Fiber or Wireless for fronthaul/ midhaul/ backhaul? When wireless makes the most sense”, Presented by Ceragon

October 1, 2020

As mobile networks increase in complexity and density it is critical to understand the options and criteria for choosing the right transport medium.  While fiber is typically the primary go-to medium it is not possible to use it in all cases.  The presenter explored the new trends in mobile network transport architecture and how wireless can fill the gap and in many cases be the better technical and economic choice.  He also discussed how a disaggregated and software defined radio architecture benefits operators as they plan for future 5G deployments.

The key takeaways from this session are to better understand the transport options available to the wireless operator.  Factors such as speed to market, up front capital expenditures, ongoing operational expenses, and future proofing your network were covered.

Presenter biography:
Jim Brake is a wireless industry veteran with over 25 years of sales, product management, and product development experience.  Mr. Brake worked for many years at Alcatel-Lucent, holding a variety of product management and sales roles.  While at ALU Mr. Brake worked on the Sprint customer team, ultimately being promoted to lead the entire Sprint engagement.  Since leaving ALU, Mr. Brake has held senior executive positions with Technicolor, a provider of cable systems, and with the telecommunications services company Glow Networks.  Mr. Brake joined Ceragon earlier this year to lead the direct sales engagements in the US and Caribbean regions.  Mr. Brake holds a MSEE from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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“Planning the Migration to CBRS Part 96”, presented by Federated Wireless and Cambium

August 25, 2020

CBRS gives rural wireless operators the ability to expand coverage and capacity and deploy LTE-grade wireless services at price points comparable to Wi-Fi. With CBRS, operators finally have a high-speed, low-cost solution for serving customers in rural communities and growing revenue through new high-performance wireless services.

To capitalize on these benefits, many rural providers must migrate their operations from the existing Part 90 service (3650-3700 MHz) to CBRS Part 96 (3550-3700 MHz) before the October 2020 deadline, or risk losing access to the spectrum altogether.

Presenters from Federated Wireless and Cambium discussed the business case and the projected ROI.  They reviewed the steps required for a successful migration project, and provided some tips for deployment.


Ken Jackson is a Technical Account Director at Federated Wireless. Ken has more than 25 years of experience developing technology and telecommunications solutions with over 15 years in wireless and 3 years in CBRS. Past companies include several new technology start-ups, AT&T, Sprint PCS, and Citrix.

Todd Gore is VP of Sales at Federated Wireless. Todd brings more than 15 years of experience in leading and building sales teams in the wireless and telecom industry with a specific focus on software sales to service providers. Before joining Federated Wireless, Todd was the regional vice president of sales for Telecom at Citrix Systems following the acquisition of ByteMobile in 2012.

Matt Mangriotis is Director of Product Management and currently leads Cambium Networks’ Point-To-Multipoint (PMP) portfolio of products.  He has spent over 20 years in telecommunications, leading New Product Introduction for Motorola. Maintaining continuity through the inception of Cambium Networks, Matt launched the PMP 450 portfolio.  Most recently, Matt has launched the cnMedusa™ Massive Multi-User MIMO technology, enabling Cambium customers to take advantage of CBRS.

Listen to the webinar with Powerpoint slides.  View Powerpoint slides only.

For more information, contact Debbie Degutis of Federated Wireless at

Bravado Wireless, Cross Wireless, PTCI/Panhandle, RiverStreet Networks, West Central Wireless

August 3, 2020

Carrier Roundtable on Managing Retail Operations during COVID-19

Many wireless providers are struggling to successfully adapt their retail operations to new and abruptly changing requirements during this time of COVID-19.  RWA Carrier Members discussed their strategies and direct experience maintaining strong customer service and profitability.

Panelists discussed effective solutions to retail challenges.  Discussion topics included:

  • Dependable sources for current laws and regulations
  • What is advisable beyond the letter of the law?
  • Implementing changes in-store and online
  • Preparing and managing retail staff
  • Actual experiences from interactions with customers – what worked and what didn’t
  • More!

Our Carrier Roundtable Moderator and Panelists:

  • Jake Baldwin – Moderator, Cross Wireless, General Counsel
  • Eric Cramer, Wilkes Communications / RiverStreet Networks, President and CEO
  • Anthony (Tony) Provenzano, Bravado Wireless, Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Cindy Quesenbury, PTCI/Panhandle, Director of Customer, Member & Marketing Operations
  • Kim Tumlinson, West Central Wireless, Business Operations Manager

Listen to the Carrier Roundtable recording.

Trilogy, Pine Belt, and Warriors 4 Wireless

July 16, 2020

Hiring Veterans Can Positively Impact Your Organization and Its Bottom Line”

Companies are constantly looking for ways to discover, hire and retain solid employees they can rely on.   The presenters highlighted their direct experiences hiring Veterans and the many ways Veterans can create a stronger workforce and improve your company’s bottom line.  While many companies are aware that Veteran employees create good will and positive PR, Veterans’ unique skills sets (dependability, work ethic, etc.), and the financial incentives offered, provide substantial benefits to companies.  Listen to this webinar and learn more about the benefits and how to tap into this valued human resource!

Izzy Abbass is an Army Veteran and has spent over 20-years in the telecommunications industry.  He is currently the Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Trilogy Networks, Inc.  Izzy has over a decade of involvement in the Veteran community, serving as the Commander of Post 1 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vice President of the United Veterans Committee of Colorado.

John Nettles has been the President of Pine Belt Telephone Company for over 25 years serving rural areas of west central Alabama.  John also served as a Captain in the Army.

Kelley Dunne has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is recognized as an industry pioneer in deploying some of the first 4G broadband wireless capacities across the country. Kelley is currently the President and Co-Founder of Warriors4Wireless ( and the CEO of Novation Services.

Click here for access to the webinar recording

Click here for the webinar Powerpoint slides (presenter contact information is on last slide)

Access this resource: “Now that you’ve made the decision to hire a Veteran how do you find them?”

Nokia Bell Labs

May 20, 2020

Supercharging Indoor/Campus Broadband & Functionality (Wi-Fi 6E)

FCC’s April 23rd monthly meeting opened a new unlicensed band in the 6 GHz (5.925-7.125 GHz) band bringing 1200 MHz of untapped spectrum to the telecommunications toolbox.  Nokia Bell Lab’s experts discussed: what Wi-Fi 6E technology evolution has to offer; outlined the comparison of Wi-Fi 6 vs. 5G NR; and gave a look into cutting edge research on how these evolving technologies will supercharge network functionality and data collection.

Nokia’s presenters:

Klaus Doppler, Technical lead of the Mirror X project, Nokia Bell Labs

Prabodh Varshney, Head of Wi-Fi Standardization, Nokia Bell Labs

Click here for access to the webinar recording.

Amdocs Open Networks

May 7, 2020

“Mitigating Rural Wireless Networks Challenges during COVID-19”

Wi-Fi usage has skyrocketed, causing congestion in areas such as medical facilities and rural markets. Service providers may lack the solutions to visualize and analyze the impacted traffic shift during this pandemic, making it difficult to quickly adapt.

Amdocs has network management solutions and services that can help service providers mitigate this and other challenges, such as the FCC-mandated requirement to replace certain wireless network vendors’ equipment from their networks.

Listen to this webinar recording where the presenter:

  • Provides an overview of key network management solutions and services to assist in replacing existing network equipment
  • Discusses deploying end-to-end temporary networks for coverage and capacity relief
  • Explains how to optimize traffic with automated analytics solution

Presenter: Min Huang, Director Solution Engagement, Amdocs Open Networks

Click here for the webinar recording with Powerpoint and click here for only the Powerpoint.

Contact if you would like additional information.


April 9, 2020

“Get started with CBRS Using Google Technology”

To foster long-term success for the CBRS ecosystem, Google has brought to market a suite of cloud-based products and services. Google offers a Spectrum Access System (SAS), a powerful web-based network planner, and CPI training and certification. The presenter explained and provided a demo of their latest technology and how Google can get companies started with CBRS.

Presenter: Rob Katcher, Wireless Services, Google

If you would like additional information or have questions about the webinar, please email You may reference the webinar presenter, Rob Katcher, Google Business Development.


March 25, 2020

OpenRAN – What It Is and What It Means for Rural Operators

Mavenir provided a detailed discussion on OpenRAN, the Capex/Opex savings, and how it’s being deployed in different parts of the world.

Mavenir speaker information:

John Baker, Senior Vice President.  John is a veteran of the mobile industry and leads the 5G team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics.  A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.

Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies, including GM Mobility Infrastructure at Spirent Communications, CommScope, Nokia, and Pacific Bell Mobile Services.

Click here to listen to Mavenir’s recording with the Powerpoint slides and here to view the webinar Powerpoint slides only.

Monte R. Lee & Company

March 12, 2020

CBRS Auction 105: What You Need to Know Before You Bid?

Monte R. Lee & Company (MRL) experts discussed the intricacies of the CBRS structure and then fully detailed the auction format and process.

The webinar discussed the following components:

  • Defining the incumbent, PAL and GAA
  • Pros and cons for GAA and PAL
  • Auction territories
  • Cost analysis
  • Bidding credits for small businesses, very small businesses and rural service providers
  • Bidding credit caps
  • Short Form application requirements (FCC Form 175)
  • Post-auction filing (Long Form)
  • Timelines

MRL speaker information:

  • Jerry Adams, Project Manager.  He has 24 years of experience in the wireless industry assisting clients with broadband wireless design, site procurement and leasing, tower construction, FCC licensing and project coordination.
  • Madison Jones, Design Specialist. She is an Engineer-in-Training for her professional license.  She has two engineering degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Madison services MRL’s client base in assisting with FCC MF II testing and auction analysis and is a past FCC auction participant.  She also serves as a FTTH Design Specialist and OSP Coordinator.

Click here to listen to the recording with the Powerpoint slides and here to view the webinar Powerpoint slides only.



“Equipment Upgrade, Replacement, and Pricing Strategies in the Wireless Marketplace”,  presented by University Technical Services, Inc. (UT-Services), RWA’s newest member.

With past performance at more than 60 military sites, and an in depth knowledge of current challenges in the wireless marketplace, UTS shared compelling thoughts regarding equipment upgrade strategies, mitigating loss in security-required equipment replacements (Huawei), and stands ready to assist with special VAR pricing for equipment, complex inside and outside plant design and installations. Having successfully brought Federal/DoD standards to the data center industry, UTS extends these best practices with economies of scale to the RWA membership in 2020.

Click here for the presenters’ capabilities statement. Contact Daniel Gallagher at, if you would like to learn more about these services.

University of Utah / National Science Foundation


This webinar introduced listeners to a unique opportunity through POWDER (Platform for Open Wireless Data-driven Experimental Research), a mobile and wireless research platform. The platform is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded city-scale “living laboratory” and is part of the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.

Click here for the Powerpoint presentation and here to listen to the recording of the “Rural Wireless and the POWDER Mobile and Wireless Research Platform”.

Interested in learning more?  Click here for more information on the planned center for rural wireless or to find out how to get involved.

BEC Technologies


All FCC funding programs have compliance standards to be met and deadlines to meet them. Compliance reporting is never easy, and it should not be left to the last minute or dependent upon requests for deadline extensions. This session will outline the situations where compliance reporting is required, assess possible strategies to manage those compliance reporting obligations, and provide a quick survey of FCC reporting options in order to remain compliant.

Click here for the Powerpoint presentation and here to register for the recording on-demand for BEC Technologies’ presentation on “Speed and Latency Performance Reporting: Quick Survey of Obligations and Solutions”.

DISH’s 5G Deployment:  Exploring Opportunities with Rural Carriers


In July 2019, DISH distributed an RFI/RFP to dozens of vendors in connection with its planned 5G deployment.  As the RFI/RFP explained, DISH is planning to build a greenfield, standalone, and cloud-native 5G network. The timeline of this network will start with a trial of 5G wireless services in an individual market beginning in early 2020, continue with a commercial launch of initial use cases and markets by the end of 2020, and a nationwide deployment of 5G wireless services to be completed by the first half of 2023.

Additionally, as reported, DISH entered into a series of agreements and arrangements with the United States government, T-Mobile and Sprint that materially impact its deployment plans and will facilitate and accelerate its entry into the wireless market as a nationwide facilities-based carrier.

This webinar discussed the possible opportunities for rural carriers associated with DISH’s 5G deployment and the set of agreements referenced above.  The webinar provided an overview of DISH’s deployment plans and highlighted partnership opportunities with rural carriers, including those related to fiber and transport.

Click here to listen to the webinar “DISH’s 5G Deployment: Exploring Opportunities with Rural Carriers”.

Nokia Educational Series with RWA


Fixed and Mobile networks are evolving in the same direction towards better coverage and higher speeds. 5G will unlock Gigabit speeds and massive connectivity and transform our lives in ways only limited by our imagination. Speed of light is not fast enough to support 5G latency requirements therefore we will have to redesign the network to support 5G use cases.

The presentation will de-mystify 5G for Rural Operators and share latest news on 5G developments and deployments.

The audience will learn about the evolution of RAN and CORE to support 5G and the impact of 5G on Fiber networks. A four-minute video will be shown to demonstrate industrial use case for 5G and the significance of latency in the future 5G network.

Watch the Nokia webinar titled “5G Landscape – Threats and Opportunities for Rural Telcos”.
Click here and you will be asked to register to watch the webinar on demand.

Ericsson Webinar


Ericsson’s VP Chief Technology Officer, GS Strickland, presented a dynamic webinar on “Fixed Wireless Access – Path to Economical Rural Broadband”.  Presenter notes available for download.

Download presenter notes on “Fixed Wireless Access – Path Economical Rural Broadband”.

Nokia Educational Series with RWA


Nokia and RWA Member, Copper Valley, presented a webinar titled, “Evolution of Voice from VoLTE to 5G”.

Happily, IMS is advertised to be “access transparent” so no big deal, right? Or is it? The reality isn’t quite as clean as the advertising might lead you to believe.

In this webinar our presenters discussed the evolution from a VoLTE network to a voice over 5G network, the interim steps, and the migration period it will require.

Watch the Nokia webinar titled “Evolution of Voice from VOLTE to 5G”.
Click here and you will be asked to register to watch the webinar on demand.

RWA and Mosaik Webinar


RWA and Mosaik presented a highly informative webinar titled,  “Embrace the Challenge:  How to Collect Empirical Data, Fight for USF Support and Deliver Improved Broadband to Rural America.”    Our presenters highlighted the FCCs recent Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order in the Mobility Fund Phase II proceeding and provided thoughts on how to efficiently and cost-effectively manage the challenge process to help you fight for the USF support you need to deliver improved broadband to rural America.

RADWIN, Bennet & Bennet PLLC, & T3 Broadband Webinar


RWA members, RADWIN, Bennet & Bennet PLLC, and t3 Broadband presented a resourceful webinar titled, “Transitioning your 3.65 GHz License to the New 3.5 GHz Band.” This webinar informs viewers of the new 3550-3700 MHz (3.5 GHz) band Citizens Broadband Radio Service created by the FCC in 2015 and the implications for rural wireless carriers and others within the industry.

RWA Huawei


RWA-Huawei Webinar on the Rural Internet of Things: RWA and our member Huawei hosted, “The Rural Internet of Things, Case Studies & Business Opportunities for Rural Carriers” webinar. The webinar was presented by Jim Parker, the Director of Wireless Product Management at Huawei.

GSMA Webinar


RWA-GSMA Webinar on Mobile Device Crime: RWA and GSMA joined together to host a highly informative webinar entitled, “How to Block Lost/Stolen Mobile Devices by Using Device ID (IMEI/MEID/ESN) and Global Black Lists.” The webinar was presented by Jason Smith, the Senior Director of GSMA Device Check. If you missed this webinar we encourage you to listen to the recording to gain new resources and insights into this important topic.

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