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!
Check back for upcoming webinars.
“5G 101 for Rural Carriers,” presented by NetNumber
March 23, 2021
There is no doubt that 5G is the road to the future but there are still many InterGENerational networks like 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE in service that are functional and delivering on their promise. So how do you manage the transition from legacy to new, from known and trusted technologies to a new paradigm? Simple. Through a dramatic shift from the traditional physical infrastructure to an enterprise IT network infrastructure that is distributed, cloud-based, and enabled by orchestration capabilities.
In this session NetNumber helped listeners gain an understanding of a 5G Services Based Architecture (SBA) and how it differs from legacy mobility solutions.
NetNumber discussed modern heterogeneous deployment models including, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Containers, and CI/CD automation, and wrapped it up by discussing the opportunities and migration strategies for rural carriers.
“Open RAN: Game Changer of Wireless Communications” (Introduction to Open RAN), presented by Baicells
March 10, 2021
In bridging the digital divide and connecting the underserved communities, operators are challenged to provide cost-effective services. The openness of wireless networks encourages innovation and drives the cost down. Baicells is a contributing member at the O-RAN Alliance who specifies Open RAN standards and a founding member at the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) who promotes Open RAN ecosystems. This informative webinar was about Open RAN and how it changes the game of wireless communications. In the webinar, we covered the following topics:
- The architecture of Open RAN
- The Open RAN ecosystems
- Open RAN technologies and evolution
“Leveraging CBRS Services for Additional Revenues”, presented by Ericsson and RINA
February 17, 2021
CBRS presented a tremendous opportunity for regional carriers to generate additional revenues from new services such as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). But where do you start?
This webinar provided a practical guide for those interested in learning more about the CBRS opportunity and how they can leverage its capabilities even if they don’t have CBRS spectrum. Our speakers outlined:
- Overview of CBRS & Fixed Wireless Access market & technology
- Opportunities for operators to use CBRS to gain additional revenue
- Real case studies showing how regional carriers can take advantage of CBRS
- The next step operators can take to begin earning more revenue with CBRS & FWA
They will shared real-world experience of building CBRS networks for a range of applications, helping shorten the time to market for ambitions operators looking to capitalize on the opportunity.
- Ivan Goridkov, Director Network Solutions, Ericsson North America
- Dennie Mecham, Chief Operations Officer, RINA Wireless
- Bert Potts, Board member for RINA Wireless and RWA
The RINA Wireless Networks is a peer-to-peer combination of independent communication service providers (CSPs) joining forces to secure the future of rural America, currently hosting multiple carriers with all the services needed to be in complete compliance with service offerings that Tier 1 carriers deliver such as VoLTE, CDMA, LTE, VoWiFi and Fixed Wireless to name a few. For over 15 years, RINA Wireless has been providing wireless switching services, core hosting and investment in infrastructure, making them a proven, reliable source for hosting other carriers.
FCC Webinar on Supply Chain Reimbursement Program
February 8, 2021
Justin Faulb, Legal Advisor in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, provided an overview of the requirements and expectations of the FCC’s supply chain reimbursement program, as outlined in this Second Report and Order. Mr. Faulb also discussed the intricate obligations of participating carriers during their replacement, removal and disposal processes, including details about the filing window, reimbursement claims, and reporting. You can learn more about this Second Report and Order prior to this webinar in this RWA Member Briefing.
Please note that due to FCC policies, we were not able to share the presenter’s PowerPoint slides or recording.
Contact Justin.Faulb@fcc.gov if you have questions.
“Precision Ag – FCC Cream of the Crop”
Presented by Trilogy Networks
December 16, 2020
Trilogy CEO, George Woodward, the RWA representative on the FCC Precision Agriculture Task Force, reviewed the findings and recommendations to support rural America in this critical push leverage technology for the American farmer.
Hear first-hand how the Task Force prioritizes programs to support the deployment of 5G and other high speed connectivity initiatives to aid the US in their efforts to deliver food security and sustainability, eliminate the digital divide and adoption of precision agriculture technologies.
Specific programs of discussion:
- Agriculture Infrastructure inclusion in existing FCC and USDA programs
- New standards requirements for connectivity
- Farm field & pastureland coverage incentives
- Potential pilot programs
Is STIR/SHAKEN enough for Robocall Mitigation?,
Presented by NetNumber
December 10, 2020
The number of robocalls, instances of fraud from these calls, and subsequent revenue losses are all rising to alarming levels. In fact, according to a February 2020 GSMA report, 26.3 billion robocalls were received in 2018 in the U.S. alone. 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 operator’s revenue is lost due to fraud. RWA members share in this burden and need a solution to it.
The Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) protocol and the framework for implementing it, Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN), are FCC-mandated steps to combat unwanted robocalling. The FCC has established a mandatory compliance date of 30 June 2021 for SIP/VoIP STIR/SHAKEN. SS7 solutions are under consideration at this moment.
This webinar will briefly overview STIR/SHAKEN, look at its current regulatory status, examine the implementations for both SIP and SS7 and detail NetNumber’s Guaranteed Caller solutions for these two key calling scenarios. RWA webinar attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of STIR/SHAKEN, the FCC’s requirements of them for this new technology and the way in which NetNumber’s Guaranteed Caller can bring them into full compliance in a smooth, successful and economical way.
FCC Briefing on 5G Rural Fund Order
December 2, 2020
Jonathan McCormack of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau provided a review of the FCC’s 5G Rural Fund Order with RWA members and guests. He reviewed important points related to legacy support carriers and key issues impacting the reverse auction.
The 5G Fund Report and Order can be downloaded on the 5G Fund web site: https://www.fcc.gov/5g-fund/
General inquiries about the 5G Fund can be directed to 5GFund@fcc.gov.
Jonathan McCormack serves as the Deputy Director of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force at the FCC. Prior to that role, he served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Economics and Analytics, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and with the Incentive Auction Task Force. In 2019, he received the FCC’s Employee of the Year award for his contributions in designing, overseeing, and launching facets of the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process.
Open RAN: Opportunities and Challenges, Presented by Ericsson
November 12, 2020
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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
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
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 (www.warriors4wireless.org) 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.
Klaus Doppler, Technical lead of the Mirror X project, Nokia Bell Labs
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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)
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.
“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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
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’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.
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 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.
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.