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The Wireless Leadership Summit Goes Virtual!

The Wireless Leadership Summit (WLS 2020) hosted annually by the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), is virtual this year. We welcome our members and leaders from across the land mobile radio industry to participate for three days of informative educational sessions and networking opportunities from October 13-15, 2020.

This year’s program explores new opportunities and trends in areas that affect the private land mobile radio industry such as cybersecurity and post-COVID-19 workforce strategies; broadband solutions being introduced utilizing 3.5 GHz CBRS and 900 MHz spectrum; as well as providing updates on critical Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule changes and policies that will affect virtually everyone involved in wireless communications. Our keynote speakers are world-class.

On behalf of the EWA Board of Directors and staff, we extend to you our cordial invitation to join us this October for a successful, productive, virtual Summit.

Mark E. Crosby
President and CEO
Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Schedule

All session times are tentative
All times are Pacific
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02:00 PM - 02:15 PM (ET)
Welcome from EWA President Mark Crosby and Board Chair David Reeves
02:12 PM - 02:13 PM (ET)
Poll Question
02:14 PM - 02:15 PM (ET)
Poll Question
02:15 PM - 03:05 PM (ET)
Future of Wireless: What's Next for Your Customers and Your Business

Join EWA President Mark Crosby and Chris Guttman-McCabe, founder and Chief Executive Officer of CGM Advisors, for a wide ranging discussion of the future of wireless communications.

03:04 PM - 03:05 PM (ET)
Poll Question
03:10 PM - 03:45 PM (ET)
900 MHz Broadband Opportunities

The FCC has adopted new rules authorizing broadband licenses in the 900 MHz band. What are the next steps for private enterprises regarding access to this spectrum? Who are the first customers? What are the products? In a conversation with EWA Board Chairman David Reeves, Anterix Chief Operating Officer Ryan Gerbrandt will answer these questions and more.

03:45 PM - 05:00 PM (ET)
Ira Keltz, FCC, Keynote: Spectrum Sharing: A Technological Perspective

What are the technological and other challenges to future spectrum sharing? What bands are the next likely candidates for sharing? What new technologies now being tested hold the most promise for spectrum sharing? Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology will share his perspective on these and other questions. Mr. Keltz and the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology are on the front lines of the discussions that shape the spectrum policy of today and tomorrow.

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
Networking Happy Hour

Join your fellow attendees at sponsored tables, start your own table, find other attendees through their profiles to set up chat and video conversations in the virtual networking room.

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM (ET)
EWA Membership Meeting. Open to EWA Members only.

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02:29 PM - 02:30 PM (ET)
Poll Question
02:30 PM - 03:40 PM (ET)
Cybersecurity Threats and Radio Networks

EWA members not only face the potential of attacks on their own operations including customer data, but they are also often part of the cybersecurity team for their customer’s operations because wireless networks are at the core of utility grids, IoT, autonomous systems, and supply chains. Learn from experts who will discuss current threats and share best practices for fortifying and monitoring networks.

03:40 PM - 03:55 PM (ET)
15 Minutes with an Expert: CBRS – Boost Your Network

Prash Ramani, Motorola Private LTE Solutions Account Manager presents on CBRS, which he describes as “a very exciting space, a very exciting ecosystem”.  Prash will do a high-level description of the evolution of CBRS and how it fits into the wireless landscape and present use cases for what it will bring to your company and your users.

03:54 PM - 03:55 PM (ET)
Poll Question
04:00 PM - 05:15 PM (ET)
Transitioning from 5G to 6G – Impact and Potential

Who better than one of the architects of 5G to bring us insights into the practical opportunities of 6G? Wireless Hall of Fame honoree and NYUWireless founder Dr. Theodore “Ted” Rappaport, a dynamic speaker and educator, will share unique insights into the impact and potential of 6G. By 2035, 6G will be capable of “wireless cognition”, the ability to send wireless signals at the rate of human computation and much more. Ted is a pragmatic entrepreneur and inventor who will focus on how to use your expertise as a wireless dealer, operator or vendor to thrive in the 6G world.

05:15 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
900 MHz Transition Networking Session

Are you a 900 MHz licensee required to retune your system? If so, do you know your next steps? Join this networking session with EWA’s 900 MHz transition experts to openly discuss the retune process and answer all of your questions.

05:15 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
Speed Networking

Fast paced, easy to do and fun, our Summit Speed Networking Concierge will randomly assign attendees to one of several break-out rooms on a rotating basis. Every 10 minutes, you will automatically be placed in a new room with other attendees or you can choose at any time to be reassigned to another room. Note: You will need to have Zoom enabled to participate in Speed Networking. You also have the choice to reach out to other attendees outside of the break-out rooms for chat sessions by using the attendee profiles. Or you can visit the Networking Breakout Room and create your own networking via video, text or chat.

02:00 PM - 03:05 PM (ET)
CBRS Applications—Today and Tomorrow

Experts in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) will discuss the “real-world” applications for this band, examining what is possible today—and what may be coming tomorrow. This session will also examine practical considerations of access to equipment and possible effects of this technology on attendee businesses.

03:04 PM - 03:05 PM (ET)
Poll Question
03:05 PM - 03:20 PM (ET)
15 Minutes with an Expert: What IoT Actually Means for Dealers and System Operators

Jason Brennan, Product Manager, JVCKENWOOD USA Corp., speaks to the fact that IoT has existed for years in the LMR industry in other forms.  The right assessment of your current system assets, including existing coverage and services, can perfectly position your company to expand into CBRS and other LTE technologies.

03:25 PM - 04:20 PM (ET)
Building the Right Team: Workforce Strategies

A post COVID-19 workforce may be very different without the requirement for everyone to office in a central location. This new reality gives rise to the possibilities of using remote employees, gig workers and subject-matter experts as work-from-anywhere employees. Retaining this fluid workforce will require new recruitment, retention, and management tools.

04:19 PM - 04:20 PM (ET)
Poll Question
04:20 PM - 05:15 PM (ET)
Automation and the Future of Human + Machine Wireless Innovation

Digital anthropologist, futurist, and best-selling author Brian Solis will explore how the convergence of automation, AI, industrial IoT, 5G, and VR/AR will augment and revolutionize how we work. Additionally, he’ll review the role of technology and also how people collaborate with intelligent machines to unlock new applications.

05:15 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
Networking Happy Hour

Join your fellow attendees at sponsored tables, start your own table, find other attendees through their profiles to set up chat and video conversations in the virtual networking room.

02:00 PM - 02:15 PM (ET)
October 13 2020
Welcome from EWA President Mark Crosby and Board Chair David Reeves

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02:15 PM - 03:05 PM (ET)
October 13 2020
Future of Wireless: What's Next for Your Customers and Your Business

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Join EWA President Mark Crosby and Chris Guttman-McCabe, founder and Chief Executive Officer of CGM Advisors, for a wide ranging discussion of the future of wireless communications.
03:10 PM - 03:45 PM (ET)
October 13 2020
900 MHz Broadband Opportunities

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The FCC has adopted new rules authorizing broadband licenses in the 900 MHz band. What are the next steps for private enterprises regarding access to this spectrum? Who are the first customers? What are the products? In a conversation with EWA Board Chairman David Reeves, Anterix Chief Operating Officer Ryan Gerbrandt will answer these questions and more.
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM (ET)
October 13 2020
Ira Keltz, FCC, Keynote: Spectrum Sharing: A Technological Perspective

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What are the technological and other challenges to future spectrum sharing? What bands are the next likely candidates for sharing? What new technologies now being tested hold the most promise for spectrum sharing? Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology will share his perspective on these and other questions. Mr. Keltz and the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology are on the front lines of the discussions that shape the spectrum policy of today and tomorrow.
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
October 13 2020
Networking Happy Hour
Join your fellow attendees at sponsored tables, start your own table, find other attendees through their profiles to set up chat and video conversations in the virtual networking room.
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM (ET)
October 14 2020
EWA Membership Meeting. Open to EWA Members only.

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02:30 PM - 03:40 PM (ET)
October 14 2020
Cybersecurity Threats and Radio Networks

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EWA members not only face the potential of attacks on their own operations including customer data, but they are also often part of the cybersecurity team for their customer’s operations because wireless networks are at the core of utility grids, IoT, autonomous systems, and supply chains. Learn from experts who will discuss current threats and share best practices for fortifying and monitoring networks.
04:00 PM - 05:15 PM (ET)
October 14 2020
Transitioning from 5G to 6G – Impact and Potential
Who better than one of the architects of 5G to bring us insights into the practical opportunities of 6G? Wireless Hall of Fame honoree and NYUWireless founder Dr. Theodore “Ted” Rappaport, a dynamic speaker and educator, will share unique insights into the impact and potential of 6G. By 2035, 6G will be capable of “wireless cognition”, the ability to send wireless signals at the rate of human computation and much more. Ted is a pragmatic entrepreneur and inventor who will focus on how to use your expertise as a wireless dealer, operator or vendor to thrive in the 6G world.
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
October 14 2020
900 MHz Transition Networking Session
Are you a 900 MHz licensee required to retune your system? If so, do you know your next steps? Join this networking session with EWA’s 900 MHz transition experts to openly discuss the retune process and answer all of your questions.
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
October 14 2020
Speed Networking
Fast paced, easy to do and fun, our Summit Speed Networking Concierge will randomly assign attendees to one of several break-out rooms on a rotating basis. Every 10 minutes, you will automatically be placed in a new room with other attendees or you can choose at any time to be reassigned to another room. Note: You will need to have Zoom enabled to participate in Speed Networking. You also have the choice to reach out to other attendees outside of the break-out rooms for chat sessions by using the attendee profiles. Or you can visit the Networking Breakout Room and create your own networking via video, text or chat.
02:00 PM - 03:05 PM (ET)
October 15 2020
CBRS Applications—Today and Tomorrow

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Experts in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) will discuss the “real-world” applications for this band, examining what is possible today—and what may be coming tomorrow. This session will also examine practical considerations of access to equipment and possible effects of this technology on attendee businesses.

03:25 PM - 04:20 PM (ET)
October 15 2020
Building the Right Team: Workforce Strategies

3

A post COVID-19 workforce may be very different without the requirement for everyone to office in a central location. This new reality gives rise to the possibilities of using remote employees, gig workers and subject-matter experts as work-from-anywhere employees. Retaining this fluid workforce will require new recruitment, retention, and management tools.
04:20 PM - 05:15 PM (ET)
October 15 2020
Automation and the Future of Human + Machine Wireless Innovation

Digital anthropologist, futurist, and best-selling author Brian Solis will explore how the convergence of automation, AI, industrial IoT, 5G, and VR/AR will augment and revolutionize how we work. Additionally, he’ll review the role of technology and also how people collaborate with intelligent machines to unlock new applications.

05:15 PM - 06:00 PM (ET)
October 15 2020
Networking Happy Hour

Join your fellow attendees at sponsored tables, start your own table, find other attendees through their profiles to set up chat and video conversations in the virtual networking room.

   

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Thanks to the sponsors of the Wireless Leadership Summit 2020

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What Happens in the Networking Room on Tuesday, October 13, Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday, October 15?

On Tuesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 15, please make plans to join the dedicated networking sessions in the Networking Room. On Wednesday, October 14, join the Speed Networking session, or join sponsor tables. When you enter the Networking Room, you’ll see tables with a “JoinTable” button. Click on any “Join Table” button to participate in video chats, audio conversations or text chats with other attendees. Our sponsors, including Motorola Solutions and JVCKENWOOD USA, will be hosting tables, with representatives at the tables to answer your questions. EWA will be hosting tables with critical topics such as 800 MHz and T-Band Opportunities, Broken FCC Policies: DTV repacking and 4.9 GHz, Licensing and Compliance Questions and Protecting Your Spectrum Assets. You can also access a list of participants in the room to begin a chat.

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