Home Telecoms & NBN Broadband Forum webinars ask what fixed networks have to do with 5G rollouts

5G: What's fixed got to do with it? That's the name of the Broadband Forum's 24 May and 11 June webinars which explores the latest developments in ongoing work to the 5G revolution.

The 28 billion devices expected to be connected to 5G "will never achieve full functionality through wireless networks alone and must be backed by a world-class fixed network", according to Broadband Forum chief executive Robin Mersh in a talk at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. 

At the time, Mersh warned that "the transport network is in danger of being overlooked, with industry talk and innovation currently focusing on radio capabilities and the services 5G could realise".

Mersh said: “So, to answer the question: what’s fixed got to do with 5G? The answer is: everything! At some point, the radio ends and the network begins and it is at this juncture that all of 5G’s advantages — including increased capacity, higher performance and improved speeds — must be maintained by that infrastructure.

“It is the transport that enables this. To deliver on the promise of 5G and meet consumer expectations, convergence between fixed and mobile networks is a must. This is why the Forum’s new work on both 5G wireless-wireline convergence and 5G transport is an important contribution to 5G’s success.”

In the webinars (times listed below), the Forum notes that "areas key to the success of 5G deployment which will be covered include the interfaces between the 5G core, mobile networks, existing fixed and new hybrid access nodes and gateways. Updates will also be given on network slicing and 5G transport networks".

The webinar will feature the following speakers:

  • Manuel Paul, senior expert, International Standardisation, Deutsche Telekom, Broadband Forum 5G Project Lead and Broadband Forum Board Member
  • Gregory Dalle, senior product line manager, Service Provider Transportation, Juniper Networks, Broadband Forum 5G Project Lead
  • David Allan, distinguished engineer, Ericsson, Broadband Forum Wireless-Wireline Convergence, Work Area Director 

When will the two webinars be held, and how can you register to attend?

The first webinar will be held on 24 May at 08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST for audiences in the Americas and EMEA. You can register to attend here.

A second webinar will be held on 11 June at 08:00 CEST / 14:00 CST for audiences in Asia and EMEA. You can register here

Who should attend?

The Broadband Forum says it is "making an important contribution to what will likely be one of the biggest transformations in the history of industry. It will affect communications between billions of households, mobile devices, compute, consumer and IoT devices and countless Cloud services".

The Forum "recommends attendance by all who are interested in play a part in the realisation of 5G".


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