Program Participant

Name:Brian Lavallée
TitleCompany:Senior Director, Verticals & Solutions Marketing, Ciena
Bio:Brian Lavallée is Senior Director of Solutions Marketing with global responsibility for Ciena’s submarine networking portfolio. An industry veteran, he has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience with previous roles in Product Line Management, Systems & Network Engineering, Research & Development, Business Development, and Operations. In his career, he’s worked in numerous areas related to packet and optical networks from access to submarine networks, and everything in between. Brian holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Concordia University and an MBA in Marketing & International Business from McGill University, both located in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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Tuesday, 22 January 201908:30–09:45Topical Session: 5G Business ImplicationsSouth Pacific 3PTC19PROGTS_5G


Much of the discussion involving 5G has been related to upgrading the radios, antennas, and handsets. However, if you think about it, the end-to-end mobile network is a massive wireline network with radios and antennas attached to its edges. If 5G is going to deliver upon its expected end-to-end performance improvements, massive upgrades and modernization of the wireline network that connects 5G radios to each other and to data centers where accessed content is accessed, is required. Mobile Network Operators simply cannot expand their networks in the same traditional manner if they are to cost-effectively and successfully deliver the optimistic promises of 5G. Operators need a new way of expanding their wireline network using the latest technologies such as virtualization, SDN/NFV, coherent optics, network sensors, big data analytics, machine learning algorithms, and more. My presentation will cover the major challenges and opportunities facing operators who will be modernizing their networks to deliver commercially viable 5G mobile network connectivity. Attendees will learn how 5G is about far more than a wireless upgrade.