Speaker: Michael Howard, Infonetics Research
Bio: Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industrys leading experts in emerging markets, service provider trends, and user buying patterns.
He developed the industrys first carrier Ethernet forecast per Metro Ethernet Forum specs, was the first to track packet optical transport system equipment, and was the first to forecast the decline of SONET/SDH against the rise of WDM optical equipment one measure of the move toward packet transport networks.
Nicknamed the Ethernet pope, Michael leverages 40 years of communications industry and market research experience to author numerous works year-round, including in-depth analysis, vendor market share, forecasts, and operator surveys on carrier Ethernet, Ethernet access devices (EADs), Ethernet and IP MPLS VPN services, carrier routers and switches, mobile backhaul, content delivery networks (CDN), software-defined networks (SDN), and small cells. In 2008, along with Nan Chen and others, he co-authored Carrier Ethernet: Extending Ethernet Beyond the LAN, which received 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com.
Before founding Infonetics, Michael was an IT Director at Tymshare/Tymnet, where he created network accounting, and led the First Interstate Bank project that developed the world's first pre-Internet in-home banking system. Prior to that, shortly after majoring in Mathematics at University of California Berkeley, Michael worked for Systems Development Corporation on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet, which later became the Internet.
Today Michael moderates webinars, chairs conference programs, and speaks at industry events around the world, including the Broadband World Forum in Europe and Asia, CTIA Wireless, Carrier Ethernet World Congress, NetEvents, Carrier Ethernet World APAC, Telecom India, and CDN World Summit. He is frequently quoted in trade and business press such as Business Week, CNN Money, The Daily Deal, Forbes, Fortune, Investor's Business Daily, Light Reading, Network World, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Title: Mobile Backhaul: Small Cells are a big Deal
Abstract: Small cells, or more specifically, low power base stations, have been part of mobile operator non-residential 3G rollouts for at least 5 years. They are not a big deal to date, with most small cells silently deployed in-building for 3G coverage, totaling less than 250,000 cumulative to date. The big fuss is about the slowly beginning rollout of outdoor picocells for capacity for 3G and later LTE. Outdoor small cells will principally be deployed on lightpoles, traffic lights, and the sides of buildings in urban cores, and their operation will be coordinated with the nearby macrocells, putting prime stress on capacity, latency, and timing/synch for backhaul. Another wrinkle: many outdoor deployments will include carrier WiFi, which brings both simplification and complexities to the network design and operation. Operators will use Ethernet copper and fiber where available, but will predominantly use microwave, millimeter wave, and NLOS microwave for the immediate small cell backhaul link. Clock timing/synch must be supplied to the small cells and IEEE 1588v2 is the preferred technology. North America has strikingly different macrocell backhaul trends versus the rest of the world, but small cell backhaul will face the same issues across the globe. The speaker and Infonetics team have conducted research for the past 2 years with mobile operators around the world, and will present their preferred architectures, backhaul technologies, design assumptions, vendors, and the daunting barriers. Outdoor small cell deployments are not going to be easy or quick, but they will be a big deal in the long run.