Planning for 5G – Network Planning & Construction Considerations


Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM (CT)

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Commercially, 5G wireless will come to market around 2020. But there is still so much to be done behind the scenes to prepare; it will take years to be ready. Service providers will need considerable “wired” assets in the access network to effectively deliver fiber backhaul, front haul and other connectivity to the core and edge. Converging wireline and wireless system assets can help operators mitigate these challenges, and help better prepare the industry for 5G services.

In this presentation, the speaker will discuss:
• Cell site densification and drivers of 5G
• Techniques for laborers at any skill level to construct fiber networks faster
• Ways to postpone infrastructure investment for operators that need a phased approach
• Powering considerations for the edge of network
• Overcoming zoning challenges

Network planners, operators and installers will learn about the drivers, implications and strategies for rolling out 5G. To achieve the required densification for 5G small cells, more fiber and power will be needed throughout the access network. This will presentation will explore methods for delivering fiber connectivity and power to the core, network edge and beyond.

Erik Gronvall, VP Strategy and Business Development, CommScope
Erik Gronvall is VP of Service Provider Strategy & Business Development for CommScope. He leads product strategy, design and development for inside and outside plant connectivity solutions, and works with customers defining next generation networks. Erik has led a variety of teams at CommScope or its acquired companies focused on Product Management, Marketing, Strategy, Business/Market Development, and Engineering. He has been granted over 50 patents on product design and network architectures in the Telecommunications space. He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA at the University of St. Thomas.

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps design, build and manage wired and wireless networks around the world. As a communications infrastructure leader, we shape the always-on networks of tomorrow. For more than 40 years, our global team of greater than 20,000 employees, innovators and technologists have empowered customers in all regions of the world to anticipate what’s next and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Discover more at

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