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Building Value Through The 6G Creation Process

While technologists and researchers are excited by the possibilities inherent in future generations of telecoms, business leaders are cautious about more demands for up-front investment and uncertain gains. We need new economic and commercial models to ensure the industry thrives; models which don’t wait for 6G but which will enable companies to make the most of new capabilities as they emerge.

To enable this, we need to build a fresh dynamic in telecoms; closer collaboration between technical and commercial leaders to enable a shared understanding of where value may lie in the next generation, what customers in the public sector, enterprises and consumers need and how to deliver those requirements. This generational change is something that goes far beyond pure technology but can and should involve policymakers and regulators; business decision-makers; and operational systems.

In Washington DC significant decision-makers will be debating essential questions for the progress of the telecoms industry: Join us to have your say.

What to expect:

  • Interactive conversations and public debates on essential policy, commercial and technology issues.
  • High-level meetings to dig deeper into sensitive concerns.
  • Networking with a wide variety of stakeholders from across North America and beyond.
  • Live demonstrations of cutting-edge technology.

2023 speakers included:

Ayodele Okeowo

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, CHIPS Program Office

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, CHIPS Program Office

Ed Tiedemann

SVP Engineering, Qualcomm

SVP Engineering, Qualcomm

Amanda Toman

Head of Innovation Fund, NTIA

Head of Innovation Fund, NTIA

Igal Elbaz

ATIS Chair & Network CTO, AT&T

Igal oversees the global mobile and fixed network technology direction for AT&T, which includes the design of the company’s 5G infrastructure, AT&T’s software-defined networking initiative, protecting and monetizing AT&T’s intellectual property portfolio, and network software automation platforms. His responsibilities include network architecture, standards, planning, development, testing and certification of infrastructure and device technologies.
Igal previously served as senior vice president of Network Engineering and Operations where he led the engineering and operations of AT&T’s mobility and voice core networks; common IP backbone network; transport and cloud engineering as well as global monitoring of AT&T’s network; tier 3 advanced technical support; business continuity planning and AT&T’s Global Technology Operations Center, which provides centralized command operations.
He also served as senior vice president of Wireless and Access Technology where he was responsible for wireless and wireline access network architecture design and the technology roadmap. Igal also led ecosystem and innovation through AT&T’s Foundry and his focus on understanding and utilizing the startup community. Through his many assignments, Igal brings strong leadership and key experiences to deliver advanced access technologies and innovative products and services with speed and agility.

Igal serves as Chairman of the board for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). Igal also serves on the boards of GSMA, 5G Americas, the O-RAN Alliance and the American Heart Association Dallas.
Igal has an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Management from Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two sons.

ATIS Chair & Network CTO, AT&T

Alex Choi

Chairman, O-RAN Alliance

Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi is Chairman of the O-RAN ALLIANCE and Senior Vice President, Group Technology and Head of T-Labs, which is the central Research & Development division of Deutsche Telekom. In addition, he is member of the Technology & Innovation management board, where he has responsibility for several strategic topics.

Dr. Choi has been a thought leader for over 20 years in the mobile telecommunication industry & consumer electronics by driving forward key strategic and research topics in Telco and AI.

Dr. Choi was the first Chairman of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and previously served as CTO for SK Telekom. With the introduction of “NUGU”, the first AI- based virtual assistant in Korea, Dr. Choi was influential in the development of AI solutions.

Chairman, O-RAN Alliance

Ed Knapp

CTO, American Tower

Ed Knapp is our Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining American Tower in 2017, Mr. Knapp served as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, where he was responsible for their New Jersey Corporate Research Center. Mr. Knapp has more than 40 years of communications technology experience and has spent more than 30 years invested in the development of the global wireless industry. He joined Qualcomm after its acquisition of Flarion Technologies. Prior to that he served as Chief Technology Officer of PacketVideo Corporation, co-founded NextWave Telecom, Inc. and served as its Chief Technology Officer, and was Executive Director of Technical Services for Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile (Verizon Wireless).

Mr. Knapp serves on the Board of Directors of AST SpaceMobile and the Center for Automotive Research, as well as the Rutgers University Industry Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Outthinker Strategy Network. Mr. Knapp currently has five granted U.S. patents and one pending application. He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU) in New York and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Stony Brook University.

CTO, American Tower

Anne Neuberger

Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Ms. Neuberger is the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies in the White House. Previously, she served at the National Security Agency (NSA) for over ten years in a variety of senior intelligence and cybersecurity roles. Most recently, she served as director of NSA’s Cybersecurity organization and deputy director of NSA’s intelligence operations, leading an organization of over 20,000 people globally. In both these roles, she drove major change initiatives across operations and technology. She also served as NSA’s first Chief Risk Officer building NSA’s enterprise risk management program and Director of NSA’s Commercial Solutions Center, which leads its private sector outreach. Prior to NSA, she served as the Department of the Navy’s Deputy Chief Management Officer and a White House Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In 2020, Ms. Neuberger was awarded DoD’s and NSA’s highest civilian awards, the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and NSA’s Distinguished Service Medal. In 2017, Ms. Neuberger was awarded a Presidential Rank Award.

Before her government service, Ms. Neuberger was Senior Vice President of Operations at American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, where she directed technology and operations. Ms. Neuberger is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned an MBA and Masters of International Affairs.

Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Agenda

  • September 24, 2024

  • September 23, 2024

speakers

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Accommodation Information coming soon.