PANEL: Making 5G NR a Commercial Reality (and a Success)

PANEL: Making 5G NR a Commercial Reality (and a Success)
Tuesday 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Over the last year, the industry has made tremendous progress in moving beyond the 5G hype. In fact, the schedule for 5G NR – the global 5G standard – has been accelerated to enable wide-scale network deployments starting 2019. Learn from a panel of industry leaders the status and next steps in 5G NR network and device commercialization, as well as performance breakthroughs and consumer use cases that will drive 5G NR adoption in 2019 and beyond.

Moderator: Mr. Michael Thelander
CEO and Founder, Signals Research Group
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Michael Thelander is the CEO and Founder of Signals Research Group (SRG), a US-based research consultancy that offers thought-leading field research and consulting services on the wireless telecommunications industry.

Its flagship research product is a research product entitled “Signals Ahead,” which has attracted a strong following across the entire wireless ecosystem with corporate subscribers on five continents. The consultancy also published the first independent study of next-generation wireless economics, which many industry followers consider to be the preeminent study of its kind.

In his current endeavor, Mr. Thelander is the lead analyst for Signals Ahead and he guides a team of industry experts that provide consulting services for the wireless industry, including some of the largest mobile operators, the top equipment OEMs, trade associations, and financial institutions.

Prior to founding SRG, Mr. Thelander was an analyst with Deutsche Bank Equity Research where he followed the wireless industry. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Thelander was a consultant with KPMG (now known as BearingPoint) and a communications officer with the United States Army. Mr. Thelander has also published numerous articles for leading trade publications and engineering journals throughout his career.

He has been an invited speaker at industry conferences around the world, including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, the global series of Informa LTE summits, and 4G World. He is also frequently quoted by major news sources and industry newsletters, including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Fierce Wireless, RCR Wireless and Wireless Week.

Mr. Thelander earned a Masters of Science in Solid State Physics from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.