IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
8 October 2020 // Virtual Conference


All times listed are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Panel #1 – Anticipating Security Challenges in 5G
05:50 AM – 07:30 AM

Abstract: With initial trials and commercial roll outs in progress, 5G brings a drastic change in the industry in terms of architecture, services and usage. This is no surprise that 5G security has become a key area of interest as it raises new challenges and brings disruption to traditional security approaches. This Panel will begin by addressing the new risk factors followed by a number of identified critical issues such as new deployment models and operations, End to End security as well as research and standardization challenges:

  • Risks from previous generations (architecture / technologies / use cases Slices BtB / supply chain incl open source / SP, Enterprise, Subscriber)
  • New Deployment models / New mode of Operations (incl 3rd party) – role and responsibilities / automation
  • End 2 End security model – how to integrate security vendors ? how to manage security orchestration ?
  • Research / Standardization / open challenges – (encryption vs interception – quantum resistance ; security testing & certification)

Finally, in light of the unprecedented measures taken during the COVID 19 pandemic, the panelists will attempt to provide an answer to the big question: Could security concerns become the show stopper for 5G ?

Moderator: François Cosquer – Security CTO, Nokia

Panel #2 – Unlocking the Potential of “What’s Next”
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Abstract: The “one size fits all” service era is about to come to an end, as technology will seek to capture the value created by 5G networks in the future. Virtualization and software defined networking will be key drivers in this technology shift, and infrastructure and technology providers have shifted their strategies, R&D and delivery models accordingly.

In this panel, we will dive into the topic of cloud technology, distributed architectures and what it means for deploying and securing current and future networks. As we transition from 4G to 5G, Service Based Architecture (SBA) will allow for flexible and dynamic configurations – what does this mean for our approach in planning and design? Networks could take many divergent paths over the next few years, with decisions on hybrid vs standalone, centralized vs distributed, open vs proprietary – Can we still achieve the security, reliability and performance we have come to expect from our communications networks? Where could we see the largest benefits and/or greatest risk as the network becomes virtualized and what role will automation, orchestration and zero-touch implementation have in next-gen deployments?
We will answer these questions, and, of course, many more as we explore “what’s next” in communications.

Moderator: Jason Boswell – Head of Security, Network Product Solutions, Ericsson North America

Panel #3 – Transitions in 5G
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Abstract: This past year has seen 5G commercially deployed in many different ways – or has it really? There is certainly a debate as to what is and is not ‘true’ 5G.

This past year has seen 5G being commercially deployed in many different ways, in various architectures and technologies, for a number of different purposes – from FWA to targeted pockets of 5GNSA and in both indoor (i.e., enterprises and arenas) and outdoor applications (i.e., providing residential services and additional capacity/coverage).
In this Panel, we will be looking at topics such as:

  • What can be learned in transitioning from 4G to 5G – Why, where and how to deploy 5G NSA within LTE coverage or … move directly to 5G SA
  • why, when, where and how to transition / incorporate from an LTE or 5G NSA network to 5G SA
  • how do you maintain high quality and resiliency when having both 4G and 5G deployed [i.e., transitioning of calls, clean handovers]

Moderator: Bob Lesnewich – Director – Emerging Technologies, Perspecta Labs