April 13, some of the best engineers in the world will come to New York and plant cable's flag at the heart of the wireless world. After the event, no one should doubt that cable be a player. Featured speaker Ted Rappaport leads perhaps the world's best wireless research center at NYU. Rahim Tafazolli at Surrey and Gerhard Fettweis at TU Dresden have groups that are contenders for that title. CableLabs is organizing the event and sending their best.
I call Ted, "The Prince of 28 GHz." Ted's group convinced the industry that 28 GHz mobile can work by taking a test rig around Manhattan and Brooklyn for thousands of tests. He's a dynamic speaker and a reason 5G high frequencies lead the discussion. Possibly the toughest question in future wireless is whether millimeter wave or many antenna MIMO will dominate. Both will be the right choice some places. High demand and concentrated customers call for the capacity of millimeter. The greater reach and probable lower cost of many antennas (MU MIMO) in lower frequencies are more likely in less dense regions.
Top analysts Jonathan Chapin and Paul de Sa will discuss ways cable could become the best wireless networks in the United States. Day One, they can have over 10,000,000 cell sites simply with the WiFi in home gateways.