Inside Towers Moderating Two Sessions at WIA Connect (X): All Access


Connect (X): All Access is this week, kicking off May 19 with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as a keynote speaker. Presented by the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), the event is a free, global, virtual conference that is taking the place of WIA’s in-person, annual Connectivity Expo, or Connect (X).

Two representatives from Inside Towers will be moderating panels, one entitled “Defining the Role of the Macro Site in a 5G World” with Moderator Jim Fryer, Managing Editor of Inside Towers. The panel examines why a fully deployed, operational 5G network requires close integration between towers, small cells, fiber and data centers, and the role of towers play as the “umbrella” within a converged network.

The session features speakers:

  • Bernard Borghei, Co-Founder and Executive VP, Operations, Vertical Bridge
  • Mark Reudink, VP of Product Development, Crown Castle
  • Sanjay Dhawan, VP, New Business Technology and Operations, SBA Communications

Inside Towers Business Editor, John Celentano will moderate “Crisis and Finance: Accessing the Capital Markets in the Pandemic Age.” This session explores the wireless infrastructure sector and addresses the near-term outlook from the capital markets on valuation trends, lessons from recent deals, and the driving characteristics that are shaping near term financial activity. Speakers include:

  • Abhishek Rampuria, Vice President, M/C Partners
  • Bo White, Global Business Development TMT, Macquarie
  • Colby Synesael, Managing Director, TMT, Communications, Cowen
  • Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Equity Research Group Wells Fargo Securities

In addition to Pai and FCC Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr, other keynotes include Ericsson CEO Niklas Heuveldop, Ligado President and CEO Doug Smith, and more.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join this event and speak to some of the tower technicians and others who are working tirelessly to maintain and upgrade networks to keep Americans connected during this pandemic. These past months have shown the strength of America’s wireless networks, and I look forward to discussing ways to continue promoting infrastructure deployment and connectivity for the benefit of American consumers,” said Pai.

“WIA is honored that Chairman Pai will join us at the virtual Connect (X): All Access to share his vision for wireless infrastructure. This is an opportunity for the event attendees to hear from a major champion for connectivity at a time when there is unprecedented focus on wireless broadband and 5G,” said WIA President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “Chairman Pai’s leadership on 5G is unparalleled, and we expect a strong message that will help our industry plan ahead.”   

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