IEEE International Conference on Communications
9–13 June 2024 // Denver, CO, USA
Scaling the Peaks of Global Communications

Executive Forum

We are excited to bring you our Executive Forum which is a panel, aiming at bringing together speakers from industry at the CxO/VP/Director levels, encompassing several sectors, to discuss a timely and relevant topic of interest to conference participants.

Please find our program below - subject to change.


E3: Is There Enough Spectrum for Future Generations? Planning the Spectrum Pipeline for 5G and 6G Around the Globe
E2: IPv6-based 5G, IoT, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity
E1: Open RAN: Now and in the Future

E3: Is There Enough Spectrum for Future Generations? Planning the Spectrum Pipeline for 5G
and 6G Around the Globe

Monday, June 10, 11:30 - 13:00
Location:  Plaza Ballroom B, C, E, F/Concourse Level

Chair:  David Reed, Senior Research Associate and Scholar in Residence, Computer Science Department and Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center, CU Boulder

Panelists:  (Note: panelists have been confirmed at this time)

  1. David Goldman, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, SpaceX
  2. Keith Gremban, Research Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department and Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director, Silicon Flatirons Center, CU Boulder
  3. Carolyn Kahn, Distinguished Chief Spectrum Economist at The MITRE Corporation
  4. Ali Khayrallah, Senior Technical Advisor, Ericsson, Silicon Valley
  5. Kenneth Baker, Wireless Consultant and Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder

Abstract: Many in the U.S. wireless industry now believe that the spectrum pipeline for 5G and 6G has "run dry" and have been pressing the FCC to allocate another 1.5 GHz of low, mid-band, and high-band spectrum for industry to keep up with record growth in next generation demand (e.g., usage per smartphone has nearly tripled over the past five years). At the same time, governments are investing heavily to close the digital divide, with many holding the view that 5G and 6G can play critical roles in these critical infrastructure efforts as well. This panel will tackle the key spectrum management and policy decisions now being taken by major players on a global basis.

Key discussion topics for the panel will include:

  • An update on important spectrum allocation decisions made at the World Radiocommunication Conference held last November in Dubai and their implications for filling the future Spectrum Pipeline for 5G and 6G.
  • Whether the future of 5G and 6G might be hampered by spectrum scarcity, resulting in "technological islands" with higher costs for technology and mobile deployment costs.
  • The role of open and virtual networks in driving adoption of 5G and 6G, and impact on spectrum efficiency.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of existing spectrum sharing models and likely future directions.
  • Implications of the emergence of HAPS/LEO/MEO/GEO satellite communications as critical elements of 5G and 6G infrastructure.
  • Key use cases that should be driving spectrum management and policy decisions.
  • Key emerging technologies driving next generation deployments (open RAN, AI, THz communications, low-latency approaches, and more) and their implications on spectrum management decisions.

To address such pressing spectrum strategy and management questions, and inform you of current hot topics, a distinguished set of panel discussants has been assembled from a wide range of perspectives.


Keith GrembanDr. Keith Gremban is a member of the research faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Dale and Pat Hatfield Professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center in the School of Law. Prior to joining the University, Keith was the Director of the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), which is the research and engineering laboratory for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Keith was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he managed a portfolio of programs in the areas of wireless communications and electronic warfare, and also worked in industry, managing and leading research and systems engineering projects. Keith’s research interests are in spectrum science, dynamic spectrum sharing, wireless communications, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Keith was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Internet of Things Magazine. Keith received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics and B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University.

Carolyn KahnCarolyn Kahn serves as Distinguished Chief Spectrum Economist at The MITRE Corporation, where she works with multidisciplinary teams across government, industry, and non-profit organizations to help solve the most difficult spectrum problems for a safer world. Ms. Kahn has made groundbreaking technical contributions by applying economic principles to electromagnetic spectrum challenges to help optimize use of this critical national resource. Her expertise includes electromagnetic spectrum, wireless communications, 5G/6G, dynamic spectrum sharing, technology innovation (e.g., artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud, and cyber), and future workforce initiatives. Ms. Kahn served as a member of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2016, recently co-chairing its 6G Subcommittee and previously co-chairing its Unmanned Aircraft Spectrum Subcommittee. She earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from McGill University, a BA with high honors in Economics and International Studies from Brandeis University, and the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus award from Shawnee High School.

Ali KhayrallahAli Khayrallah is senior technical advisor with the Advanced Technology Group at Ericsson in Santa Clara, CA. He has been with Ericsson in various research positions, in Santa Clara, CA, where he led a team shaping future wireless technology, and earlier in Research Triangle Park, NC. His current focus is on 6G in the US, and partnering with government, academia and industry to energize research towards 6G and beyond. His external activities include NSF partnerships on wireless research, ATIS Next G Alliance, FCC TAC, and 5G Americas. He has contributed to the development of 5G, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, mobile satellite, land mobile radio etc. Previously, he was on the faculty of the University of Delaware. He received a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.Eng. from the American University of Beirut. He holds 120+ patents and received the Ericsson inventor of the year award.

Kenneth BakerDr. Kenneth Baker is a wireless consultant and a research associate with the University of Colorado, Boulder. Most recently, he served as Chief Engineer of the Wireless Bureau at the FCC. He led bureau engineering efforts associated with the re-banding of the C-Band satellite spectrum to terrestrial flexible use, reallocation of 3.45 GHz band government spectrum to commercial flexible use, among others. Prior to the FCC, Ken was a wireless researcher at NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunications (ITS), primarily investigating the use of Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology for broad area spectrum sensing. Before government service, Dr. Baker taught communication engineering at the University of Colorado. Ken joined the faculty after a career of Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment development and network planning, spanning 1G to 5G. He is author or co-author of over 33 publications in the areas of wireless networking, propagation measurement and prediction as well as interference analysis and wireless position determination. He holds eighteen patents in wireless communication system technology. Ken holds a PhD in EE from Virginia Tech and is a Life Member of the IEEE.

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E2: IPv6-based 5G, IoT, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity

Tuesday, June 11, 14:30 - 16:00
Location:  Plaza Ballroom B, C, E, F/Concourse Level

Chair:  Ralph Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, CyberSpatiale, and Chair, US IPv6 Council, USA 


  1. Ralph Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, CyberSpatiale, and Chair, US IPv6 Council, USA
  2. Robert Petty, Chief Operating Officer, CyberSpatiale, USA

Abstract:  The IPv6 Forum is attracting a very good number of players (100+) to its new IPv6-Enhanced Council including ISPs/Vendor/Academia from Europe, US and Asia to work on:

  • Identify gaps and recommendations of existing and required IPv6 standards both inside IETF and in other SDOs
  • Identify and describe IPv6 Network related use cases & specific scenarios, derived requirements and IPv6 networking challenges in the following areas:
  • IPv6 based 5G (and beyond 5G) IP transport and cloud & IP network convergence
  • IPv6 based enterprise networking and Industrial Internet
  • IPv6 cybersecurity and management
  • IPv6-based Blockchain
  • Document an automated networking e2e reference architecture, using IPv6
  • Describe an IPv6 based specific deployment best practices / guidelines and transition tools for: (1) IPv4 to IPv6, (2) dual stack to IPv6 only
  • Provide and demonstrate PoCs and test case descriptions to validate IPv6 standards based approaches.

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E1: Open RAN: Now and in the Future

Wednesday, June 12, 14:30 - 16:00
Location:  Plaza Ballroom B, C, E, F/Concourse Level

Chair: Sameh Yamany, CTO, Viavi Solutions


  • Ranjeet Bhattacharya, Ericsson North America
  • David Debrecht, VP CableLabs
  • Ravinder Jarral, VP 5G Wireless Partner Engagement & Diversity, DISH Wireless
  • Rick Mostaert, VP or RAN, Mavenir

Abstract:  Open RAN is arguably one of the biggest disruptors to the mobile industry since its inception.  In this executive forum, let’s hear from the movers and shakers in this movement about where things are, and where the industry is going.  


Dr. Sameh YamanyDr. Sameh Yamany serves as the Corporate Chief Technology Officer at VIAVI Solutions, entrusted with steering the company’s technological vision and strategic directions. His professional journey encompasses a distinguished role as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Trendium, a cutting-edge company specializing in customer experience assurance, which merged with VIAVI in 2013. Before this, Dr. Yamany excelled in a senior executive capacity at Tektronix Communications, overseeing the development of the Iris suite for comprehensive wireless and wireline monitoring solutions. In the academic arena, he has held the position of Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, Virginia. Dr. Yamany obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Louisville, USA. He is an esteemed author of various patents, scholarly articles, and book chapters, with his expertise spanning across artificial intelligence, telecommunications, and biomedical engineering.

Ranjeet BhattacharyaRanjeet Bhattacharya, Head of Radio Access Network (RAN) Architecture & Solutions for Ericsson North America, based in Plano, Texas is responsible for providing cutting edge radio network solution support towards cellular service providers in USA and Canada.

Prior to his current role, Bhattacharya worked in Ericsson spanning across Asia, Europe, and the US in several roles such as Ericsson Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Tier 1 Customer Unit in India, Principal Solutions responsible for various customers in North America and in Business Unit at Ericsson HQ in Sweden.

Bhattacharya has a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

David DebrechtDavid Debrecht is vice president of Wireless Technologies at CableLabs. In this role, he directs the execution and adoption of new wireless technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high-speed data, video, voice and next generation services for CableLabs members and the industry.

David has over 35 years of experience with wireless technology solutions in both government and commercial applications. He has served in a broad range of technology and product development roles, including various positions in R&D, product management, and technology development. David started his career at General Dynamics developing radar, radar warning, and electronic countermeasures platforms on the F-16 fighter aircraft. He moved to the communications industry in the mid-90s with Nokia developing radio base station solutions. He successfully filled many different roles within Nokia for 25 years, the latest of which, before moving to CableLabs, was CTO for the U.S. and Federal business organization.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. He enjoys the outdoors and participates regularly in both organized and unorganized outdoor sports and recreation.

Ravinder JarralRavinder Jarral As VP of 5G Wireless Partner Engagement and Delivery at DISH Wireless, Ravinder Jarral is a key driver for the implementation of DISH’s cloud-native Open RAN 5G network. In his current role, he leads partner engagement, lab and test environments and release management. Launching his career at AT&T, Ravinder is a 20+ year industry veteran with experience working with telcos like Verizon and Sprint, in addition to equipment manufacturers like Ericsson. He has successfully deployed and managed global networks and possesses a 360-degree view of the entire technology lifestyle. Taking on both technical and business roles through his career, Ravinder maintains a key focus on business impact delivery.

Rick MostaertRick Mostaert is a visionary leader and expert in the telecommunications industry, with a passion for driving innovation and transformation in the realm of Open RAN (Radio Access Network). With over two decades of experience, Rick has established himself as a thought leader at the forefront of the evolving landscape of wireless networks.

Currently serving as the Vice President of RAN Product Management at Mavenir, a leading telecommunications company, Rick spearheads the strategic direction and technological advancements in network infrastructure. His deep understanding of Open RAN architecture and its potential to revolutionize the telecommunications industry has positioned him as a key influencer in the global discourse on wireless network evolution.

Rick brings a wealth of experience from his prior roles at industry-leading companies. During his tenure at Motorola Networks and Nokia, Rick played a pivotal role in shaping the company's approach to network technologies, contributing to advancements in mobile infrastructure solutions. His time at Motorola Solutions further solidified his expertise, where he led initiatives focused on enhancing wireless communication systems and software solutions for mission-critical applications.

With a relentless commitment to innovation and a deep-seated belief in the transformative power of Open RAN, Rick Mostaert continues to drive progress and shape the future of wireless networks, empowering operators and businesses to unlock new opportunities and deliver superior connectivity experiences to users around the globe.

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