Panel Discussion

Toward Gigabit Wireless Networks: Technology, Regulatory, and Business Opportunities
Organizer and moderator: Dr. Ehsan Sheybani, Professor, Virginia State University Abstract: This panel explores different facets of the growing demand for development of 4G wireless networks, such as LTE. The issues may include regulatory policies, spectrum requirement and placement, technical innovations, obstacles and solutions; cost effective network architecture and operational aspects; venture capital and business development opportunities’
Panelists
Dr. Habib Riazi, Director of RF and Systems Engineering, Mobile Access Division, Corning Telecom
Dr. Saied Kazeminejad, Engineer IV, 4G Network Development- LTE Advanced, Sprint
Dr. Masoud Olfat, Director of RAN Technology & Standards, LightSquared
Panelists’ Biography

Dr. Ehsan O. Sheybani (Panel Organizer & Moderator)
Ehsan Sheybani has earned a BSEE, MSEE, and Ph. D EE from University of Florida, Florida State University, and University of South Florida, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Computer Engineering at Virginia State University, with a research interest in Communications and Signal Processing. He is a senior member of IEEE and its professional societies. He has numerous federal grants from NASA and NSF and has a long list of publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Habib Riazi
Dr. Riazi has more than 30 years of professional contributions to the telecommunications industry with major telecom companies. He was the radio manager for the initial deployment of Verizon PCS network in Richmond, VA major trading market, chief architect for digital satellite radio receiver at Bell Laboratories, for now commercially available Sirius satellite radio service, was leading the lab for 4G technology development initiative at Nextel, Sprint and Wimax at Clearwire. Habib is currently Director of RF and Systems Engineering at MobileAccess division of Corning Telecom in Herndon, VA where he is responsible for insuring his employers product conformance to wireless service providers’ requirement for distributed antenna system (DAS) infrastructure for extending network coverage and capacity in large buildings and concentrated venues. Habib did his PhD work at George Washington University, in Washington DC, is a life senior member of IEEE ComSoc, is a registered professional engineer in the state of VA, has served on Virginia State University Industrial Advisory Board, and holds numerous US and EU patents.

Dr. Saied Kazeminejad
Dr. Kazeminejad has more than 30 years of experience in wireless telecommunication industry with major companies around the world. He completed his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, Bradford University, UK. He was director of Radio Transmission group in Iran Telecommunication Research Center, working on development of fixed microwave of radio and satellite communication. After completing a post doctoral research fellowship program in University f Bradford working, he took a manager position for development of second generation cordless product with Novatel, Canada. He was a principle member of Technical Staff for SBC Research lab (now AT&T) working on standardization of second and third generation wireless networks ( EDGE, and UMTS). Since 2007 he has been a senior engineer with Sprint and Clearwire working on development of WiMAX and LTE networks. Currently he is working on LTE advanced feature development. Saied is a senior member of IEEE and holds a number of US patents.

Dr. Masoud Olfat
Dr. Masoud Olfat received his PhD degrees and completed post-doctoral studies in wireless communications from University of Maryland, College Park. He has more than 18 years of experience in managing multi-task teams in developing multimedia communication systems, signal processing, and mobile broadband wireless systems such as WiMAX and 3G LTE. He has been actively participating in the development of IEEE802.16 standard and mobile WiMAX from their infancy, and 3GPP LTE.

As a manager of 4G Access in Sprint Nextel (XOHM), and Clearwire, he managed numerous key projects essential for the deployment of WiMAX network, such as WiMAX RFP, development of WiMAX RAN requirement and specifications, XOHM WiMAX IOT (RAN-Core-Device IOT), technical development of WiMAX certification, etc. In addition he was responsible for company’s standard activities such as WiMAX, 3GPP, ITU, etc. Currently, as a director of RAN technology & standard in LightSquared, he is in charge of 3GPP LTE RAN development, eNB development and implementation, and company’s standard activities, including standardization of company’s spectrum in 3GPP, and Spectrum Management. Moreover, he is involved in projects like coexistence of LightSquared technology with GPS, RAN development, RAN sharing structure, VoIP over LTE, and IMS architecture. He is also a senior technical advisor to WiMAX Forum board of directors, and a senior advisor for Global Technology Associates (GTA). He has published numerous papers, written book chapters, and has 19 granted patents along with 25 more filed patents in United States and internationally, all in the field of wireless communications. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he has developed and taught several wireless courses. Moreover, has been running several training and short course sessions. He is a member of Sharif University of Technology Association (SUTA) board of directors, and the president of SUTA chapter in Washington DC Metropolitan Area.