Key Enablers and Obstacles to a Successful 5G Deployment

December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Verizon Technology Center
60 Sylvan Road
MA 02451

Communications Society

Speaker: Mark Watts

This meeting is preceded by dinner with our guest speaker at Bertucci’s, 475 Winter St, Waltham, MA at 5:30 PM.

5G provides an opportunity to change the way people use wireless networks, much like what 4G did with greater wireless throughput. In addition to throughput, 5G provides for additional features such as higher reliability, lower latencies and a multitude of IOT applications. The deployment comes with various obstacles preventing a successful and rapid deployment. Higher frequency bands (mmWave) reduce coverage but conversely increase capacities. Reduced coverage drives nodal density which is the key challenge for a provider. 5G in mid-band and low band deployments are tied to their own set of distinct challenges.

Speaker Bio: Mark Watts, Verizon

Mark T. Watts is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff Architect at Verizon Communications. He joined Verizon’s predecessor Bell Atlantic in 1997 with various increases in responsibility. He has been primarily focused on physical layer transport, data and IP engineering, and most recently wireless transport for 4G and 5G network and architecture. Mark graduated from Villanova University with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.

Please circulate to interested parties.

Venue Note. This is our venue at the new Verizon Technology Center Campus in Waltham.

The meeting begins at 7 PM at the new meeting auditorium at the Verizon Technology Center. The address is 60 Sylvan Road, Waltham, MA 02451. The entrance is by the far corner – with the picnic tables out front – and not the tower or the new building. It is most easily reached by the West Street entrance.

Important Note: Verizon Technology Center requests the names of the meeting attendees in advance of the meeting. If you plan to attend, please send a note via e-mail with your name to John Nitzke at by Wednesday, December 4th.

The meeting is preceded by dinner at Bertucci’s, 475 Winter St, Waltham at 5:30 PM. The speaker will be joining us at dinner. Please let Bob Malupin know if you plan to attend the dinner at Bertucci’s. Bob can be contacted at

Directions to Bertucci’s restaurant in Waltham: Take Exit 27B on I95/128, heading west on Winter Street. After exiting, stay all the way to the right and take the first right turn into the shopping plaza.

Directions to Verizon Technology Center (old Verizon Labs location), 60 Sylvan Rd. campus, Waltham, MA 02451: Take Exit 27B on I95/128, heading west on Winter Street. Stay all the way to the right. Verizon Technology Center is 1/2 mile ahead. At the second traffic light, turn left onto WEST ST. and then take the first right (at the Verizon sign) which leads into the Verizon campus. Take the first left. The building and entrance for the meeting are on your right. Note that the entrance to the auditorium area is by the far corner – with the red picnic tables out front – and not the tower or the new building.