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Virtual Plenary Session

The Plenary Session features a Keynote Presentation by a distinguished leader in the global cable and connectivity industry. Another part of the Plenary Session is recognizing the Outstanding Technical Paper and Best Presentation from the previous year’s conference. The Plenary Session is open to all attendees who are registered for the Technical Symposium.

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IWCS 2021 Keynote Trevor Smith

2021 Keynote

Connectivity Needs for our New Normal World:
Network Evolution in the Cable and Connectivity Space

As the world moves to towards our new normal, we are more dependent on connectivity than we have ever been before. Every business is becoming more and more connected, every person is becoming more connected in more ways than they ever thought imaginable. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the entire world through a massive forced experiment around more ways to connect digitally, and much of what we have done out of necessity is likely to stay even as the world moves towards a new normal.
The communications networks of today and tomorrow will be about connecting both people and machines, and providing a user experience that is more responsive and adaptable for the needs of the applications that provide value. This talk will discuss how these changes are affecting our society, and how cable and connectivity must evolve to support the new normal.

About the 2021 Keynote Speaker

Trevor Smith, VP Strategy and Business Development, CommScope

Trevor Smith is the Vice President, Global Strategy and Business Development for CommScope. Trevor and his team work closely with Customers and Industry Partners to assess current and future industry trends, and drive CommScope and the industry to push the boundaries of technology to create the world’s most advanced Networks. Trevor’s team are responsible for establishing and driving the Commscope strategic plan collaboratively across the organization, and for working with each business to develop their Strategy in support of the CommScope Strategy.

Trevor is passionate about fiber and wireless technologies and holds over 100 patents relating to fiber optics and fiber optic networks. He has over 28 years of experience in the communications field, and has spent time in various R&D, Product Management, Marketing, and Business Development Roles with ADC Telecommunications, TE Connectivity, and CommScope. Most recently, Trevor and his team have been working on solutions for Broadband Wireless and Wired Networks, driving speed of deployment up, while also working to lower both capex and opex costs for people building networks around the world.

In addition to his role at CommScope, Trevor serves on the Board of Directors of Telecommunications Industry Association and is Chairman of the Board at Active Video Networks. Trevor has a BSME and an MBA to go along with his extensive experience in the Telecom industry.

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