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Keynote Announced for the 2022 IWCS Forum

2022 IWCS Keynote Verizon


Andrea Carlini PhotoAndrea Caldini, VP of Product & Technology at Verizon, will deliver a visionary keynote presentation at the 2022 IWCS Cable & Connectivity Forum. Join us in Providence, USA for a dynamic Plenary Luncheon where Caldini will discuss the future of telecommunications network architecture and how advanced infrastructure and 5G technology is imperative to Connected Communities, SMART Buildings, and more.

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The rate of change for telecommunications is accelerating. We will see more opportunity, disruption, innovation, and invention in the next decade than we have seen in the past three. All this will depend on next gen connectivity. Telecom networks will give way to 5G enabled, intelligent edge-empowered platforms that resemble Computational Solution Utilities more than the networks of today.

We are building this, inventing this at Verizon today. We work to build tomorrow’s best network, 5G, the next generation of wireless technology. Verizon is taking a strong leadership role in 5G for our customers, building on the foundation of being the first to deploy 3G and 4G LTE Networks nationally.

This will simply change the way we work, live and play. Many verticals will be disrupted. Interestingly, a primary design driver will be ‘Submergence’, where the technology that is progressively more pervasive is pushed below the water line so that the service, the product, the solution, and the experience are what comes into focus, not the ingenious underlying technology.

Topics in this presentation will include:

  • Infrastructure technology we will need from the Supply Chain to make it happen over the next 5-10 years
  • Perspectives on network architecture to support Verizon to achieve the societal and environmental sustainability benefits of SMART Buildings / Connected Communities, using 5G
  • Platforms and mobile networks to the edge / data centers (for everything from schooling to healthcare to business to social interactions, etc.!)


Andrea Caldini is Vice President, Product Engineering and Technology for Verizon, with technical responsibility for planning, engineering, performance and life cycle management of Verizon’s Global Business product portfolio.

Prior to her current role, Caldini served in various field territory roles including Vice President of Field Network GLS, East and South for Verizon Wireless; responsible for the network build and performance of Verizon Wireless industry-leading voice and data networks, including its growing 4G LTE network, 5G UWB and Nationwide network and fiber network.

She has served as a Director in planning for SDN, NFV and Orchestration for Verizon’s Global transformation to virtualization.  She also worked internationally in Switzerland for five years in various technical leadership roles, including software startup companies and a large Swiss Multinational Corporation in digital marketing and IT business partnering with responsibility for Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Baltics. Prior to her international experience she held leadership positions in Network and Product Marketing for Verizon.  Caldini began her wireless career at Lucent Technologies and has held a number of positions in engineering, operations, project and service management supporting advanced wireless data and IP products.  Previous to Lucent she worked in IT at a multinational package goods company, Unilever Bestfoods.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from the University Tampa and an MS in Telecommunications from Stevens Institute of Technology.

About the IWCS Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum

IWCS is a not-for-profit organization that has hosted the premier event for new technologies in cable and connectivity products, processes, and applications for the past 71 years. The Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum is the leading worldwide event to explore topical issues, learn about new technologies, and network with colleagues from the communications, data, electronics, power, industrial, automotive, and aerospace industries. The 2022 IWCS Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum will take place October 10–13, 2022 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. This event includes a Technical Symposium featuring previously unpublished Technical Papers, Plenary Session with Influential Keynote Speaker, Supplier Exhibition™, Panel Discussions, Executive Session, and Professional Development Courses.

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