5G RISING: What is it? Why Should I Care?

DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Social Time
  6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Dinner
  7:00 p.m. to ≈ 8:00 p.m. – Presentation
COST: $15- $20, See information in Reservations (Updated)


If you think about hyperbole in national strategic initiatives, you have probably heard about 5G. The 5G narrative promises a future of ubiquitous connectivity for everything from your mobile device to self-driving vehicles, and has been lauded as a national security interest. With an expected 111% CAGR growth of market opportunities worldwide peaking at a zenith of $277 Billion by 2025, this presentation will explore the technical and business underlying concepts of 5G deployment from a network operators perspective, will explore some of the hype, and will help identify opportunities to exploit.

Special Note: This presentation will be held in conjunction with the section’s Annual Senior Member Drive. This will be an opportunity for those IEEE members wishing to elevate their grade to Senior Member to meet with a panel of Senior Members who can review their professional credentials and assist them in the application process.


Tom Simpson is the Chief Operating Officer of CBI, which is the corporate entity that holds Cincinnati Bell, CBTS, Hawaiian Telecom, and ONX Canada. While many of these services are known as Cincinnati Bell in the area, all of the business entities represented under CBI provide consumer, small business, enterprise business, network and professional services engagements from our FIoptics business in Cincinnati to 5G system integration for Fortune 100 entities worldwide. Tom’s passion is driving business through technology, and has lived in some form of research, engineering, or general technology business for the past 30 years.

MENU SELECTIONSBuffet Menu:  Homemade Potato & Chicken Noodle Soups, Salad & Baked Potato Bar, Toppings: Shredded Cheddar, Chopped Bacon, Sliced Hardboiled Eggs, Sauteed Mushrooms & Garlic, Diced Broccoli & Diced Turkey, Cottage Cheese, Breadsticks

Tea and soft drinks are included, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

LOCATION: Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS: http://www.ieeecincinnati.org/meetings/. Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  (Note: Meeting list on webpage is slow to load on some browsers)

Cost is $15 for members advanced registration. Non-members and unregistered member cost is $20 cash at the door.

Reservations close at 11:59 PM on Sunday September 24, 2019.

An email to reserve.cinti@ieee.org prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by September 24th, 2019

WALK-INS (those without reservations): You are welcome to attend this meeting and/or enjoy the dinner even if you did not register in advance. Walk-ins pay a higher $20 dinner fee. Raffel’s determines our cost based on the number of plates used; if you choose to have dinner, please pay the fee if you eat even if you arrive late or didn’t pre-register.

PE CREDITS: Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting if qualified! The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.