The Evolution of Telecommunications Networks, and Exploration of Future Topologies by Ian Horseman, Telus Comm. Inc. (14 Nov. 2013)

Ian Horseman

TELUS Communications Inc.

The Evolution of Telecommunications Networks,

and Exploration of Future Topologies

Time & Date: Cancelled. New date will be announced later. We are sorry.

Location: TBA

Talk Abstract: Telecommunications networks have many inventors to credit with their creation, from Alexander Graham Bell, and Marconi, to innovators like John Walson. Their contributions mixed with a myriad of topology decisions combined to build a system that most of us rely on today. Have you ever wondered how they are built? Why technologies are chosen? Or, what variables will shape the network of the future?

This talk will outline the genesis of telecommunications networks to date. It will examine the underlying causes for technology choices, and explore what holds change back. After doing so, the future state of networks can be projected. The talk will shed light on where we are going. It will give the audience a sense of why we need fibre to the home, and how we could get 1 Gbps connectivity to our phones.

Speaker Biography: Ian Horseman is currently an access planner for TELUS Communications Inc., where he is part of a team of specialists which determine what shape TELUS’ network will take in the future. He has worked in telecommunications in a variety of roles for the past 11 years. While doing his undergrad (B.Eng ’04) at Carleton University he was also a Technician for Bell Canada.

After completing his degree he worked in a multi-discipline engineering role at Kenora Municipal Telephone Service (KMTS). He helped analyze and deploy wireline, mobility and fixed wireless networks within its serving area.

In 2008, Ian moved to Kelowna, BC to work for TELUS. In his current role he has managed the deployment of telephone carrier systems, DSL network nodes (ADSL, and VDSL2), GPON and FTTx networks within BC. He is also a member of the November 2013 graduate cohort at UBC Okanagan, and will hold a Masters (M.Eng ’13) focusing on small cell mobility networks and project management.