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Monday, April 3 • 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Implications of 5G to All Layers of Stack - Moderated by Prodip Sen, HPE

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5G is the natural evolution of today’s mobile networks, but it is far more than a faster radio access technology. Like the previous generations of mobile network standards (2G, 3G, 4G …), 5G is driven by the promise of faster and more efficient radio access technology that promises ubiquitous broadband (50Mbps everywhere), lower latency, seamless communication for mobility at higher speeds, and extreme scale. But the 5G architecture is also introducing a re-architecture of the core, incorporating new technologies and approaches that have emerged in the telco networking industry – software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and mobile edge computing (MEC) to name a few. 

There are several industry-wide open development efforts relevant to many of the component technologies and architectures mentioned above. But given the focus on performance, scale, reliability and manageability for 5G networks, can open development and open networking be relevant here? The challenge is to design a common network infrastructure that can serve disparate use cases. The diversity of requirements necessitates a network architecture that is flexible, programmable, intelligent and distributed.  This panel will discuss the question of how we can harness the power of openness to achieve this goal. The panel will cover the point of view both of owners and operators of 5G networks, as well as solution, software and system providers.

Sample questions (exemplary only):

·       What constitutes a 5 G network for you – do you consider it as a better radio access, or something more?

·       Are you in the process of transforming your network? How is that related to 5G?

·       Do you see a relationship between the network transformation being undertaken by CSPs and 5G networks, and what is it?

·       What business problems are you attempting to solve by transitioning to 5G networks?

·       Do you see 5G enabling new devices or new customer sets for you?

·       A lot of emphasis has been placed on standards and standardization for 5G networks. Is there a role for open development and open source here?

·       How do you balance the stringent requirements that 5G networks are expected to address, and the nature of open development?

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Prodip Sen

Chief Technology Strategist, Infrastructure, HPE
Dr. Prodip Sen is currently Chief Technology Officer of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at HPE’s Communications Solutions Business (CSB), where he is responsible for the technology strategy and industry engagement for the NFV. His current focus is to foster the generation... Read More →

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Jamil Chawki

Intrapreneur CEO, Orange
Dr Jamil Chawki leads Orange AI Marketplace at Intrapreneurs Studio. He is Chariman of the Outreach Committee of the Linux Foundation AI Foundation. He was in charge of IT and cloud networks open source activity at Orange and convenor of the Collaborative Teams between ITU-T and ISO/IEC... Read More →
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Alex Choi

CTO, Executive VP & Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom
Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi is serving as CTO, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate R&D Center. Dr. Choi joined SK Telecom in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Head of Technology Strategy Office. He is responsible for building the company’s technology roadmaps and strategies... Read More →
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Balaji Ethirajulu

Senior Director Product Management, Ericsson
Balaji Ethirajulu is a senior director of product management at Ericsson, driving technologies in the areas of open source, automation, orchestration, NFV, SDN, 5G, cloud-native, edge computing, networking, and IoT. He has more than 25 years of experience in product management, technology... Read More →
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Heather Kirksey

Vice President of NFV, The Linux Foundation
Heather Kirksey works with the community to advance the adoption and implementation of open source NFV platforms.Before joining The Linux Foundation, she led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB. Earlier in her career she held various leadership positions in the telecom industry... Read More →
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Jonne Soininen

Head of Open Source Initiatives, Nokia
Jonne Soininen is  Head of Open Source Initiatives at Nokia based in Espoo, Finland. Prior to this position, he worked in different positions with Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Renesas Mobile and Broadcom and has an extensive history in telecommunications and software engineering... Read More →
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Tom Tofigh

Tom is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T’s Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T. Tom has been responsible for planning and implementation of large-scale telecommunications equipment He has extensive experience that spans across many disciplines... Read More →

Monday April 3, 2017 4:30pm - 5:20pm PDT
Grand Ballroom G