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Wireless and Wired Building a Converged Network
Date / Time: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
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James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading

Erik Gronvall, VP Strategy and Business Development, CommScope

5G is coming, and service providers are building extensive fiber access networks to reach small cells, radios with CRAN fronthaul and other wireless nodes at the network edge. Our previous webinar, "Network Convergence, the Future of Central Offices," looked at the consequences of convergence for the central office/headend network.

A fully converged access network supports all services offered to residential, enterprise and mobile customers. This webinar examines key issues to consider when planning and designing your access network. Building a 5G fiber foundation into existing networks requires making planning decisions regarding fiber capacity, locations, architectures, power and other aspects of the network a difficult task when most of the required information may not be available. This webinar will provide you with ideas, insights and important questions to ask when planning a converged network.



James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
James leads Heavy Reading's OSS/BSS research service. He examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service and infrastructure management. James's areas of focus include BSS, OSS, SDP, policy management, revenue assurance, service assurance, analytics and business intelligence. He is particularly interested in the impact of SDN and NFV on operator's IT systems.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, James worked for more than 15 years as an analyst covering technology and telecom companies for various investment banks and industry research firms. He previously worked as a management consultant in industry.

James holds a BSc and MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester, England.

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Erik Gronvall - VP Strategy and Business Development, CommScope
Erik Gronvall is VP of Service Provider Strategy & Business Development for CommScope. He leads product strategy, design and development for inside and outside plant connectivity solutions, and works with customers defining next generation

Erik has led a variety of teams at CommScope or its acquired companies focused on Product Management, Marketing, Strategy, Business/Market Development, and Engineering. He has been granted over 50 patents on product design and network architectures in the Telecommunications space.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA at the University of St. Thomas.

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Stephen Laufer, Global Network & OSS Solutions, IBM
Stephen Laufer is an Associate Partner in the Network and OSS practice in the Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Center of Competence. He brings more than 30 years of in depth telco strategy, architecture and execution experience across diverse lines of business, including fixed, mobile and enterprise. He has additional experience in billing/charging, CRM and order management. Prior to his current role, Stephen was the MEA Telco Industry Solutions Sales Leader for Network and OSS, where he led all telco network and OSS business and major initiatives across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

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Steven Teitzel, Global Solution Executive, IBM
Steven Teitzel is a Global Solution Executive at IBM for Network and OSS Transformation within IBM's Global Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment Industry. He is responsible for the strategy and business development for IBM cloud-based networking with NFV/SDN, OSS and security enabling network and OSS transformations. He applies cognitive analytics, cloud, assurance and agile DevOps to build IBM cloud-based networking for the service provider network operations and infrastructure to take out cost and drive monetization of the network. Steven has been with IBM for 35 years as a solution executive, a Managing Principal, Principal, consultant and architect within IBM Sales and Global Services for IT Strategy, Networking and Service Management.

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