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NFV Migration: Pure Pragmatism or Pragmatic Purity?
Date / Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 11:00 a.m. EST
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Gabriel Brown, Principal Senior Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading

Pravin Mirchandani, Chief Marketing Officer, OneAccess Networks

The underlying drivers for NFV have changed from just appliance consolidation and capex savings to a more broad-based delivery model for enterprise services where service agility and time-to-revenue take center stage. At the same time, operators have decided to focus initially on CPE delivery models while they wait for key technical and scalability issues to be solved before launching services using a more centralized model. This has led to a focus on an eclectic range of options to deliver CPE-based services using virtualization technology, but conditioned by the pragmatic need to support legacy connections and achieve ROI. While pragmatism is unavoidable, certainly if you want to be an early leader, the purer ideals of virtualization still remain very much at the forefront of operators' ambitions.

  • Learn why centralized virtualized services have yet to fully take off
  • Explore the broad range of different CPE options for delivering next-generation services
  • Understand the challenges involved in delivering state-of-the-art NFV deployments
  • Get a better understanding of the full range of NFV options available for operators today


Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading
Gabriel covers the mobile network system architecture, including evolution of the RAN, the mobile core, and service-layer platforms and applications. Key technologies in his coverage area include LTE Advanced, small cells, Evolved Packet Core, carrier Wi-Fi and software-centric networking technologies such as NFV, SDN and service chaining. Gabriel has covered mobile networking since 1998 through published research, live events, operator surveys and custom consulting.

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Pravin Mirchandani, Chief Marketing Officer, OneAccess Networks
Pravin Mirchandani joined OneAccess Networks as Chief Marketing Officer in 2011 and currently leads the product strategy, product management and corporate communications functions for the company. Pravin has developed the company’s innovative SDN / NFV strategy based on service migration and an open approach which avoids vendor lock-in, which has been described it as ‘one of the most technically advanced globally’ by some of the biggest operators globally. Mirchandani is an internationally recognized thought leader and regular speaker on the subject of SDN and NFV.

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