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The Intelligent Transformation: How Operators can build a 5G ready network today!
Date / Time: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading

Phil Lamoureux, Mobile Network Architect, Juniper Networks

Ron Parker, Chief Architect, Affirmed Networks

Today, operators are making investments in software-based (SDN/NFV) mobile core solutions and the underlying data center IP infrastructure required to support this virtualized approach. As this is occurring, operators are also being challenged to understand the requirements of 5G services so that they can embrace this new generation of networks as seamless and cost-effectively as possible.

What only a few forward-thinking operators understand now, however, is that these two efforts can be done simultaneously with the right strategy, technology and guidance.

This webinar -- hosted by Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown, and joined by representatives from Affirmed Networks and Juniper Networks -- will explore some of the best-in-class software-based mobile core solutions, and distributed data center infrastructure that are being used by operators globally. It will also provide a look at the pending arrival of 5G to understand some of its key service requirements. The examination of all three components will provide a holistic view into how operators can simultaneously invest in flexible, “5G ready” applications and the required infrastructure to support them over 4G today and 5G tomorrow.

Attendees of this webinar will gain insights into:

  • The architecture required for making the move to a software-based mobile packet core
  • The cornerstones of a next-gen (distributed) data center infrastructure strategy
  • The service requirements of 5G networks as the technology becomes commercially available
  • How operators can move to an NFV-based mobile core while simultaneously preparing for 5G



 

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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Phil Lamoureux, Mobile Network Architect, Juniper Networks
Carsten Rossenhoevel is Managing Director of European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC AG), an independent test lab in Berlin, Germany. EANTC offers vendor-neutral network test services for network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises. In this role, he is responsible for EANTC's business development and marketing. He has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunication networks and testing. His technical areas of expertise include Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Carrier Ethernet, Triple Play and Mobile Backhaul. Carsten is one of the co-founders of EANTC AG. Before joining EANTC, he worked as a software engineer, as well as consultant in the financial services and media sector.

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Ron Parker, Chief Architect, Affirmed Networks
Ron Parker brings to his role as Affirmed Networks’ Chief Architect more than 25 years of experience in systems architecture, software development, and software management – including stints in all three simultaneously. Ron previously held positions with successful network equipment providers and start-ups, including Chipcom, Cascade Communications, Ascend Communications, Lucent Technologies, Wavesmith Networks, Ciena Corp., Cartiza Networks, and Movik Networks. Ron’s technology expertise includes: large-scale distributed system design, high-performance data plane, queueing and traffic management, signaling and call control, OAM/FCAPS, and service orchestration. In addition to contributions to multiple standards bodies, including active participation with the IETF Service Function Chaining Work Group, he has been awarded more than a dozen U.S. Patents. Ron received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Boston University.

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