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Virtualization – A Critical Capability for Service Provider Success in IoT, 5G & Beyond
Date / Time: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Charlie Ashton, Senior Director, Business Development, Wind River

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a huge opportunity for communications service providers, simply because of the sheer scale of investment it will attract and the business impact it will have globally. This webinar will explore the critical factors and obstacles that communications service providers need to be aware of as they consider the development of their network architecture to address the market and meet the expectations of customers. Steve Bell, Heavy Reading's senior IoT analyst, will talk about the landscape and some of the strategies that mobile operators have adopted to address the market. He will also talk about how embracing software-centric and cloud-hosted core networks will better position operators to match infrastructure to increasingly diverse services at a relatively low incremental cost. This approach also enables early-stage implementation of LTE network slicing, which will be a key enabler of IoT and is a core component of the 5G vision since it enables "the many services on one network" concept.

Wind River is the leading supplier of carrier-grade NFV infrastructure platforms. Charlie Ashton will talk about the need to underpin these IoT systems and services with a high reliability and secure backbone network to ensure the critical applications have the primary connection they require when they need it. Charlie will also identify how the Titanium Server virtualization platform and Titanium Cloud ecosystem can help overcome the many identified challenges and maximize the IoT opportunity.


Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
Steve's coverage at Heavy Reading includes the Internet of Things (IoT) and related technologies, focusing on the evolution of the mobile Internet and its impact on digital life. Steve joins Heavy Reading with more than two decades of experience as a strategy, marketing and technology advisor, analyst, speaker and commentator on the mobile Internet and the emerging IoT space. He previously worked with Motorola in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S., where he led technology roadmapping, strategy, product and business development teams that developed 2G, 3G and 4G cellular devices for the global market. In addition, Steve is an entrepreneur who has founded two companies: KeySo Global LLC, an analysis and advisory firm specializing in strategy, marketing and innovation, with a focus on mobile technology; and My City Tag LLC, a digital city services platform with an initial market focus on parking. Steve holds a First Class B.A. Honors degree in Business from Kingston University, England.

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Charlie Ashton, Senior Director, Business Development, Wind River
Charlie Ashton is an accomplished marketing and business development executive with extensive experience in the embedded systems industry. At Wind River, he is responsible for business development initiatives for networking solutions. A prolific writer and commentator, his frequent blog posts and trade articles can be found throughout the embedded and software communities' literature. Charlie has held leadership roles in both engineering and marketing at software, semiconductor and systems companies, including 6WIND, AppliedMicro, Green Hills Software, Motorola (now Freescale Semiconductor), Dell and AMD.

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