The Role of Sports in the Future of Communications
Date / Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m New York / 2:00 p.m London
sponsored by
Ed Barton, Chief Analyst, Entertainment, Ovum

Tomer Gingold, VP, Head of BSS & B2B, Amdocs Technology

Yogen Patel, VP, Head of Product and Solutions Marketing at Amdocs Open Network

As 5G momentum builds, network operators continue to have to test, prove and demonstrate evolving 5G use cases and capabilities. Meanwhile the complexity of existing networks, and technologies, as well as the complexity of the potential commercial models, make prioritizing 5G investment and integration difficult.

Unique research undertaken by Ovum, in partnership with Amdocs, reveals that, from among a multitude of potential 5G use cases, sports, and more specifically, large-scale sports and esports events, is one of the most compelling 5G use cases for operators today, heavily influencing their nationwide 5G strategies.

Beyond offering the perfect stage for demonstrating 5G network capabilities across design, performance and quality of experience to a global audience, operators also see their involvement with large sports events in the 5G era as providing them with the opportunity to take on a variety of roles beyond the role of the connectivity provider.

Join Ed Barton, Ovum’s Chief Analyst for Entertainment, and Amdocs’ Tomer Gingold and Yogen Patel to learn more about the attractive proposition sports and esports events provide for 5G tests and launches. Understand:

  • how operators are evolving their networks in terms of 5G rollout timelines and network design;
  • when and where they are focusing their 5G trials, and;
  • what they see as their top commercial opportunities and challenges.
  • Discuss how pre-integrated solutions can simplify implementation, reduce time to market and enable service providers to rapidly monetize SD-WAN, security and value-added services.


    Ed Barton, Chief Analyst, Entertainment, Ovum
    Ed Barton is chief analyst of the Entertainment Practice at Ovum. His primary responsibilities include setting the research agenda and ensuring that the requirements of Ovum’s extensive and diverse client base are continually fulfilled.

    Ed and his team examine the most critical commercial issues challenging the media and entertainment industries, including emerging business models related to TV and OTT video; service provider evolution; and the ongoing impacts of innovation across content, devices, and networks.

    He is a regular speaker on the conference circuit and is prized as a media and technology commentator, discussing a range of issues with CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Sky, and the BBC. He has been quoted by practically every English-language business news outlet, including The Economist, the FT, BBC News, and The New York Times.

    Before joining Ovum, Ed led the Digital Media team at Strategy Analytics for three years, following a decade at Screen Digest (now IHS Technology) as a senior analyst.

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    Tomer Gingold, VP, Head of BSS & B2B, Amdocs Technology
    Tomer is Head of BSS & B2B in Amdocs Technology, with overall responsibility for product research, development and implementation of that domain. Previously, Tomer led the Amdocs OSS Delivery organization, with responsibility for all Amdocs OSS projects globally. In his 10 years with Amdocs, Tomer has had extensive experience leading architecture and design organizations driving BSS and OSS transformation projects to successful production and optimizing the business value to Amdocs customers around the globe.

    With over 25 years of experience as an engineering leader, Tomer has led product R&D organizations all over the world, including four years in Silicon Valley, California leading a large, global R&D organization for Amdocs.

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    Yogen Patel, VP, Head of Product and Solutions Marketing at Amdocs Open Network
    Yogen is the Head of Product and Solutions Marketing at Amdocs Open Network. He is a seasoned professional with proven experience in bringing innovative products to market and successfully propelling business growth. Yogen was at Avaya previously, responsible for the product strategy and roadmap for the engagement and collaboration solutions portfolio. Prior experience includes head of product management at Amdocs, and various executive positions in marketing and product management at leading communications and enterprise technology companies.

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    Dogu Narin, Head of Product Management, Versa Networks
    Dogu is a seasoned product management leader with 20+ years of experience with various technology and product management leadership roles. Prior to Versa Networks, Dogu served as the overall Product Mgmt leader for various areas for Juniper Networks; most recently for the NFV, vCPE/uCPE and Cloud domains and associated products, and prior to that for Data Center, Routing Services, Application and Subscription Aware Services for wireline and wireless technologies and products. His background also includes Nortel Networks and several international companies.

    Dogu holds B.Sc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and MBA Degree from Santa Clara University.

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