Building Flexible and Open Architectures for 5G
Date / Time: Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
Sponsored by
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading

Shai Yaniv, Executive Vice President, Marketing & 5G Business Development, Ceragon Networks

As operators prepare to launch 5G services, it is evident that in order to effectively and efficiently deliver the utmost performance, 5G network build-outs need to be based on an architecture which is open, flexible and scalable - across all the network domains.

In this webinar we will discuss the following:

  • While it has been established that 5G network cores are to be based on a cloud-native, open-architecture, what about the remaining network domains?
  • Can an open-network architecture in the RAN and transport domains help address the unique challenges 5G networks are facing? If so, how?
  • Are open architectures in the RAN and transport domains mature enough?


Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
Sterling has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage area at Heavy Reading is optical networking, including packet-optical transport. He also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Market Tracker and Next-Gen Core Packet-Optical Market Tracker. Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press.

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Shai Yaniv, Executive Vice President, Marketing & 5G Business Development, Ceragon Networks
Shai Yaniv joined Ceragon in 2009 and serves as Executive Vice President of Marketing & 5G Business Development. He leads Ceragon's global 5G business development with top-tier service providers, leads the company's product portfolio, global marketing initiatives and its global sales engineering to deliver value to 5G service providers and mission-critical private networks worldwide. He has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, product strategy, product management and business development. Previously, Shai served as Ceragon's Vice President of Product Management, overseeing the company's successful launch and rollout of innovative solutions and products worldwide. Prior to joining Ceragon, he held various senior-level positions at Alvarion, where he led the company's product and strategic marketing programs. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, and an M.Sc. in Multidisciplinary Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.

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Ranga Maddipudi, Director, Product Management, Crosswork Network Automation, Cisco Systems
Ranga Maddipudi is the Sr. Manager of Product Management for Cisco's Crosswork Network Automation portfolio. He is a Cisco veteran having experience across the Cisco service provider routing portfolio as well as NFV and automation ventures. His current focus lies squarely on modernizing, simplifying and driving innovation through Cisco's SP routing software and automation offerings. Ranga's organization spans software planning, routing technologies, and overall service provider automation architecture evolution and design.

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