Digital Transformation Paves the Way for 5G and Beyond
Date / Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 11:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
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As operators look towards 5G and new service revenue opportunities, it is often legacy IT that holds these ambitious goals back. Digital transformation projects that involve consolidation onto a single infrastructure can pave the way to support customer growth and needs while preparing for next-generation digital services. In this webinar, hear how Belgian telecom operator Telenet, which went from being an MVNO to running its own mobile network, replaced its siloed IT stacks with a single platform to support fixed, mobile and converged services for residential and business customers; and how it did so with minimal disruption to its business and while delivering an exceptional customer experience.

Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst - Cloud Infrastructure and Edge Computing, Heavy Reading | bio Micha Berger, CTO, Telenet | bio
Bob Titus, CTO, Netcracker Technology| bio Wim Vanderperren, Director Architecture, Telenet | bio

Clark provides actionable insight into service provider evolution, examining the challenges and opportunities facing network operators as they move towards 5G and IoT with an increasingly virtualized and cloud native infrastructure. Clark examines the solutions and technology reshaping the telco data center, technologies such as Edge Computing, Open Source, OpenStack, container networking, Network Orchestration, Data Center Interconnect, Software Defined Networks (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Clark started her industry research career with the Yankee Group, which was acquired by 451 Research in 2013. She held the role of Sr. Vice President at Yankee Group. Prior to joining Yankee Group, Clark was Manager of Network Planning and Strategy for Wang Laboratories'corporate data network. She began her career at Wang with responsibility for the domestic and international roll-out of Wang's packet network, connecting more than 250 locations in 14 countries. Before joining Wang, she was a member of the IT research and development division of Commercial Union Insurance Companies.

Clark is a highly regarded speaker at industry seminars and conferences and is frequently cited by the commercial and trade press. She has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a member of the IEEE. She holds a B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College.

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Micha Berger joined the Telenet Group in July 2013 and as Chief Technology Officer is leading the Technology & Innovation team. He is responsible for Mobile and HFC Network Build and Expansions, Network Operations for Telenet's HFC and Mobile services, Field Operations, Converged Fixed & Mobile Engineering and Innovations and to deliver Telenet services including video platforms.

Micha Berger is driving several programs to remain the leading provider in superior connectivity with a converged fixed and mobile network. Micha Berger is member of the Senior Leadership team, reporting directly to the Company’s CEO. Micha Berger has worked for Liberty Global since 2006, initially managing the Engineering Department at UPC Nederland. As Vice President at Liberty Global since 2010, he has been responsible for Horizon Next Generation digital TV development and product roll-out. Before these endeavors, he gained his first experience in the cable industry at HOT Israel, where he was responsible amongst others for the development of the interactive digital service platform and the roll-out of video-on-demand.

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Bob Titus, Chief Technology Officer at Netcracker, has over 25 years of telecommunications industry experience. He helps Communication Service Providers to transform their systems and operations, driving digital customer experience, network automation, and rapid adoption of new technologies such as Cloud & 5G. His strong BSS/OSS background in delivery and consulting guides Netcracker’s cloud solution strategies and Agile, DevSecOps adoption within our customers.

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Wim Vanderperren is a senior enterprise architect and servant people leader. He is absolutely passionate about creating software solutions that strive for the best balance between innovating beyond the industry consensus and pragmatic here and now thinking. Wim is currently Director Architecture at Telenet where he has taken up several challenges mainly in the digital and data area for the past 10 years. As such Wim plays an important role as chief architect in the company’s digital transformation program that aims to prepare Telenet for the future business model opportunities in a disruptive and highly competitive telecom market. Wim started his career at the University of Brussels (VUB) where he focused - as a researcher - on software engineering in general and more specifically aspect-oriented software development and architecture. He received a PhD in computer science and became a Professor shortly after that.

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Francois is a Senior Solutions Architect in the Red Hat’s Telco Technology Office and collaborates with telecom service providers and partners across EMEA. Passionate about security, Francois leads the NFV security domain and is the Red Hat’s technical interface to the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI). Before Red Hat, he spent more than 15 years contributing to network evolution especially towards cloud platforms.

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