How to build high-performance 5G networks with vRAN and O-RAN?
Date / Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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5G networks are poised to deliver an unprecedented amount of data from a richer set of use cases than we have ever seen. This makes efficient networking in terms of scalability, cost and power critical for the sustainable growth of 5G. Cloud technologies such as virtualization, containerization and orchestration are now powering a surge of innovation in virtualized radio access network (vRAN) infrastructure with modular hardware and software components and standardized interfaces. While commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware platforms provide the compute capacity for running vRAN software, hardware accelerators will also play a major role in offloading real-time and complex signal processing functions. Together, COTS platforms and hardware accelerators provide the foundation for building the intelligent 5G network and facilitate innovative new use cases with the intelligent wireless edge.

Join this webinar to:

  • Review how vRAN and open RAN broaden the ecosystem for innovation with 5G
  • Learn how vRAN can deliver high-performance 5G networks with hardware acceleration
  • See how vRAN helps realize the intelligent RAN and the intelligent wireless edge

Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks and 5G, Heavy Reading | bio Rajat Prakash, Principal Engineer, Wireless R&D, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. | bio

Gabriel leads mobile network research for Heavy Reading. He covers system architecture including RAN, core, and service-layer platforms. Key research topics include 5G, LTE Advanced, software-based mobile core, and the application of cloud technologies to mobile networking. Gabriel has more than 15 years’ experience as a mobile network analyst. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, he was Chief Analyst for Light Reading’s Insider research service; before that, he was editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor.

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Rajat Prakash is with the Wireless R&D group at Qualcomm. His current work focuses on 5G-enabled virtualized RAN and industrial IoT technologies. He has previously worked on small cells, self-organizing networks, neutral host, VoLTE and VoWiFi technologies and participated in 3GPP, O-RAN Alliance, CBRS Alliance, Multefire Alliance, Small Cell Forum, 5G ACIA, IEEE and 3GPP2 standards. Rajat obtained his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS from Cornell University and B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, all in Electrical Engineering.

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As President and CEO of ActiveVideo, Jeff Miller brings long-term vision and strategic thinking to address the technology and business requirements of service providers, content aggregators and app developers. He builds talented teams that drive technological change, most recently introducing ActiveVideo AppCloud - combining the power, independence, and diversity of the Android ecosystem with ActiveVideo’s industry leading virtualization technology and experience.

Jeff joined ActiveVideo in 2000 as vice president of engineering, responsible for an architectural transformation to increase scalability, functionality and cost-effectiveness. During his tenure as president and CEO since 2005, he has guided ActiveVideo through multiple large-scale virtualization deployments with operators including Charter, J:COM and Liberty Global.

Prior to ActiveVideo, Jeff co-founded RISQ Modular Systems, an embedded computer manufacturer. Jeff holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

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Liam Bresnahan is the Senior Director of Product Management for Footprint at TiVo. With more than 12 years of experience in product management and technology, Liam drives success in creating products and partnerships for PayTV Operators that results in next-generation solutions for easily accessible content across multiple device platforms. Previously, Liam worked within Ericsson and Microsoft where he was responsible for Solution Architecture in EMEA, focused on Mediaroom, Mediaroom Reach and Mediafirst.

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Jean Macher is Business Development Director of SaaS Solutions for Harmonic where he drives the marketing effort for next-generation video solutions in the Americas. Macher joined Harmonic as part of the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in MPEG-related solutions and digital television implementation. Macher holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Institut Supérieur d'Électronique in Paris.

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Dean Stoneback is the Senior Director of Engineering and Standards at SCTE•ISBE and is responsible for the development of standards and operational practices for the broadband communications industry. Specific targets include reducing energy usage through the Energy 2020 program; assuring that networks are ready for DOCSIS 3.1 deployments; enabling advanced and IP video services and digital advertising; developing Internet of things (IoT) deployment methods; and supporting the migration of networks from coax to fiber delivery.

Prior to joining SCTE/ISBE in 2014, Dean spent 26 years with the Jerrold division of General Instrument, Motorola and ARRIS. As a senior manager with ARRIS, he most recently was responsible for systems analysis and architecture development for transmission products for the cable industry, including optics, RF, Ethernet and PON products. During his career he has focused primarily on fiber optic, RF and PON transmission systems and has experience in systems engineering, hardware design, and system integration and test.

Dean was editor of and a contributor to the Third Edition of the NCTA Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television Systems in 2002 and the secretary and a contributor to the SCTE Measurement Recommended Practices for Cable Systems, Fourth Edition in 2012. He co-authored a book on the return path entitled, “Broadband Return Systems for Hybrid Fiber/Coax Cable TV Networks.” A longtime participant in the SCTE Standards Program, he was the recipient in 2012 of the SCTE Excellence in Standards award. Dean received a B.S.E.E. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1988 and his M.S.E.E. degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1993.

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