Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Operator Survey: Charting the Use of Hardware Acceleration and Integration in Open RAN Deployments
Date / Time: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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The combination of 5G and open RAN is driving significant opportunities for carriers and enterprises to upgrade and enhance their wireless networks without being tied to legacy equipment and existing suppliers. The standardized interfaces and functionality defined for open RAN solutions enables the use of server-based COTS/whitebox hardware and virtualized software functions from multiple vendors, however, the performance and capacity of the network depends heavily on the acceleration solutions installed in the systems, and the integration, interoperability and network optimization achieved. The CU, DU and RU, and can each benefit from platform acceleration solutions to optimize performance and ROI for real world deployments.

This webinar presents the key findings from the Heavy Reading Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Survey, conducted in March and April 2021. Among the topics to be discussed include:

  • Open RAN deployment requirements and benefits
  • Open RAN platform architecture options, features and capabilities
  • Hardware and software acceleration implementations
  • Software and integration solutions

Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading | bio Paul Miller, Chief Technology Officer, Wind River | bio
Gerardo Giaretta, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. | bio Raghu M. Rao, Ph.D., Director, Cable and Wireless Solutions, Xilinx | bio
Paul Rhodes, OpenRAN and 5G Principal Consultant - WWT EMEA | bio

Simon is Founder and Principal Consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd., an independent market analyst and consulting company based in the U.K.

Simon’s research covers a variety of communications-related subjects, including next-generation core networks, radio access, and 5G, 100G/400/800G technology, IoT, Open Compute, smart NICs, uCPE, multicore processors and switching. In addition, to leading survey-based research projects addressing these areas, he has also hosted many Light Reading webinars and events covering next-generation networking technology. Simon has over 18 years market analyst experience and holds a Bachelor's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, London.

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As Chief Technology Officer at Wind River, Paul Miller is responsible for the company’s technology strategy. With nearly three decades of telecommunications and advanced technology leadership at both large companies and successful startups, he is currently focused on Wind River’s edge virtualization and AI solutions, including Wind River’s market-leading 5G Cloud offering based on StarlingX.

Prior to joining Wind River, he was the Chief Technology Officer of GENBAND. He has led the architecture and development of various switching, IMS, IP media, call control and web applications solutions employed by multiple tier-one operators worldwide. His last eight years have been focused on OpenStack, SDN, and NFV automation technology, and include operation of a multi-site, multi-cloud infrastructure, multiple Tier one CSP VNF deployments as well as a significant NFV patent history. His contributions throughout his career have enabled many communications service providers worldwide to create new revenue streams, while dramatically reducing operating costs.

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Gerardo Giaretta is currently a senior director of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. where he is responsible of the 5G RAN Infrastructure Business. Gerardo joined Qualcomm in 2007 and has since covered different roles in research, system design, standardization and product management. He recently was the product manager of Qualcomm Snapdragon X50, the first worldwide 5G Modem-RF Platform. Before joining Qualcomm Gerardo was part of the standardization team for Telecom Italia.

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Raghu is an experienced technologist and an expert on wireless and wired communication systems. He has held leadership positions in both engineering and business teams. Raghu has been with Xilinx for more than 13 years with a 2-year stint at a startup- GenXComm, the last couple of years. Raghu has a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a Senior member of the IEEE. Raghu has 29 granted patents and has published numerous papers in peer reviewed IEEE journals and conferences and authored two book chapters. He has also presented numerous tutorials and webinars and participated on panels at leading conferences.

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Paul Rhodes is a senior technical sales leader with 28 years’ experience spanning strategy, radio and fixed networks, building small cell networks, sales and negotiating contracts. Paul leads WWT’s OpenRAN EMEA engagement. Previous to this role, Paul held senior commercial and technology positions with Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia, working with all the UK MNOs, and European Operator groups . Paul has also consulted on FWA and Fixed-Mobile convergence, and has delivered advanced mobile solutions across Europe, North America and Asia.

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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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