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How Open RAN Technologies Will Change Mobile Networks in the Future
Date / Time: Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 1:00 p.m. New York/ 3:00 p.m. London
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Come join us in learning more about emerging mobile network trends and technologies, in particular open RAN and RAN virtualization. This session will help you get a better understanding of how these trends will impact the mobile operator. This open RAN exclusive session will feature deep dives on the following:

  • Operators and the transition to the open RAN market landscape – Daryl Schoolar, Practice Leader, Service Provider Networks, Omdia Research
  • The Open Telco Cloud platform at the edge – Michael Tadault, Red Hat Asia Pacific
  • Partnering with disruptors in the open RAN space – Ravi Bhat, Altiostar Networks
  • Hyper-automation for a cost-efficient open RAN rollout – Sanil Nambiar, IBM Asia Pacific

Speakers:
Daryl Schoolar, Practice Leader, Service Provider Networks, Omdia | bio Michael Tadault, Chief Technologist Telco, Red Hat Asia Pacific | bio
Ravi Bhat, Senior Product Manager, Altiostar Networks | bio Sanil Nambiar, CTO Telco Network Cloud, IBM Asia Pacific | bio
 

Daryl Schoolar is a practice leader for Omdia's Service Provider Networks group, specializing in the mobile access network, and more specifically, technology and vendor trends around 3G, 4G (LTE), and 5G. His research focuses on the radio access market (RAN), including traditional macro base stations and small cells. In these areas he closely follows LTE and 5G developments, as well as monitors activities in 4G and 5G.

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Michael Tadault is Chief Technologist Telco in Red Hat’s APAC Office of Technology. He helps telco service providers become more agile, innovative and efficient by adopting technologies like cloud native development, containers, virtualization and the open hybrid cloud, as well as changing their processes and culture to make the best use of these technologies.

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Ravi R Bhat is a Senior Product Manager at Altiostar Networks, associated with activities to ensure Altiostar's Open vRAN solution is seamlessly on-boarded on an operator's choice of cloud platform. Ravi has over 14 years of experience in RAN software engineering, requirement elicitation, product development and end-to-end solution designs in the RAN space.

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Sanil Nambiar is currently the CTO for the network cloud practice in IBM APAC. He is responsible for establishing consistent and repeatable solution patterns for NFV & cloud native telco across Asia Pacific, driving pilots and client proof points of IBM’s open hybrid cloud architecture. He is well-versed with OSS/BSS, service orchestration, O-RAN, and 5G. Sanil has been working within IBM’s telecom industry for the last 15 years and has led some of IBM’s key industry wins on network cloud in the region.

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Robert leads the Cox access engineering team that manages the technical deployments for Cox FTTH builds for both residential and commercial customers. Robert previously led the Cox commercial services engineering that built a national Cox Business services backbone and metro access network. He started his career at BellSouth and later AT&T. He was part of the product management team that launched DSL services as well as the initial fiber-to-the-cell site builds. He is a former board member and treasurer of the Metro Ethernet Forum.

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Tom Williams is Chief Technology Officer with Schurz Broadband Group. Tom began his career in the cable industry as an R&D engineer at Scientific-Atlanta developing and deploying the first digital set-top boxes. He moved into consulting with KPMG and later joined Comcast as the Regional Director of Engineering where he was first to deploy new technologies for the company including the VOD, HD-DVR, CHSI, HDTV and more. In 2006 Tom joined ARRIS as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, where he won 2 AMY awards and implemented a company-wide brand transformation and management strategy. Tom returned to consulting, as a Managing Partner with Brightset Consulting specializing in global marketing and communications strategies for technology companies. He joined the Schurz Communications leadership team in 2016 where he drives technology strategy for the company.

Tom is a long-standing member of SCTE, CTAM, NCTC and WICT. He enjoys mentoring young people interested in technology and advanced video related careers. He has served as a Board member on the Baltimore County Technology Council and the Technology Board for the University of Maryland driving technology solutions to serve students and faculty of the college. Tom was inducted into the prestigious Cable TV Pioneers in 2019.

An active participant in his hometown of Atlanta, he enjoys coaching youth sports teams, serving on community technology boards and supporting local and military-owned business growth. Tom is a member of the American Legion and a United States Marine Corps veteran. He is a member of the Marine Corps Memorial Association that educates and connects others on the history of the Corps and the sacrifices of those who serve.

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