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The Race to MEC-anize the Mobile Network
Date / Time: Thursday, July 15, 2021, 10:00 am New York / 3:00 pm London
Overview:
 
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Mobile network operators (MNOs) continue to show confidence in the potential of Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC) and a more open 5G network. At the same time, they face new challenges working in an open ecosystem.

MNOs are uniquely positioned to deliver on the full promise of edge computing with end-to-end applications, public cloud infrastructure and hybrid network deployments. In this webinar, you will learn how MNOs can maximize network investments and unlock new revenue streams by leveraging a combination of analytics, orchestration and MEC applications. We will discuss:

  • Operators' unique position in the network
  • Architectures to enable edge applications
  • Example edge applications and associated benefits
  • Challenges and opportunities

Speaker:
Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst – Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing, Heavy Reading | bio Chip Boyle, VP of Systems Engineering, Ribbon | bio
Walter Kenrich, Sr. Director of Product Management, Ribbon | bio
 

Jennifer Pigg Clark is Principal Analyst with Heavy Reading covering Cloud Infrastructure and Edge Computing. 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, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and SD-WAN. 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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Chip heads up Ribbon’s Data Analytics Practice, which is responsible for deliver analytics solutions that leverage big data, machine learning and network technologies for fixed and mobile providers, large enterprises and small/medium businesses. Prior to Ribbon, Chip was a co-founder at Anova Data which was acquired by Ribbon, splitting his time between driving the company’s technical strategy and guiding customers to a successful analytics RoI.

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Walter Kenrich is the Director of Product Management for Analytics at Ribbon Communications, a leading provider of VoIP security and cloud-native solutions. Walter has over 20 years of product management and marketing experience for SIP security, big data, cloud, session border controllers, IP telephony solutions and contact center applications. At Ribbon Communications, Walter has brought many innovative solutions to market and currently oversees the product line management across Ribbon’s analytics solutions. Before joining Ribbon Communications, Walter held VP and Director level positions in product management and marketing while at Cisco, Empirix, and Vertical Communications. close this window

As part of the Omdia service provider transformation team, Adaora Okeleke covers the service provider operations and information technology service with a specific interest in intelligent operations and the customer experience. Adaora researches artificial intelligence (AI), automation, analytics, and big data for telco networks and supporting operations.

Adaora produced a series on using AI to improve network operations, as well as a decision matrix on network analytics tools used by telcos. Before joining Omdia in 2013, was an RF planning and optimization engineer for Motorola and as a quality assurance officer for the software company Socketworks. Adaora holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Master of Science from Imperial College London.

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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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