Automation and Testing in 5G to Accelerate Innovation and Maximize Customer Experience
Date / Time: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
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5G completes the transition to fully virtualized and, in some cases, even cloud-native network functions. While the concept was applied to the previous mobile generation, 5G introduces new deployment flexibility and dynamics. Being built from the ground up as a set of network functions that can be scaled and combined to serve a wide range of use cases, it opens up the opportunity for Mobile Operators to innovate, introduce new services, and address new use cases at a much faster pace. However, this also brings the challenge of designing, Testing, and monitoring those services at the same pace. CI/CD tools and processes are introduced to manage service and network lifecycle automatically. Continuous Testing is a vital component of this process and needs to be integrated at all stages, from design to operations, from lab to production. Automation and testing tools allow MNOs ensure the vital Continuous Testing process for the entire network and service lifecycle. A combination of pro-active radio and core test probes combined with complete insights from network elements or monitoring tools and flexible development for test scenarios is typically the winning strategy for ensuring customer experience while keeping operational costs under control.

What will you learn on this webinar:

  • How pro-active testing and automation can be used in a CI/CD pipeline and reduce time to market for network functions and services
  • How service assurance tools can be used across the entire network lifecycle from lab to live network
  • How automation can help reduce troubleshooting times and remove overhead from repetitive, manual tasks
  • How different types of pro-active test probes can be used to create a holistic view on network performance with unique testing scenarios

Jim Hodges, Research Director – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bio Mathias Stangl, Product Manager, SITE Automation Framework, Mobileum | bio
Vlad Bratu, Product Management Team Lead, Mobileum | bio

Jim leads Heavy Reading's research on the service assurance and security impact of the virtualized cloud on the control plane and application layers, both in the fixed and mobile core and at the enterprise edge. Jim focuses on the security impacts that cloud-based technologies such as 5G introduce from a cyber-threat detection perspective, as well as billing and service assurance transformation implications. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Mathias is the Product Manager for the SITE Automation Framework within the Mobileum business unit Testing. In this role he drives the evolution of SITE automation features, the integration of robot framework and overall Automation roadmap.

Before this role, he worked in SIGOS as a senior consultant leading a professional team delivering revenue assurance services providing billing and rating verification towards mobile network operators and telecom regulators.

Previously to the telecommunication industry he served the Bavarian state office for statistics as a census officer.

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Vlad leads the Product Management Team for Mobileum Testing & Monitoring, with focus on the SITE pro-active testing and monitoring platform. As part of the product management team he drives the product roadmap and features in areas such as 5G, NFV, IoT, eSIM and IMS Services. Before joining Mobileum, Vlad worked as a Research Engineer at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he was involved in research projects related to antenna-based Self Organizing Networks (SON) and techno-economical aspects of M2M communication.

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John serves as President of BitPath, a consortium of broadcasters that is planning the transition of member stations to ATSC 3.0 ("NextGen") and developing platforms to support new businesses that exploit the advanced capabilities of the NextGen broadcasting standard. BitPath is creating a nationwide data distribution network leveraging the enormous data distribution capacity of hundreds of leading television broadcast stations.

Prior to joining BitPath John was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Pillsbury, a global law firm with a leading technology practice, where he primarily focused on counseling clients in telecom, media and technology sectors. He was deeply involved in matters related to the development and regulatory approval of ATSC 3.0.

A "go-to" advisor on spectrum matters, before joining Pillsbury John led a large satellite and wireless network development group. He has also served in executive positions with NBC, Lockheed Martin, and New World Communications Group. He is the inventor or co-inventor of four patents related to wireless and satellite spectrum and secure authentication.

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Winston Caldwell received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California with over twenty-five years of electrical engineering experience. He is the Vice President of Advanced Engineering at Fox Corporation. In the past, he has served as a Systems Engineer in the servers and storage industry with EMC Corporation and as a Senior Engineer in the aerospace industry with the Boeing Company.

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Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics. She received TV NewsCheck's "2019 Futurist" Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018's "Powerful Women in Consumer Technology" by Dealerscope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts .

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Ralph Brown founded Brown Wolf Consulting LLC after retiring from CableLabs® where he was CTO and responsible for leading CableLabs’ Research and Development staff in delivering innovative technology to the cable industry. In this role, he led research and development in a broad range of areas, including: Hybrid Fiber-Coax, Optical, and Wireless Network Technologies, as well as Open Source Software, Security, and Technology Policy. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading opportunities for convergence across all of CableLabs programs. During this period he also served on the Board of Directors for SCTE/ISBE, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), and Kyrio®.

Prior to CableLabs, Mr. Brown worked for [email protected] as Chief Architect, Set-top Systems where he worked on broadband applications for set-top terminals and entertainment devices. Before joining [email protected], he worked for Time Warner Cable as Chief Software Architect in their Advanced Engineering Department where he worked on the Orlando Full Service Network and was a key contributor the Time Warner Cable Pegasus Program.

Mr. Brown earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His Master’s thesis was in the field of Speech Recognition. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from North Carolina State University.

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