Date / Time: Thursday, August 26, 2021, 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
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Open RAN is a way to build and operate low-cost, scalable and programmable radio infrastructure. More than 30 carriers across the globe have shown interest in pursuing open RAN as a part of their long-term network strategies. But while most of the commercial open RAN networks to date have focused on 4G, 5G introduces performance requirements that demand a fresh approach to system design and deployment.

Among the topics to be covered in this webinar:

  • Myths and challenges of open RAN
  • Overview of open RAN economics
  • How to meet 5G open RAN performance requirements
  • Timelines for open RAN deployment at scale

Manish Mangal, Global business Head - Network Services, Tech Mahindra | bio Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading | bio
Adnan Boustany, Director, Wireless Access Business Unit, Intel Corporation | bio Anil Bhandari, Vice President of Product Management, Altiostar | bio

Manish is and accomplished telecom industry veteran with 20 years of professional experience. Held various leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies leading technology initiatives from incubation to operationalization that transformed businesses and increased enterprise value. Manish is an expert in leading large and global teams, developing end to end technology solutions, and creating / managing strategic partnerships that directly improve enterprise value.

He is skilled in analyzing industry trends, assessing threats & opportunities and developing fact-based actionable plans targeted towards business owners and CEOs to increase enterprise value and fulfill company's business missions.

Manish is an inventor of 60 patents issued by the US patent office.

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Gabriel leads mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Starting from a system architecture perspective, his coverage area includes RAN, core, and service-layer platforms. Key research topics include 5G, LTE Advanced, virtual RAN, 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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Adnan Boustany is a Director in the Wireless Access Business Unit, at Intel. He has over 20 years of Industry experience in Wired and Wireless communications. Adnan joined Intel in Feb’2014 as part of Mindspeed Acquisition. At Intel, Adnan is focused on FlexRAN, the enabling technology for openRAN, and works closely with customers to enable adoption, deployment and scale of vRAN/openRAN based solutions. Prior to Intel, Adnan started his carrier on Product design for Wi-Fi based products, then shifted to leading Applications team for WiMAX Solutions, then shifted to Product Marketing and Management of RAN based infrastructure for Macro and Small Cell solutions.

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Anil Bhandari is Vice President of Product Management at Altiostar, leading product strategy for the company. He has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications market both from the telecom operator and infrastructure vendor perspective.

Anil was previously with Cisco, leading the Mobility Architecture team for the South Asia region. In this role, Anil was responsible for leading large-scale network modernization in packet core platforms and establishing Wi-Fi as a carrier-grade radio solution for operators.

Prior to Cisco, Anil held various leadership roles at Motorola Solutions in sales and services responsible for the network infrastructure business.

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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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Over 15 years of experience in the telecoms industry spanning portfolio strategy, marketing, product management and business development roles.

Currently Emerging Technology Director at Colt, responsible for portfolio strategy, marketing and sales enablement of digital transformation solutions for both service providers and city authorities.

In charge of bringing into the market end to end cross partners propositions that enable the delivery and monetization of Telco cloud solution, as well as the realization of the digital agenda of city authorities.

Broad and in depth technology expertise spanning SDN/NFV, NFVI, wireless technologies, AI and IoT/smart city platform recognized by the company through a series of “Best Achievements” awards for contributing in technology innovation/IPRs.

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