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Building a webscale-class packet core
Date / Time: Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
Overview:
 
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Service providers are looking more and more to flexible deployment options for their packet cores. This includes choice of where to deploy: from private to public cloud, or a mixture of both with a hybrid approach. Choice of technology is also important: from cloud-native network functions (CNFs), virtualized network functions (VNFs) or pre-integrated packet core solutions that do not require a network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI). It’s about selecting the correctly sized choice dependent on location and use case.

This webinar will discuss the cloud-native features and capabilities needed for a webscale-class packet core network, no matter where service providers chose to deploy it.

Key topics include:

  • Key components of a webscale-class packet core
  • Industry and market trends driving packet core evolution
  • Cloud-native
  • Convergence
  • Observability
  • Network slicing

Speakers:
Keith Allan, Product Line Manager for Cloud Packet Core portfolio, Nokia | bio Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading | bio
 

Keith Allan is currently responsible for mobile packet core network and product strategy within Nokia’s IP Routing & Transport Division. In this role, Mr. Allan works with the world’s leading service providers in developing solutions for mobile packet core evolution required to meet the dual challenges of new innovative services and massive traffic growth utilizing an optimized combination of NFV and SDN. With 25 years of experience, Mr. Allan has been instrumental in the definition, design, development and deployment of networking solutions based on IP, MPLS, Ethernet, ATM, frame relay and TDM technologies, holding a variety of positions at Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Alcatel, Newbridge Networks and Bell Northern Research. Mr. Allan holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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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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Tilly is a Senior Consultant at STL Partners and has led and managed consulting projects with both operators and technology companies across a number of domains including network automation, edge computing and 5G B2B strategies. She has authored research reports including "Building telco edge infrastructure: MEC, Private networks & vRAN" and "Recovering from COVID: 5G to stimulate growth and drive productivity." Tilly holds a BA from University of Oxford and an MA from University of Pennsylvania.

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In her role at Verizon, Beth is working on developing Software Defined Network and Edge products by leveraging the Verizon global network. She has been responsible for the launch of several leading edge products include Secure Cloud Interconnect, which allows companies to connect to cloud services over private networks, and Virtual Network Services, which is a market leading SDN product. She is active in several Open Source communities, including LFN and OpenStack and has been involved in cutting edge technology since her days at BBN, the pioneering inventor of the Internet.

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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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