Designing and Deploying Cloud Native Open RAN
Date / Time: Friday, December 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. New York/ 3:00 p.m. London
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Open RAN is a new way for operators to build mobile network infrastructure. It brings interoperability, flexibility, automation and innovation to the RAN. To realize these benefits, operators need to pursue a cloud-native implementation that takes the best from the cloud and classic RAN worlds to create a new operating model.

This webinar traces the open RAN roadmap and identifies the key hardware and software technologies and integration capabilities needed to make cloud-native open RAN a reality.

Key topics include:

  • Why adopt containerized open RAN
  • Deployment example on Red Hat OpenShift and Intel FlexRAN
  • The benefits a cloud-native architecture brings to the RAN from L1 software and accelerator perspective
  • DU server performance requirements

Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading | bio William Chang, Director of R&D, Telco Division, QCT | bio
Ulysses Lu, Manager of Telco Business Development, QCT | bio Ganesh Shenbagaraman, Head, Integrated Products and Ecosystems, Radisys | bio

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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William has more than 15 years of experience in wireless communication focus on access stratum in WCDMA/LTE/NR. He is now responsible for 5G RAN protocol software development in QCT.

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Ulysses Lu is the telco solution business development team leader of QCT. He is an innovative business development savvy with lean manufacturing and product management professional with over 12 years in IT business.

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Ganesh Shenbagaraman leads Radisys Open RAN strategy and represents Radisys in various Open RAN Forums. He is a co-chair of O-RAN working group for base station software reference design and a member of technical oversight committee in O-RAN open-source community. In Small Cell Forum, Ganesh has been leading 5G nFAPI specification development.

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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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