Critical 5G Assurance Requirements
Date / Time: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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As 5G deployments start to proliferate, operators must ensure the evolution to new 5G technology not only brings the improvements promised but must not disrupt or disable the services already in place. With this new class of multi-vendor, disaggregated, and cloud-native infrastructure, the approach to assurance must be as evolutionary as the network itself.

Join Spirent’s team of experts to understand:

  • Why traditional approaches to service assurance simply will not work when it comes to 5G
  • The key aspects of new assurance methods that are necessary to meet the challenges that 5G brings across several new use cases
  • How a simpler, guided solution can give end-to-end visibility into any network infrastructure with decisive insights into root cause analysis

Jim Hodges, Research Director – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bio Charles Thompson, Vice President of Product Line Management, Spirent Communications | bio
Ross Cassan, Senior Director of Mobility Strategy, Spirent Communications | 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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Charles Thompson is Vice President of Product Line Management covering the live portfolio within Spirent Communications’ Lifecycle Service Assurance business unit. Charles has over 20 years experience within various product strategy and business leadership roles.

Most recently, Charles served as Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise and Cloud business unit at VIAVI Solutions. Prior to the GM role, he served as the Senior Director of Product Management where he led the organization’s go-to-market and product innovation strategies for its service assurance and security solutions. Previously, Charles led the PLM and R&D organizations at Network Instruments and Timewire Technologies for over 15 years.

Charles has presented at numerous industry events and conferences and has regularly participated on podcasts and panel discussions providing insights to the market, trends and challenges facing organizations today including Cisco Live, Gartner, and VMware.

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Ross Cassan is the senior director of mobility strategy within Spirent Communications’ Lifecycle Service Assurance business unit. In this role, he guides the future product and solution direction, and works with leading operators, network function vendors, and cloud providers on testing and assurance strategies for 5G networks.

Ross joined Spirent in 1999 and has held positions in product management and product marketing for both hardware and software platforms. Prior to joining Spirent, Ross held marketing positions at Newbridge Networks and Nortel. In addition, he has been a key contributor to many technical standards bodies such as the Broadband Forum and TIA.

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Rich McNally is Senior Director of Mobile Service Strategy at Spirent. In this role, Rich has worldwide responsibility for Spirent’s Fit4Launch business including programs for mobile network benchmarking, device launch assessment and 5G service validation/optimization at global operators and device manufacturers. Prior to joining Spirent, Rich held senior sales, product and engineering roles at Metrico Wireless, Actix and Comsearch. Rich graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.

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For the past eleven years, Jason Morris has been involved in industries at the forefront of technology. As a marketing manager for Corning Optical Communications, Jason is responsible for marketing strategy that includes being the subject matter expert on Corning products and industry standards.

Jason has a Bachelor of Geography, GIS specialization from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has been a member of SCTE since 2014.

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Rich Loveland is the Director of Product Line Management for Vecima’s Passive Optical Networking (PON) for fiber-to-the-premise products.

With more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Rich has held various marketing, product management, business development and engineering roles at Ciena, Ipitek, Pliant Systems Inc., Nortel Networks, Nokia (Formerly Alcatel-Lucent) and now Vecima Networks Inc.

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