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Overcoming 5G standalone delays to deliver new revenue
Date / Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m. New York
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As new standalone cores roll out, 5G is fully embracing the cloud. Early movers have many lessons learned, but one critical takeaway is that the cloud breaks 5G testing as we know it. Traditional manual validation testing simply can't keep up with the constant stream of releases of cloud-native functions and compute and connectivity infrastructure across an expanded set of 5G vendors. Join our team of experts, Heavy Reading Principal Analyst, Ruth Brown, Spirent Head of Strategy, Steve Douglas, and Spirent VP of Global Business Solutions, Chris O'Loughlin, as they explain why 5G is disrupting traditional testing and share how 5G leaders are adopting automation and "as a service" models to reinvent testing for the 5G cloud.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Service providers' transformation to the cloud: status, challenges, and headwinds
  • What a cloud-native 5G core release calendar looks like and the move to CI/CD
  • The need for automation across the lab-to-live lifecycle
  • The role of "as a service" models and case studies

Moderator:
Ruth Brown, Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading | bio
Speakers:
Chris O’Loughlin, Vice President of Sales – Global Business Solutions, Spirent Communications | bio Stephen Douglas, Head of Market Strategy, Spirent Communications | bio
 

Ruth covers mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Key coverage areas include system architecture, core infrastructure and services, and supporting cloud technologies.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Ruth worked in mobile and fixed network research and design for BT for over 20 years. Her research interests have included convergence, mobile QoS, network slicing, private networks, cloud native mobile core technology and automation. She has filed more than 40 patents on both real world applications and enhancements to mobile core networks. Ruth is an advocate for women in engineering.

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Chris has over 25 years of executive success leading teams to grow networking software, analytics, automation, infrastructure, and services revenue in the wireless, wireline, cloud, and enterprise segments for Fortune 500 and startup communications companies. He has managed sales, marketing, BD, engineering, and operations teams on complex software, services, fiber, and wireless solutions. He has managed executive relationships with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cox, Comcast, Charter, Centurylink, international carriers, enterprises, and government agencies. He currently supports the delivery of industry-leading solutions for 5G, SD-WAN, CI/CD, DevOps, AI/ML, and security in the planning, engineering, and operations lifecycle. He is also an Olympian and an NCAA fencing champion.

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Chris has over 25 years of executive success leading teams to grow networking software, analytics, automation, infrastructure, and services revenue in the wireless, wireline, cloud, and enterprise segments for Fortune 500 and startup communications companies. He has managed sales, marketing, BD, engineering, and operations teams on complex software, services, fiber, and wireless solutions. He has managed executive relationships with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cox, Comcast, Charter, Centurylink, international carriers, enterprises, and government agencies. He currently supports the delivery of industry-leading solutions for 5G, SD-WAN, CI/CD, DevOps, AI/ML, and security in the planning, engineering, and operations lifecycle. He is also an Olympian and an NCAA fencing champion.

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Stephen works for Spirent’s strategy organization helping to define technical direction, new innovative solutions, and market-leading disruptive technologies. Stephen leads Spirent’s strategic initiatives for 5G and future networks. With over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next-generation technologies and has worked across the industry with service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and start-ups, helping them drive innovation and transformation. Stephen is an ardent believer in connected technology and strives to challenge, blur and break down the silos which prevent innovation and business success.

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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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