Will Your Open RAN Deployment Meet User Expectations?
Date / Time: Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 11:00 a.m. New York
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It’s a simple and compelling vision: a new RAN, subdivided into plug-and-play functions, that opens the door to new levels of competition, innovation, and efficiency. But delivering on that vision is not simple. Open interfaces must enable precise timing and high performance between functions provided by multiple vendors. Virtualized software running on vendor-neutral hardware must scale to support heavy traffic loads and deliver high-quality services. There’s no room for error – the RAN uniquely shapes the customer experience and it carries all revenue-generating services – so it has to perform from day one.

Join our team of Open RAN experts – Gabriel Brown from Heavy Reading along with James Kimery and Anil Kollipara from Spirent – as they explore the latest techniques for assessing multi-vendor interoperability and performance for Open RAN technology. Understand the importance of accurately emulating real-world conditions during lab validation and why progressive testing, moving from isolated functional tests to full system tests, is a must. Most critically, learn why standards-based testing alone can’t answer the question of whether Open RAN will perform as expected when faced with the rigors of the real world.

Our panel of experts will cover the following topics:

  • The unique challenges O-RAN introduces to the market
  • Key differences in testing O-RAN and why it requires a fresh approach
  • Recommended best practices for validating Open RAN
  • How to use network emulation and traffic generation to model the real world
  • Why automation is critical to ensure continued success

Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading | bio James Kimery, VP of Product Management, Spirent Communications | bio
Anil Kollipara, Senior Director, Product Management, Spirent Communications | 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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James Kimery leads the product management organization in Spirent’s Lifecycle Service Assurance business encompassing the lab product portfolio, which includes RAN core, network, and channel emulation; Wi-Fi; and mobile-based location testing. Prior to Spirent, James was a Director of Marketing for NI’s Wireless Research and SDR businesses, which entailed leading NI’s advanced wireless research initiatives while also managing the company’s software defined radio business including the Ettus Research subsidiary.

James has authored over 50 technical papers and articles covering a variety of wireless and test and measurement related topics. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MBA) and Texas A&M University (BSEE).

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Anil Kollipara is a senior director of product management and owns the strategy and execution of Spirent’s 5G and Open RAN test portfolio for the Lifecycle Service Assurance business. He has an extensive background in the wireless and telecommunications industry and a successful track record of building industry-leading products in lab testing, service assurance, and network planning. Areas of expertise include test and measurement, service assurance, and predictive and prescriptive analytics in wireless networks.

Before joining Spirent, Anil worked for industry-leading companies like Netscout, Danaher, Dell, and Cerion. He holds degrees from the University of Mumbai (BE), the University of Texas at Arlington (MSEE), and the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (MBA). Anil holds four patents related to characterizing and measuring subscriber experience in telecommunications networks.

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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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