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Rafael Palancar
Transport & IP Network Manager at Telefonica


Rafael Cantó Palancar received his Msc. in Telecommunication Engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid, complemented later with a Bsc. in Business Administration.

He joined Telefonica I+D in 1998 where he has been involved in Radio Access, including network dimensioning and planning. During 2009-2011, he was Head of Photonic Networks and Fixed Access Groups, where he led innovation related to the development of optical networks. In 2011, he joined the Global Network Virtualization team, where he led first data plane virtualization initiatives in Telefonica. Currently, he is leading technical Transport & IP team exploration activities in Telefonica CTIO unit including OpenFUSION initiative, which aims to create an ecosystem based on open, agreed and interoperable network elements, architectures, and interfaces.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: Open source initiatives to enable and build the modern telecoms operator