Anabel FernándezSenior Engineer Next Generation Access Networks/Solutions at Vodafone Group
Ana Isabel Fernández Hernández has a degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid U.P.M (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) as Senior Telecommunications Engineer and a degree in Business and Administration MBA_Executive from the IE Business School in Madrid.
Ana Isabel Fernández, known as Anabel for most of the industry, has been working over 23 years in the cable business. She began in Philips Broadband Networks, today Commscope, and moved to the first cable operator in Madrid, Madritel. Madritel and most of the cable operators in the Spanish territory merged into the biggest cable operator in Spain, ONO, with around 7,5MHP. ONO MSO was adquired by Vodafone Group in 2014 and came to play a significant role to unify the value proposition made possible by the mobile 4G and today 5G technology provided by Vodafone and the triple play fixed services offered by ONO.
Anabel has grown in her professional career working with voice and transport networks, OSS and IT integrations, but mainly with access networks and HFC technology. The last success in which she has participated has been in the deployment of one of the first cable networks in 100% DAA architecture compatible with D3.1, and in the delivery of 1Gbps symmetrical services over a D3.1 network, 3 years ago now.
For more than one year now Anabel is working in the Evolution Access Network department in Vodafone Group and is heavily contributing with Cablelabs and the cable industry, MSOs, developers and the vendor community, to the D4.0 standard, the confluence of Full Duplex (FDX), Extended Spectrum Docsis (ESD) and Low Latency Docsis (LLD) technologies, which will allow cable networks to compete with symmetric 10Gbps speeds and continue to be present providing value to customers of next generation networks in the coming decades.