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Key Sessions

Neil McRae

SERVICE PROVIDER KEYNOTE: BT

BT

Nov 07
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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
09:00 - 09:15 15 mins
WELCOME: INTRODUCTION & HEAVY READING RESEARCH PRESENTATION
  • Presenter James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
09:15 - 09:35 20 mins
SERVICE PROVIDER KEYNOTE: BT
  • Neil McRae - Managing Director and Chief Architect, BT
09:35 - 10:20 45 mins
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PANEL: ORCHESTRATING THE LIFECYCLE OF NETWORK SERVICES – CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Ari Banerjee - Vice President of Strategy, Netcracker
  • Panelist Ian Bresnahan - CEO, Itential
  • Panelist Ahmed El Sawaf - Network Transformation and Telco Cloud Senior Advisor, Saudi Telecom Company
  • Panelist José Manuel de Arce - OSS Manager, Telefonica

Automating service design and deployment across test and production networks brings new challenges for engineers and operations staff. While these teams have historically acted independently, there is a need for greater collaboration going forward and a need for new tools to support their workflows. This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities of orchestrating the complete lifecycle of network services from design to retirement.

10:20 - 10:40 20 mins
SUPER PLATINUM SPONSOR KEYNOTE
10:40 - 11:00 20 mins
COFFEE BREAK
11:00 - 11:20 20 mins
SERVICE PROVIDER FIRESIDE CHAT: TELEFONICA
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
  • Speaker José Manuel de Arce - OSS Manager, Telefonica
11:20 - 12:05 45 mins
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PANEL: SERVICE ASSURANCE IN CLOUD NATIVE 5G NETWORKS
  • Moderator Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Pål Grønsund - Senior Research Scientist, Telenor
  • Panelist Giles Vincent - Marketing Director, Huawei

Mobile operators worldwide are on the verge of launching 5G networks. This session discusses this the critical role of service assurance in optimizing network performance and customer experience in converged 4G/5G networks. Specifically, it will address monitoring and assurance of the "cloud-native" EPC and standalone 5G core that is composed of microservices, deployed on cloud infrastructure and distributed. This panel will also look at how service assurance plays out in end-to-end service quality, with a focus on granular and dynamic network slices.

12:05 - 13:45 100 mins
LUNCH, NETWORKING & TABLETOP DISPLAYS
13:45 - 14:30 45 mins
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PANEL: TELEMETRY & ANALYTICS – HOW TO GET BETTER INSIGHTS INTO NETWORK & SERVICE PERFORMANCE
  • Moderator Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading
  • Panelist José Domingos - OSS Chief Platform Architect, BT
  • Panelist Luke Lim - Head of Solutions Engineers, EMEA, SevOne

Operators are embracing telemetry to collect huge quantities of data about their networks and the services running on top with a view to conducting sophisticated analytics. However, managing and analyzing this data continues to present a challenge to operators. This panel will explore the landscape of open source and commercial tools that can help transform these data sets into valuable insights.

14:30 - 14:45 15 mins
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PLATINUM SPONSOR KEYNOTE: NETCRACKER
  • Speaker Ari Banerjee - Vice President of Strategy, Netcracker
14:45 - 15:05 20 mins
COFFEE BREAK & TABLETOP DISPLAYS
15:05 - 15:50 45 mins
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PANEL: HOW CSPS ARE LEVERAGING OPEN APIS TO MAKE THEIR NETWORKS MORE PROGRAMMABLE
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Lester Thomas - Chief Systems Architect, Vodafone

In 2015, SmartBear, in conjunction with Apigee, Google, IBM, Microsoft, PayPal and others, announced the formation of the Open API Initiative, an open source project under the Linux Foundation. A year later, the TM Forum launched its Open API Program, which was collaboratively developed by service providers to transform IT, increase operational agility and improve customer centricity. Looking toward 2019 and beyond, how can telcos participate in the open API economy and migrate towards a platform business model? What are the drivers and challenges around API adoption? What is the return on investment for APIs? And what strategies are telcos adopting when implementing Open APIs?

15:50 - 16:05 15 mins
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PLATINUM SPONSOR KEYNOTE: HUAWEI
  • Jessica Kim - Technology & Strategic Planner, SoftCOM AI CTO Office, Huawei
16:05 - 16:50 45 mins
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PANEL: LEVERAGING OPEN SOURCE FOR NFV ORCHESTRATION MATURITY, MODULARITY & MONEY
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Davide Cherubini - Lead Software, Open Source and Labs Strategy, Planning and Operations Cloud & Automation CoE, Vodafone
  • Panelist Johan Gustawsson - Senior Network Architect, Telia Carrier

What are the best strategies for deploying open source in CSP networks, in particular to support the transition to NFV? What is the maturity level of open source projects and how will vendors make the economics work for them? Will they be implemented as modular components or as full platforms? This panel will address these questions as well as the challenges operators face to ensure support for robust implementations of open source.

16:50 - 17:00 10 mins
END OF DAY WRAP-UP
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
17:00 - 18:00 60 mins
NETWORKING RECEPTION & TABLE-TOP DISPLAYS