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Juan Manuel Caro
SERVICE PROVIDER KEYNOTE: TELEFONICA
Zero-touch network management, which all but does away with human intervention, is the ultimate goal for network operators but making significant progress towards that goal will require the deployment of artificial intelligence capabilities, in particular machine learning. This panel will look at the current focus of R&D in this area and highlight emerging use cases and best practices, including how AI capabilities are expected to impact functionality such as route optimization, capacity planning, fault management and root cause analysis, dynamic optimization and more.
Network operators can easily fill huge data lakes with streaming telemetry about network paths, traffic flows and performance. There are several open source tools that can be used, including Kafka, Elastic Stack, Grafana and Pnda. The hard part is unlocking the value of all this data to deliver value such as faster root cause analysis, reduced mean time to repair or detection of security threats. To achieve this might require advanced machine learning algorithms that can do predictive or prescriptive analytics. Alternatively, it might suffice to use traditional statistical analysis and correlations. This panel examines the varying approaches to data processing as there is no "one-size fits all" approach to analytics.
The Self Organizing Network concept was first implemented in 2009 and seen more widespread adoption since the rollout of 4G. This panel will discuss the degree to which SON has enabled automation in mobile networks and how it can deliver measurable and repeatable efficiency benefits. This panel will also examine the evolution of SON and its critical role in combined 4G/to 5G networks.
Blockchain is one of the most game-changing or over-hyped technologies ever, depending on who you talk to. Across industries, including telecom, organizations are exploring blockchain's potential impact. The biggest questions for service providers, however, are "Where is the biggest bang for the buck?" and "Where and how do we get started?“