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Don Clarke is responsible for NFV and SDN innovation at CableLabs. In his former R&D leadership role at BT, he co-founded the ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG). The NFV ISG has grown to over 290 companies including 37 service providers and is the leading industry group specifying requirements for NFV technology. He is a member of the NFV ISG leadership team and chairs the Network Operator Council.
Don edited the joint-carrier white paper on NFV published in October 2012 co-authored by 13 carriers. This document is widely regarded as the seminal document heralding NFV as the future direction for telecommunications networks. He has originated 9 patents related to optical technologies and authored numerous papers over the course of his telecommunications R&D career.