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There is very little doubt that software-powered virtualization is coming to the wireless industry. Already a number of major vendors are touting the benefits of SDN and NFV, and operators such as AT&T, Telefonica and others have made strides in pushing those technologies into parts of their networks.
But it’s clear that the wireless industry is still in its infancy when it comes to the wide-scale adoption of software-controlled networking and virtualized network functions -- most of the world’s operators are taking a wait-and-see approach to these technologies. That’s likely due to still-emerging standards for implementing the technologies alongside the complicated nature of deployments.
But the main catch to adoption remains the ultimate cost of SDN and NFV. Yes, the technologies promise to speed the delivery of new services and to lower costs through commoditized hardware, but moving an entire network architecture into a virtualized, software-defined paradigm is no small feat. It will require an almost complete overhaul of a carrier’s vendors, workforce and network management strategy.
So how should carriers proceed into this SDN and NFV future? There are plenty of questions to address:
But the ultimate question is: At what point will the benefits of deploying SDN and NFV outweigh the expenses and obstacles that are part of such an extensive network overhaul?
Join our panel of esteemed industry experts for this luncheon.
This luncheon is part of our 3-event luncheon series. You may register for just this event, for two, or for all three.
Early Bird Rates - through Friday, January 29, 2016:
Regular Rates - January 29 through February 22
Sean Buckley is the senior editor of FierceTelecom. He joined the FierceTelecom staff in July 2009 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the wireline section of the telecom industry. Before joining the FierceTelecom staff, Sean most recently served as the Editor-in-Chief for Telecom Engine from 2006 to 2009 overseeing both the former print publication Telecommunications Magazine Americas and its transition to a web-based publication. Sean returned to Telecommunications in July 2006 after a brief one-year stint covering the public sector IT and mobile network infrastructure trends as a senior analyst at Current Analysis. In addition to writing about wireline industry trends, Sean enjoys playing with his two sons, reading history books, watching the Celtics, and listening to Grateful Dead concerts on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Rupesh Chokshi is responsible for delivering market leading innovative technology solutions for
business customers. He leads the AT&T Network on Demand product management team that is
transforming services and networks using Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function
Virtualization (NFV) technologies. Mr. Chokshi has held several leadership positions over his 19 year tenure with AT&T in key functional areas like Sales & Marketing, Global Business, Systems Development, Enterprise IT Architecture, and Customer Experience. He possess a wealth of knowledge and experience in following technologies – SDN, NFV, SIP, VoIP, UC, IP Broadband, Ethernet, VPN, M2M, Cloud, WebRTC, and Mobility.
Yves Bellégo is currently director, network strategy at Orange Group. He began his career in 1988 in IT engineering. In 1991, he joined the research center of France Telecom, where he worked on the standardization of GSM. He accompanied the phases of 2G, 3G and 4G deployment and expansion with various positions in radio engineering, spectrum management within France Telecom, Nortel Networks and Orange.
Marc is a globally known technology evangelist in the areas of computing, telecoms, internet and cloud technologies with over 30 years of experience in Product Management, Strategic Marketing and Business Development. He has worked for Apple Computer, Matrox, and was 14 years Ericsson. Has been on the board of directors of the Parlay Group, participated in the OMA, chaired work groups in the GSMA, is a frequent speaker at industry events and has several dozen published articles in the global technology press including the Ericsson Business Review. Marc is currently Deputy Director Market Area of the Open Networking Foundation and is one of the founders and VP of Strategy and Marketing at NoviFlow Inc.
Paul Obsitnik is Vice President of Service Provider Marketing for Juniper Networks, responsible for the marketing of Juniper’s portfolio of high performance routing, switching, security and data center fabric products to Service Providers globally. Paul's team is responsible for marketing strategy, product marketing, go-to-market planning, and competitive analysis worldwide for the Service Provider segment. Obsitnik has extensive experience in marketing, sales and business development positions with a proven track record in creating technology markets. He has served in senior marketing and sales management positions at several companies including BridgeWave Communications, ONI Systems, NorthPoint Communications and 3Com.
Dr. Prodip Sen is currently Chief Technology Officer of Network Func-tions Virtualization (NFV) at HPE, where he is responsible for the technology strategy and industry engagement for the NFV business unit. His current focus is to foster the generation of solutions and techniques that will accelerate the use of Software Defined Network-ing (SDN) approaches in service provider networks. Dr. Sen is part of the core group of individuals who have been instrumental in creating the NFV industry movement, and continue to energize the industry and push its boundaries. This included authoring the oft-quoted white paper that called the industry to action in the cause of NFV, and cre-ating a major industry forum - the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV ISG) - to address the issues raised by the white paper. He served as the first Chair of this forum from January 2013 to July 2014, and is still active in helping set the strategic direction for its activities.
Yes, there is free outdoor parking, as well as a parking garage for an extra fee.
Yes, a full buffet luncheon will be served from 12:30-13:00.
Attendee substitutions may be made on or before February 16, 2016. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].
Due to the nature of this event, we are unable to provide refunds. Attendee substitutions may be made on or before February 16, 2016. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].