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About Open RAN Summit

Open RAN will completely reshape the way cellular networks are planned, designed, deployed, and eventually upgraded. The shift towards a multi-vendor environment within a network has the capability to create a before and after in the telecommunications world. However, the challenges are plenty. Legacy networks have been deployed at a huge cost, and the limited vendor pool makes it difficult to open the ecosystem to new entrants, stifling innovation and the roll-out of new services to subscribers. Meanwhile, security concerns from Western governments have emerged, whom are questioning the safety of open networks. How will this play out in the years to come? Fierce Open RAN Summit will cover the latest in the Open RAN industry, including lessons learned from early deployments and current hot topic relating to integration, private networks and much more. Whilst analyst predictions for ORAN’s market size varies greatly from 3 to 25 billion, one thing is clear: you cannot miss out on this next big thing.

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

11:00AM-12:30PM ET:

THE OPEN RAN INDUSTRY IN 2022 – ARE WE MOVING AS FAST AS WE HAD ANTICIPATED?

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote with Aitor Garcia from Vodafone 
11:15AM-11:30AM: Partner Keynote with Patrick Lopez from NEC
11:30AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion
12:15PM-12:30PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Paul Miller from Wind River

Fierce Wireless predicted that Open RAN would continue its forward momentum in 2021 and they were not wrong. 2021 saw the deployment of many small-scale Open RAN networks, and this number is poised to increase as we move through 2022 and beyond. Despite such success, few large-scale Open RAN networks have been deployed and thus are yet to prove its superior performance and economic viability. Many industry analysts are predicting that it won’t be until the next decade until we see the advantages of Open RAN networks. Therefore, is the Open RAN industry moving as fast as had been originally anticipated? What can the industry do to accelerate Open RAN momentum with larger CSP's that hold the most marketshare? Will Open RAN-based greenfield networks put pressure on incumbents to adapt?

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

1:00PM-2:15PM ET:

OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE IN THE OPEN RAN NETWORK – LESSONS LEARNED FROM EARLY DEPLOYMENTS, CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

1:00PM-1:15PM: Keynote with Atoosa Hatefi from Orange
1:15PM-1:30PM: Partner Keynote Interview wtith Dr. Femi Adeyemi from Fujitsu
1:30PM-2:15PM: Panel Discussion

Whilst Open RAN networks are undoubtedly advantageous with regards to increased market competition, network performance and speed of deployment, early deployments have taught us that navigating a multi-vendor RAN presents new challenges with regards to optimising the efficiency within the networks. In order to take full advantage of open interfaces, CSPs must address challenges such as optimizing separate DU, CU and RU subsystems. Optimizing Open RAN infrastructure is vital to build large-scale networks. How can CSPs develop protocols to maximise the efficiency of Open RAN networks? What role could AI and ML play in optimising these networks? What other options are promising in helping CSPs optimize network performance?

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

3:00PM-4:15PM ET:

EVALUATING THE CURRENT STATUS OF OPEN RAN SECURITY AND HOW IT WILL LIKELY EVOLVE

3:00PM-3:15PM: Keynote with Dean Willard from Imagine Wireless
3:15PM-4:00PM: Panel Discussion
4:00PM-4:15PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Douglas Gardner from Analog Devices

Security of cellular networks is of critical importance; especially as more critical infrastructure relies on mobile networks. Open RAN holds the promise of improving the security posture of mobile networks by increasing the use of open source, while at the same time increasing the potential threat surface due to increased number of interfaces. The Open RAN Alliance has recognized the need to evolve security aspects of the Open RAN standards to ensure that networks meet the needs of operators, governments, and end users. This  session will elaborate on the state of security in Open RAN networks today, and how the industry is working to evolve standards to address new opportunities and address perceived threats.

AGENDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

11:00AM-12:05PM ET:

THE CHALLENGE OF INTEROPERABILITY IN THE NETWORK AND THE ROLE OF RIC

11:00AM-11:15AM: Partner Keynote with Atul Khanna from Amdocs
11:15AM-12:05PM: Panel Discussion
 

Optimizing network performance remains a challenge for CSPs, but perhaps an even bigger challenge is managing interoperability and automation of the multi-vendor network. It’s well-known that Open RAN Networks present a great opportunity to rapidly deploy a reliable and cost-efficient network, however one of the biggest pushbacks from CSPs is how do we ensure the different components from various vendors work with one another, and perhaps more importantly, how can we identify the relevant vendor in a troubleshooting process when problems do occur? The RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) presents one option. This software leverages AI and ML to improve RAN efficiency and allows domain experts to understand specific nuances within the network and therefore effectively troubleshoot potential network problems so that the relevant vendor can take corrective actions. To implement RIC, CSPs must first determine who develops this – do they develop their own or outsource this to another company? 

AGENDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

12:15PM-1:00PM ET

O-RAN, THE GATEWAY TO MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT MOBILE NETWORKS

12:15PM-1:00PM: Keynote with Jessy Cavazos from Keysight

Reducing energy consumption in mobile networks is one of the most significant challenges facing the telecom industry this decade. O-RAN can play a critical role in increasing energy efficiency in mobile networks, but disaggregation and virtualization bring new challenges. Testing is needed to drive innovation and keep the flexibility benefits brought by O-RAN. Join this session to learn about the state of the O-RAN market, the energy challenge O-RAN must overcome, and the promising results achieved in recent O-RAN energy efficiency use cases.

AGENDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

2:00PM-3:15PM ET:

THE ROLE OF OPEN RAN IN PRIVATE NETWORKS

2:00PM-2:15PM: Fireside Chat with Sharad Sriwastawa from Rakuten and Francis Haysom from Appledore
2:15PM-2:30PM: Partner Keynote with Azhar Sayeed from Red Hat
2:30PM-3:15PM: Panel Discussion

Open RAN offers a great opportunity to build out cost-efficient networks for public access, but what about for Private Networks? The Private Wireless Network industry is growing rapidly, with many networks already deployed and supporting many industries use cases. Although Open RAN Private Networks are rare, they may offer many benefits for both businesses and operators. Deploying an Open RAN, or at least, an Open RAN-ready private network would remove many of the barriers associated to 5G adoption and would place many enterprises in a better position to grow their network, especially as we move further along 5G rollout and towards the 6G era. Likewise, CSPs could look to deploy more Open RAN private networks as a proof-of-concept to demonstrate heightened network performance and viability, making the case for large scale deployment. With this in mind, what do enterprises need to take into account when deploying an O-RAN network What are some of the pros and cons compared with proprietary private networks, and how can operators utilise Private ORAN Networks to their advantage?

AGENDA
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:

HYPER SCALING THE OPEN-RAN ECOSYSTEM, EXPLORING VIRTUALIZED OPEN RAN AND CLOUD-NATIVE DEPLOYMENTS

11:00AM-11:15AM: Partner Keynote with John Baker from Mavenir
11:15AM-12:00PM: Panel Discussion
12:00PM-12:15PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Steve Papa from Parallel Wireless

Cloud-native, virtualized Open RAN (vORAN) is a software which can be deployed in containerized distribution units whilst being centrally controlled. The benefits offer an enhancement of existing Open-RAN features including ehanced efficiency and automation of the RAN, but perhaps most advantageous it allows for scalability of Open-RAN networks and offers an opportunity to build and end-to-end Open-RAN ecosystem at scale whilst keeping OPEX costs low. The infrastructure of cloud-native vOpen-RAN deployments can only be borne via industry collaboration and cooperation, conditions often made challenging in light of current geo-political tensions, especially the blacklisting of China’s Huawei. How can the ecosystem adapt to foster innovation? How can operators of differing sizes and countries collaborate to develop robust standards and principles to allow for hyper-scaling of the next generation multi-vendor networks of tomorrow?

AGENDA
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

12:30PM-1:20PM ET:

CLOUD-OPTIMIZED OPEN RAN FOR THE REAL WORLD

AGENDA
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

2:00PM-3:00PM ET:

EXPLORING BROWNFIELD OPEN RAN DEPLOYMENTS – OPEN AND CLOSED

2:00PM-2:15PM: Fireside Chat with Volker Ricker from CommScope
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion

For rural providers, Open RAN networks offer a viable option to buildout networks whilst maintaining low CAPEX and OPEX costs. However, integrating Open RAN interfaces into brownfield sites will be the challenge to upgrade existing legacy systems. To be successful, CSPs will need to develop integration strategies to successfully adopt an open protocol in a closed system. What considerations to CSPs need to take when upgrading legacy systems into an open interface? What can we learn about previous integrations and case studies?