Fierce Wireless Presents:
 

Open RAN Summit

  September 8-9, 2021           Free Virtual Event 

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ABOUT THE FIERCE 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. Fierce Open RAN Summit will cover the A-to-Z of ORAN, from recent deployment news and trial results, to the efforts being carried out by policy makers and the industry itself to open up the vendor pool. 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 8

 

11:00AM-12:30PM ET:
STATE OF THE OPEN RAN UNION - RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEPLOYMENT

With Fierce Wireless claiming 2020 was the year when “Open RAN got real” in a recent article, trials and deployments are set to increase in speed in 2021 and beyond. Open RAN brings with it the promise of being able to offer flexible and adaptable networks to provide services not only to individuals, but also to highly profitable enterprise clients. As we have begun to see at-scale deployments and trials, the panel will focus on the key learnings and challenges from trials and the challenges being faced. As carriers continue to explore the benefit and cost of deploying Open RAN, its business case is becoming increasingly clear, but there are still challenges to overcome from an R&D perspective. What is the benefit of disaggregated RAN infrastructure as next generation networks are rolled out? What is the real-world testing telling us about Open RAN network performance? 

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote with Verizon's Adam Koeppe
11:15AM-11:30AM: Keynote Interview with Rakuten Group's Tareq Amin
11:30AM-11:45AM: Partner Keynote with Viavi Solutions' Dr. Sameh Yamany

11:45AM-12:30PM: Panel Discussion

Tareq Amin

KEYNOTE
Tareq Amin
CEO
Rakuten Symphony

Diana Goovaerts

KEYNOTE MODERATOR
Diana Goovaerts
Senior Editor
Fierce Wireless

Adam Koeppe

KEYNOTE
Adam Koeppe
SVP of Technology Planning
Verizon

Dr. Sameh Yamany

PARTNER KEYNOTE
Dr. Sameh Yamany
Chief Technology Officer 
Viavi Solutions

Joe Barry

PANELIST
Joe Barry
Vice President of the Wireless Communications Business Unit
Analog Devices

Jim Neuens

PANELIST
Jim Neuens
Vice President and General manager of Wireless Instruments 
Viavi Solutions

Diane Rinaldo

PANELIST
Diane Rinaldo
Executive Director
Open RAN Policy Coalition

Franz Seiser

PANELIST
Franz Seiser
VP Access Disaggregation
Deutsche Telekom

Peter Jarich

MODERATOR
Peter Jarich
Head of GSMA Intelligence
GSMA

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

 

1:00PM-2:15PM ET:
OPEN RAN AND THE EVOLUTION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

Open RAN allows carriers to deploy open, flexible, reliable, and secure network architecture, but the way the network is designed changes drastically. Traditionally, networks have been largely rolled out using one vendor in order to avoid performance reduction when matching cell sites with different vendors’ hardware in them. However, in Open RAN deployments, the Radio Unit and Distributed Units are entirely separate, and can be procured from separate vendors. Whilst multi-vendor systems can be advantageous to the network’s performance, CSPs must now seek out the most effective ways to optimize the now separate DU, RU subsystems, and the open fronthaul connecting it all.  Given the complexity of ORAN deployments in macro networks, how far are we from seeing entirely open, end-to-end virtual network solutions and infrastructure in the real world? What are some of the most promising open fronthaul options available to carriers?

1:00PM-1:15PM: Keynote with O-RAN Forum's Sachin Katti
1:15PM-1:30PM: Partner Keynote with Ericsson North America's Paul Challoner
1:30PM-2:15PM: Panel Discussion

Sachin Katti

KEYNOTE
Sachin Katti
Co-Chair of the Technical Steering Committee
O-RAN Forum

Paul Challoner

PARTNER KEYNOTE
Paul Challoner
VP Network Product Solutions
Ericsson North America

Bob Everson

PANELIST
Bob Everson
Senior Director, 5G Architecture
Cisco

Keith Johnson

PANELIST
Keith Johnson
President
Parallel Wireless

Russell Lundberg

PANELIST
Russell Lundberg
Principal
Intelefy LLC

Sundara Venkatesh

PANELIST
Sundara Venkatesh “Venky”
Market Development
Anritsu

Prakash Sangam

MODERATOR
Prakash Sangam
Founder and Principal
Tantra Analyst

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

2:15PM-3:15PM ET:
PARTNER WORKSHOP: OPEN VRAN DEPLOYMENT LESSONS LEARNED 

 

Deploying Open vRAN technologies and cloud-native virtualization techniques brings innovation and efficiencies that are top of mind for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) today. Planning for the deployment is vital, and many aspects such as centralized vs cell-site deployments need to be considered. Leveraging virtualization technology in RAN opens new deployment models such as with public cloud. 

Join Puneet Sethi, SVP and GM of the RAN BU, as he discusses Open vRAN deployments and lessons learned. 

Puneet_Sethi

SPEAKER
Puneet Sethi
SVP, GM, RAN Business Unit
Mavenir

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

3:15PM-4:15PM ET:
PARTNER WORKSHOP: ARE YOU GAME? HIGH-PERFORMING CLOUD RAN – AN ECOSYSTEM PLAY

Cloud-native RAN networks will be available virtually everywhere, on any cloud, and on any server platform giving service providers new opportunities to increase flexibility and deliver new and exciting use cases. 

This new virtualized RAN architecture requires collaboration across the full stack. In this session you will learn the latest insights and discover milestones from Ericsson and key ecosystem players including Intel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and RedHat. The workshop will offer a sneak-peak and behind-the-scenes look at the large ecosystem at play that is delivering virtualized RAN technology for your network deployments, including topics like:

  • How can virtualized RAN co-exist with existing RAN infrastructure?
  • What are the key factors that enable cost effective and high
  • What is coming next from the ecosystem to increase performance and flexibility for service providers?   

Join Eric Parsons, Head of Cloud RAN R&D, live from Ericsson’s Open Lab, as he presents the exciting  opportunities ahead for Cloud RAN, along with special guests from Intel, HPE and Red Hat.

Honorés LaBourdette

PANELIST
Honoré LaBourdette
VP of Telco, Media & Entertainment
Red Hat

Claus Henrik Pedersen

PANELIST
Claus Henrik Pedersen
VP of Telco Infrastructure Solutions
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

Cristina Rodriguez

PANELIST
Cristina Rodriguez
VP of Network and Edge Group
Intel

Eric Parsons

MODERATOR
Eric Parsons
Head of Cloud RAN R&D
Ericsson

AGENDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

 

11:00AM-12:30PM ET:
LEGACY NETWORKS AND OPEN RAN - THE MEETING OF TWO MINDS

Cloud networking requires an entirely different network design approach to what CSPs have been accustomed to in previous generations. For incumbent carriers, Open RAN presents a great opportunity, but its integration into brownfield environments will be key to upgrading legacy networks. Interoperability is key to its success, but also the adaptation of the operating model to incorporate existing hardware with cloud elements. What are some successful integration strategies for ORAN on top of existing network infrastructure? What considerations do CSPs need to keep in mind when designing at ORAN transport, site operations and location? What do trials and live case studies tell us about integration?

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote Interview with AT&T's Raj Savoor
11:15AM-11:30AM: Partner Keynote with Ericsson's Matteo Fiorani
11:30AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion
12:15PM-12:30PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Flex Logix Technologies' Andy Jaros

Raj Savoor

KEYNOTE
Raj Savoor
VP of Network Analytics & Automation
AT&T

Monica Alleven

KEYNOTE MODERATOR
Monica Alleven
Senior Editor
Fierce Wireless Tech

Matteo Fiorani

PARTNER KEYNOTE
Matteo Fiorani
Strategic Product Manager for Cloud RAN
Ericsson 

Andy Jaros

PARTNER KEYNOTE
Andy Jaros
VP IP Sales, Marketing & Solutions Architecture
Flex Logix Technologies

John Baker

PANELIST
John Baker
SVP, Business Development
Mavenir 

Rajesh Gangadhar

PANELIST
Rajesh Gangadhar
CTO - Access Solutions
STL

Neil McRae

PANELIST
Neil McRae
Managing Director & Chief Architect
BT

Olivier Simon

PANELIST
Olivier Simon
Global Radio Innovation Director
Orange Labs Networks

Monica Paolini

MODERATOR
Monica Paolini
Principal
Senza Fili

AGENDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

 

1:00PM-2:30PM ET:
BUILDING OUT THE OPEN RAN ECOSYSTEM FOR END-TO-END CLOUD STRUCTURE DEPLOYMENTS AT SCALE

Open RAN will only be successful at scale if the vendor ecosystem expands and works together to deliver cloud-based solutions within common or interoperable standards and specifications. The development of open network infrastructure calls for collaboration, which can often be made difficult by fluctuating geo-political tensions, commercial tensions, and standardization challenges. The creation of end-to-end ORAN blueprints must be borne out of collaboration and vertical integration, as the concept of an open interface does not work without coordination. What can the existing ecosystem do to allow, and foster, innovation from players across geographies and company sizes whilst all working towards the same standards and specs? What are some of the key R&D advancements required to create a robust, interoperable, and complementary vendor ecosystem? Will multi-vendor networks become the “new normal” for future generation networks? How can programmability and SDN principles be brought into Open RAN planning for self-configuration and control of the radio access network?

1:00PM-1:15PM: Keynote with Vodafone's Francisco (Paco) Martín Pignatelli
1:15PM-1:30PM: Partner Keynote with IBM's Rakshit Mehta
1:30PM-2:15PM: Panel Discussion
2:15PM-2:30PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Robin's W. Brooke Frischemeier

Francisco (Paco) Martín Pignatelli

KEYNOTE
Francisco (Paco) Martín Pignatelli
Group Head of OPEN RAN
Vodafone

Rakshit Mehta

PARTNER KEYNOTE
Rakshit Mehta
Industry Business Development Leader, Telecom, Media & Entertainment 
IBM

W. Brooke Frischemeier

PARTNER KEYNOTE
W. Brooke Frischemeier
Sr. Director Product Management 
Robin

Shabbir Bagasrawala

PANELIST
Shabbir Bagasrawala
Head of Go-To-Market
Altiostar

Ed Chao

PANELIST
Ed Chao
CEO
Polte

Mike O'Rielly

PANELIST
Mike O'Rielly
Strategic Advisor & Advocate
MPORielly Consulting, LLC

Mariam Sorond

PANELIST
Mariam Sorond
Senior Vice President and Chief Research and Development Officer
CableLabs

Francis Haysom

MODERATOR
Francis Haysom
Principal Analyst 
Appledore 

AGENDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

2:30PM-3:00PM ET:
PARTNER WORKSHOP: OPEN VIRTUAL RAN: MAKING THE VISION A REALITY

 

This session will address: 

- The state of Open RAN today and why operators need to build towards the future now.
- How a RAN that is both open and virtual creates a more dynamic, competitive network platform.

- Predictions for the evolution of Open RAN.
- How to prepare for “future G” technologies with Open RAN.

Speaker

Bob Everson

SPEAKER
Bob Everson
Senior Director, 5G Architecture
Cisco

Partners

Platinum Partner

Ericsson

Diamond Partners

Cisco
Mavenir
Viavi

Gold Partners

Flex Logix
IBM
Robin.io

Silver Partners

Altiostar
Analog Devices
Anritsu
Parallel Wireless
PoLTE
STL