Is 2022 the year of virtualisation?

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

This event will explore the state of virtualisation in the telecoms industry covering important topics such as Open RAN, Infrastructure as a Service, orchestration and market regulation changes.

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About the event

The telecoms industry, like every other global industry, has felt the effects of the global pandemic and also the decision by many governments to restrict the involvement of certain vendors in new network deployments. This has affected, and still continues to affect, supply chains and strategic plans within the industry which in turn has affected revenues, business models and investment plans and greatly impacted innovation, especially concepts such as virtualisation.

This event aims to focus on virtualisation in the following areas of the industry:

  • Operators
  • Supply Chains
  • New Technologies

Topics to be covered include:

  • A retrospective look at what happened in 2021 and look forward to what 2022 will bring.
  • Real-world deployments of virtualisation
  • Open RAN and O-RAN and the difference between them; is there a need to be fully open or fully virtualised to realise significant benefits?
  • What does ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ and its variations mean to the market and what hybrid networks can do to increase rollout velocity and innovation across network architectures, supply chains and business models?
  • The promise of NFV, SDN and Orchestration, which promised to deliver “On-demand” and “Programmable” networks, with a view to their impact in 2022 and beyond, including any impact on network convergence.
  • The increase in Cloud deployments, looking at the leaders in terms of rollout and innovation, as well the growth of the Cloud Providers and Hyperscalers in terms of market penetration, influence on networking innovation and their new partnerships with telcos and the impact on the industry.
  • How market regulation changes and innovations will impact virtual networking in 2022. For example, the ability to buy local spectrum licences or share unlicensed spectrum has opened the telecoms market up to new and innovative business models, supply chains and operating models, which will attract non-traditional telecoms companies and lead to disaggregation of the telco value chain and a diversified market.

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CW welcome and introduction to topic by Andrew Palmer, Virtual Networks SIG Champion and Consultant Director, CGI


Paul Crane, Director of Network Research, BT


Paul Rhodes, Open RAN and 5G Principal Consultant, GSP International, and Felicien Mathieu, Director of Engineering, World Wide Technology


David Martin, Associate Senior Analyst, STL


Panel discussion and wrap-up chaired by Andrew Palmer, Virtual Networks SIG Champion


Event closes


David Martin - Associate Senior Analyst, STL Partners

David manages the Telco Cloud research stream at STL Partners, writing recent reports on topics including the 5G core, open RAN and network disaggregation. He also manages STL's 'Telco Cloud Tracker' product: a continuously updated database and interactive analytical tool looking at live deployments of telco cloud and Virtualised and Cloud-Native Network Functions (VNFs / CNFs) at major telco networks worldwide. He is a telecoms analyst of 23 years’ experience and, in addition to STL Partners, has worked for Ovum (now Omdia) and Analysys Mason. David gained a First Class degree in French and German at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and then spent nearly five years at the same college doing PhD research on 19th century Romantic, Gérard de Nerval.

Felicien Mathieu - Director of Engineering, World Wide Technology

Felicien is a passionate technologist who has been working in the Cloud and Telecom industry for the past 20 years. Today Felicien leads the Service Provider Engineering team at World Wide Technology focusing on Telco Cloud, 5G Rollout and Open RAN acceleration and IOT development for Smart City programmes. In the last 5 years he has focused is effort on enabling Telecom Giants to transform the way they deliver network functions in a siloed tower model to an horizontal cloud model by adopting new methodologies such as cloud operating model, Agile Delivery and CI/CD/CT framework.

Paul Rhodes - Head of 5G and Open RAN, Evolved Networks

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Head of techno-economic analysis, Real Wireless

Julie has worked in the wireless industry for over 15 years. At Real Wireless, she is a thought leader in 5G business case analysis including understanding 5G use cases, quantifying (in financial terms) the operational and socio-economic benefits of 5G services and understanding network dimensioning and cost implications under 5G virtualised networks.

She has most recently been working with city councils around their wireless strategy and related Green Book outline business case development. She also led Real Wireless’ techno-economic analysis on the EC Horizon 2020 5G-MoNArch project. Inspired by the project’s smart sea port testbed constructed by HPA, Nokia and DT in the Port of Hamburg, this analysis included quantifying the operational benefits of 5G to port authorities and other port users and the cost implications of delivering these industrial grade wireless services from existing mobile infrastructure via network slicing supported via the virtualised 5G-MoNArch network architecture.

Previously, Julie was Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, consultant at PA Consulting UK, and Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK. In addition to working at Real Wireless, Julie is a CW board member and champion for the CW Virtual Networks Special Interest Group (SIG).

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 33 years of experience in IT, Telecoms and TV and Media, having worked in various roles for IBM, AT&T, Ericsson, Motorola and Arris. Andrew's present role is to leverage existing CGI capabilities that match the needs of our clients in the Space, Defence and Intelligence sectors, as well as building new capabilities that will support the emerging and changing needs of our client base. Andrew has proven experience in developing and delivering complex SI and Services solutions that meet both business and technology needs.

Andrew has co-authored "UK Telecoms For Dummies", an essential guide to the complicated UK Telecoms sector as well as articles for publications such as the Cambridge Wireless Journal including "How do we build the new world of 5g?". He frequently speaks at conferences and provides media commentary on industry topics like 5G, IoT and Smart Cities, as well as being a member of the techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

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