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The Time is Ripe for Innovations

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

SDN and NFV are proliferating as key technologies for 5G with standards maturing and test deployments increasing. Is this the time to expose some of the innovations we can expect to be enabled by all this technology?

About the event

This SIG event will explore not only what those innovations could be but also what are their drivers, their main markets as well as the new benefits and opportunities that they will open up. The event will utilize a combined format of presentations, innovation pitches and discussions that brings together audiences wanting an overview of this space as well as a deeper dive in the nitty details through discussions with innovators, industry players and event participants.

Limited FREE places for non-members: We are keen to engage with, and foster the next generation of technologists and engineers - we have limited FREE places for non-members who are under 35. If you are interested in registering for one of these places please email Rachel at Cambridge Wireless.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWVN.

Sponsored by InterDigital Europe

InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. As a long-standing contributor to the evolution of the wireless industry, we solve many of the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges years ahead of market deployment.

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Andy Odgers

Andy Odgers founded Quortus in 2009 and in that short time has been responsible for its sustained growth with the company now boasting multiple deployments worldwide. A serial innovator, Andy has spent the past decade developing software solutions for mobile networks. In 2003 he founded Zynetix, the developer of GSM softswitches, successfully negotiating the company’s sale to Sonus Networks. Following this he assumed the role of Sonus’ VP of Wireless Technology until taking part in a management buy-out of Zynetix in 2008. Andy subsequently worked as Technical Director of Zynetix up to the subsequent sale of that company to Globe Wireless.

Dirk Trossen

Dr. Dirk Trossen is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital Europe, the European branch of InterDigital Inc. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in network architectures, services and wireless technology. He is currently leading the 5G networking efforts in the International Labs of InterDigital in London. He is currently technical leading the European efforts FLAME, POINT and RIFE, developing novel service routing solutions for upcoming 5G networks. Prior to joining InterDigital, Dirk was co-founder of TecVis LP, a UK-based software solution company in the mobile, context-aware solution space and he held prior positions as a Senior Researcher with Cambridge University, Chief Researcher with BT Research and as a Senior Principal Scientist at Nokia Research. He is also a research affiliate with the Advanced Network Architecture group at MIT CSAIL. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences and journals and has currently more than 35 international patents.


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Registration and networking with lunch


Introduction to the Virtual Networks Group

Phillip Bridge, Senior Network Architect, EE


Welcome from event supporter

Alan Carlton, VP, InterDigital


‘Turning the Edge into Mini-Internets – The Holistic Edge’

Dirk Trossen, Senior Principal Scientist, InterDigital
We see an increasing proliferation of compute and storage resources at the edge of the network, both wired and wireless. This talk will discuss work on turning this increasingly rich edge into mini-Internets that serve end-users with lower latency and richer services, while continue to utilize the rich Internet-based cloud infrastructure that we know.




Leveraging NFV and SDN in 5G core networks

Andy Odgers, CEO, Quortus
How the virtualisation and disaggregation of mobile network core functions, coupled with SDN concepts and 5G capabilities such as network slicing can be used to drive innovative and scalable Edge Computing solutions for Enterprise and IoT deployments.




Demo 1 - InterDigital

Dirk Trossen, Senior Principal Scientist, InterDigital
InterDigital, Inc. designs and develops advanced technologies that enable and enhance mobile communications and capabilities. Since our founding in 1972, our engineers have designed and developed a wide range of innovations that are used in digital cellular and wireless products and networks, including 2G, 3G, 4G and IEEE 802-related products and networks.

InterDigital has been a pioneer in mobile technology and a key contributor to global wireless standards. Our team of approximately 180 engineers – approximately 80 percent of whom hold advanced degrees, including 60 PhDs – has unparalleled expertise in major mobile connectivity and content delivery technologies. Since 2000, InterDigital has spent over $1 billion on technology research and development.


Exhibition and networking with refreshments


Demo 2 - Zeetta Networks

Vassilis Seferidis, CEO, Zeetta Networks
Zeetta Networks is a spin-out from the University of Bristol offering Open Networking solutions based on a proprietary network operating system NetOS® that provides a single, converged and secure platform for monitoring, managing and automating the operations of heterogeneous networks.
NetOS® uniquely manages simultaneous data flows between different types of connected devices and sub-systems including Wireless, Optical, Ethernet and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. It addresses the increasing demand for network solutions capable of managing not only existing large-scale infrastructure networks but also the emerging next-generation network technologies and frameworks such as 5th generation mobile networks (5G) and IoT.
NetOS® uses Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualisation (NV) to replace expensive hardware networking equipment and human intervention for provisioning and intelligent management of network resources. This enables greater efficiency, capacity, security and resilience across the network.


Demo 3 - TBC


Panel session with all speakers




Event wrap up


Event close

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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, CB4 0GA

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