Virtual Networks 2.0: Cloud-Native Deployments for 5G

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This event will shed light on the observation that in 5G 'IT meets Telecom'

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About the event

The phrase ‘IT meets Telecom’ is well illustrated by the vision of cloud-native deployments for 5G, which position future mobile, fixed core and access networks as an enterprise service architecture with regional data centres interconnected through a software-defined wide area network.

Key to this paradigm shift is the move away from the traditional way of designing networks (through peer relations between network functions) to applying well-established web service-based methods utilized by big Internet players such as Google, Facebook and others.

This shift brings together concepts such as service-based architecture with a lifecycle management through emerging virtualization and orchestration frameworks. Industry activities in this space focus on key SDOs, such as the 3GPP, but also concrete demos and 5G trials that showcase the capabilities of those new network designs.

This workshop will cover concrete deployment insights by key players in this field with references to those ongoing industry activities.

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Sponsored by InterDigital Europe

InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies.

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Supported by UK5G

The national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Introduction to UK5G/CW

Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Sponsor welcome

Dirk Trossen, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe


Introduction to the Virtual Networks Group

Philip Bridge, Principal Network Architect, BT/EE


Turning the cellular system into a distributed cloud

Dirk Trossen, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe
This presentation outlines the current activities in 3GPP on the ‘enhanced service-based architecture’ which is seen by many as enabling a cloud-native environment for future 5G environments, allowing for control and user plane services to be realized as mere ‘cloud applications’ on top of such SBA. The presentation will cover challenges, requirements and efforts underway for realizing first deployments.


Q & A


Enabling the adoption of key cloud native principles

Todd Spraggins, Director of Strategy, Oracle
The desire for Communications Service Providers to get more agility and savings out of networks has driven them to look beyond just Network Function Virtualization to a more cloud native architecture This talk will explore how 3GPP’s recent shift to a Service Based Architecture for the 5G core enables the adoption of key cloud native principles.


Q & A


Refreshments and networking


Orchestration is critical capability for the success of 5G

Milind Bhagwat, Principal Enterprise Architect BT

5G is set to revolutionize many industries like manufacturing, healthcare and transportation. The demanding requirements from a 5G can only be met by a cloud native network deployment.
Orchestration is used to plan and coordinate the infrastructure resources like compute, storage and network in order to set up functions and services.
This talk will provide an overview of the architecture of this orchestration capability required to successfully deploy and operate this cloud native 5G network.


Q & A


Panel session with all speakers

Chaired by Philip Bridge, Principal Network Architect, BT/EE
• Dirk Trossen, InterDigital Europe
• Milind Bhagwat, BT
• Todd Spraggins, Oracle


Event wrap up


Event close


Milind Bhagwat - Enterprise Architect, British Telecommunications

Milind is an Enterprise Architect at BT where he leads the technology strategy for Network Orchestration.

Milind has worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years and has a track record of leading architecture and design for multi million pound transformation programs. In addition to technical IT skills, Milind is experienced in a variety of domains including Business Architecture, Requirements Management, Capability-based Planning Techniques and Process Design.​

Todd Spraggins - Director of Strategy, Oracle

Todd Spraggins is an unapologetic telecom evangelist with an extensive career of deploying leading-edge solution to many of the world’s largest service providers. As Director of Strategy in the Oracle Communications CTO office, he pushing the boundaries of what Operators can do with SaaS by bringing the mobile core to the web-scale cloud. Prior to Oracle he was the Sr. Director for Standards and Strategy at GENBAND and held multiple senior Architect roles at Nortel, beginning his career at Bell Northern research. He holds a Masters of Science in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors of Science and Engineering from Tulane University.

Dirk Trossen - Senior Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe

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.

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Techno-economic assessment of wireless options and strategies, 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 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. 

Mark England - Associate Director, Cambridge Consultants

Mark England has spent three decades architecting, designing, and implementing a wide variety of wired and wireless communications products, services, systems and protocols; from short range point to point systems to those which operate on a global scale. Mark joined Cambridge Consultants in 2000, and for the past 20+ years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients. 

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 31 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 Telecoms sector, 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 Digital Policy Alliance’s Smart Society Working Group, techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

Justin Paul - Senior Marketing Manager, Ericsson

Justin has over twenty years’ experience in technology marketing in the telecoms and software industries. Prior to joining Ericsson Digital Services he worked for Zeetta Networks, Huawei Technologies in NFV/SDN Marketing and Amdocs where he led the launch of their NFV Portfolio which now forms a major part of the ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform). During his career he has been responsible for the launch and go-to-market for a number of leading-edge technologies including 3G, IPTV, LTE, NFV and 5G. A TED-trained conference speaker he has presented at a number of major international conferences including Layer 123 SDN and Openflow Congress, LTE Asia and SCTE. A CIM qualified marketeer he runs a Bristol-based Digital Marketing knowledge-sharing group.

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

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