Virtual Networks 2.0: Cloud-Native Deployments for 5G

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

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

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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Agenda

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:00

Introduction to UK5G/CW

Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

14:05

Sponsor welcome

Dirk Trossen, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe

14:10

Introduction to the Virtual Networks Group

Philip Bridge, Principal Network Architect, BT/EE

14:15

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.

14:35

Q & A

14:50

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.

15:10

Q & A

15:25

Refreshments and networking

16:00

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.

16:20

Q & A

16:35

Panel session with all speakers

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

17:05

Event wrap up

17:15

Event close

Speakers

Milind Bhagwat - Principal 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

Philip Bridge - Principal Network Architect, EE

Phil Bridge has spent over three decades in the telecommunications and networking industries. He has worked in research labs, academia, start-ups, equipment vendors and service providers, in the UK and Switzerland, in technical, marketing and management roles. From 2002 he worked at Orange as a network designer and architect, and continues that role at EE since it was formed from the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. Currently he is concerned with the technical strategy for mobile data in general, and the evolution of the architecture of the mobile data core network in particular.

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 17 years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients.

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.

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

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