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About the group

The tagline “IT meets Telecom” captures the increasing trend in building and operating of networks to separate functions from their underlying hardware. This separation allows network operators to move from specialised, proprietary hardware to general off-the-shelf computing systems, which in turn run the network functions as software on virtualised operating systems.

Technologies such as Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) as well as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are the enablers for this transformative trend with promises ranging from decreased CAPEX and OPEX over increased fluidity in meeting demand for network services (in collaboration with application-level providers) to emulating entire systems in software only for capacity and extreme event planning as well as lowering barriers to entry in terms of new functionality being introduced in networks by virtue of merely deploying a software-realised function rather than a specialised hardware element. Such virtualisation does not come without challenges though, in particular in areas of interoperability and integration as well as in scale and dealing with extreme event scenarios.

In this SIG, we want to explore these potential use cases, both from a short but also long-term perspective, separate myth from reality as well as opportunities from hype and bring together practitioners in this space to exchange their views and meet those who want to understand how the future of network operations will look like.

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SIG Champions

  • Mr 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...

    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...

    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.

  • Dr 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,...

    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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