Sunday, 17 January 2016
Location: South Pacific 2
The telecom industry is about to experience an tumultuous upheaval that will completely change how networks are designed, deployed, and maintained. Join us for an interactive discussion that will cover the hottest and most pressing technology changes that will affect both network operators and end-users alike. Topics covered include the technologies, challenges, and new business opportunities related to the impending deployment of 5G mobile networks. Also covered will be the most fundamental shift in telecom networks since the introduction of wireless networks, which is the moving from closed, hardware-based networks to open, software-based networks driven by the accelerating advent of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) concepts. Join the discussion and peer into the future of tomorrow’s telecom industry.
VP, Product Management, Infinera
The telecoms industry is full of news and announcements around new or planned capabilities covering SDN and NFV functionality within products and networks. These technologies will undoubtedly transform certain aspects of the industry and will bring great benefits to network operators and their end customers.
But for vendors, implementing these technologies isn’t a case of simply following the herd and picking one of the standards and implementing it within their products and this is especially the case within optical transport networks. SDN will bring changes to the way transport networks are built and operated and these networks will also bring specific changes to the way the SDN environment is created. These networks are standardized digital domains at all external interfaces but internally they are complex analogue domains spanning great distances where factors such as controller hierarchy and signaling latency can have huge impacts that are not seen in other SDN environments. These are topics that will greatly impact the scale of SDN deployment within transport networks but are often brushed over quickly within industry discussions.
These transport networks often also include packet-optical integration encompassing OSI layers 0, 1, 2 (Ethernet), 2.5 (MPLS-TP) and occasionally layer 3 IP functionality. This brings the opportunity to include NFV functionality within service demarcation devices and potentially also virtual routing functions within the transport network allow new capabilities that can optimize traffic within the network and better utilize expensive core routing devices.
Infinera’s speaker, Rob Adams, VP Project Management has a deep understanding of the challenges the industry will face to correctly implement these exciting new technologies. He will bring a unique perspective to the panel based on Infinera’s plans and ongoing SDN and NFV development that consider both new metro network buildouts but also an installed base of over 50,000 packet-optical metro nodes and individual networks with up to 5000 nodes already installed.
President & CEO, ZenFi Networks
Cisco predicts global mobile data traffic will increase nearly tenfold by 2019 and that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. This massive data explosion will produce additional capacity and connectivity challenges for today’s mobile operators, enterprises and telecoms service providers. Their challenge of addressing growing consumer demand for instant connectivity anywhere and faster connection speeds, as well as the industry’s move to next mobile standard - 5G, will be further compounded by traditional mobile network infrastructures, which were not built to accommodate today’s mobile traffic surge.
This topical session and / or executive insights roundtable will examine how the growth of mobile data is transforming traditional network infrastructure and how today’s providers are reshaping their strategies to accommodate the fundamental shift. It will introduce a new fiber network infrastructure model that aggregates and connects high-capacity small cell clusters to redundant fiber backhaul and major colocation facilities. Attendees will also benefit from real-world case studies surrounding applications of this new network, which will provide a firsthand look into how it enables innovative mobile technologies such as Wi-Fi, C-RAN and Small Cells.
Mobile bandwidth consumption is on the rise worldwide with no signs of abating. Consumers are increasingly dependent on social media and entertainment, which is increasingly video-centric that is driving bandwidth demands ever higher. This has led to key issues and challenges that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are scrambling to address by increasing their capacity, coverage, and an overall improved quality of experience in order to remain financially viable in a hyper-competitive marketplace with little to no brand loyalty. So, are there any new ways to improve capacity and coverage, while lowering operating costs with a quicker and more competitive time to revenue? Yes, the answer is Mobile Backhaul as a Service, which is taking hold in some regional markets, and is the focus of my presentation from business and technology viewpoints.
My presentation reviews the latest advances in mobile backhaul technologies associated with emerging small cells to existing macro cells and how capacity and availability is drastically increased while lowering the overall cost, complexity, and time to revenue. The current state of the emerging MBHaaS market will be discussed and how it can be applied to untapped markets, which allows MNOs to lower their operating costs while creating new business opportunities for wholesale wireline operators, tower real-estate operators, and Cable MSOs alike. As SDN and NFV adoption increases, these new technologies will find their way into the mobile backhaul network leading to new value-added services such as encryption, deep packet inspection, firewalls, and software-based routing, which are significant new strategic business opportunities. My presentation is based on real-world examples making it highly relevant and informative attendees, as they will learn how to adopt new business opportunities and revenue streams into local markets. New strategic directions from both the perspective of the MNO (customer) and MBHaaS (wholesaler) will be covered.