Open Networks, SDN & Virtualization towards Telco-Cloud

How will NFV impact 5G? Considering Network Slicing, Automation, Analytics and Big Data, MEC, Distributed Cloud Computing, Integration and Cross-Cloud Application Deployment for Vertical Markets

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March 13-15, 2018


MacDonald Randolph Hotel

Oxford, UK



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


Considering near term (18 months to 2 years) plans on how the industry gets to true cloud in terms of technology evolution and business operations. How can initiatives such as ONAP help to achieve global consistency in orchestration and automation and can claims of operational cost reduction be realized? 

This workshop will explore the impact a move from vertical silos to horizontal cloud will have on service assurance and aim to clarify differences in business cases for virtualizing new service and revenue generators versus legacy services

Workshop Goals

  • Understand what Telco Cloud actually means and what it will look like?
  • Explore how global consistency in automation can be achieved?
  • Address service provider and vendor alignment for the coming 18 months to 2 years


March 13


Tour at the University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre

  • Technology and Applications Demonstrations on 5GIC Virtualised Flat Distributed Cloud Architecture ( 5G core)

Brief registration at hotel at 12:30, bus to depart at 13:00

**Limited to 20 persons, first come, first served**


Evening Reception & Registration

At Hotel

March 14



Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductions




  • 5G
  • Telco Cloud
  • Mobile Edge Computing
  • Operations and Automation
  • Open Source and Standards
  • Analytics and Big Data
  • Products and Services

Keynote Presentation


Head of Network Virtualization



Networking Break



5G - Network and Radio Perspectives, Products and Services

  • 3GPP 5G Core enablers for network virtualisation
  • Exposure of 5G Core network functions to application layer - What do the verticals need?
  • Prospect of SDN & NFV deployment for Mobile Operators
  • Exploring operator roadmaps for trials and commercialization for different use cases which drive SDN and Virtualization
  • Addressing low latency and high performance requirements for NFV.
  • SDN / NFV and regulations (e.g. new regulations such as GDPR, increased focus on security and number of cyber-attacks, etc…)
  • SDN for Transport
  • SDN for DC networking
  • Universal CPE, Opportunities and challenges
  • Practical orchestration and delegation of responsibility
  • CBRS business models, vRAN and 5G

Discussion Lead


5G Programme Lead




5G Network Architecture, Design and Optimisation


Principal Network Architect



Virtualization enablers in 5G Core in 3GPP


Manager, Network Research Group



Networking Lunch



5G Continued, Telco Cloud

  • Consumable infrastructure for cloud native applications
  • Assessing current implementation status
  • Cloud native data layer
  • Service Assurance in the cloud
  • Securing the cloud network
  • Dynamic delivery of LTE data services
  • How does SDN & virtualisation deal with spectrum efficiency at the RAN level?
  • SDN Control for Telco Cloud (NFV)

Discussion Lead


Chief IT Systems Architect




Telco Cloud and Deployment Challenges


5G Standards and Architecture



H 2020 Next Generation Platform as a Service: A 5G Cloud Native Solution


Research Manager Bell Labs



Networking Break



Mobile Edge Computing

  • Mobile Access Edge Computing
  • SDN at the edge of the mobile network: use cases
  • MEC and its relationship to NFV, SDN and IT Cloud.
  • Challenges and solutions for VNF validation over SDN for the mobile edge
  • vEPC deployment architectures
  • SD_WAN
  • Multi-Access Edge Computing
  • Edge computing and acceleration offload, standardisation of API offloads

Discussion Lead


Senior Manager, R&D




Challenges with Deploying Telecom Workloads in the Cloud

Manager, Technology Strategy



Challenges for Deploying Edge Computing - How Can SDN & NFV Automate for Maximum Agility and Minimum Cost


Chief Architect



Open Approach to MEC and NFV-I


Chief Technologist NFV EMEA




  • Ciena

  • Cisco


End of Day Panel






Networking Dinner - Balliol College (one of University of Oxford Colleges)


March 15



Registration and Coffee



5G Innovation



Technology Enablers - Operations and Automation

  • Automated SW update solutions as basic enabler for devops
  • NFV/SDN and Open APIs
  • Automation / zéro touch - what does it take on top of existing virtualization components (NFV, SDN, CRAN, etc.)
  • Orchestrated / automated deployment of NFV
  • License management in an automated world
  • Self Driving Networks
  • NVF deployments and testing
  • Open APIs (multi-vendor)
  • Testing and monitoring
  • Mesh routing protocols
  • V-RAN

Discussion Lead


Technical Strategist and Architect




Deploy Technology Today to Meet Tomorrow’s Flexibility Needs During Industry Digitalization


Expert Cloud SDN




Title to be confirmed






Implementing Operational AI in Telco Environments







  • AT&T

  • China Mobile

  • Deutsche Telekom

  • ZTE

  • Intel

  • ARM

  • Altera

  • Qualcomm


Networking Break



Technology Enablers - Open Source and Standards

  • Open Networks, SDN & Virtualization in 5G workframe SDN, NFV, Open Source, Open Networking, ODL, ONAP, OPNFV, ONOS
  • CORD
  • Plugfests, Plugtests and interoperability testing efforts
  • What has changed for testing, compared to legacy network testing, with NFV
  • Methods and techniques for testing NFV
  • Opportunities presented by NFV, such as DevOps, CI/CD pipelines, etc.

Discussion Lead


‎Principal Enterprise Architect

Network Virtualisation and SDN/NFV Architect




  • AT&T

  • Orange

  • Telefonica

  • Verizon


  • Broadcom

  • Comcores ApS

  • Accedian Networks

  • Altran Vodafone

  • Cellwize Wireless

  • CommScope, Inc.

  • Fraunhofer FIT

  • IMEC


Networking Lunch



Technology Enablers - Analytics and Big Data

  • SDN/NFV , Micro services
  • Prospect of SDN & NFV deployment
  • Virtualized RAN functions
  • System Integration
  • vEPC
  • Virtualisation and containerisation usage
  • Technology trends in virtualization
  • Containers vs unikernals vs…..

Discussion Lead






Analytics / ML applied to Automation in Management & Orchestration


Head, Cognitive Network Management




Operation, Automation and the role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in 5G (Topic to be Confirmed)


Director, Wireless Data Analytics




  • SK Telecom

  • Telenor

  • InterDigital Communications

  • MECSware

  • Open Edge Computing Initiative

  • Qorvo


Networking Break



Technology Enablers - Products and Services

  • Achieving End-To-End Service Orchestration across Hybrid and Multiple Networks
  • Delivering Optimal Service through Automated On boarding
  • Next-Gen Service Assurance Enablement
  • Monetisation of SDN/NFV
  • Service Assurance
  • Rapid Service Deployment

Discussion Lead


‎Principal Enterprise Architect




The Network Slicing Puzzle, What Pieces Are Still Missing?


Founder & CTO



NFV is Missing Service Assurance


Technology Advisor, CTO Office



Testing NFV: Impacts and Methods. Testing Activities in NFV Standards and Open Source Communities


Lead Technologist, Product Management and ETSI Chair




  • Swisscom

  • Microsemi Corp.

  • Oracle Corporation

  • P3 Communications

  • Prisma Telecom Testing

  • Spirent Communications

  • Texas Instruments

  • Viavi Solutions

  • VMWare

  • Xilinx


Closing Panel



  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?
  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?
  3. Who are the attendees?
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  5. Hotel information?
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  8. Will business cards be collected?
  9. What is the dress code?
  10. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Monday, March 5, 2018

  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?

    Click on the link below for a short video guide regarding preparing for and improving your IWPC presentation:

    Video: IWPC Speaker Guidelines

  3. Who are the attendees?
    • We do not permit the Press.
    • We do not permit Analysts.
    • We do not permit Consultants.
    • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.
    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out-of-pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $999 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check. Make checks payable to IWPC.

  5. Hotel information?

    MacDonald Randolph Hotel
    Beaumont Street
    Oxford, UK OX1 2LN
    Phone: +44 344 879 9132
    Hotel Website

    The IWPC room block rate is £184/night. The deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, February 12, 2018. After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate. You can make your reservations by emailing [email protected] or call +44 0344 879 9210 and mention Room Block Code: IWIC 120318.

  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

    In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “recordings” of all presentations and panel sessions.

  8. Will business cards be collected?

    Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.

  9. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please!

  10. How will handout materials be provided?

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to be included in the online workshop folder in the IWPC Research Library. This should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

    For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

    You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

    These materials will be included on the IWPC website Research Library.

    Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


    • Go to
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