Forging a Path to Autonomous 5G Networks

As networks evolve towards cloud architectures, virtualization and SDN, how do service providers deploy network automation and management ahead of 5G?

Assessing architectural strategies, Network slicing, SON and advances in highly automated systems

Hosted by:

Deutsche Telekom


June 14-16, 2016


NH Cologne Mediapark Hotel

Cologne, Germany



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


Virtualization offers service providers primary architectural benefits such as elasticity, nimbleness, and openness, however, these represent challenges in themselves, such that operators will need to dramatically increase automation and real-time control of both physical and virtual resources.

Can management, security, and visibility strategies also become flexible and adaptable enough to address hybrid environments which encompass both legacy and newly virtualized functions?

As networks evolve towards cloud architectures, virtualization and SDN, this workshop will consider how service providers can automate the network towards 5G, while minimizing complexity and reducing operational costs?

Workshop Goals

  • Assess core network architecture strategies
  • Review progress towards network slicing
  • Understand roadmaps and assessing learnings from SON deployments
  • Explore advances in highly automated management systems


June 14


PM Tour of Deutsche Telekom Labs


Tour of 5G Lab

1:00 pm registration at hotel

1:30 pm bus to depart



Evening reception

Registration at hotel

June 15







Welcome and Introductions




Host Keynote Opening Remarks and Presentation

  • What are the new challenges regarding Network & Service Management & Orchestration triggered by 5G (NFV, Slicing, MEC?
  • What are the impacts caused on a dramatic increase of devices (sensors, M2M, etc.)
  • What does is mean “Automation and Autonomous Network Management” from an operator point of view?
  • As networks evolve towards cloud architectures, virtualization and SDN, how do service providers automate the network towards 5G?
  • Assessing core network architecture strategies, network slicing, SON and advances in highly automated management systems
  • How do service providers replace their current network architecture, moving from purpose-built physical devices to a virtualized, software-controlled scenario?
  • What are the Drivers for NFV

Keynote Presentation


Senior Program Manager




Networking Break



Service Provider Perspectives

  • Considering a Unified Architecture for ETSI GANA (Autonomic Management & Control), SDN, NFV, E2E Orchestration & Specialized Big Data Analytics
  • Autonomic Networking, Cognitive Networking and Self-Management of Networks and Services
  • Unified Architecture for Autonomic Management & Control AMC, SDN, NFV, E2E Orchestration & Specialized Big Data Analytics
  • Harmonization Initiatives
  • Can Autonomic Management & Control, NFV, SDN, e2e Service Orchestration, SON and Data Analytics be combined in a unified architecture framework?
  • These paradigms have the same objective, so how can service providers avoid them being addressed in silos?
  • Real-world Scenarios
  • How can machine learning enable autonomous control?
  • Exploring changing the way services are offered - on-demand capacity and services
  • How can we support next generation (5G) and legacy networks?
  • What is the impact of combining legacy and future networks?
  • Assessing Virtualization trials, deployments and roadmaps
  • How will network providers offer SDN services?
  • What is the roadmap towards virtualization
  • 5G Applications/Network Slice(s) Creation

The Holistic View of Network Automation


Standards & Solution Architect


Senior Standardization Manager


EPC and beyond: 5G Core Network Perspectives


Manager, Network Research Group




Networking Lunch



Service Provider and Regulator Perspectives

  • 5G Slice creation and orchestration design principles
  • Status of the Standardization in the Autonomic Management & Control from ETSI perspective
  • Understanding automation and optimization paradigm challenges and trade-offs
  • What can we learn from Self-organizing networks; Data Analytics?
  • Operator perspectives on distribution of network virtualization and services.
    • Where would functions be located?
    • Distribution of EPC and associated ViLAN and services
    • SDN management of IoT
  • NFV deployment status in mobile operators networks
  • Assessing standardization of interfaces between operator OSS/BSS and the virtual infra structures
  • SDN Use Cases and Applications

Orchestration Vision for the Mobile Network and Open Source MANO (OSM)


Research Scientist



Multi-Service and Context-Aware Adaptation of Network Functions


Systems Engineer




OEM Vendor Perspectives

  • How do service providers ensure robustness, while reducing operating costs?
  • Exploring novel approaches to SDN (cross-vendor)
  • Assessing real time capabilities for SDN
  • Extending SDN to wider range (ie network and RAN resources rather than IP connectivity alone)
  • Evolution steps in 4G networks that lead the way towards what 5G will become
  • Assessing views on architecture evolution towards 5G
  • Network performance, Management and Fault Management for service provider networks
  • How can the IT world experience and practice be leveraged?

The 5G-ready Core – NFV and SDN as Key Enablers for IoT and Network Slicing


Expert Cloud SDN




Networking Break


OEM Vendor Perspectives, continued

  • Assessing business cases and plans to determine what to virtualize and when
  • NFV Risks and Challenges
  • Architectural/Implementation Challenges
  • How big is the change that is coming?
    • Incremental or large step changes?
  • Architectural strategies for automation and analytics
    • Observability and trust aspects of automated functionality
    • Optimisation aspects of automation, e.g. how to automatically tune system towards specific operating points; how to express target, handle policies, conflicting policies etc.
    • Tools and methods for automation
  • What are the new challenges / requirements for SON given the cloud, virtualization and network slicing?
  • Requirements from a (partially) virtualized 5G network infrastructure to RAN & Core Self-Management
  • Network Slicing Management / addressing verticals Analytics enablers (machine learning, knowledge management) to raise the level of "network intelligence"
  • Tradeoff between high level of automation and operator staying in control; trust in the automated management system

Cognitive Network Management - Automation for Multi-Tenant 5G Mobile Networks


Head, Cognitive Network Management





Pioneering the Road to 5G


Principal Architect/CTO Group







End of Day Panel

Host and invited Service Providers




Adjourn for Day



Networking Dinner  (OSMAN 30)


June 16



Carrier/Vendor Perspectives, continued

Where does Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) fit in this paradigm?


Director Open Edge Computing Initiative



OEM Vendor Perspectives (continued)

  • How can a virtualized solution deliver the performance, resiliency, security, elasticity, and quality of experience (QoE) needed to satisfy customers?
  • Assessing blurred boundaries, virtualized architectures
  • What is the bigger picture for machine learning and complex distributed small cell infrastructure?
  • Exploring SON and automated provisioning in 5G
  • What is the current status of trials and deployment?
  • Standardization status
  • Real time Customer experience driven orchestration Trusted automation of network actions
  • Automated management systems
  • Considering modes of network allocation per customer (private or enterprise) - how can tools help management, status and provisioning?
  • Exploring SLAs for next generation and 5G networks?
  • Automation of the E2E Service Assurance in a virtualized network

5G and the Next Gen Core


Consulting Engineer



Machine Learning Enabled SON (Self Organizing Network)


Senior Solution Design Architect





Networking Break


Vendor Perspectives

Delivering Flawless Connections on Mobile Networks


Founder & CTO


Real World Deployments and Learnings

SDN/NFV Deployment in Smart Environments


Professor High Performance Networks


Networking Lunch



Technology Enablers

  • MANO models for the NFV / visualization
  • Learnings from SON - what can we do better towards 5G
  • Is C-RAN (Centralized RAN) architecture a pre-requisite for 5G and new network architectures?
  • Validating real performance in a Virtual World
  • Automation towards 5G
  • C-Ran perspectives and potential impact on network architectures and infrastructures
  • Automated probes - assessing non-built in solutions
  • Hybrid challenges - service or network orchestration
  • Emulation and testing requirements for hybrid systems
  • How is RAN virtualisation and EPC automation progressing for SON and SDN?
  • Is there a conflict between C-RAN and edge computing? How can this be resolved
  • Future SON Development for evolving networks
  • Where is the community heading regarding testing - end to end service testing for users?
  • Use and management of hardware acceleration (HWA) resources to meet high performance applications requirements in a unified manner
    • Video transcending
    • Security and modem
  • Crowd sourcing KPIs using data from smartphones
  • flexible Identity Management for network core
  • Core network evolvement from existing 4G to 5G networks.
  • How can the industry Incrementally Leverage SDN and NVF for core network infrastructure?

Automation of the Service Assurance: Agile NFV/SDN Assurance

Wireless Advisor



Creating self assured network slices and services as a matter of policy – the role of automation in service operations





Hardware Acceleration role and management in the virtualization of high performance network functions


Chief Marketing Officer




Networking Break


Technology Enablers, continued


Wireless Backhaul for Mobile Edge Computing


Research Scientist


Closing Panel

Host and invited Service Providers, OEMs and Technology Enablers



Meeting Adjourn



Dutch Dinner



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