Open Networks, SDN & Virtualization towards Telco-Cloud

How will NFV impact 5G? Considering Network Slicing, Automation, Machine Learning, 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
  • Open Source and Standards
  • Operations and Automation
  • Analytics and Big Data
  • Products and Services

Keynote Presentation


Head of Network Virtualization



Networking Break



5G - Network and Radio Perspectives, Products and Services

  • Service drivers for 5G
  • State of 3GPP / 5G Core Standards
  • 5G NSA Deployments (Leverage Existing EPC) v/s Evolution to 5G Core (5GC)
  • Core Technology Deployment Roadmap for 5G (Options for Migration)
  • Addressing future demand through 5G (spectrum efficiency at the RAN level)
  • Addressing low latency and high performance requirements addressed by 5G
  • 5G and regulations

5G Case for Telco Automation

  • Why SDN and NFV play an important part in 5G rollout ?
  • 5G Case for adoption of SDN/NFV for Transport & DC networking
  • Universal CPE, 5G related Opportunities and challenges
  • Does 5G necessitates Practical orchestration and delegation of responsibility, a layered approach

Discussion Lead


Network Strategy Manager



5G Network Architecture, Design and Optimisation


Principal Network Architect



3GPP 5G Core Network Enablers for Virtualization and New Services


Manager, Network Research Group



Networking Lunch



5G Continued, Telco Cloud

  • Assessing current implementation & B/OSS/Management Platform Readiness status for Telco’s
  • Is 5G Platform itself the killer use case for Telco’s
  • Exposure of 5G Core network functions all the way to application layer – How to leverage 5G at core in new customer service propositions ?
  • Prospect of SDN & NFV deployment for Mobile Operators, how is it related to 5G ?
  • Role of Cloud Native Architecture & Micro services in Stack Readiness for 5G Rollout
  • Assuring 5G Services, can you guarantee SLA and ultra-low latency requirements for 5G propositions
  • Role & Important of Security in 5G & Telco Cloud
  • Dynamic Delivery of LTE / 5G enabled Services
  • Co-Creation and Ecosystem Play of 5G in a Telco Cloud Environment

Discussion Lead


Chief IT Systems Architect




Telco Cloud and Deployment Challenges


Head, 5G Architecture




Towards 5G and Converged Cloud for Network and IT


Research Scientist




Next Generation Platform as a Service 5G Cloud Native Solution


Research Manager Bell Labs



Networking Break



Multi-Access Edge Computing

  • Multi-Access Edge Computing: Status
  • Deployment architectures
  • Role of SDN and SD-WAN at the edge of the mobile network
  • MEC hardware and software infrastructure and its relationship to NFV and IT Cloud technologies
  • Automation of deployment and life-cycle management: a) for edge platforms and b) for edge applications
  • Hybrid clouds (public cloud + network edge clouds) and workload migration
  • Challenges related to scaling the number of deployed edge stacks and enabling flexible stack capabilities
  • Challenges with deploying telecom workloads in a distributed cloud
  • Challenges and solutions for VNF validation over SDN for the mobile edge
  • Edge cloud brokers (edge nodes available across different network operators)
  • The role of MEC services and their APIs
  • Edge computing and acceleration offload from devices, offload APIs
  • Resilience at the network edge, enabling service level agreements
  • MEC, device mobility and persistent service quality
  • MEC use cases and challenges in market adoption

Discussion Lead


Senior Manager, R&D




Juniper 5G Ready Network: SDN/NFV Driven Distributed Mobile Cloud Enabling Pervasive Security


Chief Architect




Open Approach to MEC and NFV-I


Chief Technologist NFV EMEA




Edge Computing for CommSP


Lead Architect, Telco






Networking Dinner - Balliol College (University of Oxford)

Depart Hotel at 18:30

March 15



Registration and Coffee



Technology Enablers - Open Source and Standards

  • Open Networks, SDN & Virtualization in 5G workframe SDN, NFV, Open Source, Open Networking, ODL, ONAP, OPNFV, ONOS, CORD, TOSCA
  • Linux Foundation Networking Group / TMF / ETSI / MEF
  • On boarding and standard interop between vendors and service providers
  • Plugfests, Plugtests and interoperability testing efforts
  • What has changed for testing, compared to legacy network testing, with NFV / Methods and techniques for testing NFV


Discussion Lead


‎Principal Enterprise Architect

Network Virtualisation and SDN/NFV Architect




Challenges with Deploying Telecom Workloads in the Cloud

NFV Architect




Cloud Native is the New Standard






How Agility and Open API’s Enable Interoperability Success


Director, Global Consulting



Networking Break



Technology Enablers - Operations and Automation

  • Zerotouch automation – what does it actually mean?
  • Automated VNF/Application lifecycle management (including on-boarding and acceptance testing) and how will operators consume vendors SW – (Implications of Agile, DevOps, CI/CD etc. for operators)
  • What is a service and why services exist at many hierarchical levels?
  • The role of Orchestration and use of Declarative Models to describe services and their service assurance expectations
  • What is the NG-OSS story?
  • Standardised APIs, Models, modeling languages

Discussion Lead


Technical Strategist and Architect




Boost 4G to 5G – Network Slicing, Transport Intelligence, and Distributed Cloud


Expert Cloud SDN




Leveraging Machine Learning for the Adaptive Network






NFV & 5G Testing - Overview


Lead Technologist, Product Management and ETSI Chair



Networking Lunch



Technology Enablers - Analytics, Machine Learning and Big Data

  • Relevance of Analytics in SDN NFV, Telco Cloud on the road to Virtualization
  • Can we leverage Machine Learning & AI in Virtualized world ?
  • Big Data, is it an Open Source or a Vendor play ?
  • What is the real difference between Real time, near real time and non-real time analytics and how does it matter ?
  • What is the best data assimilation / collection mechanism in a Virtual work ?
  • Will functions like assurance, testing etc…migrate from traditional specific vendors to analytics based algorithms ?
  • Are there any standards in Analytics, AI, Big Data, Machine Leaning ? Are they relevant ?
  • What is the Business Case for Analytics in Virtual World ? Why do we need it ? Can we justify it ?

Discussion Lead


Principal Enterprise Architect




Implementing Operational AI in Telco Environments






Machine Learning applied to Automation in 5G Management & Orchestration


Head, Cognitive Network Management, Bell Labs




AI for Future Network Operation and Design


Principal Engineer



Networking Break



Technology Enablers - Products and Services

  • Achieving End-To-End Service Orchestration across Hybrid and Multiple Networks
  • How would Service Fulfilment & Assurance evolve to an end to end Service Orchestration and management ecosystem?
  • Delivering Optimal Service through Automated On boarding, Service Design and Policy Management
  • Can a Lego brick / building block approach work in a Virtual World ? Federated v/s Pre-Integrated Stack, what is the desirable stack play ?
  • Should there be any impact on Billing and Charging in a Virtual world ?
  • Next-Gen Service Assurance Enablement, what does future hold for this
  • Monetisation of SDN/NFV, how do we make money ?
  • How do we achieve Rapid Service Deployment, Launch New Services in a Virtual World ?

Discussion Lead


‎Principal Enterprise Architect




Application-Aware Network Slicing - The Profitable Path to 5G


Founder & CTO




Network Virtualization is Missing Service Assurance


Technical Sales Engineer




Static Structures are the Enemy of Agility





Closing Discussion

19:00 Dinner (Dutch*)
* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.


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  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

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    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.

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  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.

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  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

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  10. How will handout materials be provided?

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