Implementing Open Radio Access Networks, Virtualization and Automation

Considering industry initiatives to open up the Radio Access Network (RAN), SDN and disaggregation – Exploring implementation of open interfaces and analytics to deliver new service opportunities - How do carriers manage disaggregated network elements?

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June 19-21, 2019


Hayes Mansion

San Jose, CA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


As the industry evolves towards 5G, the question of virtualization and opening up the mobile radio access network (RAN) is becoming a central theme. Industry leaders appear to be embracing the challenge and are beginning to set out a route forward for Open RAN, but there are many technical and commercial challenges to be addressed as well as fundamental cultural issues forged over many years.

Workshop Goals

  • Can the RAN leverage the same principles applied in cloud, SDN and white box networking and apply that to radio access?
  • Will service providers accept 2G, 3G and 4G RAN solutions based on a general-purpose vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology?
  • How can next-generation RAN deliver on new cost models, scale and operating models?
  • Understand the impact and how Open RAN will disrupt the market?
  • Explore how RAN components, subsystems and software sourced from multiple suppliers will be integrated
  • Assess the willingness on key industry stakeholders to move to open interfaces
  • Can programmable RAN solutions based on general purpose processing platforms (GPPP) and disaggregated software meet efficiency targets and operational demands?


June 19


7:00 PM

Evening Reception & Registration

At Hotel

June 20


7:00 AM


8:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 AM

Introduction and Keynote


Keynote Presentation




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP)

  • Assessing open radio/white box solutions
  • Understanding industry initiatives including ORAN, TIP and others
  • How will open standards impact small cells?

Exploring Whitebox 5G Initiatives


Product Management and Strategy



11:20 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • Views on ORAN and virtualization
  • Understanding use cases vs. XRAN profiles
  • What makes Open RAN successful?
  • What value do operators see in O-RAN?
  • Do carriers see the OEM landscape changing if and when O-RAN matures?
  • Understanding planned roll out of hybrid architecture - where does it make sense and where doesn't it make sense?

Innovative Network Initiatives


Principal Research Scientist



12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

OEM Perspectives

  • The meaning of 'open' in the context of RAN
  • Overview of O-RAN initiative
  • Proposed open interfaces and open source components of RAN
  • Control of BUs and CUs
  • 5G disaggregation and white box DU/RU
  • Exploring white box BBU readiness and maturity
  • How far along are major RAN vendors in terms of open radio access?
  • Validation of true openness of platforms
  • What is the current status of open RAN?
  • What is the road map towards completely open RAN?
  • What are the estimated cost savings?
  • How we can benefit for all the technologies, especially 5G?
  • Virtualized RAN in an open RAN environment
  • Exploring oRAN adoption and risks
  • Understanding the path to oRAN
  • Business models and commercial considerations
  • Assessing global vendor landscape
  • Understanding implementation challenges
  • Motivation behind RAN virtualization
  • High level deployment architecture of the 5G virtual RAN
  • How cloud platform latency plays a role in the technical feasibility and economics
  • The importance of having the right Day 1 and Day 2 cloud platform capabilities for succesful deployments

Building an Open RAN


Senior Manager, Product Line Management



Considering RRU Hardware and Interfaces




Radio Virtualization Enabling Densification


Solutions Architect




2:30 PM

Networking Break


3:00 PM

Carrier Perspectives, continued

  • Assessing the global O-RAN Alliance progress and direction
  • Understanding tier-1 operators position and route towards open networks

O-RAN: Virtualization, Automation and More


Chief Scientist


3:40 PM

System Perspectives

  • The meaning of 'open' in the context of RAN
  • Overview of O-RAN initiative
  • Proposed open interfaces and open source components of RAN

Opening up the RAN - Myth vs. Reality


End-to-End Solutions Architect




4:20 PM

End-of-Day Panel


6:00 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner at Orchestra Palm Court



June 21


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

Enabling Technologies, The Future of Next-Generation Networks:

  • Considering open frameworks for network disaggregation
  • Leveraging open components to accelerate innovation and reduce costs
  • Will current open source, multi-vendor lab trials of open frameworks make it to commercial deployment?
  • Understanding challenges associated with deploying open source solutions the role of systems integrators
  • Assess challenges of overcoming the "one-throat-to-choke" mindset that is pervasive in the wireless industry
  • Can leveraging open source hardware and software allow service providers to avoid vendor lock-in and reduce costs?
  • Interoperability challenges in a multi-vendor ecosystem
  • Understanding the potential for Industry 4.0 in the mobile network context
  • Exploring the rising roles and responsibilities of systems integrators to bring all of the components together and deliver turnkey open telecom solutions
  • Can transport enable cost-effective RAN centralized/virtualization
  • Industry convergence om ORAN for packet fronthaul Edge compute
  • Will virtualization of RAN (e.g. vBBU/vDU) lend itself to hosting other MEC applications in same locations (e.g. CRAN hubs)?
  • Open RAN
  • Virtualization and Automation
  • Assessment of timing and Integration effort involved
  • IPR and related topics
  • Open RAN, open backhaul

How open APIs, Open RAN Solutions, and CBRS, Combine to Enable Disaggregation and Virtualization at the Network Edge


Business Development Director - Mobility Engine



5G NR: How Intel Enables Standards - Based End-to-End VRAN Solutions


Strategic Wireless Business Developer



5G From the Bottom Up - A Silicon Perspective of the Evolving Mobile Networking Ecosystem


Technical Director




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:30 AM

Enabling Technologies, continued

  • ORAN and its implications
  • What's driving the 5G market? - New features, growing capacity demand, business case
  • Technical challenges
    • network perspective
    • silicon perspective
  • Why Ethernet?
  • What about programmability?
  • What to expect - features, timellines, etc.
  • How do composable architectures help realize the needs of 5G/Edge requirements?
  • Assessing framework and open source tools to build a composable architectures
  • Intersection of composable Infrastructure and SDN-R
  • The role of Cloud Native in support of network slicing, multi-cloud management and orchestration
  • Virtualization of 5G RAN utilizing ORAN Architecture
  • Use cases scenerios for ORAN RIC including SON, Slicing and the need for coordinated vRAN and 5G CORE interfaces

How Composable Infrastructure and SDN-R will support 5G Deployments


Director of Engineering


O-RAN Fronthaul (WG4)

Conformance and Interoperability Testing


Program Manager



Making Virtualized RAN a Reality


Principal Network Architect



12:30 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:30 PM

Closing Discussion



2:15 PM

Closing Remarks


2:30 PM




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    200 Edenbale Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95136
    Phone: +1 (408) 226-3200
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