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Next Edition 9/10/11 April 2024
24th Edition 18/20 April 2023


  • Registration and welcome coffee from 08.00
  • Exhibition open from 09.00 to 19.00
  • Lunch: 12.20


Amir Zmora, CEO & Co-founder, flexiWAN

Amir Zmora is CEO & Co-founder of flexiWAN, the world’s first Open Source SD-WAN & SASE.  Before starting flexiWAN, Amir was CEO & Co-founder of SwitchRTC, a Real-time, interactive WebRTC based video CDN and B2B/B2C collaboration solution acquired by YouNow. Among his previous positions, Amir was VP Products & Marketing for the Technology Business Unit of RADVISION, an Avaya company.

IPv6 Enhanced Innovations and Practices
Introducing the technical principles of a serial of IPv6 enhanced innovations including SRv6, SRv6 compression, MSR6 (Multicast Source Routing over IPv6), network slicing, IFIT(In-situ Flow Information Telemetry), APN (Application-aware Networking).

Zhenbin Li, Chief IP Standard Representative, Huawei Technologies

Zhenbin Li is in charge of the research and standard promotion work of IP protocols. Before that he had been the Chief IP/MPLS Service Architect and the Chief Architect of SDN controller to be responsible for the service and architecture design of IP software platform and SDN controller.  Zhenbin Li and his team are taking an active part in the IP/MPLS/SDN standardization work in IETF and promote the innovation of SR, BGP/VPN, PCE, SBI/NBI, Telemetry, etc.

Update on SRv6 for NG EVPN Data Center Design and uSID Readiness Talking about an EVPN data center using Segment Routing over IPv6 data plane (SRv6) and how it can be used to provide differential traffic treatment within the data center. Discussing different options to interconnect EVPN data centers that are running over SRv6 and micro-SID readiness.

Peter Chung, Product Manager, Juniper Networks

Wen Lin, Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks

Wen Lin is a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks. She has decades of experience in routing protocols and network design. She has co-authored and contributed to many IETF RFCs and internet drafts in the EVPN area.

SLA-based Service Assurance for SRv6 and SR-MPLS Architectures
Segment Routing (SR) for 5G enables operators to offer service delivery with strict SLA guarantees in a scalable manner. Exploring real-world examples of SR Traffic Engineering, SR policy, and SR Flex-Algo. Discussing centralized and distributed network architectures.

Jahanzeb Baqai, Director, Product Line Management, Ciena
SRv6 Compression Technology and Standard Progress Update
Introducing the latest progress of SRv6 compression in IETF and the latest progress of interop test and deployment. The key message is that the industry has reached a consensus and operators have been deploying SRv6 compression in a rapid speed.

Cheng Li,
Senior IP Standard Representative, Huawei Technologies

He is responsible for SRv6, CUPS, CAN related standards, author of books "SRv6 Network Programming: Ushering in an new era of IP" and "Reconstructing the Network: SDN Architecture and Implementation".

Flexible Link Resource Slicing in MPLS or SRv6 Networks
Discussing implementation of data plane slicing in MPLS or SRv6 networks based on enhancements to classical hierarchical QoS model. Each slice gets a set of dedicated QoS queues on the link, without requirement to divide the link to sub-interfaces. Solution provides full flexibility allowing arbitrary slice sizes (from kbps to Gbps), as well as options to reuse idle slice capacity by other slices.

Krzysztof Szarkowicz,
Technical Marketing Engineer, Juniper Networks

Krzysztof Grzegorz Szarkowicz is a Solution Architect at Juniper Networks, concentrating on mobile transport solutions, and has been working with the networking industry 20+ years,delivering projects at many operators world-wide.  Before joining Juniper Networks in 2007, he worked with Hewlett Packard Labs, Telia Research, Ericsson, and Cisco. During that time he gained valuable hands-on experience at various aspects of networking, culminating in gaining CCIE-SP and JNCIE-SP certifications.   He is co-author of the O’Reilly book “MPLS in the SDN Era", by Antonio Sánchez-Monge and Krzysztof Grzegorz Szarkowicz, as well as “Day One: Configuring Segment Routing with Junos” by Julian Lucek and Krzysztof Grzegorz Szarkowicz. At present, he is active contributing member of O-RAN WG9 (Open X-haul Transport) co-authoring WG9's architectural documents.

Coffee/Exhibition/Interop Showcase/Networking

Reviewing the IETF status and the latest deployments.

Clarence Filsfils,
Cisco Fellow

Clarence Filsfils, a Cisco Systems Fellow, has a 20-year expertise leading innovation, productization, marketing and deployment for Cisco Systems. Trusted and respected by key decision makers across major WEB/OTT, SP’s and large Enterprises, Clarence enjoys working with these operators to listen to their needs and requirements, and then get things done from product design to deployment.  He invented the Segment Routing Technology (over 40 patents) and is leading its productization, marketing and deployment at record execution speed. For this contribution, he received the Pioneer Award - Cisco's most prestigious award honoring innovative engineering. The award celebrates engineering contribution that brings growth in new markets, redefines current markets, and provides game-changing improvements to engineering productivity. Previously, Clarence invented and led the Fast Routing Convergence Technology (over 30 patents) and was the lead designer for Cisco System’s QoS (20 patents) and large-scale IP/MPLS deployments.   Clarence is a regular speaker at leading industry conferences. He holds over 130 patents and is a prolific writer, either in academic circle (Sigcomm 2015), or standard (8 RFC’s, 20 drafts on standard’s track) or books. Clarence holds a Masters in Management from Solvay Business School and a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Liege.

Colt: Building an Hyper-scale PCE
New requirements, HS-PCE technology, use case experience.

Bart Janssens,
Senior Specialist Packet Architecture, Colt

Bart Janssens is a Senior Specialist Packet Network Architect for Colt Technology Services. During his 22 years career at Colt Bart has always been part of engineering defining and building various network generations following closely the latest industry innovations including driving early proof of concepts.   Bart is also working on various next generation performance, fault and orchestration OSS platforms supporting Colt’s Digital Infrastructure rapid evolutions.

Bell Canada: Implementing Services in the Cloud (Google, AWS)

Daniel Bernier, Technical Director, Bell Canada

Daniel is a Technical Director at Bell Canada involved in research and development of disruptive technologies transforming the Telco space and Bell Canada’s network and services.  He is currently working on the edge cloud strategy and cloud-native transformation leveraging optimized CP/UP separation and advances in network and hardware programming. He is involved in various open source community projects such as, Network Service Mesh and He is also a participating member at the IETF and BBF, co-authoring and collaborating on various drafts for SPRING based service-programming and SFC.

Softbank: MUP Use-case
Discussing the actual PoC and understanding how to resolve the problem at scale.

Satoru Matsushita, Technical Meister, Softbank
Interoperability Initiative
Reporting the SRv6 interop currently conducted.

Jahanzeb Baqai, Director, Product Line Management, Ciena

Daniel Voyer, Technical Director, Bell Canada

Dan Voyer leverages 25 years in the telecommunication industry. He is currently technical director and lead architect for networking and data center at Bell Canada.

Rakuten: Using SRv6 Traffic Accounting
Covering the development of the industry prototype on Demand Matrix (DM) using the SRv6 traffic accounting feature.

Amit Dhamija, Principal Architect, Rakuten

Amit Dhamija currently working as a Principal architect in the Strategy, Architecture, and Engineering team at Rakuten Mobile Inc. In his current role, Amit is responsible for defining the strategy for leading-edge, business-critical solutions for major, enterprise-wide solutions across Rakuten.   Before joining Rakuten, Amit worked as Solutions Architect at Cisco. He has been in the telecommunications/networking industry for 20 years. He also co-authored many IETF drafts in the SPRING and TEAS working groups.

Verizon: SRv6 DC Use Case Study
Presenting a DC uSID design use case, a new state of the art innovation.

Gyan Mishra, IT Technologist & Innovations Specialist, Verizon

Gyan Mishra is Lead Core & DC architect, R&D on NG Core & DC innovations & technological advancements for Verizon.   IT Technologist & Innovations specialist with over three decades of experience in Business Development in Network Engineering & Design with a focus on R&D innovations in protocol design & solutions patents for Global Enterprise & Service Provider networks that will transform the marketplace.   Over three decades of business development, business analysis, trending, forecasting of Next Generation emerging technologies and industry direction, planning, procurement, budgeting, accounting and financial strategies, ROI, Business Modeling & EBITA.   Leader and innovator in emerging network engineering technologies such as Segment Routing, SR-MPLS, SRv6 and 5G development and integration of IETF Network Slicing architecture into the mobile core using Segment Routing and Flex Algo to provide 3GPP UPF Cloud RAN network slicing capabilities.   Active Member of the 52 IETF Working Groups, 70 Active drafts, 3 patent filed, 30 patents in progress, 74 IETF presentations given to a worldwide audience of developers.

Lunch/Exhibition/Interop Showcase/Networking


IP Network Security in the Post Pandemic Era
A fundamental shift in how we view IP networks security is required. DDoS defence and network encryption must become universal, line-rate capabilities that are designed into, and delivered by, the IP transport itself – just like packet forwarding is today.

Hooman Bidgoli, Product Line Manager, Nokia

Hooman Bidgoli is a Product Line Manager in Nokia’s IP Networks. Hooman has over 23 years of experience in IP/MPLS protocols and network design.  In addition he has over 10 years of network security experience including transport encryption. He is an active member of IETF.

Source Address Validation Architecture for Intra & Inter-Domain Network
Source address validation architecture for Intra & Inter-domain network (SAVNET) aims to address spoofing challenges. By collaboration between network elements, SAVNET generates accurate accessing interface information for specific source prefixes, for all traffic direction, not only outbound, but also inbound.

Mingqing Huang, Vice Chief Technical Expert of Internet Security, Huawei

Mingqing Huang is the vice chief technical expert of Internet security at Huawei Datacom. He has 25+ years experience in Datacom R&D and Network Solution design.  He was the initial team member of Huawei core router development team, software manager, R&D representative, system architect. Before leading Internet Security research in 2019, he was the director of solution design department.

Zero -Trust Device Security
Highlighting the secure ZTP solution for secure ‘Zero-day’ configuration and then establishing chain of trust with Juniper’s latest IETF contribution to ‘remote device’ attestation solution. Providing a complete end-to-end device security solution with filesystem encryption, OpenSSH and IMA solutions.

Alok Pandey, Sr. Product Manager, Juniper Networks

Alok Pandey is an accomplished Product Manager with over 8 years of experience in Cloud/Infrastructure security & Open Network Management solutions.  During his stint as a product manager with Juniper, Cisco & Intel, he has envisioned several products solving real-world problems and ultimately gaining industry-wide acceptance.

DDoS Protection at the Network Edge
The rapid expansion of 5G has led to a diverse threat surface threatening the availability of low latency outcomes. One of the newer threats is the attack from rogue IoT and mobile devices. Describing a specific 5G mobility use case for GTP flows and showing how it can be extended for other DDoS deployment use cases.

Rakesh Kandula, Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Rakesh Kandula is a Technical Marketing Engineer in Cisco’s Mass Scale Infrastructure Group (MIG), where he handles security for products primarily deployed in service provider networks.  Rakesh received his Master’s Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi). He has been with Cisco for 15+ years in various roles. His current focus areas are Trustworthy Systems, Platform Security Chips, Secure Boot, DDoS Solutions and other security features relevant to routing platforms.  Outside his work, Rakesh is an avid runner who loves running marathons and trail ultras.

Edge-Embedded Threat Prevention
How CSPs can enhance their value-add security services with real time access control functionality built into their network edge.

Eyal Aloni, Head of Line of Businesses, RAD

Eyal Aloni is the Head of Line of Business at RAD. In this position he is responsible for all worldwide business development and RAD’s products and solutions. He has been serving in this role since 2017 and prior to that, Eyal headed the RADcloud line of business for two years.   Before his time at RAD, Eyal spent two years heading the Service Provider vertical market at ECI, and prior to that he was the head of business development and product management for several telecom companies.   Eyal holds a BSc. in Electronics and an MBA, both from Tel Aviv University. He has more than twenty years of experience.

Software Defined Internet Services
Introducing concepts around SD-Internet and showing how it expands the use of SD-WAN to create a new set of secured and intelligent business Internet services.

Sherif Awad, Chief Solutions Architect, Nuage Networks from Nokia

Sherif Awad is currently the Chief Solution/Product Architect at Nuage Networks for the Service Edge solution. He has over 20 years of experience in SDN, SD-WAN, cloud, security, automation/orchestration, and IP/MPLS architecture, design, development, deployment, training, and consultancy.   Sherif has played a key role in leading successful customer POCs, trials and production deployments/service launches in both the service provider and enterprise segments globally and is a regular speaker at industry events. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science Honors CO-OP) degree from the University of Ottawa and has received certifications in Service Routing Architect and Virtuoso (SDN/SD-WAN Architect), Nokia’s highest-level certification.

Coffee/Exhibition/Interop Showcase/Networking

Who Should Secure the Enterprise Network and How?
Discussing the options for delivering security services & products and the pros & cons of each.
Amir Zmora, CEO & Co-founder, flexiWAN

Amir Zmora is CEO & Co-founder of flexiWAN, the world’s first Open Source SD-WAN & SASE.  Before starting flexiWAN, Amir was CEO & Co-founder of SwitchRTC, a Real-time, interactive WebRTC based video CDN and B2B/B2C collaboration solution acquired by YouNow. Among his previous positions, Amir was VP Products & Marketing for the Technology Business Unit of RADVISION, an Avaya company.

Javier Benitez, Senior Network Architect, Colt Technology Services

Telecommunications Engineer with twenty years of experience in service provider networking architecture, design and implementation in the areas of SDN/NFV, IP/MPLS (Internet, MPLS VPN & Data Center), Carrier Ethernet and Optical Transport.  Since 2012, actively working on SDN and NFV representing Colt at both ONF (Open Networking Foundation) and ETSI ISG NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation), as well as part of Colt's On Demand team developing the SDN and NFV strategy for Colt.

Nishant Jangale, Rakuten

A technocrat with 15 years of experience in Network Architecture, Design and Administration. Having secured CCIE in Enterprise Infrastructure, my key expertise is into the SP Technologies and Transport.  I have previously worked with Juniper, Cisco, Vodafone, IBM, HCL serving different roles in the networking industry.

Thierry Guenoun, Business Development,

Eli Karpilovski, Founder, CEO, InsidePacket

Eli is a seasoned tech executive and entrepreneur. Prior to founding InsidePacket, he led operations, product, strategy, and innovation at various global organizations.   He gained his experience working with big-tech market leaders, hyperscaler companies, and small startups.   Having built cloud infrastructure technologies at scale, and understanding the business of cloud service offerings, Eli followed his inspiration to help infrastructure and service providers reach "the new game" and founded InsidePacket.

Going Beyond Broadband – Extending the Service Edge
Evolving Service Edge networks with new disruptive networking technologies, including virtualization and disaggregation of PON and BNG, to sustainably deliver affordable and ubiquitous broadband.

Jan Straznicky,
Senior Director, Product Line Management, Ciena
True Network As a Service for the Edge to Everywhere
SDN, MPLS and even the introduction of AI are building blocks in the current communications services industry. But “services'' also need new accounting/BSS capabilities that match the capabilities of both instantly programmable infrastructure and on-demand consumption models.
Sharing a vision for NaaS going beyond L1, L2 and L3 connectivity. Integrating storage services into our fabric and taking a first step toward our object routing data fabric vision.

Dave Ward,
CEO, PacketFabric

Dave Ward is CEO of PacketFabric. Prior to joining PacketFabric, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Engineering, Chief Architect, and SVP at Cisco’s Networking and Security Business where he drove innovation for the company’s entire platform, product and solution portfolio.   He led Cisco’s core innovation programs, unifying and advancing strategic co-innovation partnerships and programs with internal and external customers, partners, developers, academia, standards and open-source groups.   He also led the portfolio trajectory by creating new offerings and technologies inside and outside Cisco’s traditional product portfolio. His engineering teams built numerous hardware and software products as well as industry solutions, including automation, orchestration, workflow engineering, 5G cloud networking, and IoT-based solutions for smart cities, retail, transportation, healthcare, media and entertainment. He also led architectural governance, technology strategy and development, patent strategy and university research for the company.   During his tenure at Cisco, he held the prestigious title of Cisco Fellow. He has served on the Boards of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, Advanced Imaging Society, Linux Foundation, Linux Foundation Networking, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector, Governmental Advisory boards and Open Networking Foundation. He is a tireless advocate for the environment and conservation. He has been in several documentaries.

Edge Cloud: The New Frontier for Low Latency Services
Describing an Edge Cloud architecture (both public and private), integrated into a Service provider’s IP/MPLS network, thus offering a pathway for designing the network to meet Low Latency and edge processing requirements.

Co-authors: Michael Marshall, Principal Architect, Cisco & Syed Hassan, Principal Telco Architect, Red Hat

Kashif Islam,
Principal Telco Architect, Red Hat

Kashif Islam is a Principal Telecommunication Architect in Red Hat’s consulting organization and help service providers transform their existing mobile infrastructure into next-generation cloud-native 5G networks   Kashif is a 20+ year veteran in the IT industry and has architected several complex, large-scale networks for some of the biggest wireline and mobile service providers across the world. He is also an O-RAN alliance contributor and co-authored O-RAN xHaul Packet Switched Architectures and Solutions specification. Kashif has also co-authored a book titled "A Network Architect's Guide to 5G”, which is the first book to cover mobile core, RAN, and transport technology fundamentals and network design details.   Kashif is Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) and a double CCIE (#14300) in Data Centers and Routing/Switching Technologies. He holds a Bachelor degree from Sir Syed University (Pakistan), as well as a Master of Engineering in Internetworking degree from Dalhousie University, Canada.

Syed Hassan,
Principal Telco Architect, Red Hat

Syed F. Hassan is a Principal Telecommunications Architect at Red Hat, providing consultancy services to 5G service providers globally. In his 20+ year of experience, he has provided guidance, strategy, and planning support to various Internet, Cloud, and Mobile service providers in their adoption of innovative networking technologies and transformation of their networks to new architectures.   Syed has co-authored multiple books on leading technologies. He is the co-author of the first book on NFV and SDN, as well as the first book for 5G Network Architects ("A Network Architect's Guide to 5G"). He has been a regular speaker in public forums and conferences. Syed is a double CCIE in Service Provider and Data Center technologies (#21617), Google Certified Professional Cloud Networking Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), and a Red Hat Certified Specialist in Containers, Kubernetes and OpenShift Administration. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from NED University (Pakistan) and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Florida.

Greening the Colors: The Path to Open and Efficient Optical Transport Networks
Explaining the advantages of a flexible optical layer and describing how adding best-of-breed amplification and ROADM technologies can give your open network a clear path to green operation.

Prayson Pate, SVP Solutions Marketing and CTO Edge Cloud, Adtran

Prayson has worked at Siecor FiberLAN, Bell Northern Research (BNR) and Larscom. He then became a co-founder at Overture Networks, which was acquired by ADVA, which is now part of Adtran.   Prayson is a named inventor on nine patents. He has degrees from Duke University and North Carolina State University.

End of Conference Day Two - Track 1


Morning Chairman
Carsten Rossenhoevel,
Managing Director, EANTC

Carsten Rossenhövel is Managing Director and Co-Founder of EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center). Based in Berlin, Germany, EANTC is an independent test lab for telecommunication technologies offering vendor-neutral network testing and consultancy services for vendors, service providers, and enterprises.   In this role, Carsten has over 20 years of experience in telecommunication networks testing and is responsible for EANTC's business development. His technical areas of expertise include validation of 5G, Open RAN, and transport technologies.

Efficient and Resilient Synchronization Delivery Options for 5G Networks and Beyond
Exploring the FTS, PTS and APTS timing profiles and describing the applicability, use cases and network design considerations and tradeoffs of each. Test results are presented showing that the ITU-T-specified network limits for time synchronization in packet networks can be met across multi-hop networks and with co-existing traffic loads.

Paul Meyers, Product Line Manager, Nokia

Paul Meyers is Senior Product Manager within Nokia's (and previously Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent's) IP Division since 2005, focussing the last years on Mobile Anyhaul and 5G.   Before joining this team, he was active within Alcatel for several years (starting from 1994) as Supply Chain project engineer looking into advanced planning systems and reverse logistics and from 2000 on as Marketing Manager and Business Consultant for data products (ATM & IP).  Paul holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louvain (KUL) and a Masters degree in Economics.

Enabling 5G transport with Flex Ethernet
MPLS plus FlexE performing better than pure MPLS in terms SLA has important implications. Covering the latest in OIF Physical and link layer working group (protocol) and ITU-T SG15 Q11 (G.fgMTN). From this presentation, the audience can get an overview of the best current practices about using FlexE in advanced network scenarios.

Rixin Li, Senior Research Engineer, Huawei Technologies

He is an expert on Deterministic Network with Huawei's Data Communication in China. He is also responsible for mobile backhaul networking innovation and standards work and involved in strategic standards development.   He has over 10 years of experience on optical network and protocol design, starting from IEEE 802.3 Ethernet 100GE, FlexE, MTN etc. Currently he focuses on mobile backhaul network innovation and standardization.  He received his Ph.D degree of Optical communication from Politecnico Di Torino.

Rearchitecting the Fixed Broadband Service edge for Universal Access
Discussing a framework to achieve control and user-plane separation (aka CUPS) on BNG leveraging current 3GPP standards for CUPS in Evolved Packet Core gateways and the 5G standalone core, and thus providing a path to deliver a unified fixed broadband experience across wireline and wireless access.

Suresh Leroy, Product Manager IP networks, Nokia

Suresh Leroy is the EMEA Regional Product Line Manager for BNG and the residential services within Nokia’s IP and Optical Networks Division. He joined Alcatel in 1998 as mobile research engineer and has now almost 20 years of experience in telecommunications.   He joined Nokia IP division in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and Master degree in software engineering at Brussels university. Suresh is based in Antwerp, Belgium.

Synchronizing 5G Mobile Networks
Covering “Timing and Synchronization” requirements to address various 5G RAN use cases. Discussing timing and synchronisation performance requirements and how it impacts 5G services and spectrum efficiency.

Shahid Ajmeri, Sr. Product Manager, Cisco

Shahid Ajmeri is a senior product manager at Cisco with responsibility for leading its 5G transport and telco cloud architecture strategy. He has more than 20 years of experience in the service provider industry, focusing on various technologies ranging from 3G/4G to 5G mobile networks, Edge Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, service provider security, time synchronization, and end-to-end network design.   Shahid has been instrumental in driving network transformation projects and architecting next-generation networks for customers across the globe. He drives Cisco’s next generation technology vision to standardize solutions in standards organizations like ORAN Alliance, ITU-T, and IEEE. He currently works across disciplines, bringing together engineering, standards development organizations, and customers to develop and translate product requirements from industry and standard-setting bodies to the market.  Shahid is a co-author of the book, ”Synchronizing 5G Mobile Networks," and is a frequent speaker at high-profile industry events.

Coffee/Exhibition/Interop Showcase/Networking
Practice on 5G Backhaul based on SR-MPLS
China Mobile and ZTE has built large-scale 5G backhaul network based on SR-MPLS, which satisfies the differentiated OoS brought to transport network by 5G backhaul and simplifies O&M with the new technologies of SR-TP, Inband OAM and MTN.

Liu Aihua, Senior System Architect, ZTE

Mr. Liu Aihua, graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University with a Master Degree, is currently the Senior System Architect of Wired Products in ZTE Corporation. He has long been engaged in wired network architecture, key technology research and standardization work.  He focuses on the research on wired network architecture evolution, mobile backhaul networks, and 5G bearer technologies.

New use-cases for Cloud RAN in Mobile
Describing the new requirements placed upon the Ethernet transport network by low-latency inter-DU coordination communications, and dynamic load-balancing of radios across virtualised DU clouds, and discussing how both of these can be met efficiently using technologies such as L2 and L3 EVPN.

Robert Friskney, Mobile Solution Architecture, Product Line Manager, Ciena

Robert Friskney is part of Ciena’s global solution architecture team, working on 4G/5G mobile, with a particular focus on network slicing.   Robert joined Ciena via the Nortel MEN acquisition in 2009. From graduation, he started working in fixed line copper access technologies, SIP VoIP and MPLS before changing to photonic networking for his academic research work. Going back into IP/Ethernet to co-invent PBB-TE (802.1Qay), he then drove the network management solution for this technology and eventually all IP/Ethernet. He shifted to a broader architecture role shaping Ciena’s IP/Optical convergence before handing that off to production, and moved to his current pursuit of mobile networking.   Robert holds twenty four patents, an MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Telecommunications and EngD in Electronic Engineering, both from the University of London, UK.

Open RAN Critical Measurement Parameters
Discussing 5G Xhaul architecture and its requirements. The importance of end-to-end segment routing to simplify 5G Xhaul transport architecture, and use of SRv6 microSID programmability. Sharing some of critical measurement parameters of an ORAN implementation based on above.

Avik Bhattacharya, Sr. Product Manager, Network Infrastructure Test, Keysight

Avik Bhattacharya is a Sr. Product Manager in Keysight for the network infrastructure test solution. Since 2007, he has worked oncutting-edge networking technologies including routing, switching, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), software-defined networking (SDN), and time-sensitive networking (TSN). During this time, his roles include R&D engineer, engineering management, and now product management.  He has experience of working with the networking needs of Telecom, Automotive, Industrial and Cloud data centres.  He holds several patents to his name on validation methodologies and is a frequent presenter in technical forums and industry events. Avik holds a B.Tech degree in computer science and completed his MBA in international business.

Shahid Ajmeri, Sr. Product Manager, Cisco
5G Hybrid Cloud Journey of CSP
DISH is the 1st O-RAN-based Greenfield network in the US, a cloud-native service provider focused on container-based applications and mobility network functions in AWS. Covering the use cases driving the need for telco public cloud, telco workload requirements and cloud challenges.

Ash Khamas, Principal Architect, Dish Wireless

Waris Sagheer, Service Provider CTO, Cisco

Waris Sagheer serves as Chief Technology Officer of Cisco’s Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group where he leads product and solution development & deployment within the Systems Service Provider's business unit.  A 20+ year veteran of the service provider arena, Waris brings extensive experience in both Service Provider architecture and related technologies. His diverse background in product management, services, and engineering has been instrumental in driving technologies and innovation across Cisco’s Service Provider portfolio and solutions.   Waris is a frequent speaker at industry networking forums and has authored/co-authored numerous articles and case studies.

IPv6 Network Slicing
Introducing the overall architecture of IPv6 network slicing, and the key technologies and extensions in resource partitioning, data packet encapsulation, control plane protocols and the managment interfaces and data models. Providing the experiences on IPv6 network slice deployment, and the latest progress in standards.

Dong Jie, Senior IP Standards Representative, Huawei Technologies

He has 16+ years' experience in network design, research and standards. His specialty is in Routing, MPLS/VPN, SDN and Segment Routing, etc.  He is now the secretary of IETF IDR working group. He has 12 published RFCs and many in-progress IETF drafts. He also has 80+ patents in packet networking.   His recent focus is BGP, IPv6/SRv6, MPLS and mobile transport related innovation and standards.

Optimal Baseband-to-service-to-transport Mapping for a Target Slice SLA
For slicing, a key question is how to map a slice from radios to service to transport to maintain a given target SLA. Describing options for radio-to-service mapping, and service-to-transport comparing Flex Algo, SR policy and FlexE – differentiators (including protection) and limitations.

Robert Friskney, Mobile Solution Architecture, Product Line Manager, Ciena

Robert Friskney is part of Ciena’s global solution architecture team, working on 4G/5G mobile, with a particular focus on network slicing.   Robert joined Ciena via the Nortel MEN acquisition in 2009. From graduation, he started working in fixed line copper access technologies, SIP VoIP and MPLS before changing to photonic networking for his academic research work. Going back into IP/Ethernet to co-invent PBB-TE (802.1Qay), he then drove the network management solution for this technology and eventually all IP/Ethernet. He shifted to a broader architecture role shaping Ciena’s IP/Optical convergence before handing that off to production, and moved to his current pursuit of mobile networking.   Robert holds twenty four patents, an MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Telecommunications and EngD in Electronic Engineering, both from the University of London, UK.

Lunch/Exhibition/Interop Showcase/Networking


Afternoon Chairman

Jean-Marc Uzé,
VP Sales Engineering, Augtera Networks
How AI-powered Algorithms Can Help in Network Field Operations?
  • Field activities within network operations
  • Introducing automatic dispatcher for schedule optimization
  • Continuous Schedule Optimization (CSO) based on AI-powered algorithms to find optimal solution of assigning tasks to technicians

Valentín Mejías Ferri, Business Solution Manager, Comarch

A highly-qualified professional with more than eight years of experience in diverse fields and positions. Driven by a solid technical background with strong analytical capabilities, as well as prominent commercial and management skills. As Business Solution Manager at Comarch, the most important thing for Valentin is ethical behavior which demonstrates motivation and respect towards others.  Experienced in identifying and managing customer needs in the telecommunications area for OSS solutions, he participates actively in RFI/RFP processes and contract negotiations.

Evolution of B/W Management in Modern TE Networks
Although, MPLS Automatic Bandwidth has evolved over the years, it can be limited in its capabilities in part due to its reactive nature. Presenting a light weight, modular Machine Learning (ML) Driven Bandwidth Forecasting Framework that can proactively forecast bandwidth values based on historical patterns in the data.

Colby Barth, Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks

Colby Barth is a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks for the past 13 years, working in the JunOS Routing Protocols group. Colby has over 20 years of experience designing, building, and operating IP/MPLS networks.

What is the Actual Role of AI/ML in Different Stages of SDN Evolution?
Focusing on the role of AI (in particular different ML - Machine Learning - techniques) in the evolution of SDN and its impact in all its development stages. Showing how the combination of SDN and AI paves the road to move towards realizing the dream of achieving self-driving networks.

Ali Tizghadam, Technology Fellow, Telus Communications Inc

As a TELUS Fellow and the Chief SDN Architect, Ali Tizghadam is responsible for strategizing AI-driven network softwarization. Ali has led the design and implementation of an open platform leveraging most recent advances in Big Data, SDN, NFV and AI to enable TELUS to move towards building its touchless self-driving network via instantiation of intent-based closed-loop automated jobs across the cloudified network.   In the academic side, Ali has designed and taught a graduate course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto to bridge the gap between understanding of networks in academic areas and service provider’s domain.   Ali holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering; his interest spans the evolution of SDN, clean-slate network architectures, Intent-based networking, end-to-end multi-layer orchestration, smart city platforms and applications of AI in networking.

Explainable Network AI
Reviewing the need for explainable AI models, especially in light of upcoming regulation (European AI Act) and comparing explainable AI methods on concrete network-related use-cases pertaining to traffic management.

Dario Rossi, Research Lab Director, Huawei Technologies

Dario Rossi is Director of Huawei AI4NET Lab and Director of the DataCom Lab at the Paris Research Center, France. He holds an HDR from UPMC, and PhD and MSc degrees from Politecnico di Torino.  Before joining Huawei in 2018, he held Full Professor positions at Telecom Paris and Ecole Polytechnique and was holder of Cisco’s Chair NewNet@Paris. He chaired and participated in the steering and technical program committees of 50+ conferences (incl. IEEE INFOCOM, ACM CoNEXT and ACM SIGCOMM) and in the editorial board of 5 journals (incl. several IEEE Transactions).  He has coauthored 15 patents and over 200 papers in leading conferences and journals, that attracted over 7500 citations, received 9 best paper awards, a Google Faculty Research Award (2015) and an IRTF Applied Network Research Prize (2016). He is a Senior Member of both IEEE and ACM.

Using AI/ML for Network-optimized DDoS Mitigation
Advanced AI/ML and big data analytics can help detect DDoS attacks with greater efficiency and speed and be applied to mitigation, too. Outlining an innovative approach to DDoS mitigation, which employs a real-time DDoS mitigation compiler that utilizes big data analytics and AI/ML to optimize mitigative actions tailored for a particular network.

Jérôme Meyer, Deepfield Security Researcher, Network Infrastructure, Nokia

In his current role, Jérôme drives DDoS security research & competence development at Nokia, as part of its Deepfield portfolio of network security & analytics.   Based out of Paris, he joined the company’s Mobile Networks organization in 2005 in Malaysia; and he since covered a variety of sales & pre-sales responsibilities in the Asia-Pacific region, before returning to Europe in 2023.   Jérôme graduated with a Master’s degree from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France.

AI Driven Automation of Network Operations
While production networks have made significant advances on configuration automation in the last few years, automation of network operations is an "Elephant in the Room". Describing automation of a wide range of network operations work flows and how they are transforming production networks at scale today.

Rahul Aggarwal, CEO & Founder, Augtera Networks
Coffee/Exhibition/Interop Showcase/Networking

Intent-based Self-Healing Networks with Paragon Automation
To achieve self-healing, one must do more. Showing how service motion works in theory and in practice. Explaining how AIOps drives Self-healing networks across the full WAN lifecycle to drive Experience first networking beyond service motion.

Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks
Digital Network Map for Intent Conflict Resolution
The Intent Assurance contains the customer's intention information, and the digital map contains the actual network information and indicators. In this way, the differences between the customer's intention and the actual configuration can be found by comparing the Intent Assurance and the Digital Map. Describing how to generate a graph tree instance of Intent Assurance using a digital map.

Benoit Claise,
Intelligent Operations & Management CTO, Huawei Technologies

Data Communication Intelligent Operations & Management CTO at Huawei. Areas of passion & expertise include Internet traffic monitoring, accounting, performance, fault, configuration.   Benoit's area of focus network automation with YANG as the data model-driven management enabler, and telemetry as a feedback loop to solve the closed loop automation and the Autonomous Driving Network (ADN) challenges.

Self-Healing Circuit-Style Transport Service with Segment Routing
Many access and aggregation networks use TDM circuits with explicit bandwidth and resiliency requirements. Evolution to Segment Routing introduces management challenges which are not addressed by current IETF work or Flex-algo. Outlining a multi-layer PCE approach to holistically manage circuit-style services over SR with DWDM underlay, increasing operational flexibility and resiliency.

Cengiz Alaettinoglu,
Leader, Architecture and Strategy, Network Control and Planning, Ciena

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