MWC21 Barcelona – Virtual Networking Workshop – Operator Platform: Telco Edge
New to MWC Barcelona is our ‘Specialist Networking Workshops’ which will be an expert content-led networking activity, designed to promote interaction in the virtual setting with other attendees focusing on the latest challenges within identity. To access our workshops, you will need to register for an iLeader’s or VIP Pass.
13:30 – 14:30 CET | Wednesday 30 June | My MWC Online
There are many potential advantages if enterprise and consumer solution providers push aspects of their services to edge clouds closer to their customer endpoints. This move can lead to improved latency, resiliency, security, privacy, data thinning, transport efficiency as well as being able to take advantage of bespoke 5G performance and features like network slicing. A barrier innovative Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) face in unlocking these benefits can be the different approaches taken by operators who are hosting clouds at the edge of their 5G access networks and on-network customer premises.
GSMA’s focus to address this is the work done by Operator Platform Group (OPG) which brings together developers, operators, platform providers and the broader ecosystem to transform MEC Services and create the level of commonality required to achieve global, interoperable scale. Alongside this, our Telco Edge Cloud trials project (under the GSMA Foundry) showcases the value of the Operator Edge Cloud.
Join us for this unique networking session, with speakers from Capgemini Enginerring, Telefonica and Unmanned Life. Following a brief overview of the work being undertaken by the GSMA, operator members and partnering application developers, we will break out to discuss the benefits, challenges and future for these technologies to transform consumer and enterprise experiences.
This session is ideal for Operators, Platform Providers, Vendors and Developers looking at ways that the Telco Edge can enhance their products or services.
Telco Edge Operator Platform Lead, GSMA
Faisal Zia is responsible for Network Economics, part of Future Networks programme at the GSMA which is assessing innovation delivering CapEx and OpEx savings in the lead up to the 5G era with a particular focus on energy efficiency, backhaul optimisation and new applications in infrastructure sharing.
Faisal is a project and programme specialist with extensive experience in tech and telecom commercial and technical projects which encompass emerging technology, 5G, technology strategy to new agile operating models.
Head of Network Platforms, Telefonica
Alex has a MSc in Telecommunication from Aston University (UK), after having performed different functions associated to Core network in O2 UK, Alex is now based in Madrid and is head of network platforms for the Telefonica group. As part of his role Alex is responsible of key programs such as the introduction of the 5G SA architecture and the definition and deployment of the Telco Edge concept.
Vice President & CTO Connectivity, Capgemini Engineering
Shamik Mishra is currently serving as Vice President and CTO, Connectivity at Capgemini Engineering. He has over twenty years of experience in the telecom and software industry, providing engineering R&D services, frameworks and solutions to telecom operators, network equipment providers and software firms around the world. As a global lead for 5G & Edge in Capgemini, Shamik drives connectivity industry offers in areas like virtualization, cloud native, edge computing, artificial intelligence and carrier cloud platforms. He represents Capgemini in several industry forums including Linux Foundation Edge where is a member of the technical advisory council and serves as the co-chair of GSMA’s Operator Platform Group. He is a regular speaker at industry and academic conferences and is often covered by the industry media.
CTO, Unmanned Life