TEC Forum Open Session

TEC Forum Open Session

Start: Thursday 18 November 2021 12:30

End: Thursday 18 November 2021 15:00

Venue: Online

The TEC Forum Open Session on  Thursday 18th November invites non-TEC Forum members, operators and platform providers to engage with the community and hear from key players in the industry including MobiledgeX, STL Partners, Summit Tech, Telefonica and many more.

During this online session, hosted on Microsoft Teams, attendees will gain:

  • An insight into the current TEC trials and services that are being developed around the globe
  • Knowledge on the current state and expectations of the Telco Edge Computing market

There has been plenty of collective work at the GSMA since 2019 around Operator Platform and the Telco Edge Cloud. All this is deriving in exciting new opportunities for telecom operators and technology partners, unleashing the possibility to deliver new advanced services based on Edge and 5G. The Telco Edge Cloud Forum is set up to serve as the framework to discuss and facilitate the development of these business opportunities. If you are interested in knowing how far Telco Edge Cloud is moving and understand your chances to participate and benefit from its developments you are kindly welcome to join us at the TEC Forum Open sessions and also to enter the TEC Forum community if you find it convenient to contribute to it with your experience and expertise.” Juan Carlos Garcia, Senior VP of Technology and Ecosystem, Telefónica


The Telco Edge Cloud Forum is a body that monitors and guides the developments in the Telco Edge Cloud (TEC) and aims to promote compatibility, portability and interconnection of parallel deployments.

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10 mins

Welcome and opening remarks

  • Introduction. TEC Forum mission, objectives. Achievements and future.
  • Objectives and agenda of the TEC Forum Open Session
Juan Carlos Garcia, Senior VP of Technology and Ecosystem, Telefónica

Jason Hoffman,Chairman and CEO, MobiledgeX

30 mins

Market view on Telco Edge Computing: situation and expectations

  • GSMA Intelligence: main players and role of operators
  • STL Partners
Peter Jarich, Head of GSMAi, GSMA

Dalia Adib, Director & Practice Lead – Edge Computing, STL Partners

80 mins

Edge requirements and TEC trials

  • Introduction: Framework for Edge Native Services
  • Sturfee Trial Progress Update (KDDI-DT-MeX)
  • Holoverse Trial Progress Update(DT-Telefonica-TIM-MeX- DoubleMe)
  • Bridge Alliance Federation Progress Update (BA-Singtel-Telefonica-MeX)
  • Requirements on TEC for video, AR/VR applications (Ericsson)
  • Video Streaming with Odience (Summit-Tech)
Jason Hoffman, Chairman and CEO, MobiledgeX

Doug Makishima, CSMO, Summit Tech

David Moro, CTIO Global Systems and Networks, Telefonica S.A.

Bart van Kaathoven, Software ecosystem lead, Ericsson

Pai Achuth, Associate Dir, Innovation & Group Sourcing), Bridge Alliance

Toru Maruta, Executive Officer, Head of Product Management, KDDI Corporation


Juan Carlos Garcia Lopez

Senior VP of Technology and Ecosystem, Telefónica

Juan Carlos Garcia Lopez is Senior Vice President of Technology and Ecosystem at Telefonica GCTIO unit, leading technical projects like Edge Computing, Private Networks or Network Slicing. He is in charge of Telefonica’s participation in standardization bodies and industry fora like GSMA, O-RAN, TIP, 3GPP, IETF, etc.

Till 2019, he is in charge of Technology and Architecture for Access, Devices, Transport, Core, Platforms and IT.

From 2015 till October 2017, he has the role of Director of Radio Access Technology and leads the Transport Optimization Program for all Fixed-Mobile operations in Latam.

Jason Hoffman

Chairman and CEO , MobiledgeX

Jason is one of the original cloud pioneers as one of the founders and CTO of Joyent.  While there, he launched the world’s first container-as-a-service offering in 2004, the most popular asynchronous runtime (node.js) in 2009, the most secure KVM-based VMs in 2009 and the world’s first serverless offering in 2013.

As head of Ericsson cloud and infrastructure products, Jason acquired an advanced degree in telecom knowledge.  Jason is now chairman and CEO of MobiledgeX, a Deutsche Telekom-backed venture, aimed at making developers win at the edge.

Jason has a BS and MS from UCLA and a Ph.D. from UCSD, but what he’s really interested in is the art of the perfect steak. He lives with his wife and children in the wilderness known as the Bay Area.

Dalia Adib

Director & Practice Lead – Edge Computing, STL Partners

Dalia is a Director & Practice Lead – Edge Computing at STL Partners. She has led major consulting projects with technology companies in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific on 5G and edge computing strategies, use cases and commercial models. She co-authored the research report “5G’s impact on manufacturing: $740Bn of benefits in 2030” and “What edge developers want from telcos now”. Outside of 5G and edge computing, she supports clients in areas such as blockchain, digital transformation and IoT.

Doug Makishima

CSMO, Summit Tech

Doug Makishima, CSMO of Summit Tech, is a seasoned C-level executive with deep experience in wireless communications, mobile devices, IoT, and AI.  He was most recently the COO of Meeami Technologies, a leading provider of IP communications and Voice IoT / AI technologies.  Before Meeami, Doug was COO/CSMO at D2 Technologies, a leading software company enabling mobile VoIP & IMS IP communications capabilities for top-tier OEMs, IC vendors and operators.  He has held senior management positions at leading companies such as Nortel, AMD, Adaptec, GSMA and several startups. During his engineering career, he developed patented storage IC technology and has actively participated on several IEEE, ANSI and GSMA committees focused on wireless, communications and storage standards. He holds a BSEE from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Santa Clara University.