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O-RAN ALLIANCE Summit - Accelerating Open RAN Adoption


Wed, 28 Feb: 08:30 - 13:00 CEST

Pre-registered & Approved have priority


Partner Theatre 5, Hall 8.0 – 4YFN & Partner Theatres

Session Description

Pre-registration is encouraged. Pre-registered attendees accepted by O-RAN ALLIANCE will have priority over walk-in (non-registered) visitors. Access will be allowed on first-come first-serve basis.
During the event, film and photo recordings will be made to record and live-broadcast the event online. Recordings may also be used for sharing with the public through the O-RAN ALLIANCE website and other channels. By registering for this event, you agree to the use of the material by O-RAN ALLIANCE.


The O-RAN ALLIANCE is pleased to announce the first major gathering of the O-RAN community in conjunction with an MWC event. Members, contributors, media and analysts, and others interested in the state of Open RAN are invited to attend.

Summit attendees will learn about the latest updates and progress O-RAN has made across multiple dimensions: certifications, trials and deployments, feature richness of solutions, and progress of RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) solutions.

The industry is at a technology defining inflection point where it is fully embracing the concepts of openness, cloud and large-scale automation. The summit will discuss how O-RAN intelligent solutions uses these technology shifts to address needed changes in such areas as TCO, energy efficiency, automation, agility, security, system integration, certification, and improved economics overall.

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Live Broadcast

Watch the event online at the O-RAN ALLIANCE Website: 


Agenda and Speaker Line-up

Start (CET) Session Name Synopsis Speakers

8:30-9:00 - Pre-event Networking

Get in touch with Summit attendees prior to the event start and enjoy morning coffee or tea.


9:00-9:20 - State of O-RAN (keynote)

O-RAN ALLIANCE Chairman's address will provide latest updates of the progress of O-RAN ALLIANCE, and the alignment of global efforts towards open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable RAN.

- Alex Jinsung Choi - Chair of the Board of O-RAN ALLIANCE and SVP Group Technology, Deutsche Telekom


9:20-9:50 - Industry Body Alignment (panel discussion)

O-RAN ALLIANCE cooperates with Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) and industry bodies around the world to align and to avoid fragmentation or duplication of efforts. In this panel discussion, representatives of major SDOs and industry bodies discuss priorities and approaches for adoption of open RAN in different regions, as well as the current and forward-looking division of work.

- Moderator: Chih-Lin I - Co-chair of O-RAN ALLIANCE Technical Steering Committee and China Mobile Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute

- Ultan Mulligan - Chief Services Officer, ETSI
- Jack Nasielski - Board member of Small Cell Forum, Senior Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Douglas Castor - Head of Wireless Research (InterDigital), Vice-Chair of Next G Alliance Roadmap Working Group, ATIS
- Ashutosh Dutta - Fellow of IEEE, Chief 5G Strategist, Johns Hopkins University APL, USA
- Ian Pannell - Chief Engineer, GSMA


9:50-10:15 - O-RAN Total Cost of Ownership (3 talks)

O-RAN TCO: Energy Efficiency

Sustainability is an important priority for the new generation telco networks, and energy efficiency impacts both sustainability and operations costs. This talk will summarize the opportunities and progress for O-RAN implementations compared to traditional RAN, to improve network efficiency.

- Job Benson - SVP & GM Radio Business Unit, Mavenir


O-RAN TCO: Openness

O-RAN ALLIANCE specifies open interfaces, open reference designs, O-Cloud and intelligent RAN solutions to enable fully interoperable, cost-effective multi-vendor networks. This talk will describe the progress of open implementations and how they enable cost-effective O-RAN networks.

- Sadayuki Abeta - VP, Global Head of Open RAN Solutions, NTT DOCOMO


O-RAN TCO: Automation

Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) enables the automation and management of complex multivendor O-RAN networks. This talk will summarize the progress of intelligent SMO solutions, focusing on phased integration, deployment and operations.

- Francisco Martin Pignatelli - Head of OpenRAN, Vodafone


10:15-10:35 - O-RAN Intelligence Solutions (3 talks)

Intelligence empowers major advantages for modern networks. This session will summarize the progress of open intelligent RAN specifications, open source software development, O-RAN ecosystem development, and next generation intelligence trends.

Chih-Lin I - Co-chair of O-RAN ALLIANCE Technical Steering Committee and China Mobile Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute
- Sami Pohjonen - Head of MantaRay Product Management, Nokia
- Ye Ouyang - CTO and SVP, AsiaInfo Technologies
- Shushil Rawat - Director of Customer and Technology Excellence, TELUS


10:35-10:50 Break


10:50-11:20 - O-RAN Security Specifications and Verification (panel discussion)

Modern O-RAN networks are secure by design. This panel discussion will summarize the progress of O-RAN's Zero Trust Architecture and security specifications, formulated cooperatively with SDOs and government administrations across regions, to streamline achieving reliable and secure O-RAN networks.

- Moderator: Scott Poretsky - Director of Security, North America, Ericsson

- Elisabeth Py - VP Green & Radio Networks, Orange
- Amanda Toman - Director of the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund, NTIA
- Nagendra Bykampadi - Global Head of Product Security, Rakuten Symphony


11:20-11:55 State of O-RAN System Integration and Certification (panel discussion)

Adoption of open RAN systems brings increased flexibility. Proper and efficient system integration is key to manage potential complexity when introducing O-RAN networks. In this panel discussion, operators, Open Testing and Integration Centers (OTIC) and vendors will discuss how certified O-RAN solutions help operators to select proven technology and minimize integration efforts.

- Moderator: Petr Ledl, VP Network Trials and Integration Lab, Deutsche Telekom

- Sz-Hsien Wu - Deputy Manager and Head of Open RAN Lab, Chunghwa Telecom
- Greg Manganello - Senior Vice President and Head of the Network Software & Integration Business Unit, Fujitsu
- Selena Hsu - Vice President, Auray Technology
- Mark Poletti - Director Mobile Networks, CableLabs


11:55-12:25 O-RAN Product Progress: Suppliers' View (panel discussion)

In this panel discussion, global suppliers will discuss the state of availability of O-RAN solutions in the market, progress of O-RAN deployments, coexistence of O-RAN networks with traditional RAN, and the keys to accelerate open RAN deployment at scale.

Moderator: Anil Umesh - Director of ORAN Solution Sales, Global Business Department, NTT DOCOMO

- Matteo Fiorani - Head of Distributed Unit (vDU), Infrastructure & Security, Ericsson
- Katsumi Tanoue - General Manager, Global Mobile Solution Department, NEC
- Gil Hellmann - VP, Global Telecom Solutions Engineering & Architecture, Wind River
- George Tsirtsis - Sr Director of Technology, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


12:25-13:00 O-RAN Deployment Progress: Operators' View (panel discussion)

In this panel discussion, major operators will share their experience with deployment of O-RAN networks, including deployment use cases, system integration approaches, role of automation, and remaining opportunities to enable faster, scaled adoption of O-RAN.

Moderator: Ravinder Jarral - VP of 5G Wireless Partner Engagement and Delivery, DISH Wireless

- Michael Martin - Board Member, Mobile Radio Network, 1&1 Telecommunication SE and CEO, 1&1 Mobilfunk
- Rob Soni - VP – RAN Technology, AT&T
- Minsoo Na - Director & Head of 6G Development Team, SK Telecom
- Hiren Joshi - Senior Vice President, Rakuten Mobile


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