Operators’ Perspective on Virtualized RAN Growth & Partnerships
As Greenfield operators launch virtualized RAN deployments to great acclaim, Brownfield operators are also planning large rollouts based on cloud-native network architectures. Scaling virtualized RAN for mass-market coverage requires a combination of innovative deployment strategies and broad ecosystem support to achieve the full benefits of a flexible, programmable and fully virtualized radio network.
This session will explore the current state of operators’ deployments, their plans for the coming years, and what operators require from ecosystem partners to succeed.
Cristina Rodriguez is vice president in the Network & Edge Group, general manager of the group's Wireless Access Network Division (WAND), and general manager of the Austin Design Center at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s efforts to provide innovative wireless access solutions in both traditional and cloud native networks, enabling the RAN of the future by bringing together 5G, the build out of the Edge and Artificial Intelligence. Rodriguez has full PnL ownership, responsible for strategy and business plans, technical product marketing, roadmaps, product definition, forecasting, customer relationships, investment decisions and GTM.
Rodriguez joined Intel in 2014 with the acquisition of LSI Corp.'s Axxia Networking Business from Avago Technologies Ltd., where she led and carried out software strategy. In her first Intel role as senior director of software for WAND, Rodriguez managed the division's worldwide software engineering and product development efforts. She also led the successful integration of the Axxia team into Intel and aligned the team's focus with Intel's networking business. Since joining Intel in 2014, her team has been recognized multiple times with Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, for their contribution to the company’s 5G leadership efforts.
Before her tenure at LSI and Avago, Rodriguez spent seven years holding leadership roles in software development at Agere Systems Inc. and its parent company, Lucent Technologies Inc. Earlier in her career, she worked at Zilog Inc. and at two startup ventures.
Rodriguez earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría in Havana, Cuba; her master's degree in computer science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Madrid, Spain; and completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University. Rodriguez is also a member of the Intel Latinx Leadership Council.
Vice President Network & Edge Group, General Manager Wireless Access Network Division, Intel
Miguel Carames is currently an Executive Director of Cloud Technology planning at Verizon. Leading a team of engineers responsible for planning, engineering and design of the Verizon Cloud Infrastructure, Multi-Access Edge Compute, Service Orchestration and Emerging Technologies. Prior to this role, Miguel had planning responsibilities for Verizon's wireless core network including the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), 5G Core (5GC) as well as a number of critical services including the wireless enterprise portfolio, private networks, public safety core, messaging, and OSS/BSS evolution. Miguel has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked in R&D in 3G (UMTS), 4G (WiMAX and LTE) and now 5G. Prior to Verizon, Miguel worked at Motorola for nine years.
Miguel holds a Masters in Telecommunications by the Polytechnical University of Valencia (Spain) and an MBA by the Jack Welch Management Institute. Miguel has been an active participant and speaker in multiple industry forums and conferences including GSMA, IEEE, Big5G, TelecomTV and so on. Miguel has been awarded 30+ patents and has filed 20+ more.
Executive Director of Cloud Technology, Verizon
Kaustubh “KJ” Joshi is a Director at AT&T Labs responsible for Wireless Network Services planning and innovation. His expertise is in Open RAN, AI/ML based network optimization and analytics-based services, and edge cloud. He was one of the pioneers in AT&T’s industry leading network function virtualization initiative. KJ has led the creation and commercial deployment of systems for online optimization for distributed network clouds, high performance data planes for network functions, and RAN optimization in AT&T’s wired and wireless networks. Currently, KJ helps drive AT&T’s strategy and architecture on Open RAN and Cloud RAN, and serves on the TSC of the O-RAN Alliance, leading its work on cloudification and orchestration. KJ maintains strong ties to the academic community, authoring over 100+ technical papers/patents and having served as TPC chair of leading IEEE systems and networking conferences such as DSN. KJ holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
Director, AT&T Labs