The 5th generation of mobile networks is intended to operate across many vertical markets; it is expected to impact every aspect of our lives and span many different industry sectors, from healthcare, transport, energy, agriculture to smart cities and citizen engagement. Traditional network models work well with a fixed set of services; but they can struggle to handle diverse requirements across flexible vertical markets, hence the virtual networking paradigm. We are delighted to have Andy Corston-Petrie - BT, Jay Perrett - Executive Board Director, CTO, VP R&D Aria Networks , Julian Ramos, Intel speaking at this event.
The Virtual Networks SIG is championed by Phillip Bridge of EE, Mark England of Cambridge Consultants, Justin Paul of Amdocs and Dirk Trossen of InterDigital
In this first, of a series of events, we will consider four of the key virtual networking concepts needed to deliver the 5G vision: network slicing (enabling vertical businesses to realise their requirements in seemingly isolated network slices), service agility (enabling businesses to deploy new services much faster than is possible in today's networks), control without ownership (enabling businesses, including today's facility rich operators, to act as operators with a minimal ownership of infrastructure) and context awareness (enriching network capabilities with new forms of service assurance by increasing their awareness of conditions, users, and environments). The initial insights provided by our four distinguished speakers will provide stepping stones for the deeper consideration of each area at the follow-on events of this SIG.