There is a global push to deliver the next generation mobile communication services based on cost-effective solutions. The trend to build components with open interfaces to enable a service provider to integrate a multi-vendor system solution is in the making. Development of Radio Access Networks (RAN) leveraging relevant reference architectures is the focus of Open Radio Access Networks (OpenRAN). This session will provide a glimpse of the issues related to Open RAN from distinguished industry and academic experts.
Prof. Rahim Tafazolli
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), University of Surrey, UK. Rahim Tafazolli is Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering, Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications, Founder and Director of 5GIC, 6GIC and ICS (Institute for Communication System) at the University of Surrey. He has over 30 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 1000 research publications and is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to international conferences and workshops.
Oliver Holland, Director of Standards and Systems Integration at Advanced Wireless Technology Group (AWTG), Ltd. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. His main activities currently revolve around the design and deployment of various networks and use cases for 5G, technical management of various such projects, and consultancy on 5G and beyond, as well as communication technologies in general. He has published over 150 publications, 2 books, a patent, and a large number of standards. His works have been cited more than 2,600 times. He currently leads various standards development activities within the IEEE, covering areas such as infrastructure and applications for 5G and beyond, and spectrum usage optimization and sharing among others. He is currently also a member of IEEE 802.11 and is Vice-President of Standards for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He has led large-scale projects, such as a ʬ3m EU project on spectrum coexistence solutions and a major trial of a new techno-regulatory concept with the U.K. regulator Ofcom. He has won prizes for his work, most recently winning a ʬ0.5m EU competitive prize for design of a new technology around distributed radio-spectrum sharing.
Himanshu Tyagi – Founder, Banyan Intelligence Pvt. Ltd. Himanshu is an Associate Professor at the Department of ECE, IISc on leave from IISc and working at the startup he founded which is working on Open RAN systems. His research interests are in V2X systems, communication systems and application of information theory to security, interactive communication, and statistical learning.
- Abhijit Chaudhary – Founder and CEO, Niral Networks. Abhijit Chaudhary is the Founder and CEO of Niral Networks. Abhijit has around 2 decades of experience working in Telecommunication and Data Networking industry. He had previously Co-founded Etrance Networks and Pickcel and was instrumental in architecting Networking Virtualization, Deep Packet Inspection and IP/MPLS Routing products for Mobile Operators and Enterprises. He was part of the initial engineering team of Apigee that got acquired by Google and had previously worked with Sandvine, Cisco, Huawei and Motorola. Abhijit is active in the Startup Ecosystem and contributes to events in 5G, Open Source and Software Defined Networking.