Is 2022 the year of virtualisation?

    Venue: Downing College, Cambridge
    Cost: This is a free event.

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Starts 14 Dec 14:00

Ends 14 Dec 17:30

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This event will explore the state of virtualisation in the telecoms industry covering important topi

Free tickets available to the UK5G community. Use the code UK5GVN21 when registering on the CW website.

Speakers include: BT, Rakuten, World Wide Technology and STL Partners.

The telecoms industry, like every other global industry, has felt the effects of the global pandemic and also the decision by many governments to restrict the involvement of certain vendors in new network deployments. This has affected, and still continues to affect, supply chains and strategic plans within the industry which in turn has affected revenues, business models and investment plans and greatly impacted innovation, especially concepts such as virtualisation.

This event aims to focus on virtualisation in the following areas:

  • A retrospective look at what happened in 2021 and look forward to what 2022 will bring.
  • Real-world deployments of virtualisation
  • Open RAN and O-RAN and the difference between them; is there a need to be fully open or fully virtualised to realise significant benefits?
  • What does ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ and its variations mean to the market and what hybrid networks can do to increase rollout velocity and innovation across network architectures, supply chains and business models?
  • The promise of NFV, SDN and Orchestration, which promised to deliver “On-demand” and “Programmable” networks, with a view to their impact in 2022 and beyond, including any impact on network convergence.
  • The increase in Cloud deployments, looking at the leaders in terms of rollout and innovation, as well the growth of the Cloud Providers and Hyperscalers in terms of market penetration, influence on networking innovation and their new partnerships with telcos and the impact on the industry.
  • How market regulation changes and innovations will impact virtual networking in 2022. For example, the ability to buy local spectrum licences or share unlicensed spectrum has opened the telecoms market up to new and innovative business models, supply chains and operating models, which will attract non-traditional telecoms companies and lead to disaggregation of the telco value chain and a diversified market.