9:00-10:00 Registration Open / Expo

Central Office 2.0, Pave The Way for 5G



Mike Yang

President of QCT

With more than 25 years of IT industry experience, Mike transforms the organization from an ODM to a leading datacenter solution provider that delivers servers, storage, network switches, integrated rack systems, and cloud solutions all under one roof. Enabling customer to easily adopt cloud by offering one-stop-shop experience.

Mike leads the company to be in the driving seat of cloud computing industry. QCT and Quanta comprehend with all the capability of assisting business transition smoothly to the cloud and to achieve the vision of software define data center (SDDC), currently is the largest cloud datacenter hardware provider in the world.

Intelligent Network Transformation


Dan Rodriguez

Dan Rodriguez

Vice President, Network Platforms Group &
General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, Intel

The future use cases and innovations coming from of 5G, IoT and videos will generate massive amount of data which will require transformation of the network. Network operator’s traditional business models are being disturbed. The future of the network will demand industry rethink about next generation central office and flexibility/agility of the network infrastructure. Network Functions Virtualization and Software Defined Networking are bringing agility, scale, and intelligence to the network and – coupled with the advent of 5G – the promise of a smart, connected future with transformative use cases. To bolster this network transformation, Intel has a vision for an optimized end-to-end network infrastructure from IOT all the way to the cloud.

Daniel Rodriguez is vice president in the Network Platforms Group and general manager of the group’s communications infrastructure division at Intel Corporation. He leads strategy for the division’s various market segments and manages Intel’s business in those segments, which include wireless core, cable infrastructure, routers and switches, and network security. Rodriguez and his organization are key contributors to Intel’s network transformation strategy, which focuses on workload convergence on Intel architecture and developing platforms to support network functions virtualization. Before assuming his current role in 2015, he spent four years as wireless infrastructure marketing director expanding that aspect of Intel’s networking business. Rodriguez has also played an influential role in several of Intel’s flagship networking products and technologies, including Intel® QuickAssist Technology and the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit.

Infrastructure Solution for Central Office 2.0


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Gary Lee

AVP of QCT & QCT Solution team

Gary Lee is now the associate manager of Quanta Cloud Technology, he leads the engineer team to develop the SDDC era, and focuses on cloud and software defined solutions to satisfy the demands of SI and business customers. Gary Lee has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry and 5 years of experience as a business consultant.

11:45-12:00 Opening Ceremony

12:00-13:30 Lunch / Expo/ Lab Tour

Session by KGPCo


Trevor Putrah

Trevor Putrah

President of KGPCo

Trevor A. Putrah, President of KGPCo, has 20 years of experience with responsibilities covering all facets of KGPCo’s business. Trevor’s industry experience is well-represented by KGPCo, as the only large-scale organization that combines a comprehensive suite of technical strategy and implementation services with a national logistics network and portfolio of technology partnerships in the communications industry. The launch of the KGPCo Solution Innovation Center to evaluate, design, and engineer cloud and virtualization solutions in a live network environment further positions KGPCo as the go-to partner that enables customers to build, optimize and transform their networks.

Among his significant previous positions, Trevor served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for over 8 years. Trevor also served as Vice President of Operations during his career at KGP, which began in 1998.

Outside of KGPCo, Trevor is a member of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Board of Overseers. Trevor also serves on the Executive Board of TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) and QuEST Forum, a unique collaboration of information and communication technologies (ICT) service providers and suppliers. In addition, Trevor serves on the Board of Directors of Reliance Bank in Faribault, Minnesota. Trevor is also on the Board of Directors of KGP, where he holds the position of Secretary.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, where he majored in Production and Operations Management. Additionally, in June of 2006 Trevor received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
From a personal standpoint, Trevor’s life revolves around his family. He resides in Faribault, Minnesota with his wife Caren and their two daughters, Currie and Sydney. Time outside of work is typically spent supporting/watching his girls play hockey. Trevor and his family also enjoy time fly-fishing, golfing, hiking, and simply spending time outside. In whatever time remains, Trevor is usually training for a coming triathlon.

Next Generation Central office


Brian Bronson

Brian Bronson

CEO of Radisys

• Transformation of the TELCO from CO’s to data center.
• How CORD plays a significant role around that and what is benefits of data center modernization.
• Radisys’ involvement as a software services enabler in the area of CORD (MA-CORD/H-CORD – multi-access CORD or hybrid CORD).

Brian leads Radisys as president and CEO after having held numerous management positions within the company, including chief financial officer, vice president of business development, treasurer and chief accounting officer. Before joining Radisys in 1999, Brian held multiple financial management roles at Tektronix, Inc. where he was responsible for investor relations and various finance and accounting functions both domestically and internationally. He has also practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche LLP. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communications from Oregon State University.

Accelerating Network Transformation


Puneet Rakesh

VP of network service BU, Tech Mahindra

CORD – Driving Edge Cloud Innovation


William Snow

William Snow

Chief Development Officer, ONF

The edge cloud is where the action is. This is where operators plan to deploy new services, and CORD™ is the becoming the de-facto open source platform of choice – enabling the transformation of this $300B market.

CORD has made tremendous progress in 2017 with 60 participating companies and global operator interest. CORD keeps getting better, and the ecosystem keeps getting stronger. CORD has always leveraged an innovative combination of SDN, NFV and cloud technologies that come together into a compelling solution. We enable innovation (and reduce costs) by leveraging disaggregation, open source and white boxes. In previous releases CORD came as a base distribution providing pre-integrated support for residential subscribers; separate VNFs for mobile and enterprise subscribers were available but required a sophisticated level of expertise to onboard and build different ‘flavors’ of CORD. Now, with CORD 4.1 release in November, we have a SINGLE platform for the multi-access edge. This results in one platform combining Residential (R), Mobile (M) and Enterprise (E) services.

CORD 4.1 is a major new release that makes things much simpler for operators and vendors alike to consume and customize solutions. Come and hear an update on what is provided by CORD 4.1 and where CORD is headed in 2018.

Building The Open Source Networking Stack by Harmonizing The Ecosystem Across Projects, Hardware, Software, and Community


Heather Kirksey

Heather Kirksey

VP of NFV and Director of OPNFV, The Linux Foundation

Network operators are now looking to take full advantage of the benefits made possible by the open source networking stack; but in order to do so, they need to understand how the various components fit together, how to engage with the community, and how to integrate, test, and deploy products and services. In this presentation, Heather will give an overview of Linux Foundation Networking (LFN)–a new entity comprised of the FD.io, OpenDaylight, ONAP, OPNFV, PNDA, and SNAS projects–that increases collaboration and operational excellence across these networking projects. She will also highlight the importance of upstream testing and integration made possible by OPNFV Pharos Labs, Cross-Community Continuous Integration (XCI), multi-architecture plugfests including OCP hardware, along with testing and integration projects like Yardstick, VSPerf, and Barometer. Finally, Heather will announce a new verification program and describe how the LFN community is expanding the capabilities of the virtual central office PoC and demo  into mobile services.

As VP Community and Ecosystem Development at the Linux Foundation, Heather Kirksey works with the community to advance the adoption and implementation of the open source networking stack. Before Joining the Linux Foundation, Kirksey led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB. Earlier in her career she held various leadership positions in the telecom industry including running a partner program for CPE, doing solutions marketing for the IP Division at Alcatel-Lucent, business development, and participating in numerous standards activities. She received her master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Texas, Austin.

Session by Red Hat


Darrell Jordan-Smith

Darrell Jordan-Smith

Vice President, Worldwide Telecom Service Provider Sales, Red Hat

Darrell Jordan-Smith Vice President, Global ICT Sales Red Hat Inc. Currently located in Santa Clara, USA, Darrell leads a team of industry sales experts who work closely with leading Information & Communications Technology (ICT) clients to develop cost-effective architectures for next generation networks. Darrell worked for a number of companies in the USA and EMEA. For over 12 years Darrell worked for SunOracle and was Vice President of the Communications Media & Entertainment business.
At Oracle, Darrell was a major driving force behind solid revenue growth for SunOracles CME business. Under Darrell’s leadership, SunOracle were developing a suite of innovative solutions to address customers’ critical business problems, such as lowering product developing and life cycle support costs. With over 25+ years experience in the IT, Telecommunications and Media industries, Darrell has deep industry knowledge across the entire Communications ecosystem. This resulted in strong long term business relationships for Service Providers, Media and Network Equipment / OEM customers.
Before his current position, Darrell enjoyed successful careers with Oracle, Sun, AT&T, Lucent, Novell and NCD, where he set up and managed some of Europe’s successful sales & services organizations.
Darrell received his MBA from the University of Strathclyde and his BSc in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow.

Driving Innovation Through Disaggregation


John Morgan

John Morgan

Connectivity Ecosystem Programs, Facebook

The telecommunications industry is currently under intense pressure to support exponential network traffic growth while deploying new digital services at lower cost. The realities of the current competitive environment demand a shift from traditional, monolithic network architectures towards a more flexible approach that supports the disaggregation of hardware, software and services. This session will provide an overview of how the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is working with Facebook, OEMs and the operator community to drive innovation and accelerate change through the adoption of a disaggregated architectures.

John Morgan is currently a member of the Connectivity Ecosystem Programs Team at Facebook working with the telecom industry to build community and bring the world closer together. Mr. Morgan has over twenty-five years in the Telecommunications and IT Industries and is currently supporting operators with the adoption of disaggregated hardware and software platforms through the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) initiative.

Prior to joining Facebook, John was the global lead for legacy network migrations at Accenture where he worked with operators on product rationalization and simplification, fiber migrations, and decommissioning strategies for copper and central office equipment. Prior to Accenture he held executive positions with a number of software start-up firms within the telecom industry as well as with leading operators such as Verizon, Level 3 Communications and Genuity. His background includes work in network planning and engineering, product management, OSS/BSS development, finance, and operations. John completed his undergraduate work in Accounting at the College of William and Mary and received his MS in Information and Telecommunications Systems from The Johns Hopkins University.

15:50-16:00 Closing

16:00-17:30 Lab Tour / Expo/ Networking