Alcatel-Lucent @ IIT Real Time Comms.

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Alcatel-Lucent’s Naperville team fostered our partnership with Illinois Tech (the Illinois Institute of Technology) by joining an impressive list of sponsors and contributing with speakers to the Real-Time Communications Conference’s 10th Anniversary. As in past editions, Carol Davids, Conference Chair, and her team managed to deliver one of the best regarded technical events in this fast evolving space.


imageI took these pictures at Ted East’s keynote. Ted is the Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent’s CIC (Cloud Innovation Center).

His presentation was centered around a live demonstration illustrating a step-by-step deployment of a sophisticated end-to-end solution comprised of an EPC (Evolved Packet Core) and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) with both being onboarded in real time as VNFs (Virtual Network Functions) on a CloudBand Node.

The node performed as a multi-app-tenancy environment and is equipped to be set up in a highly distributed architecture. CloudBand is also well known by its Management System, this is the common platform orchestrating and automating the VNFs’ life cycle. I will refer you to ETSI NFV Use Case #5 on the Virtualization of the Mobile Core and IMS if interested in more background information about the demo’s purpose.

The end result was a live VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution) service that network operators can now deploy and right scale at a fraction of the time when compared to conventional architectures. Ted was then able to browse the internet and make a voice call using 4G’s mobile broadband capabilities and IP (Internet Protocol) on the spot.

This demonstration also illustrated NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) and SDN (Software Defined Networking) working together as other applications were added, such as Anti-Virus and Parental Controls to name two examples. Traffic was dynamically routed to best manage network capacity.


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Ted’s talk was one of the highlights of the Cloud Track, which I co-chaired with Alan Quayle and greatly benefited from Warren Bent’s tireless support, the conference’s Content Director.

Ed Elkin, Anne Lee and myself delivered talks in break out sessions covering VoLTE, WebRTC and NFV respectively.

Vijay Gurbany and I also joined well followed panel discussions.Vijay spoke at the Cloud/SDN/Big Data session and I participated in the one moderated by Light Reading’s Elizabeth Coyne with:

  • AT&T’s Mike Paradise
  • Vonage’s Alan Bugos
  • Allianza’s Ryan Higgings

Our panel was preceded by three 15 minute context setting presentations and the actual discussion dealt with the following 15 items:

  • Are telcos right to be concerned about performance in a virtualized world?
  • What can be, or is being, done to mitigate those concerns?
  • What technologies are in the pipeline that will help address performance concerns?
  • Can open platforms provide the requisite security for a telco environment?
  • Does their open nature make them more vulnerable? What are the implications of openness?
  • In a virtualized world, is the reliability of software more important than the underlying hardware’s reliability?
  • How does open source help the cause?
  • How are scalability issues being addressed?
  • Is it more of a hardware or a software issue?
  • How will the evolution of NFV colliding with movement towards the cloud play out?
  • What are the most critical implementation issues when deploying VNFs?
  • Will network PoP be easily transformed into data centers?
  • How can data center operators ensure the feedback loop to support service guarantees?
  • Do telcos have the skill set to be able to support NFV?
  • Do you think that NFV, along with SDN, is an opportunity for architects to think about networking differently?

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Here is a quick note to share that Elizabeth recently launched The New IP. Light Reading’s new site focuses on the business of managing and orchestrating state-of-the-art virtualized IP networks. The blogging team includes other well known industry analysts such as Ari Banerjee, Caroline Chappell, Tom Nolle, Carol Wilson and Ray Le Maistre to name some.


By the way, a big thank you to those of you who followed my session on NFV Economics after having to reschedule from Tuesday’s “prime time lineup” to Thursday’s “last talk of the conference” due to a last minute scheduling conflict on my side.

I would also like to thank Nokia Network’s Andrew N. Rollins most sincerely for his very kind introduction, which I am humbled by, and for allowing this business case talk to take 60 minutes given the attendees’ interest (instead of just using the 30 minute slot set for this session).


Post event feedback was very positive given the speakers’ credentials and, most importantly, the high quality of the talks and follow up discussions throughout this three day professional gathering at IIT’s facility. This conference was a source of insights worth sharing and deserving blogging some more, which I am hoping to do in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I’d like to refer you to:


I also need to thank Tom Costello, who is in charge of the conference’s Public Relations, for his support, understanding and patience as well as congratulate peer conference chairs for what turned out to be successful event raising the bar and expectations for next year’s XI edition : )

  • Mobile Networks, Platforms and Applications – Maureen Stillman, Mission Critical Wireless, and Chris Mayer, Solstice Technical Consulting.
  • Web & Emerging Technologies – Alan Johnston, Avaya.
  • Next Gen 9-1-1 and Regulatory Policy – Bernard Adoba, Microsoft.
  • Internet of Things – Sateesh Adepally, Cisco.

I’m posting this without further delay and will get back to add some more hyperlinks later on.

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  1. Pingback: Lean NFV Ops at IIT Real Time Comms 2015. | innovarista

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