Lean NFV Ops at GSMA NA #67.

“The GSMA’s Regional Interest Groups provide forums in which the mobile industry can discuss and address issues that are specific to particular regions or the regional angle on global issues. The GSMA has Regional Internet Groups in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Arab World, Africa and North America.” – GSMA Regional Interest Groups.

“GSMA North America is steered by its CTO Advisory Group, which drives the activities of its various technical working groups. These working groups, which meet several times per year, include the Services Working Group, the Smart Card Group, the Terminal Working Group, the Fraud and Security group, the Inter-Working, Roaming Expert Group (IREG), the Billing, Accounting & Roaming Group (BARG) and the Standards & Wireless Alerts Task Force.”GSMA North America.

“GSMA NA NG (formerly IREG): This group specifies technical, operational and performance issues supporting international roaming. It focuses on the study, from a compatibility and interoperability perspective, of the signaling and inter-working of roaming issues between PLMNs (Public Land Mobile Networks), PSTNs (Public Switched Telephone Networks), ISDNs (Integrated Services Digital Networks) and PPDNs (Public Packet Switched Networks) modes, to define guidelines and test procedures for voice and data services.”GSMA NA #67.


Last week I attended the GSMA North America – Region Interest Group (RIG) event in Chicago. Steven Wright, AT&T, moderated the “Operator Panel Discussion” which followed presentations from his company as well as Sprint and Verizon on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (NFV). These talks addressed network operators’ expectations, strategies and progress made. By the way, Steven also discussed the variety of activities involving standard bodies and technical communities.

My tech talk on Lean NFV Ops was scheduled for the following day as part of the Network Group’s (NG) agenda. I would like to thank Nars Haran, NG Track Chair, for all of his help and for extending my session from 60 to approximately 90 minutes given the topic’s interest, following and audience participation. This was the presentation I covered for this event, which I delivered on behalf of our Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) at Alcatel-Lucent: 

Note that I a have updated page 14 to better show the difference between Present Mode of Operations (PMO) and Future Mode of Operations (FMO). I am glad to share that the room was full and I am grateful for everyone’s positive response. Right after my talk I became engaged in a couple of hallway conversations, which focused on “NFV Deployment Strategies” on page 3, the “ETSI NFV Use Case #5” outlined on page 10, and Lean NFV Ops’ definition on page 18.  Please see the below table for questions on additional materials:

10+ minute video on YouTube

2 page brief on SlideShare

60 min webinar

Additionally, here is the Lean NFV Ops Roadshow brochure should you be interested in scheduling a live demonstration:

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone attending my tech talk this past week in Chicago and I sincerely appreciate the encouraging emails received to date. Last but not least, there is a need for crediting Jack Kozik’s coaching, his invaluable insights and time spent when preparing for this event.

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