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Connections 2022 - Beyond IETF


India Internet Engineering Society (IIESoc) & Industry Network Technology Council (INTC) will be organizing the 5th iteration of Connections as a joint India-US fully online event on April 2-8 2022.


Register - HERE


The timing of the event would be 19:30 India, 14:00 UTC, 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT for 2.5 hours each day.


Day 5 (Friday) would be the Beyond the IETF track -


Intro to SDOs and SIGs that can influence enterprise networks by Barbara Stark


Explore the wide variety of standards organizations and industry groups that create the specifications, certifications, and advocacy for technologies used in many enterprise networks. Learn the roles of various groups, how they collaborate and compete with each other, how enterprises can benefit from their output, and how enterprises might influence this output to steer technologies in directions that are beneficial for enterprise networks.


Barbara Stark was a Lead Member of the Technical Staff in the Standards and Industry Alliances organization at AT&T when she retired. She has spent her entire (over 30 years) career working in the telecommunications industry, at AT&T, BellSouth, and then (as a result of a merger) AT&T again. She has been involved in standards and external industry activities for IP-connected consumer electronics devices and home networking technologies since 1999, participating throughout the years in Broadband Forum (BBF), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Wi-Fi Alliance, HomeGrid Forum (on the Board of Directors), Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group (BITAG), Consumer Technology Association (CTA), UPnP Forum, and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). In BBF, she was an instigator of TR-069 (CPE WAN Management Protocol) and has edited a variety of BBF Technical References (TRs). Barbara is also listed as an author or contributor of a handful of IETF RFCs, contributed to UPnP Forum and DLNA documents, and holds several patents. Barbara received a BSEE and BA (German language) from The University of Texas at Austin and an MSEE from Stanford University.​ ​Barbara Stark has won the Woman in Telecoms Award at the World Communication Awards 2019 for her pioneering role in the development of Broadband Forum’s globally-deployed TR-069 standard, its User Services Platform (USP), and a myriad of additional contributions to the Forum, as well as her contribution and leadership in other global standards organizations.


Testing Wi-Fi performance by Lincoln Lavoie


The Broadband Forum's BBF.398 Grade Wi-Fi program is the industry's first performance testing program for Wi-Fi products. The program provides a public mark and badge to Wi-Fi Access Point devices meeting service provider performance benchmarks. These benchmarks ensure the Access Point is capable of delivering the performance required to meet subscriber and user expectations for today's applications. The program's testing has been developed within the Broadband Forum and encompasses input from both service providers and equipment vendors alike. Today we'll present an overview of the complete program, the testing and requirements on devices awarded the BBF.398 mark, and future plans as the program is evolved to include the newest Wi-Fi technologies and deployment requirements.


Lincoln Lavoie is a senior engineer at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory, responsible for the Broadband and Open Source programs offered by the lab, including NFV, Gfast, DSL, Wi-Fi, and PON programs. He currently serves as the technical chair of the Broadband Forum and the chair of the Linux Foundation Networking project’s certification committee. Lincoln has worked in the broadband industry for the past 15 years, with a focus on access technologies, and most recently the migration to virtualized and disaggregated technologies. Lincoln received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2008.


Device Management by Jason Walls


The key to successful network operations is the movement towards managed networks, particularly in Wi-Fi and the network edge. The right technology to accomplish this in the enterprise is one that is interoperable, standardized, and well tested. The Broadband Forum released the User Services Platform (USP) in 2018 as an evolution to the popular TR-069 standard that operates in over a billion deployments worldwide. USP has unique features that enable enterprises to facilitate departments with different roles working on the same networks, gather valuable Key Performance Indicators for monitoring and optimization, and deploy applications across an organization, while balancing the benefits of cloud-native technologies with the caveats that they hold when managing edge network CPE, Wi-Fi, and IoT devices.


Jason Walls is Director of Technical Marketing at QA Cafe and Director of the Broadband User Services Work Area at the Broadband Forum. A protocol geek at heart, he's been involved with testing technologies like TR-069 since its inception and has spearheaded the creation of the User Services Platform (USP/TR-369). Jason has more than 20 years of computer networking experience, helping to develop internet and communications technology and translate it into valuable opportunities for organizations and the industry as a whole.


Private 5G Network by Satish Jamadagni


There is a lot of interest in "private Networks" in recent times due to Industry 4.0 deployments. Private 5G networks will be dominant due to data privacy concerns, secure connectivity concerns, and the ability to build "smart" features through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) over EDGE networks. We are starting to see private network deployments in pockets, the question is what does it take to bring the private networks into the mainstream. Three key aspects need consideration: 1. Affordable access network nodes 2. Spectrum sharing flexibility and 3. Well understood services layers on which enterprises can implement specific use cases. I will discuss them in detail in the talk.


Satish Jamadagni has 20 years of industry experience in the telecom domain. Currently working as a Vice President and head of standards in Reliance Jio. Current Vice-Chair of TSDSI, Previous chair of TSDSI SG-Networks. Previously Co-Chair of the Asia Regional Operators Group; Small Cell Forum (SCF), Previously on the board of the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC). Over 200 granted patents in the wireless domain.


Full schedule HERE with abstract and speaker information.


On behalf of the program committee, we would like you to welcome to our annual event and hope to see you participate on all days!

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