Editor’s Corner—5G and open source tee up for MWCA conversation

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Monica Alleven editor's corner

It’s been well chronicled that 5G is going to be a network transformation like no other in the wireless industry. People have gone as far as to say it’s as important a network transformation as electricity or the introduction of the automobile.

Indeed, it’s also one in which software will play an increasingly important role. In order for operators to make the kinds of changes they’re talking about and to serve so many different constituents, they need to be able to do things superfast and virtually. They also need to make decisions about which open source projects they’re going to get behind and which ones they’ll choose to observe from the sidelines.

These are some of the topics we’re going to be talking about during a session at Mobile World Congress Americas in San Francisco next month. I’ll be moderating an event titled Telecom Transformation: The Marriage of Open Source Software and 5G Networks, with our speakers being:

  • Andre Fuetsch, President, AT&T Labs and CTO, AT&T
  • Rick Hornby, Executive Director Engineering, Wireless Core Network Planning and Engineering at Verizon
  • Karri Kuoppamaki, Vice President, Radio Network Technology Development and Strategy at T-Mobile
  • Honoré LaBourdette, Vice President Global Market Development, Telco Business Group at VMware

The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the Marriott Marquis, directly across the street from the Moscone Center. It’s a breakfast panel, so coffee is sure to be served along with great conversation. Register for the event here. Hope to see you there! — Monica @FierceWrlssTech