HPE 5G Lab: Supporting the multi-vendor 5G Core

Jul 23, 2020

Published at:
3:00pm on Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 (UK)
Jeff Edlund, CMS Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Azhar Sayeed, Global Chief Architect, Red Hat
Amit Tiwari, Chief Strategic Alliances Officer, Affirmed Networks
Shuvo Chowdhury, Director, Product Management, Wireless Core portfolio, Casa Systems
Guy Daniels, Director of Content, TelecomTV

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Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the HPE 5G Lab provides a standards-based environment for testing, validation and proof-of-concept demonstrations of multivendor 5G solutions – a neutral proving ground for independent solutions providers. To minimize their risks, 5G operators are looking to work with trusted and proven partners that can demonstrate performance and interoperability in a live, real time test environment. The HPE 5G Labs program allows operators to embrace the shift to an open network with confidence and assurance.

To mark the virtual opening of the HPE 5G Lab we are bringing you two special panel discussions between HPE executives and their partner companies.

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Jeff Edlund

CMS Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Jeff Edlund is chief technology officer of the Communications Media and Solutions (CMS) organization within HP Enterprise Services. In this role, Edlund provides thought leadership focused on innovation and the innovation process, as well as HP Labs’ research and its application to solving customer problems.

HP’s CMS business provides services and software-rich solutions to communications and media companies, combining HP services and specialized IP, software and relevant industry assets. These innovative CMS solutions are the driving force behind many of the communications and media industries’ leading players.

Previously Edlund served as chief technologist of HP’s Communications, Media and Entertainment field sales organization, assigned to HP’s customer Sprint. His HP assignment to Sprint spanned the 1990s, when he was a core member and technical team leader of the Telecom Practice, both at Compaq and Tandem.

Edlund serves on the board of directors of Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and is ATIS Landscape Team co-chair, exploring and defining mobile to mobile (M2M), SmartGrid and Connected Car opportunity in the Communications Industry.

In 2011, Edlund was named a fellow of the Society for New Communications Research, a global, non-profit organization dedicated to the advanced study of the latest developments in new media and communications, and effects on traditional media and business models, communications, culture and society.

Azhar Sayeed

Global Chief Architect, Red Hat


Azhar is a Chief Technologist, at Red Hat. His role is to work with Telcos worldwide to define new architectures and develop deployment models and strategies for Cloud and Virtualization.

Azhar is active in open source communities such as OpenDaylight and OPNFV. Most recently Azhar drove a Virtualized Central Office Architecture as an OPNFV community project demonstrating how Central Offices can be virtualized to drive new cost effective way to deliver Residential, Business and Mobile services

Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the Networking, Telecommunications and Software industry. Prior to Red Hat Azhar, is a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems where he ran many teams and projects from Software Product Management to Engineering development and Solutions delivery teams. He has 9 Patents and is author of a book - "MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization"

Amit Tiwari

Chief Strategic Alliances Officer, Affirmed Networks


Amit most recently served as Vice President, Product Management at Affirmed Networks for the first 5 years, before taking on the role of building out the NFV Eco-System for mobile operators as Vice President, Strategic Alliances at Affirmed Networks. Prior to Affirmed, Amit led the Global Mobility Practice, at Cisco. Prior to that he worked with top Mobile Operators globally as Vice President of Solutions Development at Starent Networks, which was acquired by Cisco. He was responsible to ensure that the Starent solution was incorporating key technology trends required for fast integration into mobile networks. Previously, he held product management and applications engineering roles at 3Com and US Robotics where he worked with some of the largest service providers worldwide. As Director of Product Management, Amit was responsible for the key Enhanced Data Systems product line that provided the industry leading subscriber management platform at the time. He holds an Honors diploma in Systems Management and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. Amit completed all course work for Masters, M.S. in Applied Computer Science but the early Internet bug caught him prior to completing his thesis and degree in CS. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

Shuvo Chowdhury

Director, Product Management, Wireless Core portfolio, Casa Systems


Shuvo Chowdhury is Director of Product Management for the Wireless Core Network product portfolio at Casa Systems. Prior to joining Casa, Shuvo was Director of Solutions Architecture at Huawei Technologies, USA focusing on Virtualization, Telco Cloud, and Orchestration. Previously, Shuvo spent over 10 years at AT&T where he worked as Technical Lead and Manager responsible for AT&T Lab operations including Radios, AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC) and ONAP utilizing SDN, NFV. He holds a B.S. in E.E.E., Masters in Electrical and Communications Engineering from the University of Windsor and a M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business.

Guy Daniels

Director of Content, TelecomTV

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