Private Networks: Deployments, Learnings and the Road Ahead

Release Date:
Monday, 14th June, 2021
Jeff Bankston, Principal, Private Networks Segment Leader, AWS
Caroline Chan, Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Network Business Incubator Division, Intel Corporation
Prasad Rampalli, Expert Advisor to CETF & CBO, Megh Computing
Guy Daniels, Director of Content, TelecomTV

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The explosion of 5G and private networks is providing many new ways for businesses and institutions to utilize cellular networks that are designed specifically for their needs of connectivity, security, and performance. This session will discuss how private networks are addressing the various use cases across different verticals (education, industrial, energy). With ubiquitous 5G, multi-access & edge computing connectivity, organizations can benefit from the custom private network solutions solving their problems, but also making a bigger social impact like in the case of education. Thanks to our partners that many solutions are available today for quick deployment.


Jeff Bankston

Principal, Private Networks Segment Leader, AWS

Jeff has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry working across technologies such as Optical Transmission, IP Routing, Wireless, and now Telco Cloud. Jeff leads private networks engagements and strategy at AWS with service providers and enterprises. Jeff lives with his wife and two children in Dallas, Texas.

Caroline Chan

Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Network Business Incubator Division, Intel Corporation

Caroline Y. Chan is vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the group’s 5G infrastructure division at Intel Corporation. She has overall responsibility for Intel’s global network infrastructure strategy and solution development related to 5th-generation wireless technology. Chan and her team identify and develop use cases that incorporate the Internet of Things, innovation in wireless technologies and deployment models, such as mobile edge computing and alternative spectrums that will enable new service providers and enterprise networks.

Since joining Intel in 2009, Chan has worked closely with telecommunications vendors, operators and application developers to advance strategy and marketing in virtual RAN, mini Cloud-RAN and mobile edge computing technologies. Before leading the 5G infrastructure division, she spent six years as director of wireless technology and strategy. In that position, Chan oversaw server CPU extension into Intel’s wireless infrastructure business, a role that encompassed investment strategy, CPU adoption and modification, marketing, and business development. Earlier in her Intel career, she led strategy and business development for the WiMAX program office.

Before joining Intel, Chan had a 15-year career at Nortel Networks Corp., culminating in her role as director of 4G wireless product management.

Chan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, respectively. She serves on the board of the Telecom Infrastructure Project and the xRAN organization. Her contributions in the area of virtualized wireless radio access networks earned Chan an Intel Achievement Award in 2016.

Prasad Rampalli

Expert Advisor to CETF & CBO, Megh Computing

Prasad is a thirty year industry veteran with a successful track record in delivering multi-billion-dollar growth initiatives in medium to large companies. His assignments have spanned transformative roles as a public company CEO and board member at QLogic to Senior VP/executive at EMC and Intel. Prasad is currently advising multiple Silicon Valley startups and engaged with AWS/Leading SIs and eco-system partners in enabling digital transformation for F500 clients through disruptive Cloud technology platforms and solutions across industry verticals. Prasad is also an expert advisor for the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and leading key CBRS/Private 5G projects with AWS/Intel as partners, to solve the “digital-divide” challenge with effective broad-band access for underserved parts of California. Prasad was a CIO 100 honoree in 2001, 2002 and recipient of 3 Intel Achievement awards.


Guy Daniels

Director of Content, TelecomTV

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