Open API, Unbundled, Open Source, and Testbeds

Open API, Unbundled, Open Source, and Testbeds Topical Session

This panel will follow-up from the past successful IEEE 5G Testbed Workshop focusing on Open source, Open API, unbundled software and experimental testbeds for 4G, 5G and Beyond Telecom networks.

The objective of this panel is to bring together developers, practitioners, technical experts and researchers to share experiences and advance the state of the art in all aspects of 5G systems prototyping, evaluation, and testing that use Open source, Open API and unbundled Radio Access and edge core Telecom networks – RAN, EPC and higher levels.

The panel also aims to solicit contributions and promote discussion on the novel methodological studies and experimental paradigms for future 5G testbeds and co-development and co-deployment of experimental platforms. Of particular interest are ideas on extending publicly available testbeds with 5G related technologies as they become available and how they can be used to address common technological and scientific problems that are related to advanced wireless systems.

Topics Covered

  • Open Source Tools
  • Open Source Air-interfaces
  • Unbundled telecom networks, RAN, EPC
  • 5G testbed implementation and deployment including real-world lessons learned
  • Large scale experiment design and deployment
  • Testbed design for repeatability and reproducibility
  • Tools and services for testbed users and operators (including prototyping)
  • Experiments on federated testbeds
  • Experimentation with future wireless platforms including: Full duplex, Massive and distributed MIMO, cmWave and mmWave, D2D, V2V, V2I
  • Experimentation with integrated Cloud/MEC/Fog computing
  • Integrated Fronthaul/Backhaul with multi-tenancy and federation
  • Support for infrastructure slicing and isolation
  • Role of common and open source software tools
  • Network Slicing
  • Cloud RAN

Panel:   Developing and Deploying Programmable 5G White Boxes in the Edge Clouds

Speakers: Tom Tofigh, AT&T and Sassan Ahmadi, Xilinx

Open Edge Cloud Reference Platforms are enabling the deployment of SDN-controlled/NFV-based 5G networks with a set of new and emerging services that are highly dependent on mobile edge computing and smart radio access platforms. This talk will reference M-CORD  as an example of open platform for demonstrating that 5G networks are not just about connectivity, rather providing fully-configurable platform for emerging services. Relying on standardized [mobile network] data planes including  control over RRH configuration parameters from an SDN controller, M-CORD provides a platform for innovation in emerging versatile 5G services such as  AR/VR, V2X, transportation, manufacturing, health and education.  Some of these vertical markets and applications will need to operate in  sub-millisecond zones where 5G systems features such as split architecture, virtualization, slicing, and beam steering under control of SDN will  enable opportunities and mitigate challenges via [democratized and] open network interfaces.  Such open interfaces would provide 5G and edge cloud technologies to support shared acceleration, analytics, AI and ML solutions that complement operators’ 5G vision.  The low-cost edge cloud and smart RRH based on open hardware and open software stacks will pave the road for faster deployments and new set of application classes that operate in sub-millisecond zones.


Tom Tofigh, AT&T

Tom is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T’s Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T. Tom has been responsible for planning and implementation of large-scale telecommunications equipment He has extensive experience that spans across many disciplines including 5G networks. Tom is currently representing AT&T at Open Networking Foundation working on Open Source CORD.  Tom previously was chair of application working group for 5 years, and held software management positions at various switching companies. He was an adjunct at GWU teaching advanced networking courses.   He is co-editor of couple of books on 4G networking and QOS Architecture for wireless networking.  He holds over 50 patents awarded and many more pending.

Sassan Ahmadi, Xilinx Inc.

Dr. Sassan Ahmadi is the Director of 5G Wireless Systems and Standards with Xilinx Inc., and a Lecturer at Stanford University with over 30 years of experience in signal processing and communication system design as well as cellular systems standards development. Previously, he held senior positions at Apple, Intel and Nokia. He has authored two recent books on wireless communications, “LTE-Advanced, A Practical Systems Approach to Understanding 3GPP LTE Releases 10 and 11 Radio Access Technologies”, Academic Press, 2013 and “Mobile WiMAX, A Systems Approach to Understanding IEEE 802.16m Radio Access Technology”, Academic Press, 2010 and over 80 patents/patent applications on various aspects of 4G and 5G radio access networks. He is the co-author of six other books as well as and the author of more than 20 refereed journal and conference papers. He has taught graduate courses at Stanford University since 2014 and University of California, San Diego between 2000 and 2003.

Bob D’Eletto, Keysight

Bob D’Eletto currently serves as New Business Development Manager for Keysight’s Internet Infrastructure Group.  Bob has been with Keysight for 18 years and has worked on many Network Monitoring projects including SS7 monitoring, VoIP monitoring, Ethernet Test, Fault and Performance Management systems, and Micro-Probing.  Bob is currently working on 5G C-RAN monitoring and testing including Radio over Ethernet, and eCPRI.

Bob is also the Keysight principal point of contact for two NSF/University research projects.  One is the PAWR project which will result in 3-4 city scale wireless research networks being built in the United States.  The other is Georgia Tech’s FiWIN project which is performing advanced research on 5G front haul technologies.

Prior to Keysight Bob worked at Bell Communications Research testing the first roll out of SS7 for the Regional Bell Companies.  He is also a retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer. Bob received his undergraduate degree from The United States Coast Guard Academy and his Masters in EE from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain, Northeastern University

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director at Northeastern University. In this role, he is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda of a $100 million public-private partnership; Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR). His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as LTE, Dispersed computing, Edge computing and Internet of Things.  He has organized and participated in technical program committees, workshops and panels at premier venues such as IEEE InfoCom, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM MobiCom and IEEE VTC. He was formerly the lead wireless engineer for the NSF GENI program at Raytheon BBN Technologies. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.

Vinay Gupta, Polaris Networks

Vinay Gupta, Chief Technology Officer and a Co-Founder of Polaris Networks (, is a technologist with over twenty years in the telecommunications and networking industry. He has steered the company’s R&D in protocol software and test tools in technologies such as Wireless LAN, WiMAX, RFID. LTE, IoT and now 5G. Previously, he was the head of the Agilent Technologies R&D center in Kolkata. Vinay has a BS in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai, and an MS in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Abhay Karandikar, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Professor Abhay Karandikar is currently the Director, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Dr Karandikar is also a Member (part-time) of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Before joining IIT Kanpur as the Director in April 2018, he served as Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He also served as Dean (Faculty Affairs) at IIT Bombay from February 2017 to April 2018 and Head of the Electrical Engineering Department from January 2012 to January 2015. He was the coordinator of Tata Teleservices IIT Bombay Center for Excellence in Telecom (TICET), National Center of Excellence in Technology for Internal Security. He spearheaded a national effort in setting up Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), India’s standards body for telecom with participation of all stakeholders. Prof Karandikar is the founding member and Chairman of TSDSI. Currently, he is working as a consultant to provide technical expertise in design and implementation of BharatNet, Government of India’s flagship initiative under Digital India program. Dr Karandikar has several patents issued and pending, contributions to IEEE, 3GPP standards, contributed chapters in books and large number of papers in international journals and conferences to his credit.

Dr. Karandikar was awarded with IEEE SA’s Standards Medallion in December 2016 in New Jersey. His team also won Mozilla Open Innovation challenge prize in March 2017. He is a two time recipient of award for excellence in teaching at IIT Bombay- in 2006 and 2011. He is co-author of papers which won the Best paper awards in ACM MobiHoc 2009, Workshop on Indoor and Outdoor Small Cells WiOpt2014 and finalist for the best paper award in IEEE LCN 2012 and IEEE NCC 2014 conferences.

Joe Kochan, Co-founder and COO of US Ignite and Project Director, PAWR Project Office

Joe Kochan serves as the COO of US Ignite, responsible for day-to-day operations, finance, and program management for the national non-profit organization, which is based in DC. Joe also serves as the director of the Project Office for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, a $100M program funded by NSF and over 25 leading wireless and telecom companies. Prior to US Ignite, Joe worked as part of the Department of Commerce’s BTOP grant program, as well as having also been a founder and Vice President–Operations of DigitalBridge Communications (DBC), a Virginia-based startup backed by over $40M in venture funding. Previously, he was with Verizon, with responsibility for strategic planning and strategic project management, specifically focusing on the military housing market and the implementation of the first Verizon FiOS networks at military bases across the country.

Serdar Vural, University of Surrey, UK

Serdar Vural received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005 and 2007, respectively, from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. His BS Degree is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2003 from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Vural is currently a Technical Architect at the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) University of Surrey, UK, and is the team leader for software-defined networking (SDN) activities, and co-leading 5G system deployment and development initiatives. Dr Vural’s research interests are in SDN, network functions virtualisation (NFV), wireless sensor and ad hoc networks, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Future Internet, and Next Generation Mobile Networks.



Upkar Dhaliwal
Future Wireless Technologies