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Preparing for an automated telco future

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Charlotte Patrick

Independent Analyst, Consult Ltd

Charlotte is an independent industry analyst covering the use of Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation (A3) by telecommunications companies. Her areas of interest are the uptake and efficacy of these technologies and the resulting financial benefit. She brings 13 years of experience as an analyst at Gartner and 10 years of practical experience in AT&T, COLT and Telefonica O2 – with a mix of strategic, marketing and financial skill sets.

Ken Gold

Director of Test, Monitoring and Analytics Solutions

Ken has a diverse background in the telecommunications industry spanning more than 30 years. He is currently focused on understanding how virtualization and 5G will change the way people and machines communicate and how operators will leverage automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning to better manage the customer’s quality of experience in this new reality—which in the end is all that matters.

Prior to joining EXFO, Ken held leadership roles in Solutions Marketing and Product Line Management with Nortel, Harris Broadcast, ADTRAN and Accedian Networks, focused on optical transport and Carrier Ethernet service assurance and performance monitoring.

Ken holds a Batchelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston Ontario.

Jo Hicks

Marketing Specialist, EXFO

Jo Hicks joined EXFO in March 2017 and is responsible for supporting the marketing strategy for the automated operations campaign. Previously, Ms. Hicks was a marketing assistant at Ontology Systems where she managed digital campaigns, events, public and analyst relations, internal communications and partner marketing. Earlier in her career, she held the role of Finance and Compliance Officer at a Mayfair-based equity firm, and worked as a personal assistant to the managing director of an online asset manager database in the City of London, England. Ms. Hicks holds a joint honors degree in history and Russian from the University of Birmingham.

The notion of automation in CSP operations is not new. Over the past 20 years, we have seen a steady progression of applications and processes leveraging automation—everything from batch processing to workflow automation. What began as simple scripting exercises, driven internally by a major Tier 1 CSP, has developed into a billion-dollar industry, striving toward the goal of ‘zero-touch’ operations. And today, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The intersection of virtual and cloud networks, with the emergence of 5G and massive IoT, have created a perfect storm. CSP operations teams have been forced to completely rethink their processes and embrace automation in order to survive the complexity of this new world order.

Join us as we discuss the challenges facing today’s telco operations and highlight some unique examples of how automation is helping overcome them.

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