5G Solutions Manager
Yvon Rouault joined EXFO in January 2014 and holds the position of 5G Solutions Manager, in the Service Assurance division. In this position, he is in charge of the alignment of the optimization and monitoring solutions with the 5G market requirements.
With some 33 years of experience in the network testing and service assurance industry, Yvon has occupied various roles ranging from engineering, pre-sales and sales account management, product marketing, and CTO office advisor.
Prior to joining EXFO, he worked for leading companies such as Hewlett Packard, Agilent and Tektronix Communications. He has provided solutions in various networking domains, from transport networks (SDH, …), fixed networks (VoIP, SD-WAN), switching and routing (ATM, IP, MPLS), and mobile networks for the past 10 years.
Yvon holds an engineering degree in Electronics and a master’s degree in Marketing Management from HEC Paris. He has lived and worked in France, Canada and Germany.
Many 5G-related discussions have focused on the importance of 5G for enterprise use cases, including industry automation. Unsurprisingly, Industry 4.0 has been a popular 5G topic. In fact, starting with 4G, the enterprise interest in private (or non-public) mobile networks has been increasing. 5G—and 5G network slicing—will reinforce this trend.
Of course, enterprise use cases differ from most consumer use cases. For example, to meet strict service level agreements, mobile network operators (MNOs) must be able to understand how networks and services perform end to end, in real time and across various domains. MNOs will also have to rely on automation to effectively and efficiently assure enterprise services. This is a paradigm shift for MNOs, and its complexity should not be underestimated.
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