Date July 22 – 23, 2019

Location The Convention Center, Infosys Campus, Electronics City, Bengaluru, KA, India


Event Overview

Open Networking Conference Asia 2019, is a joint event organized by Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and Infosys to be held in Bangalore, India between Monday 22- Tuesday 23 July, 2019.



Accelerating Open Networking Software Deployment Leading to Digitization and Transformation of Networks.

Event Description

The conference will serve as a platform for 'Networking Technology Partners' and 'Free and Open-Source Software' (FOSS) Community to converge and engage in knowledge sharing through Tech Talks, Training Sessions, Workshops, Panel Discussions and Plenary Sessions by Technology and Industry Leaders. Executives from MNOs, CSPs, OEMs, Tech Companies and System Integrators will also come together to discuss new frontiers and challenges as they navigate their next.


Two full days of conference sessions

Developer Conference with a variety of sessions designed to spark creativity and interest in the Open Source Developer Community, accompanied with an understanding of ONF platforms that are driving innovation in ‘Networks of the Future’.

8:00 - 9:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:45 - 10:00 Open Hack Challenge Overview by Infosys
10:00 - 10:45 ONF Overview and ONF Platforms and Solutions by Aseem Parikh, ONF Open Hack Challenge Set-up
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 Infosys Platforms and Tools for Open Networking
11:45 - 12:45 Technical Deep Dive 1 Virtualized Broadband Access by Saurav Das, ONF

Virtualized Broadband Access - SEBA is an open source platform that virtualizes broadband networks. It supports a multitude of virtualized access technologies at the edge of the carrier network, including PON, G.Fast, and DOCSIS. It extracts and 'cloudifies' functions that traditionally ran in complicated chassis-based PON systems and enables operators to leverage white-box single rack-unit PON systems from various vendors while running common control software.
12:45 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and POD visits
14:00- 15:00 Technical Deep Dive 2 Multi-access Edge Cloud by Oguz Sunay, ONF

Multi-Access Edge Cloud - Bringing convergence mobile & broadband networks’ edge to enable operators to seamlessly deliver next-generation services. Focused on COMAC, an open source platform optimized for 5G, and OMEC, an open source production grade Evolved Packet Core (EPC). Built on a micro service architecture leveraging SDN and cloud principles, the COMAC platform will enable greater infrastructure efficiencies as well as common subscriber authentication and service delivery capabilities to allow access, edge, core and public clouds to work in a centralized & coordinated manner.
Open Hack Challenge Demo and Evaluation
15:00 - 16:00 Technical Deep Dive 3 Next-Gen SDN and P4 by Brian O'Connor, ONF

Next-Gen SDN - An open source carrier-grade SDN stack, designed to give operators complete control of their networks by providing fine-grained network programmability, zero touch configuration and secure networking, above and beyond OpenFlow. Leveraging P4, P4Runtime, OpenConfig/gNMI and gNOI, NG-SDN is now truly delivering on the ‘software defined’ promise of SDN for future transformation, new applications and unprecedented levels of new value creation.
16:00 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 17:00 Selected Community Paper Presentations Tech talk by VMWare on 5G
17:00 - 17:45 Tech talk by Saankhya Labs on Cognitive Radio Networks (AI-RAN)
17:45 - 18:00 Closing Remarks

An Executive Conference with keynote sessions from Industry Leaders and Technology Experts around innovations in Open Source Networking Technologies.

8:00 - 9:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks by Nitesh Bansal, Senior Vice President & Global Head – Engineering Services Infosys
9:45 - 10:30 Keynote by Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ONF and Stanford Platform Labs

Topic - The Internet Infrastructure Transformation and the Big Opportunity it represents for Indian Software Industry
10:30 - 11:00 Keynote by
Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board – Infosys

Topic - Role of open source in building scalable mission critical platforms
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 11:50 Keynote by Rajan Mathews, Director General COAI
11:50 - 12:40 Panel 1 - Operationalizing Open Networking Solutions – Key Challenges and Strategies
12:40 - 13:00 Keynote by Pranav Mehta, CTO, Communication & Infrastructure Group Intel
13:00 - 14:30 Networking Lunch and POD visits
14:30 - 14:50 Keynote by George Tcharparian, CEO Edge Core
14:50 - 15:30 Panel 2 - Reimagining New Economies for Enterprises. Accelerating Monetization of Networks and Enabling the Next Wave of Opportunities
15:30 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:05 Keynote by Prof. Nate Foster, Associate Professor of Computer Science – Cornell University
16:05 - 16:55 Panel 3 - Talent Transformation for the Communication Industry – Building Essential Software Capabilities to Stay Relevant
16:55 - 17:15 Keynote by Pamela Kumar, Director General TSDSI
17:15 - 17:30 Announcement - Winner of Open Hack Challenge and Paper Presentations
17:30 - 17:45 Closing Remarks

*Agenda continues to be updated. Please check back soon for latest updates.

Key speakers at the event
Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani, Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Infosys

Guru Parulkar

Guru Parulkar, Executive Director ONF and Stanford Platform Labs

Nitesh Bansal

Nitesh Bansal, Senior Vice President & Global Head – Engineering Services Infosys

Anurag Vardhan Sinha

Anurag Vardhan Sinha, SVP Industry Head Communications, Media and Entertainment Infosys

Thirumala Arohi Mamunooru

Thirumala Arohi Mamunooru, Head – Education, Training and Assessments Infosys

George Tchaparian

George Tchaparian, Chief Executive Officer Edgecore Networks

Pranav Mehta

Pranav Mehta, CTO, Communication & Infrastructure Group Intel

Nate Foster

Nate Foster, Associate Professor Cornell University

Ram Narayanan

Ram Narayanan, Vice President and Managing Site Director VMWare

Prof. K.V.S Hari

Prof. K.V.S Hari, Professor - Department of ECE IISc, Bangalore

Anindya Saha

Anindya Saha, CTO Saankhya Labs

Subodh Gajare

Subodh Gajare, Senior Architect - Customer Experience Cisco R&D Center (Bangalore)

Pamela Kumar

Pamela Kumar, Director General TSDSI

Indrajit Sanyal

Indrajit Sanyal, Sr. Director and Head of Cloud & Core, Business Unit Digital Services at Ericsson

Oguz Sunay

Oguz Sunay, Chief Architect ONF

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor, Member of Technical Staff ONF

Saurav Das

Saurav Das, Vice President – Engineering ONF

Aseem Parikh

Aseem Parikh, Vice President - Solutions and Partnerships ONF

Satish Jamadagni

Satish Jamadagni, Vice President and Head of Standards Reliance Jio

TR Sridhar

TR Sridhar, Senior Product Line Manager VMWare

Doug Howland

Doug Howland, Senior Director, Systems Products Calix

Rana Pratap Sircar

Rana Pratap Sircar,Head of Innovation and Technology, Digital Services Ericsson

Rajan S Mathews

Rajan S Mathews, Director General Cellular Operators Association of India

W L Ryan Perera

W L Ryan Perera, Vice President and Country Head Ciena

Open Hack Challenge

Re-imagine the Network using Open Platforms

An event for creatively building network applications using open platforms to motivate the developer community in India. Below are the six themes identified for the Open Hack Challenge

Category Description
SDN Programmable Network Leverage open source platform, SDN Controller such as ONOS, ODL for implementing programmable networks. Feature addition or enhancement using existing ONOS application
Open Silicon native SDN NFV Transformation Solution based on advancements in hardware and embedded system domain for efficient utilization of silicon layer and architectural advancement for effective utilization of HAL in White Box, Grey Box & Brite-Boxes by silicon vendors
5G 5G strategies to leverage 5G virtualization at the core using network slicing to support multiple networks over one physical infrastructure, 5G Virtualization at edge namely, the virtual partitioning of mobile radio access network (RAN) for services underlying use cases such as IOT, streaming video, remote health care etc.
Cloud, Data Center, Edge Computing Innovation in SDDC, edge computing & leveraging cloud based economy such as cloud connects distributed security in cloud environment, edge computing for zero latency use cases
Smart N/W, Operational Excellence AI & Smart networks, extending benefits of AI & ML for faster RCA’s , use of big data for improving customer experience & reducing cost of operation & maintenance
  • Participants can use any reference architecture or exemplar platform from ONF or equivalent open platforms and build a use-case. For example: “Application aware dynamic routing using ONOS segment routing engine”. Each team can have a maximum of 4 participants.
  • Participants to provide a brief (600 words) of the idea by 28th June, 2019. Shortlisted teams shall be notified to proceed with the demo implementation.
  • Teams will be provided access to ONF Community resources and slack-channels established for Open Hack Challenge with access to SMEs from ONF and Infosys
  • Teams will have to present their solutions on 22nd July, 2019, at Infosys Campus, Bengaluru. Teams are expected to carry their own hardware and software for the competition. Open Internet access will be provided at the venue. Participants can setup their demos during the first half of the day.
  • On Day 1, 22nd July, 2019, we will have the evaluations based on live demo and presentation during the second half of the day. Each team should also prepare a business / technical pitch presentation (not exceeding 3 slides) to showcase their solution approach and final outcome.
  • The winners will be announced during the Executive Conference on Day 2, 23rd July, 2019

Please submit your nominations to All participants must register by clicking the Registration link below.

Ideas for creating an Open Networking World

We are happy to invite Scholars and Industry Practitioners for a paper presentation associated with the first Open Networking Conference Asia 2019, with fresh ideas and thoughts on open networking. The paper is also intended to bring out and share the industry best practices and learnings in open networking.

Here is a broad list of topics for the Paper Presentation:

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Intent Based Networking
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • SD WAN
  • Software Defined Data Center (SDC)
  • Green Networking
  • 5G
  • Virtual RAN/Cloud RAN
  • Virtual Packet Core
  • Virtualized Access Network

The selection process will have two steps:

Step 1 – Abstract Based Selection

Authors are expected to share an abstract, including title of the paper, authors’ names, organization, email ID, contact number, affiliations and acknowledgement (if any), in not more than 600 words (MS-Word Format). Each entry can have a maximum of 3 authors.

The abstract should reach on or before 25th June, 2019. The selected authors will be informed by 1st July, 2019. All participants must register by clicking the Registration link below.

Step 2 – Final Paper Selection

The subject and contents of the paper can be general in their scope and structure but will need to align to the Open Networking vision and goals. The final papers should reach by 8th July, 2019. The selected authors will be informed by 15th July, 2019.

Step 3 – Paper Presentation

The selected authors shall present (not more than 5 slides) to a judging panel on 22nd July, 2019. Each presentation will be for 10 minutes. Winners will be felicitated post presentation.

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