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BASE Athens

After two very successful 2017 Broadband events, we are kicking off the BASE 2018 series by holding an all new public workshop adjacent to the Broadband Forum annual meeting in Athens, Greece.

Our 2017 events focused on exciting innovation in the Broadband Access infrastructure. Our first 2018 summit adds an extra dimension that will dramatically impact what Broadband means to the hundreds of millions of subscribers. What’s extra? We are covering virtualized Broadband, cloud services, the managed home, 5G wireless/wireline convergence, and the latest in high speed access technology. These will enable providers to deliver a new generation of differentiated services.

Why Attend?

The goal is to provide attendees with a whole new perspective on what is being created for Broadband providers and users alike, delivered by the leaders in the industry, many of whom are active participants in the Forum’s work. The workshop sessions are shown below.

BASE 2018 is the first of a new style Broadband event that brings together key new technologies for service providers to deliver high value services across the whole broadband ecosystem.  BASE 2018 Athens event is located at the conjunction of three continents and targeted at regional providers hungry for advice, guidance and new business opportunities.

Broadband Leading Speakers

Service Provider Speakers from: British Telecom, BSNL, India Dept. of Telecoms, CYTA, Deutsche Telekom, SK Telekom, Verizon, Vodafone

Industry Speakers from: ADTRAN , Boosty, The Broadband Forum, BroadbandTrends, Calix, Cartesian, Corning, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, inCITES Consulting SARL, InCoax, Intel, Intracom-Telecom, Metanoia, Mimosa, Nokia, Sckipio, Tessares, Tibit Communications, UNH-IOL

BASE at a Glance

Day 1






Worldwide Market overview

Lead analysts from market research companies will provide their perspectives in converged Broadband Networks

Convergence in Access Networks

System Vendors will present individual solution offerings and capabilities of a converged access network in support of upgrading to a Software Defined Access architecture.

Technology Vision, support for ultrafast broadband

Component/System vendors and operators will provide their vision of todays and future ultrafast Broadband Networks considering

  • virtualized Broadband
  • cloud services
  • managed home
  • 5G wireless / wireline convergence
  • latest in high speed access technology architectures

Strategic Operator view

Provider strategic view and new business requirements
Leading operators will provide their view for choosing specific technologies in their access network architectures to support their service offering. They will address integration challenges and future Applications.

BASE Day 1

BASE Segment 1

Worldwide Market Overview  
Moderator: Ioannis Tomkos, Athens Information Technology Center


8:30 - 8:45

Opening and Introduction
Bernd Hesse, BASE Chairman, BBF / Calix


8:45 - 9:15

Keynote: Building Holistic Broadband Services
Robin Mersh, CEO, Broadband Forum

This session sets the scene for the BASE event by covering the main project areas of the BBF and how they bring a holistic approach to the Broadband ecosystem. These are the Connected Home, CloudCO, 5G wireless wireline and Gigabit Access. Underpinning these are the Forum's work on Software and YANG modelling, NFV/SDN, OpenBroadband, Certification and Open Source projects - and these are, of course, also the topics covered in the event.
9:15 - 9.30

Development of Mobile Broadband in Greece and the future prospects and opportunities
George Stefanopoulos, General Manager, Greek Mobile Operators Association (EEKT)

This session will provide valuable insights with applicability for many other territories.

9:30 - 10:00

Broadbandtrends findings from our Global Operator Survey on Deployment Strategies
Teresa Mastrangelo, Principal Analyst, BroadbandTrends

The Global Service Provider Survey - Deployment Strategies analyzes results from interviews (# TBD) with incumbent and competitive operators in all major regions, representing a significant broadband market presence within their regions. This survey provides an in-depth assessment of the current and future state of the market – to understand the pace of deployment; key drivers and challenges, top use cases and deployment potential for each use case.  Results will be provided on a global basis as well as regional.

10:00 - 10:30

The future of Broadband in Europe
Dimitrios Xydias, Consultant, inCITES Consulting SARL

We will provide our market views on Fixed and Mobile Connectivity in Europe, explaining our assumptions and expectations for various KPIs, such as FTTx penetration, mobile 5G subscriptions, Mobile Broadband penetration and NGA connections amongst others. We will also aim to summarise the national agendas for current hot topics of the industry, namely, FTTx and mobile 5G and how these will have to be harmonised for pan-European 5G to become a reality.

10:25 - 10:40

Morning Break


“The Second Telecom Age” - NFV and AI Convergence
Spyros Sakellariou, Disruptive Technologies Manager, Intracom Telecom

This session covers how 5G will reach its full potential when augmented by NFV and AI technologies.

11.00- 12:15

Plenary Session - Hot Topics in Broadband: an Industry Perspective
Moderator: Robin Mersh. Invited Panelists include:

  • Nikos Pappas, Minister of Digital Telecommunications and Information Policies (MinDigital)
  • Yannis Sirros, Director General, Federation of Hellenic Information Technology and Communication Enterprises (SEPE) & Vice Chairman Europe, World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)
  • George Onopas, Director Access & Transmission Network, Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE/COSMOTE)
  • Nikos Plevris, Head of Transmission and Transport Department, Vodafone
  • Antonis Tzortzakakis, Board of Directors, European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) &  Chief Broadband & B2B Officer, WIND GR

12:15 - 13:30


BASE Segment 2

Technology Vision
Moderator: Robin Mersh, CEO BBF

13:30 - 13:50

Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) and Holistic Broadband 
Dr. Georgios Karagiannis, Principal Strategist in Standardization and Industry Development,Huawei Technologies and
Mark Fishburn, Director, Strategic Marketing, BBF

Broadband Forum’s Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) enables a dramatically faster & more efficient provisioning of new Cloud-based services that are requiring higher responsiveness and higher performance and are able to provide a rapid availability of new revenue generating services. This presentation provides a brief overview of Broadband Forum’s activities on CloudCO, including TR-384 “Cloud Central Office Reference Architectural Framework” and the Open Broadband and discusses their impact on the realization of the Holistic Broadband vision

13:50 -14:10

New Fixed Wireless Access Opportunities with 5G
Matthias Kindler, Director Carrier Business Development, Intel

The introduction of 5G technology is opening up new opportunities and use cases for Fixed Wireless Access. The presentation will compare 5G FWA with 4G/LTE FWA from technology, use case and business case perspective. In addition the presentation wants to show how a fixed broadband link can complement and add value to a 5G FWA broadband link in a Hybrid Access scenario.

14:10 - 14:30

The ERA of SDA
Alan Diciccio, Senior Director, Solution Marketing, Calix


This session will set up the vision for SDA and highlight three major industry initiatives to meet the demands of what’s matters most, the needs of the subscriber. The concepts and techniques of virtualization born out of the data center, the unrelenting need for bandwidth and flexibility that NG-PON2 provides and the subscriber devices (IoT) connected through WiFi are critical areas now being focused on in the BBF. These areas will be framed for the audience to emphasize their application and importance in order to set the foundation for later presentations that will go into more detail.

14:30 - 14:50

Fixed and Mobile traffic growth drivers and requirements on the Access and Aggregation Network 
Paolo Monti, Director Market Development, Ericsson

The introduction of 5G Radio technology will be the enabler of new use cases, that will not be limited to enhanced mobile BB but will offer new revenue opportunities for the Operators in new markets mainly driven by the Industry, Smart Cities, Public Safety, Healthcare. This session will go through the different dynamics that will be affecting the Fixed & Mobile Access and Aggregation Network of the future, and the requirements that will make it open and future proof to support existing and new services and use cases, making the Network as a key asset driving new revenue opportunities, and not just being perceived as a cost.

14:50 - 15:10

A Coming of Age for Wireless Broadband – Evaluating the Alternatives
Jaime Fink , CTO & Founder, Mimosa

ISPs, suppliers and regulators are feverishly working to overcome the hurdles to deploy new 5G and wireless broadband services to solve the digital divide. We will discuss various broadband deployment technologies that span Urban, Suburban and Rural areas, corresponding spectrum options, and new spectrum sharing opportunities. We will also consider the economics for ISPs, and tradeoffs of dedicated broadband solutions versus hybrid (mobile and broadband) network approaches.

15:10 -15:30

Afternoon Break

15:30 - 15:50

Driving access network convergence through next-generation PON and SD-Access
Eric Joyce, Office of the CTO, EMEA Region, ADTRAN

As operators push more and more fiber deeper into the network to support a range of residential, enterprise and x-haul services, the need for access network convergence is greater than ever. By combining leading access technologies like NGPON2 with SDN-based programmability, operators are now able to build highly programmable and scalable converged access networks. This presentation will cover the use cases driving convergence and the best practices for implementing these converged, SDN-controlled access networks.
15:50 - 16:10

Slicing & Sharing Fixed Access networks
Dionisis Drakopoulos, SDN / NFV Software Engineer, Nokia

With the proliferation of FTTH deployments, service providers need to simplify network architectures and making them more efficient to meet the challenges of bandwidth and latency demands. SDN and NFV are key enablers for Fixed Access Network evolution to lower the network’s total cost-of-ownership. In this new model of Software-defined Access Networks - SDAN, the physical access node and its onboard application software are decoupled With virtualization, the physical access network can be partitioned into multiple virtual network slices. This is "Fixed Access Network Sharing" - FANS - offers differentiated network connectivity services, which can be independently controlled and defined to support new dynamic business models. It further allows operators to converge more services such as 5G mobile transport on a single network infrastructure. This session covers this impoertant topic.

16:10 - 16:30

What does it take to meet Software-Defined Access Requirements?
Didier Boivin, Jim Bridgewater , Vice President, Metanoia

Historically, access solutions in the market have had most of their key echnologies implemented in hardwired logic functions, with limited programmable options for addressing standards or overall requirements. Breaking through the limits imposed by hardwired solutions has been the challenge for enterprises and service providers to reap the benefits of the coveted software-defined access. This presentation will describe the key components of a software-defined access architecture that could make wireless-wireline technology convergence a reality, including 5G, Wi-Fi (i.e: 802.11ax & 802.11ad) and Gfast.

16:30 - 16:50

The Future of Networks
Nikos Andrikogiannopoulos, Principal, Cartesian

A Review of the drivers behind NFV adoption and its strategic importance to service providers. and touches on an important survey of service provider deployment of NFV entitled: "The Future of Networks. Dealing with Transformation in a Virtualized World"

16.50 - 17:10

The Effect of Virtualization on PON Architectures and Hardware
Kevin Noll, Tibit Communications

As operators push more and more fiber deeper into the network to support a range of residential, enterprise and x-haul services, the need for access network convergence is greater than ever. By combining leading access technologies like NGPON2 with SDN-based programmability, operators are now able to build highly programmable and scalable converged access networks. This presentation will cover the use cases driving convergence and the best practices for implementing these converged, SDN-controlled access networks. 

17:10- 17:30

Q&A and first day closing statement


BASE Day 2

8:30 - 8:40

Opening and Introduction


Bernd Hesse, BASE Chairman, BBF/ Calix


BASE Segment 3

Converged Networks
Moderator: Mark Fishburn, Director Strategic Marketing, BBF

8:40 - 9:00

5G Fixed Mobile Convergence – Standardization Status
Greg Dalle, Juniper Networks and Manuel Paul, Deutsche Telekom
(Leaders BBF, 5G Project Streams, Work Area)

The scope of 5G Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) is to support fixed broadband services with a 5G Core Network, based on either a wireline access network (eg. NGPON2,, etc) or 5G radio access (5G Fixed Wireless Access). This requires adaptation on the functions defined by the Broadband Forum, to make them compatible with the 5G Core Network, in particular the Residential Gateway and the wireline Access Network. This presentation will bring a comprehensive overview of the target use cases, the converged architecture and the key recommendations.

9:00 - 9:20

Quality Broadband and BBF-2020
Wei Lin , System Architect, Huawei Technologies

Quality broadband, as an integral part of the BBF's vision, intends to greatly improve user experience, meeting the needs of individuals, households, enterprises, and the coming intelligent world. It’s believed that Quality broadband will both improve ROI and allow for sustainable development. This presentation will give the vision of “Quality Broadband”, and discuss what quality broadband requires BBF activities in order to support the realization of its vision.

9:20 - 9:40

Interacting with Tomorrow’s Access Network: Broadband Access Abstraction

Tim Carey, Nokia and
OB-BAA Project Chair, BBF

The vision of Cloud CO is to refactor today’s access/edge network segments from a collection of application specific, purpose built boxes into a collection of physical network functions (PNFs) and virtual network functions (VNFs) deployed on generic computing infrastructure, interconnected by a generic switching fabric. BBF’s Open Broadband - Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) is an open source initiative for providing a component that redesigns and unifies the control and management of access PNFs to revolutionize Network and Service Operation to meet the Cloud CO vision.

9:40 - 10:00

Wireless Performance Testing for Broadband deployments
Lincoln Lavoie, BBF, UNH-IOL

Wireless performance is quickly becoming a key factor within Broadband deployments.  Detailed performance testing can radically improve customer experience when deploy new subscriber equipment. The Broadband Forum is developing the 398  Wi-Fi In-Premises Performance Test Plan develop industry accepted, repeatable Wireless Performance testing.  This segment reviews this approach, and provides some test data seen within the lab thus far.

10:00 - 10:20

Morning Break

10:20- 10:40

Amplifying the Subscriber Experience to Support the Connected Home and Monetize Gigabit Broadband  
Eric Joyce, Office of the CTO, EMEA Region, ADTRAN

In this session explains how service activation microservices provide a cohesive end-to-end service activation workflow through straightforward open API’s and operational logic. Common challenges faced by service providers, including human error, manual operations, pre-provisioning across multiple organizations, tightly coupled systems, etc.. We also explore how this same microservices architecture provides the opportunity for network operators to develop/integrate applications that provide a big data view of the network.

10:40 - 11:00

Next Generation PON
Pascal Dom, Product Manager, Nokia Fiber Access

Leading service providers worldwide are accelerating upgrades of their fiber networks. Next gen PON will enable them to get more value form the existing infrastructure and prepare for the future steps, such as introduction of  virtualization and 5G mobile. This session will provide overview of the market drivers, use cases, new technical approaches and migration considerations for NGPON2.

11:00 - 11:20

Next Generation Management in Greenfield and Brownfield scenarios
Thomas Martin, Principal Solutions Engineer, Calix

This session will highlight some of the challenges of bringing in next generation management and control solutions into carrier networks.  It will also highlight the advantage greenfield carriers have in network service automation leveraging these new technologies.  While SDN and NFV is having influence over the way carriers are looking at network automation, the concepts embodied in these new technologies have been used by carriers for decades.  This session will address some of the considerations for bringing SDN into carrier networks, and how these technologies are being used to automate functions carries have not traditionally automated.

11:20 - 11:40

Evolution of FTTx Networks in a Mobile World
Vanesa Diaz, Market Development Manager, Corning

The convergence of both wireless and wireline technologies is becoming widely accepted as the future-ready platform to meet all subscriber needs. With NG-PON2 technologies evolving the bandwidth capabilities of fiber networks, ensuring the right infrastructure is in place in the passive plant is paramount. The level of densification 5G networks demand will necessitate a fiber network so prolific that they closely resemble FTTH deployments. This presentation covers how operators can efficiently deploy a converged approach with state of the art connectivity solutions and deployment practices.
11:40 - 12:00Experience from the first deployments of hybrid access networks using  Multipath TCP
Nicolas Keukeleire, Product Manager, Tessares
Multipath TCP (RFC6824) is one of the solutions which can be deployed by network operators to build hybrid access networks following the recommendations in TR-348. Several network operators have already used Multipath TCP to offer hybrid access services to their end users. In this talk, we will describe their deployment and several of the lessons that have been learned from using this hybrid technology for more than a year
12:00 - 13.00Lunch 
13:00 - 13:20Software Platforms will transform the business of broadband
Gregory Bathrick, Senior Director, Solution Marketing, Calix
In the past, transformative innovation in the broadband business came from the silicon chipsets providing the physical layer connection between the central office and the subscriber’s home. Those days are gone. While the physical layer technology is still important, going forward, nearly all transformative innovation will be driven by the software that is abstracted from and rides above the physical layer. Software platforms are the universal building block for broadband networks. This presentation illustrates how unique operator network transformation objectives are met with reconfigurable software platforms, providing solutions for immediate deployment and migration to CloudCO in the future.

13:20 -13:40

Use cases over coax in access environments
Helge Tiainen, Business Development Manager, InCoax

Gigabit to the home or unit is the holy grail of operators around the world. There are numerous technologies and mediums available and not all are created equal. And while the installation of fiber is accepted, where to terminate (the curb, the basement et al) is a technology and economic decision.  Use of the in-building coax, for instance, is already in existence and is a means or providing the high performance and low latency required to accommodate the very high speed of fiber. This presentation will provide a description of the various use cases using coax and other viable wires as a fiber extension application.

13:40 - 14:00

Gfast is ready for the Gigabit era
Adar Eyal, Director of Business Development, , EMEA, Sckipio

To be successful a Gfast product has to combine good performance (coverage) with the right level of CAPEX and OPEX. This presentation deals with innovative technologies used to meet this target, making Gfast ready for the Gigabit era.

14:00 - 14:20

Application-Layer Testing: Bringing Reality to Network Performance Testing
Ken Ko, Senior Staff Scientist, ADTRAN

When you use broadband, perhaps you do some online shopping in one window while watching video clips in another, all while checking email and messages on your phone. At the same time, your significant other may binge the latest season of Game of Thrones while the kids are playing online games. Shouldn’t we bring that same level of rich complexity to the test scenarios we use to evaluate network performance?  The Broadband Forum has initiated a new project to define how test traffic is specified and generated at the application layer. It supports specification of test traffic that exhibits the complexity resulting from multiple types of applications and subscribers aggregated in a common network. We present how these specificationswill facilitate new levels of testing realism for stakeholders across the industry.

14:20 - 14:40

Ultra-broadband Analog Radio Over Fiber techniques for 5G Networks
Dr. Evangelos Pikasis, 5G R&D Manager, Eulambia

European H2020 BlueSpace R&D project addresses the challenges of increased capacity, scalability, manageability, resource allocation of 5G networks by adopting a pragmatic yet disruptive and future proof approach. The core concept of this project is exploiting the added value of Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) in the Radio Access Network (RAN). This session discusses our role and experience of leading the Design and development of ARoF transceivers”. Analog Radio over Fiber (ARoF) can provide much more capacity than standard Digital RoF (DRoF) approaches like common public radio interface (CPRI) and significant power saving with respect to that technique, since analogue RoF eliminates the need for digital-to-analogue conversion.

14:40 -15:00


Utilizing New Technologies to Control and Manage Devices in the Home
John Blackford, Product Management Director, Arris
This session addresses the key industry issue for the connected home. The home network is growing more complex every year. There are more connected devices: TVs, STBs, Thermostats, - the list is endless and there are more services now using those connected devices. At the same time, the home network is becoming more complex. Given all of this, the home owner really just wants the home network to work transparently... like the electricity or any other utility!! A new management and control framework, called User Services Platform (USP), has been created by the Broadband Forum, in order to fix the problem. This session sescribes how USP builds on the experiences gained from 800 million residential gateway, set-top-boxes, and other CPE installations using the Broadband Forum's CPE WAN Management Protocol, commonly known as TR-069, over the last 14 years.

15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

BASE Segment 4

Strategic Operator View
Moderator: Kevin Foster, Chairman of the Board, BBF, General Manager (Technology Standards and Ecosystems), BT Technology, Service & Operations (BT TSO)

15:15 - 15:35

NGPON2 status within Verizon
Vincent O’Byrne , Director of Technology., Verizon

This talk discusses Verizon's experience and lessons learned in the course of the NG-PON2 RFP, and the plans for the NG-PON2 deployment this year.

15:35 - 15:55

Technical and commercial challenges for running a retail, hybrid access solution
Paul Evans, CEO, Boosty

The presentation will discuss our objectives for the launch and the key lessons learned from the introduction of the world’s first retail hybrid access solution, allowing consumers to use their 4G smartphones to seamlessly augment their often slow home broadband. It will also discuss commercial and technical challenges and experience gained.

15:55 - 16:15

Unified Access Network for enhancing the Gigabit Society
Bruno Cornaglia
Fixed Access Manager

Vodafone owns multiple access technologies around the world. It becomes really important to create an unified access architecture that allows of integrating all technologies in a single approach, from FTTC to FTTH and Cable. This approach is suitable for urban and suburban areas but in rural areas all operators have difficulties to deploy a NGA network. This session discusses how the introduction of FANS (Fixed Access Network Sharing) on top of the unified access platform can facilitate the development of NGA networks also in rural areas. We also cover how the new ΔQ metric can improve the network performances and the quality experiences by the customers.

16:15 - 16:35

Cyta' s optical access network Strategy
Charis Tehmistou, Head Access Network Planning – Nicosia District, CYTA

Cyta is the ILEC of Cyprus. Since 2001 when the first ADSL deployments have started, focus has been given to extend the capabilities of the broadband access network. Having also a vast FTTCab optical access network the limits of the copper cable are soon to be reached. Implementing the new FTTH network in alignment with the Broadband20/20 initiative and Europe’s Gigabit Society for 2025, new capabilities are arising, which can be used for providing, supporting and integrating new Applications.

16:35 - 16:55

A mobile fronthaul solution for LTE BBU hoteling
Hongseok Shin, Senior Manager, SK-Telecom

This presentation will provide an introduction into WDM fronthaul and the technology of high capacity and management functions. It will also include the future plan for 5G.

16:55 - 17:30

Service Provider Q&A Session and Close  
Close of BASE Athens
Why attendees loved the first two BASE events?
  • World’s experts delivering new information on Broadband Innovation
  • Everyone learned something new
  • No paid-for stale keynotes
  • No paid-for product sponsored pitches
... and What makes BASE 2018 Athens special?
  • Understand Smart home | gigabit access | 5G wireline-wireless | virtualized broadband technologies - without the hype
  • Understand the potential for new technologies to create high value services and local customers - without the hype
  • The first public broadband event ever to be collocated with the world’s experts coming together for Broadband Forum annual meeting

Event Hotel

Athenaeum InterContinental Athens
89-93 Syngrou Avenue
Athens ,11745, Greece
Phone: +30.210.920.6000

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Previously on BASE ...

We kicked off BASE in October and November last. These predominently Access events were very successful and inspired BASE 2018. Follow this link for BASE 2017 presentations and videos.