The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Preparing the Transport Network for 5G

Tuesday, 10 March, 13:50 - 14:50

Theater II

Session sponsored by Juniper Networks


Session Description
The promise of 5G is largely based on how the new services it offers will enable providers to deliver: enhanced mobile broadband, augmented reality, connected vehicle, industrial IoT, the software-defined enterprise, and much more. But this diverse set of services will also place diverse requirements on the network, including x-haul optics and timing & sync. In order for 5G to be profitable, service providers must deliver efficient, end-to-end network slicing – without it, 5G becomes an operational quagmire. Key technologies include automation, orchestration, transport protocols, edge clouds, wireless-wireline convergence (WWC), and threat-aware infrastructure will be addressed.

Kanika Atri, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Juniper, USA

Amit Bhardwaj
, Sr. Director, Product Management, Juniper, USA


Kanika Atri, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Juniper, USA

Kanika Atri is Senior Director, Strategic Marketing at Juniper Networks, responsible for strategic cross-portfolio marketing and visioneering initiatives, serving Service Provider and Cloud Provider segments globally. In particular, she is giving voice to how Juniper is changing networking for the Cloud + 5G + AI Era as we step into the next decade. From starting out as an RF Engineer, to owning Pre-Sales, Sales roles, to taking leadership positions in Strategy, Marketing and CTO teams in the last 17+ years of her professional career, Kanika has found her roots in the telecom industry, gaining experience at Siemens, Nortel, Cisco and Nokia. She is most passionate about spotting future technologies, groundbreaking innovations, and articulating and evangelizing their story with the ecosystem.  Kanika has an MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Kellogg School of Management, Chicago and a B.E in Computer Science.

Amit Bhardwaj, Sr. Director, Product Management, Juniper, USA

Amit is Director of Product Management at Juniper Networks responsible for Metro and Optical products. Amit has a variety of experience in Product managing portfolio in Core routing, Access/Aggregation, Packet Optical, Optical and SDN space at Juniper Networks and previously at Cisco. Amit has an MBA from Haas school of business, UC Berkeley and a B.E in Computer Science from PEC Chandigarh.

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