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San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Connected OFCity Challenge 2018: Lighting Up the Emerging World

Connected OFCITY Challenge 2018: Lighting Up the Emerging World

Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Inder Monga, ESNet, USA; Jun Shan Wey, ZTE, USA

Wednesday, 14 March 14:00 - 16:00

Building on the success of its first two editions, the Connected OFCity Challenge returns in 2018 with a renewed format.

Alibaba and Google will collaboratively take on the challenge to develop communications infrastructure and services based on requirements defined by South African National Research Network (SANReN), Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), and CSquared, to address the pressing needs for two cities in a fast  developing area in East Africa.

The scenarios will provide a realistic insight into the major issues faced by the communications industry in the region, which include network reliability, environmental restrictions, limited funds, regulatory issues, and more.

We will discuss the development of a cost-effective broadband infrastructure to foster pervasive education, health care and future services, using technologies such as interactive AR/VR. Audience members will gain awareness of optimal design solutions for broadband development and important services in emerging regions. In this updated edition, the audience will play an active role in the challenge, not only to provide feedback and questions, but also have a chance to show their knowledge on this emerging area.

Requirement Task Group:
South African National Research Network (SANReN)
Kasandra Pillay, SANReN, South Africa
SANReN Competency Area is responsible for the design, acquisition and roll-out of national and international capacity for the South African National Research Network, as well as the development and incubation of advanced services.

Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)
Dale Smith, Steve Huter, and Steve Song, Network Startup Resource Center, USA
NSRC is a non-profit group that develops Internet infrastructure and network engineering expertise throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, and the Middle East. NSRC collaborates with network operators, universities, and government agencies in the regions to improve Internet access and services.

David Kariuki, CSquared, Kenya
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, CSquared is a large whole sale broadband infrastructure supplier of metro fiber and WiFi networks to mobile operators and ISPs in Ghana, Uganda, and soon in Liberia.

Design Task Groups:
Team Lead: Chongjing Xie, Alibaba, USA
Team Members: Lei Shi, Haifeng Qu, Yong Cai, Di Song and Jun Hu

AIS (Alibaba Infrastructure Service) is to develop innovative technologies and build efficient infrastructure to support Alibaba online platforms and Alibaba cloud services.

Team Lead: Walid Mathlouthi, Google, USA
Team Members: Liang Du,  Shuang Yin

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