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Berge Ayvazian will be Moderating the opening panel during the U.S.-Turkey Virtual 5G Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) with support from the U.S. Commercial Service Turkey, Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and the Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency of Republic of Turkey.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring the U.S.-Turkey Virtual 5G Workshop: Supporting Connectivity Through Partnerships, on September 28-29, 2021. The workshop will promote cooperation between public and private partners from Turkey and the United States in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, specifically related to 5G.

Turkey’s ICT sector has undergone significant changes over the past decade. Advancements in technology, increasing customer demand, and the government’s prioritization of ICT has driven significant modernization of the sector. This momentum has recently continued with the Turkish government allocating funds from its ICT budget to support the deployment of 5G.

You may access the event description here and the agenda for this Virtual Workshop here

Realizing the Potential of 5G: Core Network 
September 28, 2021              8:35 am EDT

This session will focus on the interoperability of open hardware, software, and interfaces for wireless networks. Benefits, in terms of network management options, costs, and fostering a multi-vendor ecosystem of equipment suppliers, will be highlighted. Presenters will note best practices, latest trends and technology for the deployment of Open and Virtual RAN.

Moderator: Berge Ayvazian, Senior Consultant, Wireless 20/20

  • Jaisha J. Wray, Associate Administrator for International Affairs, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Thomas Sullivan, Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Osman Meral, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), i2i Systems Inc.
  • Amrit Heer, Head Of Business of Europe & Middle East, Parallel Wireless
  • Aziz Sever, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer (CTO), ULAK Communications Inc.
  • Erhan Lokman, Director, Virtualization & Orchestration Competence Zone, Argela Technologies

Other confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Enoh T. Ebong, Acting Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • Ali, Taha Koç, President, Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
  • Scott M. Oudkirk, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Ankara
  • Ajit Pai, Partner, Searchlight Capital Partners
  • Jaisha J. Wray, Associate Administrator for International Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Osman Meral, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), i2i Systems Inc.
  • Aziz Sever, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), ULAK Communications Inc.
  • Eric Wenger, Senior Director, Technology Policy, Global Government Affairs, Cisco
  • John Baker, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Mavenir
  • Jonathan S. Adelstein, President and CEO, Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)
  • Amrit Heer, Head of Business Europe and Middle East, Parallel Wireless
  • Oguz Oktay, Senior Director of Engineering for 5G, Juniper Networks
  • Yusuf Kıraç, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Türk Telekom

Attendance at this virtual workshop is limited to U.S. and Turkish individuals, firms, or consultants as defined by USTDA’s Nationality Source and Origin Requirements available at www.ustda.gov.   Registration is available here.  For further information, please contact Gaetan-Nicolas Bernimolin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nina Kundra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +1 917-442-9682. 

I am looking forward to serving as a Track Chairman and Moderating this outstanding panel at FUTURENET World on September 22, 2020. I hope you can join us. Operators and analysts should claim their free registration for this virtual event at FUTURENET WORLD 2020.


Mobile operators are integrating AI-enabled applications and edge-cloud computing platforms with their 5G networks to accelerate enterprise digital transformation and unleash new business opportunities.  Network operators like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Vodafone all claim that AI and machine learning will help them with 5G network planning, optimizing their 5G network investments, managing costs, while improving operations and maintenance efficiency. These carriers are deploying AI in their 5G technology roadmaps to manage network deployment costs and drive their business growth strategies.

The following is the first in a series of blog posts based on a recent presentation I was invited to make for the FCC’s Artificial Intelligence Working Group (AIWG) focusing on the Synergy Between AI, 5G and IoT. 
I was asked for my expert opinion on what is real, what is hype and my opinion of the maturity of AI technology. 


AI Will Drive Dramatic Breakthroughs in 5G Networks

The major US mobile operators are all deploying their 5G networks in 2020, and each one claims that AI and machine learning will help them proactively manage the costs of deploying and maintaining new 5G networks. AT&T recently outlined the company’s blueprint for leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) to maximize the return on its 5G network investment.  AT&T’s Mazin Gilbert sees a “perfect marriage” of AI, ML and software defined networking (SDN) to help enable the speeds and low latency of 5G.  

Since the launch of the Deutsche Telekom IoT Solutions Optimizer last year, the service has welcomed over a dozen new hardware and solution partners to its network of globally recognized IoT players. These include:

  • Chipsets & IP: CEVA, Goodix (Commsolid), Unisoc; 
  • IoT Modules: Changhong (AI-Link), Gosuncn, Nordic Semiconductor, USR IoT;
  • Positioning Technology: Polte, Skyhook, Sony Semiconductor Solutions;
  • IoT Battery Life Optimization Tools: Qoitech;
  • IoT Devices: Allterco, BeWhere, Ubiscale;
  • IoT Business Case Consultancy: Wireless 20/20.


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