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OpenWiFi – The Next Wi-Fi Revolution 2021

October 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am 11:00 am PDT

Wi-Fi seems to be the perfect broadband connectivity option. The spectrum is always free to use and constantly expanding. The standards have always been advancing rapidly, and interoperation between the billions of Wi-Fi devices is excellent. Yet, something fundamental is missing that hinders even wider adoption. Why? Because each Wi-Fi device is an isolated silo, where the chipset, hardware, firmware, and cloud are all proprietary and cannot be separated.

About this event:

The Wireless Communication Alliance welcomes you to listen in as a selected panel of experts from Facebook, Boingo, NetExperience and Atlancis Technologies explore how the development and deployment of OpenWiFi is shaping up, as well as exciting updates since the official launch of the OpenWiFi event. We will show the evolution of OpenWiFi as well as upcoming next generation Wi-Fi hardware including Wi-Fi 6E tri-band indoor and outdoor units. We will raffle five units of CIG WF-188N AP running NetExperience Cloud. Must be present at the raffle, and we will send the Access Points directly to the winners.


1. Intro to OpenWiFi
2. Use case
3. Operator showcase
4. Latest updates
5. Raffle and promotions

Speaker Bio:

Tom Hunt (Moderator)
Managing Partner – Axcellex

Tom is a successful entrepreneur who has launched and grown products in highly competitive areas. Experience in sales, business development, and go-to-market strategy and execution as a general manager. Tom presently serves as the Managing General Partner of Axcellex, LLC. This strategic consulting firm assists technology firms in overcoming significant business obstacles, seizing new market possibilities, and achieving tangible outcomes.

Kishore Raja
VP, Engineering & Strategy at Boingo Wireless and Co-Chair OpenWiFi, TIP

Kishore Raja serves as Vice president, Engineering Strategy at Boingo Wireless, Kishore holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from Bangalore University and a Master’s of Science in Data Communication Networks and Distributed Systems from University of London.

He has more than 20 years of experience in architecting and designing solutions for mobile platforms in the wireless industry. Raja actively participates, chairs and contributes to wireless industry standards at Wireless Broadband Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and OnGo Alliance.

Huw Ress
VP Sales and Business Development at NetExperience

Previously, VP sales at KodaCloud and prior to that, held senior leadership roles at 8×8, Inc., including VP of business development, VP of sales and marketing and CEO of Centile, Inc., a subsidiary of 8×8. He holds three patents in the cloud PBX and UCaaS technology field. He has a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Manchester (England), Institute of Science and Technology in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has an MBA from the University of LaVerne (USA).

Eran Dor
Facebook – OpenWiFi HW Ecosystems

Eran Dor leads the hardware ecosystem and partnership development for the TIP OpenWiFi initiative. Having over 2 decades of experience in the wireless industry Eran leads the wireless HW product ecosystem through global engagements, partnerships and R&D cooperation . Eran has held various product leadership positions at companies such as Qualcomm and Ruckus Wireless where he managed developments and engagements across multiple teams and tier1 companies. Eran holds multiple patents in the fields of RF, system, front end and antenna technology and he is personally committed to the quest providing affordable global connectivity for all with the goal of closing the digital divide.

Chetan Hebbalae
Facebook – Connectivity initiatives

Chetan Hebbalae supports ecosystem connectivity initiatives at Facebook. In his role as the co-chair for the Telecom Infra Project’s Wi-Fi solution group, Chetan and the TIP teams are involved in multiple initiatives to democratize and monetize unlicensed networks including work on disaggregating the Wi-Fi infrastructure, and 5G-Wi-Fi interworking.

With over two decades of leadership experience across Product development, product management, marketing and partnership development, Chetan loves tackling the challenges of taking new products from concept to production and scale. His prior background includes product & partnership roles at Motorola Inc., Ruckus Wireless Inc, and Cambium Networks Ltd.

Chris Busch
Telecom Infra Project – Co-Chair OpenWiFi

Chris Busch is the Co-Chair for Telecom Infra Project Open Converged Wireless program. He actively guides an industry group of vendors in an open source, disaggregated Wi-Fi solution. Chris Busch has taken an active leadership role in numerous industry positions over the last 20 years.

He also served as Chief Technology Officer at Incognito Software. Mr. Busch has taken an active leadership role in numerous industry positions over the last 20 years, including provisioning and activation standards at CableLabs, Broadband Forum, and TMForum. He’s also has spoken at several SCTE, CableLabs and TMForum events on a variety of industry topics including Wi-Fi management, IPv6 implementation, IPTV, Commercial Services, and OSS Orchestration.

Bernard Herscovici
Founder and CEO at NetExperience

Bernard Herscovici is the founder and CEO of NetExperience, a company which provides industry’s first end to end software platform to control, manage and automate disaggregated Wi-Fi networks compatible with Telecom Infra Project’s Open Wi-Fi architecture. Bernard has started and led as CEO several companies in the Wi-Fi industry, including BelAir Networks and KodaCloud and held executive positions in various companies such as Ericsson, Breezecom and Newbridge Networks. Bernard authored several patents in the wireless space. He has an MBA from University of Ottawa and a Master of Applied Science (Wireless) from University of Toronto.

Paul Statham
Regional Director Atlancis Technologies

Paul is a sales and leadership executive with over 30 years of experience in the information and communication technology industry. Paul worked in Mobile Network Operators, Cloud Services, Payments, IT Managed Services, Wholesale and Retail Telecommunications for Blue Chip and Start-Up companies in Europe, Australasia, and Africa.

We will raffle 5 units of CIG WF-188N AP running NetExperience Cloud Must be present at time of the raffle. We will send the Access Points directly to the winners.

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