About Ulrich Kohn

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As Director of Technical Marketing, Ulrich Kohn translates market requirements into highly competitive solutions based on ADVA Optical Networking products. With global experience in communication systems for Fixed & Mobile as well as enterprises and governments, Ulrich is familiar with the challenges and pain points of today’s networks and is able to show how the latest technology provides answers and an economic, future-proof path forward.

Communication service providers will remember the days when service innovation cycles took many months or even years. The process was long and troublesome, starting with the operator’s idea for a new service, followed by detailed technical discussions with the network supplier, feasibility studies and estimations of related development efforts. Contracts for feature extensions were signed. As new hardware became available, system integration and testing had to be performed. Finally, a new service could be launched. By this stage, many months or even years had passed and the conditions that made the service attractive in the first place may no longer exist ...

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It seems that 234 years after Immanuel Kant urged humans to have the courage to use their own understanding, the need to reason for ourselves is being removed altogether. As developments like artificial intelligence and machine learning find their way into every aspect of our business and social lives, our autonomy is steadily being replaced by the autonomy of systems ...

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The ultimate dream is fully automated, autonomously operated networks. For now, though, the operational reality looks quite different. Today’s communication service providers (CSPs) have to manually plan and build networks, and their field services teams need to go onsite to manually install and configure network elements before services can be activated, frequently only after some test procedures have been successfully run ...

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Disaggregation and breaking up of monolithic systems are supposed to bring flexibility, deliver access to inexpensive products and prevent vendor lock-in. This is why network disaggregation is high on the agenda of cloud and network service providers and why openness as the key catalyst is gaining a lot of interest. 

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