IEEE Future Networks World Forum
On-Demand through 15 November 2022

OGA6: 5G Wireless And Open-RAN Powered By The Open Grid

13 October 2022 // 16:00 – 17:30


The open grid offers shared, neutral host infrastructure capable of supporting 5G radio services, dramatically changing the economics of private 5G and public 5G densification.


  • Cole Crawford, Vapor IO


  • Alex Reznik, Dell
  • Patrick Ostiguy, Accedian
  • Michel Gémieux, VMware
  • Grant Challenger, VMware


Cole Crawford is CEO and founder of Vapor IO, the creators of the Kinetic Grid™ platform. Vapor IO is the leading provider of edge colocation, edge networking and edge interconnection services. Cole has been a thought leader in the data center technology and edge computing industry for over a decade. Cole is a founding board member of the Open19 Foundation, the founding executive director of the Open Compute Project Foundation and co-founder of OpenStack. He is leading Vapor IO in developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the cellular network. Cole is a Forbes contributor, has been named to Data Economy’s list of The World’s Most Influential Data Economy Leaders and The World’s First Top 50 Edge Computing Influencers.


Alex Reznik is a Global Principal Architect in Dell Technologies Telco Solutions Business organization.  In this role he is focused on helping Dell’s Telco and Enterprise partners navigate the complexities of Edge Cloud strategy and turning the potential of 5G Edge transformation into the reality of business outcomes.  Alex is a recognized industry expert in the area of edge computing and a frequent speaker on the subject.  He is a co-author of the book “Multi-Access Edge Computing in Action.”  From March 2017 through February 2021, Alex served as Chair of ETSI’s Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) ISG – the leading international standards group focused on enabling edge computing in access networks.
Prior to joining Dell, Alex was a Distinguished Technologist in HPE’s North American Telco organization.   In this role he was involved in various aspects of helping Tier 1 CSPs deploy state of the art flexible infrastructure capable of delivering on the full promises of 5G.  Prior to HPE Alex was a Senior Principal Engineer/Senior Director at InterDigital, leading the company’s research and development activities in the area of wireless internet evolution.  Since joining InterDigital in 1999, he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including leadership of 3G modem ASIC architecture, design of advanced wireless security systems, coordination of standards strategy in the cognitive networks space, development of advanced IP mobility and heterogeneous access technologies and development of new content management techniques for the mobile edge.
Alex earned his B.S.E.E. Summa Cum Laude from The Cooper Union, S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He held a visiting faculty appointment at WINLAB, Rutgers University, where he collaborated on research in cognitive radio, wireless security, and future mobile Internet.   He is a Senior Member of IEEE.  Alex is an inventor of over 150 granted U.S. patents, and has been awarded numerous awards for Innovation at InterDigital.


Patrick Ostiguy founded Accedian in 2004 and serves as Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. With over 300 employees globally and over 500 customers worldwide, Accedian is the leader in network performance and end-user experience analytics, dedicated to providing customers with the ability to assure their digital infrastructure, while helping them to unlock the full productivity of their users.

With more than thirty years in the telecom industry, Mr. Ostiguy has filed several patent applications and has published dozens of industry conference proceedings and technology articles.

Prior to founding Accedian, Mr. Ostiguy was co-founder of Avantas Networks and launched the industry’s first portable Ethernet and SONET field-services test-set. Avantas was acquired for US$93M by EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering and Mr. Ostiguy continued his role in product management and participated in several M&A activities at the executive level. Prior to Avantas, Mr. Ostiguy was part of the initial Positron Fiber Systems (PFS) team that commercialized the industry’s first Ethernet over SONET Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). PFS was acquired by Reltec in 1997 for $200M, and subsequently by Marconi.

Mr. Ostiguy is the recipient of the 2011 Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in Quebec in the technology solutions category for recognition of his exceptional leadership in driving growth, development, and innovation in the industry.


Michel Gémieux is a Staff Engineer and Technical Lead in the Cognitive Edge team, which is part of the in the Distributed Edge group at VMware. Engineer and researcher located in Montreal, his main research interests are AI-enabled wireless networks (ORAN), 5G and 6G wireless communications, smart grid and hardware acceleration. He started his journey in Telecommunications doing research on CRAN and LTE technologies with Huawei Technologies Canada and Polytechnique in 2013, he then migrated to 5GC (UPF) development when joining Kaloom in 2018. He then rapidly moved into leadership and became Technical Lead, and then Team lead of the acceleration strategies of the cloud native switch based UPF. Michel Gémieux holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Polytechnique Montreal. His thesis subject was hardware acceleration of distributed communication networks. He received awards and honours throughout his Ph.D., including but not limited to, the Hydro-Quebec’s Scholarship of Excellence, the Schneider Electric Student Merit Award, the Student Merit Scholarship (EFC), the Doctoral Scholarship (CTM), and was a PERSWADE Trainee (CRSNG). Michel was also involved in multiple Industrial Research Chairs during both his academic and industrial career.


Grant Challenger is the Director of Edge Computing. As part of the Service Provider and Edge Business Unit he is responsible for global go to market functions for Edge Computing and Edge Solutions. Grant works with customers and partners to achieve their business goals through collaboration and innovation. As an integral part of the product team this collaboration enables VMware to build solutions that customers need.

Grant has been a leader as an intrapreneur or entrepreneur in the software industry for the past 30 years. He has been a founder of three venture backed startups and facilitated the launching of many software solutions for industry segments such as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Telco/SP and others. Grant joined VMware in of 2013 to help launch vSAN as a founding member of the go to market team. In his career he has focused on unique technological advances that transform business.

He believes in bringing value to every engagement with a humble but get things done perspective. Doing the right thing matters. Respecting the key tenet that all people want to succeed and be recognized for their achievements.


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