The 4th IEEE International Workshop on
Management of Emerging Networks and Services (IEEE MENS 2012)

in conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, 3-7 December, Anaheim, California, USA


1. Keynote-Presentation-1 (20 minutes): 
Progress made in the Standardization of Autonomic Management & Control in Evolving & Future Networks: AFI Generic Autonomic Networking Architecture (GANA) Reference  Model & its Instantiations

Presenter: Ranganai Chaparadza (PhD), ETSI AFI, IPv6 Forum 

Abstract:  The talk presents the progress made in the Standardization of Autonomic Management & Control in Evolving and Future Network Architectures. While research on Autonomic Management & Networking, Cognitive Networking and Self-Management has matured to the level where the technologies can be applied in real networks, the problem that has been noted in various communities working on Autonomics in general is “lack of standardized frameworks on which to design and build inter-operable autonomic devices and networks”. Such Standardized Frameworks, benefit not only the industry, but the research communities as well, in the sense that the research community can adopt “commonly-shared frameworks” in their continued research on Autonomics, so that the results obtained in successive research can be channeled to the standardization groups that maintain the standardized frameworks, rather than continuing research on the basis of non-standardized frameworks that will not help bring the results into standards and deployment by the wider industry. As the research community adopts emerging Standardized Frameworks on Autonomic Networking, Cognitive Networking and Self-Management, in their research, and contribute results that help evolve the frameworks or provide implementation experiences as feedback to the responsible standardization groups, the frameworks can be evolved, and the community at large benefits from such an ecosystem as knowledge is shared and autonomics get deployed by industry at a faster pace that accelerates innovation. ETSI AFI Group ( has developed  the Generic Autonomic Networking Architecture (GANA) Reference Model for Autonomic Networking, Cognitive Networking and Self-Management that defines some Generic Functional Blocks and associated Reference Points that are specific to enabling Autonomics, Cognition and Self-Management when instantiated onto an implementation-oriented reference architecture such as the Broadband Forum (BBF) architecture, NGN architecture, 3GPP architecture, ITU-T FN architecture, etc. Such GANA instantiations onto existing architectures and future network architectures (from the outset of designing the architecture), create various types of  Autonomicity-Enabled Reference Architectures. The AFI GANA Reference Model and the various types of Autonomicity-Enabled Reference Architectures are the Emerging Standardized Frameworks from AFI Group that can be adopted by both the industry and the research community. Researchers can identify where within node architectures and an overall network architecture, are place-holders for control-loops depicted, abstractions for hierarchical management & control, nesting of control-loops, where to place algorithms, as well as the required fundamental behaviors of autonomicity-enabling Functional-Blocks. The Research community and Industry are encouraged to join ETSI AFI activities and or adopt the AFI Frameworks as the Specifications get published.


Ranganai Chaparadza is a researcher in the field of Internet, Future Internet and Telecommunications Networks. He obtained his PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and is based in Berlin. Dr. Chaparadza is Chairman of the AFI Industry Specification Group in ETSI ( “Autonomic network engineering for the self-managing Future Internet” and is actively involved as a member of the IPv6 Forum (which is also a member of AFI). Recently, he led the very successful EC-funded FP7-EFIPSANS IP Project as the Technical Manager and contributor. Interests: (1) Autonomic Network Engineering for Self-Managing Networks; (2) The evolution and application of the recently emerged “standardizable” Architectural Reference Model for Autonomic Networking, Cognition and Self-Management dubbed GANA (Generic Autonomic Networking Architecture) for autonomic management and control in diverse network architectures and technologies; and (3) Standardization initiatives for Autonomic Networking and Self-Management; (4) IPv6 and its evolution; (5) AFI Liaisons with BBF,3GPP,NGMN,TMF,ITU-T-SG13, and IEEE; (6) Evolution of Network Management and Governance; (7) Future Internet. He has plenty of peer reviewed scientific publications in Conferences, Journals and Workshops, and has served as Chair, Keynote-speaker and TPC member for a number of International Workshops. He serves as co-chair of IEEE MENS Workshop@Globecom. Other areas of expertise/experience include: Formal-Methods (ITU-T & ETSI SDL/ASN.1/TTCN-3 standardized-languages) and their application to Protocol Engineering; OMG’s Model Driven Engineering Techniques for Development and Testing of Complex Systems; GPRS/UMTS protocol verifications; Network Management; Routing and Traffic Engineering in IP protocols, QoS-IntServ/DiffServ; Telecommunication protocols, Transport technologies such as MPLS, ATM, Ethernet and SONET/SDH. Previously he also worked in ETSI Specialist-Task-Force-276 on Standardized Test Specifications for core IPv6 Protocols. Some of recent and past Projects: EC-funded FP7-EFIPSANS Project, FP6-ANA (Autonomic Network Architecture), and Siemens-ICN&BMBF KING Project: KING (Key components for the mobile Internet of the Next Generation).

2. Keynote-Presentation-2 (20 minutes):
NGMN/NGCOR Automation based on harmonized interfaces for converged networks

Presenter: Klaus Martiny: Deutsche Telekom, NGMN

Abstract: The main challenge for each operator is to minimize the operations costs caused on the fact that the revenues at maximum are stable but the data traffic is increasing dramatically. The reason for that is a higher usage of smart phones and and new data services. The introduction of IP Technology in the mobile world and the ongoing convergence of fixed line and mobile networks have to be considered as well. The convergence is impacting the mode of operations and will cause a merger of the operations organization. NGMN ( Alliance of  18 world wide action Operators) started the project NGCOR (Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements) in order to specify the operations  requirements which enable the Operator to manage the situation. A higher grad of network management operations is needed.  Like the LTE feature SON. The new feature for operations must be "Self Organizing Network Operations - SONO". The talk also touches on Automation based on harmonized interfaces for converged networks.

Klaus Martiny started his career in 1972 in Deutsche Bundespost in the area of Radio communication. 1988-1993 as Consultant, DETECON in the first German GSM Network D1 responsible for the validation of GSM Air interface and Network Optimization. Operations of Deutsche Telekom.  1993-2002 for E-Plus as head of Operations. His responsibility was to set up the operations organisation and the delivery of a high network performance, quality based on commercial basis.In that time he was responsible for  Network management centralization, outsourcing and optimization of the cost structure. From 2002-2008 he applied as VP of Continues Improvement T-Mobile International. Responsible for Process -Standardization, -Optimization-, benchmarking and Operations Model Definition on group level.2009 he took over the role as a Senior Project Leader for Deutsche Telekom responsible for key operations projects in Deutsche Telekom on Group level.  In this role he took over the project leader role on behalf of NGMN for the project NGCOR. Which is specifying the operations requirement for converged networks. Eighteen worldwide acting operators are contributing to the project.

3. Keynote-Presentation-3 (20 minutes):
NGMN/NGCOR Business Scenarios on Converged Operations of Fixed and Mobile Networks

Presenter: Tayeb Ben Meriem (PhD), France Telecom/Orange, NGMN 

Abstract: An increasing number of service providers (SP) have to operate a variety of network and service production infrastructures, from mobile and fixed network environments up to converged networks and services across many countries. The increasing demand to maintain and improve customer experience requires full end-to-end service management and hence, multi-technology, multi-domain and multi-vendor network management capabilities. On the other hand, financial downturn has put even more pressure on operational efficiency improvement.” [Source: Deutsche Telekom (DT), France Telecom (FT), Vodafone (VF), BT, Portugal Telecom (PT)]. NGMN/ NGCOR project has addressed this challenge via “Business Scenarios for Converged Operations of Fixed and Mobile” Sub-Task by answering the following questions:

  • Business Problem Statement: Main NGMN Operators’ concern is  the huge Operations & Integration cost
  • Business Operations Scenarios: Target Scenario & Migration path
  • Business Requirements: Need of Operations Convergence
  • Where convergence of Operations is expected and required: Converged Operations Architecture Scenario
  • Whom Players Converged Operations Requirements are addressed to: SDOs, Telecom Equipment Manufacturers, OSS vendors

Tayeb Ben Meriem is coordinator of OA&M / OSS standardization activities within France Telecom / Orange Labs. He is France Telecom's delegate in the NGMN Alliance as chair of a cluster in the Open OA&M project, and Co-leader of Next Generation Converged Operations Requirements (NGCOR) project. Tayeb is founding member and rapporteur at ETSI / ISG / AFI (Autonomic Engineering for Self-Managing Future Internet). He is also France Telecom’s Delegate in the related TMForum Groups (SPLC, e2e Cloud SLA Management and Policy Based Management). He was in charge of the first research activities on WDM in Orange Labs and joined the France Telecom Network Division as head of transmission strategy and acted as France Telecom delegate at ITU-T for 10 years as expert on SDH and WDM. He was the head of Orange/ France Telecom's IPv6 Skills Centre, member of the European IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee and VP of the French IPv6 Task Force Steering for 7 years. Tayeb has been Professor at the University of Paris XIII and researcher in the CNRS (French Research Center). Tayeb gained his Telecommunications Engineering degree and his PhD from (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications: ENST/ ParisTech) of Paris.

4. Keynote-Presentation-4 (15 minutes):
Standardization of an Autonomicity-Enabled Mesh Architecture Framework, from ETSI-AFI Group perspective: Work in Progress

Presenter:  Krzysztof Łoziak (AGH, Poland)

5. Q&A Panel Session (45 minutes):
Latif Ladid (IPv6 Forum President)
Ranganai Chaparadza (ETSI AFI, IPv6 Forum)
Klaus Martiny (Deutsche Telekom, NGMN)
Tayeb Ben Meriem (France Telecom/Orange, NGMN & ETSI AFI)
Michał Wódczak (Ericsson, ETSI AFI)
Leo Bhebhe (Nokia Siemens Networks)