Keynote: Private 5G Networks: Challenges, Opportunities & New Ways to Think

Fall 2023

A high-profile cloud networking executive lays out the key challenges enterprises face as they strive to provide ubiquitous connectivity for accessing applications and data by increasingly mobile, hyperconnected workers and devices. Public networks fall short of delivering total coverage in many large enterprise in-building, campus and outdoor environments, and there is no way to achieve unified wireless coverage that can be directly controlled by enterprise IT. Yet there are new ways to leverage 5G technology innovations and market trends – including unlicensed spectrum and the flexibility of eSIM-capable devices – to build highly scalable, broadly distributed private 5G networks that are efficient to operate.


Patrick Filkins is a Research Manager within IDC’s Network Infrastructure group covering IoT and Telecom Networks. Patrick’s research focus includes worldwide coverage of Mobile Network Infrastructure and the rapidly growing 5G ecosystem, including topics such as vRAN, Open RAN, 5G core, SDN/NFV, cloud-native networking, and the evolving Telco Cloud and Carrier MEC segments. In addition, Patrick contributes to IDC’s coverage of the intersection of public cloud and telecom network infrastructure, with a focus on telecom and enterprise network workloads deployed in the cloud. Patrick also leads IDC’s worldwide coverage of the enterprise cellular market, to include Private LTE/5G infrastructure, CBRS, and the LTE/5G router market.

In his additional role covering Edge IoT Infrastructure, he is responsible for market and technology trends, forecasts and competitive analysis related to the IoT network edge infrastructure, gateways, protocol strategies (e.g., 5G/Wi-Fi), including the LPWAN domain (NB-IoT, LTE-M, LoRaWAN, SigFox). While contributing to ongoing forecast and market share updates, he also contributes to custom projects for IDC’s Consulting practice.

Allwyn Sequeira is CEO at Highway 9 Networks. A serial entrepreneur, he was previously SVP/GM at VMware across multiple business lines and new ventures. Allwyn’s first venture was as CTO / VP creating and delivering the industry’s first software-defined networking (SDN) solution, VMware NSX vSphere, which grew to over $2B in revenue. He was then asked to run vCloud Air, VMware’s own cloud service, leading all development, product management, IaaS platform and service delivery, cloud operations and customer success. In his final role, Allwyn led the development and operation of HCX, the industry’s first hybrid cloud migration and inter-networking service between VMware, enterprises and public clouds like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM. This effort led to the creation of Telco Cloud Automation and Infrastructure, which was the world’s first platform integrating 5G containerized network functions, and was chosen by DISH as its 5G platform. Earlier in his career, Allwyn was co-founder and EVP of Products and Operations at First Virtual Corporation (FVC) through its IPO and growth.

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