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CONNECT WITH: KAUSTUBHA PARKHI


Hi Kaustubha, please introduce yourself. 

I am the Principal Analyst with Insight Research. I manage the research agenda.

I have championed Insight’s ongoing coverage in the areas of cloud-native network functions (CNF) and allied technologies such as SDN, NFV, vEPC, vRAN, Containers, LSO, AI and IoT technologies. I am excited by the prospect of the opening of closely guarded network-function stacks and the associated possibilities, including the challenges. Over the past fifteen years, I have conducted market research and consulting assignments for a wide array of telecommunications, electronics and industrial engineering technologies. I have authored multiple market research reports and worked on custom-consulting assignments.

I have twenty years of work experience in areas of pre-sales, product management, network operations, technology documentation and business development; apart from market research. I am also learning the ropes of the hydraulics power unit and elements assembly business.

I hold a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Master of Management Studies (equivalent of M.B.A) degree in Systems. 

What are some criteria that you’ll be looking out for the awards? 

The criticality of the problem being solved and the innovative-ness of the approach in solving the problem will be the fundamental parameters.

Simplicity is of great value to me, especially in the context of the challenges that some of the technologies present. For example, while cloud-native technologies lend enormous flexibility to the NF design, they bring in their wake enormous challenges in monitoring and management. They also require telcos to be equipped with a newer set of skills of resources to operate these networks. The situation is similar for many other technologies being covered.

As an analyst, I also put a premium on tangible, quantifiable gain. I will look out for the ability of the contestant to translate the intrinsic value of their innovation into real benefits on the ground for the users.

Where is the industry in cloud-native telco adoption at the moment?

Most definitely in the early stage. We are at an interesting juncture here where the newcomers are at an advantage. This is because the newer entrants are unencumbered from the burden of legacy. These players are naturally more welcoming of CNFs, as they get a better grip on the profile of the network functions. By grip, I mean features and pricing. Having said that, there are some very real challenges that CNFs have to contend with – service-level reliability and latency mitigation being the key ones.

Will ConnecTechAsia be the first fully virtual event you’ll be attending/speaking at? How do you feel about the show going virtual? 

Although not the first, it is definitely one of the first of this magnitude. The virtual format allows the participants the flexibility to time and schedule their engagement with the event with fewer constraints. I will not be surprised if some features of this format persist even after the restrictions imposed by the pandemic recede.

Finally, what do you like doing in your spare time? 

Work has actually increased since the onset of the pandemic. I still manage to steal time to spend it on good music.

Learn more about the awards and meet judge Kaustubha Parkhi at ConnecTechAsia 2020, happening 29th September - 1st October. Register your visit here.