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Mark Grayson

Distinguished Consulting Engineer

Cisco’s Mobile Internet Technology Group CTO’s Office

Mark Grayson is a Distinguished Consulting Engineer in Cisco’s Mobile Internet Technology Group CTO’s Office, where he currently has broad responsibility for leading Cisco's small cell architecture strategy.

He has over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, ranging from the development of military HF systems, cellular handset RF/DSP design, the definition of mobile satellite communication architectures, the evolution of traditional cellular systems through to the creation of the latest small cell solutions.

He holds a first class Honors degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Birmingham (England) together with a PhD in Radio Communications. Mark has been granted over 60 patents in the area of mobile communications, with another 40 pending, and is the co-author of IP Design for Mobile Networks (2009) and Building the Mobile Internet (2011), both published by Cisco Press.

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Open vRAN Update: NETCONF/YANG Comes to 5G RAN!

One of the key principles of the Open vRAN ecosystem that Cisco and its ecosystem partners announced earlier this year, is to establish open, standard interfaces and management for vRAN. Recently the xRAN Forum has defined the use of IETF’s NETCONF/YANG standard for programmatically configuring and managing its lower layer split RAN architecture.

November 2, 2017

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Realizing a Multi-Vendor Virtualized RAN

Showcasing the results of the co-operation between Cisco, Open Air Interface and the open-nFAPI project: demonstrating how open-source can accelerate RAN modularization and ease the adoption of multi-vendor vRAN splits

Cisco joins Open Air Interface to accelerate open multi-vendor RAN splits

Cisco is pleased to announce we have joined the Open Air Interface (OAI) open source ecosystem and welcomes other members and researchers to contribute to this effort.

February 17, 2017

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Multi-Operator Essentials for 5G Success

Over 80% of mobile data is being consumed indoors. This white paper examines at the essentials for multi-operator 5G to succeed in indoor environments.

December 1, 2016

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Heterogeneity as a New Network Normal

If 5G is going to deliver on its promise, it must be accompanied by an organizational transformation, where traditional boundaries are increasingly blurred.

RAN Virtualization: On the Road to 5G

This week we saw an important milestone in the digital transformation of the Radio Access Network (RAN) with the publication of the Small Cell Forum’s nFAPI specification. Cisco has been instrumental in driving the small cell industry by championing the virtualization work stream within the Small Cell Forum that resulted in the nFAPI specification. nFAPI […]

Click to Deploy Virtual HetNet Cuts Small Cell Deployment Time from Months to Minutes

There was significant Small Cells buzz during last months Mobile World Congress, where Cisco announced a range of innovative products and solutions that can be used to accelerate the market...

January 17, 2014

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Are Small Cells and Wi-Fi Networks Complimentary or Competitive?

As an industry, we are starting to see a convergence of small cells and Wi-Fi to help solve coverage, capacity, and spectrum issues in our increasingly connected, mobile-dominated world. Today...

Bringing Licensed and Unlicensed Small Cells Together

The mobile market will be vastly different 10 years from today. We will see two and a half billion more people connected to the internet, but also 50 billion more...