Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

João Monteiro Soares


on 04-06-2020

... These days, next-generation cloud infrastructure, distributed/edge computing and 5G are in my daily vocabulary. (see more)







It all started in 2008, during my final year of the Master’s program in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at University of Aveiro. I decided to pursue my thesis project with Professor Susana Sargento at IT, in collaboration with Portugal Telecom Inovação (PTIN, today Altice Labs). During this project, I worked towards improving seamless handover mobility mechanisms across different technologies (Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, etc). After that I got the (triple) chance to join PTIN and pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Aveiro as a member of IT. We were in 2009 and the cloud computing paradigm was starting to boom, leading me to be among the first to work on the integration of cloud computing technologies and operator network services. Technologies and concepts such as server virtualization, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), service chaining and distributed cloud become part of my day-to-day. This period also opened me the door to the international scene, allowing me to be part of several international research projects and to collaborate with a large set of diverse people and companies. Among many other great things, this was also the time during which I had the pleasure to lecture at the University of Aveiro. 2014 was the year when I decided that I wanted to broaden my horizon, professionally and culturally. This led me to join late that year the Cloud Systems and Platforms Research Group at Ericsson. It also meant moving up (geographically speaking). These days, next-generation cloud infrastructure, distributed/edge computing and 5G are in my daily vocabulary. The business and technology competition is increasingly fearless, and those at the forefront continue to break boundaries. To be at the forefront you also need to see what others in this forefront are doing. For that reason, and because of the great friends I have at IT, each time I visit Portugal I pass at IT to get a technology update. A decade has passed and I still look back with the certainty that it all started with one decision in 2008.