Patrick Lopez

Global VP of Product Management for 5G products, NEC

Patrick Lopez

Speaker Bio

Patrick Lopez is global VP of Product Management for 5G products at NEC, where he supports the product strategy and planning, partnerships, and growth of NEC Open RAN, Converged Core and 5G monetization services.


Patrick has over 20 years’ experience building, launching and operating telecoms businesses in startups, mid-sized and tier one multinationals. Prior to NEC, he was global VP of Networks Innovation at Telefonica group and CEO at {Core Analysis}, the leading industry analyst practice at the intersection of telco and cloud.


He was exclusive advisor to Opera software in its acquisition of Skyfire for $155 million


His latest achievements include:

• Over 25 international awards for new product / technology introduction and execution.

• World’s first Open RAN (virtualized Radio Access Network) evaluation and commercial deployment

• World’s first multi access (mobile, fixed, enterprise, residential) edge computing deployment (software defined Central Office re-architected as a data center project with transport aggregation, access virtualization, edge computing).

• Multi 1oo ´s million$ joint venture with Facebook and development banks to connect the unconnected. Includes SDN, NFV, open source virtualized ENodeB, EPC, satellite backhaul, Facebook, TIP, Google Loon...

• Over 80 international clients at Core Analysis (ADVA, Akamai, Amdocs, Bain&Co., Bell Canada, Citrix, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, HP, Huawei, NEC, InterDigital, McKinsey & Company, Red Hat, Telus ...)


While at Telefonica, Patrick sat on the Boards of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and 5Tonic (an open 5G laboratory).

Patrick has collaborated to various industry and financial reports including Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse First Boston, and has written several articles in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, Wireless Week, Fierce wireless, RCR Wireless News, CNN and CNBC.

Patrick currently resides in Toronto, Canada and has worked in the United States, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain and France.

He holds a MBA in Corporate Management.