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Charting the CSP's Future
5/25/2016  |  4 comments
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
The Real-World View of Service Provider Innovation
5/24/2016  |  4 comments
Executives from Deutsch Telekom, Facebook, AT&T, Vodafone, and Masergy share insights from their company’s major transformation efforts and updates on key issues including open source, managed cloud connections and 5G.
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

The rapid rise of cloud services pushed Ethernet service providers to make their services available on-demand. Now the rise of virtualization is creating new demand for network-as-a-service options that combine physical and virtual network elements flexibly, while also delivering on the quality promises for which Carrier Ethernet has become known. This panel looks at how that will happen and what network operators need to be doing now to prepare.

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CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: The New Telecom Culture
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

The winds of change aren't just disrupting networks and systems, they are forcing telecom operators to incorporate new skills and new ways of working. Universally, telecom is seeking new IT-oriented capabilities and exploring both Agile development methods and a DevOps way of working. This panel will look at real-world examples of how this is happening and the challenges these changes pose.

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MOBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE: Bolstering the Backhaul for Still More New Requirements
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

US backhaul providers successfully delivered high-quality Ethernet backhaul services to enable this country's rapid 4G rollout, but they now face a new round of backhaul requirements to support LTE-A, small cells and Centralized RAN architectures, as well as the potential need to interwork with SDN controllers too. And if that wasn’t enough, an increasing number of lit fiber deals are to be superseded by dark fiber deals that will deliver less annual revenue for the wholesaler. This session will explore what it is the mobile operators need in the backhaul, who is best placed to deliver it, and when.

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VIRTUALIZATION: NFV at the Network's Edge
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

NFV is finding particular appeal as a means of virtualizing the gear that sits at the customer premises, replacing multiple discrete boxes with a single piece of commercial off-the-shelf hardware that can support multiple virtualized functions. The ability to reduce maintenance and upgrade costs has immediate appeal but there isn't total agreement on what functions could/should be virtualized and how this virtualized premises arrangement should be managed. This panel will look at progress to date on this early NFV frontier.

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IMPROVING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: Tackling Customer Experience for the Digital Lifestyle
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

As subscribers adapt a digital lifestyle, what does the next-gen customer experience look like, how should it be delivered (e.g. self-service, on-app), what CEM capabilities will telcos need to deliver it and how much of an overhead will delivering this experience impose while telcos still need to support an older customer base? Some service providers are transitioning their social CRM strategy from reactive to proactive – what else do they need to be doing?

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MOBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE: Performance in Virtual Environments: Towards Operational Readiness in NFV
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

The industry has made good progress on NFV proof-of-concepts and functional testing, generating confidence in the technology. However, to efficiently deploy and manage NFV in the real world, operators need a level of performance as good as that delivered by a classic hardware solution. This session will investigate how the industry can measure, benchmark, monitor and assure performance in virtualized networks. It will address why performance matters to large service providers, and how it impacts the operational aspects of NFV.

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VIRTUALIZATION: Taking Control of the Control Plane
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

SDN and NFV all utilize the control plane on levels never before considered viable in the legacy signaling world. As a result, the industry is seeing new control plane products come to market which are either virtualized or designed as more functional appliances, incorporating capabilities once provided by session border controllers and diameter signaling controllers. In this panel, we will consider the best approaches for taking control of the control plane to not only facilitate services orchestration, but also enhance security and peering between network operators.

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IMPROVING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: The Critical Role of Service Management in a Virtualized World
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

NFV and SDN is forcing convergence of network and DC into a single resource pool where elasticity which was only equated to DCs is now migrating to the networking space. Closed looped alignment between previous siloed functions such as service fulfillment and service assurance will become critical components of operators next gen OSS strategy. In this panel we will discuss how operators' service management strategies need to evolve in order to address this market reality.

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MOBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE: 4G Evolution
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

LTE is still only in the first third of its productive life-cycle with very substantial commercial potential still to be realized. The current focus on LTE Advanced will extend 4G capabilities considerably (e.g. though HetNets) and attention is also turning to what is sometimes described as “4.5G” and new features in 3GPP Releases 13 and 14. This panel will look at how 4G is evolving and how network operators need to be engaged and prepared.

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VIRTUALIZATION: Re-architecting VNFs for New Services
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment

NFV's ultimate success rides on how it will not just automate new service creation and delivery but also enable services that weren’t possible in the past. The early focus on the performance of VNFs on new platforms can sometimes obscure the need to re-architect these functions to take advantage of new platform capabilities. This session will shine a light on the more forward-thinking approaches to new service creation, and on efforts to push for NFV to truly enable something new, not just a different way of delivering services.

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BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: HP
6/10/2015  |  Post a comment
Dr. Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization, HP
BTE 2015 Cable Keynote: Cox Business
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Jeremy Bye, Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale, Cox Business
BTE 2015 Service Provider Keynote: Level 3 Communications
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Jack Waters, Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications
BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: Arista
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Jayshree Ullal, President & Chief Executive Officer, Arista
BTE 2015 Panel: A New Era of Cooperation?
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Moderator: Carol Wilson, Editor at Large, Light Reading
Speakers: Axel Clauberg, Vice President, Aggregation, Transport, IP & Fixed Access, Deutsche Telekom AG; Nicolas "Neela" Jacques, Executive Director, OpenDaylight; Susan Miller, President & CEO, ATIS; Dan Pitt, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation
BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: Brocade
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Christine Heckart, CMO & Senior Vice President, Ecosystems, Brocade
BTE 2015 CenturyLink Keynote: Disruption Totally Happens
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Jared Wray, SVP, Platform, CenturyLink
We've all heard of networks, infrastructure, cloud, managed services, and colocation, but something magical happens when you bring them all together that has the power to transform the customer experience. Jared Wray, SVP of platform at CenturyLink, discusses the CenturyLink’s transformational journey from telecommunications to IT solutions and the organizational leadership lessons any business can apply today.
NETWORK SECURITY: Dealing With DDoS and Advanced Persistent Threats
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

The attack on Sony Pictures has taken awareness of network security threats to a new high. This panel will detail the latest trends in the use of DDoS attacks and Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) to launch devastating attacks on IT and telecom network infrastructure. And it will discuss how service providers can combine the very best in secure architectures, secure processes and cutting edge technologies to protect their own infrastructure as well as that of their customers.

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NEXT-GEN DATA NETWORKING: The Next Generation of Ethernet
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

The Ethernet services market in the US is tremendously competitive with cable and CLEC players moving aggressively to attack the local service provider base, even as the entire industry moves to make Ethernet available on demand, and adapt Ethernet to the virtualization realm. This panel will look at the future of Ethernet, and how both network operators and vendors are evolving their strategies.

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VIRTUALIZATION: Managing the Transition to Virtualization
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

The road to virtualization will be different for different service providers, depending on their starting points, existing network facilities and appetite for risk. This panel will address the universal challenges, discuss likely starting points and lay out potential strategies for managing this critical journey.

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VIRTUALIZATION: Virtualizing the Mobile Network
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

This session will assess industry progress on virtualized mobile core, focusing on EPC, IMS, and Gi-LAN. It will discuss the lessons learned from proof-of-concepts and network trials to look ahead to NFV deployment at scale.

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IoT: Partnering and the Role of Telecom in Smart Cities/Smart Utilities
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

Two of the hottest areas of IoT are energy management and the connected city. Improved services and eco-friendly environments attract people and make for thriving communities and economies. Couple these benefits with cost reduction opportunities and you have serious driving forces for municipalities and utilities to accelerate programs. But what’s the motivation for service providers? Should they jump on the Gigabit and wireless city network train or watch it leave the station without them? This panel will look at the issues that drive service provider decision-making including: existing network assets, new and alternative technologies, rights of way issues, budgets, public/private partnerships, consumer demand – and, of course, the opportunity for increased revenue and value add services.

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NETWORK SECURITY: Is Security the Big Showstopper?
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

Every industry trend faces very real security vulnerabilities. The mobile network has its own unique challenges and new technologies such as the Internet of Things, and virtualization has security shortcomings as well, which could derail revenue possibilities or delay commercial implementation of technologies that promise service agility and network automation. This panel will consider these major security issues and how well-equipped operators are to address the challenges quickly enough to allow current commercial goals to be realized.

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NEXT-GEN DATA NETWORKING: Bringing SDN to Carrier Networks: Reality Check
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

As SDN has moved past the hype phase, network operators have developed proofs of concept and identified the key requirements for adapting and building SDN for carrier network environments (as opposed to intra-data center). As a result, “carrier SDN” now goes beyond OpenFlow and a vast proliferation of protocols, technologies, and standards that potentially bring automation, programmability, reliability, and carrier-class scale. It now includes the expansion of use cases aimed variously at: connecting data centers, improving network efficiency and capex/opex savings, and delivering IP and Ethernet services to customers. This session offers a reality check on the requirements, challenges, and opportunities in adapting and building SDN for network operators.

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VIRTUALIZATION: The Role of Big Data and Advanced Analytics in SDN/NFV
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

For virtualization to deliver on its promises to both reduce operating costs and accelerate service innovation, network operators need to be simultaneously developing their big data and advanced analytics capabilities. These two critical components in the world of NFV and SDN provide the context for service management, self-optimization and self-healing networks. This panel will examine the fundamental questions as to the role of big data and advanced analytics and explain what service providers need to be doing as they prepare for virtualized networks.

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BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION: New Virtual Networks Demand New Business Strategies
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

The communications market is going through a period of incredible disruption, fueled by huge advances in technology – most notably virtualization. Service providers that make the transition successfully to a virtual comms landscape stand to reap huge financial gains, but the journey is not a trivial one. The old criteria for choosing technology suppliers are out of date… things like SLAs, five 9s reliability, and capacity are “table stakes” in the new communications order. The priority for today’s service providers is monetization, not “more speed,” which means they need partners that bring both business acumen and tech know-how to the table; dollars and sense, not just bits and bytes. This panel investigates the key criteria for choosing a supplier in the 21st century, touching on everything from software and service, systems integration, support for open standards, and the heterogeneous environments they enable, analytics, and much more.

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IoT: Prepping Your Network for IoT
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

IoT is neither a single technology nor a single market; it is a mishmash of networks, systems and technologies, enabling a plethora of market opportunities in multiple industries. This panel will examine how operators’ networks will need to evolve in order to address this diverse IoT opportunity, realizing that the solutions that need to be delivered will draw on all parts the network but will require complex interactions not previously anticipated. It will also address key questions as to how accelerating NFV and SDN will enable IoT configuration agility and smart service flexibility for vertical industries, as well as challenges in the transition to virtualization.

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NEXT-GEN DATA NETWORKING: Get Ready for 100 Gigabit Ethernet Services
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

With IP traffic continuing to increase and with 100G transport networks largely in place, adoption of 100GE service has started to accelerate, and its long-term ascension appears to be a "when, not if" question. This panel session reviews global adoption of ultra-high-bandwidth (UHB) Ethernet services and explores significant issues affecting adoption of UHB services, including equipment and service cost ratios in relation to long-established 10GE service. Other issues to be addressed include: who are the leading enterprise and wholesale adopters and what is driving them to move to 40GE and 100GE?

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VIRTUALIZATION: The Implications of NFV MANO: Orchestrating the Hybrid Network
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment

With IP traffic continuing to increase and with 100G transport networks largely in place, adoption of 100GE service has started to accelerate, and its long-term ascension appears to be a "when, not if" question. This panel session reviews global adoption of ultra-high-bandwidth (UHB) Ethernet services and explores significant issues affecting adoption of UHB services, including equipment and service cost ratios in relation to long-established 10GE service. Other issues to be addressed include: who are the leading enterprise and wholesale adopters and what is driving them to move to 40GE and 100GE?

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BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: Intel
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Sandra Rivera, Vice President, Data Center Group; General Manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation
BTE 2015 Keynote: Google's Perspective: Map: Encap: Apply: Repeat
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Bikash Koley, Principal Analyst & Manager, Network Architecture, Google
The era of open networking has brought many benefits to network operators looking for better agility, increased control, programming APIs and lower costs. Open data planes with well-defined protocols or APIs enable delivering new functionality into the network at software speeds. However, much of this progress has been limited to the control and data plane of the IP layer, while the transport layer has been left behind. Today's layer-1/2 transport networks are still operated using proprietary and siloed EMS/NMS with very little tie-in with the layer-3 to layer-7 networking stack. In this talk, we describe a software-defined map/encap/apply approach to networking. This approach transcends the traditional networking layer boundaries and enables an open, software-defined and declarative network configuration and management plane across the OSI stack. We also describe Google's initiative in open sourcing transport SDN models into OpenConfig such that transport joins the new IP ecosystem.
BTE 2015 Keynote: Redefining "Network Services"
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Moderator: Carol Wilson, Editor at Large, Light Reading
Panelists: Steve H. Bayless, Senior Director, Telecommunications & Telematics, Intelligent Transportation Society of America; Blair Levin, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution; Rusty Lhamon, Director, Machine-to-Machine Business, T-Mobile USA
BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: Cisco
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Cedrik Neike, Senior Vice President, Global Service Provider Service Delivery, Cisco
BTE 2015 Service Provider Keynote: AT&T
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Andre Fuetsch, Senior Vice President of Architecture and Design at AT&T, will talk about AT&T’s adoption of a software-centric network build model. AT&T intends to virtualize and control 75 percent of its target network with this new architecture by 2020, and Andre will discuss how AT&T will meet that goal.
BTE 2015 Keynote: Heavy Reading Research Overview
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading
BTE 2015 Keynote: Steve Saunders Welcome to Year 2
6/9/2015  |  Post a comment
Steve Saunders, CEO & Founder, Light Reading


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Implementing Machine Intelligence With Guavus

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Guavus unites big data and machine intelligence, enabling many of the the largest service providers in the world to save money and drive measureable revenue. Learn how applying Machine Intelligence substantially reduces operational costs and in many cases can eliminate subscriber impact, meaning a better subscriber experience and higher NPS.
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Unlocking Customer Experience Insights With Machine Intelligence

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Verizon VP Talks Network, Career Planning

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Heidi Hemmer, vice president of Technology, Strategy & Planning at Verizon, shares how bold bets and the future of tech define her career.
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Masergy's NFV Journey

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Ray Watson, vice president of global technology at Masergy, discusses the advantages and challenges in entering the still-maturing NFV market for the past three years.
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Mavenir on RCS Cloud Platform & Multi-ID

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Guillaume Le Mener, head of marketing and corporate development at Mavenir, discussed RCS and the recent launch of Multi-ID, which supports T-Mobile's DIGITS, the revolutionary new technology that breaks down the limitation of one number per phone and one phone per number.
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ADTRAN Executive Outlines Trends in Next-Generation 10-Gigabit Cable Networks

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Hossam Salib, VP of Cable and Wireless Strategy at ADTRAN, outlines key trends as MSOs begin to deploy next-generation Gigabit and 10-Gigabit cable networks. In the interview, Hossam outlines the advantages of a Fiber Deep architecture, FTTH options including EPON and RFoG, and the importance of SDN and NFV in building next-generation high-bandwidth cable networks.
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Global Capacity: Bandwidth Demand Driving Ethernet Growth

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At Light Reading's Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, Global Capacity's VP of Marketing Mary Stanhope talks about how the demand for bandwidth is changing the way service providers deliver broadband services.
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Colt's Services Chief on Digital Delivery

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Rogier Bronsgeest, the chief customer experience officer (chief CEO!) at Colt, discusses the way in which the service provider interacts with its customers these days and his aggressive net promoter score (NPS) targets.
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BT VP: Women Should Fill Security Talent Gap

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By 2020 there will be six security jobs for every qualified worker, and Kate Kuehn, vice president of Security for BT in the Americas, says BT wants to encourage women to fill the shortage in jobs.
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Colt Sales Exec on Services Trends

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Colt's sales director for enterprise, James Kershaw, sheds some light on the services currently in demand and how network upgrades are influencing customer demand.
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