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VeEx Pre-BTE Radio Show: Cloud Enabled Service Testing for Cost Efficiency and Agility
More information and registration Regardless of the network operator type (mobile, fixed-broadband, etc.), reducing costs is always a common factor. When it comes to test and measurement equipment infrastructure, cost reduction is not any different. This radio show will introduce VeEX's cloud enabled service testing solution, emphasizing on how operators can minimize CAPEX and optimize OPEX. The show will outline how operators can significantly reduce heavy upfront capital expenditures with VeEX's all-inclusive test platform, and how they can optimize their operational expenditures by managing their test equipment infrastructure on VeEX's VeEspress cloud-based environment. VeExpress provides cost efficiency and service delivery agility to a network operators bottom line.
Network Architecture Considerations for Next-Gen Mobile Backhaul
More information and registration Smartphone use is the most significant driver of traffic growth in mobile backhaul technology as these devices become more integrated into our business and personal lives. Key contributors to greater capacity increases are classic mobile phone users upgrading to smartphones and service migration from 3G to 4G LTE in the backhaul. This migration is expected to result in total backhaul traffic growing at 87% (CAGR) from 2013 through 2017, according to research by Ovum. Ovum also forecasts that 4G connections will reach 70% of the North American population by 2017. The traditional backhaul technology, copper, has been in decline because it cannot keep up with these capacities, resulting in greater use of fiber and microwave technology.
Packet optical technologies enabling these high-capacity solutions combine advanced traffic management and WDM capabilities. As SDN technology works its way into the backhaul, the platforms of today need to be SDN ready, where a central controller provides the network-wide decision making for packet routing and wavelength switches. Fiber optics, though the preferred transport, are not always available or cost effective in these applications. Microwave is an alternative solution while waiting for fiber to be trenched or as a low-cost transport method. Microwave can be deployed in weeks, offering gigabit transport.
New architectures using small cells and C-RAN (cloud or centralized radio access network) technology help to resolve concentration points lacking adequate coverage and reduced capacity. Small cell architecture using C-RAN and WDM transport technology will reduce the power, footprint, and complexity of the small cell. The C-RAN architecture centralizes the base band unit (BBU) at the macro site or CO using Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI™) over fiber optic or microwave transport to the remote radio head (RRH) deployed at the small cell site.
This combination of transport technology, whether full SDN-capable or SDN-ready, enables the highest optimization over the BH, offering:
• Load balancing via prioritized dynamic bandwidth allocation
• Self-healing fault recovery
• Smooth scaling for future demands
Steve Pelosi, Vice President and Head of Optical Products, Fujitsu
Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
The NFV Ecosystem: Partnership Strategies for the Virtual Realm
Sponsors: Wind River
More information and registration In order to develop or commercially deploy Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) products a robust ecosystem is crucial, given the days of "we can build it all" are gone.
Instead, product developers must expand the scope and number of ecosystem partners in order to respond to service provider business opportunities and challenges inherent with a shorter time-to-market product delivery cycle that is necessary to drive new revenue streams and increase ARPU.
Join Wind River for a discussion addressing how NFV is changing the scope and breadth of ecosystem partnerships and explaining why we are still in the early phase of ecosystem expansion.
Kelly Herrell, VP & GM, Software Networking, Brocade
Charlie Ashton, Director, Business Development, Wind River
Jim Hodges: Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
NFV Orchestration: Out of the Lab & Into the Networks
More information and registration Join Cyan’s Director of Software Innovations, Nirav Modi and Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Caroline Chappell for a great discussion on the successes and challenges uncovered by early adopters of NFV Orchestration, and the use cases being pursued by operators.
Join us for this discussion and also hear:
• Real-world findings about NFV orchestration and the state of the industry
• Perspectives on the promise vs. the reality of the programmable network
• Breaking vendor lock-in
• What does it take to be successful? Practical findings from early adopters are shared.
Nirav Modi, Director, Software Innovations, Cyan
Caroline Chappell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
NFV Everywhere – What Does It Take to Succeed?
Sponsors: Wind River
Host: Jim Hodges, Heavy Reading; Charlie Ashton, Wind River; Sandra Rivera, Intel
More information and registration Network functions virtualization (NFV) has taken the lead as a vital technology enabler to deliver end-to-end orchestrated services. Accordingly, the industry has defined nine potential areas and related use cases where NFV can be applied with the greatest effect. As a result, there are now several proof-of-concept (POC) trials running in labs across the globe in operator networks.
Service Orchestration: The Case for NETCONF and YANG
Host: Caroline Chappell, Carl Moberg, Geoffrey Mattson
More information and registration Service agility is a key driver for SDN and NFV. This requires fully automated, dynamic network service provisioning. Current service delivery, which depends on static OSS, is measured in weeks or even months. New service orchestration systems can deliver services to customers in real-time. However, such service orchestration systems need to be underpinned by real-time, programmatic network configuration systems or they won't work. These configuration systems should be based on industry standards and here IETF already has a standard solution in the NETCONF config protocol and associated YANG network device data modeling language. This radio show will discuss how service orchestration can be implemented using NETCONF and YANG.
OpenStack Cloud Virtualization Implementation Strategies
Sponsors: Wind River
Host: Jim Hodges, Davide Ricci
More information and registration Join Davide Ricci, Product Line Manager at Wind River, and Jim Hodges, Heavy Reading Analyst, for a technical discussion addressing the factors and design attributes to be considered in creating a cohesive OpenStack-based cloud virtualization implementation strategy.
Monetizing Network Capabilities With CaaS: Truly delivering value through enablement and partner segmentation
Host: Ryan Lui, Core Network Marketing, Huawei
More information and registration As traditional Telcos communications services have reached saturation, operators are looking to open their capabilities with Communications as a Service (CaaS) as an alternative revenue stream. This Radio Show will introduce the CaaS operating model; discuss why it is needed, the benefits that it provides to both operators and their partners and customers and why legacy solutions have not so far met the requirements to provide such services. This Show will also emphasize the key success factors for implementing CaaS and discuss how Huawei’s solution helps operators provide such an offering with an end-to-end ecosystem approach.
Necessity of analytics in the Policy Control domain - A real-time closed-loop approach
Host: Jiang Tao, Principle Solution Architect of Core Networks, Huawei
More information and registration Mobile broadband (MBB) data volume is expected to maintain a promising growth rate of 67% annually and will reach 13 times the current volume by 2017.
High-Performance Virtualization & the Software Essentials for NFV Success
Sponsors: Wind River
Host: Jim Hodges, Glenn Seiler
More information and registration Join Glenn Seiler, vice president of network strategy at Wind River, and Heavy Reading analyst Jim Hodges for an in-depth look at essential software components and why they are vital for successful NFV use case implementation. They will discuss how each component builds on the characteristics of the others to bring NFV to life.
NFV & SDN: 2 Forces Driving Network Transformation
Sponsors: Wind River
Host: Ron Breault, Jim Hodges
More information and registration Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) are quickly becoming the two hottest topics in the networking and communications industries. At the heart of both NFV and SDN is software innovation that will define and shape next-generation programmable networks. New technologies and concepts like Open Virtualization, OpenStack, and OpenFlow are at the forefront of network element design conversations.
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Transforms Service Management at the Broadband Edge
Sponsors: Active Broadband Networks
Host: Caroline Chappell, Stephen Collins
More information and registration Fixed-broadband network operators are grappling with the high cost and complexity of service management due to the constraints of the proprietary software embedded in network elements and the limitations of legacy OSS/BSS, policy control, and network management systems. Software-defined networking (SDN) moves complex control plane and performance-critical network functions into open software systems running on high-performance, COTS hardware, streamlining the process of dynamically managing services at the broadband edge that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of subscribers. Active Broadband offers a new SDN controller that allows operators to deploy an intelligent, software-defined service layer for the common control and active management of subscriber services across all types of fixed access networks, including cable, DSL, FTTH, and WiFi. Tune into this Light Reading Radio Show to learn how the company’s Dynamic Broadband Service Manager (DBSM) incorporates the OpenFlow protocol for dynamic policy control and the IPFIX protocol for network stream telemetry data.
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