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How Next Generation Session Border Controllers (SBC) can Harness the power of NFV and SDN to Launch New Services and Reduce Costs
Date: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 PM
Sponsors:
Sonus
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NFV and SDN can significantly reduce SBC provisioning procedures by automating certain time-consuming tasks, lowering operating costs significantly by dramatically reducing the complexities of setting up and maintaining hardware based SBCs. Service Providers have the ability to spin-up additional SBCs with little or no setup, reduce the configuration burden, and reduce the probability for configuration errors. A provisioning process that used to take many hours or days can now be completed in a matter of minutes.

This webinar will provide an overview how an SDN controlled service model can significantly reduce network operations by automating time-consuming tasks. In addition to reducing Operational Expenses, real-time interaction between virtualized SBCs and SDN Network Controllers, will empowers service providers to deliver a range of innovative new services, including:

  • Launch same-day Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking services in new markets and geographies
  • Scale-up SIP capacity anywhere in your network
  • Deliver high-end SIP services at a lower price point to small and medium businesses
Reinventing OSS for an NFV/SDN Era
Date: 10/21/2014 12:00 p.m. New York/ 6:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
UBIqube
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SDN and NFV both promise hardware vendor independence, improved operational efficiency, standardized and open interfaces and the dynamic chaining of network functions to create new services. While potentially bringing disruptive benefits to the networking industry, they also come with their own sets of challenges. Key among these challenges is service orchestration & management in particular when legacy network architectures are to be part of a hybrid service delivery solution.

Siloed, legacy operation support systems (OSSs) are structurally not fit to address this challenging roadblock in the way of ubiquitous adoption of NFV based services.

We believe a new generation of management system is required which should feature the ability to enable rapid new service design and roll out over multivendor hybrid networking infrastructure. Key to this capability is the engineering of a powerful abstraction layer decorrelating the multivendor world of devices (physical and virtual, South) from the world of service design and management (North).

When MDM is Not Enough: Service Provider Key Considerations for Monetizing Mobility
Date: 10/15/2014 11:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Symantec
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The use of mobile devices is gaining domination over desktop usage. Some analysts predict that by 2017, 50% of employers will make BYOD in the workplace compulsory. Forward thinking Service Providers are exploring how to monetize mobility management beyond traditional MDM. Explore how granular control of apps/info without MDM, adding proactive threat and app protection, and treating app intelligence as a value added service will create network differentiation and strengthen your brand.

Virtualizing the DSC: Documenting the High Value Use Cases
Date: 10/8/2014 10:00 AM New York / 3:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Ulticom
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In large part due to the ramp of commercial 4G network deployments and anticipated rollout of NFV virtualized network functions, there is now an even greater focus on managing control plane interfaces. As a result, the technical and business drivers for deploying centralized Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are now stronger than ever.

Join Steve Davis, Ulticom’s Product Manager for an in-depth technical presentation designed to document the tangible and immediate benefits associated with deploying a virtualized DSC. To capture the real-world implications from a network operator perspective, Kim’s presentation will include a number of specific use cases including leveraging virtualization to enhance IPX based Signaling as a Service (SaaS) network capabilities.

Leveraging Analytics to Optimize and Monetize the Video Experience
Date: 10/7/2014 11:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM London
Sponsors:
IneoQuest
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Find out how video analytics are the foundation to driving revenue for Multiscreen Video Services with Heavy Reading and IneoQuest.

As consumers have more ways to watch video than ever before, video providers are looking at new business strategies for revenue growth. This webinar will provide insights on how to capitalize on the evolution of content delivery and effectively monetize high value content. We’ll cover:

  • Complexities of content delivery today
  • The challenges providers face monetizing multiscreen video services
  • The role of video analytics in optimization and monetizatio​​n
  • Impact analysis and proactive churn management with video analytics ​​
  • Growing returns through optimization ​​

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Platforms for Accelerating the Software Defined and Virtual Infrastructure
Date: 10/2/2014 11:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Advantech, 6Wind, Netronome
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As network infrastructures evolve and selected elements shift from physical systems to virtual functions a new class of network appliance is required that provides high performance processing, balanced I/O and hardware or software acceleration. Such a platform must combine standard server technology and modular systems that can be configured to support line rate performance with network interfaces up to 100Gbit/s. This webinar will discuss a class of network appliance that offers performance levels previously requiring more complex and costly architectures while integrating seamlessly with standard software frameworks such as Linux, Open vSwitch (OVS) and Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).

Small Cell Backhaul Solutions: Which Technology Fits the Bill?
Date: 9/30/2014 11:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Xilinx
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While small cells currently compliment the roles of the 3G/4G macro-base stations for coverage and capacity, they also have different characteristics. This webinar discusses wireless backhaul capacity, networking, and signal processing challenges for small-cells. It then focuses on the technologies -- millimeter-wave (E and V bands) radio technology in particular, as well as hardware and software design solutions leveraging Xilinx All Programmable SoC platforms. Examples will be given showing how PHY and L2-L3 functions can be implemented in a flexible, low-risk, and cost-efficient manner.

Virtualization: Be on the Fast Track to Monetization in 10 Days
Date: 9/23/2014 10:00 AM New York / 3:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Redknee
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As we face a new era of digital services, an operator’s ability to monetize these services in a manner that is light weight, easy and fast is paramount. Virtualization and cloud-based BSS is a technology means to this end. Join Jim DeMarco, CTO of Redknee, as he showcases how an operator’s virtualization strategy enabled it to support a new business line in just 10 days. Learn about the best practices used and the tangible benefits that other operators are attaining today.

Monetizing A2P SMS Traffic and Reclaiming Lost Revenues
Date: 9/18/2014 10:00 AM New York / 3:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Cloudmark
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Application-to-person (A2P) SMS has increasingly become a key method for organizations to communicate with their customers. This has been driven by the ubiquity of mobile phones and the universality of SMS. Unfortunately, this has also lead to a massive growth in messages being sent through illegitimate routes that bypass the operators’ billing systems. This is commonly referred to as grey routes carrying grey traffic, and is a tactic commonly used by third-party aggregators to boost their own profitability. The result is lost revenue for mobile operators who often do not have visibility and control of messages on their network.

This webinar with industry experts from Heavy Reading and Cloudmark will take an in-depth look at the need to tackle this problem by:

  • Capturing operators’ lost revenue by identifying and re-routing rogue traffic.
  • Eliminating the use of grey routes by providing legitimate channels for inbound traffic that enables operators to bill for it.
  • Enhancing control and policy strategies to catch mobile attacks that may be entering networks via illegitimate means.
Diameter Signaling Controllers, Meet Your Future
Date: 9/11/2014 10:00 AM New York / 3:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Dialogic
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Why the DSC of yesterday won’t meet the needs of your Diameter networks now

In a very short time, the strategic value of Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) has increased dramatically. A DSC is now being seen not only as a platform to support Diameter routing, mediation and security but also as a means to interwork, orchestrate and enhance other control plane signaling protocols such as RADIUS and SS7. And the DSC is emerging to play a key role in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) environments that will fundamentally change how the control plane is utilized in next-generation virtualized IP networks.

Join Tom Schroer – Director of Service Provider Marketing, and Jim Hodges – Senior Analyst for Heavy Reading, as they discuss how service providers are leveraging the next wave of signaling controller functionality today and cover use cases that highlight the additional functionality DSCs will need to meet emerging control plane signaling orchestration requirements.

You will learn all about:

  • Techniques to mine the value of control plane messages to enhance and differentiate services
  • How signaling interworking can reduce service delivery costs and speed up interoperability with other networks
  • Accelerating service velocity and reducing costs through signaling orchestration
Achieving a Finely-tuned Network Through Just-In-Time Capacity Management
Date: 9/9/2014 10:00 AM New York / 3:00 PM London
Sponsors:
CENX
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Operators struggle to upgrade and manage their network capacity to keep pace with growing network traffic, while simultaneously preserving quality levels to prevent customer churn. This market pressure is felt especially by mobile operators.

When moving from "just-in-case" (JIC) capacity management in their backhaul networks to "just-in-time" (JIT), mobile operators can significantly reduce capex and opex while still delivering exceptional user experience.

This Light Reading webinar will cover:

  • An operator’s current JIC approach to capacity management
  • Barriers to effective capacity management
  • JIT capacity management concepts and ingredients to success
  • Alignment with software-defined networking (SDN)
Optimizing the Last Frontier for the Contact Center: Customer Interaction
Date: 8/28/2014 2:00 PM New York / 7:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Support.com, Inc.
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How customers experience your company’s live support has a huge impact on your brand, the perception of the company, and ultimately your bottom line.

Contact centers have successfully implemented optimization for ACD/IVR, workforce optimization, but not yet for live customer interactions. Solving most support problems is a largely manual process involving scripts, static knowledge bases and time-consuming "talk therapy". The result is an inconsistent service that is highly dependent on the expertise of individual agents.

There is a better way! In this webinar, Ari Bannerjee of Heavy Reading and Amy Millard of Support.com will discuss:

  • Contact Center support trends – and impact of overall technology trends for support
  • Customer Interaction Optimization – What is it? What are the key measure and strategies?
  • Actual case studies with metrics from implementing Customer Interaction Optimization
  • Strategies for reducing handle time and increasing NPS in real-world cable and telco environments​​
Harnessing the Value of Predictive Orchestration in Today's Multivendor WAN
Date: 8/27/2014 11:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM London
Sponsors:
Cisco
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Network operators have well-documented issues delivering services efficiently because of rising operational costs and inefficient utilization levels in their networks. As such, the desire to simplify and speed service creation and management through SDN and other approaches to automation, virtualization and orchestration has captured their attention.

An SDN solution that includes predictive analytics based on continuous collection and correlation of traffic and topology state from live customer networks is ideally suited to this problem set. In the interest of rapid development, applications should be able to take advantage of web technologies such as Representational State Transfer (ReST) that get visibility into the provider network without requiring a deep understanding of protocols or network structure. Technologies such as NETCONF/YANG and PCEP are ideal for control of the multivendor network.

This LR webinar will cover common service provider use cases for more quickly and consistently optimizing and monetizing infrastucture. We will detail the underlying technologies required for this undertaking and highlight specific functionalities geared towards value added services and business optimization. Finally, we will discuss use real operator workflows to make the business case for network control in today's service provider network.

Mastering Trillions of Records
Date: 7/24/2014 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
BAE Systems
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If you can master large quantities of data you can succeed. The rise of Google, Linkedin, Facebook, etc. has proven that storing and understanding data can lead to big rewards (more than $65 billion last year). Communications service providers (CSPs) are now asking how they can get in on the action. At the same time people are more aware of their right to privacy and the impact of data loss.

In this webinar, we look at some of the technical challenges of storing large quantities of data. We will consider what types of data CSPs have and how storing this data might benefit their business. We will discuss the alternative ways of storing the data for different uses and cover Hadoop, traditional database and alternative technologies. Finally, we will consider cost-effective ways that CSPs could comply with proposed legislation in the US Senate, “The USA FREEDOM Act.”

Exploring 5G: Performance Targets, Technologies & Timelines
Date: 7/22/2014 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Anritsu
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R&D organizations, vendors, and operators are now starting to define and develop 5G wireless technologies, with a view to commercial deployment from 2020 onwards. This webinar will address performance targets, key technologies, and potential timelines for 5G trials and commercial launch.

Elevate your Security Profile with SDN/NFV and Security Orchestration
Date: 7/15/2014 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Symantec
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Service providers who adopt network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) gain on-demand application/tenant-driven services and network optimization while reducing their costs significantly. Security mechanisms will need to work seamlessly together to handle the new vulnerabilities posed by network virtualization, implemented discretely, in different physical and virtual domains, leaving no vulnerabilities. Ecosystems of security solutions will coalesce around software-defined security controllers (SDSC), and such ecosystems will need to capture security policies from multiple SDN controller and NFV management and orchestration vendors. This session explores concepts for designing and implementing security in a trusted network.

Network Management and Security Requirements for SDN/NFV Networks
Date: 7/9/2014 10:00 am ET / 3:00 pm GMT / 4:00 pm CET
Sponsors:
Napatech
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As we move into the commercialization phase of both SDN and NFV, there is generally consensus that the move to a pure software model will enable new levels of service agility that traditional networks have never been able to achieve.

Conceptually this will be possible by leveraging this software model in more dynamic, real-time and innovative ways that transcend physical limitations of integrating software into dedicated platforms that remotely serve the end-user.

However, to fully realize this vision, there are a number of decision points and challenges the industry must address. Accordingly, this webinar will focus on both from a network management and security perspective. Specific topics and questions the webinar will address include:

  • How will the move to more agile SDN/NFV networks impact carriers and customers?
  • The need for real-time network insight to manage IP traffic and the role that automation and real-time policy play.
  • What are the real-time performance monitoring requirements for IP networks?
  • What are the challenges of supporting SDN/NFV management and security enforcement requirements in 100G networks?
Expanding Programmability From the Control to the Data Plane With Xilinx Software Defined Specification Environment
Date: 6/26/2014 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Xilinx
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The networking industry is moving from the “fixed-function era” where services are built upon proprietary hardware architectures and custom software to the “virtualized-function era” using standard hardware and software-defined networking (SDN). While networking software architectures are evolving rapidly, data-plane hardware often remains bogged down and cannot easily accommodate agile SDN software models. To address this mismatch between SDN software and old-style hardware, Xilinx has introduced the revolutionary “softly” defined network approach, which creates a software-defined data plane with content intelligence so that equipment design teams can precisely tailor network hardware that delivers the flexible network services and applications required. This webinar explores open hardware trends in the global market and how network architects can leverage the Xilinx Software Defined Specification Environment for Networking (SDNet) and its revolutionary softly defined network approach.

Leveraging Policy Control in an SDN World
Date: 6/26/2014 9:00 a.m. New York / 2:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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Policy control has been widely deployed by network operators to help manage IP traffic and applications, and to support the development of new types of service plans. But how will the role of policy control change as operators deploy software-defined networks? And what benefits can it bring to SDN? In this webinar we will analyze how SDN could be enriched by the information and the decisions available in policy control and also how SDN will influence the evolution of existing policy control solutions.

The Role of the Metro gets Cloudy – Service Providers Risk Getting Soaked by a Data Downpour
Date: 6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Applications such as mobile data services and enterprise cloud services, and the increasing speeds of the access networks over which they are delivered, are driving up the demand for both quality and quantity of bandwidth at the network edge. At the same time carriers are looking to consolidate the separate networks that have typically served their various access infrastructures, imposing further capacity and density requirements on installed equipment. Meanwhile, architectural changes inspired by NFV and SDN mean that more carriers are considering deploying mini datacenters in the metro and closer to access networks for the delivery of virtualized applications -- a move which will force the deployment of more transport capacity to guarantee service delivery. These trends are all fueling the need for 10 gigabit-per-second Carrier Ethernet services. 10-GigE is rapidly displacing GigE and legacy TDM as the edge transport network of choice, delivering both aggregation and support for service level agreements closer to the customer. Carriers want rapid service delivery and ease of operations, putting pressure on the next generation of Metro Ethernet gear to deliver more than higher capacity.

Six Myths and Truths about Virtualization of the Mobile Core
Date: 6/24/2014 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ixia
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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) marks a profound paradigm shift in networking as we know it to move network functions from dedicated hardware appliances to running on virtualized server platforms. But while mobile operators agree on the need and vision for NFV, many are struggling to understand the practical migration steps to NFV and how to measure success.

This webinar with industry experts from Heavy Reading and Ixia will take an in-depth look at:

  • The motivations for NFV
  • When does it make sense to move to NFV and when doesn’t it?
  • How do I know a migration to a virtualized appliance was successful?
  • Best practices for measuring performance of a virtualized environment.

Please join us as we discuss Six Common Myths and Truths of Virtualization. All webinar registrants will receive a copy of Ixia’s new eBook, "Demystifying NFV: A Definitive Guide to Measuring Performance in a Virtual World."

Accelerating Time-to-Market & Reducing Development Costs through Innovative and Flexible Collaboration Models
Date: 6/12/2014 12:00 pm New York / 5:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Avago Technologies
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Networking OEMs today face ever-changing market needs at an accelerating rate and complexity. Their challenge lies in balancing development costs with the need to adapt quickly to evolving market requirements. Avago & Tieto have joined forces to enable and provide networking OEMs with the technology, support, and services they require to be successful in the marketplace. Leveraging this unique collaboration and domain expertise, networking equipment vendors can quickly deploy emerging applications such as NFV and HetNets using key technologies such as ODP and OpenStack, reducing resource investments and time to market by more then 40%.

Making VoLTE a Success with Real-Time QoE Analytics
Date: 6/11/2014 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ipoque & Napatech
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With many recent new launches and more to come in 2014, VoLTE is finally moving center stage for mobile network operators. In principle, VoLTE can help operators both to control costs and to meet competition from both conventional and Web-based communications service providers. But there are significant challenges too, both business and technical. In this Webinar, we will:

  • Look at the LTE deployments and progress with VoLTE, video and rich communications services
  • Analyze technical vs. monetization challenges
  • Identify critical factors in assuring real-time QoE
  • Present use cases that deliver value based on VoLTE analytics
Scale Solutions Across Mobile Networks
Date: 6/5/2014 12:00 pm New York / 5:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Avago Technologies
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Deploying dense urban access points that cover both licensed and unlicensed spectrum can offer higher quality-of-experience guarantees for end-users. In this webinar, LSI Corporation and SAI Technology discuss scalable LTE-Advanced solutions for both dense urban and rural applications, utilizing Axxia-based systems-on-chips. Intelligent partitioning of remote-radio-heads with centralized Layer 1 to Layer 3 processing on Axxia delivers key power/performance advantages, including lowering capex and opex for service operators and enterprises.

Scaling Network Security for LTE: A Multi-Layer Approach
Date: 6/4/2014 2:00 pm New York / 7:00 pm London
Sponsors:
F5
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Service providers know they need to protect the network, maintain user privacy and stability, and manage billions of sessions without costs spiraling out of control and without affecting LTE enrolment plans. In this webinar, Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, and Leonid Burakovsky, Senior Director of Strategic Solutions at F5, will outline the new challenges introduced by LTE, specifically new security threats in the service provider network. They will address the importance of implementing a dynamic, multi-layered security approach that makes use of virtualization, service chaining, and Diameter signaling platforms.

Protecting Mobile 4G Data Networks (and Revenue) from Advanced Threats
Date: 5/29/2014 12:00 pm New York / 5:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Arbor Networks
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In order to meet their subscribers’ insatiable demand for multimedia content and to prepare for the future explosion of the “Internet of Things” M2M applications, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have no choice but to continue to invest in their 4G LTE networks. MNOs are also keenly aware that their business models will shift from predominantly voice- and text-based to data-based revenue models. Therefore, to avoid damage to the top and bottom lines of their businesses, it’s imperative that MNOs do everything they can to protect the availability and performance of their 4G LTE, all-IP, data networks. Join Arbor Networks and Heavy Reading as they highlight the latest trends in mobile network threats and discuss ways to minimize their impact on mobile network infrastructure and services using industry best practices and Arbor Networks solutions.

OTT: Debunking the 5 Most Common Misconceptions
Date: 5/29/2014 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ooyala & Akamai
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Thanks to the rapid growth of the over-the-top (OTT) video business over the past few years, many traditional video service providers are now interested in entering the market. Intrigued by OTT’s promising revenue prospects, services providers are planning, testing, or developing their own Internet video services for launch. Yet, in all too many cases, they are looking to enter the market without doing their homework, leaving them vulnerable to some common misconceptions about what’s needed to build a successful OTT business.

Please join leading experts from Telstra and Ooyala as they tackle and correct the five most common misconceptions about the OTT video world. In this session, we will explore such leading misconceptions as:

  • Content rights are easy to negotiate
  • OTT’s business model is all settled
  • OTT’s infrastructure and hardware are no different from IPTV’s
  • The cloud doesn’t have enough security
  • Audience behavior is the same
Profiting From Service Innovation: How Communications Service Providers Leverage Policy to Turn Insights Into Action
Date: 5/28/2014 12:00 pm New York / 5:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Sandvine
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Service plan innovation is a top-of-mind objective for communications service providers (CSPs). Catalyzed by increased LTE deployments and competitive forces in the market, service differentiation is more important than ever. Vital to service innovation are the network policy control, PCRF, and enforcement products that enable creative offerings ranging from simple data packages to application-centric plans. In order to successfully provide personalized services, CSPs need purpose-built business intelligence and customer experience management tools that reveal valuable insights about subscriber segments and behaviors . This webinar explores service innovation trends in the global market and how CSPs have leveraged insights to take action, resulting in increased competitive differentiation and improved customer experience.

Interconnect & LTE Operators - 5 Things to Consider When Migrating to NFV
Date: 5/27/2014 12:00 pm New York / 5:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Sonus Networks
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Interconnect (IPX) and LTE operators are actively evaluating the deployment of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) in their networks. NFV is a fundamental change in the IPX and LTE network architecture that is expected to deliver benefits such as network agility, opex savings, flexibility to choose multiple vendors, and consolidated network management. Networks will migrate to NFV over time, and not as a one-time network-wide switchover. It is important for operators to have a solid game plan that protects their existing investment, minimizes disruption to the existing network, and provides the ability to migrate to NFV at their own pace.

Why Openness Is Critical for SDN & NFV Success
Date: 5/8/2014 12:00 pm New York / 5:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Ciena
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SDN and NFV are viewed as disruptive forces that will bring about wide open networks, allowing operators to usher in a new wave of innovation and multi-vendor interoperability. At the core of any SDN transformation is openness, which has widespread implications for hardware, software, and network management.

This webinar will examine the implications and benefits of openness. You will learn:

  • The implications of the evolving standards process on SDN and open-source
  • How SDN enables NFV in an open environment Why open-source is important
  • Key initiatives that will pave the way to an open, multi-vendor network
Transforming the Economics of Residential Broadband With VDSL Broadband Amplifiers
Date: 5/6/2014 10:00 am New York / 3:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Actelis Networks
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Meeting high-speed residential broadband service level targets and universal service objectives profitably is impractical with FTTH. But pushing DSLAMs very close to customers to make possible necessary service levels with FTTC simply trades one set of challenges for another. Now far more efficient residential broadband networks can be built that fully leverage the installed base of any vendor's DSLAMs and DSL modems.

Learn how broadband amplifiers enable you to:

  • Get more distance and bandwidth out of VDSL2, with or without vectoring
  • Enlarge the customer serving area and achieve greater operational efficiencies
  • Reduce CAPEX and fiber backhaul costs, and accelerate time to market
  • Transform the business case for residential broadband
Leveraging RDK for Next-Gen Video Experiences
Date: May 13, 2014

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To achieve service velocity, service providers must embrace agility in a holistic way, making significant shifts in their infrastructure, operations, and mentality. The RDK, or Reference Design Kit, helps service providers start realizing agility on the infrastructure side. The RDK offers a set of shared-source core components for a wide array of CPE platforms, simplifying both the hardware integration process and the deployment of new services. There is growing interest globally in leveraging RDK-based CPE in the home, coupled with video control and applications in the cloud, as the technology foundation for next-generation services. In this webinar Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Cisco technology executives will share their perspectives on the shift to agile service deployment, the role that the RDK and cloud play in this journey, and the lessons that have been learned so far.

Decoding the Importance of Service Assurance in a Virtualized World
Date: Apr 30, 2014

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There is no doubt in the minds of the service providers that quality of experience will be the critical factor in making Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) initiatives successful and realize the benefits of a programmable network.  As indicated by Heavy Reading’s research, operators are aware that their legacy service assurance systems, that were designed for managing older circuit-switched networks, will no longer work in the virtualized network world which will be unleashed by SDN and NFV. Therefore, service providers must turn to a unified service assurance platform that will enable them to handle the scale and unpredictability of virtualized network workloads, dynamic service delivery based on service chaining, multi-domains of a hybrid cloud models, and the virtual components of an SDN network.  

This webinar will explore the appeal of NFV and why operators are moving towards a virtualized world, and the keys to success behind this biggest trend in telecom today, including:  

•    Paradigm shift in operators' IT strategy required by the virtualized service world
•    How the success of an operator's virtualized strategy will depend on breaking down silos and bridging the service management gap
•    Why it is critical for service assurance to take center stage when it comes to the virtualized service world
•    Key functional attributes of a future-proof service assurance solution for the virtualized world
•    How Monolith Software addresses key service assurance requirements for SDN/NFV in the areas of service propagation, real-time topology awareness, and cross-domain correlation and unified visualizations.

The Power of Policy & Charging: Monetizing Next-Generation Investments & Personalizing the Subscriber Experience
Date: Apr 29, 2014

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Policy management has a new address.  No longer just a network tool used to manage traffic flow, today’s policy management solutions have moved to operators’ marketing and billing departments. Integrated with their real-time rating and charging systems, policy management enables operators to create a more personalized subscriber experience and to directly monetize their offerings in new ways  – something that is critically important as operators look for ways to quickly recoup LTE and other network CapEx investments.

Join Heavy Reading’s Chief Analyst Graham Finnie, along with Redknee CTO Jim Demarco and Dr. Christian Gayda, Director of Product Management for Policy, on April 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET as they discuss the benefits of converged policy and charging and what this means for operators, their OTT partners, and, most importantly, subscribers.

Innovate Your Service Delivery Architecture & Successfully Find New Revenue Streams
Date: Apr 23, 2014

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Telecom executives are frustrated. Their legacy support systems (BSS and OSS) are limiting their ability to compete. New services are not easy to bring to market quickly because innovative business models are time-consuming and expensive to configure. Plus, real-time processing requirements are challenging.

And as the quality of the customer experience becomes a key success factor, data needs to be the basis of more than just charging services -- which means a new level of processing and data management functionality is required.

Bottom line: Carriers need a solution that provides Service Control. Legacy support systems aren’t delivering it.

Service Control is a lean solution that delivers both fast service enablement and improved data processing and management capabilities. It does not require an end-to-end support systems transformation. This webinar will explain why, and how.   

This webinar will show practical examples and use cases of how new services can be easily configurable with a new approach to be highly flexible, extremely cost-effective and also easy to deploy. Webinar attendees will be much better equipped to make the right decisions by using Service Control.

Overcoming the Delivery Challenges of ABR
Date: Apr 17, 2014

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Adaptive bit-rate streaming technology has revolutionized the streaming of live, on-demand, and online video content to multiple screens over the last six years. Unlike its Telco TV predecessor. RTSP. and free web distribution via progressive downloading, adaptive bit-rate (ABR) streaming enables service and content providers to deliver on-demand, catch-up and live video streams over managed and unmanaged networks - including mobile – to multiple screens, as well as start to offer such essential add-on services as multi-lingual subtitling and premium audio. Further, ABR allows providers to serve multiple screens despite differences between playback devices, varying wired and wireless connection speeds, and constantly shifting in-home network quality.

Yet, even with the rapidly growing development and adoption of ABR technology, significant video and audio service challenges remain. These challenges include proprietary protocols, an explosion of device types, and a lack of understanding of how security needs can be integrated to underpin revenue streams. These challenges leave service and content providers tantalizingly short of fully realizing their streaming dreams -- providing TV Everywhere offerings with optimal viewing and listening experiences for every user, regardless of playback device, format, operating system, or screen size.

Join experts from Light Reading, Akamai, Dolby, and Verimatrix for a webinar examining the key delivery challenges presented by ABR streaming technology and recommending ways to overcome those challenges. Topics will include:

  • The evolution of video streaming technology and current streaming trends
  • Comparisons of the four major ABR protocols
  • The explosion of different video playback devices, operating systems, platforms, formats, etc. 
  • The security risks of streaming content to multiple devices both inside and outside the home
  • The challenges of delivering optimal viewing and listening experiences on multiple devices
  • Different techniques and approaches for overcoming these challenges
How to scale network growth to match business goals
Date: Mar 26, 2014

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With the growth in mobile data, operators have to face more than an increase in traffic volume. The complexity of managing that traffic has also intensified, driven by subscribers expecting a higher quality customer experience (QoE), a more diverse and evolving traffic and device mix, and advanced policy-based services. Complexity creates a new set of challenges. Operators not only have to expand capacity, they need to decide how to use that capacity in a way that maximizes the return on their investment, both in terms of maximizing network utilization (i.e., lowering their per-bit costs), and increasing QoE (i.e., increasing revenues and customer retention).

To both manage and benefit from this complexity, operators have to collect and analyze the real-time network load and performance data, as well as subscriber activity, and relate the data to policies. Mobile operators can then establish the context to provide these services and act on them, offering the best QoE for the applications the active subscribers are using, given the capacity constraints of each cell site.  In this webinar, we will present five use cases that illustrate the challenges mobile operators face in managing traffic and the tools they can use to address them.

Security Requirements For New M2M Business Models
Date: Mar 25, 2014

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When it comes to security most M2M networks that leverage service provider networks rely heavily on 3GPP security for authentication and encryption. But the M2M business model is now evolving from a closed or walled garden model into one which is a lot more open. The model is more open to real-time control based applications rather than mere reporting. It’s more open to third party applications. It’s more open to devices dynamically discovering other 3rd party devices. It’s also more open to sharing of data with partners.  And as the business model becomes more open, so new security requirements arise as do new vulnerabilities to security threats. This webinar will discuss the journey that services providers are looking to take with the M2M business model and the new security solutions they need to put in place to support them.

Cloud RAN
Date: Mar 19, 2014

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Wireless network architectures are evolving to address an explosive growth in data services. Forecasts predict this will continue for many years, and there is a pressing need to supplement traditional macrocell networks with infrastructure that adds capacity while minimizing capital and operating costs.

Two seemingly divergent approaches have emerged to meet this goal.

  • The first is to distribute the baseband processing through an underlay of small cells to coexist with the macrocell. This adds capacity but brings challenges around interference management and backhaul complexity.
  • The second is to centralize the baseband processing in a pool of common virtualized resources that can be shared between many tens or hundreds of Remote Radio Heads (RRH).  A centralized baseband pool meets the goal of lower operating costs, but comes with a set of challenges around low-latency fronthaul connectivity and switching, between the distributed RRHs and centralized baseband.  

Join experts from Xilinx and Light Reading for a webinar discussing the drivers, benefits, and challenges of Cloud RAN, focusing specifically on the complex wired and wireless fronthauling mechanisms that can be deployed to make these emerging systems a reality.

Keys to a Successful Programmable Network Strategy
Date: Mar 18, 2014

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The web has become synonymous with rapid innovation that has generated a tremendous array of content and services, which have set the standard for the customer experience. Communications service providers (CSPs) have attempted to bring this web-style rapid innovation to the communications industry through network programmability. Unfortunately, the initial focus on the long-tail through garage developers in a B2C model has not lived up to expectations.

CSPs worldwide have adjusted their focus and are seeing positive results by engaging with mid-tail enterprise customers in a B2B or B2B2C business model. By leveraging CSP assets such as identity management, billing, network policy, subscriber data, and messaging, enterprises are able to enrich their services to increase business value and create deeper customer penetration.

The topics we will explore include:

  • The state of the API exposure market today
  • The importance of the enterprise B2B market to the success of the CSP’s API exposure strategy
  • Key ingredients of a next-generation API exposure solution
  • The importance of addressing the API exposure lifecycle, including API management, partner management, and self-service
  • Leveraging key CSP assets to enable the exposure and monetization of valuable services, such as analytics, billing, and identity management
Navigating the Transformation to All-IP Networks
Date: Mar 05, 2014

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Long gone are the good old days when telephone carriers' biggest concerns were "simply" acquiring more customers or making sure cellphone calls did not drop. In contrast, today's wireless, cable, and VoIP carriers are faced with game-changing decisions at every turn as they work to achieve operational savings, unlock new communications capabilities, and meet the increased bandwidth demands of their customers.

Key considerations here include market consolidation through merger-and-acquisition, and network modernization projects leading to all-IP networks. CSPs must plan for and meet the challenges of maximizing value, managing costs and customer expectations to provide next-generation telecommunications in the fast-paced, ever-changing world.

Accordingly, this webinar will address how CSPs, with the right planning and knowledge, can leverage existing systems and processes to ensure that operations enable, not hinder, success.

More specifically, the following topics related to mergers in the telecommunications space will be discussed:

  • Provisioning and interoperability implications of mergers and network upgrades among CSPs, including those employing different network technologies
  • Systems consolidation challenges
  • Minimizing subscriber churn
  • Backoffice system integration
Solving the Mobile Video Optimization and Monetization Conundrum
Date: Feb 18, 2014

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Today’s mobile video challenges range well beyond the growing number of connected devices on the network. With both wireless carriers and cable operators competing for the same consumers wanting to watch content anywhere at any time, the foremost question is how to manage and optimize mobile bandwidth and compute resources to deliver quality content to any device on the network. That question looms ever larger now as providers deliver HD video and look to carry such high bandwidth, compute-intensive video formats as 4K and potentially 8K.

Current mobile video optimization solutions are simply inadequate. The business case for optimization is suspect because transcoding is expensive while the cost and scalability of purpose-build solutions are major concerns. Further, most mobile operators can’t monetize OTT video because they don’t understand the nature of the traffic, its delivery quality, and the subscriber behavior driving it. Plus, operators face the challenge of evolving to next generation networks with SDN and NFV capabilities, but with few real-world examples to help them plan effectively.

While everybody’s talking about the impact of mobile video’s exponential growth on network capacity and subscriber quality-of-experience, nobody’s really doing anything about it. But now that’s about to change. In this webinar, Intel, Kontron, and Vantrix will present fresh solutions to these problems, highlighting such approaches as:

  • A high-density transcoding solution for video optimization that cuts the raw CPU footprint needed by 4x, significantly bolstering the business case. 
  • A high-performance Big Data platform that cuts processing time in more than half, enabling rapid analysis of video traffic data that can drive optimization and monetization. 
  • Cloud virtualization of high-density, general-purpose computing hardware across multiple applications. 
Redefining Packet-Optical Transport With Software-Defined Networking and 100 GbE
Date: Feb 18, 2014

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Packet-optical transport has emerged as operators’ architecture-of-choice to simplify and scale the metro network, primarily to enable the transition to Carrier Ethernet. Meanwhile, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 100 GbE now top the list of operator requirements to complement this strategic architectural upgrade, enabling operators to continue down the much-needed path of network transformation. This webinar will chart a realistic course for the future of SDN and 100 GbE in service providers’ packet-optical transport networks.  Multiple real-world customer use cases will be highlighted, and the debate on whether SDN’s applicability should be limited to inter-working with legacy GMPLS control planes, or more fully as a multi-layer control plane will be explored.  Join Packet-Optical and SDN leader Cyan and Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin as they discuss the reality for the future of SDN and 100 GbE in packet-optical transport networks. 

Operator Strategies for Live Streaming Video Delivery
Date: Feb 13, 2014

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Consumers today have unmatched access to on demand and live programming they want to watch, making up over 70 percent of Internet traffic. The live broadcast of the 2012 London Olympics set a record for the most-watched event in U.S. television history with 219.4 million viewers. Many more events are on the horizon, and broadcasters and cable companies are moving to place "linear content" on live streams.

This trend pushes operators to think differently about the implications of live streaming on existing network architecture and assessing who will lead the future of TV: operator or broadcaster? And how will we measure the quality of video that is being shared across that architecture, ensuring maximum quality of experience for viewers?

Join experts from Light Reading and Qwilt for a webinar discussing the trends in live video streaming, and how solutions such as caching at the network edge can tame the live video streaming beast.

Topics will include:

  • The evolution and future trends of live content streaming 
  • Growth in bandwidth consumption and its effects on quality of experience (QoE)
  • Next generation transparent caching - how it will bring live streaming to reality
  • What operators can do to prepare for live streaming influx
Survival of the Fittest: The Core Network Evolution, Mobility Management & Subscriber Data Management
Date: Jan 29, 2014

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Key elements of the mobile core network, including the Home Location Register, Home Subscriber Server, and User Data Repository, are more important than ever before. Traditional mission-critical services like voice telephony and messaging depend on these network elements for continuous availability. The advent of unified subscriber data and the growing power of IT-based network elements are increasing the concentration of subscribers in the Subscriber Data Management network elements. In addition, wave after wave of new services delivered via smart devices and apps and powered by cloud services increases the importance of the mobile broadband network to consumers and businesspeople. In the 21st century mobile network, an outage is instantly detectable by large numbers of continuously connected consumers. 

At the same time, the global mobile industry is transforming at a rapid rate. In addition to technology evolutions, such as front-end/back-end architectures, LTE network deployments, and the advent of VoLTE and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), there is a massive wave of merger-and-acquisition activity. After a relatively quiet period of international M&A, large telecommunications companies are engaging in some of the largest international transactions in the history of the mobile telephony and broadband industries. The pace of both domestic and international M&A will continue to accelerate over the next few years, with powerful consequences for networking departments around the world. 

In this webinar we will address a range of technology and business evolutions, including:

• The importance of availability as a primary consideration for mobile core network Subscriber Data Management functions
• How to leverage Subscriber Data Management to deploy new technologies efficiently and achieve superior economics and operations
• How to develop merger-proof and merger-resilient network architectures
• Use cases for Subscriber Data Management in advanced network deployments

Heavy Reading Report: Mobile Network Outages & Service Degradations
Date: Jan 23, 2014

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In the high-demand mobile world, user experience is king. New devices and applications continue to stretch the limits of today’s mobile networks. Users are demanding faster access with increasing expectations for higher reliability and service quality. One bad customer experience can do real damage. And when it effects a sizable portion of your customer base, it can rapidly spin out of control.

According to a Heavy Reading report, network availability and performance issues have become the third leading cause of customer churn. In the mobile broadband era, when mobile networks don’t perform as expected, users blame the carrier whose name is on the phone – regardless of whose service they are consuming.

Join us for a look into the implications that service outages and degradations have on mobile networks and their users. Heavy Reading surveyed and interviewed mobile operators from around the world to understand the range, scope, and implications that performance problems create. In this webcast we will explore how and why mobile operators are suffering network outages and services degradations and their consequences and the remediation strategies of operators. We will explore strategies that mobile operators should adopt to predict and prevent problems, effectively triage, and quickly address outages and degradations.

This session will also look at how to leverage user experience data to track and trend the performance of networks and services for managing 3G and 4G/LTE networks to assure optimal data, voice, and video service performance, availability, and quality.

Key topics covered include:

•    Results from the Heavy Reading survey analysis on outages and service degradations identifying where incidents occur most, the impact of LTE networks, and cost and operational implications
•    Best-practices for real-time, user-centric analytics and multi-dimensional intelligence to proactively manage and improve the 3G and 4G/LTE mobile broadband user experience
•    Best-practices and strategies to accelerate break-fix troubleshooting activities and an intelligent early warning framework to identify issues before large numbers of users are affected
•    Leveraging customer-centric mobile data analytics to understand customer experience, track user experience, and sustain meaningful experiences through improved customer experience management activities
•    Rolling out and managing next-generation IP services like VoLTE, streaming video, and Web-RCS to avoid performance problems

The Role of DPI in Virtualized Networks
Date: Jan 22, 2014

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Use of DPI by carriers has grown steadily over the past 10 years, and the use cases for it have broadened out to include policy enforcement, service innovation, QoE, security, and analytics. DPI itself is evolving, too, incorporating new techniques for accurately identifying applications. But as carriers prepare to virtualize their networks, what role will DPI play, and how will it be deployed in networks based on SDN principles? This webinar will present the results of an exclusive survey of equipment vendors. It is designed to answer these questions and map out some of the possible scenarios for DPI in virtualized networks.

Carrier-Grade Virtualization: Preparing the Telco Infrastructure for NFV
Date: Dec 17, 2013

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This webinar will look at the requirements for a virtualization platform that will support the needs of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and, specifically, the role of the virtualization layer within the NFV Infrastructure. It will discuss the drivers for virtualization and examine the specific capabilities needed in a carrier-grade virtualization platform to support network functions, as opposed to virtualized enterprise applications. It will examine the relationship between the virtualization platform and virtualized connectivity and present virtualization use cases that demonstrate the power of the NFV approach.

Guarding Your Network Against Security Breaches and Botnets
Date: Dec 12, 2013

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Compromised hosts and accounts expose Internet Service Provider (ISP) networks to security breaches and botnet attacks. During this webinar, we will discuss inbound and outbound policy strategies for broadband and email to identify and mitigate compromised hosts, compromised accounts and security breaches, which will allow you to safeguard your network ensuring your subscribers’ data is safe and secure.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

  • Identify compromised accounts on your network
  • Explore proven strategies to identify and mitigate botnet attacks
  • Safeguard your network and subscribers from inbound security breaches

Register for this webinar to learn how to safeguard your network and customers by implementing proven inbound and outbound policy strategies for broadband and email.

How to Solve Small Cell Backhaul and Power Challenges
Date: Dec 12, 2013

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Mobile network operators are universally turning to small cells to reuse spectrum, improve quality of service, and enhance network coverage. But getting enough backhaul bandwidth where it is needed is not always easy or affordable, and finding a local source of power can be difficult.  This webinar will showcase how backhaul networks can be built more efficiently using the installed base of copper twisted pair cables in order to reach the many diverse small cell sites in operators’ networks, and will explain the benefits of a solution comprised of EFM over copper backhaul, remote power, and a compact enclosure.

 Attend this webinar to learn how to:

  • Get the backhaul bandwidth you need to hard-to-reach small cell sites more quickly and cost effectively
  • Select the right mix of fiber, copper and microwave backhaul to optimize the network build
  • Solve the challenge of powering cell sites where no power is readily or easily available

 Network operators know they need to deploy small cells but may be stymied or slowed in their efforts by backhaul and power concerns. Register for this webinar to clear up many of those concerns and receive specific information on alternatives for small cell backhaul and power.

The Policy and Charging Control Ecosystem – An Open Approach to Driving Innovation
Date: Dec 11, 2013

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LTE’s center-stage arrival and the rapid evolution of heterogeneous networks bring a new era of customer expectations for personal and enterprise mobility. Converting these expectations into profitable relationships is precisely what the policy and charging control (PCC) functions enable.

Yet a lack of cohesion among the PCC players has left the PCC potential untapped. To address this gap and help service providers roll out innovative services with integrated PCC functionality quickly, Amdocs has created a PCC Ecosystem partner program.

Join this webinar to learn how you can:

  • Innovate with the industry leaders in policy, online charging, DPI, optimization and real-time notifications
  • Create new monetization opportunities across the network control and data plane
  • Differentiate services in real-time based on subscriptions and ad hoc choices
  • Develop and prototype new data monetization offerings quickly
  • Reduce the risk of launching new services by leveraging standards-based integration
  • Leverage the extensive IOT, testing and integration work of industry leaders

Amdocs PCC Ecosystem partner program will give service providers a logical starting point for innovating and incubating new service ideas rapidly - leveraging network assets to deliver the kinds of personalized services that their customers expect.

The Why and How of Transport SDN
Date: Dec 11, 2013

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SDN and NFV concepts promise to dramatically impact the kinds of services that providers can offer and to significantly change the way those services are delivered. While most of the focus has been on L3 and higher devices – because all of these services must be carried by a transport network – transport networks will play a critical role in any successful implementation of SDN. Significantly, contending with the analog domain means that transport SDN must evolve differently than higher layer SDN. This webinar will provide a discussion on what Transport SDN is, what benefits it can provide, and which features and networking capabilities are necessary to implement it effectively.

Home is Where the Network Is
Date: Dec 10, 2013

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Now that cable operators are fully embracing IP video, the big question is how they will make the transition to full IP delivery of their video services over the next few years. Perhaps most importantly, MSOs must figure out how to carry out this tricky transition without overwhelming their already strained HFC networks.

In this Webinar, you will learn:

  • When cable operators will start running IP video simulcasts
  • How much extra bandwidth these IP video simulcasts will consume
  • How MSOs intend to leverage the cloud to deliver more IP-enabled video services
  • What new tools cable operators will need to carry out the transition
  • What new devices and/or software will be needed in the home
  • How cable operators plan to distribute IP video signals around the home  

We will tackle these “smaller” questions and numerous others because they will help determine the answer to the big question. As always, the devil is in the details. Tune in on Dec. 10th to find out more.

Experience Driven CRM – Building Architectures to Provide a Differentiating Customer Experience
Date: Dec 10, 2013

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At a time when competition is intensifying in most telecommunications markets and operators are searching for ways to differentiate other than on price, poor customer service should not be an operator’s principal differentiation factor. From an IT perspective this requires a new approach - whereby all customer interactions are performed in the context of the customer’s end-to-end experience.

Register for “Experience Driven CRM” to learn how operators must exploit all the customer-experience data assets within their network – OSS, BSS and CRM – and make it seamlessly available in an intuitive IT environment. This interactive discussion will explore how you can:

  • Reduce the risk of creating a telecoms specific CRM environment
  • Drive operational efficiency with a CRM environment tailored to specific telecoms business processes
  • Transform customer experience with proactive customer care and marketing that leverages all relevant customer insights from the network, OSS, BSS and CRM domains, real-time network insights

This webinar will provide valuable insights on how customer relationship management can address these challenges that telecoms operators face today, both from a business and IT perspective.

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Policy & Charging – The Path to Service Personalization
Date: Dec 05, 2013

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To compete profitably in the fast-changing mobile broadband market, telecom operators need to fight the forces of commoditization and secure a healthy position in the new value chains alongside content providers and Over-The-Top (OTT) players.

This isn’t something that just happens, it will need to be planned for and it will involve an operator’s full end-to-end OSS/BSS capabilities. Join us for this interactive discussion to explore:

  • Why policy and charging integration is important
  • Why the traditional silo approach isn’t optimal
  • The importance of efficient customer interactions
  • How to provide the right quality and services to the right users
  • The importance of end-to-end real-time functionality is for future success

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how integrated policy and charging can empower operators with the creative freedom to differentiate their offerings and allow their customers to personalize their services.

Increasing Efficiency and Reliability of Networks with Intelligent Transport
Date: Dec 04, 2013

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When building an infrastructure for the next decade network operators face several key technology challenges. They must examine how they can use intelligence in the transport layer to make it more efficient, resilient and agile.  

Register for “Increasing Efficiency and Reliability of Networks with Intelligent Transport" to learn from real world deployments and to find out how operators can differentiate their offerings in the marketplace.

This interactive discussion will demonstrate how to:

  • Build a converged infrastructure by integrating functional network layers
  • Compare various architectural options keeping the network lifecycle in mind
  • Achieve maximum network efficiency with the use of switched OTN
  • Boost resiliency by employing mesh transport networks
  • Increase network service deployment and agility

Join us to explore upcoming transport technologies and learn how to gain the most from your network investments.

Driving Value & Trust for Communications Service Providers with Enhanced Security as a Service
Date: Nov 20, 2013

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This webinar will discuss how communications service providers are thinking about selling security services as a value added capability to their customers.  We will look at different business models including offering security as part of insurance services, differentiated value added service on a CSP monthly bill, or included as part of the core high speed data offering.  We will also discuss the different delivery models including direct and through application stores such via cloud service brokers.

This session will show you how to:

  • Explore delivering Information Security as a value added service
  • Consider how to protect yourself when at work and at home with Anti-virus, anti-malware, parental controls, VPN, mobile device management, application wrapping
  • CSPs can leverage innovative partnering models to  monetize high value offerings
  • Consider that one size does not fit all.  Explore inclusive, insurance, tiered service offerings

This webinar will help address how Communications Service Providers can deliver and monetize value added security services to their different market segments.  Symantec will explain how it has positioned security within this market and why customers are willing to pay for these services.

Going OTT: A New Video Strategy
Date: Nov 14, 2013

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Seeing their video profits consumed by rising content costs, smaller telcos are now adopting an over-the-top (OTT) video strategy to cut churn rates, boost the value of their broadband offerings, and sell higher-tier broadband services to subscribers. 

A critical part of this strategy is the rollout of TV Everywhere services, including the extension of live, linear TV channels to multiple video devices in the home. Join us for “Going OTT: A New Video Strategy” an interactive discussion that will:

  • spell out the trends spurring the shift to TV Everywhere 2.0
  • suggest the basic steps needed to implement it
  • explain why the delivery of live, linear video is critical for providers to hold onto their customers

Catering to the growing viewing demands and preferences of consumers isn’t a choice - it’s essential. Don’t get left behind.

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ePMP: The New Standard in 5GHz Wireless Broadband Connectivity
Date: Nov 14, 2013

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Thirty percent of American adults don’t have broadband, and the amount is far higher in many other countries. That’s an enormous opportunity for wireless Internet service providers (WISPs), but only if they choose a solution that maximizes ROI even in sparsely populated areas or those with price-sensitive demographics.

A new webinar – “ePMP: The New Standard in 5GHz Wireless Broadband Connectivity” – covers the principal business and technological aspects that WISPs and other service providers should consider when using 5 GHz to target underserved and un-served consumers, as well as enterprise applications. Please join us on November 14 at 12:00pm ET.

- How Cambium Networks’ ePMP solution provides an industry-leading combination of scalability, reliability and performance for wireless service providers (WISPs) and enterprises.

- Why GPS sync is critical for providing the best quality and reliability at a low cost.

- How to maximize your ROI using Cambium Networks’ ePMP solution.

- Components of the ePMP solution and design considerations for building the most efficient network.

The webinar’s speakers include executives from two service providers who will share hands-on insights into the wireless broadband opportunity and how ePMP enabled them to capitalize on it.

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C-RAN – The Next Generation Mobile Access Platform
Date: Nov 13, 2013

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Mobile network operators are looking for the most effective and efficient means of deploying 4G technologies. The radio access network is often the most complex and costly portion of their network rollout. C-RANs represent the next step forward in mobile access and are something MNOs need to understand.

Register for “C-RAN - The Next Generation Mobile Access Platform” to explore the emerging C-RAN concept and how it applies to LTE, LTE Advanced, and future evolutions of 4G. Our discussion will include:

  • The key benefits of Cloud-RAN and Centralized-RAN for mobile network operators
  • C-RANs' benefits vary, depending on the where a mobile operator is in its development
  • The impact of a new generation of "fronthaul" solutions
  • How key challenges such as fiber access can be overcome.

Join us to learn why ambitious industry players are motivated to pursue this new model.   

Achieving Network Agnostic Services Ubiquity through Predictive Subscriber Data Management
Date: Nov 07, 2013

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The commercialization of LTE and subsequent sharp uptake in mobile broadband consumption, as well as expansion of carrier WiFi footprint, illustrates that subscribers are finding new ways to use mobile connectively in a services context. And leading the way are personalized services that subscribers perceive as representing higher value than simply pushing content. In this new world order, mobile operators require the most complete insight about their subscribers to proactively improve the customer experience.

Unfortunately, there are a number of challenges that confront operators, one of which is the reality that operators may have very limited insight on services preferences due to underlying network capabilities. Therefore, the industry is now focusing on how to best achieve services ubiquity by decoupling service delivery from radio access type and utilizing predictive analytics and subscriber data in new and collaborative ways to harmonize user experience and enhance monetization models.

Accordingly, in this webinar we will examine how by extending data management techniques, extracting and analyzing data in real time, access network related challenges can be mitigated. 

Speakers will address:

  • Steps and technical requirements to support true services ubiquity
  • The impact of software driven data management and analytics techniques
  • How analytics through tighter integration with the UDR can enhance service personalization
  • Specific use cases which quantify the inherent value proposition.
Fuel Innovation with the Programmable Network
Date: Nov 07, 2013

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The Web has become synonymous with rapid innovation that has generated a tremendous array of content and services which have set the standard for the customer experience. Unified by web standards and fueled by open access, the web has embraced the collective intelligence and entrepreneurial spirit from all corners of the globe.

In contrast, telecom networks have been hobbled by a closed legacy network - interconnected with proprietary interfaces that that has stymied internal innovation and has created a barrier to partner participation in service creation. Telecom assets such as analytics, policy, billing and identity management which could be used to enrich the customer experience are locked away behind this impenetrable shield – or are they?

During this webcast we will explore:

  • The importance of addressing the service exposure lifecycle including API management, partner management and self service
  • Leveraging key CSP assets to enable the exposure and monetization of valuable services such as analytics, billing and identity management
  • Deep integration with core telecom assets to create a compelling network offering such as policy as a service

Join us to learn how forward looking telecoms are exploiting service exposure through API’s to decrease the friction of collaboration - transitioning their closed legacy network into an open programmable network.

Secure LTE: A Revenue Opportunity for Operators
Date: Nov 07, 2013

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Security requirements undergo a significant change from 3G to LTE. Operators that meet these requirements will be far better positioned to capture the new revenue opportunities promised by 4G technology.

Register for “Secure LTE:  A Revenue Opportunity for Operators” to learn how you can:

  • Ensure the same level of end to end encryption of traffic with LTE as with 3G.
  • Secure the LTE network end to end without compromising LTE’s key performance advantages.
  • Leverage automated eNodeB authentication as part of the introduction of SON capabilities
  • Leverage security to drive new revenue opportunities such as mCommerce and mHealth

Join us at either 10AM or 4PM Central European Time to learn how LTE promises new revenue opportunities for the operators, but these can only be realized if the LTE network is fully secured against malicious attacks.

Register now to attend one of these two sessions on Secure LTE.

100G/400G Networking Solutions Webinar: Technology and Components
Date: Nov 06, 2013

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100G/400G networking represents a major opportunity for carriers and system developers to deliver value added systems and services. Key technologies and standards are being developed to meet 100G/400G and beyond network requirements, enabling this critical transition.

Join us for a live webinar that explains:

•  Technologies and challenges for carriers and telecom equipment manufacturers
•  Growing demand for 100G and 400G solutions
•  Technology and application challenges for meeting increasing throughput and performance requirements
•  Methodology for delivering 100G/400G bandwidth
•  Transition to 28G and 56G for 100G/400G aggregate line cards and backplanes
•  Electrical standards for 100G and 400G
•  Serial interface protocol efficiency and solutions
•  Programmable packet processing solutions for 100G to 500G line cards
•  Integrating OTN and Ethernet at 100G/400G
 

Abstract:

New capabilities and services are driving massive broadband and smart device adoption by users for both work and play. These new services require both higher data rates and intelligent content delivery from the network. As 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet proliferates from the core of the network toward access equipment and servers to support this demand, carriers, cloud service providers and enterprise network managers must deliver higher bandwidth solutions at the core and edge.

100G/400Gbit/s networking represents a major opportunity for carriers and system developers to deliver value added systems and services to support these rising user requirements and expectations. Establishing an ecosystem of leading edge electronic components represents one of the critical elements in enabling the networking equipment.

This webinar will explore key technologies and challenges for carriers and telecom equipment manufacturers as the industry expands use of 100G/400G as well as the expanding range of component and IP building block solutions available. Register now and tell your colleagues as well.


SDN in the Data Center
Date: Nov 04, 2013

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The scale and complexity of data centers and carrier networks are testing the limits of legacy IT gear and practices. Most IT organizations are extending their applications to run across geographically distributed data centers or entirely moving workloads to the cloud. Workloads, user flows and applications are running on top of virtual and physical appliances, aggravating the datacenter networking complexity. East to west datacenter traffic, in addition to inter-datacenter traffic are all on exponential growth.

Software-defined networks (SDN) and OpenFlow protocol represent an industry shift of decoupling data and control plane and virtualizing applications, which can address the new datacenter networking and security landscape. This webinar will examine:

  • How SDN is changing the data center
  • The potential of “IT-ing” the carrier network (i.e. NFV)
  • New pain points formed by the migration of networking and security workloads to the cloud

Reserve your seat now for “SDN in the Data Center.”

A Look into the Future of Optical Infrastructures
Date: Oct 30, 2013

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Optical transport networks (OTN) are always pursuing higher capacity and lower cost as the bandwidth increases are not reflected in operator’s revenues.

Compared to the 100G or prior eras, a key feature “flex” will play a more important role to enhance network flexibility and efficiency, such as flex channel with configurable Modulation format to realize the greatest potential of each fiber link and network dynamics.

Join us for this interactive webinar. Key discussion points will include:

  • the evolution of transport network and technologies;
  • the challenges and key technologies for 100G beyond;
  • the key enablers of elastic transport network for 100G beyond;
  • how elastic transport network benefit operators;

The future is now; this can’t miss webinar will show you the key technologies, features and benefits of future optical networks.

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