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The New Growth Markets for Policy – Vertical Use Cases and Agile Architecture​s
Date: 4/22/2015
Sponsors:
Cisco
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Today, more than ever, service providers worldwide must find ways to capitalize on the exponential growth of mobile data and devices. According to the Cisco 2015 Visual Networking Index, by 2019, there will be 11.5 billion mobile-ready devices and connections, more than 4 billion more than there were in 2014.

The most nimble operators will find new revenue opportunities through innovative business models that address newly emerging markets with new services. With an elastic policy architecture, these operators can create new services for the traditional consumer market and open new opportunities in non-traditional verticals, such as Connected Car, Internet of Everything, Voice over LTE/Voice over WiFi and others.

Attendees to the webinar will learn:

  • What survey results from Heavy Reading tell us about the changing demands of policy in today's mobile market
  • How the new virtualized policy architecture can create new opportunities for service providers
  • How service providers worldwide can grow their revenue by better addressing new vertical markets
Lessons Learnt from NFV Proof-of-Concepts: The Pathway to Commercial Deployment
Date: 4/13/2015
Sponsors:
HP/ Intel
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NFV is a radical and ambitious transformation of the telecom network. A critical part of bringing NFV to commercial readiness is the ETSI-led proof-of-concept (PoC) program. These multivendor PoCs provide insight and guidance into the technical and interoperability challenges network operators, and their suppliers, face as they bring NFV to large-scale production networks. In this webinar Heavy Reading will be joined by John Healy, General Manager, Software Defined Networking Division at Intel and Prodip Sen CTO, Network Functions Virtualization at Hewlett-Packard, to provide an update on the status of NFV deployment in carrier networks worldwide.

Testing LTE Network Performance for New Service Requirements
Date: 4/2/2015
Sponsors:
JDSU
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Five years after the launch of the world’s first commercial LTE network, mobile operators are having to change the way they test and measure LTE backhaul performance. Today, in order to save opex, operators are carrying a mix of LTE, 3G and 2G traffic on the same network. Performance and availability targets in this backhaul are increasingly vulnerable to falling short due to bursts, including micro-bursts, of data traffic. To complicate matters further, VoLTE and some real-time LTE video services now have very specific latency requirements which, if they’re not met, will result in a poor end-user experience

As user expectations – as well as the challenge of meeting them – both mount, mobile operators need to review the way that the performance of the LTE network is tested and measured. The traditional way that backhaul links are first activated and then monitored needs to be reviewed in the light of these new challenges. Attend this webinar and learn why conventional backhaul testing standards and techniques are still necessary – but are no longer sufficient on their own.

The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV
Date: 3/31/2015
Sponsors:
Citrix
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Hyperscale clouds have been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale cloud itself and how to migrate to it. This webinar will cover:

  • What a hyperscale cloud is and how OTT players have gained massive success through this architecture
  • How hyperscale cloud is being applied to the network
  • What steps operators need to take to ensure they achieve the benefis they expect from NFV
Cloud-DVR – Reinventing Video Delivery and Forging New Business Models
Date: 3/31/2015
Sponsors:
Imagine Communications
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If you could only find a way to consume the video content of your choice and have it delivered to your selected device when you wanted it. It’s 2015 – shouldn’t we be there by now? Cloud-DVR is the next big thing in video – with the ability to energize the monetization of video content and alter the very nature of the value chain – from content creators to distributors. This webinar will focus on the rapidly emerging, lean forward video consumption behaviors we are all adopting, and the advanced innovations and technologies that are propelling the market to deploy “the ultimate viewing solution for the multiscreen world.” It will explain how content creators, broadcasters, aggregators, and distributors can all benefit by deploying this innovative technology, and who may be the biggest winners of all. The webinar will also discuss how advanced advertising innovations such as Dynamic Ad Insertion can vastly improve the monetization of advertisements and value to the end user.

G.fast: Turning Copper Into Gold
Date: 3/31/2015
Sponsors:
Huawei
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With the final G.fast standard now approved by the ITU for next generation fixed broadband access networks, network operators can now undertake tests and trials of commercial systems based on the new specifications, which will enable downstream speeds over copper connections far faster than the 100 Mbit/s that vectored VDSL2 can achieve. This webinar looks at the key considerations network operators need to consider as they consider fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) for their future fixed broadband rollout strategies, including technology testing, network planning, power consumption, and real-world service potential.

How Cisco's Service Provider Virtualization & Cloud Solution Was Put To the Test
Date: 3/26/2015
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We've heard a great deal during the past two years about how SDN and NFV could benefit communications service providers and other network operators by making them more agile, efficient and competitive.

As a result there have been many network virtualization developments from the technology supplier community and a great many proof-of-concept projects involving communications service providers (CSPs) and their vendor partners.

To date, though, there have been few commercial deployments of SDN and NFV capabilities by CSPs and few (if any) independent tests of virtualization systems that the industry can trust.

That's why Light Reading funded a team from independent test lab European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) to go to Cisco's facilities in Silicon Valley and put the networking giant's service provider virtualization and cloud solutions to the test.

What is compelling about EANTC's approach is that it effectively took on the role of a CSP that offers VPN services to business/enterprise customers, acting like a network operations team and seeking the answers that service providers really need if they're to figure out exactly how these new capabilities can help them improve their businesses and offer better services to their customers. EANTC was able to do this as its team includes experienced engineers who have run communications networks: They know what to do and how to do it.

In this webinar, representatives from EANTC will talk about their time in Cisco's facilities, what they verified and how and why they tested Cisco's solutions, as well as their analysis of how virtualization capabilities can impact CSP strategies. Cisco will also talk about how it has developed its service provider virtualization portfolio and how that is addressing the needs of network operators.

Multi-Layer Security for Service Providers
Date: 3/24/2015
Sponsors:
F5
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Attacks against mobile networks are increasing at an alarming rate, and mobile operators are trying to mitigate those attacks in the context of the proliferation of devices, the scaling up of the all-IP LTE network, cloud-bases services and evolving security threats. During the webinar, we will cover:

  • Impact of the massive increase in devices, data traffic and signalling traffic with LTE.
  • How a highly scalable multi-layer security solution secures subscribers, network and applications
  • Use cases for data plane security, signalling security, network and application DDoS mitigation, and per subscriber security devices
  • Driving Customer Loyalty Through Network & Service Quality
    Date: 3/24/2015
    Sponsors:
    IBM
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    With the explosion in digital services, CSPs are becoming more focused on customer loyalty and how they can provide a differentiated customer experience while at the same time drive greater business performance. Many CSPs are turning to metrics like Net Promoter Scores (NPS) to measure how loyal their customers are. Increasingly, they are making significant investments to understand the key factors that influence customer loyalty particularly in the area of network and service quality.

    In this exclusive webinar hosted by Light Reading and IBM, gain first-hand insight into the growing influence network and service quality has on customer loyalty metrics like NPS and learn how CSPs can exploit this growing trend to their advantage. During the webinar, we will share a number of exciting findings on this topic from in-depth recent research we have conducted with a number of leadings CSPs around the world.

    Streamlining Order Delivery of NGN Business Services
    Date: 3/19/2015
    Sponsors:
    Amdocs
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    Business services are growing rapidly and hold a great potential of revenue growth for operators around the world. Technologies like NFV and SDN open the door for innovative services and new exciting business models for their enterprise customers But as the number of customers, services and order complexity grow, the need to streamline and automate the business services delivery becomes critical.

    Amdocs and Heavy Reading will reveal the results from a new survey on service delivery for telecom’s Business customers. Join us to learn the survey results and the different strategies for effective service delivery for business customers’ orders.
    Making NFV C-RAN a Reality in 2015 – The Hardware / Software Architecture of the Virtual Base Station
    Date: 3/18/2015
    Sponsors:
    eASIC
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    NFV promises to revolutionize telecom network architecture and the landscape, from core centers to wireless communication itself, by enabling the centralization and virtualization of the mobile base station. Not only does this new concept enable scalability and agility, it also promises to slash the cost per sector compared to what it is today.

    For this to become a reality two things must happen; a fast, power efficient hardware platform must be available, and an abstracted and flexible software framework must be deployed. .

    In this webinar ’you will hear from key perspectives:

    DuanRan(段然), Green Communication Research Center, China Mobile Research Institute And Pal Gronsund, Research Scientist at Telenor Research

    Two of the leading carriers will share their perspective on how carriers are keen to validate the NFV compatible virtual Base Station solution architecture and the benefits it provides with regard to deployment flexibility, agility, scalability, energy and spectrum efficiency and the reduction on total TCO from both CAPEX and OPEX perspective.

    Eran Bello, ASOCS, Vice President of Product Marketing

    ASOCS describes a software based Base Station system that utilizes a hardware acceleration platform to deliver complete virtual base station solution including all layers and functions.

    Dr. Christian Lanzani, eASIC Corporation, Director of Wireless Marketing

    eASIC describes unique a hardware platform that delivers massively parallel processing in low power, high performance hardware that delivers a superior solution compared to alternatives. Christian will describe the efficient COTS NFV hardware acceleration platform needed to make NFV a reality.

    You will learn:

    Demystifying NFV, the challenges and benefits and why the solution involves hardware and software

    Hardware – Why eASIC Platform delivers the sweet spot between performance, power, cost and time to market

    Software – Enabled by hardware the complete virtual base station can be a reality in 2015

    Metro Data Center Interconnect in 2015 – the “Big Traffic” Opportunity
    Date: 3/17/2015
    Sponsors:
    BTI Systems
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    The Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market is experiencing explosive global growth. Content, service and colocation/hosting providers are seeking to directly connect content to end users at the edge of global networks. Providers need this direct connection in order to deliver faster, anytime, anywhere access to the unprecedented numbers of businesses and consumers straining these networks, driven by the game-changing dynamics of cloud computing, mobility and video. Adopted early by the largest Web/content providers, service providers are now building metro overlays for DCI. And colocation and hosting providers are deploying DCIs as their businesses and data center real estate grows. While early DCI deployments centered around national and international routes, the DCI market is now undergoing massive and accelerating deployments in metro and regional areas.

    In this Super Service Provider Webinar, we take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing content, service and colocation providers of different types as they build their business and their networks around data centers and the cloud – with a particular focus on the metro and regional network. Providers will need to evolve to a new type of network architecture – optimized for the cloud - that will help control costs, guarantee quality and deliver new revenue-generating services to connect users and the cloud. To address this need, providers must move towards a cloud–optimized network, leveraging integrated IP, optical and management solutions together with software-defined networking (SDN). This will allow them to deploy networks that meet the dynamic and rapid growth in customer demand for video and other high-bandwidth cloud services with instantaneous access over the metro network.

    Three Ways to Tame the Wild West of WebRTC
    Date: 3/12/2015
    Sponsors:
    Sonus
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    Web Real-time Communication (WebRTC) is one of the most disruptive communication and collaboration technologies to hit the market in years. It’s a wild, untamed market that is expected to become more complex as the device base continues to move from PCs to mobile phones and tablets… and beyond.

    Although WebRTC is generating high levels of interest and excitement, IT departments need to be aware of important security and interworking related considerations. For instance, service providers and enterprises have embraced Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in a big way, and WebRTC must integrate into these established environments. In order for WebRTC to succeed it must seamlessly interwork – or be interoperable – with existing SIP-based networks. Furthermore, enterprises and service providers need to be judicious about network security when WebRTC browsers start communicating with their networks because of the potential threat of a malicious web application taking over a user’s browser and directing communication.

    Taming the Wild West of WebRTC may seem daunting, but the answer is as simple as S-B-C. Session Border Controllers (SBCs) deployed at the edge of the network help secure networks from attack by recognizing and neutralizing threats, while ensuring reliable communication by bridging the technology gap between old and new. SBCs are a critical component of a successful WebRTC game plan for any enterprise or service provider.

    Join the discussion to learn how WebRTC can open your business to new frontiers, securely and reliably.

    100G and Beyond: Challenges During Deployment and Service Activation
    Date: 3/10/2015
    Sponsors:
    JSDU
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    With the need to constantly increase bandwidth, many telecommunications operators are moving from 10G to 100G on DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) networks. The shift towards 100G and B100G brings new opportunities—but also challenges during deployment and service activation. This webinar will discuss what sets 100G apart, with a focus on test and measurement for the optical layer. Topics such as fiber characterization, handling new impairments in coherent systems, challenges in mixed 10G/100G systems, and what’s next will also be discussed.

    Deploying Virtual Network Functions: the Complementary Roles of TOSCA and YANG
    Date: 2/26/2015
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    Both TOSCA and YANG are needed to deploy VNFs and the network services they support in an agile model. TOSCA is required for its application-centric deployment model which takes care of the desired, long-lived state of an application throughout its lifecycle while YANG contributes its end-user service centric view and ability to carry out short-lived reconfigurations of virtual network functions, dynamically, at service runtime. This webinar will provide an overview of both modelling languages as well as a discussion on how they may fit into the OSS and the ETSI NFV architecture.

    Making the Case for Next-Generation ROADM
    Date: 2/24/2015
    Sponsors:
    Fujistu
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    Carriers continually reevaluate their transport networks in order to lower their costs, improve service velocity and provide higher bandwidth services. New and changing service demands have some carriers signaling a need for more flexible network architecture. To address these needs, equipment providers are responding with next-generation systems that can reduce opex and capex costs, provide rapid bandwidth/capacity provisioning and offer topology flexibility and simplified operations.

    The reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) has been a key element in long-haul and metro optical networks, as well as one of the driving forces in their development. First deployed in the early 2000s, the ROADM has proven itself by the thousands. Yet existing technologies have not satisfied operators seeking even greater flexibility and reduced cost. The debate has begun on next-generation ROADM functionality, deployment technologies and applications.

    In this webinar, you will learn about:

    • Differences between classic and NG ROADM architecture
    • Market drivers for NG ROADM
    • Near-term migration considerations and benefits of NG ROADM
    • Long-term benefits of NG ROADM and the role of SDN
    • Practical solutions for operators

    Smart Stadiums and Mall Services – The Holy Grail!
    Date: 2/20/2015
    Sponsors:
    SpiderCloud & Intel
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    In this 60-minute webinar, HeavyReading analyst Gabriel Brown first brings you inside the stadium and mall opportunity, taking a look at what’s considered the “Holy grail” for small cell, IOT, Location Based Services, Commerce and Retail. It’s the intersection of consumers, business and big brands.

    Caroline Chan, who leads Intel’s small cell market development efforts, provides insight to market adoption of Edge Cloud services, IOT enabling modules for retail and venues, in support of NFV small cell services.

    Art King, director of enterprise applications and services with SpiderCloud Wireless, formerly head of IT mobility services for a global consumer brand, dives into use venue and mail use cases and actual services examples with a large business partner where they explore location, local caching of content, and consumer/business cloud services with an NFV platform inside a scalable small cell system deployed on an Ethernet LAN.

    Gabriel Brown moderates the session and makes sure you have enough time to ask your questions.

    Today’s DDoS Attack: Threatening ISP Infrastructure and Degrading your Business
    Date: 2/18/2015
    Sponsors:
    Corero
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    Attack methods have become more diversified and service providers are now battling more advanced attack vectors that threaten the availability and performance of their services. Commonly, service providers are coming up against DDoS attacks which have evolved into a sophisticated, aggressive and damaging attack vector. To maintain service availability and keep their downstream customers up and running, service providers must be able to detect, analyze and defeat DDoS threats in real-time before they develop into costly service availability outages. Join this session to better understand the state of DDoS in the service provider space, and how providers can protect themselves and their customers from DDoS attacks.

    Dynamic Service Chaining In Service Provider Networks
    Date: 2/17/2015
    Sponsors:
    Qosmos
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    Service chaining is an emerging set of technologies and processes that abstract service logic from the underlying network and enable operators to configure services dynamically. By routing traffic flows according to a “service graph”, service chaining addresses the requirement for both optimization of the network, through better utilization of resources; and monetization, through the provision of services that are tailored to the customer context.

    This webinar will discuss emerging approaches to services chaining across both physical and virtual environments, with a view to making operator networks more adaptable to change and more able to keep pace with innovation in the application layer. Among the approaches to be discussed are IETF Service Function Chaining, the NFV Forwarding Graph, and SDN-based traffic steering.

    Successfully Operationalizing NFV – Bridging Old and New
    Date: 2/17/2015
    Sponsors:
    HP
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    NFV promises more rapid innovation, faster path to revenue, and reduced costs. However, as CSPs evaluate the required transformations in their network, a key challenge will be how to manage NFV, as NFV will have a significant impact on CSPs’ Operations Support Systems (OSSs).

    Virtualization won’t occur at the same pace in the whole network and some parts of the network will stay non-virtualized, hybrid services will be the most common occurrence and CSPs’ OSSs would need to be able to bridge legacy and new resources. This webinar presents the HP vision to help service providers succeed their NFV transformation by breaking the OSS silos and migrate to a dynamic production environment, based on the concept of service operations factory (SOF). This is where the integration between fulfilment and assurance will create a virtuous circle to make service management more agile, effective, and complete – and enable realizing the promises of NFV, including reduced time to market, driving service agility and innovation, and significant cost savings.

    Network Performance Enforcement: A New Approach to Network Congestion Management
    Date: 2/11/2015
    Sponsors:
    Saisei
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    Network Performance Enforcement (NPE) on a per-flow basis didn’t exist a year ago. Yet this radical new approach is transforming not only the entire end-user network experience -- guaranteeing that no subscriber session will ever crash again regardless of network load – but also resets fundamental service provider business model and architectural assumptions that have been in place for decades.

    This webinar will show how NPE uniquely integrates the simultaneous real-time, discrete monitoring and control of millions of concurrent IP flows, successfully guiding and adjusting bandwidth and security policy on each individual flow 20 times per second as it passes through NPE-controlled links.

    The value for service providers includes a large uptick in bandwidth utilization, the monetization of previously withheld “reserve” bandwidth, and the ability to offer new granular levels of guaranteed services based on multiple tiers of enforced “fair usage” on a single network. Fully compatible with legacy, virtual, SDN and NFV networks today, NPE has been architected with the scale required for Cloud, Mobile and IoT network deployments.

    NFV’s Biggest Barrier: Overcoming the Operations Challenge
    Date: 2/10/2015
    Sponsors:
    CENX
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    NFV promises great opex savings; however, migration to virtualized infrastructure will make network operations dramatically more complex for service providers. This barrier needs to be overcome in order to rollout NFV on a broad scale and to deliver quality-assured data services with the speed demanded by end-users.

    This webinar will describe:

    • The operations complexities introduced by NFV architectures
    • The lifecycle service orchestration framework that is required to effectively fulfill and assure services across virtualized and physical hybrid networks
    • Real-world strategies to make evolution to NFV possible and actually improve operations
    Dealing With DDoS Application Threats In Mobile Networks
    Date: 2/4/2015
    Sponsors:
    Radware
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    The publicity given to devastating cyber-attacks on companies like Sony Pictures leads some mobile operators to believe that the uniqueness of the mobile network, service and device environment means they are nowhere near as vulnerable to DDoS and Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). Leveraging Heavy Reading survey data, and pointing to real examples which have not attracted the same level of publicity, this webinar will demonstrate just how vulnerable the network stability and confidential information of mobile operators becomes to DDoS attacks, especially as LTE scales. It will also outline how the mobile operator’s operations team and threat detection and mitigation capabilities need to evolve from wireline to wireless to protect its network assets and the user experience of its customers.

    Policy Control in the LTE Fast Lane – The Service Quality Engine
    Date: 1/28/2015
    Sponsors:
    Amdocs
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    Heavy Reading Chief Analyst Graham Finnie shares his insights on the key market and technology shifts that are driving continued relevance for policy control as a strategic capability for service providers – from monetizing network service quality and over the top (OTT) partnerships to leveraging virtualization and policy analytics for greater service agility.

    Ragu Masilamany, Head of Product Management from Amdocs, will examine the critical architecture and engineering requirements for the policy management infrastructure of the future to monetize service quality in the network. The five key “diagnostics” for PCRF explored in this session will be:

    • HD apps: Service availability and extreme reliability
    • NFV: Industry standards architecture for service agility and elastic scalability
    • Policy analytics: Validating the impact of policies on subscriber experience
    • OTT service quality: Exposing APIs to enable quality of service (QoS) in the network
    • Overlay services: BSS integration to eliminate metering and service definition silos
    Economics of Smart Virtualization
    Date: 1/27/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ciena
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    Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are transforming networking agility in ways that were unthinkable just a decade ago. This offers service providers the opportunity to increase revenues by making network services available to more customers more flexibly than in the past. With NFV, service providers can close the agility gap that exists between enterprises that need fast and flexible access to network services on demand, without long and complex contractual arrangements, and service providers’ traditionally capex-heavy and slow delivery of such services. This webinar will look at the technology ingredients that underpin agility transformation and investigate a new model of network service delivery that can accelerate it.

    SDN in the WAN: Service Provider Opportunities & Challenges
    Date: 1/22/2015
    Sponsors:
    Cyan
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    As operators get real about SDN, both in proofs of concept and in limited commercial introductions, they are now grappling with the hard questions that come with actual implementation. This webinar, based on research done directly with operators, will look at how they are defining SDN in the wide area network, the perceived benefits and priorities for SDN in the transport network, the coming integration of packet (Ethernet and IP) and optical layers and the optical layers, the changing role of OpenFlow and other industry standards/protocols, and the need for additional collaboration and standardization to enable SDN to reach wide-scale implementation.

    Smart Building Services for Enterprise IT and Mobile Operators
    Date: 1/22/2015
    Sponsors:
    SpiderCloud & Intel
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    In this 60-minute webinar, HeavyReading analyst Gabriel Brown takes a look inside smart building service opportunities for Enterprise IT and Mobile Operators, exploring existing services that can be unlocked with small cell systems and new services that can be offered.

    Christine Boles, who leads Intel’s Internet of Things (IOT) market development efforts, provides insight to IOT use cases and affordable building automation systems, to showing how building managers can reduce energy consumption and increase operational efficiency in order to boost the bottom line with IOT integration with small cell systems. BAS systems based on standard platforms with connected and secure features, bring visibility and control previously only possible with high-end systems.

    Art King, director of enterprise applications and services with SpiderCloud Wireless, formerly head of IT mobility services for a global consumer brand, dives into smart building use cases examples for large buildings and venues.

    Gabriel Brown moderates the session and makes sure you have enough time to ask your questions.

    The Economic Benefits of Virtualizing the Cable Edge
    Date: 1/15/2015
    Sponsors:
    Juniper/Gainspeed
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    Cable operators are facing a significant and growing challenge. While new and enhanced services – including IP-based video – are driving MSO growth, current approaches to scaling the cable access network are inadequate to meet the projected bandwidth needs. Competition is not helping matters either. In many markets, major rivals like AT&T, Verizon, Century Link and Google Fiber have introduced ultra high-speed services with very aggressive price points.

    While cable operators must take these challenges seriously, they hold the trump card; their coax networks have enormous bottled-up capacity. In this webinar Light Reading, Comcast, Liberty Global, Gainspeed, and Juniper Networks will explore the business benefits obtained by leveraging SDN and NFV to deploy distributed access networks, like Virtual CCAP. Further it will discuss how MSOs can utilize these SDN- and NFV-based distributed access architectures to enable broader network automation and orchestration, reduce network cost, deliver new services to end users, and increase the capacity and scale of their access networks.

    The Triple Challenge of Network Transformation
    Date: 12/18/2014
    Sponsors:
    Gigamon
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    Operators are facing a slew of new technologies to roll out:

    • IP Voice (VoLTE, VoWiFi & VoIMS)
    • High speed transport pipes (40Gb & 100Gb)
    • Carrier Network Virtualization (Traditional server virtualization, SDN & NFV)

    But this time around there’s a difference. In the past operators have been able to deploy new technologies in series, that is one after another. With the current new technologies, due to the interdependency on each other, they are linked. Therefore instead of deploying the new technologies in series, the deployment of one new technology forces the deployment of the others. This webinar will describe the three new technologies, the interdependencies between them, highlight why this is bad from the operator’s perspective and explore ways to overcome the resultant resource crunch - by the deployment of a Unified Visibility Fabric to de-risk the new technology rollouts.

    In-Building Small Cell Services Opportunities for Enterprise IT and Mobile Operators
    Date: 12/18/2014
    Sponsors:
    SpiderCloud & Intel
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    In this 60-minute webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown first brings you beyond basic coverage and capacity and looks at market readiness, challenges and opportunities for enterprise IT and mobile operators as the industry starts to embrace small cell services.

    Caroline Chan, who leads Intel’s small cell market development efforts, provides an insight to market adoption of Edge Cloud services, enabling chips and modules, and industry standards developments in support of NFV small cell services for enterprise and venue applications.

    Art King, director of enterprise applications and services with SpiderCloud Wireless and formerly head of IT mobility services for a global consumer brand, delves into use cases and examples for a scalable small cell system as a reliable platform for mobility services inside buildings and venues. With an IT friendly small cell system, IT can leverage mobile operators for cost savings with LAN-based Edge Cloud services, with tie-in to location, local caching of content and integration with smart building services.

    Gabriel Brown moderates the session and makes sure you have enough time to ask your questions

    New Synchronization Requirements for 4G Backhaul and Fronthaul
    Date: 12/16/2014
    Sponsors:
    VeEX
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    Join us for a webinar where we will discuss how taking full advantage of LTE-Advanced features places new requirements on mobile backhaul networks connecting the base stations to the core. This will require carriers to tightly synchronize base stations in terms of frequency, phase and time by deploying new distribution mechanisms including Synchronous Ethernet, IEEE 1588v2 PTP and GPS.

    In addition, operators are increasingly looking to use small cells to grow capacity and for coverage fill-in, with architecture choices often involving a Centralized RAN (C-RAN). The Split Baseband and RF processing functions in the C-RAN create a mobile fronthaul network connecting the Remote Radio Units to the Baseband Units via a CPRI or OBSAI interface. We will discuss how the synchronization and timing requirements extend to the fronthaul networks and the testing strategies required for successful deployments.

    The POWERful choice - Carrier Ethernet or MPLS ?
    Date: 12/16/2014
    Sponsors:
    RAD
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    SONET/SDH transport networks that utilities have been using for years are rapidly becoming obsolete. Modern broadband packet based transport networks are clearly the solution, but they come in two flavors : Carrier Ethernet and MPLS (including MPLS-TP). This webinar introduces these two technologies, asks whether they can address the requirements of power utilities, and compares their suitability in the context of operational networks. Threats to communications security are discussed in depth.

    Future-Proofing Your Digital TV Stack
    Date: 12/11/2014
    Sponsors:
    Adobe
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    HTML5. Cross-device. Multiplatform. OTT. Distracted viewers. The world of digital TV is undergoing a fundamental transformation, changing the way that viewers engage with content. With the proliferation of new devices and video screens, platform fragmentation -- and the challenge of measuring and monetizing viewing across screens -- is becoming more daunting than ever. We have reached a broadcast technology and business inflection point, making it increasingly important for network operators to invest in future-proof technologies for the next decade of digital TV.

    Featuring insight into recent video trends with key data from the Adobe Digital Index' Q214 Video Benchmark report and Light Reading analysts, this webinar will address how to overcome the monetization, digital delivery, and analytics challenges in order to foster the scaling of next generation digital TV.

    What Operators Haven’t Told You About C-RAN – Its Disruptive
    Date: 12/10/2014
    Sponsors:
    EASIC
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    The evolving dynamics of wireless services require a new approach that reduces MNO capital and operational expenditures. Cloud RAN (CRAN) comes into the scene as a MNO-driven initiative to reduce the cost of wireless services, with protagonists that include major service providers such as AT&T, Orange, China Mobile, SK Telecom, SoftBank and many others. CRAN is based on implementing the concepts of network function virtualization (NFV) to the radio access network (RAN). This decouples the hardware from the radio access protocol software and allows the network operator to leverage the economics of cloud computing and data centers. Hence, CRAN has the hallmarks of a disruptive technology that can change the economics of the wireless network as well as how equipment is designed and networks are deployed.

    In this webinar will we discuss CRAN and why it will change everything, what challenges operators need to overcome to implement CRAN, and review technologies that enable the rapid deployment of cost-effective CRAN solutions.

    CE 2.0: The Real-World Impact
    Date: 12/9/2014
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Carrier Ethernet 2.0 was designed to allow carriers to knit together diverse compliant networks to create an end-to-end experience for their customers to unleash the power of Carrier Ethernet. This webinar will look at the extent to which CE 2.0 is being deployed, the new capabilities it is enabling in the market, and the competitive advantages of those leveraging the MEF technical specifications and implementation agreements.

    Deploying “Fat” vs “Fit” VNF? Realizing the Full Potential of NFV & SDN
    Date: 12/9/2014
    Sponsors:
    ConteXtream
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    The networking/telecom industries are making a big shift from the “Appliance” era where networking functions were delivered on proprietary hardware to the “Virtual-Function” era where functions will be delivered using a common infrastructure comprising of standardized hardware, virtualization software and SDN. There are several approaches available to operators looking to build this common infrastructure. Operators need to make the right choice to help the realize the full potential of this shift. In this webinar, ConteXtream and Heavy Reading will discuss how the common infrastructure can be architected for achieving maximum benefit.

    Scalable and Secure Device Management for Telecom, Network, SDN/NFV and IoT Devices
    Date: 12/4/2014
    Sponsors:
    ENEA
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    Whether you are building a high end router or deploying an IoT sensor network, a Device Management Framework including support for new standards such as NETCONF/YANG and Web Technologies such as Representational State Transfer (ReST) are fast becoming standard requirements. Next generation Device Management Frameworks can provide substantial advantages over legacy SNMP and proprietary frameworks. These advantages and use cases will be thoroughly explained throughout the course of this webinar.

    With the increasing and explosive growth of interconnected devices, Device Management is no longer a requirement exclusive to Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEM’s). Devices from the core of the network all the way down to Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), IoT sensors, and everything in between inclusive of Routers, Switches, and Gateways, etc… must be manageable. Telecom and Network Equipment providers are adopting new standards such as NETCONF and ReST over NETCONF to mitigate the problems that legacy standards do not solve such as scaling, security, transactional support, etc. In this webinar you will learn about:

    • Integrating new standards and web technologies including NETCONF, NETCONF Light and ReST
    • Legacy standards such as SNMP, XML-RPC, and how they can co-exist with NETCONF
    • Modelling Operational/Configuration data, Events, Notifications, Alarms and Traps with YANG
    • Northbound protocols – Command Line Interface (CLI), NETCONF, SNMP, REST, XML-RPC
    • Southbound protocols – Publish/Subscribe, message passing implementations
    • Integrating traditional ‘C’ style and High Level Objects in C++, Java and Python
    Three Keys to Securing and Enabling VoLTE Communications
    Date: 12/3/2014
    Sponsors:
    Sonus Networks
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    Both SIP and Diameter are essential for delivering VoLTE services. SIP and Diameter complement each other and work in tandem to provide the complete signaling needs of 4G/LTE networks. It therefore makes sense to combine the two platforms into one. SIP handles call control for establishing voice, video, messaging and IM sessions in 4G/LTE networks. Diameter is used for signaling between policy servers, subscriber databases and charging systems to provide AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) functions in 4G/LTE networks.

    An integrated approach to SIP and Diameter signaling at the LTE network edge is one that offers many advantages over a separate multi-box approach, both in cost savings, and reduction of complexity, providing mobile network operators the ability to increase speed to market for VoLTE and advanced IP based services.

    Join us for a discussion of how the integration of SBC and DSC functionality onto a single platform will have a positive impact on VoLTE providers by allowing then to save money, reduce complexity and roll out advanced IP based services faster.

    Mastering the Economics of OTT Video
    Date: 12/3/2014
    Sponsors:
    Ooyala
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    While the timetable for when is still widely debated, it’s clear that TV’s future lies in the cloud, with fully digital workflows and delivery all but guaranteed in the not-so-distant future.

    Most broadcasters and operators have taken the first step to acquire digital content rights and some have already launched OTT video services to compete with pure OTT offerings like Netflix.

    How to ensure success, more specifically sustainable profitability, with OTT Video remains an unanswered questions for many.

    How much value can be extracted from digital content rights? Which content is going to perform best? What is the most effective way to monetize content? How much are people willing to pay or how many ads will they sit through? Which syndication partnerships will generate the highest return? What devices and platforms should be prioritized?

    In this session we will explore various methods to answer these difficult questions and the role that data will play in solving the multiple, and complex, dimensions of OTT Video.

    Ericsson Mobility Report- South East Asia & Oceania Mobile Landscape and Predictions towards 2020
    Date: 11/26/2014
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    The new ERICSSON MOBILITY REPORT unveils a wealth of data-driven insights on the state of the global and regional mobile landscape today and predictions of what it could be tomorrow. Ericsson has performed in-depth data traffic measurements since the early days of mobile broadband from a large base of live networks covering all regions of the world. This report will share data you won't find anywhere else - along with analysis based on our measurements, forecasts and other complementary consumer studies which provide further understandings into current traffic and market trends.

    Please join us in this webinar featuring the just released Ericsson Mobility Report with South East Asia & Oceania insights. Ericsson's Warren Chaisatien, Head of Marketing for Australia & New Zealand and Networked Society Evangelist for South East Asia & Oceania, will discuss trends on 4G/LTE, smartphones, data and social media usage, and the region's interest in connected devices, as well as key predictions towards 2020.

    Achieving Carrier-Grade OpenStack for NFV
    Date: 11/20/2014
    Sponsors:
    HP/Windriver
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    The cloud computing wave is enabling the communications industry’s shift towards network and application virtualization, empowering the delivery of new services to their customers more quickly with significantly reducing operating and capital costs. In order to facilitate this shift, CSPs require carrier grade, open standards based NFV solutions that are extremely reliable.

    More specifically, CSPs are looking to leverage to OpenStack technology for their future NFV environment while addressing carrier grade needs. HP and Wind River are joining forces to provide CSPs with an open, highly reliable, and comprehensive NFV infrastructure (NVFi) solution. Now, CSPs can accelerate their journey to NFV while leveraging the open source community approach so successful with enterprise IT, without compromising the “always on” experience customers have come to expect.

    Please join Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, Vinay Saxena, Chief Architect NFV, HP and Glenn Seiler Vice President, Networking Solutions, Wind River for discussion on how new solutions can help CSPs on their NFV Journey.

    Leveraging Next Gen Server Architectures for Virtual CDN
    Date: 11/18/2014
    Sponsors:
    HP/ 6WIND
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    CDN owners are faced with increasing demands for content coming from a plethora of devices—many of them mobile. This means their traffic volumes are growing rapidly in the face of sustained competition. They need to distribute their networks cost effectively, and are looking for alternatives.

    New network function virtualization (NFV) solutions from companies like 6WIND and HP are enabling a virtual CDN solution. It leverages 6WIND’s packet processing capabilities and HP’s telecom-grade server platforms. Combined, they offer the promise of lowering CDN operators’ capex and opex, while also providing support for hosted CDN services and an optimized environment for application developers.

    Please join Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, François-Frédéric Ozog, VP of Business Development, at 6WIND and Lloyd Mayhew, WW Business Development Manager, Telecommunications Industry, HP Servers for a discussion on how new solutions can help CDN operators, telecom operators and application developers achieve their business objectives.

    Demystifying SDN & NFV for Cable Operators
    Date: 11/11/2014
    Sponsors:
    Juniper Networks
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    Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are gaining traction in the cable industry as network operators seek game-changing ways to ease ever-growing bandwidth demands, improve service delivery and consistency, cut operational costs, and slash time to market for new services, features and applications. However, many network operators, including cable MSOs are still uncertain about how, where, and when to implement virtualized solutions in their networks. Join Light Reading, Cox Communications, and Juniper Networks as we explore current trends in SDN/NFV adoption, approaches that some pioneering MSOs are trying and some common challenges facing cable MSOs as they implement SDN/NFV solutions. We will look at how NFV and SDN are fueling a fresh approach to cable network performance and offer some practical approaches to leveraging SDN and NFV solutions to enable new and dynamic service creation, more efficient network automation, and more simplified cable architectures.

    Sunny Skies for Cloud DVR?
    Date: 10/28/2014
    Sponsors:
    Alcatel-Lucent, Alticast, Arris
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    Following Cablevision's successful deployment of network DVR services throughout the New York metro area, Comcast is now rolling out its new Cloud DVR service across its U.S. footprint. At the same time, an increasing number of cable equipment and software suppliers are introducing Cloud DVR solutions to pave the way for more rollouts. In this webinar, we will take a close look at the growing Cloud DVR phenomenon, explore its revenue potential, examine the challenges that lie ahead for cable operators, and see how these challenges can be overcome.

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 ​​

    Register for the webinar today!

    Platforms for Accelerating the Software Defined and Virtual Infrastructure
    Date: 10/2/2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Sponsors:
    Sandvine
    More information and registration

    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
    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
    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
    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
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    CableLabs' Clarke Updates Cable Virtualization

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    Former BT exec now leading CableLabs' NFV and SDN efforts explains key role of open source and updates efforts to virtualize the home network.
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    Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. II

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    In the second installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about cultural change, network slicing and technology advances.
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    Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. I

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    In the first installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about the incredible transformation underway in the communications networking industry.
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    LTE Paves the Way for the 5G Revolution

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    Håkan Andersson, head of 5G product strategy of the Radio Business Unit at Ericsson, discusses the role of LTE, the US and other industry verticals in building a true 5G ecosystem.
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    The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization

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    Satoshi Nagata, chairman of the 3GPP's TSG-RAN group and a manager at NTT Docomo, explains the standardization process for 5G, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities.
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    AlcaLu CTO Makes the Case for a New 5G Air Interface

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    Michael Peeters, CTO of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, explains why 5G will require a new air interface to meet its diverse performance targets.
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    AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor

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    Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the technological and competitive opportunities and challenges if a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia comes to pass.
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    Huawei's Data Center Power Play

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    Huawei has developed industry-leading energy efficiency capabilities for its indoor and outdoor data center solutions, explains Dr. Fang Liangzhou, vice president of Huawei's Network Energy product Line.
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    Huawei’s Routers, Switches Get the Green Mark

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    TUV Rheinland's Frank Dudley explains how Huawei's routers and switches have been successfully tested by energy efficiency experts and have gained Green Mark Certification.
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    A Finn, a Frenchman & a Guy From New Jersey Walk Into a Merger...

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    Stop us if you've heard this one before... Light Reading CEO Founder & CEO Steve Saunders weighs in on the technical and cultural implications of a Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merger.
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    Accounting for Better Solutions

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    Murad Yousuf, CTO at Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Zakat & Income Tax), talks about the benefits of deploying router technology from Huawei.
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    What's in Store for Huawei & DataCore?

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    At the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, George Teixeira, CEO of software-defined storage (SDS) specialist DataCore Software, explains why he has just signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies.
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