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Enabling the Automation of Active Service Assurance Through Topology & Real-Time Service Analytics
Date: 5/22/2018
Sponsors:
EXFO
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Topology data is the key to finding the common causes behind service degradations and network faults. Using dynamic cross-domain topology, CSPs can easily scan networks for problems that affect large groups of users or equipment. Insights from the service topology, combined with real-time performance analytics, automates the most labor-intensive steps of the troubleshooting process allowing CSPs to achieve maximum operational efficiency.

Speed Entry into the IoT Market: How Operators can Streamline Connectivity and Simplify Management
Date: 5/10/2018
Sponsors:
SAP
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IoT forecasts indicate that the overall market is exponentially increasing. Operators need to get ready quickly, offer various types of connectivity, and control investments at the same time. In this webinar, we look at the challenges that operators are experiencing in connecting devices and machines that are on the move as well as working across mobile networks, necessity to address these, and the approaches to do so.

Trends in IoT connectivity, including eSIMs and NB-IoT as well as software-defined network approaches will be discussed.

Topics also include:

  • The road to eSIMs – intro and differences
  • How eSIMs address IoT – potential of IoT market and how eSIMs address it
  • Features and benefits of eSIMs – rapid deployment, simplified logistics, scalability, security
  • Coverage, Connectivity and Roaming
  • Typical vertical customer matches
  • The importance of partnerships in delivering an IoT offering
  • Ramping up quickly: customizable solutions
  • Securely managing devices

Session Border Controllers (SBCs) in the Cloud-Native Era
Date: 5/9/2018
Sponsors:
Dialogic
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Communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises are increasingly looking for ways to gracefully evolve existing business models to more agile cloud-native service models. Real-time communication applications are being re-architected and deployed in the cloud to improve time to value, scalability and profitability. According to one leading cloud provider, 90% of its customers have been actively evolving monolithic service architectures into containerized, dynamically managed microservices rather than building new cloud-native applications from scratch. Given that Session Border Controllers (SBCs) are foundational to both CSP and enterprise application delivery, it is imperative that virtual SBCs (vSBCs) embody the same cloud-native attributes to realize superior agility, performance and profitability.

This webinar will explore the impacts of cloud-native adoption on vSBCs and document why they are poised to play an even greater role in the cloud-native era.

Discussion will include:

  • Changes in the scale, service, signaling and security inherent with the shift to cloud-native vSBCs
  • Impacts of cloud-native attributes in a carrier vSBC context
  • Impacts of cloud-native attributes in an enterprise vSBC context
  • Key takeaways

Intent Based Networking and Automation for the Digital Age - How to Build a Network Today that Will Meet the Demands of Tomorrow
Date: 5/8/2018
Sponsors:
CENX
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To manage the growing onslaught of digital services and devices, service provider networks require new levels of intelligence, automation, and agility. Intent-based networking systems (IBNS) promise to deliver greater control through a mix of automation, machine learning, and predictive analytics. The future of service assurance will equip networks with the ability to learn, evolve, predict, and respond to changing demands in real time.

In this webinar, CENX will cover the key service assurance concepts behind intent-based networks and how they can help reduce service on-boarding time and enable automation.

Join us as we share our findings from working with some of the world’s largest and most innovative service providers – because building the superior networks of tomorrow depends on making the right choices today.

Creating and Executing Effective GDPR Implementation Strategies
Date: 5/8/2018
Sponsors:
Nokia
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This month, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) initiative will become law and subject to regulatory compliance enforcement. In order to ensure complete adherence to this legislation, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) must prepare themselves on several fronts.

The first step for CSPs will be to work with their suppliers and vendors to ensure access to the latest tools and support needed to adequately protect data. While these tools requirements differ from CSP to CSP, there are some common requirements and a base of tool capabilities that will simplify the process and ensure the greatest measure of implementation success.

Accordingly, this webinar will focus on the best practices, toolsets, and optimal platform strategy methodology vital for the creation and execution of an effective and sound business GDPR implementation strategy. In addition, the session will address some of the common and related outstanding questions and challenges specific to data management, visibility, and risk management.

The webinar will also include a presentation of key findings from a recent Heavy Reading custom research project sponsored by Nokia which provided detailed insight into data protection and security trends.

The Platform Design Impacts of Migrating Critical Applications to On-Premises Infrastructure and/or Public Clouds
Date: 5/3/2018
Sponsors:
Wind River
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The mass adoption of virtualized services for critical infrastructure applications is driving a major shift in the design requirements of the underlying software platforms that support service delivery. One of the most visible changes is the adoption of virtualized software platforms that ensure ultra-low latency performance for near-real-time applications such as industrial control, connected cars and the telecom network edge.

Whether deployed in on-premises infrastructure or private clouds, these software platforms now transcend the telco domain and will require the adoption of new security software design methodologies to meet the diverse and complex needs of securing critical services in multiple industries.

This webinar will explain the complex requirements associated with securing critical infrastructure applications, including the dynamic patching and operational management design tradeoffs of software virtualization platforms.

Specific topics include:

  • Emerging business opportunities in telecom, automotive and industrial control markets
  • Leveraging 5G beyond telecom
  • Security challenges for virtualized services in critical infrastructure
  • The presentation of a use-case which captures the benefits of implementing a virtualization platform optimized for critical infrastructure

Real-time Dynamic Service Assurance for Hybrid NFV Networks
Date: 5/3/2018
Sponsors:
Infovista
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CSP networks are undergoing a transition from legacy physical components to a new, virtualized infrastructure. During this transition, there will be a lengthy period during which a complex hybrid of physical and virtualized networks will co-exist. This hybrid network environment demands speed and agility in the provisioning and deployment of new services in both the virtualized and traditional environments. In this webinar, learn how CSPs plan to address NFV challenges and the key success factors required for a real-time and dynamic service assurance solution for NFV, and how InfoVista’s VistaInsight can help maximize the value of the hybrid networks, and enhance service agility.

  • What service assurance capabilities do CSPs value the most?
  • What are the real-time techniques for data acquisition and analysis?
  • How can telemetry services and orchestration support real-time analytics?
  • Which Open APIs ensure interoperability for a successful transition to virtualized networks?
  • How can service assurance accelerate VNF onboarding?
  • What's the role of dynamic service modelling in accurate orchestration?

Automating Security: Implementing Advanced Threat Intelligence for Next-Generation Networks
Date: 5/2/2018
Sponsors:
Radware
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There is little doubt that the number of cyber attacks is on the rise. However, these attacks are also more virulent given they are now leveraging automation techniques to widen their dispersion reach.

In response, service providers must also revisit security implementation strategies to help them proactively defend against this ever-expanding landscape that will only enlarge as IoT and 5G are commercialized. To provide effective countermeasures, to deal with a wide range of attack types such as DDoS and botnet attacks and to effectively fight fire with fire, service providers must also ramp up the integration of security automation to deli ver the ability to collect and effectively utilize advanced threat intelligence data in real time.

Accordingly, this webinar will focus on the role of automation, and how it can be most effectively implemented to meet the security requirements of next-generation networks. Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • The business and technical risks of not embracing automation
  • The rise of botnet attacks – why it's happening and how to mitigate the impacts
  • Documenting the technical capabilities of advanced threat intelligence systems.
    • This will include discussing and explaining the benefits of several key functions such as implementing auto-detect algorithms that can be tuned to identify IoT bot storms
    • The value proposition of implementing a network level control plane that can integrate multiple orchestration workflows across several number of data-center types
    • Why a proactive and comprehensive security posture must implement an advanced big-data neural analytics layer for real-time defense insights & feeds

Scaling for the Next Giant Demand Wave
Date: 5/1/2018
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Is your network ready for the next big wave in demand? In the era of the empowered digital user, content is king and 5G and IoT will create a tidal wave of new data. Networks will need to dynamically and automatically respond to rapid changes. Legacy processes and systems won’t allow you to compete.

Over the last few weeks, Ciena has introduced you to the Adaptive Network framework – a network that scales to meet demand through automation guided by analytics and intent-based policies.

Join Light Reading's Founder, Steve Saunders, and Ciena's Stephen Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology officer, for our next webinar, in which we dive into three new real-world case studies.

Through these use cases, Steve will explain how the Adaptive Network can not only help you respond to today's business challenges, but also scale to meet the next wave of demand that's coming. All while providing the critical closed-loop control and automation needed to deliver a superior customer experience.

How do you scale for the next giant demand wave? You build a network that can adapt.

Enterprise Networks of Tomorrow: The Impact of 5G
Date: 4/30/2018
Sponsors:
Cradlepoint
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4G LTE caused a tipping point where wireless connections, now faster than wires, became a legitimate enterprise-grade WAN source. Since then, enterprises have leveraged this technology to make money, save money, and create competitive advantages for themselves. 5G promises exponential improvements to 4G in many ways through leveraging advances in distributed computing at the edge.

In this webinar on April 30 at 9 a.m. PDT, Lindsay Notwell, Cradlepoint’s SVP of 5G Strategy and Global Carrier Operations, will explain these changes, discuss the pathway to 5G, highlight significant milestones along the way, and explore how this will impact service delivery and security for enterprise networks. Learn what’s hype and what’s not, when to expect what, and how best to prepare for the next generation of communication technologies.

Evolving Data Center Networks Into the Foundations for Digital Transformation
Date: 4/25/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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We are entering the era of ABC (AI, Big Data, Cloud) technologies and ROADS (Real-time, On-Demand, All Online, DIY, Social) user models as critical tools for enterprises to remain competitive. As a result, business needs are constantly and rapidly evolving, while data center environments are becoming more complex behind the scenes. Over the last five years, network failure rates have increased 18x, cloud data center traffic has increased 300%, and the scale of server workloads being deployed has evolved from several hundred to tens of thousands.

We invite you to join our webinar on April 25 where we will look at the future of data center networks, sharing valuable insight into:

  • The benefits of service deployment within minutes driven by intelligent automation
  • How to extend productivity by reducing single failure recovery times by up to 62%
  • What your data center network needs to be ready for the next generation of data center technologies like 25GE, high-density converged platforms, and Solid State Storage Arrays to support next-gen applications like IoT, big data, and artificial intelligence
  • How your business can make better decisions faster by reducing complex business intelligence computation times using AI by up to 40%
  • How Huawei's Intent Driven CloudFabric Data Center Network solution and CloudEngine family of switches helped earn Huawei a 'Leaders' rating in Forrester's Q1 2018 WAVE report on "Hardware for Software-Defined Networking"
And much more.

Harness the Power of Automation through Intent-Based Policy
Date: 4/17/2018
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Network providers are struggling to keep pace with escalating demand. Rapid traffic increases and the threat of network performance failures have put a premium on automation. But it's important for providers to maintain control of their networks as they automate. How can an automation platform help remove obstacles and still give the control providers need to accelerate the business?

The right policy framework is critical. Intent-based policy can guide automated decision-making to deliver on a more adaptive network. Automation platforms like Ciena's Blue Planet can equip providers with the means to enforce business rules through best-in-class policy capabilities.

In this webinar, Ciena will discuss the importance of intent-based policies and how they are investing in Blue Planet's policy capabilities to help providers realize more adaptive networks. Watch this webinar to learn how you can harness the power of automation while staying in command of your network's performance.

Reshaping Your Campus Network by Intent-Driven CloudCampus
Date: 4/9/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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Nowadays, enterprises of all sizes are following an apparent trend: Digital connectivity is being extended from office applications to production and operations, which will generate greater business value. However, complex network access scenarios, diversified user terminals and various environmental factors pose great challenges on WiFi network O&M. In particular, user experience cannot be guaranteed due to the frequent occurrence of the following issues:

  • Users fail to access the network despite the access signal being very strong.
  • Users cannot be authenticated after they have connected to the network.
  • Applications (such as payment applications) keep failing, even though the users have been authenticated.
  • The network is faulty, and a user complaint is submitted. However, it is impossible to quickly locate the root cause of the fault.

To help address these concerns, Huawei recently announced its latest Intent-Driven CloudCampus solution that provides intelligent O&M for networks.

We cordially invite you to our online webinar "Reshaping Your Campus Network by Intent-Driven CloudCampus". During this webinar, you will gain insight into the following:

  • What challenges will campus networks face in the intelligent era?
  • How will Huawei Intent-Driven CloudCampus enable and accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises?
  • How can enterprises implement real-time experience awareness of many users and applications on the WiFi network, locate faults and perform automatic optimization? (Note: Intuitive demonstrations will be available.)

An Augmented Future: Applications for Edge Intelligence in Industrial IoT & Beyond
Date: 3/29/2018
Sponsors:
Aricent
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The Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 is emerging as one of the lead markets for communications service providers (CSPs) to provide not only connectivity but also value-added services.

In this webinar, Aricent and Heavy Reading will explore why artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) and applications such as augmented reality and intelligent edge compute architectures are essential components of these value-added services.

Understand how the advancement in these technologies is impacting data models, and security aspects for device data tiering, analytics and workload divisions. Learn how to leverage these technologies to create solutions for Industrial IoT and other verticals. Understand the use cases in the areas of process improvement, industrial security, anomaly detection, equipment efficiency, predictive maintenance, worker safety, assisted repairs and several others.

Join us to discover how hosted models for CSPs can leverage the application of these technologies and the business-case rationales and factors that influence adoption in small and medium-sized operations.

Redefining Mobile Network Security Strategies: Preparing for the Impact of 5G & IoT
Date: 3/28/2018
Sponsors:
A10 Networks
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Mobile service providers are facing unprecedented security challenges and threats as they focus on the industry's transition to 5G, broad-scale deployment of network, functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) technologies and the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. In response, service providers must adopt new, innovative architecture approaches in their networks that deliver superior levels of scalability, performance and application intelligence.

The webinar will first look at security market trends for service providers based on Heavy Reading custom research sponsored by A10 Networks. It will then consider in detail security-driven platform requirements focusing on the value proposition of consolidating vital network functions such as Gi/SGi firewall, CGNAT, application visibility, integrated DDoS protection and more to create a new class of Gi/SGi FW. We will then showcase solutions that enable service providers to enhance their business models, while confidently introducing differentiated revenue-generating offerings to service growing subscriber needs

Topics that will be addressed in this webinar:

  • Security vulnerabilities in the era of 5G and IoT
  • How to achieve Gi/SGi LAN efficiencies
  • Methods to strengthen security postures in mobile networks
  • Use cases and solutions for differentiating service offerings

The webinar will conclude with an overview of A10 Networks convergent services platform which integrates these key functions on a single common platform.

The Top 10 Reasons That Network Automation Projects Fail
Date: 3/22/2018
Sponsors:
Itential
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Over the last decade, cloud technology leaders have redefined infrastructure operations paradigms to manage large-scale ecosystems with a high degree of automation. Today, these same principles can be applied to network management, moving beyond basic scripting and modeling to greater programmability that leverages analytics and AI.

With the rapid growth in data traffic, networking technologies and complex workloads, engineers for communications service providers (CSPs) are under constant pressure to continually evolve their networks and ensure they meet demands. To address these ever-increasing needs, many network professionals have already started down the road to network automation, but some are still considering their first steps. Both groups face a long list of challenges as they establish and maintain an automated network that will fulfill business demands for change and innovation.

This webinar will address the top ten challenges CSPs face when automating for the first time or when increasing and optimizing their existing automation efforts. The presenters will provide expert tips on how to identify and overcome these challenges, while simplifying management of a wide range of network automation tools and orchestrators.

In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Overcome short-term thinking that can lead to an undesirable hodgepodge of network tools
  • Develop an agile process around network automation
  • Match the right networking tool to the job
  • Create organizational alignment to ensure developers build tools that operations teams want and need
  • Optimize your planning process – and ensure it supports long-term success factors without over-engineering for the unknown
  • Ensure you have the right skillsets and appropriate team structure in place
  • Maximize the potential of network automation technology

Start the Journey to the Adaptive Network – Real-World Case Studies
Date: 3/21/2018
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Network operators know what they want. They want networks that are more agile, less costly and deliver an incredible customer experience for business or consumer applications. What isn't as obvious is how to get there. And more importantly, where to begin the journey.

Autonomous networking has been at the forefront of this discussion. However, automation is only part of the story. Providers require a network that will give the right response where and when needed. A network that can adapt.

In this webinar, Ciena will share key insights on how other companies have begun this journey and provide examples of how to achieve the end-state of an Adaptive Network utilizing:

  • Software control and automation
  • Analytics and intelligence
  • Programmable infrastructure

Along with the right expertise, each plays a critical role in the evolution to a more open, flexible and cost-efficient network infrastructure.

This webinar will expose how these components can be applied, individually and/or collectively today – allowing providers to deliver the responsiveness, agility and cost savings their customers demand.

Why Time Matters: A Look at Precise Timing in Next-Gen 5G & Cable Networks.
Date: 3/15/2018
Sponsors:
Microsemi
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The rapid evolution of mobile and cable networks is creating challenges for operators. Next-generation service architectures – such as CRAN, vRAN, eCPRI, fronthaul, Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD), and DOCSIS 3.1 – rely on precise timing to enable reliable high bandwidth services. Operators need flexible, resilient architectures that readily support this changing environment.

This webinar will discuss the importance and the challenges of key aspects of timing and synchronization that mobile and cable operators must consider. The speakers will also explore why a gateway clock capable of supporting connectivity to legacy networks, as well as to the latest standards, is an essential element in network deployments for 4G, 5G and beyond.

Introducing In-Home Pressure Testing for Cable – Fill Two Needs With One Deed!
Date: 3/14/2018
Sponsors:
VIAVI Solutions
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In this webinar, we will cover the latest hot testing process for resolving cable shielding integrity and ingress/egress issues with -- in-home pressure testing. Using a roundtable discussion format, experts from Viavi Solutions will spell out the benefits of pressure testing the home network while the cable technician is in the home for either installation or service. While this quick, simple pressure test allows cable operators to tackle many issues, it is primarily focused on suppressing the impact of ingress on the network and the impact of LTE interference inside the home. Hence, fill two needs with one deed!

Protecting IP Networks Against DDoS Attacks with Multi-Dimensional Insight & Cloud Scale Routing
Date: 3/13/2018
Sponsors:
Nokia
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In today’s networking environment when cybercriminals can leverage the cloud and the Internet of Things to unleash mayhem on ICT infrastructure, protecting against DDoS attacks is a critical requirement for internet and cloud service providers. Today's IP networks are part of the problem as they rely heavily on costly DDoS scrubbing centers and specialized network security appliances. Nokia's innovative approach flips this around by making the IP network part of the solution. By combining the forces of Deepfield cloud and network insight with the world's first 2.4 Tb/s network processor, FP4 routing silicon, Nokia delivers more effective DDoS protection at lower cost than traditional approaches.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The changing landscape of DDoS defense
  • Operator challenges of protecting their networks against volumetric DDoS attacks
  • The role and value proposition of Deepfield in quickly detecting and mitigating attacks
  • The role and value proposition of FP4 routing silicon to efficiently filter harmful traffic at the network edge without degrading service
  • The ROI achieved by deploying a smarter network fabric

To read the Heavy Reading whitepaper on “A new DDoS architecture for volumetric attacks” please

Fiber Deep & Remote PHY: How to Tackle the Optical Layer Challenges
Date: 3/13/2018
Sponsors:
EXFO
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The deployment of Fiber Deep and remote PHY will change the way traditional HFC networks are installed, tested and troubleshooted, especially from an optical layer point of view. This session will highlight the main challenges such as a high count of new fibers to be rolled out, MPO connections, dealing with multiple optical wavelengths and Ethernet services validation.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to minimize turn-up failures and troubleshoot the optical layer quickly
  • Industry's best practices for fiber characterization, troubleshooting and Ethernet service validation
  • Tools that are available to you to be more efficient

Testing Essentials for Today's Data Center Fiber Networks
Date: 3/8/2018
Sponsors:
VIAVI
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Data centers have become the epicenter of the digital world, and thus continue to grow in speed and complexity, from gigabit Ethernet to 10G, 40G, 100G and now 200G. This unprecedented growth has driven the development of new architectures and technologies in fiber networks that have also introduced new challenges for technicians and operators as they strive to meet the growing network demands.

In this webinar, attendees will learn how to test some of the latest techniques and applications that data center technicians are utilizing to ensure the best performance of their fiber networks, including:

  • Parallel Optics fiber, such as MPO
  • Active Optical Cable (AOC) and Direct Attach Cable (DAC)
  • 200G networks

Who should attend:

  • Data center operators (ICP, hyperscales, multi-tenant data centers and enterprise)
  • Design engineers for enterprise and data center networks
  • Networks installers and field contractors
  • Fiber optic network technicians
  • What’s Next for Cable Business Services
    Date: 3/7/2018
    Sponsors:
    Ciena, Corning
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    Cable operators seeking to expand their presence in the $150 billion US commercial services market have reached a crossroads. On the one hand, they want to move upmarket and capture a greater share of enterprise business from the large incumbent telcos. But on the other hand, they need to protect their flank against inroads in the SMB market made by smaller, more nimble insurgents. And, in order to do so, operators must develop and deploy new disruptive technologies, retool their networks and operations, and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions.

    How do cable operators plan to accomplish all this? In this webinar, Light Reading will delve into MSOs' strategies for maintaining their business services growth momentum. Drawing on exclusive research conducted by Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss, we will look at how cable providers are planning to shift their focus, transform their networks, introduce new products and services and overhaul their customer care operations.

    Our panel will feature Strauss and leading executives from Mediacom, WOW, Ciena and Corning examining the new business services opportunities and challenges that cable operators face. This discussion will help you make smarter product, technology, marketing and sales decisions.

    SOC and the Path to Automated Service Lifecycle Management
    Date: 2/22/2018
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Existing service operations centers (SOC) have been the heartbeat of network operations for many years. Integrating OSS, BSS, CRM and network device and services data has allowed operators to view, in real time, the performance of the network and deliver a unified view of the customer experience.

    Up until now, this system has been a set of manual process that is time consuming and costly. In addition, it is difficult to keep up with the constant changes in existing services and support the addition of new services such as SD-WAN. This problem will only get worse as the industry moves to virtualization.

    This webinar will explore how operators can mitigate the problems in the SOC as they move from a physical to hybrid and eventually a fully virtualized environment through automation of the critical functions. This session will cover everything from network and test configurations that assist in accelerating service delivery while eliminating human error, to deploying automated root cause analysis, to a fully closed loop automated environment that uses KPIs from the network to make meaningful changes improving service quality and improved subscriber satisfaction.

    Navigating Today’s Network Evolution. Does the Journey Have a New Destination?
    Date: 2/22/2018
    Sponsors:
    Ciena
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    As network providers deal with unprecedented complexity — millions of subscribers, applications, and services inundating their networks with requests every second of every day—the question on everybody’s mind is: Is automation alone enough?

    Automation has become mission-critical, but running the next-generation network requires a major shift in our view of complexity—not as a fearsome foe, but as a treasure trove of business opportunity. Join Ciena’s VP of Portfolio Marketing, Rebecca Prudhomme, and Light Reading's CEO and Founder, Steve Saunders, for an insightful discussion that will look beyond automation to a more holistic view of what’s needed to succeed in our market reality. We’ll look closely at the next step in network evolution through a strategic vision from Ciena called the Adaptive Network.

    How SD-WAN Ensures Reliability & Quality for Your SaaS Applications
    Date: 2/22/2018
    Sponsors:
    Citrix
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    SaaS-based applications are the choice of many enterprises looking to replace traditional apps that were hosted in their own data center. SaaS provides flexibility and choice when it comes to enterprise-grade applications and reduces some administrative challenges by offloading them to the vendor.

    But SaaS is not without its challenges.

    Specifically, SaaS makes it more complicated to bring applications to branch offices. Older technologies such as WAN doesn't cut it anymore, and service providers are looking for new ways to connect offices to the apps that workers need.

    It's a challenge for IT as well, since SaaS provides a lot of flexibility but admins still want a sense of control of the data.

    This is where SD-WAN is proving that it has something to offer to IT, enterprises and service providers. Join Citrix and Enterprise Cloud News as they explore what SD-WAN means for the modern enterprise, how it provides security and connectivity when it comes to SaaS, how to improve the user experience and how service providers can offer SD-WAN to customers as a service.

    Lessons Learned: Efficient Deployment & Maintenance of FTTH/PON Networks
    Date: 2/21/2018
    Sponsors:
    VIAVI Solutions
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    Demands for greater bandwidth and speed are driving a global increase in fiber to the home (FTTH). However, this demand for network infrastructure does not always come paired with a corresponding increase in fiber expertise. In the real world, fiber is installed in harsh environments and is vulnerable to a number of faults. The need for testing is real, but to achieve fast and profitable deployments, workflow efficiency must be addressed. Charlene Roux, global product line manager for OTDR with VIAVI, walks webinar attendees through recommendations for successful, consistent deployment and maintenance of FTTH/PON networks without requiring special training or expertise.

    Software-Driven Service on Demand
    Date: 2/20/2018
    Sponsors:
    Fujitsu
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    Cloud-ready communications technology promises automation, interoperability, increased flexibility and lower TCO. However, before realizing these benefits, operators must overcome numerous hurdles, including heavy dependence on vendor-specific roadmaps; lengthy processes tied to traditional standards-developing organizations; and the technical and organizational challenges of migrating a network.

    This webinar will explore how open architectures can address these challenges and more, helping to make the vision of on-demand service delivery a reality. As a proof point, speakers will highlight the MEF17 Services on Demand Proof of Concept based on open architectures and involving carrier participation from AT&T, Colt and Orange, along with a number of software and hardware vendors.

    Discussion will include:

    • Network migration challenges
    • Increasing role of software and open APIs
    • Key open technology components and roles
    • MEF17 Service on Demand Proof of Concept collaboration and results

    Re-Inventing Middleware for Zero-Touch Automation & the New OSS
    Date: 2/20/2018
    Sponsors:
    EnterpriseWeb
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    Design of next-generation virtualized networks for the digital service provider has largely stalled as telcos struggle with the complexity of the task before them. Conventional approaches don't support key strategic objectives (service velocity, DevOps automation and business agility). The degree of hard-code and manual integration to make anything work at all is not scalable; initial solutions are simply too static and bloated to be practical. CSP transformation initiatives are in desperate need of technological innovation. The industry requires new "middleware" between the products and user experiences they want to deliver and the underlying applications, services, resources and processes that fulfill them.

    In our webinar, we'll interview Dave Duggal, founder and CEO of EnterpriseWeb, which ran ETSI NFV PoC #1, "CloudNFV," led six award-winning TMF Catalyst projects demonstrating advanced standards-based use cases and recently won "Best NFV Interoperability" at Layer 123's SDN & NFV World Congress. The company's suite of cloud-native products provide for secure, scalable, zero-touch operations with policy-based management.

    The webinar will feature a product demonstration showing how customers using EnterpriseWeb can onboard any heterogeneous VNF or PNF, compose them into any arbitrary network service, and deploy them with any diverse target environment (multi-VNFM, multi-cloud, multi-VIM) – with no hard-coding or manual integration! The demo will go on to show how their software dynamically responds to events and how services can be reconfigured using simply metadata.

    OEMs Get to Market Faster With 5G Using Traditional Radar Technology
    Date: 2/20/2018
    Sponsors:
    MACOM
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    Achieving 5G for commercial markets requires major innovation in the architecture for wireless infrastructure basestations… and the key is in phased-array-based technologies.

    The current generation of wireless basestations rely on multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) antennae configurations of two to eight antennas to multiply the capacity of antenna links – boosting overall efficiency and throughput. To provide the requisite data rates for 5G, basestations will now require anywhere from 64 to hundreds of antennas to be arrayed in a "massive MIMO" (M-MIMO) configuration, which can deliver full-channel capacity by reusing the same frequency and time resources, provided they have compact front-end solutions delivering optimal RF and thermal performance.

    When it comes to the architecture and assembly of massive MIMO 5G systems, we see many parallels with the new generation of Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) active antennae systems targeted for air traffic control and weather system tracking applications. These applications share the 2.6 to 3.5 GHz frequency and antenna architecture, leveraging Scalable Planar Array Tiles (SPAR) to integrate the antenna and RF front-end modules into a single multilayer RF board using accelerated processes to minimize yield risks. And while you might not typically associate this class of radar system with cost-sensitive commercial applications like 5G, you might be surprised to learn that MPAR technology leverages design and manufacturing efficiencies that dramatically reduce the cost of the end system.

    SPAR Tile technology, developed in collaboration between MACOM and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, embodies a new cost-conscious approach to phased array radar system development, leveraging highly integrated antenna sub-systems and volume-scale commercial packaging and manufacturing techniques, enabling the transition from cumbersome traditional brick architectures to a more efficient planar approach. The design and assembly techniques used for the tile array MPAR address both communications and sensing applications, enabling active antenna capability at a cost point that makes this technology viable for a wide range of commercial use cases.

    MACOM is committed to enabling 5G by providing the high-performance product solutions required to better enable the necessary wireless infrastructure. MACOM’s portfolio solves the challenges of 5G deployment with cost-effective, compact, highly efficient and integrated front-end solutions, including GaN-on-Silicon power amplifiers and proprietary switch technologies.

    Continued innovation in phased-array-based technologies like MPAR will allow basestation OEMs to simplify design and manufacturing processes, and get to market faster with 5G technology.

    Delivering 5G Services at the Edge
    Date: 2/15/2018
    Sponsors:
    VMWare
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    The drive to 5G for CSPs is about deploying a network that provides unprecedented levels of data speed, ultra-low latency networks and the ability to deliver a connected world where billions of things will require connectivity to a highly reliable network. While the first specification for 5G was recently ratified by 3GPP, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) is ideally positioned to be a bridge for CSPs wanting to leverage their existing infrastructure to deploy low-latency, high-bandwidth services closer to the edge and the eventual roll out of 5G networks. By providing near real-time cloud-computing capabilities at the network edge, MEC allows applications to leverage ultra-low latency services and real-time access to network information improving the subscriber experience and enabling CSPs to foster more innovation.

    With a MEC architecture, CSPs are uniquely positioned to drive the adoption of next-gen applications at the network edge, including CDN, DNS and service caching, 5G and IoT telemetry, mobile traffic shaping, location services, video analytics, augmented reality and connected cars. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a key technology that enables CSPs to optimize their network architecture for MEC. NFV architectures will enable CSPs to monetize new market verticals by offering more differentiated and valuable services while gaining the advantages of speed and agility in delivering these services faster to market.

    In this webinar, learn how VMware can deliver a MEC solution based on VMware vCloud NFV and how CSPs can:

    • Unlock new business models with MEC
    • Automate the on-boarding of VNFs in central and distributed data centers at the edge
    • Improve subscriber user experience
    • Gain valuable insight of all deployed service components and analytics for continuous network improvement
    • Reduce infrastructure and operational costs
    • Leverage VMware’s rich VNF partner ecosystem to deliver MEC solutions faster to market

    Service Velocity & The Distributed Cloud in the 5G-Era
    Date: 2/13/2018
    Sponsors:
    Affirmed Networks, Juniper Networks
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    Service provider networks are on the verge of significant and lasting change. Driven by performance and scalability demands, leading operators have started to re-architect their networks for the 5G-era by distributing cloud infrastructure to network edge locations. This webinar will investigate how advanced 4G and 5G services will influence the design, deployment and operation of this new network architecture and how software-centric networks enable operators to innovate and rapidly address new opportunities.

    Other topics to be covered in this webinar:

    • Designing secure, programmable network connectivity for the distributed cloud
    • How cloud native 5G core networks enable operators to be “service-agile” at scale
    • Operating network slices, at scale, across this infrastructure

    Optimizing the Enterprise Network for Multi-Cloud
    Date: 2/7/2018
    Sponsors:
    Versa Networks
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    Over the past several years, the move to the cloud has changed how enterprise IT works. Now, the growing trend toward multi-cloud is about to upend the business world again.

    With enterprises using multiple cloud vendors, and entrusting more and more of their applications to SaaS, businesses and their IT departments are looking to find new and better ways to optimize their networks for this new world, as well as rethinking their infrastructure architecture.

    Along the way, there are other questions: How can the company optimize transport costs? How is the data best delivered to branch offices? Is the network secure?

    One way enterprises are trying to answer these concerns is through SD-WAN, a newer technology that is helping to deliver SaaS-based applications to remote and satellite offices with better speed, security and efficiency than the legacy WAN.

    Join Versa Networks and Enterprise Cloud News for a live webinar where we'll explore how multi-cloud is changing IT infrastructure and how IT is managing this new infrastructure. We'll see how IT is designing networks to support any number of cloud infrastructures and services, as well as using these technologies to gain new insights and visibility into the network. We'll also investigate how SD-WAN can help enterprises take full advantage of the cloud, connecting apps to the people who need them, and bringing a layer of security to ensure the integrity of the business and the network.

    In-Service OSNR Measurements of 100G+ Signals
    Date: 1/31/2018
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) is a key metric of signal quality in DWDM networks. Over the years, the adoption of new technologies like reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers (ROADM) and coherent transmission have rendered existing OSNR measurement methods obsolete. In this webinar, we will first review the importance of OSNR as a key performance indicator of system performance. We will then discuss the existing OSNR methods, and why they cannot be used on live coherent signals. We will then introduce a novel method to measure non-intrusively the OSNR of 100G+ coherent signals, EXFO’s in-service Pol-Mux OSNR method.

    NFV Service Lifecycle Management – Leveraging DevOps Tool Chains and Intent-Driven Operations for Increased Automation
    Date: 1/31/2018
    Sponsors:
    Accanto
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    Five years on from the initial NFV white paper, leading operators have moved beyond the proof of concept and trial phase to widespread deployment of virtualized network functions. The challenges they now face are how to make those network functions more "cloud native," and how to increase the level of automation throughout the lifecycle of a service chain from initial installation, testing and provisioning, to ongoing software updates and self-healing of VNFs.

    In this webinar, Accanto Systems and IBM will explain how NFV service design, test and deployment tasks should be coordinated across service engineering and operations to bring new services into production with a high degree of confidence while maintaining high service levels despite the highly dynamic nature of NFV.

    Service designers and engineers need DevOps and software lifecycle tools to create pre-production environments where they can test service on-boarding and accelerate production break-fix scenarios. At the same time, operations staff require similar tool chains to manage the ongoing maintenance of services and their component VNFs. To achieve high levels of automation in operations will require a transition from today's manual processes to more simplified, intent-driven operations. By sharing common tools, engineering and operations can better collaborate to deliver and maintain more reliable NFV-based services.

    Focusing on the popular vEPC use case, the webinar will demonstrate tools that can automate service, design and deployment tasks across test and production environments. Example tasks Accanto Systems and IBM will demonstrate include:

    • Management of pre-production virtual environments
    • Automated service level testing
    • Continuous deployment across pre-production and production environments

    Intent-Based Verification - The Key to the Autonomous Network
    Date: 1/30/2018
    Sponsors:
    Veriflow
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    Service provider and enterprise networks are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic as they are stretched to support 5G, Internet of Things, SDN and virtualization. A lack of agility in current network technology is leading to risky vulnerabilities and costly outages. Telecom industry thought leaders see a future of autonomous networking, where networks manage themselves through a seemingly magical combination of intent-based networking and machine learning. This futuristic vision may appear dauntingly complex and expensive, but the reality is that the automation journey is easier than you think, and one you can start on today.

    This webinar will explore how intent-based verification can be a practical first step towards autonomous networks, providing a new level of awareness of the entire state of the network, and of how that state supports business goals. Intent-based verification can provide automated, mathematically-rigorous assurance that these goals can be met, improving the resilience and security of existing networks while supporting evolution towards the autonomous network of the future.

    The Keys to Service Provider Network Security
    Date: 1/30/2018
    Sponsors:
    Palo Alto Networks
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    How do you win a battle against an army of cyber criminals, armed with inexpensive, off-the shelf tools designed to create major disruption in your network and your customer's operations?

    The answer: Through a comprehensive approach that harnesses that same power – security automation, scalability and collaboration – across the broader security ecosystem.

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    • Why every minute counts in stopping malware from spreading
    • Why leveraging comprehensive, cloud-based threat intelligence is an essential and powerful element of securing next-generation service provider networks
    • How to regain security operations efficiencies through a comprehensive platform that leverages integrated intelligence
    • How service providers can transform their network security posture to prevent next-generation attacks, enhance their brand and secure their expansion into new revenue sources
    • Our new vision for shared security intelligence and seamless application integration

    Re-Defining the WAN With Session Smart Networking
    Date: 1/25/2018
    Sponsors:
    128 Technology
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    Network complexity not only increases IT costs, but can also create network fragility and security risks. Recent approaches to reducing network complexity through Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) offer some short-term relief, but are still largely based on decades-old network paradigms that only create more complexity in the long run.

    Session Smart Networking is different. Session Smart networks can by truly simplify the network, as well as provide a breadth of SD-WAN capabilities – including application visibility, software-define branches, multi-path routing and network segmentation. As a result, organizations using a Session Smart approach can realize breakthrough gains in performance, agility, security and scale.

    In this webinar, 128 Technology and Light Reading will discuss the benefits of session-smart routers in SD-WAN deployments, which include:

    • A tunnel-free architecture that eliminates the 20% to 30% bandwidth tax incurred by overlay encapsulation and enables full mesh any-to-any routing for services.
    • A Zero Trust Security model operating on a "deny-all" routing fabric that transforms any IP network into a distributed network firewall, providing dynamic encryption, per-hop authentication and global access control.
    • The ability for the network to make intelligent, application-specific decisions regarding network optimization whenever problems occur.

    Accelerating CSP Transformation with Service Assurance Consolidation and Artificial Intelligence
    Date: 1/24/2018
    Sponsors:
    Federos
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    Automation is a key plank in telco transformation but many communications service providers (CSP) are still in planning mode as they seek to determine how best to implement new technologies such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV). The concept of closed-loop assurance promises to automate the high volume of repetitive, operational processes that the dynamic environment of NFV entails. But what does it take to get started to achieve network virtualization and service operations that manage themselves?

    One way to start is by consolidating legacy network management tools onto a single platform. This can provide a future-proof foundation for service assurance and a single source of truth for troubleshooting or root cause analysis. This is particularly important when on-boarding new technologies such as NFV.

    Additionally, machine learning and artificial intelligence can yield fresh insights for operations and service management enabling new automation opportunities. This webinar will examine the major pain points associated with AI/ML and automation in organizations today and where the greatest potential lies.

    Join experts from industry research firm Heavy Reading, service assurance solution providers Federos and artificial intelligence and process automation pioneers Arago as they explore the benefits of consolidating systems and artificial intelligence to enable greater service scalability.

    Defining the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge
    Date: 1/23/2018
    Sponsors:
    ECI
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    5G promises to change the way we live our lives, with unprecedented services and unparalleled user experience. Operators need to build an underlying connectivity infrastructure that is capable of delivering on demands like ultra-low latency and hyper-flexible bandwidth. This webinar will focus on the most critical aspects of the 5G transport network and discuss what is required in terms of slicing, edge computing and the need for openness and interworking. Addressing each of these aspects properly will enable operators to offer state of the art 5G services that will be the foundation of what some people believe will become the 4th industrial revolution.

    In this webinar we will discuss:

    • What factors and demands will influence the infrastructure design
    • The impact of 5G on connectivity infrastructure and network requirements
    • The optional technological solutions and preferred solutions

    Predictive NPS Analytics: Take Action to Improve NPS & Customer Experience
    Date: 12/20/2017
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    Net Promoter Score (NPS) has become a leading metric for monitoring customer experience in the telecom sector as well as many other industries. Improving NPS can reduce customer churn, increase market share and revenue and it's one of the KPIs that's closely tracked by operator management teams.

    Operators who focus on NPS prediction and customer personas can overcome the limitations of static and subjective NPS survey data. Accurate prediction of dissatisfied customers enables operators to take closed loop corrective actions, e.g. improving network or service quality to increase the number of promoters and NPSs.

    Please join Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, and Mark Geere, Principal CEM Consultant, Huawei to discuss:

    • using advanced analytics and predictive NPS based on customer persona and Per Service Per User (PSPU) data to reduce churn and increase satisfaction
    • how customer care, marketing and network teams can target weak points to improve NPS
    • operator case studies and results of using predictive NPS models

    The Power of Big Data in Telco: Optimizing Margins with Actionable Insights
    Date: 12/19/2017
    Sponsors:
    SAP
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    We all know that telcos have access to a lot of data, but how to leverage that to truly impact the business continues to be a challenge. In this webinar, you'll learn how starting with a modern data platform sets the stage for revolutionizing how the business is run. You'll also hear about specific use cases, including how smart data is being leveraged, today, to gain granular insights into revenue leakage points to optimize margins and drive overall profitability.

    Are You Really Taking Care of QoE in Your Mobile Network?
    Date: 12/14/2017
    Sponsors:
    Rohde and Schwarz
    More information and registration

    With operators under pressure to deliver ever-higher Quality of Experience (QoE) of services to their subscribers whilst ensuring opex and capex efficiencies, this webinar examines the role of drive testing and benchmarking to provide the reliable end-user insight needed for intelligent network investment decisions. Furthermore, it looks at the factors influencing accuracy and reliability of data acquisition and data analytics and how correct measurement equipment and technique can enable the efficient delivery of better services and higher quality to customers.

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    • What is network benchmarking from an end-user perspective and what are its applications
    • What factors influence the quality of data acquisition and data analytics
    • The role of network test in future networks compared to OSS data analytics and crowdsourcing
    • How to assess the quality of a mobile network during a drive test campaign
    • The path from drive test data to network insights for network investment decisions

    This webinar is being offered at an additional time for your convenience.

    Click here to register for this webinar on December 14th at 10am London / 2pm Dubai / 6pm Singapore

    Are You Really Taking Care of QoE in Your Mobile Network?
    Date: 12/14/2017
    Sponsors:
    Rohde and Schwarz
    More information and registration

    With operators under pressure to deliver ever-higher Quality of Experience (QoE) of services to their subscribers whilst ensuring opex and capex efficiencies, this webinar examines the role of drive testing and benchmarking to provide the reliable end-user insight needed for intelligent network investment decisions. Furthermore, it looks at the factors influencing accuracy and reliability of data acquisition and data analytics and how correct measurement equipment and technique can enable the efficient delivery of better services and higher quality to customers.

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    • What is network benchmarking from an end-user perspective and what are its applications
    • What factors influence the quality of data acquisition and data analytics
    • The role of network test in future networks compared to OSS data analytics and crowdsourcing
    • How to assess the quality of a mobile network during a drive test campaign
    • The path from drive test data to network insights for network investment decisions

    This webinar is being offered at an additional time for your convenience.

    Click here to register for this webinar on December 14th at 5pm London / 12pm New York / 9am San Francisco

    5G RAN & Access Network Architecture Evolution
    Date: 12/14/2017
    Sponsors:
    Viavi
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    5G network technologies will demand extreme bandwidth and, for some critical use-cases, ultra-low latency. To achieve those objectives a new distributed RAN and access network architecture is being developed that should meet demanding capex, opex and performance requirements.

    This new architecture introduces RAN functional splits that impact how operators will deploy, optimize and assure the network, and will open up new interfaces for near-real-time radio analytics and optimization. Using techniques such as virtualized RAN and dynamic resource allocation, it enables tightly coordinated, ultra-dense deployments that will generate extremely challenging throughput, latency, timing, and synchronization performance targets. This, in turn, requires an efficient and programmable fronthaul and backhaul solution.

    In this webinar, we will explore the new 5G RAN architecture and its impact on deployment and operations, with a focus on optimization, assurance, testing, troubleshooting and service automation tools.

    NEMs Testing Challenges – Next-Generation Ethernet/Packet & Optical Transport
    Date: 12/13/2017
    Sponsors:
    VeEx
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    The demands to verify and support new networking products based on emerging packet and optical transport based standards are challenging network equipment manufacturers from R&D to manufacturing. An overview of these new technologies, challenges and testing solutions in the NEMs space will be presented.

    Discussion will include:

    • 400G to 25G next-generation Ethernet
    • Fibre Channel up to 32G
    • Efficient performance verification of associated network equipment including transceiver modules and packet/transport, switching and routing systems

    Who should attend:

    • R&D, SVT and manufacturing test engineering teams
    • System integrators, network and support engineers
    • Resources challenged with testing components, transceiver modules or systems based on new and emerging standards
    • Service Providers

    BSS and OSS Modernization – the Lynchpin of Telco Digital Transformation
    Date: 12/13/2017
    Sponsors:
    ZTEsoft, Cerillion & Apptium
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    What do mining companies, fashion brands and banks have in common? They are all talking about digital transformation. The telecom and financial services industries are ahead of most other verticals in their digital transformation though they remain well behind digital natives such as WhatsApp and Alipay. Just as “banks are now IT companies selling financial solutions” (to quote a Boston Consulting Group report), telecom operators are now IT companies selling connectivity and value-added services. And the core components of telecom IT are OSS and BSS. While the vast majority of telecom capex goes on network infrastructure, the IT systems which manage this infrastructure, and the customer-facing applications on top, are critical to transforming the business.

    This webinar we will examine digital transformation in the telecom industry through the lens of Business and Operational Support Systems. The key aspects of OSS and BSS transformation we will discuss include:

    • Improving the customer experience – meeting customer expectations for ease of ordering and problem resolution; making personalized new offerings based on data analytics.
    • Accelerating time to market – turning operators into service aggregators (the platform play) for third parties (e.g., Netflix, Spotify, Deezer, financial services, utilities, etc.), similar to the app store concept for smartphones. The platform opportunity is not just about consumer services but also encompasses the myriad B2B2X opportunities that IoT entails.
    • Increasing the agility of operations – increasing automation and the ability to rapidly respond to new customer requirements.
    • Unleashing internal innovation – adoption of DevOps and a fast-fail mentality to unleash the creative potential within a telco's own workforce and provide an attractive environment for recruitment.
    Expanding Service Provider Applications for Pluggable Coherent Optics
    Date: 12/12/2017
    Sponsors:
    Acacia Communications
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    Coherent technology continues to move into a broader range of applications as increasing bandwidth is required to support growing consumer demand. 100G coherent technology was initially adopted by carriers for long-haul dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks because of its spectral efficiency and reach compared to the previous generation of 10G (non-coherent) systems. More recently, through design optimization, pluggable coherent solutions have moved into metro applications where size and power are critical factors. Today, pluggable coherent solutions support a wide range of applications in a compact, CFP2-DCO form factor that is power efficient. As SDN and NFV become more prevalent, these coherent solutions are expected to become more widely adopted.

    This Light Reading webinar explores the future of coherent technologies with a specific focus on service provider applications and benefits. Key topics in this webcast will include:

    • Latest coherent trends and architectures
    • How coherent pluggables improve the delivery of long haul, metro, DCI, Remote PHY, 5G and ZR applications
    • Features supported by pluggable coherent technology solutions

    10 Facts You Need to Know About Cellular-V2X
    Date: 12/7/2017
    Sponsors:
    Qualcomm
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    Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) is an important technology for improved road safety and the future of autonomous driving, and momentum continues to build around C-V2X with a broad ecosystem support. Following Audi, Ford, Groupe PSA and SAIC announcing their support of Qualcomm’s first C-V2X commercial solution, more news started to break about automotive Tier 1 suppliers using Qualcomm’s C-V2X solutions for testing and upcoming commercial implementations. Automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, mobile operators, semiconductor companies, test equipment vendors, telecom suppliers, traffic signal suppliers, road operators and municipalities are closely collaborating to accelerate C-V2X technology development and commercialization. The recent news from AT&T, Ford, Nokia, Qualcomm and McCain announcing the first US C-V2X trials in San Diego is just an example of this collaboration.

    Why is C-V2X gaining traction and support from key automotive players?

    Join our Qualcomm experts for this webinar to know why and get your facts straight about:

    • What are the design aspects that enable C-V2X to provide superior performance and reliability for automotive safety?
    • Can C-V2X be ready for commercial deployment in cars for 2020? How?
    • How does the C-V2X evolution to 5G address new complementary use cases, while maintaining backward compatibility?
    • What are the economic benefits that C-V2X brings to automakers, as well as infrastructure providers?

    GPUs Revolutionize Real-time Transcoding in the Cloud
    Date: 11/30/2017
    Sponsors:
    Sonus
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    Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) will become the processor of choice for real-time communications (RTC) in the cloud.

    GPUs have already become the de-facto choice in the cloud to solve large compute-intensive tasks such as image processing, AI and machine learning. Media transcoding is one of the most compute-intensive operations for real-time communications, so as RTC migrates to the cloud, a match between compute need and a compute solution aligns perfectly.

    Sonus understands how to successfully take advantage of GPUs to ensure real-time communication performance; it’s in their DNA. Listen to the experts explain how using GPUs achieves orders of magnitude performance improvement vs. CPU implementations and is now equivalent or better than most DSP-based solutions.

    This webinar will provide the latest information on:

    • The state of the market for GPUs
    • GPU performance relative to DSPs and CPUs
    • GPU cost relative to DSPs and CPUs
    • An assessment of how GPUs perform for quality of service
    • A proposal for how to better support GPUs with OpenStack

    Webinar participants will understand why Sonus is bullish on GPUs and why they are the future of media processing for real-time communications in the cloud.

    Rebuilding OSS for NFV and the Digital Era
    Date: 11/29/2017
    Sponsors:
    Tata Consultancy Services
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    Operational Support Systems are, frankly, a mess. They struggle to support a mish-mash of existing technologies let alone the coming wave of NFV. On top of that they are a roadblock to the much-needed digital transformation of the telecom business itself.

    Accepting the need to change, where should CSPs start to rebuild the OSS? Big bang transformations are risky, expensive and frequently under deliver. Instead a more tactical approach is required. Drawing on real world experience of implementing OSS, this webinar will explore some of the key areas for OSS transformation that can unlock the most value in the shortest time frame:

    • Closed-loop Lifecycle Orchestration across Business processes (order management, product catalog), Services (policy, service catalog/inventory) and Resources (physical and virtualized).
    • Network discovery and inventory (real-time, accurate discovery of physical/virtualized, and logical resources across vendors, domains, technologies and layers)
    • Modernization of OSS systems themselves (cloud deployment in virtual machines and containers, rearchitecting for microservices, use of Open APIs, composability)
    • DevOps methodologies to make OSS, and the business it supports, more agile

    By making tactical upgrades to OSS, CSPs can unleash the business innovation necessary to start driving top line growth.

    Enabling Networks to Be More Agile For Services
    Date: 11/21/2017
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    With the development of enterprise mobility, cloud computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), as a network administrator, have you ever thought of the following issues? This upcoming “Enabling Networks to be more Agile for Services” webinar will discover the following questions that network administrators are seeking answers for:

    • How to converge both wired and wireless networks to deliver consistent experiences and simplified management?
    • How to guarantee the high-quality mobile work methods in diversified mobile scenarios?
    • How to increase network visibility, simplified network O&M and reduce O&M cost?

    Contextual Service Assurance for 5G: New Requirements, New Opportunities
    Date: 11/16/2017
    Sponsors:
    TEOCO
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    The range of 5G services now under development, from virtual reality, to production-critical automation, to massive-scale Internet of Things, has the potential to catalyze new value chains and operating models for every industry worldwide, and to underpin the long-term commercial future of network operators. To realize these benefits requires technology that will fundamentally change how networks are designed and operated, and how services are consumed.

    To adapt to these changes, service assurance systems must evolve to meet the new demands introduced with 5G. This evolution will provide extended real-time analytic capabilities to allow the integration and processing of heterogeneous contextual information in order to trigger automated, closed-loop network healing and optimization processes. Operators implementing these capabilities will be able to meet demanding service level agreements across a range of dynamic and diverse service types in both consumer and enterprise markets.

    Join Light Reading and TEOCO in this webinar to engage in a practical discussion about the service assurance evolution into a context-driven continued optimization process, and how machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) will help operators manage and operate the vast scale and diversity of services and network functions that characterizes 5G.

    Building a Virtualized Security Architecture – With VNFs That Truly Scale
    Date: 11/15/2017
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    Whether it be for the protection of their own infrastructure, or extending premium security services to enterprise customers, a CSP's network security architecture needs to leverage the opportunities presented by virtualized network infrastructure. Flexibility in the way different network security applications like firewalls, malware detection and DDoS protection are deployed and scaled up is critical to providing optimal protection at optimal cost. This webinar will explain how a flexible virtualized security architecture can best be designed as well as what's required to ensure that security VNFs are able to scale up and down with as much flexibility as CSPs require.

    Fattening Up on Fiber
    Date: 11/15/2017
    Sponsors:
    Ciena, Clearfield, Viavi in partnership with SCTE/ISBE
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    While most cable technologists insist that the industry’s HFC pipes still have long lives ahead of them, cable operators are clearly installing more and more fiber strands in their networks. Whether they’re planning to go mostly all-fiber like Altice or pursue a Fiber Deep strategy like Comcast, Cox, Liberty Global and other major MSOs or just split more and more fiber nodes, operators are fattening up on fiber to deliver more bandwidth, remove active devices, run passive DOCSIS and leverage PON technology on their networks, as well as support their 4G and 5G wireless initiatives. In this webinar, working with our partners at SCTE/ISBE and our sponsors, we’ll explore the implications of cable’s furious fiber feeding frenzy.

    Making MEC a Reality- Lessons Learned From a Multi-Party MEC platform Benchmarking Project
    Date: 11/14/2017
    Sponsors:
    Kontron
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    The potential of multi-access or mobile edge computing (MEC) is already well-established, converging IT and telco networks at the mobile edge within the Radio Access Network (RAN) and close to mobile consumer and enterprise subscribers who increasingly expect a better and lower latency user experience.

    Designing MEC for the future entails strict requirements on hardware platforms, as well as a need to respect certain characteristics for the services/applications that will run on it.

    In order to address these key points, an underlying hardware platform blueprint needs to be designed, implemented and tested iteratively with current and forthcoming new technologies and products kept in mind. The goal is to reach the most appropriate solution that fits and have its performance continually improved by means of tunings, benchmarking, updates and ease of serviceability. This webinar will cover the challenges of MEC deployments, the benchmarking parameters of hardware and software and the practical lessons learned for "next-step" development phases.

    • MEC realities – power, space and environmental conditions.
    • Diverse MEC site types and their use-cases for today and the future
    • What's missing? – abilities inherited from the past and vision for the future to overcome hurdles
    • MEC network fabric requirements – current issues and bottlenecks
    • Application characteristics and prerequisites at the mobile edge
    • Why Calico? – leading open source SDN community
    • An inside look at a standard, modular MEC converged platform
    • Talk about the "next round" of benchmarks

    Real-Time Visibility & Analytics to Enable Actionable Intelligence & Network Automation
    Date: 11/9/2017
    Sponsors:
    Nokia
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    The rapid migration of content (e.g. OTT video), applications (e.g. enterprise SaaS) and services (e.g. storage) to the cloud is driving network transformation. At the same time, the proliferation of IoT devices is driving exponential growth in the number of end points and 5G will enable mobile edge computing for low-latency applications. Continuously shifting traffic flows and network loads bring new challenges for service providers. Service providers need to respond rapidly to changing network conditions, or better yet, move proactively in anticipation of expected conditions. This drives the need for real-time visibility and analytics to help service providers deliver end-user quality-of-experience and security.

    The solution is underpinned by four key building blocks:

    • A more capable data plane and highly instrumented network fabric
    • A simplified and fully programmable control plane
    • A unified network topology view based on multi-domain, multi-layer visibility
    • A big data analytics engine for real-time operational intelligence

    Join Tony Kourlas, director of product marketing at Nokia; Stephen Collins, principal analyst at ACG; and James Crawshaw, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, as they discuss these issues and several key use cases that illustrate the benefits of insight-driven actionable intelligence and network automation.

    To read the ACG whitepaper on “Intelligent IP and webscale networks: Secure, optimized, automated” please sign up here.

    Revenue Management: Enabling the Digital Service Provider Evolution – CSP Survey Analysis
    Date: 11/8/2017
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    The ability to monetize new services quickly and reliably has always been the focus for Revenue Management teams within Communication Service Providers. However, the digital transformation of their businesses is now challenging existing capabilities and driving a whole new set of expectations for revenue management.

    As an industry we need to get below the headlines of transformation and understand the real capabilities of today, the implications it has for the business and where we need to focus to prepare the business for success.

    On behalf of Huawei, Heavy Reading has conducted a survey of CSPs globally regarding revenue management. This ‘state of the nation’ survey will highlight where CSPs are really focusing their efforts, what capabilities they believe are important and where the greatest benefits can be achieved from revenue management modernization. We will present the key results of the survey along with Heavy Reading’s analysis and key takeaways.

    Wireless and Wired – Building a Converged Network
    Date: 11/7/2017
    Sponsors:
    CommScope
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    5G is coming, and service providers are building extensive fiber access networks to reach small cells, radios with CRAN fronthaul and other wireless nodes at the network edge. Our previous webinar, "Network Convergence, the Future of Central Offices," looked at the consequences of convergence for the central office/headend network.

    A fully converged access network supports all services offered to residential, enterprise and mobile customers. This webinar examines key issues to consider when planning and designing your access network. Building a 5G fiber foundation into existing networks requires making planning decisions regarding fiber capacity, locations, architectures, power and other aspects of the network – a difficult task when most of the required information may not be available. This webinar will provide you with ideas, insights and important questions to ask when planning a converged network.

    Swisscom Shares Operator Insight on Enhanced In-Home Wi-Fi Experience
    Date: 10/17/2017
    Sponsors:
    Nokia
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    As the number of devices and services connected to the home network increase, service providers need to be able to intelligently manage the home network and provide the superior quality of experience that end users expect.

    This role puts enormous pressure on operations and costs as the home network becomes more complex, making it harder for service providers to get a clear view of the network state, devices or changes since initial deployment. Calls to carrier contact centers results in more truck rolls and longer hold times while agents try to diagnose and resolve home issue on the fly. In 40% of cases, the reason behind a poor customer experience lies in the home network (from the residential gateway). Since WiFi is the most popular technology for home Internet services, close to three quarters of home issues are WiFi related.

    Join Andreas Arnold, technical cluster lead at Swisscom, and Sandra O'Boyle, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, as they share an operator insight into an entirely new model of customer support with proactive recommendations to improve the in-home network experience – and discover dramatic efficiencies. This webinar will take a closer look at how service providers can take control of the residential WiFi experience and its related soaring costs.

    The GDPR Challenge: How CSPs are implementing User Managed Privacy Today – Live Demo!
    Date: 10/12/2017
    Sponsors:
    UXP
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    The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) redefines the degree with which a user’s personal data must be protected. At the heart of this regulation lies the reality that privacy and consent management need to be managed at the individual user level. The challenge for communications service providers (CSPs) is that existing telecom systems and processes are designed around an account, device or an address. Individual user management, centered around digital identity, is a recent requirement and most CSPs will struggle to manage the privacy and consent settings of any user who consumes their services. Additionally, providing users with a central privacy dashboard including visibility and control of all their personal data is a tremendous challenge, since personal data is distributed across various data processing systems in a CSP network, e.g., billing, CRM, BI, marketing or external partner services.

    In this webinar, UXP Systems and Light Reading will discuss the key challenges faced by CSPs when dealing with the GDPR and CSP use cases in the market today. The webinar will also include a live installation-ready, product demo that showcases how CSPs can become GDPR-ready now!

    MoCA Access™: Multi-Gigabit and Beyond
    Date: 10/11/2017
    Sponsors:
    MoCA
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    With data speeds accelerating across the globe, service providers are embracing gigabit-to-the-home as the mantra of their broadband access network design and implementation. However, there are numerous paths to the gigabit future and all the available technologies are all quite rich in their benefits and quite vulnerable in their deficiencies. The Multimedia over Coax Alliance, MoCA, best known as a home networking standards body, introduced MoCA Access in June 2017 so that operators can leverage the technology’s inherent and well-known performance, reliability and use of existing coaxial cabling, all of which have become key requirements for broadband access design and implementation.

    This webinar will take a deep dive into the attributes and benefits of MoCA Access, while comparing and contrasting the new spec with other broadband access technologies. The competition is formidable, the demand is great and immediate and the winners are still to be determined. As in the home networking market, the broadband access space will likely end up supporting a combination of technologies that best serve customer use cases and operator requirements for reliable and robust networks.

    Please join Light Reading and MoCA for a webinar on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. EST to learn details about MoCA Access and the benefits that it offers for the broadband environment. Cable operators, telcos, ISPs and anyone designing, installing and marketing broadband services will find this webinar a must-attend event. Questions and comments after the presentations are welcome and encouraged.

    Cloud Native Mobile Core Networks
    Date: 10/10/2017
    Sponsors:
    Nokia
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    The initial steps for implementing Telco Cloud, such as the virtualization of the network functions, have definitely delivered improvements to network operations and end-user services. However, to realize the economic benefits of new and demanding services, the industry needs to take steps to leverage the full potential of cloud computing on telco applications. This will be enabled by applying cloud-native principles to service provider networks and software design.

    In this session, Nokia will outline its vision for the evolution of the Core Networks towards a cloud-native architecture. We will cover the changes required on the network architecture, software design and network operations to build a cloud-native environment. In particular, we will also cover how the relationship between CSPs and vendors will have to evolve to enable the agility required by today's consumers and enterprises. Some topics to be covered:

    • - Cloud-native principles applied to telecom
    • - Application of a DevOps environment

    Key Questions Answered

    • Why we need a cloud-native core
    • What it needs to do (key principles)
    • What it looks like
    • The main challenges

    Please join Matthias Reiss, Nokia Head of Subscriber Data Management and Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading, to discuss the evolution to cloud-native core networks.

    Piracy for the People- User-Friendly Technologies Enable “Mass-Market” Piracy of Video -- and Revenue Losses for CSPs
    Date: 10/10/2017
    Sponsors:
    Sandvine
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    Fixed and mobile communications service providers (CSPs) are increasingly looking to video for revenue growth, by licensing or creating exclusive video content for distribution to subscribers. The proliferation of certain easy-to-use, inexpensive technologies has made piracy of live TV streams and on-demand video accessible to a "mass-market" of non-technical subscribers. Sandvine’s studies of network data show that the problem can easily become worth billions of dollars to a CSP. To avoid massive revenue loss, CSPs need tools to identify and quantify the problem, then take action to address it. During the webinar, Sandvine will discuss the results of its studies in the area as well as some of the network elements necessary to begin stemming revenue losses.

    Make the Right Moves in Analytics to Gain the Network Automation Advantage
    Date: 10/5/2017
    Sponsors:
    Kentik
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    The journey to automation is existentially important to communication service providers (CSPs), which makes analytics strategic to the entire business. While network operations have an obvious need to quickly identify the root cause of issues to ensure network quality, the bigger need is to become a truly data-driven business. This is not just about tools but the right operational processes and organization structure that can integrate all various data sources effectively to run the business better. In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Sandra O’Boyle and experts from Kentik discuss how to build real-time network analytics that yield short-term value, look at real-world use cases, and explain what sets the stage for a sustainable journey into network automation.

    Distributed Denial of Service: The Resource Conundrum
    Date: 10/5/2017
    Sponsors:
    Radware
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    What do local car dealers, hospitals and banks all have in common? At first glance, not much. However, all of them have become recent hacker targets. Why now when other, much larger corporate entities have traditionally been targets? One word – resources. Their resources, both network and personnel, are stretched thin. With the increased complexity and length of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, it’s a struggle for all organizations, let alone small and medium businesses.

    Join Radware's Louis Scialabba, Director of Carrier Solutions Marketing, to discuss:

    • Current technology trends and their impact on enterprise security requirements
    • Commercial examples of why enterprises are turning to service providers and adopting a cloud-based managed services model
    • An economic model Heavy Reading and Radware developed to benchmark and quantify the strong revenue streams that a managed DDoS service can deliver
    • The business case drivers as well as the ROI potential that service providers can commercially realize by offering a managed cloud DDoS service to their enterprise customers.

    Innovator Insights: Best Practices for Today's NFV Deployments & the Journey to 5G
    Date: 10/4/2017
    Sponsors:
    Affirmed Networks
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    The telecommunications industry has embraced cloud-focused technologies, such as network functions virtualization (NFV), as the path to accelerating new services introduction and as the only profitable means for meeting future demand. This webinar will provide insights from Ibrahim Gideon, CTO of Telus, Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, and Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks – two leading innovators who have been pioneers in the move to virtualized architectures. Moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading, the session will offer perspectives on best practices and lessons learned from real-world deployments, and a look ahead at the critical requirements for identifying and delivering profitable 5G services.

    P4 Runtime: Putting the Control Plane in Charge of the Forwarding Plane
    Date: 10/3/2017
    Sponsors:
    Barefoot Networks
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    SDN ushered in an era of fast open innovation in networking: Those who own and operate networks now take it for granted that they can code, commission or simply download the control plane they need in their network, customizing it to best meet their needs. The ONOS SDN Controller is an example of an open source control plane, rapidly adopted by large network operators.

    But networks are not determined by the control plane alone. In order to really determine what a network does, we need to define how packets are processed in switches as well. And so in the next chapter of this story, the forwarding plane has moved up and out of hardware into software. This is made possible by the advent of the P4 language, an open source and community-owned programming language that lets us decide how packets are processed in the network.

    But how will the control plane tell the forwarding plane how to process packets? And then how will the control plane control a wide variety of switches, in a consistent way, while allowing the forwarding plane to constantly evolve and improve?

    We introduce P4 Runtime, a new open source project to solve this problem. P4 Runtime was first described at the 2017 P4 Workshop. Since then, P4.org, Google, and Barefoot have teamed up with ONF to create the first open source version of P4 Runtime integrated with the ONOS open source control plane.

    In this webinar, we will explain what P4 Runtime is, and why it will make it much easier to program large networks from the top down, empowering programmers to finally move the definition of networks from hardware into software.

    “Pay-as-you-Protect” Network Protection: How On-Demand Virtualized Infrastructure Can Enhance Network Security
    Date: 9/29/2017
    Sponsors:
    Intel, Sandvine
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    The scale of DDoS and other network attacks are increasing exponentially. Today, CSPs are often addressing this by over-provisioning capacity in proprietary hardware that is scaled for rare peaks that lie unused most of the time. As well as being inefficient, this approach doesn't always guarantee enough capacity for some of the attack types that can be generated today.

    One approach to breaking out of this paradigm lies in virtualizing parts of the CSP's security infrastructure. This enables infrastructure to automatically scale up only when needed – and to the exact capacity required. Using this approach, CSPs can have a highly efficient and disruptive "pay-as-you-protect" model, such that they only pay for protection resources when they need them.

    In this webinar, Sandvine and Intel will discuss the results of their lab tests and pilot studies. These validate the technical feasibility of such a "pay-as-you-protect" model and some of the opportunities it creates for CSPs.

    Cloud Computing: Why Your Skill Set Matters
    Date: 9/27/2017
    Sponsors:
    Cloud Foundry
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    You hear it again and again from the IT community: The skills you have matter. However, what does that mean in the era of cloud computing, PaaS and DevOps? When it comes to developing apps that work in the cloud, the skill sets that businesses are requiring from IT are changing dramatically. At the same time, the barriers between different parts of the department – systems admin, network admin and operations – are breaking down at the same time that the cloud is creating different demands. What do you need to know to survive and thrive in this world? Join Enterprise Cloud News Editor Scott Ferguson, and the CTO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Chip Childers, as they discuss the cloud, new skills sets, DevOps and what you need to know to keep ahead of the game in this new world. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn more.

    Why Is Software-Defined 10G EPON Critical to Cable's Future Success?
    Date: 9/26/2017
    Sponsors:
    Calix
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    Cable operators are now in the midst of the largest network transformation in decades. Cable headends are getting retrofitted with new equipment, the outside plant is being reconstructed, and set-tops, routers, modems and other on-premises devices will be swapped out in nearly every home.

    Industry experts have speculated that soon, the Internet will be "fast enough" for whatever a consumer wants to do with it. Operators will become less concerned about the aggregate speed of the Internet and more concerned about delivering new services faster. Unfortunately, while the industry has focused on essential physical plant upgrades, many operators are not prepared to make this pivotal transition.

    Join Calix and Light Reading as they explore how cable operators can leverage network intelligence with Software-Defined Access to improve operational efficiencies, deliver a differentiated customer experience, and speed past the competition.

    Choosing the Right Platform for Cloud-Based Virtualized Managed Services
    Date: 9/21/2017
    Sponsors:
    Juniper Networks
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    The nature of enterprise demand for network services is changing rapidly with the arrival of new service options like Secure SD-WAN. CSPs have to adapt quickly to customer requirements by deploying a new service delivery approach characterized by speed, agility and automation. In this webinar, Juniper will share valuable lessons on the power of a platform to increase CSP profits and customer satisfaction, and IBM will share a business strategy that can shorten time to market while reducing costs to allow CSPs to capture new enterprise customers profitably.

    Monetizing Tiered Managed SD-WAN Services
    Date: 9/19/2017
    Sponsors:
    Silver Peak
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    Are you ready to compete in the world of SD-WAN services? With more than 23% of organizations moving towards SD-WAN solutions in the next 12-24 months*, now is the time to deliver this game-changing technology as a managed service.

    If you are a service provider – network service provider, managed service provider, system integrator looking to offer managed SD-WAN services – how are you going to get started? How will you build your revenue stream? And more importantly, how can you differentiate your service offering in an increasingly competitive market?

    Join this webinar featuring industry experts from Frost & Sullivan and Silver Peak to learn about:

    • How to deliver and monetize tiered managed SD-WAN service
    • Ways to differentiate your service offering
    • Use cases to consider for managed services
    • Leveraging SD-WAN to help your customers embrace SaaS and IaaS offerings
    • Key requirements for SD-WAN

    Innovation in DDoS Mitigation – Responding to the Modern Threat
    Date: 9/19/2017
    Sponsors:
    Corero
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    The rise in small-scale, multi-vector attacks has not gone unnoticed by service providers and digital enterprises alike. With this evolved threat comes the need to mitigate attacks instantaneously to eliminate downtime, outages and service latency. For some ISPs, this comes as an opportunity to better protect their customers from business impacting service interruptions.

    Join this webinar to learn:

    • The latest trends in the DDoS threat landscape
    • How DDoS mitigation techniques have evolved to provide real-time, automated protection
    • How GTT has turned the DDoS threat into an opportunity to provide value-added security services to customers
    • How to enable DDoS Protection as-a-Service (DDPaaS) quickly and effectively

    Connecting the Data Center: 25G, 100G, 400G+
    Date: 9/14/2017
    Sponsors:
    Innolight
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    Server performance and data center network traffic are growing dramatically and the total I/O bandwidth per rack is approaching 5 Tbit/s. New technologies and virtualization are transforming the network architecture within data centers. The 25G, 50G, 100G, 200G and 400G solutions that are being developed to support low cost links use new module form factors, PAM4 modulation, innovative manufacturing, photonic integration and silicon photonics. This session will cover the latest developments, including data center architectures, technologies and components.

    Considering Virtual CPE to Secure Your Unified Communications? Here Is What You Need to Know!
    Date: 9/12/2017
    Sponsors:
    Sonus
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    In order to streamline the delivery of cloud-based IP communications services to enterprise customers, service providers are now leveraging network functions virtualization (NFV) architectures and orchestration tools to instantiate network services, such as a run-time ready session border controller (SBC) for secure, robust, SIP-based services in just minutes.

    With a virtual, cloud-native SBC, service providers can deliver the security, scalability, interworking and high-availability that enterprise customers have come to expect from hardware-only solutions.

    In this webinar, you will learn why enterprises should consider deploying a managed virtual CPE (vCPE) solution in their Unified Communication (UC) networks. Concepts in this webinar will include:

    • The security impacts of integrating vCPE into existing UC networks
    • Best practices for implementing a holistic enterprise security strategy
    • vCPE and UC integration reference architecture
    • Why an MPLS network is not enough
    • Avoiding interoperability and protocol translation issues with legacy equipment
    • Achievable capex savings vCPE can deliver

    Cutting Energy Use with Distributed Access Architecture
    Date: 9/7/2017
    Sponsors:
    SCTE
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    As SCTE•ISBE has shown in its Energy 2020 Program, cable operators spend most of their energy budget on cable edge facilities and the access network. Now, thanks to advances in technology, the industry has the ability to reduce energy consumption significantly by shifting the placement of the PHY and MAC layers in the access network. In many cases, this shift may enable operators to consolidate cable edge facilities, thereby eliminating an entire building’s worth of energy use.

    Such moves must be made carefully, however, because the reduction of energy consumption is not guaranteed; nor is it the only force in play when determining whether facilities should be consolidated. As cable operators evolve their access networks to distributed, fiber-deep architectures, they will also need to look at how they can save space and energy through new mid-mile aggregation architectures that help to minimize the growing capacity demands on their CCAP platforms.

    In addition, operators need to consider how this shift will impact the customer. Customer service should be improved, not diminished, by any architectural change.

    In this webinar, leading cable technologists will weigh the energy savings of shifting the PHY layer closer to the customer. The technologists will look at how cable operators can leverage proven architectures from adjacent industries to provide massive scale, efficiently and effectively. Presenters will also examine if and when cable operators can eliminate some of their cable edge facilities altogether. Finally, the experts will evaluate the implications of moving the MAC layer either closer to the customer or further away in the data center, depending upon the architecture chosen.

    Is Your RAN Ready for 5G Mobility Migration?
    Date: 9/6/2017
    Sponsors:
    Fujitsu
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    The next generation of mobile technology will place increasing demands on the efficiency, flexibility and scalability of the radio access network. Network operators need to plan and design their evolving architecture to accommodate 5G cloud applications and services. And, they must do it with an open mind to realize the optimum network performance while lowering TCO.

    Join this webinar hosted by Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading and Joe Mocerino of Fujitsu to learn:

    • The benefits and challenges of migration from a distributed to a centralized RAN architecture
    • The protocol and physical layer options for fronthaul transport, including active, passive and dedicated dark fiber in CRAN architectures
    • The key elements in migrating from 4G centralized to 5G cloud RAN
    • The impact of virtualization on open RAN architectures

    Cellular-V2X Commercial Readiness
    Date: 9/6/2017
    Sponsors:
    Qualcomm
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    As automotive technologies continue to advance and vehicles become increasingly connected and autonomous, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) is becoming an important technology enabler for the connected car of the future. With a strong evolutionary path that brings 5G-NR enhancements, C-V2X will enable the transportation industry with enhanced V2V, V2I, V2P and V2N wireless capabilities, including extended communication range, improved reliability and NLOS performance to enable vehicles to talk with each other and the environment around them. 3GPP C-V2X Release 14 specifications were completed in March 2017, numerous trials have been announced globally and several collaborations between the automotive and telecom industry have been forged. C-V2X traction and broad ecosystem support exists and will enable C-V2X to be commercialized quickly and economically.

    Join our automotive experts for this webinar to learn more about:

    • The important role C-V2X will play in improving safety and supporting autonomous cars
    • How the ecosystem is coming together to support the commercial reality of C-V2X
    • How Qualcomm is further accelerating the readiness of C-V2X technology
    • The economic benefits of C-V2X as seen from the automaker

    Choosing the Right Orchestration Solution for Multi-Vendor Networks
    Date: 8/31/2017
    Sponsors:
    Anuta Networks
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    Cloud, 5G, IoT and streaming media present significant opportunities for network providers. The selection of Network Service Orchestration is the most important decision to maximize revenue potential and business agility. In this webinar, Heavy Reading Analyst Roz Roseboro discusses the best practices for selecting and implementing the appropriate Network Orchestration Solution for multi-vendor environments with experts from Technica Corp and Anuta Networks.

    How the Cord-Cutting Explosion is Impacting Network Architectures
    Date: 8/2/2017
    Sponsors:
    Calix
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    In a landmark move, Netflix recently passed cable operators for the most overall pay-TV subscriptions in the US as the cord-cutting trend continues to gain momentum. Plus, industry analysts estimate that more subscribers moved away from traditional pay-TV services than ever before in the second quarter.

    This webinar will look at the impact that these constantly changing Internet traffic and subscriber trends are having on today’s service provider networks. Also, the session will explore how new physical layer technologies like NG-PON2 and software-defined access network architectures are driving providers to instrument, automate and future-proof their networks for high-bandwidth services.

    Open Innovation – the Key to Service Provider Network Security
    Date: 7/25/2017
    Sponsors:
    Palo Alto Networks
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    How can service providers open network security to innovation and agility, keep up with both network evolution and increased cyber threats while decreasing the number of dedicated security elements in their network?

    Service providers, including mobile network operators, cable operators and fixed service providers, are responding to the expansion of mobile applications, new digital services, and the Internet of Things (IoT) by rapidly undergoing a fundamental transformation to all-IP networks with LTE-Advanced, flexible virtualized networks (NFV/SDN), Mobile Edge Computing and, in the near future, 5G multi-access converged networks. Cyber criminals are also evolving their skills, extending more and more automation and malicious capabilities to the service provider ecosystem.

    Dynamic automated prevention is essential. It is vital that service providers take an automated, platform approach for network security. Network and subscriber protection are no longer separate problems and both data and signaling layer must be addressed through a dynamic, prevention-oriented platform that protects both the networks and subscribers. In addition, agility is required to maintain consistent security efficacy in environments that can include any combination of converged, fixed and mobile, physical and virtual architectures. To protect against rapidly evolving threats, this new platform-based security model must be able to leverage the entire security ecosystem – incorporating support security apps built by vendors, by third-party partners and even by service provider internally developed security applications.

    In this webinar, we will discuss the major industry trends impacting service provider network security, including the game-changing evolution of IoT, the overall evolving threat landscape including mobile malware and botnets and the main challenges that are impacting both network service providers and their subscribers. Topics will include:

    • Service provider network security challenges and use cases
    • The security impact of virtualization, IoT, 5G and MEC
    • How a comprehensive platform with automation, complete visibility and automated security is required for service provider network security
    • An overview of Palo Alto Networks Application framework which supports and empowers this new security model

    Benchmarking Cloud Infrastructure – Fast Track Your NFV-Enabled Cloud
    Date: 7/13/2017
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    Complex applications placed on virtualized infrastructure require considerable amounts of testing and benchmarking. This helps determine and validate realistic expectations from cloud services and/or virtual service chains delivered by NFV. The ability to baseline and benchmark the underlying cloud infrastructure, and simulate any type of application workload allows you to validate both the functionality and performance of various applications and services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) running over this infrastructure. Join us to learn how Spirent can help you fast track your NFV-enabled cloud deployments and measure the health of your cloud.

    The Compelling Economics of DDoS Managed Security Services
    Date: 7/11/2017
    Sponsors:
    Radware
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    Cloud adoption demands new approaches for managing security risks such as DDoS. And it's not simply a technology issue, it's also a business issue since cloud security business models are also expanding to support a broader range of managed services. These are designed to address the needs of enterprises that are increasingly relying on third parties for protection from complex threat vectors.

    Join Radware’s Mike O'Malley, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, and Heavy Reading Principal Analyst, Jim Hodges, to discuss the business case drivers as well as the ROI potential that service providers can commercially realize by offering a managed cloud DDoS service to their enterprise customers.

    Specifically, this webinar will address:

    • Current technology trends and their impact on enterprise security requirements
    • Commercial examples of why enterprises are turning to service providers and adopting a cloud-based managed services model
    • The economic model Heavy Reading and Radware developed to benchmark and quantify the strong revenue streams that a managed DDoS service can deliver
    • Three easy ways Radware can help service providers deliver such an offering and realize market potential

    Fiber Deep: It's All About Quality & Speed
    Date: 6/29/2017
    Sponsors:
    Ciena
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    Fast Internet speed is no longer a nice-to-have for cable operators, it's an absolute requirement. Along with high speeds, customers are demanding constant availability. That combination can be quite a challenge for cable operators. To meet that challenge, they're trying to simplify operations, with the goal of providing near-instant, high-quality access to broadband and video content.

    A new architectural approach, "Fiber Deep," underpins this new effort. It's a large part of the next generation of cable access – one that pushes fiber close to the end-user to yield a much better customer experience.

    This webinar will explore:

    • Redefinition of the network edge
    • Convergence of cloud and transport
    • On-demand Internet and video services

    SECaaS in the Carrier Cloud: How CSPs can Capture the SMB Opportunity
    Date: 6/28/2017
    Sponsors:
    Nominum
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    Half of all SMBs are victims of cyberattacks. Of those that are attacked, 60% go out of business within months. For SMBs needing better cybersecurity for their employees, guests and all connected devices, the security as a service (SECaaS) model presents the perfect opportunity for CSPs to fill a growing need with a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy solution, while maintaining management of and visibility into all activities on the network.

    When SECaaS is made available through the carrier cloud – as opposed to through a third-party provider – by leveraging a CSP's DNS infrastructure, service providers can ensure network performance remains at optimal levels, regardless of the traffic volume or issues caused by third-party cloud solutions. The SECaaS model also enables CSPs to provide the strongest level of protection against threats like phishing, ransomware and other malware – in a highly scalable way, at minimal cost – while creating a new revenue stream and strengthening brand loyalty.

    Join this webinar, hosted by Jim Hodges of Heavy Reading, along with Nominum security experts, to learn:

    • Why SMBs are a key target of cyberattacks and how a SECaaS model presents new opportunities for CSPs
    • The benefits to CSPs and their SMB customers of offering a SECaaS solution through the carrier cloud
    • How the DNS infrastructure provides the best layer of protection and keeps network management and visibility with the CSP

    NFV: Next Steps for Automation & New Services
    Date: 6/27/2017
    Sponsors:
    Intel
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    The race to 5G, IOT and smart and intelligent connections is underway and many operators are banking on a bright future as they blaze the path to make this brave new world a reality. To accomplish such major investments in network infrastructure have become mandatory and NFV is foundational to the creation of this new world. This webinar will examine how NFV has and is setting the stage for a new reality. First, the speakers will review key lessons learned while sharing the current state of NFV deployments. Next, the webinar will gauge how operators are looking to move to cloud-native network functions and automated service assurance that will open new business models and drive more revenue. Finally, by examining real-world examples, we can study how to drive cost savings and efficiency into the operational aspects of the network while launching new and innovative services brought to life by 5G and IOT.

    Transforming the Network Edge With Virtual Routing
    Date: 6/27/2017
    Sponsors:
    Juniper
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    Network operators are looking to virtual routers to increase their service agility, revenue opportunities and operational efficiency, and are implementing them in a wide variety of use cases. In this webinar, Juniper Networks’ Gurudatt "Guru" Shenoy will discuss the increasingly important role of virtual routers in modern networks and trends in virtual router adoption. He will also introduce the Juniper Networks vMX, a fully featured, virtual-edge router that runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) x86 servers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace and the Juniper Networks NFX250 Network Services Platform, and explain the benefits it brings to provider edge, Hybrid Cloud Interconnect, route reflection, residential broadband and managed service use cases.

    Guru and Heavy Reading moderator Sterling Perrin will be joined by Erik Bais of A2B Internet and Craig Wilson of IBM who will discuss their production experience with virtual routers, techniques being applied in vCPE use cases at the network edge and observations and solutions that will help those in the industry realize their goals in the most efficient manner.

    The Impact of Virtualization on Messaging Services, RAN & the Control Plane
    Date: 6/23/2017
    Sponsors:
    Mavenir
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    Within the next two years operators are taking meaningful steps to virtualize their networks. But where are their focus areas, and which timelines apply? In order to assess the state of operators' network functions virtualization (NFV) activities in relation to evolving legacy messaging services, RAN and the signaling control plane, Mavenir Systems partnered with Heavy Reading to launch a major survey project in Q1 2017. Results of this Heavy Reading survey provide a snapshot of mobile network operators' virtualization activities to allow comparison with options other operators around the world are considering.

    The Heavy Reading research project polled communications service providers (CSPs) about their progress and plans as they evolve towards NFV, as well as drivers and challenges affecting the virtualization of legacy messaging services, radio access network (RAN) and the signaling control plane. Based on input from operators around the world, this survey provides insight on;

    • Which services operators are migrating to NFV and when?
    • What NFV infrastructure types and components are operators exploring?
    • What benefits or challenges do operators anticipate migrating to NFV?
    • How NFV is expected to impact their organizations

    What attendees will learn:
    The webinar shares results of the Heavy Reading NFV survey with insights into mobile network operators' approach to NFV, as well as drivers and challenges affecting these projects. The goal is to provide operators with a better understanding of how various organizations will benefit from NFV as they evolve their network infrastructure.

    Who should attend?
    Mobile network operator staff involved in evolving legacy solutions or NFV strategies and projects.

    Threat Intelligence: A New Frontier In Cybersecurity
    Date: 6/22/2017
    Sponsors:
    AT&T
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    Developing the right cybersecurity posture – one that is tailored to its specific business model in the specific industry vertical that it serves – is a critical imperative for today's businesses. Fundamental security building blocks that are common to all enterprises need to be augmented with a value-added layer that reflects the unique structure of a business, its assets and liabilities, as well as those of its customers and partners.

    Threat intelligence is central to this differentiated security layer that enterprises need to have front and center in their cybersecurity posture. This webinar will examine what threat intelligence is and what its core value proposition is for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Security Officers (CSOs).

    AT&T's Jason Miller and Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan will consider what it takes to generate, deliver and implement high-value threat intelligence in today's cyber threat landscape. They will examine the value to the enterprise of being able to procure and integrate threat intelligence as a component of an enterprise security architecture independently of other hardware and software components. And it considers the types of characteristics required for a company to be able to serve up a compelling threat intelligence service to augment the security posture of its enterprise customers.

    Tackling the Challenges of Next-Generation PON Deployment
    Date: 6/22/2017
    Sponsors:
    Viavi
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    Passive Optical Networks (PONs) are increasingly viewed as a key element of future high-capacity broadband networks. The transmission capacity of optical fiber presently provides adequate capability for delivery of high-speed services. However, PON standards and networks must evolve, in order to meet future capacity demands.

    This session will look at the emerging XGS-PON and NG-PON2 standards, and the challenges associated with their deployment. It will discuss at their coexistence with existing GPON service, as well as migration paths from current to evolved PON standards and services. A key part of addressing the deployment challenges is understanding the new tool sets required for network build/construction, as well as turn-up and activation, in order to get the build right the first time, and to minimize risks of repeat truck rolls when activating a customer service. Finally, the webinar will explore appropriate use cases for service providers and contractors, exploring best practices in order to maximize efficiency and deliver a robust PON plant.

    Network Convergence & the Future of Central Offices
    Date: 6/21/2017
    Sponsors:
    Commscope
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    C-RAN deployments are gaining momentum, and 5G is on the horizon. To maximize asset utilization and simplify infrastructure, service providers are considering the convergence of their wireline and wireless networks.

    In addition, the development of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) may mean big changes for the Central Office. How big?

    Explore the impact of network convergence and the approaching passive infrastructure challenges on your Central Office. Watch the webinar "Network Convergence and the Future of Central Offices." It's happening June 21 at 4:00 p.m. CET/3:00 p.m. GMT.

    NFV Made Efficient: Living at the Edge
    Date: 6/20/2017
    Sponsors:
    ARM
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    Virtualizing network functions between the network core and customer edge, with dynamic and distributed capability driven by zero-touch automation, is the ultimate goal of service providers seeking to deliver greater flexibility and agility in new revenue-generating services.

    Configuring, monitoring and maintaining this automation remotely at scale is key, and puts high requirements on both policy-based and data-driven orchestration. Cost, space and power efficiency are also critical factors when provisioning more VNF capability at the provider or customer edge, while improving end customers' experience.

    In this presentation, ARM and Enea will examine some of the challenges faced in virtualizing the next-generation network, trends in lightweight virtualization techniques being applied in vCPE use cases at the network edge, as well as observations and solutions that will help those in the industry realize their goals in the most efficient manner.

    GPON Is Mature but Interoperability Slows Mass Deployment
    Date: 6/15/2017
    Sponsors:
    VeEx
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    The proliferation of connected devices (IoT) and increased demand for Internet video continues to drive fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment at an unprecedented pace. Whilst GPON remains the technology of choice to reach residential customers thanks to its simple architecture and tried and tested penetration worldwide, equipment interoperability is still a major challenge for service providers. At the transport layer, GPON equipment interacts well with others but in terms of managing and provisioning services, it’s a very different story, due in part to ITU-T standards allowing too much vendor interpretation in the way OLT and ONT devices can communicate.

    This webinar will review fiber test practices recommended to verify physical network performance and examine the use of protocol analyzers to troubleshoot the ONU Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and PLOAM that a GPON uses to configure and manage the activation and service layers of the network.

    Is NETCONF Ready for Prime Time?
    Date: 6/13/2017
    Sponsors:
    One Access Networks
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    The latest attempt to crack the CLI vendor lock-in problem is NETCONF, an XML-based protocol created by the IETF that supports operations like transaction-based provisioning, querying, editing and deleting configuration data on network devices. In conjunction with the modelling language YANG, NETCONF is a key enabler of the new paradigm of SDN/NFV where services can be designed at a high level, independent of the complexities and device dependencies of the underlying infrastructure. NFV needs NETCONF/YANG to deliver on the promise of automation, but NETCONF/YANG can enable automation today without the need for virtualization. Why then, isn't NETCONF/YANG more widely implemented?

    This webinar will discuss several issues holding back NETCONF/YANG adoption such as the installed base problem, immaturity of module standardization, skill shortages in CSPs and confusion over the overlap of NETCONF/YANG with TOSCA and REST APIs. We will also look at the challenges that operators face as they migrate to next-generation network management, including the need to manage hybrid physical and virtual network functions and the need for openness from the vendor community.

    Battling Network Latency: How to Avoid the Impact of Delay on Your Business
    Date: 6/7/2017
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Is Network Latency Hurting Your Business?

    With the explosion of data services, one network metric has risen above the others as both cucial and difficult to manage: delay (i.e., latency). Reducing network latency has quickly become critically important as our industry undergoes a shift to a full on-demand model for services and applications. And as we move into the first phase of virtualization, achieving ultra-low latency is of paramount importance and vital to success.

    Considering the asymmetrical nature of network congestion and services, unidirectional delay measurement is essential for delivering the best possible QoE, especially in the case of real-time services such as VoIP, video streaming and interactive applications. On the flip side, traditional methods for measuring accurate one-way delay are both complex and expensive. This webinar introduces an innovative approach that solves this challenge by leveraging virtual active service assurance. Discover how to deliver superior quality of experience while not compromising on accuracy, by gaining unidirectional and bidirectional visibility and pinpointing the source of service-impacting latency without using complex or costly external synchronization mechanisms.

    Webinar attendees will learn:

    • Why performance monitoring has become so critical
    • The main KPIs from an IP transport perspective
    • The main cause of network delay and its impact on service performance, quality of experience and revenue
    • How to produce one-way and two-way delay metrics, as well as delay variation metrics, by leveraging standards-based methodologies (OAM/TWAMP), ensuring interoperability with all compatible devices
    • More about mobile backhaul performance assurance by deep-diving into a use case

    How Microservice Architecture and Virtualization Can Make Access Networks Work with Both Legacy OSS & SDN
    Date: 5/31/2017
    Sponsors:
    Calix
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    The simultaneous advancement of SDN frameworks and rollout of next-generation access systems with programmatic management and control APIs establishes a vision for the future of plug-and-play integration and rapid service deployment. Yet as open source and multi-vendor systems and software come together, the compatibility challenges of data models, network operations methodology and virtualization best practices become apparent.

    The cost to integrate new vendors and technology is one of the largest impediments to network transformation, making the move to DevOps and automation an elusive goal. With the presentation of two case studies, this webinar describes how virtualized management and microservice connectors are bringing new physical layer technologies (e.g., NG-PON2) to cable's DOCSIS protocols and accelerating the commercialization of Central Office Rearchitected as Datacenter (CORD) architectures.

    High-Performance Media Processing in an NFV World
    Date: 5/25/2017
    Sponsors:
    Radisys
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    A majority of functions in today's networks are immediately suitable for virtualization in NFV architectures. And for these functions, service providers already have PoCs and even some live deployments in production.

    However, some networking functions such as IP media processing have always required intensive processing power and stringent response times, dictating purpose-built network elements. So how do you virtualize the tougher network functions at scale? How do you go about delivering high performance media processing into a virtualized world?

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    • State of the nation regarding virtualized network functions; which functions have been easy to virtualize; which functions are tougher to virtualize.
    • The unique and challenging requirements to deliver real-time IP media processing, including transcoding, transrating, media mixing, and media clip conversion, for today's interactive voice and video services such as VoLTE with EVS codec, VoWiFi and WebRTC.
    • Considerations and applicable standards when implementing IP media processing as Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) in an NFV architecture.
    • Opportunities for acceleration technologies in NFVI to augment the processing power required to deliver media processing in NFV architectures.
    • Case studies of progressive service providers who are tackling the challenges of virtualized media processing, and reaping the economic benefits today

    The State of Telecom Security
    Date: 5/24/2017
    Sponsors:
    Oracle
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    Today's telecom industry has a problem – we are having to deal with critical security vulnerabilities for the first time, with limited investments and even more limited expertise. At the same time, operators worldwide are rapidly preparing to move their networks into data centers, eliminating expensive purpose-built systems. As they do, operators will find themselves dealing with even more security issues that they are not well-prepared to address. This webinar will look at the security issues faced today, and provide some insights on what operators can look forward to as they move to NFV and cloud.

    We'll also cover:

    • What CSPs are doing about security and SS7
    • What lies ahead with Diameter and SIP
    • The current threats in telecom
    • The issues with NFV and cloud security
    • What operators should be focusing on

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