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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

Migrating Signaling Into the Cloud – Ensuring Success By Separating Myth From Reality
Date: 5/23/2017
Sponsors:
Sonus
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SS7 Signaling Transfer Points (STPs) and Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are at the core of service provider networks, protecting and managing signaling that is required for all real-time services, such as voice, messaging and roaming. Traditionally, these network functions have been deployed on proprietary hardware. However, over the past several years, service providers have been actively planning, investing and now executing the migration of real-time services and their core networks to virtual, cloud deployment models.

So what does this migration mean for signaling?

This webinar will provide insights into the current state of the signaling market, where the market is headed and why STPs and DSCs should be expected to be deployed in a virtual, cloud environment. As this transition to the cloud takes place, it is important to understand some common myths associated with this migration and to learn what the reality will be when deploying cloud-optimized signaling solutions.

Have CSPs Gotten Virtualization Back on Track?
Date: 5/23/2017
Sponsors:
Intel, Ericcson, Oracle
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Late last year, the Future of Virtualization indexes, developed by Heavy Reading, working with Ericsson, Intel and Oracle, showed that CSPs' virtualization efforts were losing some momentum. This unique series of virtualization indexes aggregates input from CSPs around the world to get a detailed, up-to-the-minute picture of the status of virtualization initiatives. Updated every six months, the indexes provide all CSPs with a compelling reality check for measuring their own progress in three critical areas: planning, deployment and spending. In this webinar, Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, will share the results from the May indexes, noting the changes since the fall update, and lead a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.

The 3 Key Elements of Diameter Signaling Control
Date: 5/11/2017
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Diameter signaling traffic in networks is expanding because of new devices, machines and applications. This causes several issues for CSPs, including volume of traffic, complexity of topology and the risk of various threats to the network. Essentially, it all comes down to three key elements: scalability, simplicity and security. As a result of these demands, Diameter Routing Agents (DRAs) are also evolving to more effectively manage control plane demands.

Accordingly, this webinar will provide a granular view of how these key elements are impacting DRA deployments. Specific discussion topics include:

  • Scalability: The increase in different protocol versions and number of Diameter interfaces leads to poor control plane scaling and performance. As a result, the DRA needs to support a whole host of Diameter routing capabilities from server selection and partitioning to load balancing and session management while maintaining very high throughput and low latency.
  • Simplicity: Increasingly complex control topology creates inefficiency and unpredictability. Accordingly, CSPs need to simplify the Diameter interface topology to reduce signaling complexity in the control plane and optimize flows across the network. This can be done by removing the peer-to-peer aspects and creating a hub and spoke model.
  • Security: The launch of services such as VoLTE requires a robust and secure control plane across the roaming infrastructure. The DRA plays a key role in ensuring security by hiding network topology, fixing message content, filtering out unknown and unwanted data and discarding of poorly formatted messages.

This webinar will also explore how products such as the Nokia Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE) are designed to meet these demands, as well as assessing the impact that emerging technologies such as 5G and IoT will have on the control plane.

Cloud-optimized Network Applications
Date: 5/4/2017
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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How do you get it right? Business advantages and technical implications. 5G enables a wide range of new services, from support of massive media distribution to remote operation of machines and smart metering. This will result in very diverse requirements on the network. Characteristics such as latency, resilience, availability, performance, throughput and security will look very different depending on the type of service. Network slices with cloud-optimized applications and a very high degree of automation and resource orchestration are key capabilities to handle many requirements, and for 5G service delivery. During this webinar, Ericsson will present its view on cloud-optimized network applications and important related business and technology topics. These include the business values for service providers; 5G cloud data layer; and design principles for cloud-optimized network applications, including cloud native and automation.

Transforming to Cognitive Service Operations
Date: 5/4/2017
Sponsors:
Accanto
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This presentation will cover the following points:

  • Transforming from network to cognitive service operations
  • Enabling transformation for physical, virtual and hybrid environments
  • Laying the foundation for service performance – essential for closed-loop continuous orchestration for NFV
  • A use-case focus

Transforming the Central Office: Implementing CORD
Date: 5/3/2017
Sponsors:
Radisys
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Communications service providers (CSPs) have spent more than four decades building out and evolving their networks to meet the changing service and access demands of their customers. While the process has been dynamic, there has been one constant network element – the central office (CO).

Given the amount of investment a central office represents, as well as the strategic location and proximity to both mobile and fixed end users, the CO is going through another major transformation to enable it to support virtualized network functions aligned with a distributed cloud model.

Accordingly, this webinar will dive deep into this process, documenting the progress of the innovative Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter (CORD) initiative that defines the vital design considerations to enable this migration.

Specific topics addressed include:

  • CORD business and technical drivers
  • CORD reference architecture configurations for mobile, fixed and enterprise evolution
  • CORD high-value use cases and service innovation models
  • The relationship between open-source software and CORD
  • CORD leaders and visionaries

Redefining DDoS Attack Protection in the NFV Architecture
Date: 4/28/2017
Sponsors:
Radware
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In this webinar with Light Reading, Radware will discuss how service providers and cloud companies can radically redefine their DDoS attack protection schemes in an NFV architecture by offering a lightweight, agile behavioral DoS detection algorithm that can be deployed in various network devices. This enables detection of application and network-based attacks in real time anywhere in the network to be deployed in an agile and flexible consumption-based model. This model could then be provisioned and deployed as a service on demand in applications such as IoT, business services and 5G network slicing. In combination with Radware’s SDN application, Defenseflow, thousands of virtual detection points can feed into a programmable policy-based controller that can make best-case mitigation decisions, eliminating the burden of manual decision making from network security operations staff.

The 5 Myths of Wi-Fi Calling
Date: 4/27/2017
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment, Voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements.

While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remain several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi:

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of NFV: Understanding the Full Lifecycle Costs
Date: 4/27/2017
Sponsors:
VMWare
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CSPs have begun the transformation of their hardware-based infrastructure to software-based infrastructure to address both technology and commercial issues. No longer is it a matter of if it makes sense to transform to software driven; but when it makes sense to transform. As solutions have become available, and operators have started transitioning to a software-driven architecture, we have better insight into the cost savings and business value possible with NFV. In this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What are the market drivers for NFV and virtualized services?
  • Multiple deployment scenarios for NFV cost savings and business impact
  • What are the various soft and hard costs associated with the entire lifecycle of virtualized services?
  • What are the potential returns on investment for NFV?

Achieving Seamless VM On-Boarding, High-Performance & Mobility in NFV Infrastructures
Date: 4/27/2017
Sponsors:
Netronome
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Virtual machines, and the VNF applications that run in them, form the core building blocks of Telco cloud infrastructures. As telco cloud service providers prepare to deliver innovative and rapid new services in mobile and IoT-enabled NFV infrastructures, performance and efficiency of the data center server farm become paramount considerations. To enable virtualized, server-based, network performance scaling the industry has developed a number of acceleration mechanisms.

Accordingly, this webinar will show the strengths and weaknesses of approaches based on DPDK, SR-IOV and Virtio as well as focusing on new emerging cloud requirements that are driving the adoption of more programmable approaches based on SmartNICs. Specifically, the webinar will explore how Netronome's SmartNICs with innovative Express Virtio (XVIO) technology eliminates these operational, performance and server efficiency-related challenges, delivers the level of performance of SR-IOV solutions to the standard Virtio drivers, and maintains full flexibility in terms of VM mobility and the full gamut of network services provided by OVS and vRouter.

Edge Computing in Carrier-Grade Networks
Date: 4/26/2017
Sponsors:
Advantech
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Change is coming to computing and networking architectures. While the centralized cloud – today’s dominant paradigm – will remain vital to efficiently store and process information, as demand for real-time processing and low-latency connectivity increases, edge computing will become progressively more important. This webinar explores the opportunities and challenges in Edge & Fog Computing, both on and off premises. It will take a look at the critical role that service providers play at the edge due to their unique ability to deploy edge computing infrastructure that is close to the user and tightly integrated with the transport and access network. It discusses the lead use cases for distributed cloud and the hardware requirements in edge data centers.

Implementing SD-WAN as a Service: Key Considerations and Strategies
Date: 4/26/2017
Sponsors:
Juniper
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SD-WAN provides enterprises with a programmable, evolvable and lower-cost alternative to Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS); while for communications service providers (CSPs), SD-WAN brings the opportunity to target new market segments and differentiate their service offering.

SD-WAN is still very much an emerging technology, and multiple implementation and monetization questions remain outstanding.

In this webinar the speakers will detail the technical factors that must be addressed to achieve a successful SD-WAN implementation. Areas relevant to the discussion include security, orchestration, MPLS integration, network management and their linkage to customer requirements.

To fully capture the impact of these factors, this webinar presents key findings from a major survey created by Heavy Reading in collaboration with Juniper Networks.

CloudRAN & the Future-Oriented Mobile Network Architecture
Date: 4/25/2017
Sponsors:
Huawei
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The radio access network (RAN) is the critical asset that underpins the world’s largest technology platform – mobile communications. As service providers seek greater performance and leaner operating models, CloudRAN is emerging as critical to the new wireless network architecture.

This webinar investigates state-of-the-art commercial CloudRAN technology and looks ahead to the new architectures, and new deployment models, that will drive ongoing performance improvement in 4G LTE and 5G NR. It will discuss key challenges operators face (coordination, transmission, synchronization, etc.) and illustrate potential solutions.

The 5 Myths of Wi-Fi Calling
Date: 4/25/2017
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment, Voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements.

While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remain several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi:

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

Eliminating Three Challenges in Automating Service Provider NFV Deployments
Date: 4/19/2017
Sponsors:
Infoblox
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) can increase agility, simplify operations, speed rollout, yield scalability and reduce costs. Or it can consume your key people, bloat your budget and fall short of the promise of agility and lower cost.

While there are great benefits tied to virtualization for carriers, there are often overlooked areas and challenges to limit ISPs from seizing the full benefits of NFV, including increased manual processes between teams, inadequate security for the underlying DNS infrastructure and limited control across multiple point solution platforms. Too often, IT and network professionals focus on the strategic components of NFV deployments and don't pay enough attention to the impact on day-to-day processes and the underlying infrastructure.

During this webinar, Heavy Reading and Infoblox service provider experts will discuss critical issues such as:

  • How gaps in current implementations create detrimental manual processes
  • The rapidly growing security threat to DNS, what it has to do with NFV and how you can combat it
  • How advances in automation for DNS and IP address management can help your NFV initiative succeed
  • Best practices for ensuring positive first-connection experiences

Onboarding and Orchestrating VNFs
Date: 4/11/2017
Sponsors:
Oracle
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Service deployment through NFV may take just as long as service deployment into a physical network. Unless there are clear procedures, standards, and methods defined, NFV may not live up to the promise of rapid and innovative service deployment, let alone cost savings. However, given the right set of tools and procedures, a VNF may be streamlined into a catalog, rapidly integrated, and deployed in a network in a matter of minutes. This webinar explores the definition of a well enabled VNF, the onboarding process into a catalog, the complete integration into a network of services, the deployment, and finally the service itself running in the network.

The key elements of the webinar include:

  • Defining the well enabled VNF
  • Onboarding and Cataloging the service
  • Model-driven, cross-layer orchestration

NFV done right. How to apply cloud native design principles to network functions virtualization
Date: 4/4/2017
Sponsors:
Metaswitch
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NFV is now a ubiquitous term across the industry and its promise is well understood.

Many operators are seeking to realize the recognized benefits of this software-centric approach, including opex and capex savings, service agility and rapid time to revenue. But there is a catch: most of today's NFV implementations cannot actually deliver these benefits. Virtualized network functions that are based on legacy monolithic software, merely ported to run inside a virtual machine on a hypervisor are not the answer. They do little more than migrate an existing paradigm and associated problems from dedicated hardware to a “virtual chassis” in the cloud. This, is NFV “done wrong.”

In contrast, truly cloud native communications software is built around microservices and designed to run in containers on commodity hardware in private, public and hybrid clouds. This approach enables service providers to fully and finally realize the breakthrough economic, speed, simplicity and scale benefits that have been promised by NFV. But how would you recognize cloud native VNFs in a software identity parade? And what does it take to deploy them? In this webinar, recognized industry thought leader, Martin Taylor, CTO of Metaswitch, will explain the key architectural design principles on which cloud native virtual network functions are built and why this approach is not just the quickest way to NFV “done right,” but is also one of the most important deployment decisions an operator can make.

Monitoring the NFV Infrastructure
Date: 3/30/2017
Sponsors:
Qosmos
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As operators transition to NFV, monitoring solutions need to adapt. The classic model, based on hardware solutions, is not only challenged economically, but is also blind when it comes to monitoring traffic within the virtualization platform. This webinar will discuss how operators can use flow-based monitoring, integrated in the NFV infrastructure, to enable key OSS/BSS functions such as service assurance and troubleshooting. Special attention will be given to implementations using open source software.

From Hype to Reality: Accelerating 5G NR for Enhanced Mobile Broadband & Beyond
Date: 3/29/2017
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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The promise of 5G is taking the largest technology platform in human history – mobile – and extending it to virtually every industry, every object and every connection. At the same time, 5G New Radio (NR) is urgently needed to meet the ever-increasing global mobile broadband needs. Consumers devour more and more data as our devices increasingly become the source of entertainment, deliver new immersive experiences and are always connected to the cloud. Is 5G all hype and years from being a reality? Quite the contrary.

Join us for this webinar to learn how we are accelerating the schedule for the 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specification – the global 5G standard – to efficiently deliver fiber-like connections to our mobile devices starting in 2019. See the amazing technology inventions we demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2017 that will serve as a bedrock for this acceleration. And hear how the Release 15 5G NR specification will not only rise up to meet our insatiable appetite for mobile data, but also provide a future-proof design to meet the full promise and vision of 5G.

Accelerate the Rollout of NFV & 5G & Beat the OTTs at Their Own Game
Date: 3/29/2017
Sponsors:
VoltDB
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Legacy telcos and CSPs are being squeezed by challengers, including over-the-top players like Google and Facebook, as well as application providers that populate the handsets of every telco’s customers. Traditional revenue streams are being eroded in many ways, even as time spent on devices increases.

At the same time, subscribers are benefiting from a shift in power in their relationships with telcos. Their expectations are rising as they interact with over-the-top players and app providers on their devices in real time; they expect the same level of personalized real-time service and interaction from their telecoms operator. When they don’t get it, they switch carriers.

5G and NFV offer telcos and CSPs a way to compete with OTT providers while providing improved levels of service, more interactive, immersive experiences, and more precise billing to consumers. Join Heavy Reading Analyst Roz Roseboro and VoltDB’s Dennis Duckworth/Dheeraj Remella for this webinar where we discuss:

  • Why carriers need to go to 5G and NFV – now;
  • Requirements of data platforms that can transport much larger volumes of data at lower latency;
  • How to think about your network, the advent of ultrafast edge computing and how to prepare today by designing on-demand systems and capacity planning to be competitive tomorrow via SDN and NFV
  • New database architectures to support on-demand, per service, per device, per time of day scalability and billing/revenue models; multi-tier rating
  • New data security models

Cloud-Native Architectures Will Be Key to 5G NG Core
Date: 3/23/2017
Sponsors:
Nokia
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The networking industry is pushing the pace of 5G development. Service providers, and other organizations in the enterprise and public sector, must then determine how best to support their current or planned mobile broadband and IoT/MTC services while providing a path to 5G. The evolution of today’s network core will be central to this transformation. In this webinar, Heavy Reading’s Gabriel Brown, along with representatives from Nokia, will discuss the proposed 5G NGC functional architectures being proposed in 3GPP standards. It will identify why a ‘cloud-native’ packet core architecture is a requirement not only for future 5G services, but for existing or planned 4G mobile broadband and IoT/MTC services as well.

For more information, download the new "Getting to the Core" white paper:
https://pages.nokia.com/2563.Designing.Cloud-Native.5G.Core.Network.html

Gabriel Brown, Heavy Reading blog: Defining NG Core for 5G Networks:
https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/arG6BRu6drZXTR?domain=lightreading.com

OIF SDN Transport API Interop Demonstration Results
Date: 3/15/2017
Sponsors:
OIF
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The trigger point for significant commercial deployments of transport SDN may depend on defining, testing and assuring interoperability of key network functions and interfaces.

In the 2016 OIF SDN Transport API Interoperability Demonstration, the OIF and ONF partnered to lead the industry toward the wide-scale deployment of commercial SDN by testing ONF T-API standards.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How the interoperability test and demonstration, managed by the OIF, addressed multi-layer and multi-domain environments in global carrier labs located in Asia, Europe and North America
  • What T-API modules and uses cases were tested
  • What was learned and the next steps
  • The benefits of T-API and interop testing – from a carrier's perspective

Driving IP & Optical Benefits With Multi-Layer Integration
Date: 3/8/2017
Sponsors:
ECI
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Physical integration of DWDM optics on IP routers has existed for many years in niche applications but has never taken off into mainstream adoption. While there is currently some resurgence in physical integration for shorter-reach metro data center interconnect (DCI) applications, many of the historical drawbacks remain. Heavy Reading research shows that the greater application, by far, is in keeping IP and optical layers physically separate but tightly coupling management and control. This new approach (network disaggregation) provides a host of benefits to operators while side-stepping the biggest challenges posed by physical integration.

This webinar provides a deeper look at multi-layer and multi-vendor IP and optical layer integration including both the technology enablers and the key applications and use cases driving operator demand. Topics will include:

  • Where does physical integration make sense in the network and where is it problematic?
  • What are the primary benefits of physical disaggregation of IP and optical layers?
  • What are the primary use cases and application for IP and optical integration via SDN?
  • What are some current real-world examples of operators using this type of architecture?
  • What are the key enabling hardware innovations for a flexible, agile optical layer?
  • Why is the northbound interface between controllers and orchestration/OSS so important for multi-vendor interoperability?

IoT Security - Be Battle Ready
Date: 3/7/2017
Sponsors:
Aeris
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Security: Hardly a day goes by without hearing about a security breach. Security is a topic that is so broad that it's hard to understand where to start or how to prepare for battle. And there are unique challenges to M2M and IoT deployment, the nature of these new deployments bringing new complexities to creating secure solutions. A careful approach to prevent, detect and respond to breaches needs to be included in the development of an IoT solution. Join LightReading/IoT WorldNews Senior Analyst Steve Bell and Aeris CTO Syed Zaeem "Z" Hosain to hear about the basic requirements of security implementations and the different methods commonly used to increase the overall security of IoT/M2M data and applications.

Topics Covered include:

  • Key risk points
  • Understanding what is secure enough
  • Intrusion detection and response

Understanding the SDN-Driven IP and Optical Renaissance
Date: 3/7/2017
Sponsors:
Nokia and Sedona
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Today, we are seeing a resurgence in the application of IP+optical integration driven by a combination of significant advances in hardware and by revolutionary concepts in software control and management. Whereas, historically, IP+optical focused on physical integration of hardware, the new focus is on multi-layer and multi-vendor control and management enabled by SDN. This webinar will address both the technology enablers and the business opportunities and applications underlying the IP+optical renaissance.

Topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • What are the most compelling operator use cases for multi-layer IP and optical integration/interworking?
  • Which network operators are realizing benefits of IP and optical integration today?
  • What are the hardware innovations required to build dynamic optical layers?
  • Which SDN standards and technologies are most applicable for multi-layer integration?
  • How can operators migrate to multi-layer SDN while re-using as much of their existing hardware and software as possible?
  • Is there a role moving forward for physical layer IP and optical integration?

The webinar will draw on recent Heavy Reading operator research on the topic and present real-world examples of IP and optical integration in live networks.

How to Succeed in the New Age of Software-Defined WANs?
Date: 2/21/2017
Sponsors:
Cisco, Nokia, Versa Networks and Viptela
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Software-defined WAN describes a new trend in building overlay SDN networks over existing broadband and MPLS networks to provide many of the features and functions that businesses are used to getting but in simpler networks and at a lower price point. This webinar focuses on the opportunities for service providers in offering SD-WAN services to their customers, including the best path for moving forward.

Experts from four of the leading SD-WAN suppliers will address the most critical service provider topics including:

  • What are the key benefits of SD-WANs for enterprise customers?
  • What are some best practices and learnings from operator early adopters of SD-WAN services?
  • How can operators move beyond basic MPLS arbitrage to a more strategic use of SD-WAN as a revenue stream?
  • How can SDN- and NFV-based architecture improve service velocity and flexibility for both service providers and their customers?
  • Can SD-WANs improve resiliency for applications and services?
  • What are the security requirements for SD WANs and what is the value for services providers in being able to deliver a fully managed SD-WAN and security solution?
  • What are the different form factors available for building and selling SD-WAN services, and what are the benefits and challenges of each? And how does multi-tenancy play in that?
IBM Using AI to Enhance Operations & Create Opportunities in Telecom
Date: 2/17/2017
Sponsors:
IBM
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Machine learning as well as artificial intelligence (AI) have come a long way in last ten years. IBM Watson super computer beating the world champions in the game of Jeopardy in 2011 marked the beginning of a new era – the era of cognitive computing. What does this mean for telecom and why should you care as a telecom executive?

Cognitive solutions can deliver as much as a 30% reduction in call volume for your call center, saving tens to hundreds of millions of dollars per year for customer care in telecom. Marketing can deliver highly tailored campaigns in real time to increase revenue and profits. Network operations can anticipate and avoid congestion during peak usage periods such as sporting events and holidays, reconfiguring existing capacity to deliver superior customer experience. However, it's not just about current opportunities; it's about building future AI capabilities to take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) and provide enhanced data analytics and security intelligence as valuable add-on services.

Learn all about latest developments in cognitive solutions for telecom with client case study insights and best practices for optimal system design and deployment.

Fast-Forward to Omni-Channel Management – How Vodafone, Huawei & Partners Are Doing it
Date: 2/14/2017
Sponsors:
Huawei
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As CSPs eye the prize of transforming into DSPs, they must create more enduring customer relationships, by delivering positive Omni-channel experiences. Ovum research reveals that around 90% still have a long way to go, by following the principles, guidelines and example of Vodafone/Huawei & partners in this webinar, they will accomplish their Omni-channel Management goals much faster.

This webinar will cover the core principles, best practices and guidance for faster Omni-channel Management delivery. We will also illustrate how Vodafone, Huawei and their ecosystem of technology partners collaborated to design and deliver some vitally important use cases, starting with: From Churn to Return

Agenda: Introduction & Overview of the Webinar

  • The What and the How of Omni-Channel Management – what it is, core principles and how to go about it, including Denon & Marantz transformation case study. - Jeremy Cox, Principal Analyst, Customer Engagement Practice, Ovum
  • A Customer Experience-Driven Architectural Approach to Omni-Channel Management and Building the Ecosystem – Sanjay Saxena Principal Consultant, Digital Customer Experience, Global Services, Huawei
  • The Omni-Channel Management Alliance – a Q&A session with some of the partners:
    • NTS Retail – Bernd Steinwender, Head of Product Management – Creating the Retail Fulfilment Capability
    • Celebrus Technologies – Katharine Hulls, VP Marketing – Fueling the Inference Engine to Deliver Relevant Interactions in Support of the Customer Journey
    • TeleTech Consulting – Peter Dorrington, European Head of Customer Insights – Orchestrating the Customer Experience
    • TIBCO – San Zaw, Head of Solution Consulting, Asia – Interconnecting data, systems and processes across the value chain to accelerate Concept-to-Market cycles.
  • Summary & recommended next steps (Jeremy Cox, Ovum), followed by Q&A
Delivering Dedicated Hosted Private Clouds with converged infrastructure
Date: 2/9/2017
Sponsors:
NetApp
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As the infrastructure-as-a-service(IaaS) public and private cloud markets grow increasingly competitive and commoditized, IT service providers want opportunities for meaningful differentiation that enhances customer value and provides new revenue opportunities. In this session, you will learn about the new Managed EdgeCloud Solution which enables cloud and managed service providers to deliver clouds quickly to customer sites. We will provide an overview of the cloud-in-a-box infrastructure and the key integrations into the cloud management platform. We will cover use cases and key differentiators vs. public cloud providers and DIY solutions. With this solution, service providers can quickly productize hybrid-cloud services on a complete cloud-in-a-box on-premises offering, built for traditional enterprise workloads and with seamless integration between public- and private-cloud environments.

Testing High Speed Data Center Interconnects With PAM4 up to 400G
Date: 2/8/2017
Sponsors:
Anritsu
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New high-speed interconnects are being introduced to cope with the huge growth in mobile, cloud and data center network traffic. Active Optical Cables (AOC), Direct Attached Cables (DAC) and Pluggable Optical Transceivers along with advances in fiber optic cable increase and extend data center networks capacity and speed. Recent enhancements to Top of Rack (TOR) switches drive higher density 25/50100Gbps ports as well as lower power consumption can be achieved with PAM4 modulation scheme as the base for 400G CFP8 transceivers. Optical network and module manufacturers demand test equipment to evaluate the next generation of high-speed interconnects to meet the market demand for increased data center bandwidth.

Delivering Carrier Grade OCP for Virtualized Data Centers
Date: 2/8/2017
Sponsors:
Radisys
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The telecom industry's transformation from traditional networking infrastructure to virtualized data centers is driving increasing demand for open hardware solutions. The Open Compute Project (OCP) has provided basis for rack-scale integration of open compute, storage and networking resources in enterprise data centers. However, adapting the OCP model to the telecommunications industry must take into account new carrier requirements.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Simon Stanley and Radisys' Tushar Saxena will address the following:

  • Trends in the adoption of SDN and NFV in telecom networks, and how these trends are driving demand of open hardware solutions.
  • How OCP forms the foundation for rack-scale open compute, storage and networking resources required for virtualized networking solutions.
  • How OCP is adapting to address telecommunication industry needs to accommodate carrier-grade central office environments including Physical, Content/Workload, Management and Networking/Interconnect.
  • Industry initiatives, including the Central Office Re-Architected as a Datacenter (CORD), which provides a reference architecture for virtualized networking based on open source SDN and NFV software on open hardware.
  • Real-world examples of mobile operators deploying carrier-grade OCP equipment, pre-integrated with open source SDN and NFV software, to facilitate 5G service innovations and rapid service delivery using DevOps principles.

Test & Measurement: Five Hot Buttons for 2017
Date: 2/7/2017
Sponsors:
Ixia, Netrounds, VeEX and Viavi
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2017 will be a year of significant change for many operators. Efforts to virtualize network functions and increase levels of automation; projects to upgrade fixed and mobile networks with new access technologies; and the need to manage evolving types and patterns of traffic will all leading to significant infrastructure upheaval. Against this backdrop, operators still need to ensure customers are getting what they pay for, which means their test and measurement activities need to alter too. Meanwhile, the T&M industry itself is being subjected to some of these changes: for instance, replacement of hardware probes with virtual probes, and the automation of test procedures.

This webinar will look at hot themes in test and measurement in the coming year, and what these will mean for operators.

Implementing SD-WAN: The Differentiation Drivers
Date: 2/2/2017
Sponsors:
ADVA
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Within the past 12 months, software-defined wire area network (SD-WAN) has emerged as one of the hottest topics in networking because it offers enterprises a significant cost savings by enabling virtual private networks (VPNs) at a much lower cost than today’s operator-managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs. SD-WAN then presents a threat to service providers who generate revenue from the managed VPNs that SD-WAN could limit or displace.

So where is SD-WAN on the technology adoption lifecycle? How do operators perceive SD-WAN? What are their plans to support it? What are their requirements for a candidate solution?

To find out, we asked a group of leading global operators about their views on SD-WAN and their plans for deploying it. This webinar will draw from that Heavy Reading survey data and will address the following topics:

  • Gauging the relative strength of SD-WAN technical and business drivers
  • Documenting SD-WAN current implementation timelines – including support of a multi-service support model
  • Identifying SD-WAN implementation barriers
  • Assessing the differentiation impact of integrating advanced techniques such as policy control and orchestration into SD-WAN to facilitate zero touch programmable service chains
  • How to achieve service differentiation by leveraging SD-WAN to monetize a new managed services model with a broader range of services (e.g. SECaaS and distributed multi-tenant applications)
  • Insights from ADVA Ensemble on how to effectively deploy SD-WAN in a way that supports both enterprise and CSPs

Is 2017 the year where NFV will really happen at scale?
Date: 1/27/2017
Sponsors:
Ericsson, Intel and Oracle
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The most recent FoV survey revealed that CSPs are making progress on virtualization—albeit more slowly than was originally anticipated. Moving from PoCs to production is proving to be complex, and new issues seem to arrive at each step in the process. The early adopters are serving an important role in exposing these issues so they can be addressed in order for the industry as a whole to benefit. A key question is whether enough has been done so that NFV can be deployed at scale this year.

Join Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, as she guides a discussion with leading industry representatives from Ericsson, Intel and Oracle about what their companies are doing to help their customers implement NFV more efficiently and effectively. They will also discuss the major challenges they and their customers are encountering, and how they plan to overcome them.

How Carrier SDN Is Making Tight Coupling of IP & Optical a Reality
Date: 1/19/2017
Sponsors:
Nokia
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In order to thrive in the cloud era, communication service providers must deliver new dynamic network services while making the most efficient use of multi-layer network assets. This webinar assesses how the close coupling of IP and optical domains in automation, optimization and assurance has become a central theme in achieving these operator goals, and how multi-layer SDN has become the critical software enabler. The webinar will draw from the most recent Heavy Reading global operator survey data on the topic and will include perspective from a network operator on the leading edge of multilayer (IP/optical) carrier SDN.

Tracking CSPs' Progress on Virtualization
Date: 1/17/2017
Sponsors:
Ericsson, Intel & Oracle
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Heavy Reading, working with Ericsson, Intel and Oracle, has developed a unique series of virtualization indexes, aggregating input from CSPs around the world to get a detailed, up-to-the-minute picture of the status of virtualization initiatives. Updated every 6 months, the indexes provide all CSPs with a compelling reality check for measuring their own progress in three critical areas: planning, deployment and spending. In this webinar, Roz Roseboro, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, will share the results from the November indexes, noting the changes since the Spring update, and lead a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.

Segment Routing: Make Your Network Infrastructure SDN-Ready
Date: 1/17/2017
Sponsors:
Cisco
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This webinar will give an overview of segment routing technology at the time when this technology is becoming increasingly adopted by service providers that want to make their network infrastructure SDN-ready. Some questions to be addressed during this webinar include:

  • What is segment routing and how is it used to simplify operations?
  • How does segment routing push scalability one step further?
  • What are the key use cases that segment routing enables for service providers?
In addition, attendees will hear directly from major Tier 1 service provider Bell Canada about why it considers segment routing a key technical enabler for transformation of its architecture.

vE-CPE, Implementation and Test Strategies
Date: 12/20/2016
Sponsors:
Advantech
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While legacy enterprise networking solutions consist of proprietary and closed hardware-based appliances from single suppliers, network functions virtualization (NFV)-based vE-CPE allows for a logical and flexible separation of hardware and software. Vertical silos with vendor lock-in are transformed into a flexible mix-and-match approach that allows service providers to gain maximum efficiency and flexibility by procuring hardware and software optimized for target use cases.

However, in a fast-moving competitive environment, the time from service evaluation to development and final deployment needs to be accelerated. CSPs require the ability to correctly size the compute, offload, memory and network throughput needed to sustain changing CPE workloads and network traffic types in the white box vE-CPE devices that they will eventually deploy.

This webinar will address the drivers, vE-CPE architectures, key use cases such as SD-WAN and discuss the implementation and test strategies that are vital to achieve successful vE-CPE implementations.

Generating New Revenue with 5G, IoT and Cloud
Date: 12/15/2016
Sponsors:
Ericsson & Intel
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No one denies the tremendous changes brought about by the Networked Society. Once a vision, but now a reality, the Networked Society projects a world with over 28 billion connected devices, providing services for everything from meter reading to connected cars. This Internet of Things (IoT) brings the promise of a connected world, supported by advanced networks and infrastructure, including 5G and Cloud. Together, 5G, Cloud and IoT provide the necessary speed, latency and flexibility to make certain complex new applications work better, every time.

But what are some of the new applications that we can expect to see in the near future? Join Ericsson and Intel on this not to be missed webinar to learn about the combined power of 5G, IoT and Cloud. We will explore key topics such as:

  • The capabilities of 5G, IoT and Cloud and their impact on the Networked Society
  • Compelling use cases in areas of healthcare, transportation and drones
  • The benefits of each use case – both in terms of business efficiencies and enhanced consumer experiences

This webinar event will benefit anyone interested in learning more about how 5G and Cloud are enabling new revenue streams through IoT. You’ll see how these technologies come together to enhance business opportunities across multiple industry verticals.

WAN Automation - The Time Is Now
Date: 12/14/2016
Sponsors:
Ciena
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New users bring new applications with expectations of more bandwidth on-demand and the need for new network services. Operators need to respond quickly, incorporating new technologies and capabilities. As such, networks are becoming bigger, and operating the network is becoming more complex.

The idea of network automation is not new. However, new SDN-based approaches make automation provisioning across multi-vendor optical, packet and MPLS networks easier and more powerful than it has ever been in the past.

An automated WAN provides a programmable foundation that simplifies service providers' ability to transform and offer new virtualized, on-demand services. The time is now.

Join Ciena and Heavy Reading for this one-hour webinar to learn more about:

  • Key trends in SDN and NFV driving operators to adopt WAN automation
  • The critical role of multi-domain service orchestration in enabling WAN optimization
  • The rising role of DevOps and community-based software development
  • How to simplify and accelerate processes through model-driven templating
  • Use cases for WAN automation optical (layer 0), Ethernet (layer 2) and IP (layer 3) networks and services

Critical Requirements for Service Providers Capitalizing on the Promise of IoT
Date: 12/12/2016
Sponsors:
Affirmed Neworks
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In a market of flat-to-declining revenues, operators worldwide are viewing the Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity as one of the most exciting opportunities for revenue growth that we have seen in years. To capitalize on the promise of this growth area, operators are evaluating all aspects related to the creation and delivery of IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services to better understand the impact to both their network and their bottom-line.

Successful IoT strategies will take a holistic view at the key requirements for supporting these services from both a network connectivity and a service enablement platform perspective. On the network side, many operators have realized that traditional networks were not designed to handle the scale and the sheer number of transactions that will occur as IoT services continue to grow. As such, virtualized network architectures and LPWA have emerged as an ideal foundation for delivering high-value IoT services due to their inherent distributed nature and unmatched flexibility and scalability. Virtualized networks also offer support for the coming 5G standard, the ability to deliver both Massive and Critical IoT services, and the ability to provide real-time analytics on network performance.

Beyond the network, operators need to focus on the underlying services enablement platform that will serve as the foundation for these new services. The platform must be able to manage the connectivity and subscription requirements of the wide variety of emerging IoT use cases as well as enable application development. By ensuring that they have considered their requirements from a platform perspective, operators can vastly increase their ability to capitalize on the burgeoning IoT opportunity.

We invite you to join this webinar, to learn from experts Affirmed Networks, Tech Mahindra, and Heavy Reading related to the key requirements for implementing a successful IoT strategy and service offering.

Cyber Security – Can also be a Profit Center
Date: 12/12/2016
Sponsors:
ECI
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Cyber security – it seems that every day we hear of yet another breach or attack. For many SMBs, keeping their business and information safe is a never ending activity, with endless number of possible solutions, and costs that keep spiraling. As opposed to large corporations which have the resources and experts to help sift through the garbles of information available, SMBs (and consumers) are usually lost in this world. This is an great opportunity for service providers to sell cyber security as a service to their business customers - As a managed service. The webinar will outline an approach to deliver this service, which features:

  • Superior Protection – Accurately detect multidimensional attacks and automatically adjusts security measures, in real time, to combat them – both for yourself and for your customers.
  • Low TCO – Uses carrier-grade multitenant NFV to combine security with broadband connectivity. So the same infrastructure 'packs a double punch'.
  • Win-Win Business Case – Relieves SMBs of their security burden while providing new service provider revenue streams.

The Path to Customer-Focused Digital Success
Date: 12/8/2016
Sponsors:
Epsilon
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Epsilon recently teamed with a top U.S. brand to launch new digital technologies and adopt changes in both organizational structure and operations. These changes were critical to enhancing the organization's position as a singularly consumer-focused company.

This webinar will cover the driving forces that led to this partnership and the actions taken to spur customer-centric digital success, as well as offer keen insights for wireline telecom and cable providers striving to change the customer experience in a similar vein; including:

  • Driving forces influencing telecom transformation
  • Three pillars essential to integrating and governing new digital solutions
  • Unique look at organizational and role changes
  • Typical phasing and milestones to achieve success

Experts will discuss how to create successful change management and enact effective governance to achieve these types of outcomes:

  • Reach the connected consumer through an omni-channel approach
  • Strengthen customer touch points
  • Develop customer-centric strategies
  • Implement those same strategies
  • Carry out effective change management and governance

The 5 Myths of VoWiFi
Date: 12/8/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements. While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remains several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi.

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

Join Heavy Reading's Dan O'Shea and John Hoadley from Sonus Networks for a wide-ranging conversation as we explore the five myths of VoWiFI and how to conquer them.

Building a Service Provider Hosted Cloud With Cisco, Microsoft & NetApp
Date: 12/7/2016
Sponsors:
NetApp
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Service providers are always looking for ways to reduce cloud infrastructure costs and overhead, ease their operational burden costs and bring new cloud service offerings to market more quickly. In this session, we will discuss a unique solution partnership between Cisco, NetApp and Microsoft that enables our service-provider partners to do just that. The solution enables service providers to design, build and deploy a broad range of infrastructure-, software- and platform-as-a-service offerings right from the start. We will do a deep dive into the NetApp Resource Provider for Windows Azure Pack, discussing its offerings for service providers.

The Role of TD-LTE for 1Gbit/s Mobile
Date: 12/7/2016
Sponsors:
Nokia
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The FDD and TDD LTE networks are converging for the upcoming 5G era. Although many operators have deployed TDD and FDD networks in different kinds of topologies and configurations, the key to convergence is the carrier aggregation between TDD and FDD. This webinar will provide details on different topologies and carrier aggregation current progress. Shared spectrum trends and the latest advancements will be covered with special focus given to US 3.5GHz CBRS band spectrum and how 3.5GHz global interest is further fueling the convergence of the network to deliver high-capacity, high-throughput, and spectral efficiency. In addition, the 5G-like experience from 3D Beamforming using Massive MIMO antennas in the TDD spectrum will be highlighted – a low-hanging fruit for many operators for 3x capacity and high throughput. TD-LTE is playing an important role for the next milestone of 1Gbit/s throughput. Investment using Nokia 4.5G Pro TD-LTE will help to deliver 1 Gbit/s and pave the path for 5G.

Trends in Optical Disaggregation
Date: 12/6/2016
Sponsors:
Lumentum & Infinera
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Bandwidth demands continue to grow exponentially and network operators consistently report the need to accelerate innovation cycles and reduce costs across targeted parts of their network infrastructures. One approach is to leverage open white box systems to drive further innovation and cost reductions. Over the past few years, hyperscale data center operators have applied this approach to the switching fabric inside their data centers, enabling the construction of switches with simpler feature sets designed for their data center network performance, scaling, cost, and power requirements. A similar approach is now underway for optical transport; however, as one moves lower down the layers, the functions transition from digital to analog. Converting and managing analog performance, plus virtualization and disaggregation at the optical layer, is complex and necessitates collaboration among all participants.

Join Madhu Krishnaswamy, Senior Director Product Line Management at Lumentum and Matthew Mitchell, Vice President Optical Systems Architecture at Infinera as they discuss these upcoming trends in optical disaggregation, joint open line system interoperability and other industry efforts aimed at ensuring successful implementation of this new paradigm.

Segment Routing: Make Your Network Infrastructure SDN-Ready
Date: 12/6/2016
Sponsors:
Tail-F (Cisco)
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This webinar will give an overview of segment routing technology at the time when this technology is becoming increasingly adopted by service providers that want to make their network infrastructure SDN-ready. Some questions to be addressed during this webinar include:

  • What is segment routing and how is it used to simplify operations?
  • How does segment routing push scalability one step further?
  • What are the key use cases that segment routing enables for service providers?
In addition, attendees will hear directly from major Tier 1 service provider Bell Canada about why it considers segment routing a key technical enabler for transformation of its architecture.

Making OTT Video Pay Off Now
Date: 12/1/2016
Sponsors:
NCTC, Cisco
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As more and more consumers sign up for subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon and more and more TV programmers launch their own direct-to-consumer offerings, small and independent service providers are grappling with ways to leverage OTT video services by integrating them into their traditional pay-TV offerings. In this provocative session, cable operators, vendors and other experts will discuss ways that smaller cable providers can turn OTT video to their advantage immediately with some new options that are now available. Speakers will spell out the innovative approaches that pioneering operators are taking, the challenges that they’ve had to overcome and the results that they’ve enjoyed so far.

Unlocking the Value of NFV with Data Analytics
Date: 12/1/2016
Sponsors:
Affirmed Networks, EMC
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The commercialization of network functions virtualization (NFV) is enhancing the relationship between the cloud and big data and analytics (BDA) systems. Accordingly, this webinar will focus on the drivers and use cases that are fusing these technologies. Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • The value proposition of applying analytics to network workloads to provide real-time insight into overall network performance and efficiency
  • The business opportunity to leverage analytics to break down data silos to optimize cost and efficiency, as well as unlocking data to enhance organizational and marketing efficiency
  • Documenting NFV network probing capabilities requirements that enable linear scale to ensure the right amount of data is delivered with minimal performance impacts

The webinar will also examine how Dell EMC and Affirmed Networks have partnered to deliver an innovative new solution designed to address these criteria and provide network operators with a competitive edge.

Virtualization – A Critical Capability for Service Provider Success in IoT, 5G & Beyond
Date: 11/30/2016
Sponsors:
Wind River
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a huge opportunity for communications service providers, simply because of the sheer scale of investment it will attract and the business impact it will have globally. This webinar will explore the critical factors and obstacles that communications service providers need to be aware of as they consider the development of their network architecture to address the market and meet the expectations of customers. Steve Bell, Heavy Reading's senior IoT analyst, will talk about the landscape and some of the strategies that mobile operators have adopted to address the market. He will also talk about how embracing software-centric and cloud-hosted core networks will better position operators to match infrastructure to increasingly diverse services at a relatively low incremental cost. This approach also enables early-stage implementation of LTE network slicing, which will be a key enabler of IoT and is a core component of the 5G vision since it enables "the many services on one network" concept.

Wind River is the leading supplier of carrier-grade NFV infrastructure platforms. Charlie Ashton will talk about the need to underpin these IoT systems and services with a high reliability and secure backbone network to ensure the critical applications have the primary connection they require when they need it. Charlie will also identify how the Titanium Server virtualization platform and Titanium Cloud ecosystem can help overcome the many identified challenges and maximize the IoT opportunity.

Securing & Managing Real-Time Communications With vCPE
Date: 11/29/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) has become an attractive solution because it promises to deliver profound positive change to service delivery and operations models. Service providers and enterprises can take advantage of shorter and more flexible deployment cycles for new services, as well as cost savings from virtualization. Orchestration and automation eliminates costly and manual turn-up/turn-down processes, and seamlessly and dynamically scales resources.

In this webinar, participants will learn about various vCPE deployment models that include a cloud-based service provider offering SBC-as-a-service, service provider-owned virtualized SBC deployed as managed CPE or an enterprise-owned virtualized SBC deployed on customer premise. Accordingly, this webinar will consider the impact of vCPE, capturing the changes the technology will drive, including the role that Session Border Controllers (SBCs) will play in supporting and securing the virtualized network perimeter for real-time communications.

The Multicore Challenge to Embedded Systems Programming: How to scale with Maintained Performance and Determinism
Date: 11/29/2016
Sponsors:
Enea
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Multicore technology causes a significant disruption to the embedded software domain and introduces a great challenge to the entire software industry. Much of the existing software needs to be modified to achieve deterministic performance scalability on a multicore processor.

4G wireless network base band processing is a typical example of where scalable multicore solutions are needed. Moving towards 5G, the performance demand will grow even more, requiring cost-efficient usage of multicore devices. Multicore solutions are quickly gaining ground and, in the not too distant future, will become the standard norm for most embedded devices. Now is the time for the industry to embrace this shift in order to secure future-proof systems.

During this session, we will discuss the challenges imposed on operating systems and embedded application software by the shift to multicore solutions. Tradeoffs in performance, latency and functionality will be discussed together with the complexities introduced by scalability. Finally a solution strategy is proposed.

Planning for Your Real-time OSS/BSS Needs
Date: 11/18/2016
Sponsors:
VoltDB
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Telecom vendors need to make large-scale changes in how they serve the needs of CSPs -- driven by the increasing demand for scalability and lower latencies in the OSS/BSS layers.

In addition, the convergence of various factors influencing the industry is leading to innovations, including SDN and NFV, to avoid vendor lock-in with Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture-based systems. This migration towards a virtualized environment brings new challenges when the systems still need to maintain the latency SLAs that existing OSS/BSS systems have in place.

In this webinar, Dheeraj Remella, director of solutions architecture at VoltDB, and Roz Roseboro, senior analyst of Heavy Reading, will discuss the architectural considerations telcos must address to meet their NFV objectives while preparing for elevated data handling requirements from evolving user equipment and the industrial IoT's applications of telecom technologies.

Betting on Full Duplex DOCSIS
Date: 11/18/2016
Sponsors:
Cisco and ARRIS
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For the first time ever, cable technologists are pursuing their dream of delivering symmetrical, multi-gigabit speeds over HFC lines. Known as Full Duplex DOCSIS, the proposed extension to the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec calls for using echo-cancellation technology to deliver speeds as high as 10 Gbps downstream and upstream over the exact same spectrum. CableLabs officials aim to craft the spec by the end of next year, enabling MSO deployments to start as early as 2018 or 2019. But Full Duplex, with its requirement for deep fiber builds, raises major technical, operational and financial issues for cable operators that must be resolved before its benefits can be reaped.

Delve into the Full Duplex DOCSIS details in this exclusive, interactive webinar with four top cable technologists, and come loaded with questions for our speakers.

What Innovations Can 5G NR Bring to Shared & Unlicensed Spectrum?
Date: 11/17/2016
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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Access to shared and unlicensed spectrum will extend 5G into a wider range of deployments and create opportunity for innovation. It will enhance mobile broadband deployments anchored in licensed spectrum by aggregating spectrum for extreme bandwidths (similar to Licensed-Assisted Access), but also expand to new types of deployments such as enhanced local broadband and Internet of Things verticals (similar to MulteFire). 5G New Radio (NR) is designed to natively support all spectrum types and, through forward compatibility, has the flexibility to take advantage of new spectrum sharing paradigms. We are pioneering spectrum sharing technologies such as LTE-U, LAA, LTE Wi-Fi Link Aggregation (LWA), Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), Licensed Shared Access LSA and MulteFire already today. Join this webinar to learn how 5G NR can expand on these LTE technologies and innovate around new spectrum sharing paradigms.

D-NFV: Virtualizing the Network Edge
Date: 11/17/2016
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Most network functions today currently reside in multiple hardware-based appliances that are deployed at remote locations and connected to the WAN. Virtualizing these network functions will significantly transform the telecom industry to enable real and tangible benefits to both service provider and end user.

This webinar will provide insights into where Distributed NFV (D-NFV) makes sense, and why.

Topics to be discussed in this webinar include:

  • NFV market update, challenges and opportunities
  • Business and application drivers for Distributed NFV
  • Ciena's new D-NFV solution

Join this webinar and hear how you can accelerate your D-NFV strategy with efficient service deployments to open new revenue streams.

Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Dismantling Cloud Myths with Innovation
Date: 11/16/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus Networks
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Having laid the foundation for what cloud reality looks like for Real-time Communication (RTC) services in our earlier webinar, Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths With Proven Solutions, this webinar will dig into some of the more technical requirements – those often promised, seldom seen "unicorns" for RTC to be delivered in the cloud.

While RTC vendors often state their products are "free from hardware constraints," it does not always mean their products are "cloud-optimized." True cloud optimization involves new architectural approaches such as microservices and leveraging emerging technologies like Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) for media services.

This second part of our webinar series will give you a deeper understanding of the RTC requirements in the cloud and how a "cloud-optimized" SBC will meet the scale, performance and flexibility required to deploy RTC in the cloud. This webinar will give you more insight by specifically covering:

  • Essential SBC capabilities in the cloud
  • SBCs' adoption of a microservices architecture to increase scale, performance and flexibility
  • Leveraging optimized GPUs for media transcoding
  • Complete solutions by service chaining policy control and session management

Register to hear insights from Light Reading and Sonus, which has a cloud-optimized portfolio that is a key enabler for RTC in the cloud.

Evolving VoLTE & IPX Networks for Full-HD Voice Transcoding With NFV
Date: 11/15/2016
Sponsors:
GENBAND
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VoLTE and network functions virtualization (NFV) are both gaining traction with many global launches and many more forecasted in the coming years. At the same time, mobile and interconnect service providers are also busy enhancing their networks and software-defined infrastructures for enhanced consumer services and for better user experiences. One of those key enhancements to the core and edge of the networks is the enablement of full high-definition voice communications services with support for the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec.

Introduction of full HD voice with the EVS codec requires updates in the core and the edge of the service provider and interconnect networks to address audio transcoding between EVS and other codecs. NFV-based approaches offer the ability to do this transcoding in a distributed and secure manner, at efficient scale and with elasticity from the telco cloud. At the same time, NFV-based transcoding solutions with virtual network functions like session border controllers (SBCs) at the edge of the networks mitigate challenges such as security threats, signaling and media interoperability, and support new VoLTE roaming architectures.

Join us to learn more about the best practices to address EVS transcoding in the core and edge of your networks at scale using NFV-based approaches to provide a significantly enhanced user experience for your subscribers.

The Future of QoE Monitoring in Virtualized Networks
Date: 11/15/2016
Sponsors:
Accedian
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Operators are challenged to deliver network performance, network coverage and a better user experience, as well as launch new digital services more quickly at competitive prices.

At the technology level, operators are transforming networks and IT systems to be virtualized, software-based, cloud native and more agile in terms of launching new services. How customers actually experience quality of service (QoS) needs to be monitored, as well as performance at a network or QoS level – across physical and virtual networks. This becomes even more critical in virtualized networks where services will be activated in real-time and need to be tested, fulfilled and assured in an automated fashion.

In September 2016, Heavy Reading surveyed more than 90 mobile operators globally to understand their future plans for QoS and QoE performance monitoring during the transition to virtualized networks. This unique research uncovers critical insight into how operators are addressing their needs.

Join Scott Sumner, director of business analytics at Accedian, and Sandra O'Boyle, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, as they share operator insights across key regions and discuss cost-effective strategies for monitoring the performance of virtual infrastructure and critical services.

Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths with Proven Solutions
Date: 11/2/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus Networks
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Cloud service delivery models are rapidly changing real-time communications (RTC) with new dynamic services and anticipated cost efficiencies… and anything less should be considered a failure. Trying to figure out how the cloud will optimize your RTC service delivery models from today’s proprietary, complex and disjointed solution can be confusing. Join our two-part webinar series and learn how to avoid the myths and achieve the realities in delivering RTC services faster, more cost-effectively and at the scale you need with Sonus’s solutions.

There are numerous challenges in deploying real-time communication (RTC) cloud services, and many claims being made on their behalf. To clarify what cloud reality looks like, this first in a two-part webinar series will answer these questions:

  • What is meant by "RTC in the cloud?"
  • What are the success criteria for deploying RTC in the cloud?
  • What are the challenges to overcome?
  • How can a Session Border Controller (SBC) solve these challenges?
  • What innovation is required to optimize a “cloud SBC”?

Register to hear insights from Light Reading, Bt Global Services, and Sonus, whose cloud-optimized portfolio is a key enabler for RTC in the Cloud.

Test in the Era of Virtualization
Date: 11/1/2016
Sponsors:
Ixia, Netrounds, VeEX, Viavi
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Communications networks are being virtualized because virtualization provides remarkable benefits. Virtualization complicates operations, however. The responsibility for dealing with many of those complications falls on test & measurement companies.

Even some of the network operators who are virtualizing as quickly as technology allows have not anticipated some of these issues. In this one-hour discussion, four leading T&M companies will not only identify the hidden pitfalls of virtualization, but talk about some of the best ways to side-step them. Industry collaboration is key to developing NFV testing and validation techniques that provide carriers with the assurance needed to move virtualization technologies from the lab to production. The importance of active, software-based test and service assurance becomes even greater as operators must ensure that their services are delivered right the first time and any issues can be detected in real-time in an end-to-end manner. Automation will be a key enabler of service agility. And at the end of the day -- or more accurately, at the edge of a virtualized network -- signal integrity will remain critical.

How a Service Provider Can Scale DDOS Protection to Stop Uber-Size Network Attacks
Date: 10/27/2016
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What used to be a corner case in DDOS attacks is now becoming daily news – namely, the massive amount of bandwidth slammed down on a network from malicious actors seeking to completely paralyze communication services. These attacks are reaching levels of several hundred gigabytes at a time, and approaching 1 Terabyte. Now, in addition to worrying about multi-vector attacks, service providers need to be concerned with having a security solution that can pragmatically scale from stopping low and slow debilitating application attacks all the way to ultra-high volume, botnet-orchestrated attack bombardment. This webinar will show how service providers can realistically leverage physical and virtual NFV elements in concert with SDN-based network wide policy in building out the most robust, scalable DDoS detection and automated mitigation defenses.

Packet Core: A Key Component to IoT/MTC Profitability
Date: 10/27/2016
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With the Internet of Things (IoT) including massive Machine Type Communications (MTC), the continued growth of mobile broadband and 5G on the horizon, packet core will be required to connect to a greater variety of devices and deliver a broader range of services over wireless and fixed access.

These market and competitive factors place communication service providers (CSPs) at an inflection point from their overall business with regards to their mobile networks and operations. This in particular will drive an evolution in the packet core and next-generation mobile core product, solutions, operations and architectures.

In this webinar, we will discuss packet core/next-generation mobile core considerations in support of IoT/massive MTC and mobile broadband, and we'll show a path to 5G. It will highlight areas that CSPs need to consider, along with the cloud native concepts that need to be employed if CSPs are to profit from these opportunities.

Overcoming the Service Assurance Challenge of Hybrid NFV
Date: 10/26/2016
Sponsors:
TEOCO
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With use of SDN and NFV in the telecom domain moving from proof of concept to actual deployments, the OSS world faces new challenges. SDN promises to alter the behavior of the network and its ability to automate and simplify service deployment. At the same time, NFV enables the relocation of network functions to generic, commoditized hardware. These technologies bring a major transformation to the way networks are used and managed, and they extend the domain of traditional service assurance.

Where services are delivered over a dynamic combination of new and legacy networks, service assurance solutions need to intelligently and automatically identify and resolve problems, proactively prevent bottlenecks and predict and forecast anticipated capacity.

Join us in this webinar to learn how to manage hybrid networks efficiently using smart service assurance analytics and advanced automation. The webinar will discuss real-life operational and functional challenges and provide firsthand tips on how to empower engineering and operations staff.

NFV Migration: Pure Pragmatism or Pragmatic Purity?
Date: 10/25/2016
Sponsors:
One Access Networks
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The underlying drivers for NFV have changed from just appliance consolidation and capex savings to a more broad-based delivery model for enterprise services where service agility and time-to-revenue take center stage. At the same time, operators have decided to focus initially on CPE delivery models while they wait for key technical and scalability issues to be solved before launching services using a more centralized model. This has led to a focus on an eclectic range of options to deliver CPE-based services using virtualization technology, but conditioned by the pragmatic need to support legacy connections and achieve ROI. While pragmatism is unavoidable, certainly if you want to be an early leader, the purer ideals of virtualization still remain very much at the forefront of operators' ambitions.

  • Learn why centralized virtualized services have yet to fully take off
  • Explore the broad range of different CPE options for delivering next-generation services
  • Understand the challenges involved in delivering state-of-the-art NFV deployments
  • Get a better understanding of the full range of NFV options available for operators today

The Connected Car – Invisible Wireless Threads Linked to an Autonomous Future
Date: 10/18/2016
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The connected car is a perfect showcase for the transformational shift that IoT will represent. The impact of IoT connectivity will occur not only within the auto industry but also within society and cities. We are at the very outset of the journey, and yet the time frame for shifting from humans driving connected vehicle to vehicles driving themselves is shrinking from multiple decades to a single decade.

The struggle that the auto industry is going through, in terms of radical competition threats from Tesla, Google and potentially Apple, has spurred Ford to announce that it will have a fully autonomous vehicle by 2021. Additionally, it is driving companies to create ecosystem partnerships that bridge the technology divide, from Silicon Valley software to hardware design in Detroit, Munich, Stuttgart and Turin.

As the auto industry staggers forward, there is a large amount of R&D work happening in the communications space, with some significant developments in LTE Pro and 5G around device-to- device (D2D), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I). These are the technologies that will allow cars to communicate with each other, and intelligent transport systems on highways and within cities. In order to be able to do this, the latency in the cellular networks has be less than 1 ms which means that the architecture has to be radically different to support this very specialist IoT application. The implications of this type of capability, in terms of human interactions, and the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, are just some of the fascinating areas that will be explored in this webinar. Additionally, more pragmatic aspects of spectrum, standards and alternative technologies will also be discussed.

Managing & Monetizing Multiscreen Video
Date: 10/13/2016
Sponsors:
NCTC, Elemental Technologies, Adara Technologies
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Now that cable operators have started striking carriage deals with Netflix, Hulu and other OTT video players, the Berlin Wall between traditional pay-TV service and online video has finally begun to tumble. Cable providers are increasingly crafting broadband video packages and integrating Internet video content into their broader multiscreen video offerings. But providers are still seeking ways to make the most of their traditional TV programming by distributing across the ever-growing number of video devices. In this webinar, video experts will discuss how small and independent cable operators can manage and monetize their TV Everywhere offerings more efficiently and effectively with the help of NCTC and its partners.

Extending MPLS and Ethernet networks Into New, Hard-to-Reach Markets Is Now Possible… and Profitable
Date: 10/13/2016
Sponsors:
Intelstat
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Service providers looking for growth opportunities may be overlooking a critical opportunity in emerging markets where they don't currently have infrastructure. In the past, expanding into these markets seemed cost-prohibitive, impractical and time-consuming due to the limitations of existing terrestrial technologies and fiber networks. Recent advances in satellite technology have dramatically changed the game – and heightened the opportunity. With the launch of new high-throughput satellites (HTS), it’s not only possible, but profitable for service providers to expand into new markets and deliver new services, quickly and cost-effectively.

In this webinar, we’ll explore the opportunities for service providers in new and emerging markets, the benefits of new HTS technology and key considerations for incorporating HTS into terrestrial networks to support global network expansion plans.

Getting Applications Ready for the Cloud
Date: 10/6/2016
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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The business benefits of moving to the cloud are well documented. In addition to the direct financial benefits including reduced capex, opex and headcount, there are other business advantages such as agility and efficiency. Because of these key benefits, IT leaders no longer see deploying cloud technology as a choice. In fact, in a recent study by Ericsson ConsumerLab called “Work in the Cloud”, they expressed fear of being left behind by not adopting it. In that study 52 percent of IT decision makers say they plan to accelerate cloud implementation during the next 3 years.

So the key question about migrating to the cloud is not “if”, but “when” and “how”. The first step in that process is to determine which applications should remain in your data center, which ones should move to the private cloud, and which ones should move to the public cloud. The second step in that process is determining whether your data and applications are cloud ready. Companies need to modernize their data and applications so they are written in contemporary and compatible code that is usable in a cloud environment. Next, they need to perform the actual movement of those applications from legacy systems over to the cloud in an organized and efficient process. And finally, they need to be able to make sure their applications and data are safe in the cloud. More than traditional security, companies need to be certain that they have the best policies and governance tools to ensure the integrity of their cloud data and applications even down to the micro-services and container level.

Join us to learn about the best ways to ensure the migration of your applications and data to the cloud goes as smoothly as possible. We’ll be discussing tips, tools and best practices that have been proven to make certain your data and applications are modernized, migrated smoothly and are secure.

HDR’s Challenges & Opportunities for NSPs
Date: 10/5/2016
Sponsors:
Technicolor
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Digital entertainment is about to become more dynamic, more vibrant and more lifelike than ever before. When it comes to delivering exciting and compelling entertainment experiences, rich visual content is critical: this is the promise of High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.

Delivering the best and most consistent content experience regardless of device or format is imperative for any network service provider (NSP). In this webinar, we will discuss how NSPs can enable quick, smooth consumer adoption of new immersive content by providing a timely, consistent HDR experience for viewers who have made the transition, while continuing to serve their SDR customers. We will also cover the challenges and opportunities of the emerging HDR market, along with a look at how to boost distribution efficiency and eliminate the need for costly infrastructure upgrades.

Holistic Security: Key to Success for Video Service Providers
Date: 10/5/2016
Sponsors:
Cisco
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OTT and multiscreen experiences are top of mind for video service providers today, with monetization and scale as key priorities. Transformation of infrastructure and adoption of cloud support this goal. In the rush to expand such services, security is too often ignored or delayed. Partly this is because of fear of complexity, and partly because often goals and responsibilities are unclear. Ignoring security is a critical mistake, as hackers and pirates increasingly focus on vulnerable targets in the video industry. Successful attacks on content and infrastructure are continuously growing in number and impact. In this webinar we discuss the business imperative of unified end-to-end security. We also provide the viable best practices for you to expand multiscreen video services while leveraging the benefits of IP and cloud, all safely.

NFV Infrastructure Implementation Strategies: Balancing the Trade-offs
Date: 10/4/2016
Sponsors:
Napatech
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is gradually moving into the commercialization phase as vendor solutions come to market and CSPs firm up business cases. However, a number of infrastructure-based challenges still remain.

One of these challenges is achieving acceptable performance with NFV infrastructures while assuring the flexibility and cost efficiency associated with leveraging a common shared hardware platform. Options to date have either focused on performance or flexibility, but both are required to assure the NFV business case. This is driving a new wave of solutions that are designed to address these specific challenges and trade-offs of NFV.

Accordingly, this webinar will review all these options, as well as consider the advantages and challenges that each present.

Specific topics to be addressed in the webinar include:

  • The current status of NFV and the challenges being faced today
  • NFV infrastructure implementation options and their associated advantages and challenges
  • The importance of addressing performance, flexibility and cost-efficiency simultaneously to assure the NFV business case
  • Best practices in balancing the trade-offs between performance and flexibility as well as software and hardware acceleration

Empowering your OSS test capability
Date: 10/4/2016
Sponsors:
Viavi
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In today’s networks, the challenges faced by network operations teams are increasing, especially when trying to view collected data in a meaningful way, and then using that information to better enable operations teams' day-to-day activities. While ensuring that SLAs are being met is important, placing focus on the end user to make certain they are receiving the best QoS possible is even more critical. With the introduction of SDN, performance monitoring systems will become even more crucial to assure network efficiency and QoS. A heavy emphasis is now being placed on participants in this ecosystem to collaborate on what each element should provide in order to maximize not only development efficiency, but customer experience.

In this webinar you will:

  • learn how an assurance solution can be integrated into a real time network OSS view
  • take a deep dive into the emerging technology and how it will improve that capability set for emerging SDN and 5G networks

Boundaryless Software Defined WAN
Date: 9/29/2016
Sponsors:
Nuage Networks
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Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) has redefined the process, technology and operational issues for enterprise WAN connectivity, offering policy-driven automation (using Software Defined Networking principles) for next-generation enterprises and new revenue opportunities for service providers. Current generation SD-WAN solutions, however, limit themselves to providing connectivity between branches without enabling policy-driven access for users to applications or network functions in the cloud.

This siloed approach to SDN in the WAN creates additional friction for enterprise networks and complicates IT operations. In this webinar, we explore the trends leading to the rise of a next-generation, boundaryless SD-WAN solution that allows seamless branch connectivity to the cloud. The focus will be on discussing problems and solutions based on real-world customer use cases.

The Intelligent Transformation: How Operators can build a 5G ready network today!
Date: 9/29/2016
Sponsors:
Affirmed Networks & Juniper Networks
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Today, operators are making investments in software-based (SDN/NFV) mobile core solutions and the underlying data center IP infrastructure required to support this virtualized approach. As this is occurring, operators are also being challenged to understand the requirements of 5G services so that they can embrace this new generation of networks as seamless and cost-effectively as possible.

What only a few forward-thinking operators understand now, however, is that these two efforts can be done simultaneously with the right strategy, technology and guidance.

This webinar -- hosted by Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown, and joined by representatives from Affirmed Networks and Juniper Networks -- will explore some of the best-in-class software-based mobile core solutions, and distributed data center infrastructure that are being used by operators globally. It will also provide a look at the pending arrival of 5G to understand some of its key service requirements. The examination of all three components will provide a holistic view into how operators can simultaneously invest in flexible, “5G ready” applications and the required infrastructure to support them over 4G today and 5G tomorrow.

Attendees of this webinar will gain insights into:

  • The architecture required for making the move to a software-based mobile packet core
  • The cornerstones of a next-gen (distributed) data center infrastructure strategy
  • The service requirements of 5G networks as the technology becomes commercially available
  • How operators can move to an NFV-based mobile core while simultaneously preparing for 5G

Enterprise - Don’t teeter on the “virtual” edge!
Date: 9/28/2016
Sponsors:
Anritsu
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There's a challenge where the edge of the enterprise meets the edge of the network. Principally, this challenge is associated with legacy capillary networks that link M2M silos to new IT systems. The existence of diverse communication protocols together with multiple short-range radio systems (ZigBee, Wireless LAN, Z-Wave) means that the gateway is becoming a communications linchpin in industrial IoT architectures. This is because on the other side of the gateway are the wide-area networks that link plants and operating facilities to corporate data centers and the extended supply chain. The challenge of managing this complex interface poses a huge problem for enterprises and services providers, particularly if the enterprise operations are global.

Mobile operators are seeing competition from realistic, alternative low-power wide-area (LPWA) wireless networks, designed for IoT and M2M use cases. Consequently, operators are rapidly trying to get back in the game to compete against LPWA players, which is why LTE-based narrow band IoT is now being developed and deployed.

In addition, we are starting to see a lot of activity around virtual CPEs and gateways in combination with SD-WAN. Service providers are looking at how to utilize network virtualization in the networks to simplify provisioning, improve device control, lower cost, improve security and enable real-time traffic management.

In this virtual edge world, there are multiple different scenarios that could play out. This webinar will help CSPs and mobile operators understand the vendor perspective, and the industry use case requirements causing this teetering on the virtual edge.

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Customer Analytics Solution for Telcos
Date: 9/27/2016
Sponsors:
IBM
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We're in an era of fierce competition and the telcos’ quest to gain the upper hand in a crowded market never ceases to be a top priority. More than ever, they need to improve the experience delivered to current customers, acquire new customers, and enhance new revenue streams based on existing services. Telcos are looking for data-driven solutions that provide actionable insights on customers’ behavior and activities, especially in real-time, to deliver on these ambitions.

Join Ovum and IBM on September 27 at 11 a.m. ET as they review results from the Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Customer Analytics Solution for Telcos. This Ovum report helps you identify how the leading customer analytics vendors stack up against each other in terms of their technology, execution of strategy and market impact.

The State of SDN Deployment and How Converged IP/Optical Control Can Shake It Up
Date: 9/27/2016
Sponsors:
Sedona Systems
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While many service providers show excitement about SDN, only a few have actually started deploying it. This webinar will explain why this is the case, and present a technology that can speed up the process.

In the first part Sterling Perrin, a senior analyst at Heavy Reading, will present an updated overview of SDN deployments and will analyze the drivers and inhibitors of service providers wishing to deploy the technology.

In the second part, Ori Gerstel, co-founder and CTO of Sedona Systems, will explain how converged IP/Optical control can shake things up. By turning the road to SDN into an evolutionary path, converged control allows SPs to deploy SDN gradually and reap benefits every step of the way without diving too deep, too soon.

How Cable Can Virtualize Real Energy Savings
Date: 9/21/2016
Sponsors:
SCTE: Cisco & Nokia
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Seeking to reduce custom hardware costs, increase network flexibility and boost operational efficiencies, cable operators are now exploring ways to virtualize many parts of the cable HFC infrastructure, including data centers, edge facilities and – soon – even the access network itself. While all of this has been explained before, what's far less well known is that virtualization technologies like SDN and NFV can produce other important benefits for cable – namely, significantly less energy consumption and lower energy costs.

In this session, we will examine the various factors that cable operators should consider when deploying virtualized hardware, with a strong focus on the energy-savings opportunities of such moves. Part of our special "Energy 2020 Innovations initiative with SCTE/ISBE," this webinar will offer a broad analysis of the various concepts surrounding virtualization, with a deep dive into the specific areas that will have the greatest impact on energy consumption. In particular, the webinar will delve into such key areas as video transcoding and processing, distributed access architecture (DAA), new energy control protocols and the role of DOCSIS MAC and upper layer processing in the hardware vs. software debate, among other things.

What technology innovations are required to make 5G NR a reality?
Date: 9/21/2016
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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By now, you have likely heard about the big aspirations for 5G – a unifying connectivity fabric that will empower connected services across an array of world-changing use cases. But what are the technology innovations needed to meet these expanding connectivity requirements? And how close are we, as an industry, making this 5G world a reality?

Join us for this webinar to see how we are building a unified, more capable 5G New Radio (NR) to address the wide variation of 5G services, deployment models and spectrum bands/types. Hear about the 5G NR technology innovations being pioneered today that will bring unparalleled levels of performance and efficiency. And see firsthand the tremendous progress we are making towards making 5G NR a reality. Anyone can talk about 5G. Few are creating it.

The New Competitive Edge: Why Service Providers Need Cloud Billing
Date: 9/13/2016
Sponsors:
Oracle
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The capabilities of many legacy billing and charging systems are strained in today's world. Due to explosive subscriber and transaction growth, the rapid introduction of new digital services, and consumer demand for anytime, anywhere services, organizations without flexible and super-responsive billing solutions will soon fall behind. A cloud-based billing model based on an billing and revenue management convergent billing platform provides optimum flexibility to meet these challenges. This webinar addresses:

  • Why and how operators and services-based businesses should deploy cloud-based billing
  • The challenges and concerns surrounding cloud billing models
  • How cloud billing enables businesses to more quickly capitalize on new opportunities, while addressing scaling challenges and keeping capital costs under control
  • The realities of implementing a cloud billing solution and how the typical process works

NFV Proof Point: Evaluating Juniper’s Cloud CPE Solution
Date: 9/8/2016
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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With network operators desperate for independent evaluations of virtualization solutions, Light Reading commissioned the test team at EANTC to put Juniper's Cloud CPE Solution to the test. This webinar will delve into the details of the various tests and examine the results, with a particular emphasis on what they mean for the NFV deployment and business case strategies of communications service providers and their end user customers.

Challenge Accepted: Connecting Data Centers in the Cloud Era
Date: 9/7/2016
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Traditional data center interconnection worked well in the old days, when users on desktop devices accessed siloed enterprise apps. But those days are gone. In today's cloud era, users expect information on-demand on mobile devices, anywhere and everywhere, accessed through public, private and hybrid clouds. New demand brings challenges to technology and operations that must be met by shrinking IT budgets and reduced resources. In this session, you'll learn more about the challenges for data center interconnection -- connections between data centers -- in the cloud era and how to overcome them with technology innovation that spans every aspect of data center networking. You'll learn how to satisfy today's requirements for scalability to meet unpredictable demand, programmability, flexibility and simplicity as well as bridging the culture gap between IT and networking within the business to get everybody working as a team.

The Path to Open Transport Networking
Date: 9/7/2016
Sponsors:
Fujitsu
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Cloud agility, virtualization and software-defined networking are fueling rapid change in today's transport networks. New open groups, standards and concepts are introducing software-driven networking paradigms to achieve innovation, flexibility and interoperability. Network operators are being driven to replace converged, proprietary systems with modular platforms that have open programmability. But, as a service provider, why must you change operating models or risk being left behind? What derived benefits will enable you to maintain a competitive advantage? And, how do you find the right partner to collaborate on this network evolution?

This webinar will cover:

  • Top network challenges facing the present mode of operation
  • Different degrees of "openness" in transport networks
  • Key benefits of an open source software and hardware development model
  • Operator's checklist for selecting an open networking partner

Uncover Network Blind Spots With Device-Based QoS Analytics
Date: 9/1/2016
Sponsors:
Smith Micro Software Inc.
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In an increasingly crowded and dynamic wireless market, it is no longer enough for communications service providers (CSPs) to merely make wireless service available to their subscribers. Quality of Service (QoS) is critical to attracting and retaining customers, which means CSPs can't afford "blind spots" when managing network QoS. Blind spots occur on unowned or partner networks where traditional network tools can’t capture performance data or events that negatively impact user experience, such as failed credential authentication, dropped calls, captive portal hanging and cellular "dead zones." Unfortunately, customers often don't know or care which network they're accessing, so any poor experience is attributed to their wireless service provider.

To gain a complete understanding of subscriber experience across all networks, a device-based approach to QoS monitoring is critical. Device analytics capture key performance metrics, such as dropped connections, latency and signal strength. With this information, CSPs can compare performance of their network with other networks being used by subscribers, facilitating partner Service Level Agreements, network planning and competitive marketing strategies.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Dan O'Shea and experts from Smith Micro Software will discuss these issues.

Bridging On-Premise & Cloud-Native Infrastructure With Secure Application Delivery Strategies
Date: 8/31/2016
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Today, it is all about applications. Users expect fast and secure application access, while IT teams are required to implement agile, scalable and secure application delivery solutions that are less complex and easier to manage. The bottom line is that organizations need to reduce TCO, minimize risk and provide the agility for growth.

To satisfy these demands, application delivery and application delivery controllers (ADCs) are evolving from an on-premise, monolithic, multi-tier data center architecture to cloud-native service delivery models. Join A10 Networks for an engaging webinar that will:

  • Document strategies for migrating and bridging on-premise architectures to public, private and hybrid environments
  • Discuss application delivery blueprints to deliver anytime, anywhere access to all users
  • Outline how to leverage centralized management to reduce operational complexity
  • Explore open-source components and standards to accelerate application deployments
  • Explain the importance of cloud-native solutions that offer application performance visibility, availability and security

Managing & Orchestrating Multi-Service SDNs
Date: 8/30/2016
Sponsors:
Packet Design
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Today's service provider networks have to carry diverse services and applications with diverse latency demands. For example, enterprise customers with time-sensitive financial trading applications need short-delay paths that may need to be segregated for security purposes. Residential customers consuming Netflix and YouTube have video quality requirements that if not met may lead to dissatisfaction and churn. To accommodate different service types, as well as variable traffic demands and failure conditions, the ability to provision software-defined network (SDN) resources dynamically enables operators to minimize over-provisioning of network resources and better control capex outlays. This webinar will explore the critical elements for SDN management and orchestration in multi-service networks, as well as new protocols and open source developments that enable end-to-end service overlays in the WAN.

Understanding MulteFire’s Radio Link
Date: 8/25/2016
Sponsors:
MulteFire
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By bringing the benefits of LTE technologies to unlicensed spectrum and taking advantage of the radio link, MulteFire provides enhanced coverage, capacity and mobility as well as improving the quality of experience and security in private network deployments. The technology will support both downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and MulteFire Alliance Radio Work Group members will take an in-depth look at the MulteFire Radio.

Using Proximity Technologies to Help Enterprises Better Engage With Their Customers
Date: 8/25/2016
Sponsors:
July Systems
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Enterprises have a wealth of information about their customers on their online digital journey – except their physical business locations. Collecting customer behavioral data at their physical locations is critical to help enterprises to fill the current gap in their knowledge of their customers and to create a truly unified view of them. However, this requires using the right proximity technologies and an approach that allows enterprises to connect easily with customers at their physical locations, learn about them and then engage with them in the right way and at the right time.

Retail outlets, restaurants and crowded public venues have been offering free WiFi for years in order to lure patrons onto their premises. Some have gone ahead with installation of iBeacons to increase their engagements. However, enterprises are often failing to fully exploit the marketing potential of these proximity technologies. This webinar will explain how enterprises, and their service provider partners, can better use the location-based services to bridge the gap between them and their customers at their physical business locations.

Improving Application Performance Through Datapath Offload
Date: 8/24/2016
Sponsors:
Netronome
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Telco and data center operators are deploying new architectures to support SDN and NFV. As a result, networking tasks are increasingly supported by servers instead of switches.

While this can improve datapath flexibility, it also puts tremendous strain on CPU. SmartNICs designed for COTS servers, such as Netronome’s Agilio intelligent server adapters, effectively serve the new era of networking datapath flexibility. They bring the best of both worlds to address mainstream data center SDN and NFV applications: The speed of software innovation is united with the performance and efficiency of hardware.

The result is increased agility of new feature rollouts and significantly improved server efficiency by enabling more applications, VMs or containers per server while increasing throughput.

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