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

Discussion will include:

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

Who should attend:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This webinar will provide the latest information on:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The solution is underpinned by four key building blocks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Questions Answered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join this webinar to learn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specifically, this webinar will address:

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

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

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

This webinar will explore:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webinar attendees will learn:

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

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

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

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

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

In this webinar, you will learn:

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

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

We'll also cover:

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

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

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Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

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