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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud RAN
Date: Mar 19, 2014

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

Two seemingly divergent approaches have emerged to meet this goal.

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

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

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

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

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

The topics we will explore include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key topics covered include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

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

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

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

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

 Attend this webinar to learn how to:

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

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

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

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

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

Join this webinar to learn how you can:

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this Webinar, you will learn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This interactive discussion will demonstrate how to:

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

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

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

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

This session will show you how to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speakers will address:

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

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

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

During this webcast we will explore:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for a live webinar that explains:

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

Abstract:

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

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

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


SDN in the Data Center
Date: Nov 04, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Standard-based Technologies for Boosting the Performance of SDN/NFV Infrastructure
Date: Oct 23, 2013

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Open standards are playing a critical role in the transition to software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), in part because they facilitate the interoperability and orchestration of network elements. For example, Open vSwitch* interoperates across a wide range of software and hardware switch configurations, and OpenFlow* orchestrates network components. Fortunately, open standards evolve over time as developers make enhancements to meet market requirements.

In this webinar, experts from HP, Intel, and Wind River will discuss applied SDN/NFV technologies that are increasing the performance and capabilities of solutions based on open standards. Topics include:

  • Reaching near-native performance in a virtualized environment
  • Increasing packet processing performance ten-fold over a standard Linux stack
  • Designing virtual and physical switches running Open vSwitch
  • Integrating OpenFlow* into network elements
  • Leveraging high-volume, industry-standards servers

To remain competitive, today’s network operators must respond to evolving markets and traffic types. Join us to learn how to gain unprecedented flexibility and control over customer offerings through the use of SDN and NFV.

Virtualizing CCAP: Developing A Distributed Access Architecture
Date: Oct 10, 2013

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Massive growth in high-speed data services, the embrace of IP video delivery, and a desire to roll out new services at an ever-faster clip are creating great economic challenges for cable operators. Currently, cable access networks rely upon a centralized headend to perform DOCSIS access functions, manage subscriber state, and aggregate network traffic. However, this monolithic model can lead to capacity and space headaches, compromise network services because of a lack of common feature sets, and limit the revenue that data services can produce for operators.

Fortunately, advances in technology now allow for a distributed access architecture that centralizes control yet distributes processing deep into the HFC network.  Building on the concepts of CCAP and Remote PHY, this distributed access architecture tightly integrates existing DOCSIS and video services, converges optical transport in the access layer, and introduces novel approaches to create a network that is more efficient, less complex, and easier to scale and operate.

As a result, this architecture can solve today’s scaling challenges while simultaneously enabling cable operators to offer next-generation services without ripping out existing plant or equipment. By leveraging modern silicon, Ethernet optical transport, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) techniques, and software virtualization tools, this solution creates the foundation for a truly next-next-gen access network. In this ground-breaking Webinar, leading technologists from Cox Communications, Juniper Networks, and Gainspeed will discuss the current challenges faced by cable operators and the benefits of the distributed access approach.

Reap the Rewards of a Subscriber-Centric SDN & NFV Approach
Date: Sep 18, 2013

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As SDN continues its momentum, service providers are keen to understand the practicalities of moving to a Software-Defined Network architecture.  How to reap the cost-saving benefits, without sacrificing the differentiated services that subscribers cherish? 

Policy control is the ideal mechanism to ensure policy decisions are enforced throughout the carrier’s network, and complex network service chaining can be applied. During this interactive webinar we will:

  • Present a reference NFV architecture that marries the subscriber- and application-awareness of Sandvine’s DPI policy engine with the scalability of Dell’s blade server platform. 
  • Trace the path of a subscriber IP session and describe how value-added services can be applied efficiently, with programmatic flexibility.

Attend this webinar, to discover the feasibility of supporting a virtualized SDN model that meets the needs of both the subscriber and the service provider. 

Second-Generation E-Band Solutions: Opportunities for Carrier-Class LTE Backhaul
Date: Sep 05, 2013

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With mobile broadband data traffic doubling in each of the last five years, operators are under increasing pressure to expand backhaul transmission capacity to support new, high-bandwidth LTE services.  Operators have thus far preferred microwave to other forms of mobile backhaul, and the Metro Ethernet Forum estimates that some form of microwave transmission connects more than 60 percent of the world’s cellular base stations.  Microwave radio links are relatively quick to deploy, sites and planning permissions are easy to obtain, and microwave installations incur lower capex/opex than fiber-based solutions.

Many operators are now considering high frequency E-band microwave backhaul solutions – sometimes called "millimeter wave" or "mmW" – using 80GHz band radio frequencies from 71-86 GHz, well above the 6-38GHz band used for traditional cellular backhaul.  Huawei provides the industry’s first 2nd-generation E-band microwave solution, which sports a carrier-class design, high capacity, and enhanced features/performance.   With a large spectrum to support over 2.5Gbps ultra high capacity, these E-band microwave systems can be deployed as the complement to fiber or as a high density LTE backhaul network. 

This webinar will demonstrate how:

  • E-Band microwave delivers gigabit throughput for ultra-broadband networking, with enhanced reliability, operability, and service features.
  • Huawei’s RTN 380 2nd-generation ultra-broadband E-Band microwave solution features high spectral efficiency and carrier-class reliability, fully meeting operator needs for mobile broadband networking.
  • E-Band microwave has the highest known spectrum efficiency in the industry, using 64 QAM modulation to deliver up to 2.5Gbps transport rate, which can be further extended to 5Gbps, 10Gbps, or even more.
  • Huawei’s RTN 380 is of a single, all-outdoor architecture, supporting all-IP applications with advanced QoS requirements, supporting both frequency and phase synchronization as required by current and future mobile networks.

Attend this webinar to hear Heavy Reading’s assessment of E-Band microwave technology and about Huawei’s 2nd-generation carrier class E-Band ultra-broadband E-Band microwave solutions. 

Reinventing Mobile Customer Care with Device-Sourced Big Data Analytics
Date: Aug 22, 2013

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Consumer experience is at the core of every mobile service provider’s business. A good customer experience translates into low churn rates, reduced support costs, and high satisfaction scores.

When assessing the customer experience, service and support are often identified as the most important touch points, and are often measured by subscribers as having the highest impact on the relationship with an operator today. Care costs to mobile operators are expected to reach $16bn worldwide by 2015, over half these costs are the result of no-fault-found device returns.

This webinar shows mobile operators how to optimize care costs and maximize customer experience care to enhance satisfaction. Speakers will address these issues and provide insights on:

  • Leveraging device-sourced information and proven, scalable big data analytics to acquire mobile intelligence about any device or groups of devices in the network
  • Combining device-sourced insights with network data to get the full picture of the actual customer experience
  • Using multi-dimensional analytics to compare individual user experience with overall subscribers from a combined network and device perspective
  • Drilling-down to any single device to understand the causes of poor perceived customer experience to provide solutions to issues impacting experience
  • Enabling high-return premium care by providing high-ARPU subscribers with a more reactive and more precise response to their reported issues or questions
  • Reducing no-fault-found returns by diagnosing precisely the cause of a poor perceived experience instead of issuing new devices blindly

Operators who view this webinar will learn how to enhance customer experience and control care costs by providing immediate facts-based  diagnostics and answers to subscribers, while transforming customer care from reactive to proactive by leveraging mobile intelligence across the entire device base.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Virtualization: Innovative Solutions To The Network Challenge
Date: Aug 13, 2013

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Networks have been under a tremendous strain for many years: bits traveling across networks have been growing at a far faster rate than revenue derived from those bits.
 
Software Defined Networking (SDN) and network virtualization are the two technology solutions that have gained the greatest industry support to address ongoing network challenges.
 
Join us on for this interactive discussion that:

  • Identifies current pain points for service providers and enterprises and discuss what pieces of the SDN architecture are still needed for building out a true virtualized network
  • Presents use case scenarios that demonstrate how applying SDN and network virtualization to a complete end-to-end virtual network architecture deployment Reduces CapEx and OpEx
  • Reveals techniques to automate networks and help customers generate new revenue streams
Defining Carrier SDN
Date: Aug 06, 2013

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This webinar will look at the types of solutions that operators need to build carrier-grade software defined networks at both a silicon and a software level. LSI will discuss the implications of carrier SDN on silicon design for access and core networks and how there is no one-size-fits-all hardware strategy for SDN. On the software side, Aricent will look at the different types of applications that can be layered onto the SDN stack, the challenges of building and deploying SDN applications, and the benefits of this approach. 

Presenters will discuss how SDN applications help simplify the operations and management of complex carrier-grade networks, reduce time-to-market for new services, and above all, ensure better end-user experiences.


The Rise of NFV and the Software Telco
Date: Jul 11, 2013

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Service providers are facing challenges on both business and technical fronts.  They want to be nimble and rapidly launch new services, and enable new capabilities in the network to elevate performance, reduce operational cost and complexity, and increase deployment flexibility.  They see the traditional hardware-based deployment lifecycle more as overhead and becoming increasingly operationally time consuming, with little incremental benefit to revenue and potentially even constraining service innovation.

To address these challenges, Service Providers are driving a transformative concept called Network Functions Virtualization - or NFV - that moves network functionality to software and leverages commercially available IT server and virtualization technology. 

This webinar will discuss NFV, and cover the criteria that service providers should consider when determining whether a particular network element is a good candidate for network virtualization.  We will also cover how it makes sense to virtualize session border controller (SBC) functionality in networks today as an initial step in implementing an NFV strategy, and provide use cases on virtualized SBCs that can, in a rational manner, help realize the benefits of increased flexibility, low TCO and faster service  deployment.  Finally, we’ll discuss vendor capabilities service providers should consider as they implement their virtualization strategy and move towards their vision of the “software telco.”

ABR Everywhere
Date: Jun 26, 2013

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In the evolution of the delivery of Live and On-Demand Video services, the industry is continuing to define the next generation of video processing technologies and delivery methods. This webinar will cover the video encoding evolution, starting with a brief overview of the shift from MPEG-2 to H.264/AVC to ABR and then focusing on the new and emerging next-gen video standards, including HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) and MPEG DASH. 

Beyond covering the underlying technologies, this session will delve into how these services are best deployed and made operational.  To wrap up, we will look into the future of 4K Ultra High Definition, weighing its impact and timelines as well as the effects it will have on the service delivery infrastructure.

Tune in to learn how new and existing ABR architectures, solutions and video processing advancements can:

  • Reduce operational complexity
  • Deliver economical and scalable video processing capabilities
  • Reduce capital expense
  • Deliver a better user experience 
  • Simplify the delivery of services to multiple screens
Taking Carrier Ethernet to SME Buildings More Profitably Using Actelis’ EFM over Copper
Date: Jun 25, 2013

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Small and Medium Enterprise customers are rapidly adopting high speed Carrier Ethernet access now thanks to the Cloud, and this is creating a sizable market opportunity for the telecom service provider. But providing these customers with scalable, high-performance Ethernet is a real challenge. SMEs want more bandwidth than N x T1/E1 can scale to offer cost effectively, but do not generate enough bandwidth for the service provider to justify running fiber to them. And there is no time to delay in finding a better solution, because every day they wait more customers are lost to cable operators and other new competitors. Join LightReading and Actelis in this webinar detailing how ILECs/PTTs, IOCs, CLECs and ISPs can provide over 100 Mbps to buildings and make satisfying SME demand for Carrier Ethernet a highly profitable business using EFM over copper.

Carrier Ethernet to the Building Leveraging Actelis’ EFM over Copper: Providing SME Customers With Scalable, High Performance Carrier Ethernet Services more Profitably
Date: Jun 25, 2013

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Small and Medium Enterprise customers are rapidly adopting high speed Carrier Ethernet access now thanks to the Cloud, and this is creating a sizable market opportunity for the telecom service provider. But providing these customers with scalable, high-performance Ethernet is a real challenge. SMEs want more bandwidth than N x T1/E1 can scale to offer cost effectively, but do not generate enough bandwidth for the service provider to justify running fiber to them. And there is no time to delay in finding a better solution, because every day they wait more customers are lost to cable operators and other new competitors. Join LightReading and Actelis in this webinar detailing how ILECs/PTTs, IOCs, CLECs and ISPs can provide over 100 Mbps to buildings and make satisfying SME demand for Carrier Ethernet a highly profitable business using EFM over copper.
Wild About WiFi
Date: Jun 25, 2013

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Even as four major U.S. MSOs team with Verizon Wireless to deliver advanced wireless broadband services, cable operators are rolling out ambitious plans to offer Wi-Fi service throughout the U.S. and Canada. Most major North American MSOs are now deploying thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots in their service footprints. At the same time, mobile providers are exploring ways to use Wi-Fi networks to offload data from their overburdened cellular networks. The limited availability of 3G/4G bandwidth is one prime reason why mobile carriers are moving to Wi-Fi to provide their customers with uninterrupted service. In this webinar, we will examine why service providers and cable operators are so bullish on Wi-Fi, what benefits they hope to gain, which areas they’re targeting and what kinds of challenges they face.   

Unlocking Network Value: Service Innovation in the Era of SDN
Date: Jun 20, 2013

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The network is a powerful source of value for service providers but the way it is currently engineered and operated means that its full potential remains untapped. Software defined networking (SDN) promises to provide a set of capabilities that service providers can use to more rapidly create, deliver and operate new revenue-generating services. This webinar will discuss the implications of SDN as an enabler of service innovation and present three real-world use cases that illustrate the way in which SDN can drive new monetization opportunities for service providers.

This webinar will:

  • Explain what SDN is and how it supports service innovation in the network
  • Discuss the incremental way in which service provides  can adopt SDN
  • Demonstrate the benefits of rapid innovation in the network using SDN
  • Show real-world examples (use cases) of SDN-driven service innovation
Packet Processing for Carrier and Enterprise Networks
Date: Jun 20, 2013

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Almost every networking and cyber security system today demands complex processing at high performance enabled by efficient multicore or manycore processor solutions.  Intelligent offload, acceleration and portable software programming model are all criteria for the selection of processors.  In this webinar we will review the latest multi-core and many-core processor offerings and explore how they enable high performance packet processing for next generation networking applications, including Wireless L1-L7 protocols, Security, SDN, NFV, and others.

This webinar will:

  • Explain the demands for complex packet processing in the latest networking systems
  • Show how multi-core and many-core processors can deliver both performance and programmability for packet processing and security functions
  • Explore options for decoupling the application/control plane from the data/security plane
  • Review solutions for NFV, SDN, Wireless, and Security
Escaping From the Multi-Screen Money Pit
Date: Jun 19, 2013

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Four years after Comcast and Time Warner Inc. unveiled the first TV Everywhere venture, the momentum behind the concept is climbing steadily as cable TV operators, telcos, satellite TV providers, Web video distributors and other providers plunge into the market with fresh or expanded multi-screen offerings. But, faced with the cost and complexity of adjusting the bandwidth resolution for every format, controlling the video feed quality for every screen, adapting the programming for every device, and even upgrading the video transmission from analog to digital, service providers have been unable to make much money off multi-screen video. Instead, without a solid set of technical standards to rely on, providers have mainly thrown good money after bad, spending heavily to adapt, transcode and re-package the same content again and again. Plus, providers have struggled to bring the vast libraries of available on-demand content to market and extend their reach to all the new devices.

With bountiful video content the key to competing with such major OTT players as Netflix and Hulu, service providers must find ways to tap into that content, boost subscriber stickiness and encourage customers to engage more in their brands and services. In this Webinar, we will explore the opportunities offered by multi-screen video, examine the challenges that providers face and suggest ways they can overcome these challenges, streamline their operations and cut costs.

Escaping From the Multi-Screen Money Pit
Date: Jun 19, 2013

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Four years after Comcast and Time Warner Inc. unveiled the first TV Everywhere venture, the momentum behind the concept is climbing steadily as cable TV operators, telcos, satellite TV providers, Web video distributors and other providers plunge into the market with fresh or expanded multi-screen offerings. But, faced with the cost and complexity of adjusting the bandwidth resolution for every format, controlling the video feed quality for every screen, adapting the programming for every device, and even upgrading the video transmission from analog to digital, service providers have been unable to make much money off multi-screen video. Instead, without a solid set of technical standards to rely on, providers have mainly thrown good money after bad, spending heavily to adapt, transcode and re-package the same content again and again. Plus, providers have struggled to bring the vast libraries of available on-demand content to market and extend their reach to all the new devices. With bountiful video content the key to competing with such major OTT players as Netflix and Hulu, service providers must find ways to tap into that content, boost subscriber stickiness and encourage customers to engage more in their brands and services. In this Webinar, we will explore the opportunities offered by multi-screen video, examine the challenges that providers face and suggest ways they can overcome these challenges, streamline their operations and cut costs.
How to Automate CE 2.0 Service Delivery
Date: Jun 18, 2013

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Carrier Ethernet networks are the predominant delivery method for next generation services. As a service provider or operator, you're looking for ways to remove the complexity from the service delivery in order to more quickly recognize revenue, reduce customer churn and provide innovative service offerings for today & the future. 

 Register for this webinar to learn how to:

  • Simplify service delivery and operations for reduced OpEx and CapEx
  • Increase end to end network visibility for SLA compliance
  • Enable CE 2.0 interoperability to standardize services with open APIs
  • Future proof your network for SDN

 Attendees will hear from industry experts on CE 2.0 service delivery automation and preparing for SDN and other next generation technologies.

Increasing Revenues with Probeless Application Visibility: A Service Provider Imperative
Date: Jun 13, 2013

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To grow revenue and protect operating margins, you need to aggressively deliver more value to your customers and better differentiate yourself from your competitors.

One powerful way to do this is with Application Visibility Services. These services enable your customers to prioritize application QoS based on their business needs and to accurately monitor their application usage for better financial governance.
Attend this informative free webinar to learn:

  • How the growing complexity of application management in enterprise customers’ increasingly cloud-based environments is driving the market for application-aware services
  • The role a scalable multi-tenant portal can play in your delivery of application-aware services to your enterprise customers
  • The unique capabilities of InfoVista’s visualization solution—the first to be certified for Cisco’s Application Visibility and Control (AVC), which features deep-packet inspection (NBAR2) and can track more than 1400 applications
  • Cisco's perspective on changing requirements for application aware network performance management


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can stay ahead of the market and fend off VPN price erosion by delivering new value-added services now!

Increasing Revenues with Probeless Application Visibility: A Service Provider Imperative
Date: Jun 13, 2013

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To grow revenue and protect operating margins, you need to aggressively deliver more value to your customers and better differentiate yourself from your competitors. One powerful way to do this is with Application Visibility Services. These services enable your customers to prioritize application QoS based on their business needs and to accurately monitor their application usage for better financial governance. Attend this informative free webinar to learn: How the growing complexity of application management in enterprise customers' increasingly cloud-based environments is driving the market for application-aware services The role a scalable multi-tenant portal can play in your delivery of application-aware services to your enterprise customers The unique capabilities of InfoVista's visualization solution—the first of its kind to be certified for Cisco's Application Visibility and Control (AVC), which features deep-packet inspection (NBAR2) and can track more than 1400 applications Cisco's perspective on changing requirements for application-aware network performance management Don't miss this opportunity to learn how you can stay ahead of the market and fend off VPN price erosion by delivering new value-added services now!
Mobile Network Security: The DNS & Other Key Infrastructure
Date: May 30, 2013

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The security calculus changes significantly as the mobile network evolves to all-IP. Security is becoming a priority for network planners, and other roles in the mobile operator, not just a handful of security specialists. This webinar will enable mobile operators to better understand the vulnerability of mobile network infrastructure to cyber-attacks and consider some solutions for protecting both the network infrastructure and the end user.

 Attend this session to:

  • Understand the role of the DNS in the mobile network
  • Gain insight into emerging requirements to protect other protocols and interfaces
  • Better organize and architect the network to offer superior protection at lower cost
  • Leverage existing infrastructure capabilities to better protect the network and the user
Telstra & Ericsson Discuss the Key Benefits of SDN for Operators
Date: May 30, 2013

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Ericsson is a pioneer in the development of SDN (software-defined networking) for telecom operators. Using SDN concepts, new operational models become possible, while network complexity is actually reduced, and efficiency enhanced. Telstra is Australia's leading telecommunications operator, with the largest fixed, mobile and business networks, all riding on one of the world's most geographically distributed optical and microwave transport network.

Ericsson and Telstra have cooperated in the development and testing of SDN techniques. In particular work done on "service chaining" was demonstrated at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

David Robertson, Telstra's Head of Transport and Routing Engineering, will discuss the expectations that Telstra has for SDN. Elisa Bellagamba, a senior member of the Ericsson SDN development team, will comment on how Ericsson's approach to SDN differs from that of other technology providers, and the direction product and solution development will take.

New Monetization Strategies for Cloud Providers that Own Networks
Date: May 29, 2013

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Major IT shifts are beginning to favor Service Providers for the delivery of business-class cloud services. These include new types of public and private clouds that need to be connected, new cloud capabilities to scale and adapt the delivery network and new software to aggregate and broker services.

This webinar will show how these shifts are creating the next stage of cloud delivery - where Service Providers rapidly create highly secure, predictable cloud services and customize them for every tenant. It will showcase new cloud business models and use cases including hybrid clouds, hosting and service syndication.
New Monetization Strategies for Cloud Providers that Own Networks
Date: May 29, 2013

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Major IT shifts are beginning to favor Service Providers for the delivery of business-class cloud services. These include new types of public and private clouds that need to be connected, new cloud capabilities to scale and adapt the delivery network and new software to aggregate and broker services.

This webinar will show how these shifts are creating the next stage of cloud delivery - where Service Providers rapidly create highly secure, predictable cloud services and customize them for every tenant. It will showcase new cloud business models and use cases including hybrid clouds, hosting and service syndication.

A Practical Guide for Optimizing, Planning and Implementing 100G Networks
Date: May 29, 2013

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Over the past 18 months, 100G networks have moved from the theoretical to the early adoption phase and are now moving firmly into the mainstream, particularly in the core. As 100G networks become increasingly commonplace, carriers' challenge is to develop the most optimized business case for 100G services in the different segments of their networks.

This webinar will look at such business cases for the following scenarios:

  • New 100G services over existing 10G networks
  • Mixed environments (10G, 40G, 100G)
  • Pure 100G coherent networks


We will dive into each network type and business plan, including implementation, challenges and strategies, migration business cases, and real-life success stories.

Topics addressed will include design challenges and solutions, restoration schemes and planning tools.

New Monetization Strategies for Cloud Providers that Own Networks
Date: May 29, 2013

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Major IT shifts are beginning to favor Service Providers for the delivery of business-class cloud services. These include new types of public and private clouds that need to be connected, new cloud capabilities to scale and adapt the delivery network and new software to aggregate and broker services. This webinar will show how these shifts are creating the next stage of cloud delivery—where Service Providers rapidly create highly secure, predictable cloud services and customize them for every tenant. It will showcase new cloud business models and use cases including hybrid clouds, hosting and service syndication.
A Practical Guide for Optimizing, Planning and Implementing 100G Networks
Date: May 29, 2013

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This webinar will look at such business cases for the following scenarios: New 100G services over existing 10G networks Mixed environments (10G, 40G, 100G) Pure 100G coherent networks We will dive into each network type and business plan, including implementation, challenges and strategies, migration business cases, and real-life success stories. Topics addressed will include design challenges and solutions, restoration schemes and planning tools. delivery—where Service Providers rapidly create highly secure, predictable cloud services and customize them for every tenant. It will showcase new cloud business models and use cases including hybrid clouds, hosting and service syndication.
Operator Strategies for OTT Video Delivery
Date: May 28, 2013

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There is a revolution underway. Thanks to OTT Video, consumers now have more choice than ever when it comes to content and viewing devices. The unprecedented growth in OTT video presents a strategic challenge to network operators as they look to scale their networks and adapt their network architecture to meet demand.

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and video caching have been hot topics over the past year, as traditional service providers explore scenarios to adapt their networks to the growing OTT video revolution. The content delivery ecosystem, player interrelationships and network technologies should be understood in depth as service providers assess their options.

Join Qwilt experts as they explore different content delivery scenarios from a network operator’s perspective. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the video delivery challenge and the various alternatives for implementing network architectures designed for transporting online video.

Topics will include:

  • The OTT Video ecosystem players and interrelationships
  • How operators are deploying CDNs and video caching technology
  • How content provider caches impact the content delivery ecosystem
  • How transparent caching works, and where it should be deployed in the network
Operator Strategies for OTT Video Delivery
Date: May 28, 2013

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Join Qwilt experts as they explore different content delivery scenarios from a network operator's perspective. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the video delivery challenge and the various alternatives for implementing network architectures designed for transporting online video. Topics will include: The OTT Video ecosystem players and interrelationships How operators are deploying CDNs and video caching technology How content provider caches impact the content delivery ecosystem How transparent caching works, and where it should be deployed in the network
Transcoding: The Key to Multiscreen Video
Date: May 16, 2013

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As service providers seek to deliver video services to multiple screens, one major challenge they face is how to adapt their video content to each device's different format and bandwidth requirements.

Using adaptive bit rate streaming, they are now encoding and re-encoding the video for each separate device, but the process is expensive and time-consuming.

Register for this webinar to:

  • Explore the opportunities of multiscreen video service
  • Focus particularly on the video transcoding issue
  • Assess the different transcoding options
  • Examine the transcoding challenges that providers face
  • look at ways to overcome those challenges


As multiscreen video continues to grow and evolve, less costly, more effective transcoding solutions will become increasingly paramount.

In this webinar, we will suggest ways that service providers can cut their transcoding costs and deliver multiscreen services more efficiently.

Transcoding: The Key to Multiscreen Video
Date: May 16, 2013

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As service providers seek to deliver video services to multiple screens, one major challenge they face is how to adapt their video content to each device's different format and bandwidth requirements. Using adaptive bit rate streaming, they are now encoding and re-encoding the video for each separate device, but the process is expensive and time-consuming. Register for this webinar to: Explore the opportunities of multiscreen video service Focus particularly on the video transcoding issue Assess the different transcoding options Examine the transcoding challenges that providers face look at ways to overcome those challenges As multiscreen video continues to grow and evolve, less costly, more effective transcoding solutions will become increasingly paramount. In this webinar, we will suggest ways that service providers can cut their transcoding costs and deliver multiscreen services more efficiently.
Industry Initiative: Accelerating & Scaling Carrier WiFi
Date: May 14, 2013

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To grow revenue and protect operating margins, you need to aggressively deliver more value to your customers and better differentiate yourself from your competitors.

One powerful way to do this is with Application Visibility Services. These services enable your customers to prioritize application QoS based on their business needs and to accurately monitor their application usage for better financial governance.
Attend this informative free webinar to learn:

  • How the growing complexity of application management in enterprise customers’ increasingly cloud-based environments is driving the market for application-aware services
  • The role a scalable multi-tenant portal can play in your delivery of application-aware services to your enterprise customers
  • The unique capabilities of InfoVista’s visualization solution—the first to be certified for Cisco’s Application Visibility and Control (AVC), which features deep-packet inspection (NBAR2) and can track more than 1400 applications
  • Cisco's perspective on changing requirements for application aware network performance management


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can stay ahead of the market and fend off VPN price erosion by delivering new value-added services now!

Industry Initiative: Accelerating & Scaling Carrier WiFi
Date: May 14, 2013

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WiFi is here now. It is used on many different devices every day. And it is on the rise. However, only a select few operators have started to exploit the technology to its full potential. This Light Reading Industry Initiative webinar will examine how operators can scale carrier-grade WiFi networks, and why accelerating that investment is commercially attractive Drawing on international best-practice, and the experience of leading carrier WiFi system vendors, it will address Advanced WiFi Access, including: high-density indoor environments, integration with licensed small cells, and 802.11ac at 5GHz as well as Carrier Wi-Fi integration with the operator network, including: integration with the IP network (fixed and mobile) and network software systems (e.g. AAA integration to the mobile core).
Extend Data Services with Elastic PCRF: How Control Plane Virtualization Enables New Business Models
Date: May 08, 2013

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Service providers are evaluating evolved packet core (EPC) virtualization as a key network evolution strategy. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) breaks the traditional linkage of function and hardware in the EPC, and promises the advantages of rapid and infinite scalability and performance, on low cost hardware.

Control plane virtualization – including functions such as PCRF, HSS and subscriber data management – will play a key role in accelerating new service models that allow operators to better serve key customer segments such as MVNO, enterprise and M2M.

Join us for webinar that will profile the value of control plane virtualization, and the role of the elastic PCRF in enabling new services models. It will offer a perspective on key use cases, and discuss why operators should consider leveraging control plane virtualization today, in advance of a broader virtualized EPC implementation.

Hosted by Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown, the webinar will feature Ragu Masilamany, Director of Product Management, Data Experience Business Unit, Amdocs.

Attendees will receive a copy of a new Amdocs sponsored Heavy Reading white paper.
Extend Data Services with Elastic PCRF: How Control Plane Virtualization Enables New Business Models
Date: May 08, 2013

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Service providers are evaluating evolved packet core (EPC) virtualization as a key network evolution strategy. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) breaks the traditional linkage of function and hardware in the EPC, and promises the advantages of rapid and infinite scalability and performance, on low cost hardware.

Control plane virtualization – including functions such as PCRF, HSS and subscriber data management – will play a key role in accelerating new service models that allow operators to better serve key customer segments such as MVNO, enterprise and M2M.

Join us for webinar that will profile the value of control plane virtualization, and the role of the elastic PCRF in enabling new services models. It will offer a perspective on key use cases, and discuss why operators should consider leveraging control plane virtualization today, in advance of a broader virtualized EPC implementation.

Hosted by Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown, the webinar will feature Ragu Masilamany, Director of Product Management, Data Experience Business Unit, Amdocs.

Attendees will receive a copy of a new Amdocs sponsored Heavy Reading white paper.

Extend Data Services with Elastic PCRF: How Control Plane Virtualization Enables New Business Models
Date: May 08, 2013

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Join us on May 8th for a webinar that will profile the value of control plane virtualization, and the role of the elastic PCRF in enabling new services models. It will offer a perspective on key use cases, and discuss why operators should consider leveraging control plane virtualization today, in advance of a broader virtualized EPC implementation.
Software-Based Network Intelligence Benchmark Survey: Results Revealed Live
Date: May 07, 2013

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The momentum of new software centric approaches, such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), is having a profound impact on design considerations of new products.

Software is at the forefront of transforming networks to become more cost efficient and agile in meeting emerging services requirements.

Accordingly, in this webinar Wind River and Heavy Reading will discuss industry trends and present the findings from Light Reading’s 2013 Software-Based Network Intelligence Benchmark Survey.

Specific topics to be discussed and presented include:

  • How product design is leveraging advancements in multicore technologies
  • Documenting new ways to add intelligence, consolidate, increase performance, support virtualization while maintaining carrier grade reliability in product design


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Software-Based Network Intelligence Benchmark Survey: Results Revealed Live
Date: May 07, 2013

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The momentum of new software centric approaches, such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), is having a profound impact on design considerations of new products Software is at the forefront of transforming networks to become more cost efficient and agile in meeting emerging services requirements Accordingly, in this live webinar Wind River and Heavy Reading will discuss industry trends and present the findings from Light Reading's 2013 Software-Based Network Intelligence Benchmark Survey.
Right-Size Your Solution with Scalable Unified Middleware
Date: Apr 23, 2013

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There is a continuum of processing environments ranging from microcontrollers that can be embedded in a light bulb to massively parallel elastic geo-diverse compute clouds. Telco and other critical embedded systems are taking advantage of this flexibility in scale. Products that were once limited to a small range of purpose-built, chassis-based systems are now migrating to right-sized solutions ranging from tiny system on a chip (SoC) technology to large cloud-based infrastructures.

Delivering a software-based solution on this diverse range of platforms can be simplified using commercial off the shelf (COTS) middleware to provide a rich set of commodity services such as distributed messaging, standard model-based system and device management, and non-stop high availability. The solution developer can focus on building the application that provides the differentiating value.

This presentation will describe a unified approach to middleware that offers a consistent application environment and feature set across a wide range of platform types and system scale. Access to the right set of middleware services at any scale allows system and application designers to quickly deliver complete, right-sized solutions.

Right-Size Your Solution with Scalable Unified Middleware
Date: Apr 23, 2013

View archived webinar
There is a continuum of processing environments ranging from microcontrollers that can be embedded in a light bulb to massively parallel elastic geo-diverse compute clouds. Telco and other critical embedded systems are taking advantage of this flexibility in scale. Products that were once limited to a small range of purpose-built, chassis-based systems are now migrating to right-sized solutions ranging from tiny system on a chip (SoC) technology to large cloud-based infrastructures.

Delivering a software-based solution on this diverse range of platforms can be simplified using commercial off the shelf (COTS) middleware to provide a rich set of commodity services such as distributed messaging, standard model-based system and device management, and non-stop high availability. The solution developer can focus on building the application that provides the differentiating value.

This presentation will describe a unified approach to middleware that offers a consistent application environment and feature set across a wide range of platform types and system scale. Access to the right set of middleware services at any scale allows system and application designers to quickly deliver complete, right-sized solutions.
Right-Size Your Solution with Scalable Unified Middleware
Date: Apr 23, 2013

View archived webinar
There is a continuum of processing environments ranging from microcontrollers that can be embedded in a light bulb to massively parallel elastic geo-diverse compute clouds. Telco and other critical embedded systems are taking advantage of this flexibility in scale. Products that were once limited to a small range of purpose-built, chassis-based systems are now migrating to right-sized solutions ranging from tiny system on a chip (SoC) technology to large cloud-based infrastructures Delivering a software-based solution on this diverse range of platforms can be simplified using commercial off the shelf (COTS) middleware to provide a rich set of commodity services such as distributed messaging, standard model-based system and device management, and non-stop high availability. The solution developer can focus on building the application that provides the differentiating value This presentation will describe a unified approach to middleware that offers a consistent application environment and feature set across a wide range of platform types and system scale. Access to the right set of middleware services at any scale allows system and application designers to quickly deliver complete, right-sized solutions.
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