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Overcoming the Delivery Challenges of ABR
Date: Apr 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 EDT

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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
Innovate Your Service Delivery Architecture & Successfully Find New Revenue Streams
Date: Apr 23, 2014 - 10:00:00 EDT

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Telecom executives are frustrated. Their legacy support systems (BSS and OSS) are limiting their ability to compete. New services are not easy to bring to market quickly because innovative business models are time-consuming and expensive to configure. Plus, real-time processing requirements are challenging.

And as the quality of the customer experience becomes a key success factor, data needs to be the basis of more than just charging services -- which means a new level of processing and data management functionality is required.

Bottom line: Carriers need a solution that provides Service Control. Legacy support systems aren’t delivering it.

Service Control is a lean solution that delivers both fast service enablement and improved data processing and management capabilities. It does not require an end-to-end support systems transformation. This webinar will explain why, and how.   

This webinar will show practical examples and use cases of how new services can be easily configurable with a new approach to be highly flexible, extremely cost-effective and also easy to deploy. Webinar attendees will be much better equipped to make the right decisions by using Service Control.

The Power of Policy & Charging: Monetizing Next-Generation Investments & Personalizing the Subscriber Experience
Date: Apr 29, 2014 - 10:00:00 EDT

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Policy management has a new address.  No longer just a network tool used to manage traffic flow, today’s policy management solutions have moved to operators’ marketing and billing departments. Integrated with their real-time rating and charging systems, policy management enables operators to create a more personalized subscriber experience and to directly monetize their offerings in new ways  – something that is critically important as operators look for ways to quickly recoup LTE and other network CapEx investments.

Join Heavy Reading’s Chief Analyst Graham Finnie, along with Redknee CTO Jim Demarco and Dr. Christian Gayda, Director of Product Management for Policy, on April 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET as they discuss the benefits of converged policy and charging and what this means for operators, their OTT partners, and, most importantly, subscribers.

Decoding the Importance of Service Assurance in a Virtualized World
Date: Apr 30, 2014 - 11:00:00 EDT

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There is no doubt in the minds of the service providers that quality of experience will be the critical factor in making Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) initiatives successful and realize the benefits of a programmable network.  As indicated by Heavy Reading’s research, operators are aware that their legacy service assurance systems, that were designed for managing older circuit-switched networks, will no longer work in the virtualized network world which will be unleashed by SDN and NFV. Therefore, service providers must turn to a unified service assurance platform that will enable them to handle the scale and unpredictability of virtualized network workloads, dynamic service delivery based on service chaining, multi-domains of a hybrid cloud models, and the virtual components of an SDN network.  

This webinar will explore the appeal of NFV and why operators are moving towards a virtualized world, and the keys to success behind this biggest trend in telecom today, including:  

•    Paradigm shift in operators' IT strategy required by the virtualized service world
•    How the success of an operator's virtualized strategy will depend on breaking down silos and bridging the service management gap
•    Why it is critical for service assurance to take center stage when it comes to the virtualized service world
•    Key functional attributes of a future-proof service assurance solution for the virtualized world
•    How Monolith Software addresses key service assurance requirements for SDN/NFV in the areas of service propagation, real-time topology awareness, and cross-domain correlation and unified visualizations.

Leveraging RDK for Next-Gen Video Experiences
Date: May 13, 2014 - 12:00:00 EDT

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To achieve service velocity, service providers must embrace agility in a holistic way, making significant shifts in their infrastructure, operations, and mentality. The RDK, or Reference Design Kit, helps service providers start realizing agility on the infrastructure side. The RDK offers a set of shared-source core components for a wide array of CPE platforms, simplifying both the hardware integration process and the deployment of new services. There is growing interest globally in leveraging RDK-based CPE in the home, coupled with video control and applications in the cloud, as the technology foundation for next-generation services. In this webinar Cisco technology executives will share their perspectives on the shift to agile service deployment, the role that the RDK and cloud play in this journey, and the lessons that have been learned so far.

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Steven Shalita, VP of Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc., discusses the challenges cable/MSO operators face in assuring the delivery of new IP-based services. Key points include the value of proactively managing performance, and using rich analytics and operational intelligence to better understand service and usage trends, make smarter business decisions and ...
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Veteran video analyst Colin Dixon, founder and principal analyst of nScreenMedia, says research shows 56% are using digital video already.
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Video: TW Cable Puts Multicast Gateways to the Test

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Tom Gonder, a chief architect at Time Warner Cable, explains how its trial of multicast gateways is impacting IP-based video plans.
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Managing & Monetizing Big Data in Operator Environments

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At Mobile World Congress, Gigamon's Director of Service Provider Solutions, Andy Huckridge, and Heavy Reading Analyst Sarah Wallace discuss the 'big data' issues facing carriers and operators today.
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Data Center Energy – Build Your Data Center in a Modular Way

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Dr. Fang Liangzhou, VP Network Energy Product Line, shared his thoughts about the challenges for data centers during CeBIT 2014.
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Agile Network Solution – An Overview of Huawei's Agile Network Solution

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Ajay Gupta, Director of Product Marketing, Networking Product Line, gives an overview of the Agile Network Solutions during CeBIT 2014.
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Huawei’s eLTE Voice Trunking, Video and Data Applied for Railways

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Gottfried Winter is the Sales Director at Funkwerk, a German specialist in GSM-r terminals and a long-time partner of Huawei. At CeBIT 2014, Winter talks to Light Reading about this partnership and the integration of enhanced voice trunking, video and data functions.
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LeaseWeb Speaks Highly of Huawei's Datacenter Products

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Rene Olde Olthof, Operations Director LeaseWeb, talks about the next data center transformation during CeBIT 2014.
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Comcast: Reshaping the Cable Network Architecture

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Shamim Akhtar, Comcast's architect and senior director of network strategy, explains why the cable company is moving to a more distributed network architecture.
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at Mobile World Congress

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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaks to Heavy Reading about the value of virtualization spanning from the data center to service provider networks to mobile devices.
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Analysts' Impressions of Huawei SoftCOM at ONS 2014

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After visiting the Huawei booth at ONS, Lee Doyle of Doyle Research gives his appraisal of Huawei's SoftCOM solution.
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Analysts' Impressions of Huawei SoftCOM at ONS 2014

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After visiting the Huawei booth at ONS, Rick Talbot of Current Analysis gives his appraisal of Huawei's SoftCOM solution.
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