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Unleashing Real-time Communication Services in the Cloud
Date: 7/26/2016 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Sonus
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What is preventing communication service providers (CSPs) from migrating their real-time communication services to the cloud? Is it concerns about how to deploy and manage these services in the cloud? Or simply fear of the unknown?

Sonus understands how to successfully make real-time communication transitions; it's in our DNA. Leveraging virtual, cloud-optimized SBCs, service providers can move forward with confidence to "unleash real-time communications in the cloud."

This webinar will provide a detailed review of the following six key attributes of a cloud-optimized SBC:

  • Automated scale on-demand
  • Automated configuration
  • Load balancing
  • High availability
  • Integrated analytics
  • Flexible licensing

Each attribute will be discussed and we will highlight its inherent customer value. Webinar participants will understand how these fundamental attributes are interconnected, and how as a whole they enable a service provider to unleash real-time communications services in the cloud.

Threat Detection & Security Policy in Mobile Networks
Date: 7/27/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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The introduction of software-programmable networks with high levels of automation creates new opportunities to enhance the security posture of mobile network operators. The model of dedicated security products operating in isolation, in their own own silo, is breaking down. Leveraging SDN and NFV, threat detection and security policy enforcement can now be implemented throughout the mobile network infrastructure to help reduce the threat of attacks getting into the network as well as reduce an attack's impact when it does get through. This webinar will show how mobile operators can leverage new security and broader networking capabilities to drive higher levels of competitiveness in an environment of increasing cybersecurity threats.

Cyber Security Strategies For Small ISPs
Date: 7/28/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Infoblox, Palo Alto, Sonus, Wedge Networks
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The cyber security threats faced by small ISPs are typically not of the same order as those of their larger, more illustrious, peers in the ISP community. In part that explains why small ISPs typically spend a lower share of revenue on network security and invest proportionately less in in-house security expertise. That doesn’t mean small ISPs aren’t vulnerable to cyber-attacks, however. In fact lack of investment in cyber security is often leaving small ISPs more, rather than less, vulnerable to attacks than their larger peers. This webinar will discuss the unique threat environment faced by small ISPs. It will also explore new, more affordable, approaches to investing in the protection that they need as well as explore how selling security as a service can drive revenue as well as better security for the ISP’s own network.

Vulnerable Interconnects in CSP Networks & How to Close Them Off
Date: 8/5/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Oracle
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Today's telecommunications landscape is changing rapidly, and the "institution" of trust between networks that has been assumed over the decades is no longer relevant. We are now hearing of vulnerabilities in CSP interconnection points that have been known for a long time, but have become much more worrisome not because they exist, but because the hacker community is actively promoting this research, selling toolkits for other hackers and even providing training. The obstacle for hackers has always been getting a network connection at the control plane. In previous decades access required a special circuit, such as a TDM DS0, but with the implementation of SIGTRAN, IP now becomes an enabler, allowing anyone to connect easily.

Understanding MulteFire’s Radio Link
Date: 8/25/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
MulteFire
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By bringing the benefits of LTE technologies to unlicensed spectrum and taking advantage of the radio link, MulteFire provides enhanced coverage, capacity and mobility as well as improving the quality of experience and security in private network deployments. The technology will support both downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum.

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

Virtualizing the Cable Network
Date: 9/8/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC
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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are now gaining traction as cable operators seek innovative new ways to meet growing bandwidth demands, improve service delivery and performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market quicker. Yet many cable providers -- especially smaller ones -- are not yet sure how, where and when to implement virtualized solutions in their networks, or even how to begin. In this panel, top cable technologists will discuss the industry’s early trials and pilot programs with virtualization, the use cases they’re exploring, the results they’re seeing and the challenges they must still overcome. The experts will also lay out the early virtualization steps that smaller and independent operators can start taking today.

Managing & Monetizing Multiscreen Video
Date: 10/13/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC
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Now that cable operators have started striking carriage deals with Netflix, Hulu and other OTT video players, the Berlin Wall between traditional pay-TV service and online video has finally begun to tumble. Cable providers are increasingly crafting broadband video packages and integrating Internet video content into their broader multiscreen video offerings. But providers are still seeking ways to make the most of their traditional TV programming by distributing across the ever-growing number of video devices. In this webinar, video experts will discuss how small and independent cable operators can manage and monetize their TV Everywhere offerings more efficiently and effectively with the help of NCTC and its partners.

Winning Ways with WiFi
Date: 11/16/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC
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As large cable operators keep rapidly expanding their WiFi network reach to serve both residential and commercial customers, they are increasingly seeking ways to run those networks better, improve their quality of service and make more money off them. With at least 15 million hotspots now deployed by the industry across the US and millions more on the way, some major MSOs are even exploring or pursuing a WiFi-first strategy for voice, data and other wireless services. But what about smaller and independent operators in less dense regions of the continent? How can they make WiFi pay off? In this session, cable WiFi experts will look at what makes sense for smaller operators, explore the opportunities the technology offers, examine the challenges it presents and discuss ways to overcome these hurdles.

Making OTT Video Pay Off Now
Date: 12/1/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC
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At this point, it almost goes without saying that small and independent cable operators should plunge aggressively into the commercial services market to make up for video subscriber losses and slowing broadband growth. But what’s the best way to attack the $150 billion business services market? Which sectors are showing the most promising growth? What types of services are local and regional businesses seeking now? How can cable best make further inroads against the incumbent telcos? In this webinar, we’ll tackle those questions and more.

Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
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