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Upcoming Webinars
Charting the Telco Cloud Transformation
Date: 11/30/2015 12:00 PM New York / 5:00 PM London
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Cloud technology and associated business models promise to fundamentally change how telcos operate.

But what exactly is Telco Cloud anyway?

This exclusive Webinar provides the first authoritiative definition of Telco cloud and explains how telcos can make sure that they build on this opportunity to both exploit their unique assets and reverse their existing revenue slump.

The event will drill into the profitable new services enabled by Telco Cloud, and provide detailed advice on the cultural and operational changes that service providers must make in order to take advantage and implement this ground-breaking new service model.

New Metro Transport Network Architectures for the Cloud Era
Date: 12/1/2015 11:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM London
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Metro networks are entering a period of profound change and disruption driven by the continued growth in metro traffic, the rapid rise of metro data center capacity and the virtualization of applications and network functions. These trends are providing unprecedented opportunities to re-architect the metro network and make it more scalable, efficient, flexible and programmable. The gap between the flexible and on-demand requirements of cloud applications and the static nature of today's metro networks is a significant challenge, and is leading network operators globally to radically re-think how their metro networks are built and operated.

This webinar takes an in-depth look at requirements for next-gen metro transport networks for the cloud era and how applications are driving new architectures in mobile, cable, telco and Internet content provider networks. We will discuss:

  • Leveraging virtualization to create new approaches to metro access, aggregation and core architectures
  • The changing role of central offices and cable headends and the rise of data centers in the metro area
  • Understanding the emergence of a Cloud services Layer (Layer C) and Intelligent Transport Layer (Layer T) model
  • Defining the key building blocks of Layer T including scalable optics, granular switching and programmability
  • The role of SDN and NFV in these new metro architectures
Knowing Which Customers You Don't Want to Keep: 5 Practical Big Data Benefits
Date: 12/2/2015 10:00 AM New York / 3:00 PM London
WeDo Technologies
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Mobile operators need an accurate 360-degree view of their customers in order to offer them the most relevant services and products. This webinar looks at how mobile operators can deploy analytics capabilities to make use of the information within their networks and systems to develop profitable marketing strategies that effectively target customer segments, reduce churn and increase customer satisfaction.

Dynamic Network Services: How to Cut Costs and Grow Revenue
Date: 12/2/2015 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
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Offline network engineering processes cannot keep up with the rapidly changing demands and traffic patterns of the on-demand cloud world. Operators are forced to allocate increasing amounts of bandwidth to ensure their services do not run out of capacity or suffer serious quality degradation. The gap between service delivery and network engineering processes is no longer a benign limitation as operators strive to make optimal use of network assets as they instantiate services.

Part 2 of our webinar series outlines how real-time network visibility, control and optimization enabled through carrier SDN allows network operators to address the challenges of the cloud era and transform their existing networks to deliver profitable on-demand services. Industry analyst and technical leaders share their views and experience on building profitable on-demand networks, including how to utilize policy-based and KPI-driven path computation to optimize network resources and service revenues. A Bell Labs study on how to increase revenue-generating traffic in your existing network by over 24% will also be presented.

DOCSIS 3.1: Cable’s Gigabit Gambit
Date: 12/3/2015 12:00 PM New York / 5:00 PM London
Casa Systems, Intel & VeEX
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With CableLabs preparing to approve the first DOCSIS 3.1 equipment and cable operators preparing to start deploying the new broadband spec, the cable industry is poised to storm into the Gigabit Era. DOCSIS 3.1 offers the tantalizing promise of data downstream speeds as fast as 10 Gbit/s and upstream speeds of 1 Gbit/s or more, along with higher bandwidth capacity for other new IP services, greater operational efficiencies, improved quality control and lower costs. But cable operators also face some daunting challenges in rolling out D3.1, including the adoption of new technologies, new equipment, new procedures, and new testing and monitoring tools, as well as the need for extensive staff training. In this special SCTE-backed webinar, we will evaluate both the opportunities and challenges that cable operators face in bringing the industry’s new spec to market.

Distributed Access Architecture Evolved
Date: 12/7/2015 12:00 PM New York / 5:00 PM London
Casa Systems
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It's an exciting time for the cable industry. MSOs are in high growth mode introducing new and enhanced services to meet the insatiable demands of consumers and enterprises hungry for bandwidth. These data-rich services are placing a burden on current networks that are unable to scale fast enough to meet demands. Without the right infrastructure in place, this rapidly growing need for network capacity can become a huge headache for service providers.

The evolution of cable networks to Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) enables more capacity, better service flexibility and economies of scale giving service providers additional options for meeting subscriber demand with the least possible change to current operations.

Join Casa Systems as we explore DAA and discuss key factors cable service providers should consider when making decisions about the evolution of their networks.

Re-broadcast: WAN Performance Draining Your Budget? 3 Steps to Turn Your Network Into a Strategic Asset With Software-Defined WAN
Date: 12/14/2015 12:00 pm ET/ 5:00 pm London
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Wide Area Networking (WAN) is becoming the bottleneck for many businesses migrating their corporate application data to off-premises private or hybrid cloud solutions. Cumbersome IP policy and configuration management have made it difficult for enterprises to efficiently utilize available WAN resources, and existing IP network architectures are unable to provide enhanced quality of service (QoS) for mission-critical data. WANs need to be able to dynamically adjust to meet the traffic demands of real-time cloud-based applications, and enterprises need visibility and control of application performance over the WAN.

Join Sonus expert Dan Teichman, Senior Product Marketing Manager, for valuable insight into how a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) provides a high-performance, highly reliable WAN that allocates network resources in real-time. Attendees will learn the benefits of optimizing network functionality with a secure SD-WAN solution that dynamically supplies just-in-time WAN connectivity while delivering end-to-end monitoring and analytics.

Virtualizing Cable Services
Date: 12/15/2015 10:00 AM New York / 3:00 PM London
Juniper Networks
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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are gaining traction due to their ability to provide game-changing ways for service providers to ease the ever-growing bandwidth demands of greater functionality, improve service delivery and consistency, cut operational costs and slash time to market for new services and applications. As cable operators look both to secure their own networks and provide greater security to their end users, virtual security solutions are gaining traction in the industry. This webinar will explore next-generation virtual security architectures and examine how cable operators can leverage their virtual security infrastructure to deploy new managed security services in their networks.

Virtualization: A CSP Progress Report
Date: 12/15/2015 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Cisco, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel
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For the last six months, Heavy Reading has been working with Cisco, Ericsson, HP and Intel to develop a unique series of virtualization indexes, aggregating input from CSPs around the world to get a detailed, up-to-the-minute picture of the status of virtualization initiatives. The indexes provide all CSPs with a compelling reality check for measuring their own progress in three critical areas: planning, deployment and spending. In this webinar, Teresa Mastrangelo, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, shares the results from the inaugural set of indexes and leads a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.

High Performance Server-based IPsec for Cloud and Telecom Providers
Date: 12/16/2015 11:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM London
6WIND & Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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IPsec is an important security technology for virtually all communication service providers (CSPs). CSP requirements for IPsec are shifting away from proprietary gateways due to cost and other factors like vendor lock-in. CSPs now require high performance IPsec on general propose x86 servers as this move opens up their business to more vendors, and gives them greater control of their network, at a lower cost basis. CSPs are looking for IPsec vendor solutions where they can deliver server configuration options, which achieve their requirements for deployment in the central office as well as data center environments.

This webinar will discuss IPsec performance on x86 COTS servers, covering:

  • Use cases for IPsec including high-throughput data center interconnect, enterprise VPN, and mobile backhaul
  • How high volume enterprise IT economics can support a new cost model for high-performance IPsec
  • Brand new performance test results showing IPsec on COTS can offer over 120 Gbit/s of bidirectional throughput on industry standard servers
  • The importance of selecting the right server to ensure high performance and manageability of CSP networks whether in the CO or the DC

From The Founder
Steve Saunders provides an overview of white box networking and introduces a new "slim line" version of the OSI 7-layer model.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Between the CEOs
Centec on Ethernet Switching

11|26|15   |   09:58   |   (0) comments

Centec CEO James Sun talks to Steve Saunders about Ethernet switching and the white box revolution.
LRTV Custom TV
Delivering Service Agility in the Virtualization Era

11|25|15   |   5.41   |   (0) comments

Interview with Massimo Fatato, WW OSS Business Lead, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Wagner’s Ring
How Might Open Source Fail?

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Open source, SDN, and NFV are looking inevitable – but performance, standards proliferation and regulatory capture could derail the movement.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Lifecycle Orchestration – a Fresh Vision for Telco

11|23|15   |   6.40   |   (0) comments

Simon Osborne, CTO Comptel, and Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell reveal the business impacts of new SDN and NFV, and what the term service orchestration actually means. Together they define Lifecycle Service Orchestration and how the virtualized future will look for telecoms operators.
Between the CEOs
Cisco's Virtual Role in Saudi

11|20|15   |   12:15   |   (2) comments

Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Leads With Kubernetes for Cloud PaaS

11|19|15   |   08:26   |   (0) comments

Huawei is looking to Kubernetes as a key tool for building robust open source technologies for customers and partners, said Ying Xiong, chief architect of cloud platform at Huawei, in an interview with Light Reading West Coast Bureau Chief Mitch Wagner at the recent Kubecon conference.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
WiC in London: The Highlight Reel

11|19|15   |   5:33   |   (1) comment

NetCracker's Mervat El Dabae headlines an inspiring morning in London with help from leading women from Vodafone, TalkTalk, Hyperoptics and Ciena.
LRTV Documentaries
Why Saudi's So Hot for New Tech

11|19|15   |   05:07   |   (0) comments

Light Reading's Steve Saunders reports from Saudi Arabia, a hyper-competitive market desperate to embrace the next generation of communications technologies and services.
LRTV Custom TV
Why Data Models Deliver More Value Than Information Models

11|19|15   |   5.08   |   (0) comments

Stefan Vallin argues that more automation is needed to manage end-to-end services and the hybrid networks they run on, and that data models are key to achieving this.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
SDN Management & Orchestration in the WAN

11|17|15   |   7.20   |   (0) comments

Carol Wilson and Packet Design CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu discuss CSPs' SDN service delivery and assurance requirements. Learn about a modular approach to building automated control, orchestration and management functions for the WAN that are policy- and analytics-driven.
LRTV Custom TV
Flash Networks: Optimizing for Radio Spectral Efficiency

11|17|15   |   3:34   |   (0) comments

Today most optimization vendors only focus on optimizing voice or data. Ofer Gottfried, Flash Networks' CTO, shows how improving data throughput and maximizing spectral efficiency reduces capital and operating expenses while also providing a platform for user engagement.
LRTV Custom TV
Making Pay-TV User Experiences Millennial-Friendly

11|16|15   |   6:42   |   (0) comments

The unique challenge of reaching and engaging Millennials is driving pay-TV video experience transformation that can include higher quality UIs, viewing of multiple content streams at once and seamless transitions between handheld devices and the television.
Allot MobileTrends Report H2/2015 reveals how daily online behavior can be used to discover smarter ways to profile customers and propose valuable, real-time offers to them.
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December 15, 2015
Virtualizing Cable Services
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Centec CEO James Sun talks to Steve Saunders about Ethernet switching and the white box revolution.
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
Cats with Phones
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Check under the cat! (hint: bottom right)
Live Digital Audio

Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.