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The 5 Myths of VoWiFi
Date: 4/25/2017 9:00 a.m. New York / 2:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Sonus
More information and registration

Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment, Voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements.

While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remain several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi:

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

CloudRAN & the Future-Oriented Mobile Network Architecture
Date: 4/25/2017 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Huawei
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The radio access network (RAN) is the critical asset that underpins the world’s largest technology platform – mobile communications. As service providers seek greater performance and leaner operating models, CloudRAN is emerging as critical to the new wireless network architecture.

This webinar investigates state-of-the-art commercial CloudRAN technology and looks ahead to the new architectures, and new deployment models, that will drive ongoing performance improvement in 4G LTE and 5G NR. It will discuss key challenges operators face (coordination, transmission, synchronization, etc.) and illustrate potential solutions.

Implementing SD-WAN as a Service: Key Considerations and Strategies
Date: 4/26/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Juniper
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SD-WAN provides enterprises with a programmable, evolvable and lower-cost alternative to Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS); while for communications service providers (CSPs), SD-WAN brings the opportunity to target new market segments and differentiate their service offering.

SD-WAN is still very much an emerging technology, and multiple implementation and monetization questions remain outstanding.

In this webinar the speakers will detail the technical factors that must be addressed to achieve a successful SD-WAN implementation. Areas relevant to the discussion include security, orchestration, MPLS integration, network management and their linkage to customer requirements.

To fully capture the impact of these factors, this webinar presents key findings from a major survey created by Heavy Reading in collaboration with Juniper Networks.

Edge Computing in Carrier-Grade Networks
Date: 4/26/2017 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Advantech
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Change is coming to computing and networking architectures. While the centralized cloud – today’s dominant paradigm – will remain vital to efficiently store and process information, as demand for real-time processing and low-latency connectivity increases, edge computing will become progressively more important. This webinar explores the opportunities and challenges in Edge & Fog Computing, both on and off premises. It will take a look at the critical role that service providers play at the edge due to their unique ability to deploy edge computing infrastructure that is close to the user and tightly integrated with the transport and access network. It discusses the lead use cases for distributed cloud and the hardware requirements in edge data centers.

Achieving Seamless VM On-Boarding, High-Performance & Mobility in NFV Infrastructures
Date: 4/27/2017 12:00 p.m New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Netronome
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Virtual machines, and the VNF applications that run in them, form the core building blocks of Telco cloud infrastructures. As telco cloud service providers prepare to deliver innovative and rapid new services in mobile and IoT-enabled NFV infrastructures, performance and efficiency of the data center server farm become paramount considerations. To enable virtualized, server-based, network performance scaling the industry has developed a number of acceleration mechanisms.

Accordingly, this webinar will show the strengths and weaknesses of approaches based on DPDK, SR-IOV and Virtio as well as focusing on new emerging cloud requirements that are driving the adoption of more programmable approaches based on SmartNICs. Specifically, the webinar will explore how Netronome's SmartNICs with innovative Express Virtio (XVIO) technology eliminates these operational, performance and server efficiency-related challenges, delivers the level of performance of SR-IOV solutions to the standard Virtio drivers, and maintains full flexibility in terms of VM mobility and the full gamut of network services provided by OVS and vRouter.

The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of NFV: Understanding the Full Lifecycle Costs
Date: 4/27/2017 1:00 p.m. EST
Sponsors:
VMWare
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CSPs have begun the transformation of their hardware-based infrastructure to software-based infrastructure to address both technology and commercial issues. No longer is it a matter of if it makes sense to transform to software driven; but when it makes sense to transform. As solutions have become available, and operators have started transitioning to a software-driven architecture, we have better insight into the cost savings and business value possible with NFV. In this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What are the market drivers for NFV and virtualized services?
  • Multiple deployment scenarios for NFV cost savings and business impact
  • What are the various soft and hard costs associated with the entire lifecycle of virtualized services?
  • What are the potential returns on investment for NFV?

The 5 Myths of VoWiFi
Date: 4/27/2017 11:00 p.m. New York / 4:00 a.m. London

April 28th, 11:00 a.m. Singapore
Sponsors:
Sonus
More information and registration

Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment, Voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements.

While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remain several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi:

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

Redefining DDoS Attack Protection in the NFV Architecture With On-Demand, Distributed Detection
Date: 4/28/2017 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Radware
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In this webinar with Light Reading, Radware will discuss how service providers and cloud companies can radically redefine their DDoS attack protection schemes in an NFV architecture by offering a lightweight, agile behavioral DoS detection algorithm that can be deployed in various network devices. This enables detection of application and network-based attacks in real time anywhere in the network to be deployed in an agile and flexible consumption-based model. This model could then be provisioned and deployed as a service on demand in applications such as IoT, business services and 5G network slicing. In combination with Radware’s SDN application, Defenseflow, thousands of virtual detection points can feed into a programmable policy-based controller that can make best-case mitigation decisions, eliminating the burden of manual decision making from network security operations staff.

Transforming the Central Office: Implementing CORD
Date: 5/3/2017 11:30 a.m. New York / 4:30 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Radisys
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Communications service providers (CSPs) have spent more than four decades building out and evolving their networks to meet the changing service and access demands of their customers. While the process has been dynamic, there has been one constant network element – the central office (CO).

Given the amount of investment a central office represents, as well as the strategic location and proximity to both mobile and fixed end users, the CO is going through another major transformation to enable it to support virtualized network functions aligned with a distributed cloud model.

Accordingly, this webinar will dive deep into this process, documenting the progress of the innovative Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter (CORD) initiative that defines the vital design considerations to enable this migration.

Specific topics addressed include:

  • CORD business and technical drivers
  • CORD reference architecture configurations for mobile, fixed and enterprise evolution
  • CORD high-value use cases and service innovation models
  • The relationship between open-source software and CORD
  • CORD leaders and visionaries

Transforming to Cognitive Service Operations
Date: 5/4/2017 10:00 a.m New York / 3.00 p.m London
Sponsors:
Accanto
More information and registration

This presentation will cover the following points:

  • Transforming from network to cognitive service operations
  • Enabling transformation for physical, virtual and hybrid environments
  • Laying the foundation for service performance – essential for closed-loop continuous orchestration for NFV
  • A use-case focus

The 3 Key Elements of Diameter Signaling Control
Date: 5/11/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Diameter signaling traffic in networks is expanding because of new devices, machines and applications. This causes several issues for CSPs, including volume of traffic, complexity of topology and the risk of various threats to the network. Essentially, it all comes down to three key elements: scalability, simplicity and security. As a result of these demands, Diameter Routing Agents (DRAs) are also evolving to more effectively manage control plane demands.

Accordingly, this webinar will provide a granular view of how these key elements are impacting DRA deployments. Specific discussion topics include:

  • Scalability: The increase in different protocol versions and number of Diameter interfaces leads to poor control plane scaling and performance. As a result, the DRA needs to support a whole host of Diameter routing capabilities from server selection and partitioning to load balancing and session management while maintaining very high throughput and low latency.
  • Simplicity: Increasingly complex control topology creates inefficiency and unpredictability. Accordingly, CSPs need to simplify the Diameter interface topology to reduce signaling complexity in the control plane and optimize flows across the network. This can be done by removing the peer-to-peer aspects and creating a hub and spoke model.
  • Security: The launch of services such as VoLTE requires a robust and secure control plane across the roaming infrastructure. The DRA plays a key role in ensuring security by hiding network topology, fixing message content, filtering out unknown and unwanted data and discarding of poorly formatted messages.

This webinar will also explore how products such as the Nokia Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE) are designed to meet these demands, as well as assessing the impact that emerging technologies such as 5G and IoT will have on the control plane.

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Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
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NYC Auto Show: Are We Smart Yet?

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The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
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David Mercer from Strategy Analytics discusses the impact of video on current strategies.
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Pardeep Kohli Discusses Network Transformation & the Market Opportunity for the 'New' Mavenir Systems

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In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
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Wendy Hall Bohling, a corporate escapee, author and gender exclusivity consultant, tells her story of sexism, bias and progress along the road to gender equality in the workforce.
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Huawei at MWC 2017

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At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
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China Telecom NFV Infrastructure on RSD

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Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom on what NFV brings.
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Nokia's IMPACT Software Demo

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Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
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Nokia Introduces Virtual Service Router for More Rapid Service

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James Cumming, product line manager for virtualized service routers at Nokia, demonstrates how the virtual router based off the Nokia ecosystem changes the network function experience.
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The Keys to SD-WAN Success

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Versa Networks CEO Kelly Ahuja talks about the key requirements for service provider-managed SD-WANs.
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Intel & Cisco on Joint 5G Solutions

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Dave Ward, SVP and CTO of Cisco, is joined by Sandra Rivera, corporate VP and general manager of network platforms group of Intel, on the revolutionary 5G technology that changes networking and computing fundamentally.
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