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DOCSIS 3.1 Testing: What Matters Most
Date: 2/9/2016 1:00 p.m. New York/ 6:00 p.m. London
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Cable service providers will deploy DOCSIS 3.1 very soon. This webinar explains key components of DOCSIS 3.1 and gives practical insight into how to verify performance of these new services to assure the highest-quality customer experience from the start. Learn what to test and why. And, learn how to test quickly and simply to provide optimal performance and customer satisfaction assurance.

Who should attend:
Cable technical operations managers, engineers, technicians, contractors and anyone who wants to understand more about deploying and activating DOCSIS 3.1 services.

Layer 7 Visibility for vCPE Services
Date: 2/10/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) is a way for network operators to transition enterprise customers to next-generation cloud networking platforms. This can substantially reduce costs associated with specialized hardware deployed on-premises and, with the right tools, enables operators to inject value into wide-area network services using Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). This webinar will discuss how operators can use application-level information to offer new and value-added vCPE services. In particular, it will address Layer 7 IP classification engines and their role in three key use-cases: traffic monitoring/reporting, Layer 7 firewall and QoS capabilities and VNF service chaining.

Enhancing Customer Experience: Why Your CEM Strategy Needs Real-Time Subscriber Insights
Date: 2/11/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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What does it take to win the hearts and minds of subscribers and provide them with the best possible network and service experiences? Without question, it requires a customer experience management (CEM) strategy that leverages the power of a real-time telco big data analytics platform capable of combining rich customer structured and unstructured data from both network and non-network sources.

Accordingly, a key focus of the webinar will be to quantify the value of incorporating real-time subscriber analytics into CEM plans enabling CSPs to reduce churn, maximize revenue and better understand customer behavior.

As CSPs strive to be more customer-centric, how can they make sense of and derive the greatest value from customer data? Seshu Dommaraju, Director of Product Innovation at NETSCOUT, joins Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges to discuss the critical elements needed for a powerful CSP analytics program. Topics to be addressed include:

  • The value of real-time visibility and end-to-end view of network and service performance
  • Importance of customer experience indicators (CEIs)
  • Approaches for creating actionable insights from a number of data sources
  • The power of peer group analysis for proactive problem detection
  • And much more...

Accelerating NFV: A Cloud Platform for VNF Development & Deployment
Date: 2/15/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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Leading operators have aggressive plans to virtualize their networks, but their NFV strategies risk delay due to the difficulties of virtualizing, onboarding and managing network functions. VNF vendors struggle to develop or migrate their products due to fragmented technology choices, versions and approaches in NFV Infrastructures (NFVIs) and different levels of support for VNF deployment and management automation. This webinar discusses the need for a common platform approach to VNF development and deployment, along the lines of an IT Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Such an open source, cloud-based platform should provide the additional capabilities that VNFs need to execute properly in a hyperscale cloud environment, including support for VNF scaling and service chain simulation and instantiation. The webinar will explain the relationship between such a cloud platform and the NFV MANO. It will describe the benefits of using such a platform to accelerate the availability of VNFs designed for hyperscale cloud and DevOps environments, providing operators with greater VNF choices and enabling faster implementation of NFV.

Evaluating the performance of Nokia Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG)
Date: 2/17/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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Many virtualized network functions (VNFs) have been announced, but few have been evaluated and independently tested. That's why the recent evaluation of the Nokia Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG), by experienced and respected test lab EANTC, is so important to the industry.

Join this webinar to find out how the extensive functionality, performance and manageability of Nokia's advanced VNFs were validated, and get exclusive insight into the results and EANTC's conclusions.

Securing & Monetizing the On-Demand Network
Date: 2/18/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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There is no longer any doubt that the future of application delivery is cloud and real-time based. However, forging a strategy to meet these new requirements represents a formable challenge. Ultimately, network operator strategies to meet on-demand challenges will require a shift to a software programmable SDN routing model that currently does not exist.

Accordingly, this webinar will address the new realities of the cloud, documenting the additional requirements and software intelligence that must be supported and not currently available on traditional routed networks. This will include examining how new products such as Sonus’s VellOS can simplify the introduction of SDN by delivering the ability to support user-programmable prioritization of application traffic and secure the network perimeter.

In addition, the webinar will address how the implementation of a truly programmable on-demand transport network opens the door to support additional highly monetizable use cases such as network-as-a-service.

Dealing With Mobile Security Threats at the Application Layer
Date: 3/8/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Palo Alto Networks
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Mobile Operators are investing heavily to deliver application based services in order to move beyond simple voice and data, and move up the customer value chain. The traditional layer 3 and layer 4 approaches to security in place today do not provide the visibility, control and protection Mobile Operators need to secure their infrastructure, services, applications and customers. In this webinar Patrick Donegan, lead analyst at Heavy Reading and Leonid Burakovsky, director of product management at Palo Alto Networks discuss the challenges and approaches needed to elevate secure into application and services layer.

High Performance Server-based IPsec for Cloud and Telecom Providers
Date: 3/9/2016 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

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Join Us at the Digital Operations Transformation Summit

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The Digital Operations Transformation Summit on February 21, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Centre will bring together 50 senior executives to engage in a unique debate on the opportunities and challenges presented by the transformative evolving digital landscape. RSVP now at
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Making the Test: ADVA Ensemble Connector vs. Open vSwitch

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Light Reading, in partnership with EANTC, recently tested ADVA's Ensemble Connector, which replaces open vSwitch and offers carrier-grade capability and interoperability. The test results strengthen ADVA's credibility as a provider in the virtualization space.
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Bridging the Gap Between PoCs & Deployment in NFV

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Charlie Ashton of Wind River presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Dublin.
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CEO Chat With Mike Aquino

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The former CEO of Overture Networks, Mike Aquino, discusses why truly open virtualization solutions provide service providers with the greatest choice.
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MWC: Buckle Up for 5G & the IIoT

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This year's Mobile World Congress looks set to be a 5G land grab and a chance to get down and dirty with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – but what will the 5G discussions actually be about?
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Case Study: Building China's Next-Gen TV Networks

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With over 2 billion viewers worldwide, Shenzhen Media Group is one of China's largest content producers. By partnering with Huawei and Sobey, SZMG was able to modernize media operations with the Converged News Center, a production studio that is a model for next-generation workflows.
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Quad Channel Modulator Driver with 46 Gbaud Capability from MACOM

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MACOM's MAOM-003427 is the industry's first surface-mount modulator driver with 46 Gbaud capability to support next generation 200G and 400G applications.
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Video Infographic: Validating Cisco's NFV Infrastructure

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We all know that the network of the future will be virtual, but when will virtual become a reality? This video infographic covers the four key areas in which Light Reading, in partnership with EANTC, tested Cisco's NFV infrastructure: performance, reliability, multi-service capabilities and single pane of glass management.

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Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Phil McKinney, CableLabs

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At CES in Las Vegas, we met with Phil McKinney, CEO of CableLabs. Phil provides an update on the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1, his views on the future of open source and how consumer interest in virtual reality could affect network traffic.
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Ericsson CTO on the Changing Telecom Market

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At CES 2015, CTO of Ericsson, Ulf Ewaldsson, sits down with CEO of Light Reading, Steve Saunders, to discuss the changing telecom market, the new partnership with Cisco and the future of the telecom industry.
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Ireland's Data Dream

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Host In Ireland president Gary Connolly tells Light Reading's Steve Saunders about the role Ireland is playing in hosting data for the world's largest organizations.
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Brocade Keynote: Transitioning to the New IP

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At 2020 Vision in Dublin, Andrew Coward, VP of Service Provider Strategy at Brocade, presents the transition to the New IP.
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