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High-Performance Media Processing in an NFV World
Date: 5/25/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Radisys
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A majority of functions in today's networks are immediately suitable for virtualization in NFV architectures. And for these functions, service providers already have PoCs and even some live deployments in production.

However, some networking functions such as IP media processing have always required intensive processing power and stringent response times, dictating purpose-built network elements. So how do you virtualize the tougher network functions at scale? How do you go about delivering high performance media processing into a virtualized world?

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • State of the nation regarding virtualized network functions; which functions have been easy to virtualize; which functions are tougher to virtualize.
  • The unique and challenging requirements to deliver real-time IP media processing, including transcoding, transrating, media mixing, and media clip conversion, for today's interactive voice and video services such as VoLTE with EVS codec, VoWiFi and WebRTC.
  • Considerations and applicable standards when implementing IP media processing as Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) in an NFV architecture.
  • Opportunities for acceleration technologies in NFVI to augment the processing power required to deliver media processing in NFV architectures.
  • Case studies of progressive service providers who are tackling the challenges of virtualized media processing, and reaping the economic benefits today

How Microservice Architecture and Virtualization Can Make Access Networks Work with Both Legacy OSS & SDN
Date: 5/31/2017 12:00 p.m New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Calix
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The simultaneous advancement of SDN frameworks and rollout of next-generation access systems with programmatic management and control APIs establishes a vision for the future of plug-and-play integration and rapid service deployment. Yet as open source and multi-vendor systems and software come together, the compatibility challenges of data models, network operations methodology and virtualization best practices become apparent.

The cost to integrate new vendors and technology is one of the largest impediments to network transformation, making the move to DevOps and automation an elusive goal. With the presentation of two case studies, this webinar describes how virtualized management and microservice connectors are bringing new physical layer technologies (e.g., NG-PON2) to cable's DOCSIS protocols and accelerating the commercialization of Central Office Rearchitected as Datacenter (CORD) architectures.

Battling Network Latency: How to Avoid the Impact of Delay on Your Business
Date: 6/7/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
EXFO
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Is Network Latency Hurting Your Business?

With the explosion of data services, one network metric has risen above the others as both cucial and difficult to manage: delay (i.e., latency). Reducing network latency has quickly become critically important as our industry undergoes a shift to a full on-demand model for services and applications. And as we move into the first phase of virtualization, achieving ultra-low latency is of paramount importance and vital to success.

Considering the asymmetrical nature of network congestion and services, unidirectional delay measurement is essential for delivering the best possible QoE, especially in the case of real-time services such as VoIP, video streaming and interactive applications. On the flip side, traditional methods for measuring accurate one-way delay are both complex and expensive. This webinar introduces an innovative approach that solves this challenge by leveraging virtual active service assurance. Discover how to deliver superior quality of experience while not compromising on accuracy, by gaining unidirectional and bidirectional visibility and pinpointing the source of service-impacting latency without using complex or costly external synchronization mechanisms.

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • Why performance monitoring has become so critical
  • The main KPIs from an IP transport perspective
  • The main cause of network delay and its impact on service performance, quality of experience and revenue
  • How to produce one-way and two-way delay metrics, as well as delay variation metrics, by leveraging standards-based methodologies (OAM/TWAMP), ensuring interoperability with all compatible devices
  • More about mobile backhaul performance assurance by deep-diving into a use case

Is NETCONF Ready for Prime Time?
Date: 6/13/2017 11.00 a.m New York, 4.00 p.m London
Sponsors:
One Access Networks
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The latest attempt to crack the CLI vendor lock-in problem is NETCONF, an XML-based protocol created by the IETF that supports operations like transaction-based provisioning, querying, editing and deleting configuration data on network devices. In conjunction with the modelling language YANG, NETCONF is a key enabler of the new paradigm of SDN/NFV where services can be designed at a high level, independent of the complexities and device dependencies of the underlying infrastructure. NFV needs NETCONF/YANG to deliver on the promise of automation, but NETCONF/YANG can enable automation today without the need for virtualization. Why then, isn't NETCONF/YANG more widely implemented?

This webinar will discuss several issues holding back NETCONF/YANG adoption such as the installed base problem, immaturity of module standardization, skill shortages in CSPs and confusion over the overlap of NETCONF/YANG with TOSCA and REST APIs. We will also look at the challenges that operators face as they migrate to next-generation network management, including the need to manage hybrid physical and virtual network functions and the need for openness from the vendor community.

GPON Is Mature but Interoperability Slows Mass Deployment
Date: 6/15/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
VeEx
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The proliferation of connected devices (IoT) and increased demand for Internet video continues to drive fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment at an unprecedented pace. Whilst GPON remains the technology of choice to reach residential customers thanks to its simple architecture and tried and tested penetration worldwide, equipment interoperability is still a major challenge for service providers. At the transport layer, GPON equipment interacts well with others but in terms of managing and provisioning services, it’s a very different story, due in part to ITU-T standards allowing too much vendor interpretation in the way OLT and ONT devices can communicate.

This webinar will review fiber test practices recommended to verify physical network performance and examine the use of protocol analyzers to troubleshoot the ONU Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and PLOAM that a GPON uses to configure and manage the activation and service layers of the network.

Network Convergence & the Future of Central Offices
Date: 6/21/2017 10:00 a.m New York / 3.00 p.m London / 4.00 p.m Paris
Sponsors:
Commscope
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C-RAN deployments are gaining momentum, and 5G is on the horizon. To maximize asset utilization and simplify infrastructure, service providers are considering the convergence of their wireline and wireless networks.

In addition, the development of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) may mean big changes for the Central Office. How big?

Explore the impact of network convergence and the approaching passive infrastructure challenges on your Central Office. Watch the webinar "Network Convergence and the Future of Central Offices." It's happening June 21 at 4:00 p.m. CET/3:00 p.m. GMT.

Threat Intelligence: A New Frontier In Cybersecurity
Date: 6/22/2017 2:00 p.m. EST
Sponsors:
AT&T
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Developing the right cybersecurity posture – one that is tailored to its specific business model in the specific industry vertical that it serves – is a critical imperative for today's businesses. Fundamental security building blocks that are common to all enterprises need to be augmented with a value-added layer that reflects the unique structure of a business, its assets and liabilities, as well as those of its customers and partners.

Threat intelligence is central to this differentiated security layer that enterprises need to have front and center in their cybersecurity posture. This webinar will examine what threat intelligence is and what its core value proposition is for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Security Officers (CSOs).

AT&T's Jason Miller and Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan will consider what it takes to generate, deliver and implement high-value threat intelligence in today's cyber threat landscape. They will examine the value to the enterprise of being able to procure and integrate threat intelligence as a component of an enterprise security architecture independently of other hardware and software components. And it considers the types of characteristics required for a company to be able to serve up a compelling threat intelligence service to augment the security posture of its enterprise customers.

SECaaS in the Carrier Cloud: How CSPs can Capture the SMB Opportunity
Date: 6/28/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Nominum
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Half of all SMBs are victims of cyberattacks. Of those that are attacked, 60% go out of business within months. For SMBs needing better cybersecurity for their employees, guests and all connected devices, the security as a service (SECaaS) model presents the perfect opportunity for CSPs to fill a growing need with a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy solution, while maintaining management of and visibility into all activities on the network.

When SECaaS is made available through the carrier cloud – as opposed to through a third-party provider – by leveraging a CSP's DNS infrastructure, service providers can ensure network performance remains at optimal levels, regardless of the traffic volume or issues caused by third-party cloud solutions. The SECaaS model also enables CSPs to provide the strongest level of protection against threats like phishing, ransomware and other malware – in a highly scalable way, at minimal cost – while creating a new revenue stream and strengthening brand loyalty.

Join this webinar, hosted by Jim Hodges of Heavy Reading, along with Nominum security experts, to learn:

  • Why SMBs are a key target of cyberattacks and how a SECaaS model presents new opportunities for CSPs
  • The benefits to CSPs and their SMB customers of offering a SECaaS solution through the carrier cloud
  • How the DNS infrastructure provides the best layer of protection and keeps network management and visibility with the CSP

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David Levi, CEO of Ethernity Networks, explains that programmability of the hardware makes the company's All-Programmable Intelligent NIC uniquely beneficial for communications service providers that need advanced data appliances with agile support of virtualization. Utilizing the company's patented network processing technology, Ethernity offers data path ...
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BCE 2017: Vodafone Gets Obsessed With Cloud-Native

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Vodafone's Matt Beal updates us on Project Ocean and explains why simple virtualization isn't enough of a goal for network transformation. Catch up with other BCE 2017 keynotes and news at http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
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BCE 2017: Intel's Take on Network Transformation

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In this BCE 2017 keynote, Lynn Comp discusses Intel's vision for areas such as analytics, automation and service assurance. For more videos and BCE coverage, see http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
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Order From Chaos: The Steve Saunders BCE Keynote

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Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability testing.
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Service Provider Panel: Partnering in the Digital Era

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Coopetition has always been part of telecom, but the ecosphere now includes data centers, vendors, apps developers, cloud service providers and Internet content providers. This BCE 2017 panel explores the new attitudes among network operators as to the value and variety of ...
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Site Demo: AT&T's IoT Flow Platform

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At AT&T's R&D center in Tel Aviv, Israel, project leader Eyal Segev talks about the operator's Flow platform and how it helps to prototype IoT applications.
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Agent of Change: A Q&A With AT&T's John Donovan

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Carol Wilson talks with the man leading AT&T's transformation efforts about the challenge of change.
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BCE Service Provider Panel: The New Business Realities

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BCE Service Provider Keynote: CenturyLink

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CenturyLink CTO on Transformation

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The 80-year-old telco has already gone through several transformations, including every time it made an acquisition, but its purchase of Level 3 coupled with changes in technology and customer expectations necessitates its biggest transformation yet.
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Light Reading Hall of Fame 2017

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Find out who made it into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year.
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