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Empowering your OSS test capability
Date: 10/4/2016 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Viavi
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In today’s networks, the challenges faced by network operations teams are increasing, especially when trying to view collected data in a meaningful way, and then using that information to better enable operations teams' day-to-day activities. While ensuring that SLAs are being met is important, placing focus on the end user to make certain they are receiving the best QoS possible is even more critical. With the introduction of SDN, performance monitoring systems will become even more crucial to assure network efficiency and QoS. A heavy emphasis is now being placed on participants in this ecosystem to collaborate on what each element should provide in order to maximize not only development efficiency, but customer experience.

In this webinar you will:

  • learn how an assurance solution can be integrated into a real time network OSS view
  • take a deep dive into the emerging technology and how it will improve that capability set for emerging SDN and 5G networks

NFV Infrastructure Implementation Strategies: Balancing the Trade-offs
Date: 10/4/2016 11:00 a.m. EST / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Napatech
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is gradually moving into the commercialization phase as vendor solutions come to market and CSPs firm up business cases. However, a number of infrastructure-based challenges still remain.

One of these challenges is achieving acceptable performance with NFV infrastructures while assuring the flexibility and cost efficiency associated with leveraging a common shared hardware platform. Options to date have either focused on performance or flexibility, but both are required to assure the NFV business case. This is driving a new wave of solutions that are designed to address these specific challenges and trade-offs of NFV.

Accordingly, this webinar will review all these options, as well as consider the advantages and challenges that each present.

Specific topics to be addressed in the webinar include:

  • The current status of NFV and the challenges being faced today
  • NFV infrastructure implementation options and their associated advantages and challenges
  • The importance of addressing performance, flexibility and cost-efficiency simultaneously to assure the NFV business case
  • Best practices in balancing the trade-offs between performance and flexibility as well as software and hardware acceleration

Holistic Security: Key to Success for Video Service Providers
Date: 10/5/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Cisco
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OTT and multiscreen experiences are top of mind for video service providers today, with monetization and scale as key priorities. Transformation of infrastructure and adoption of cloud support this goal. In the rush to expand such services, security is too often ignored or delayed. Partly this is because of fear of complexity, and partly because often goals and responsibilities are unclear. Ignoring security is a critical mistake, as hackers and pirates increasingly focus on vulnerable targets in the video industry. Successful attacks on content and infrastructure are continuously growing in number and impact. In this webinar we discuss the business imperative of unified end-to-end security. We also provide the viable best practices for you to expand multiscreen video services while leveraging the benefits of IP and cloud, all safely.

HDR’s Challenges & Opportunities for NSPs
Date: 10/5/2016 12:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. PST
Sponsors:
Technicolor
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Digital entertainment is about to become more dynamic, more vibrant and more lifelike than ever before. When it comes to delivering exciting and compelling entertainment experiences, rich visual content is critical: this is the promise of High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.

Delivering the best and most consistent content experience regardless of device or format is imperative for any network service provider (NSP). In this webinar, we will discuss how NSPs can enable quick, smooth consumer adoption of new immersive content by providing a timely, consistent HDR experience for viewers who have made the transition, while continuing to serve their SDR customers. We will also cover the challenges and opportunities of the emerging HDR market, along with a look at how to boost distribution efficiency and eliminate the need for costly infrastructure upgrades.

Getting Applications Ready for the Cloud: Modernize, Migrate, Secure
Date: 10/6/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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The business benefits of moving to the cloud are well documented. In addition to the direct financial benefits including reduced capex, opex and headcount, there are other business advantages such as agility and efficiency. Because of these key benefits, IT leaders no longer see deploying cloud technology as a choice. In fact, in a recent study by Ericsson ConsumerLab called “Work in the Cloud”, they expressed fear of being left behind by not adopting it. In that study 52 percent of IT decision makers say they plan to accelerate cloud implementation during the next 3 years.

So the key question about migrating to the cloud is not “if”, but “when” and “how”. The first step in that process is to determine which applications should remain in your data center, which ones should move to the private cloud, and which ones should move to the public cloud. The second step in that process is determining whether your data and applications are cloud ready. Companies need to modernize their data and applications so they are written in contemporary and compatible code that is usable in a cloud environment. Next, they need to perform the actual movement of those applications from legacy systems over to the cloud in an organized and efficient process. And finally, they need to be able to make sure their applications and data are safe in the cloud. More than traditional security, companies need to be certain that they have the best policies and governance tools to ensure the integrity of their cloud data and applications even down to the micro-services and container level.

Join us to learn about the best ways to ensure the migration of your applications and data to the cloud goes as smoothly as possible. We’ll be discussing tips, tools and best practices that have been proven to make certain your data and applications are modernized, migrated smoothly and are secure.

Extending MPLS and Ethernet networks Into New, Hard-to-Reach Markets Is Now Possible… and Profitable
Date: 10/13/2016 10:00 a.m New York/ 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Intelstat
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Service providers looking for growth opportunities may be overlooking a critical opportunity in emerging markets where they don't currently have infrastructure. In the past, expanding into these markets seemed cost-prohibitive, impractical and time-consuming due to the limitations of existing terrestrial technologies and fiber networks. Recent advances in satellite technology have dramatically changed the game – and heightened the opportunity. With the launch of new high-throughput satellites (HTS), it’s not only possible, but profitable for service providers to expand into new markets and deliver new services, quickly and cost-effectively.

In this webinar, we’ll explore the opportunities for service providers in new and emerging markets, the benefits of new HTS technology and key considerations for incorporating HTS into terrestrial networks to support global network expansion plans.

Managing & Monetizing Multiscreen Video
Date: 10/13/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC, Elemental Technologies, Adara Technologies
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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.

NFV Migration: Pure Pragmatism or Pragmatic Purity?
Date: 10/25/2016 11:00 a.m. EST
Sponsors:
One Access Networks
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The underlying drivers for NFV have changed from just appliance consolidation and capex savings to a more broad-based delivery model for enterprise services where service agility and time-to-revenue take center stage. At the same time, operators have decided to focus initially on CPE delivery models while they wait for key technical and scalability issues to be solved before launching services using a more centralized model. This has led to a focus on an eclectic range of options to deliver CPE-based services using virtualization technology, but conditioned by the pragmatic need to support legacy connections and achieve ROI. While pragmatism is unavoidable, certainly if you want to be an early leader, the purer ideals of virtualization still remain very much at the forefront of operators' ambitions.

  • Learn why centralized virtualized services have yet to fully take off
  • Explore the broad range of different CPE options for delivering next-generation services
  • Understand the challenges involved in delivering state-of-the-art NFV deployments
  • Get a better understanding of the full range of NFV options available for operators today

Overcoming the Service Assurance Challenge of Hybrid NFV
Date: 10/26/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
TEOCO1
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With use of SDN and NFV in the telecom domain moving from proof of concept to actual deployments, the OSS world faces new challenges. SDN promises to alter the behavior of the network and its ability to automate and simplify service deployment. At the same time, NFV enables the relocation of network functions to generic, commoditized hardware. These technologies bring a major transformation to the way networks are used and managed, and they extend the domain of traditional service assurance.

Where services are delivered over a dynamic combination of new and legacy networks, service assurance solutions need to intelligently and automatically identify and resolve problems, proactively prevent bottlenecks and predict and forecast anticipated capacity.

Join us in this webinar to learn how to manage hybrid networks efficiently using smart service assurance analytics and advanced automation. The webinar will discuss real-life operational and functional challenges and provide firsthand tips on how to empower engineering and operations staff.

Meeting the Ethernet & Managed Services Challenge
Date: 10/26/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC
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With both large companies and smaller ones increasingly seeking sophisticated Ethernet and cloud-based managed offerings from their service providers, small and midsized cable operators are scrambling for ways to meet that growing demand over both HFC and all-fiber networks. But, unlike the major MSOs, smaller operators don’t have big tech teams to develop and deliver these advanced services to their commercial clientele. Nor do they have the hefty resources of the big MSOs. So what can smaller operators do? In this Webinar, we will explore the opportunities offered by the swiftly expanding Ethernet and managed services markets, examine the challenges they present and suggest ways to overcome those challenges.

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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CenturyLink: SD-WAN Customers Looking for Value Not Cost Savings

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At NFV & Carrier SDN in Denver, CenturyLink's Eric Nowak told Light Reading that when customers launch SD-WAN, they aren't necessary looking to save money, but instead they are looking for more value from what they're spending. He also shared some unique case studies and lessons learned from launching SD-WAN services.
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Flexible Deployment Approaches for the Gigabit Services Evolution

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For many operators, the gigabit evolution begins with the shift from DOCSIS 3.0 to DOCSIS 3.1. But that move represents a change not only in the protocol itself, but in the approach to architecting their entire DOCSIS delivery chain -- from the headend to the outside plant and home gateway components.

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Level 3 VP: Enterprises Need More for Less

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Andrew Dugan, Level 3 group vice president of global technology and IT, says enterprises need more bandwidth and they need it faster and with greater security, but they want to spend less, if possible. They are looking to carriers to reduce their network complexity and help protect them from cyberattacks as well.
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CenturyLink: SDN/NFV Pose New Interconnection Possibilities

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Network operators should develop new APIs and business processes for reselling virtual assets to each other, says CenturyLink's Bill Walker. That will enable them to build digital business portfolios that help them avoid becoming commodity transport providers.
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Level 3: Overcoming Terror of Being Supplier, Integrator & Developer

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At Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Travis Ewert of Level 3 Communications said there is terror in becoming supplier, integrator and developer, but it can be overcome and be cost effective.
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Introducing IoT World News

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Self-driving cars, medical sensors, smart cities... and refrigerators. In order to address the huge scope of IoT, KNect365 has created a unique online community that will help businesses to understand and monetize the opportunities that live within the IoT market. We look forward to welcoming you to IoT World News -- your gateway to a better connected future.
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AT&T: Reusable Functions Next NFV Key

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The next generation of NFV has to break functions down into reusable software chunks, making everything much more cloud-like.
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Masergy on Security: Attackers Gaining Upper Hand

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At Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Ray Watson, vice president of Global Technology at Masergy, says that because of the growth in virtualization, the threat landscape is shifting in favor of the attackers. As a result, service providers need to think beyond just defending the perimeter and take a more holistic approach to security.
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Verizon Takes Next Step on Biz Virtualization Journey

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At September's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Light Reading sat down with Victoria Lonker, director of Product and New Business Innovation at Verizon, to chat about where the carrier is with delivering virtualized services to business customers.
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Global Services: The $40B Face-Off

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More service providers than ever before are battling it out to win a slice of what is now a $40 billion global communications services pie, explains Ovum Principal Analyst David Molony.
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MEC Congress: The Key Takeaways

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Three key takeaways from the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Congress in Munich, Germany.
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