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Transforming Business Operations With SD-WAN
Date: 9/19/2018 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. London
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SD-WAN has the potential to transform the way enterprises operate on a day-to-day basis by improving digital connectivity without breaking the bank. This webinar explains how Huawei can help enterprises: address their growing bandwidth needs without increasing their bandwidth budget; take advantage of application-based intelligent traffic steering and WAN optimization technologies to optimize their cloud service experience; dramatically reduce the time it takes to introduce new technologies and services through the deployment of universal CPE (uCPE); build, monitor and intelligently manage international networks; and more.

Disaggregation in Optical Networks with Open Line Systems
Date: 9/19/2018 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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Disaggregation in networking started with layer 3 routing but has quickly moved to optical networks, including into the optical line system, where the open line system (OLS) is of increasing interest to webscale providers as well as traditional network operators. This webinar focuses on disaggregation in the line system, including the value of disaggregated ROADM architectures for all types of service providers. Underscoring the importance of disaggregation in optics, we will be joined by two guest speakers. Facebook Director of Optical Engineering Matthew Mitchell and Charter Director of Advanced Engineering Chris Ellefsen will share views from their respective companies.

Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • Benefits of Open Line systems (separating transponders from the line system)
  • Disaggregated ROADMs and In-Line Amplifiers with SDN control
  • Leveraging optical switches in disaggregated ROADMs
  • Charter and Facebook's views on Open Line Systems

AI, Analytics & Automation - the Keys to Customer Experience Optimization
Date: 9/20/2018 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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Within the universe of automation, a subset of companies is now focused on delivering unique solutions to service providers that take full advantage of the very latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The skills of highly trained network engineers are impossible to completely replicate, but data can be leveraged to reduce their workload and augment their decision making. However, there is a daunting challenge: The huge data sets that network teams collect is rapidly increasing with the emergence of IoT and 5G, and it is more and more difficult for humans to analyze using standard tools due to the multi-variant data. Furthermore, with the rapidly changing nature of these real-time systems, rule-based solutions need constant manual updates; this defeats the ROI objective in the first place. Enter AI. We describe how AI can discover and interpret the complex, subtle relationships between events and suggest next best actions. With AI, operators are empowered to run their networks more efficiently and reliably.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • How AI can be applied to improve the efficacy and automation of network operations, including fault management, network alarm management, root issue analysis, predictive maintenance and utilization prediction
  • What the ROI is for investment in AI as it relates to improved performance, cost savings and better customer experience

Cracking the Code of SDN
Date: 9/27/2018 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
Sterlite Technologies
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Software is indeed eating the world and changing industries forever… in the network world now, if it's not software defined, it's legacy. Though widely accepted to be an industry revolution and not just the latest marketing buzzword, adoption of software and network virtualization remains lower than expected. Why are CSPs struggling to make the shift to virtualized networks? Listen to Sterlite Tech's CEO (Software), Anshoo Gaur, as he delves deep into the reasons for the delayed adoption of SDN & NFV and articulates how CSPs can overcome these challenges going forward. This webinar will talk about:

  • Demystifying SDN & NFV
  • Where are we?
  • What's taking so long?
  • Going forward… What could CSPs do?

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Remote PHY but Were Afraid to Ask
Date: 9/27/2018 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
VIAVI Solutions
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With Remote PHY all over the news, Comcast and most other cable operators are now planning to test and/or deploy the new access network platform. But, beyond the MSOs' various R-PHY working teams, there is still a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the technology. In this first part of a multi-webinar series, we will explain the business drivers behind R-PHY, how it will impact the access network in the short term, and what the evolving network will look like in the long term. We will also present a recommended structure for R-PHY testing over the entire lifecycle. In the next two webinars, we will dive deeper into such specific areas as headend/hub construction, fiber deployment, R-PHY turn-up & cutover, and ongoing maintenance of Distributed Access Architectures.

Automated Provisioning to Accelerate Service Creation and Drive Revenue Growth
Date: 10/3/2018 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Affirmed Networks
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The key to revenue growth for CSPs is the ability to rapidly create and deliver new services that differentiate and add business value. Introducing a new service has traditionally been a lengthy, manual process that was costly and error prone, requiring complex integrations that spanned multivendor environments.

Fortunately, advances in automated service provisioning are addressing many of these challenges, allowing service providers to deliver new services faster and more cost effectively. Key enablers include open API’s for easy integration with OSS/BSS systems and network devices, dry runs and automated health checks for service assurance and a UI based service creation platform that requires no programming or scripting.

This webinar, led by Heavy Reading analyst James Crawshaw, will explore how automated service provisioning is being used to accelerate the service creation, provisioning and delivery process, thereby enabling more innovation. Offering the perspectives of Affirmed Networks, a leader in NFV, the webinar will provide real-world examples of how operators are using automated provisioning platforms to drive revenue growth. There will also be a live demo showing:

  • How to use a single platform for defining service logic
  • How to avoid vendor lock-in with open APIs, north- and south-bound
  • How to reduce human error related to new service creation with robust service assurance
  • How to remove the need for costly custom development through service abstraction

The Services Future of Firewalls
Date: 10/16/2018 9:00 a.m New York / 2:00 p.m London
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Many communications service providers are now well into their network functions virtualization (NFV) driven cloudification journey, which not only virtualizes and moves services to the cloud but also enables moving services and underlying compute platforms to the edge of the network. And this push to the edge will only intensify as 5G and related complementary technologies such as MEC are deployed in the next 24 months.

From a services perspective, both these technologies also are considered services-based in that they are focused on exposing service instances at the edge on an unprecedented level. As a result, security strategies and products such as firewalls must also evolve to meet these new services requirements. This webinar will consider the impact on firewalls, specifically how the edge and this services approach will redefine not only the role but also the architecture of next-gen firewalls (NGFWs).

Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • How the 5G Service Based Architecture (SBA) core network and associated capabilities such as 5G slicing will drive new security enforcement firewall functionality
  • The security firewall requirements associated with managing the 5G cloud-distributed new radio (NR) access network
  • The implication of these technologies on existing cloud-based Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) deployments
  • Clavister’s product strategy for dealing with these new service-driven firewall requirements

How to Differentiate & Accelerate Your Managed SD-WAN & Security Offerings
Date: 10/16/2018 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
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As demand for SD-WAN gathers pace, service providers are racing to implement this new technology to maintain and grow revenue streams from their enterprise customers. To differentiate themselves and enhance their competitive positioning, service providers need to offer a variety of SD-WAN based products combined with specialized security solutions and an ever-expanding portfolio of value-added services. To deliver these capabilities efficiently and scalably requires the latest in network functions virtualization technology. While deploying all these new technologies it is critical to make sure you are still able to meet your ongoing business, performance and cost requirements.

In this webinar we will:

  • Examine the increasing importance of SD-WAN in enterprise telecoms.
  • Discuss the upside and challenges facing service providers when delivering managed SD-WAN and value-added services.
  • Explore the critical role of orchestration in managing a portfolio of SD-WAN and security solutions.
  • Discuss how pre-integrated solutions can simplify implementation, reduce time to market and enable service providers to rapidly monetize SD-WAN, security and value-added services.

DAA - Headend Considerations Before the First Remote Unit is Turned Up
Date: 11/27/2018 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
VIAVI Solutions
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There has been much discussion about the turn-up process for the actual distributed access nodes and what can go wrong at this step. But what has been conspicuously absent is dialogue about the preparation required in the headend and transport network. Much of the complexity (and challenges) in DAA deployments come from re-architecting the headend/hub and transport network before the first field DAA unit is ever turned up. The challenges in these areas are both technical and organizational – it is not always well thought out who owns the issues with the new interfaces that Distributed Access Architecture brings. In this session, we will go over a few architecture options in play today and focus on the crucial fiber and transport areas, including fiber characterization and testing, Ethernet testing (including PTP timing) and recommended service testing.

Crossing The R-PHY Finish Line – RPU Installation, Cutover and Ongoing Maintenance 
Date: 1/23/2019 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
VIAVI Solutions
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In the first two installments of this series, we covered R-PHY basics and details about the largely headend-focused Ethernet, Fiber and Transport test processes. Now, in this edition, we will focus on the actual field install/cutover and maintenance aspects that follow. We will discuss Fiber, Ethernet, RF and service test considerations for flawless turn-ups, as well as strategies for retaining critical test and measurement capabilities and standardized processes.

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