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NFV Migration: Pure Pragmatism or Pragmatic Purity?
Date: 10/25/2016 11:00 a.m. EST
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
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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.

Packet Core: A Key Component to IoT/MTC Profitability
Date: 10/27/2016 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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With the Internet of Things (IoT) including massive Machine Type Communications (MTC), the continued growth of mobile broadband and 5G on the horizon, packet core will be required to connect to a greater variety of devices and deliver a broader range of services over wireless and fixed access.

These market and competitive factors place communication service providers (CSPs) at an inflection point from their overall business with regards to their mobile networks and operations. This in particular will drive an evolution in the packet core and next-generation mobile core product, solutions, operations and architectures.

In this webinar, we will discuss packet core/next-generation mobile core considerations in support of IoT/massive MTC and mobile broadband, and we'll show a path to 5G. It will highlight areas that CSPs need to consider, along with the cloud native concepts that need to be employed if CSPs are to profit from these opportunities.

How a Service Provider Can Scale DDOS Protection to Stop Uber-Size Network Attacks
Date: 10/27/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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What used to be a corner case in DDOS attacks is now becoming daily news – namely, the massive amount of bandwidth slammed down on a network from malicious actors seeking to completely paralyze communication services. These attacks are reaching levels of several hundred gigabytes at a time, and approaching 1 Terabyte. Now, in addition to worrying about multi-vector attacks, service providers need to be concerned with having a security solution that can pragmatically scale from stopping low and slow debilitating application attacks all the way to ultra-high volume, botnet-orchestrated attack bombardment. This webinar will show how service providers can realistically leverage physical and virtual NFV elements in concert with SDN-based network wide policy in building out the most robust, scalable DDoS detection and automated mitigation defenses.

Test in the Era of Virtualization
Date: 11/1/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Ixia, Netrounds, VeEX, Viavi
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Communications networks are being virtualized because virtualization provides remarkable benefits. Virtualization complicates operations, however. The responsibility for dealing with many of those complications falls on test & measurement companies.

Even some of the network operators who are virtualizing as quickly as technology allows have not anticipated some of these issues. In this one-hour discussion, four leading T&M companies will not only identify the hidden pitfalls of virtualization, but talk about some of the best ways to side-step them. Industry collaboration is key to developing NFV testing and validation techniques that provide carriers with the assurance needed to move virtualization technologies from the lab to production. The importance of active, software-based test and service assurance becomes even greater as operators must ensure that their services are delivered right the first time and any issues can be detected in real-time in an end-to-end manner. Automation will be a key enabler of service agility. And at the end of the day -- or more accurately, at the edge of a virtualized network -- signal integrity will remain critical.

Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths with Proven Solutions
Date: 11/2/2016 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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Cloud service delivery models are rapidly changing real-time communications (RTC) with new dynamic services and anticipated cost efficiencies… and anything less should be considered a failure. Trying to figure out how the cloud will optimize your RTC service delivery models from today’s proprietary, complex and disjointed solution can be confusing. Join our two-part webinar series and learn how to avoid the myths and achieve the realities in delivering RTC services faster, more cost-effectively and at the scale you need with Sonus’s solutions.

There are numerous challenges in deploying real-time communication (RTC) cloud services, and many claims being made on their behalf. To clarify what cloud reality looks like, this first in a two-part webinar series will answer these questions:

  • What is meant by "RTC in the cloud?"
  • What are the success criteria for deploying RTC in the cloud?
  • What are the challenges to overcome?
  • How can a Session Border Controller (SBC) solve these challenges?
  • What innovation is required to optimize a “cloud SBC”?

Register to hear insights from Light Reading and Sonus, whose cloud-optimized portfolio is a key enabler for RTC in the cloud.

Evolving VoLTE & IPX Networks for Full-HD Voice Transcoding With NFV
Date: 11/15/2016 2:00 p.m. New York / 11:00 a.m. California
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VoLTE and network functions virtualization (NFV) are both gaining traction with many global launches and many more forecasted in the coming years. At the same time, mobile and interconnect service providers are also busy enhancing their networks and software-defined infrastructures for enhanced consumer services and for better user experiences. One of those key enhancements to the core and edge of the networks is the enablement of full high-definition voice communications services with support for the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec.

Introduction of full HD voice with the EVS codec requires updates in the core and the edge of the service provider and interconnect networks to address audio transcoding between EVS and other codecs. NFV-based approaches offer the ability to do this transcoding in a distributed and secure manner, at efficient scale and with elasticity from the telco cloud. At the same time, NFV-based transcoding solutions with virtual network functions like session border controllers (SBCs) at the edge of the networks mitigate challenges such as security threats, signaling and media interoperability, and support new VoLTE roaming architectures.

Join us to learn more about the best practices to address EVS transcoding in the core and edge of your networks at scale using NFV-based approaches to provide a significantly enhanced user experience for your subscribers.

Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Dismantling Cloud Myths with Innovation
Date: 11/16/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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Having laid the foundation for what cloud reality looks like for Real-time Communication (RTC) services in our earlier webinar, Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths with Proven Solutions, this webinar will dig into some of the more technical requirements – those often promised, seldom seen “Unicorns” for RTC to be delivered in the cloud

While RTC vendors often state their products are “free from hardware constraints” it does not always mean their products are “cloud-optimized.” True cloud optimization involves new architectural approaches such as microservices and leveraging emerging technologies like Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) for media services.

This second part of our webinar series will give you a deeper understanding of the RTC requirements in the cloud and how a “cloud-optimized” SBC will meet the scale, performance and flexibility required to deploy RTC in the cloud. This webinar will give you more insight by specifically covering:

  • Essential SBC capabilities in the Cloud
  • SBCs’ adoption of a microservices architecture to increase scale, performance and flexibility
  • Leveraging optimized GPUs for media transcoding
  • Complete solutions by service chaining policy control and session management

Register to hear insights from Light Reading and Sonus, whose cloud-optimized portfolio is a key enabler for RTC in the cloud.

Clearing the Home Networking Bottleneck
Date: 11/16/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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In the new Gigabit Era, cable operators both large and small are boosting broadband speeds to new heights and bringing far more capacity to the home than ever before to meet soaring customer demand. But, as operators do so, they are running into a major new technical and operational challenge: How to manage and distribute all that bandwidth around the home to all the devices and users demanding it. In many cases, the home networks and equipment of consumers can’t handle this much heavier load. Fortunately, help is on the way. In this special webinar for NCTC members, we will look at how small and midsized cable operators can use more advanced broadband gateways, wireless mesh networks, improved monitoring systems and other new technologies to unclog the growing home networking bottleneck and meet their subscribers’ needs.

Making OTT Video Pay Off Now
Date: 12/1/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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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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Security: Tackling DDoS
Gary Sockrider, Principal Security Technologist, Arbor Networks
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Security: The Plusses and Minuses of Open Source Software
Nick Feamster, Acting Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
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SDN 101
John Isch, Practice Director, Network & Voice, Orange Business Services
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Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
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As the rate of change and complexity increases in agile networks, the importance of introducing DevOps methodologies for integrating active test and assurance solutions throughout the full service lifecycle becomes critical to ensure that customers are experiencing the service quality they demand. The industry landscape is changing, and software-based test and ...
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Light Reading's Steve Saunders hears how A10 enables service providers to accelerate, secure and optimize their application delivery to drive down costs, enhance service availability, and better respond to customer requirements, so they can improve customer satisfaction, monetize their network, and grow revenues.
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New NFV Use Cases for Cable TV

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A large number of NFV use cases are focused on the enterprise domain, looking at virtualization of customer-premises equipment (CPE). To date, there has been little focus on the use cases and business case for virtualization of the video content delivery networks required to deliver unicast and streaming video to consumers. Amdocs commissioned Analysys Mason to ...
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ZTE Global Services User Congress 2016 Highlights

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ZTE held its 2nd Global Service User Conference in Dusseldorf on October 13-14. Representatives from network operators, leading industry analysts and ZTE senior expertsattended the event, exploring the best practice in managed services and the vision to transform network operations into the operations center of the future (OpCF) in the software-defined networking ...
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Cyrille Morelle, VeEX's President and CEO, talks with Light Reading's Alan Breznick live from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016. They discuss DOCSIS 3.1 technology, deployments and early lessons learned. New products on display include the CX350s-D3.1, CX380s-D3.1, CX310, AT2500-3G, FX150 OTDR and MTT WiFI Air Expert.
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Join Carol Wilson of Light Reading as she interviews the CTO of Smith Micro, Dave Sperling.
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