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Segment Routing: Make Your Network Infrastructure SDN-Ready
Date: 12/6/2016 11am EST
Sponsors:
Tail-F (Cisco)
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This webinar will give an overview of segment routing technology at the time when this technology is becoming increasingly adopted by service providers that want to make their network infrastructure SDN-ready. Some questions to be addressed during this webinar include:

  • What is segment routing and how is it used to simplify operations?
  • How does segment routing push scalability one step further?
  • What are the key use cases that segment routing enables for service providers?
In addition, attendees will hear directly from major Tier 1 service provider Bell Canada about why it considers segment routing a key technical enabler for transformation of its architecture.

Trends in Optical Disaggregation
Date: 12/6/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Lumentum & Infinera
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Bandwidth demands continue to grow exponentially and network operators consistently report the need to accelerate innovation cycles and reduce costs across targeted parts of their network infrastructures. One approach is to leverage open white box systems to drive further innovation and cost reductions. Over the past few years, hyperscale data center operators have applied this approach to the switching fabric inside their data centers, enabling the construction of switches with simpler feature sets designed for their data center network performance, scaling, cost, and power requirements. A similar approach is now underway for optical transport; however, as one moves lower down the layers, the functions transition from digital to analog. Converting and managing analog performance, plus virtualization and disaggregation at the optical layer, is complex and necessitates collaboration among all participants.

Join Madhu Krishnaswamy, Senior Director Product Line Management at Lumentum and Matthew Mitchell, Vice President Optical Systems Architecture at Infinera as they discuss these upcoming trends in optical disaggregation, joint open line system interoperability and other industry efforts aimed at ensuring successful implementation of this new paradigm.

The Role of TD-LTE for 1Gbit/s Mobile
Date: 12/7/2016 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Nokia
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The FDD and TDD LTE networks are converging for the upcoming 5G era. Although many operators have deployed TDD and FDD networks in different kinds of topologies and configurations, the key to convergence is the carrier aggregation between TDD and FDD. This webinar will provide details on different topologies and carrier aggregation current progress. Shared spectrum trends and the latest advancements will be covered with special focus given to US 3.5GHz CBRS band spectrum and how 3.5GHz global interest is further fueling the convergence of the network to deliver high-capacity, high-throughput, and spectral efficiency. In addition, the 5G-like experience from 3D Beamforming using Massive MIMO antennas in the TDD spectrum will be highlighted – a low-hanging fruit for many operators for 3x capacity and high throughput. TD-LTE is playing an important role for the next milestone of 1Gbit/s throughput. Investment using Nokia 4.5G Pro TD-LTE will help to deliver 1 Gbit/s and pave the path for 5G.

Building a Service Provider Hosted Cloud With Cisco, Microsoft & NetApp
Date: 12/7/2016 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NetApp
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Service providers are always looking for ways to reduce cloud infrastructure costs and overhead, ease their operational burden costs and bring new cloud service offerings to market more quickly. In this session, we will discuss a unique solution partnership between Cisco, NetApp and Microsoft that enables our service-provider partners to do just that. The solution enables service providers to design, build and deploy a broad range of infrastructure-, software- and platform-as-a-service offerings right from the start. We will do a deep dive into the NetApp Resource Provider for Windows Azure Pack, discussing its offerings for service providers.

The 5 Myths of VoWiFi
Date: 12/8/2016 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements. While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remains several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi.

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

Join Heavy Reading's Dan O'Shea and John Hoadley from Sonus Networks for a wide-ranging conversation as we explore the five myths of VoWiFI and how to conquer them.

The Path to Customer-Focused Digital Success
Date: 12/8/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Epsilon
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Epsilon recently teamed with a top U.S. brand to launch new digital technologies and adopt changes in both organizational structure and operations. These changes were critical to enhancing the organization's position as a singularly consumer-focused company.

This webinar will cover the driving forces that led to this partnership and the actions taken to spur customer-centric digital success, as well as offer keen insights for wireline telecom and cable providers striving to change the customer experience in a similar vein; including:

  • Driving forces influencing telecom transformation
  • Three pillars essential to integrating and governing new digital solutions
  • Unique look at organizational and role changes
  • Typical phasing and milestones to achieve success

Experts will discuss how to create successful change management and enact effective governance to achieve these types of outcomes:

  • Reach the connected consumer through an omni-channel approach
  • Strengthen customer touch points
  • Develop customer-centric strategies
  • Implement those same strategies
  • Carry out effective change management and governance

Cyber Security – Can also be a Profit Center
Date: 12/12/2016 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
ECI
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Cyber security – it seems that every day we hear of yet another breach or attack. For many SMBs, keeping their business and information safe is a never ending activity, with endless number of possible solutions, and costs that keep spiraling. As opposed to large corporations which have the resources and experts to help sift through the garbles of information available, SMBs (and consumers) are usually lost in this world. This is an great opportunity for service providers to sell cyber security as a service to their business customers - As a managed service. The webinar will outline an approach to deliver this service, which features:

  • Superior Protection – Accurately detect multidimensional attacks and automatically adjusts security measures, in real time, to combat them – both for yourself and for your customers.
  • Low TCO – Uses carrier-grade multitenant NFV to combine security with broadband connectivity. So the same infrastructure 'packs a double punch'.
  • Win-Win Business Case – Relieves SMBs of their security burden while providing new service provider revenue streams.

Critical Requirements for Service Providers Capitalizing on the Promise of IoT
Date: 12/12/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Affirmed Neworks
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In a market of flat-to-declining revenues, operators worldwide are viewing the Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity as one of the most exciting opportunities for revenue growth that we have seen in years. To capitalize on the promise of this growth area, operators are evaluating all aspects related to the creation and delivery of IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services to better understand the impact to both their network and their bottom-line.

Successful IoT strategies will take a holistic view at the key requirements for supporting these services from both a network connectivity and a service enablement platform perspective. On the network side, many operators have realized that traditional networks were not designed to handle the scale and the sheer number of transactions that will occur as IoT services continue to grow. As such, virtualized network architectures and LPWA have emerged as an ideal foundation for delivering high-value IoT services due to their inherent distributed nature and unmatched flexibility and scalability. Virtualized networks also offer support for the coming 5G standard, the ability to deliver both Massive and Critical IoT services, and the ability to provide real-time analytics on network performance.

Beyond the network, operators need to focus on the underlying services enablement platform that will serve as the foundation for these new services. The platform must be able to manage the connectivity and subscription requirements of the wide variety of emerging IoT use cases as well as enable application development. By ensuring that they have considered their requirements from a platform perspective, operators can vastly increase their ability to capitalize on the burgeoning IoT opportunity.

We invite you to join this webinar, to learn from experts Affirmed Networks, Tech Mahindra, and Heavy Reading related to the key requirements for implementing a successful IoT strategy and service offering.

WAN Automation - The Time Is Now
Date: 12/14/2016 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ciena
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New users bring new applications with expectations of more bandwidth on-demand and the need for new network services. Operators need to respond quickly, incorporating new technologies and capabilities. As such, networks are becoming bigger, and operating the network is becoming more complex.

The idea of network automation is not new. However, new SDN-based approaches make automation provisioning across multi-vendor optical, packet and MPLS networks easier and more powerful than it has ever been in the past.

An automated WAN provides a programmable foundation that simplifies service providers' ability to transform and offer new virtualized, on-demand services. The time is now.

Join Ciena and Heavy Reading for this one-hour webinar to learn more about:

  • Key trends in SDN and NFV driving operators to adopt WAN automation
  • The critical role of multi-domain service orchestration in enabling WAN optimization
  • The rising role of DevOps and community-based software development
  • How to simplify and accelerate processes through model-driven templating
  • Use cases for WAN automation optical (layer 0), Ethernet (layer 2) and IP (layer 3) networks and services

Generating New Revenue with 5G, IoT and Cloud
Date: 12/15/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Ericsson & Intel
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No one denies the tremendous changes brought about by the Networked Society. Once a vision, but now a reality, the Networked Society projects a world with over 28 billion connected devices, providing services for everything from meter reading to connected cars. This Internet of Things (IoT) brings the promise of a connected world, supported by advanced networks and infrastructure, including 5G and Cloud. Together, 5G, Cloud and IoT provide the necessary speed, latency and flexibility to make certain complex new applications work better, every time.

But what are some of the new applications that we can expect to see in the near future? Join Ericsson and Intel on this not to be missed webinar to learn about the combined power of 5G, IoT and Cloud. We will explore key topics such as:

  • The capabilities of 5G, IoT and Cloud and their impact on the Networked Society
  • Compelling use cases in areas of healthcare, transportation and drones
  • The benefits of each use case – both in terms of business efficiencies and enhanced consumer experiences

This webinar event will benefit anyone interested in learning more about how 5G and Cloud are enabling new revenue streams through IoT. You’ll see how these technologies come together to enhance business opportunities across multiple industry verticals.

White-box vE-CPE, Implementation and Test Strategies
Date: 12/20/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Advantech
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While legacy enterprise networking solutions consist of proprietary and closed hardware-based appliances from single suppliers, network functions virtualization (NFV)-based vE-CPE allows for a logical and flexible separation of hardware and software. Vertical silos with vendor lock-in are transformed into a flexible mix-and-match approach that allows service providers to gain maximum efficiency and flexibility by procuring hardware and software optimized for target use cases.

However, in a fast-moving competitive environment, the time from service evaluation to development and final deployment needs to be accelerated. CSPs require the ability to correctly size the compute, offload, memory and network throughput needed to sustain changing CPE workloads and network traffic types in the white box vE-CPE devices that they will eventually deploy.

This webinar will address the drivers, vE-CPE architectures, key use cases such as SD-WAN and discuss the implementation and test strategies that are vital to achieve successful vE-CPE implementations.

Tracking CSPs' Progress on Virtualization
Date: 12/20/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Ericsson, Intel & Oracle
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Heavy Reading, working with Ericsson, Intel and Oracle, has developed a unique series of virtualization indexes, aggregating input from CSPs around the world to get a detailed, up-to-the-minute picture of the status of virtualization initiatives. Updated every 6 months, the indexes provide all CSPs with a compelling reality check for measuring their own progress in three critical areas: planning, deployment and spending. In this webinar, Roz Roseboro, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, will share the results from the November indexes, noting the changes since the Spring update, and lead a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.

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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GeSI is a global e-Sustainability Initiative organization bringing together 40 big multinational companies around the world. According to GeSI's report, information and communication technology can make the world more sustainable. Luis Neves, chairman of GeSI, shared with us his opinion at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
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Finding a New Way to Engage Customers & Drive Revenue

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Mobile revenues are declining. Digicel, a player in the Caribbean telecommunications/entertainment space, has found a new way to engage customers and drive revenue. John Quinn, CTO of Digicel, shared with us its story at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016)
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Do You Really Need Gigabit Infrastructure?

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Altibox is the biggest fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) player and the largest provider of video and TV in Norway. They started out with zero customers in 2002. Now they have close to half a million households and companies attached to their FTTH business. Nils Arne, CEO of Altibox shared with us their story and insight on 5G at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
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BT’s Openreach Strategy & Its Updates in 2016

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A lot of developments at Openreach this year in terms of strategy and planned investments. Peter Bell, CIO of Openreach BT, shared with us the updates of Openreach at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
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ITU: The Broadband Is Our Future

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At Ultra-broadband Forum, Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of ITU, discussed how important it is for countries, companies and everybody to be working together to help to build the broadband and digital economies (UBBF2016).
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Tackling 5G in Dallas

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Cox Prepping for Virtualization Trials

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In this video interview, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein discusses MSO's plans to test managed business services in early 2017 and tackle Distributed Access Architectures.
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Drivers & Potential of NGP

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ETSI has created an Industry Specification Group to work on Next Generation Protocols (NGP ISG), looking at evolving communications and networking protocols to provide the scale, security, mobility and ease of deployment required for the connected society of the 21st century. The NGP ISG will identify the requirements for next generation protocols and network ...
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Huawei IP 2020 for Future Networks

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Future Networks should satisfy many requirements such as high throughput, extremely low latency, flexible mobility, intrinsic security, networking automation, and so forth. The Chief Architect of Huawei Future Networks addresses a holistic solution, i.e., IP 2020, to achieve these requirements for various future life scenarios (e.g., autonomous driving, tactile ...
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Digital Object Architecture

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BT's Openreach Has High Hopes for Long-Reach VDSL

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Peter Bell, Network Portfolio CIO at BT's access business Openreach, talks about the operator's trial of a new broadband access technology called Long Reach VDSL.
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