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Bridging On-Premise & Cloud-Native Infrastructure With Secure Application Delivery Strategies
Date: 8/31/2016 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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Today, it is all about applications. Users expect fast and secure application access, while IT teams are required to implement agile, scalable and secure application delivery solutions that are less complex and easier to manage. The bottom line is that organizations need to reduce TCO, minimize risk and provide the agility for growth.

To satisfy these demands, application delivery and application delivery controllers (ADCs) are evolving from an on-premise, monolithic, multi-tier data center architecture to cloud-native service delivery models. Join A10 Networks for an engaging webinar that will:

  • Document strategies for migrating and bridging on-premise architectures to public, private and hybrid environments
  • Discuss application delivery blueprints to deliver anytime, anywhere access to all users
  • Outline how to leverage centralized management to reduce operational complexity
  • Explore open-source components and standards to accelerate application deployments
  • Explain the importance of cloud-native solutions that offer application performance visibility, availability and security

Uncover Network Blind Spots With Device-Based QoS Analytics
Date: 9/1/2016 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Smith Micro Software Inc.
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In an increasingly crowded and dynamic wireless market, it is no longer enough for communications service providers (CSPs) to merely make wireless service available to their subscribers. Quality of Service (QoS) is critical to attracting and retaining customers, which means CSPs can't afford "blind spots" when managing network QoS. Blind spots occur on unowned or partner networks where traditional network tools can’t capture performance data or events that negatively impact user experience, such as failed credential authentication, dropped calls, captive portal hanging and cellular "dead zones." Unfortunately, customers often don't know or care which network they're accessing, so any poor experience is attributed to their wireless service provider.

To gain a complete understanding of subscriber experience across all networks, a device-based approach to QoS monitoring is critical. Device analytics capture key performance metrics, such as dropped connections, latency and signal strength. With this information, CSPs can compare performance of their network with other networks being used by subscribers, facilitating partner Service Level Agreements, network planning and competitive marketing strategies.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Dan O'Shea and experts from Smith Micro Software will discuss these issues.

The Path to Open Transport Networking
Date: 9/7/2016 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT
Sponsors:
Fujitsu
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Cloud agility, virtualization and software-defined networking are fueling rapid change in today's transport networks. New open groups, standards and concepts are introducing software-driven networking paradigms to achieve innovation, flexibility and interoperability. Network operators are being driven to replace converged, proprietary systems with modular platforms that have open programmability. But, as a service provider, why must you change operating models or risk being left behind? What derived benefits will enable you to maintain a competitive advantage? And, how do you find the right partner to collaborate on this network evolution?

This webinar will cover:

  • Top network challenges facing the present mode of operation
  • Different degrees of "openness" in transport networks
  • Key benefits of an open source software and hardware development model
  • Operator's checklist for selecting an open networking partner

Challenge Accepted: Connecting Data Centers in the Cloud Era
Date: 9/7/2016 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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Traditional data center interconnection worked well in the old days, when users on desktop devices accessed siloed enterprise apps. But those days are gone. In today's cloud era, users expect information on-demand on mobile devices, anywhere and everywhere, accessed through public, private and hybrid clouds. New demand brings challenges to technology and operations that must be met by shrinking IT budgets and reduced resources. In this session, you'll learn more about the challenges for data center interconnection -- connections between data centers -- in the cloud era and how to overcome them with technology innovation that spans every aspect of data center networking. You'll learn how to satisfy today's requirements for scalability to meet unpredictable demand, programmability, flexibility and simplicity as well as bridging the culture gap between IT and networking within the business to get everybody working as a team.

NFV Proof Point: Evaluating Juniper’s Cloud CPE Solution
Date: 9/8/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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With network operators desperate for independent evaluations of virtualization solutions, Light Reading commissioned the test team at EANTC to put Juniper's Cloud CPE Solution to the test. This webinar will delve into the details of the various tests and examine the results, with a particular emphasis on what they mean for the NFV deployment and business case strategies of communications service providers and their end user customers.

The New Competitive Edge: Why Service Providers Need Cloud Billing
Date: 9/13/2016 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT
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The capabilities of many legacy billing and charging systems are strained in today's world. Due to explosive subscriber and transaction growth, the rapid introduction of new digital services, and consumer demand for anytime, anywhere services, organizations without flexible and super-responsive billing solutions will soon fall behind. A cloud-based billing model based on an billing and revenue management convergent billing platform provides optimum flexibility to meet these challenges. This webinar addresses:

  • Why and how operators and services-based businesses should deploy cloud-based billing
  • The challenges and concerns surrounding cloud billing models
  • How cloud billing enables businesses to more quickly capitalize on new opportunities, while addressing scaling challenges and keeping capital costs under control
  • The realities of implementing a cloud billing solution and how the typical process works

What technology innovations are required to make 5G NR a reality?
Date: 9/21/2016 12 p,m New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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By now, you have likely heard about the big aspirations for 5G – a unifying connectivity fabric that will empower connected services across an array of world-changing use cases. But what are the technology innovations needed to meet these expanding connectivity requirements? And how close are we, as an industry, making this 5G world a reality?

Join us for this webinar to see how we are building a unified, more capable 5G New Radio (NR) to address the wide variation of 5G services, deployment models and spectrum bands/types. Hear about the 5G NR technology innovations being pioneered today that will bring unparalleled levels of performance and efficiency. And see firsthand the tremendous progress we are making towards making 5G NR a reality. Anyone can talk about 5G. Few are creating it.

How Cable Can Virtualize Real Energy Savings
Date: 9/21/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
SCTE, Cisco, Nokia
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Seeking to reduce custom hardware costs, increase network flexibility and boost operational efficiencies, cable operators are now exploring ways to virtualize many parts of the cable HFC infrastructure, including data centers, edge facilities and – soon – even the access network itself. While all of this has been explained before, what's far less well known is that virtualization technologies like SDN and NFV can produce other important benefits for cable – namely, significantly less energy consumption and lower energy costs.

In this session, we will examine the various factors that cable operators should consider when deploying virtualized hardware, with a strong focus on the energy-savings opportunities of such moves. Part of our special "Energy 2020 Innovations initiative with SCTE/ISBE," this webinar will offer a broad analysis of the various concepts surrounding virtualization, with a deep dive into the specific areas that will have the greatest impact on energy consumption. In particular, the webinar will delve into such key areas as video transcoding and processing, distributed access architecture (DAA), new energy control protocols and the role of DOCSIS MAC and upper layer processing in the hardware vs. software debate, among other things.

Boundaryless Software Defined WAN
Date: 9/29/2016 2:00 p.m. New York / 11:00 a.m. California
Sponsors:
Nuage
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Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) has redefined the process, technology and operational issues for enterprise WAN connectivity, offering policy-driven automation (using Software Defined Networking principles) for next-generation enterprises and new revenue opportunities for service providers. Current generation SD-WAN solutions, however, limit themselves to providing connectivity between branches without enabling policy-driven access for users to applications or network functions in the cloud.

This siloed approach to SDN in the WAN creates additional friction for enterprise networks and complicates IT operations. In this webinar, we explore the trends leading to the rise of a next-generation, boundaryless SD-WAN solution that allows seamless branch connectivity to the cloud. The focus will be on discussing problems and solutions based on real-world customer use cases.

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

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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As more and more consumers sign up for subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon and more and more TV programmers launch their own direct-to-consumer offerings, small and independent service providers are grappling with ways to leverage OTT video services themselves. In this provocative session, cable operators, vendors and other experts will discuss ways that providers can roll out OTT video services, integrate them into their traditional pay-TV offerings, and use these services to retain video subscribers and cut customer churn. Pioneering operators will spell out the approaches that they’re using, the challenges that they’ve had to overcome and the results that they’ve produced so far.

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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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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CEO Chat: UXP's Gemini Waghmare

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Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
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F5 Virtual Network Function Integrations With Partner Orchestration Platform

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F5's Kishore Patnam, product manager for F5's service provider solutions, discusses why service providers are moving towards virtualization and how his clients are utilizing F5's solutions.
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Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
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Accelerating Telecom Digital Transformation With Nominum DNS

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Light Reading's Steve Saunders gets an update from Nominum CEO Gary Messiana on how his company is helping carriers on the digital transformation journey.
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Reinventing Operations for a Virtual, Software-Defined World

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Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges speaks with Accenture's Larry Socher and Matt Anderson about what service providers must do to transform their business to get the benefits of SDN and NFV including: leveraging DevOps, introducing real-time OSS and implementing analytics.
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Fujitsu Sales Leader Shares Lessons Learned

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As Fujitsu's only female sales leader, Annie Bogue knows the importance of asking for what you want, being flexible (she's been relocated five times), keeping a meticulous calendar, 'leaning in,' working harder than everyone else around you, being aware and more.
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VeEX Test & Measurement Solutions

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Cyrille Morelle, president and CEO of VeEX Inc., talks test and measurement with Light Reading's Steve Saunders at BCE 2016. This includes innovative products such as VeSion Cloud-Based platform for network monitoring; MTTplus Modular Test platform for Access, Business, Carrier Ethernet, Transport and Core services; and OPX-BOX+ for Fiber Optics.
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VeEX: Live From BCE 2016

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VeEX's Senior Director of Business Development, Perry Romano, explains how VeEX provides tools to help install, maintain, monitor and manage network infrastructure efficiently and effectively. The portfolio of products on display include the RXT-6000, MTTplus and TX300s.
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Real-Time Telemetry & Analytics for Intelligent SDN Orchestration

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Packet Design CEO Scott Sherwood discusses how real-time network telemetry and analytics are enabling a new breed of SDN orchestration applications.
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The Russo Report: Driving Disruption

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In the first episode of a four-part series, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders and Calix President and CEO Carl Russo drive around town discussing the disruptive mega-changes in the communications industry and where hope lies for service providers to meet the escalating demands of the cloud.
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NetScout: Maximizing Enterprise Cloud for Digital Transformation

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Light Reading Editor Mitch Wagner talks to NetScout CMO Jim McNiel about maximizing the benefits of enterprise cloud and digital transformation while minimizing potential pitfalls with a proper monitoring and instrumentation strategy.
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Ciena's VP Offers a Career Crash Course

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How did Ciena's Vice President of Sales, Angela Finn, carve out her career path? Simple, she tells WiC. She stayed true to her company, customers and principles. She shares her advice for women on how to be authentic and credible, as well as for companies that want to make a real change to their culture and practices.
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