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The State of SDN Deployment and How Converged IP/Optical Control Can Shake It Up
Date: 9/27/2016 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Sedona Systems
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While many service providers show excitement about SDN, only a few have actually started deploying it. This webinar will explain why this is the case, and present a technology that can speed up the process.

In the first part Sterling Perrin, a senior analyst at Heavy Reading, will present an updated overview of SDN deployments and will analyze the drivers and inhibitors of service providers wishing to deploy the technology.

In the second part, Ori Gerstel, co-founder and CTO of Sedona Systems, will explain how converged IP/Optical control can shake things up. By turning the road to SDN into an evolutionary path, converged control allows SPs to deploy SDN gradually and reap benefits every step of the way without diving too deep, too soon.

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Customer Analytics Solution for Telcos
Date: 9/27/2016 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
IBM
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We're in an era of fierce competition and the telcos’ quest to gain the upper hand in a crowded market never ceases to be a top priority. More than ever, they need to improve the experience delivered to current customers, acquire new customers, and enhance new revenue streams based on existing services. Telcos are looking for data-driven solutions that provide actionable insights on customers’ behavior and activities, especially in real-time, to deliver on these ambitions.

Join Ovum and IBM on September 27 at 11 a.m. ET as they review results from the Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Customer Analytics Solution for Telcos. This Ovum report helps you identify how the leading customer analytics vendors stack up against each other in terms of their technology, execution of strategy and market impact.

Enterprise - Don’t teeter on the “virtual” edge!
Date: 9/28/2016 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Anritsu
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There's a challenge where the edge of the enterprise meets the edge of the network. Principally, this challenge is associated with legacy capillary networks that link M2M silos to new IT systems. The existence of diverse communication protocols together with multiple short-range radio systems (ZigBee, Wireless LAN, Z-Wave) means that the gateway is becoming a communications linchpin in industrial IoT architectures. This is because on the other side of the gateway are the wide-area networks that link plants and operating facilities to corporate data centers and the extended supply chain. The challenge of managing this complex interface poses a huge problem for enterprises and services providers, particularly if the enterprise operations are global.

Mobile operators are seeing competition from realistic, alternative low-power wide-area (LPWA) wireless networks, designed for IoT and M2M use cases. Consequently, operators are rapidly trying to get back in the game to compete against LPWA players, which is why LTE-based narrow band IoT is now being developed and deployed.

In addition, we are starting to see a lot of activity around virtual CPEs and gateways in combination with SD-WAN. Service providers are looking at how to utilize network virtualization in the networks to simplify provisioning, improve device control, lower cost, improve security and enable real-time traffic management.

In this virtual edge world, there are multiple different scenarios that could play out. This webinar will help CSPs and mobile operators understand the vendor perspective, and the industry use case requirements causing this teetering on the virtual edge.

The Intelligent Transformation: How Operators can build a 5G ready network today!
Date: 9/29/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Affirmed Networks & Juniper Networks
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Today, operators are making investments in software-based (SDN/NFV) mobile core solutions and the underlying data center IP infrastructure required to support this virtualized approach. As this is occurring, operators are also being challenged to understand the requirements of 5G services so that they can embrace this new generation of networks as seamless and cost-effectively as possible.

What only a few forward-thinking operators understand now, however, is that these two efforts can be done simultaneously with the right strategy, technology and guidance.

This webinar -- hosted by Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown, and joined by representatives from Affirmed Networks and Juniper Networks -- will explore some of the best-in-class software-based mobile core solutions, and distributed data center infrastructure that are being used by operators globally. It will also provide a look at the pending arrival of 5G to understand some of its key service requirements. The examination of all three components will provide a holistic view into how operators can simultaneously invest in flexible, “5G ready” applications and the required infrastructure to support them over 4G today and 5G tomorrow.

Attendees of this webinar will gain insights into:

  • The architecture required for making the move to a software-based mobile packet core
  • The cornerstones of a next-gen (distributed) data center infrastructure strategy
  • The service requirements of 5G networks as the technology becomes commercially available
  • How operators can move to an NFV-based mobile core while simultaneously preparing for 5G

Boundaryless Software Defined WAN
Date: 9/29/2016 2:00 p.m. New York / 11:00 a.m. California
Sponsors:
Nuage Networks
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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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Time to Shut Up About 'Dumb Pipes'

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Service providers can't compete with OTT players. It just isn't in their DNA. Instead, service providers need to embrace what they're good at -- providing reliable, secure connectivity.
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Keeping Your Tech Career Going After 50

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How do you keep your career moving forward when you're past the half-century mark?
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Peering Into the Digital Future

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Nick Thomas, practice leader of digital media at Ovum, talks about how digital transformation in the technology, media and telecom sectors will enable the development of a new range of applications and services for enterprises and consumers and how the upcoming Digital Futures event in London will examine ...
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Napatech Tackles NFV's Major Challenge

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One of the main challenges for network operators introducing NFV is to combine performance and flexibility in a cost-effective way, but there is a solution, explains Napatech's Dan Joe Barry.
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Huawei Optical Innovation 2016

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Highlights of the 2016 Huawei Optical Innovation forum.
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Are You Ready for Huawei Connect 2016?

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Join us for an exclusive sneak peak of Huawei Connect, an integrated conference for the global ICT ecosystem taking place in Shanghai.
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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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A vital part of increasing the number of women in comms is transforming the ways companies can support and empower women. While progressive company policies that support both men and women in achieving work-life balance are a step in the right direction, creating a company culture that supports those policies can at times be more challenging.

During this show, we'll talk to Lynn Comp, Senior Director of Industry and Sales Enabling (ISE) in the Network Platforms Group at Intel, about why those challenges exist and how companies can overcome them. She'll provide insight into how Intel has worked to create a culture that supports work-life balance, and provide steps and guidance for other companies wishing to do the same. We will also leave plenty of time to get your questions answered live on the air.