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Optimizing the Cable Plant for DOCSIS 3.1
Date: 5/31/2016 1:00 p.m. New York/ 6:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Viavi Solutions
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This webinar will delve deeply into how cable operators can prepare their HFC networks for the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 through the implementation of Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology. We will focus on the evolution of OFDM on the HFC network, particularly the downstream distribution of OFDM. The session will explain how OFDM compares to QAM when setting up and optimizing the cable network. In addition, the webinar will explore how OFDM affects sweeping the HFC network. Finally, we will examine how cable providers can manipulate OFDM parameters for either maximum resiliency or maximum performance.
DevOps for Network Engineers: What does it mean for Network Automation?
Date: 6/1/2016 11:00 a.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. PST
Sponsors:
Tail-f (Cisco)
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This webinar will look at the business drivers for applying DevOps in the network engineering domain as telcos seek to become more agile and automated. What does DevOps mean for the networking industry and how should network organizations adopt DevOps - do the concepts need to be adjusted for the network operations environment? What impact will DevOps have on the way network engineers work and how will their roles change? What tools and technologies are needed to support DevOps? Tune in to a thought-provoking discussion about the differences between DevOps for IT and the network and how DevOps principles can be harnessed to create a programmable, agile network.

Going Gigabit – DOCSIS 3.1 VS. FTTH
Date: 6/1/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC, Viavi Solutions and Adara
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Seeking to offer gigabit speeds to broadband subscribers, small an independent cable operators are now facing a potentially momentous decision: Should they upgrade their plant and equipment for the next-gen DOCSIS 3.1 spec or should they leave their HFC lines and DOCSIS world behind for fiber-to-the-home networks and PON technology? In this webinar, we will evaluate these two fundamentally different choices, weigh the pros and cons of each choice and examine the critical factors that should be considered before moving forward. Both DOCSIS and PON experts will weigh in on the options.

Virtualizing DDoS Protection In A Service Provider Environment
Date: 6/7/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Radware
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Due to the potential monetization upside, network security applications are among those that service providers are most keen to spin up as virtual network functions (VNFs) rather than as integrated physical hardware instances. This webinar will discuss the range of options available to service providers as they consider virtualizing DDoS protection, both for their own networks and in support of enterprise customer networks as well. It will consider the different merits of virtualizing detection and mitigation, and show how service providers can strike the optimal balance between physical and virtual elements in building out the most robust DDoS detection and automated mitigation defenses.

Adoption of Microservices Architecture to Fully Realize the Potential of Cloud Deployment
Date: 6/9/2016 10:00 a.m. NewYork/ 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Sonus
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For many years telecommunications networks and services have been built by installing monolithic software applications running on either custom hardware or carefully selected and qualified off-the-shelf servers. But now, our industry is becoming increasingly comfortable with the concept of “moving to the cloud”. Virtualization and cloud orchestration technology are expected to simplify and expedite the introduction and scaling of services.

If we are to really get the most benefit from this new operating environment, we need to look hard at how traditional software has been structured. Simply porting applications “as is” to the cloud, only provides the most rudimentary of advantages. To really capitalize on the full potential of the cloud, we need to ensure applications are structured the right way.

This brings us to the adoption of a microservices architecture which refers to a style of application development where instead of the development of one large monolithic software system, components are created that are each designed to run relatively independently.

This webinar will outline the benefits of moving to a microservices architecture and will, using a Session Border Controller as an ideal use case, show how adoption of microservices enables a way to fully realize the potential scaling and flexibility that a cloud deployment offers.

An Update on CSP Virtualization Progress
Date: 6/9/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Cisco, Ericsson, Intel and Oracle
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Heavy Reading, working with Cisco, 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. 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, shares the results from the recently updated set of indexes and leads a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.

NFV Enabling Cloud Communications
Date: 6/21/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Oracle
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As cloud technologies revolutionize the business model of enterprise computing, the telecommunications industry is leveraging the potential of network function virtualization (NFV) as a telco flavor of network cloud computing. However, the move to a cloud business model is complex for communications. In addition to the capital expenditures for data centers to provide infrastructure, platforms, data or software-as-a-service, communications service providers (CSPs) must make fundamental shifts in the way they address development, deployments and operations. Cloud computing in communications opens the market to CSPs and enterprises to take advantage of communications services without owning the equipment or the network similar to cloud computing in enterprises where the actual computing is done in a data center not owned by the customer.

The full range of NFV benefits can be better realized by adopting a fresh approach to service development, instantiation and configuration that builds on the strengths of this computing model. With the NFV and cloud computing approach, services are built differently and run differently but should be consumed like services based on a legacy, non-NFV platforms. These new differences require a new model of thinking, consideration of the inherent trade-offs when planning solutions or services and an understanding of the design patterns that achieve the best results in the most efficient way.

This webinar will cover:

  • Cloud business model for driving NFV services
  • The timeline on how to get to cloud communications
  • The requirements in orchestration and virtualization of cloud network services

Getting Down to Business – What Makes Sense
Date: 6/22/2016 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.

A Revenue-Aware Approach to Self Organizing Networks (SON)
Date: 6/23/2016 6:00 a.m. New York / 11:00 a.m. London
Sponsors:
Viavi Solution
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Massive non-uniformity in cellular networks, the constant change in subscriber behaviors, surging demand for bandwidth-intensive services and customer QoE remaining poor despite significant investment in network performance. These are just some of the challenges that mobile operators are faced with every day. As the complexity of networks increases and the demand for mobile broadband becomes ever more insatiable, the need for Self-Organizing Networks (SON) has never been greater. Yet SON needs a new level of sophistication - deployed correctly, operators can get significant improvements in performance, better service quality and increased revenues - all with fewer resources and minimum user touch. By targeting SON it can be truly revenue-aware.

  • The SON challenge
  • Extreme non-uniformity in mobile networks
  • Revenue-aware, location-aware, subscriber-aware
  • A self-learning approach
  • SON customer use cases

MulteFire's End-to-End Architecture
Date: 7/21/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
MulteFire
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By bringing the benefits of LTE technologies to unlicensed spectrum and taking advantage of the radio link, MulteFire provides enhanced coverage, capacity and mobility as well as improving the quality of experience and security in private network deployments. The technology will support both downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and MulteFire Alliance Radio Work Group members will take an in-depth look at the MulteFire Radio.

Attendees will learn:

  • Specification relation with 3GPP
  • Overview of the MulteFire specification to deliver LTE-like performance
  • Signaling that helps to meet the co-existence with other unlicensed technologies like Wi-Fi
  • Architecture considerations in frame configurations for HetNet/homogenous deployments

Understanding MulteFire’s Radio Link
Date: 8/25/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
MulteFire
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By bringing the benefits of LTE technologies to unlicensed spectrum and taking advantage of the radio link, MulteFire provides enhanced coverage, capacity and mobility as well as improving the quality of experience and security in private network deployments. The technology will support both downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and MulteFire Alliance Radio Work Group members will take an in-depth look at the MulteFire Radio.

Virtualizing the Cable Network
Date: 9/7/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
NCTC
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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are now gaining traction as cable operators seek innovative new ways to meet growing bandwidth demands, improve service delivery and performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market quicker. Yet many cable providers -- especially smaller ones -- are not yet sure how, where and when to implement virtualized solutions in their networks, or even how to begin. In this panel, top cable technologists will discuss the industry’s early trials and pilot programs with virtualization, the use cases they’re exploring, the results they’re seeing and the challenges they must still overcome. The experts will also lay out the early virtualization steps that smaller and independent operators can start taking today.

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.

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.

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