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Virtualization at Scale: How to Operationalize & Commercialize
Date: 6/28/2016 11:00 a.m. New York / 4 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Netcracker Technology
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Service providers are looking to virtualization as a means to enable innovation and competitive differentiation by introducing new services faster and more aggressively. Yet the challenges of commercializing and launching full-scale software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives still persist. Service providers often encounter a number of roadblocks on their virtualization journeys, including long cycles for bringing services to market due to manual processes and inflexible BSS/OSS, high maintenance costs, the lack of a centralized point for responsibility and expertise and an overall misunderstanding of crucial information or standards in the industry.

To address these complications, service providers require lifecycle automation, plug-and-play business enablement tools and centralized governance for their SDN/NFV operationalization programs. But in order to unlock these capabilities, service providers need a strategy that encompasses a complete virtualized infrastructure stack, a full suite of professional services, end-to-end lifecycle service orchestration and management as well as an agile platform for developing future products and services.

NEC's and Netcracker's Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice (AVP) is a powerful combination of tools, processes, best practices and professional services that enables service providers to increase operational efficiency and reduce time-to-market. It also helps service providers minimize integration costs; leverage open source-based technologies; and optimize service planning, deployment and usage.

Join Netcracker and Heavy Reading for a thought-provoking webinar on agile virtualization during which Netcracker will chart the course for operationalizing NFV. From theory to deployment, Netcracker executives will examine the next steps required for service providers to not only bring NFV to life, but also best practices to monetize it.

Better Living Through the ARM NFV Ecosystem
Date: 6/28/2016 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
ARM, Enea
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The ARM ecosystem is bringing the NFV community unique and compelling solutions based on lower TCO, lower power, greater scalability and density in the face of challenging industry goals for virtualization and 5G metrics. ARM and Enea Software invite you to this information-packed comprehensive insight into the approach taken by the ARM ecosystem to deliver efficient, heterogeneous, scale-out architecture for NFV infrastructure. Attendees will walk away with an appreciation for the fundamental ARM value proposition and the software platform needed to address the multicore scalability aspects of the underlying infrastructure, including distribution and management aspects, which leverage the full innovation of workload-optimized SoCs while maintaining application portability.

Automation and Optimization: A Business Objective-Driven Approach
Date: 6/29/2016 11:00 a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. PST
Sponsors:
Aria Networks
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In the face of rapidly changing demand, service providers recognize the need for a high degree of automation in how they deliver services. But at the same time, it’s imperative to ensure resources are being used in the most effective way. Virtualized functions will increase the speed and variety of options available, making the job of determining “what’s good for business?” quickly enough that much more challenging. This webinar explores the evolving context for automation and optimization, introducing the concept of a ‘business objective-driven’ approach leveraging AI techniques to meet the needs of a transformed market.

Has SDN Lived Up to the Hype?
Date: 7/12/2016 10:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. PST
Sponsors:
ECI
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Software defined networking has been a major influencer on data center/network planners and management teams for the past four years, but what sort of impact has it had on operations, efficiencies, strategies and business cases? Has it lived up to the hype, particularly for communications network operators? This webinar looks at the promise and reality of SDN, the technologies and business cases that are still in play in 2016 and what the future of the ‘programmable network’ holds.

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: 9/8/2016 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.

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.

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Charting the CSP's Future
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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Energy 2020: Creating Unique Standards for Cable's Unique Networks

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Cable's unique network requirements require a specific set of standards for operators to increase power efficiency, according to Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee, and Ian Oliver, managing director of the Trenchant Group and a member of the ...
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It's Prime Time for NFV

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At BCE 2016, Ray Watson of Masergy talks about the adoption of NFV.
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Leading the NFV Capabilities

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At BCE 2016, Tim Naramore talks about Masergy's role in deploying NFV.
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Private Company of the Year - Affirmed Networks

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At BCE 2016, Steve Saunders speaks to Hassan Ahmed about Affirmed's success.
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Energy 2020: Growing Services, Not Consumption

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Management of power requirements needs to be a key consideration as cable operators deploy new services, says Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee. In this video, Cooper discusses the importance of cable operators and technology partners ...
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Huawei & TDC First to Launch DOCSIS 3.1 Trial in Europe

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To meet the rising demands for high-speed broadband and to tackle fierce competition for 1.5 million household, TDC wanted to upgrade its network to use the latest technology. Using Huawei's DOCSIS 3.1 solution, TDC is now able to offer gigabit speeds to its customers.
LRTV Documentaries
OPNFV Summit: Key Takeaways

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MANO shortfalls, an increasingly bloated open source ecosystem and the cultural challenges for network operators were among the key takeaways from the OPNFV Summit in Berlin.
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Bringing Ultra Broadband to the South Pacific

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At Singapore's UBBS 2016 summit, Light Reading speaks to Lim Chee Siong, Huawei's CMO in the South Pacific Region.
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Juniper's NFV Platform

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A telco cloud is a key enabler for service providers to deliver virtualized services to their customers. Juniper has a differentiated approach with an open and comprehensive NFV platform to build the cloud of the future for multiple use cases.
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Infinera: The Glass Ceiling's Been Broken

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Shannon Williams, an engineer by trade and now the director of sales for Infinera's major accounts, draws confidence from being a female in a male-dominated industry and hopes other women will too as industry dynamics swing in our favor.
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RAD Demonstrates SD-WAN Functionality at BCE 2016

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In conjunction with Versa Networks, RAD demos a joint solution for SD-WAN implementation. The solution uses RAD's ETX-2i, a vCPE platform integrating a powerful IP and Carrier Ethernet NID/NTU with a field-pluggable x86 NFV module that runs Versa's FlexVNF for SD-WAN functionality. The demo implements SD-WAN over a simulated service provider footprint by deploying ...
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Radware on Virtualizing Network Security

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Radware's Michael O'Malley highlights the benefits for service providers of virtualizing network security.
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BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
At the BCE 2016 show in Austin, ECI Telecom CEO Darryl Edwards tells Light Reading founder and CEO about the Elastic Network concept and the company's NFV and cybersecurity developments.
Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE/ISBE, sits down with Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York office to discuss the society's Energy 2020 campaign, including its mission to benefit the environment, enable economic benefits and the key challenges facing cable operators wanting to reduce energy consumption.
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Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.