AUSTIN -- Big Communications Event -- Upskill U moved out of the virtual and into the physical classroom with two live breakfast sessions at BCE, presented by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) on 5G and mobile video.
Gerry Flynn, Director of Network Infrastructure Planning, Verizon kicked off the Upskill U courses with "5G: Are We There Yet?" with co-presenter Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading. Although 5G won't emerge for several years, 4G and technologies like SDN and NFV have laid the necessary groundwork to meet the growing demand for increased network capacity. (Listen to LIVE AT BCE - 5G: Are We There Yet?)
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, and Upinder Saini, Vice President, Wireless Product Management, Rogers Communications, also led a live session, titled "Mobile Video: Finding a Solution." Breznick and Saini explained how the viewing habits of millenials have played a large role in driving shifts in video content delivery, and how operators and OTT providers can adapt to meet consumer demands. (Listen to LIVE AT BCE - Mobile Video: Finding a Solution.)
Upskill U will return to the virtual classroom to continue the Cloud Platforms and Services series at 1:00 p.m. ET on June 10 for the course "Ethernet & the Cloud," presented by Chris McReynolds, Vice President, Cloud & Data Services, Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT). The rise of virtualization is creating new demand for network-as-a-service options that combine physical and virtual network elements flexibly, while also delivering on the quality promises for which Carrier Ethernet has become known. This course looks at how that will happen and what network operators need to be doing now to prepare. (Register for Ethernet & the Cloud.)
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