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Deploy the 5G future faster with Network Lifecycle Automation
Date: 2/25/2021
Sponsors:
Infovista
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Are you challenged by the complexity of building, operating, optimizing and monetizing 5G networks and services?

As 5G implementation is accelerated to enable new B2B/B2C use cases and new business models, CSPs need to keep up with the growth in network complexity, virtualization, explosion of traffic, devices and cost pressure. At same time, network performance, central to the overall customer experience, needs to be improved to fulfill demanding quality expectations, retain existing subscribers and attract new ones.

Such challenges drive needs to deploy 5G as quickly as possible to enable new business models and revenues, optimize network investments while reducing OPEX on 3G/4G operations and implement more efficiency overall.

Join our webinar where you’ll learn from our experts how network lifecycle automation allows CSPs to deliver the potential of mobile networks faster, simpler and more cost effectively.

Agenda and key topics include:

  • CSPs’ operational challenges to deliver on 5G commitment
  • Why Network Operation automation has become a top strategic imperative for operators?
  • Automation use cases and the diversity of automated mechanisms
  • Network Lifecycle Automation – a new approach to automate across lifecycle stages, as well as network and data domains
  • Implementing the automation journey with integrated and open tools, processes and analytics
  • Network Lifecycle Automation implementation cases and proven benefits


Edge Computing Digital Symposium
Date: 2/23/2021
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The Edge of Disruption: Multi-access Edge Computing in 2021

The Light Reading Edge Computing Digital Symposium investigates two of the most transformative developments in the emerging edge sector: The critical function of edge in cloud computing and the key role of automation and AI at the carrier edge, moving “zero-touch” and “lights-out” to the top of the list of near-term requirements for service providers and giving Enterprises what they are demanding in a pervasive and consistent “cloud experience” for on-premises, IoT, and edge applications.

This symposium will be moderated by Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing, Heavy Reading.


SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Making the Most of DOCSIS OFDMA
Date: 2/18/2021
Sponsors:
VIAVI, Red Hat, Cisco & Vecima
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Now that North American and European cable operators have deployed DOCSIS 3.1 across both continents, cable operators and vendors are turning their attention to squeezing more juice out of the spec. In particular, they are working on using technologies and techniques like Profile Management Application (PMA), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and dynamic upstream configuration management to expand their upstream capacity in the face of traffic spikes produced by COVID-19 lockdowns. In this session, we will explore these various next-gen methods, discuss the issues they raise and learn how much capacity they can add to their D3.1 networks.


Optical Networks Symposium - Day 2
Date: 2/18/2021
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In this Light Reading online event, leading optical networking analysts from Heavy Reading will discuss the most significant trends driving optical networking in 2021 and beyond.

This symposium will be moderated by Sterling Perrin, Sr. Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading and Simon Stanley, Analyst-at-Large, Heavy Reading.

Session One

Optimizing Long Haul and Subsea Connections

Global services require global networks. Long haul and subsea links are no longer restricted to a small number of operators but must be a key part of any national or global data center network.


Session Two

Open and Disaggregated Optical Networks

Open and disaggregated networks are gaining momentum, spurred by vocal tier 1 operator and high profile industry groups including the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the Open ROADM MSA, and others.


How to build high-performance 5G networks with vRAN and O-RAN?
Date: 2/17/2021
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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5G networks are poised to deliver an unprecedented amount of data from a richer set of use cases than we have ever seen. This makes efficient networking in terms of scalability, cost and power critical for the sustainable growth of 5G. Cloud technologies such as virtualization, containerization and orchestration are now powering a surge of innovation in virtualized radio access network (vRAN) infrastructure with modular hardware and software components and standardized interfaces. While commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware platforms provide the compute capacity for running vRAN software, hardware accelerators will also play a major role in offloading real-time and complex signal processing functions. Together, COTS platforms and hardware accelerators provide the foundation for building the intelligent 5G network and facilitate innovative new use cases with the intelligent wireless edge.

Join this webinar to:

  • Review how vRAN and open RAN broaden the ecosystem for innovation with 5G
  • Learn how vRAN can deliver high-performance 5G networks with hardware acceleration
  • See how vRAN helps realize the intelligent RAN and the intelligent wireless edge


Optical Networks Symposium - Day 1
Date: 2/16/2021
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In this Light Reading online event, leading optical networking analysts from Heavy Reading will discuss the most significant trends driving optical networking in 2021 and beyond.

This symposium will be moderated by Sterling Perrin, Sr. Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading and Simon Stanley, Analyst-at-Large, Heavy Reading.

Session One

400ZR and 400ZR+ Pluggable Optics for Telecom

400 Gbit/s pluggables have been talked about for a while, but with commercial availability of 400ZR and 400ZR+ modules, 2021 marks the year that the market moves into reality. The implications of 400G pluggable optics are huge for optical architectures and for the optical networking supply chain as a whole. This session will bring the industry up to date in what will undoubtedly be a landmark year for optical networks.


Session Two

Optical Networks for Advances 5G Services

With 3GPP Release 16 standardization, 5G is entering the era of Phase 2 advanced services including ultra-reliable and low latency (URLLC) and massive machine-type communications (mMTC) – the use cases that are most often envisioned when imagining the future of 5G. These advanced 5G use cases, however, require advanced transport networks to support them. Advanced optical networks will play a crucial role.


Cable's Fiber Outlook – DAA and CIN Strategies
Date: 2/4/2021
Sponsors:
Ciena
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As part of Light Reading's latest annual Fiber Outlook survey, Ciena sponsored a section focusing on the cable industry's Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) and Converged Interconnect Network (CIN) strategies and progress. The study's key takeaways include:

  • Nearly one third of respondents (31%) said the pandemic has either "somewhat" or "significantly" accelerated their company's plans to shift to a DAA approach
  • An overwhelming majority of respondents (87%) said their company intends to converge at least two types of services over a common CIN infrastructure
  • Close to one half of survey participants (48%) said 5G is a key driver for their company's DAA and CIN rollout strategies
Light Reading's Alan Breznick will discuss key findings from the 2020 Fiber Outlook survey with a panel of industry experts to glean their views, experiences and insights about cable's adoption of DAA and CIN technologies.


How to Enable 5G and Private Networks to Drive Industry 4.0
Date: 2/3/2021
Sponsors:
VMWare
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This webinar will discuss 5G and private networks as enablers of enterprises' industry 4.0 transformation across multiple industries in the Asia and Oceania region. By delivering high-bandwidth, ultra-low latency and predictable wireless connectivity, 5G and private networks can match existing wired options and outperform competing wireless technologies in supporting industry 4.0 solutions and innovative use cases.

The webinar will analyze how the use of cloud-enabled principles and technologies increase flexibility, speed and agility to support and deliver 5G and private networks unlocking the industry 4.0 opportunity and meeting the evolving needs of the enterprise.

It will also discuss how an ecosystem-based approach and innovative business model will become essential building blocks of the future enterprise 5G world.

Key questions answered during the webinar:

  • What are the key technologies and solutions needed to make 5G and private networks successful in supporting enterprises' industry 4.0 transformation?
  • What are the use cases and applications enabled by 5G and private networks?
  • What is the role of enterprise 5G and private networks in enabling industry 4.0 in industries such as transport and energy?
  • Why it is important to take an ecosystem-led approach to 5G and industry 4.0?


Going from average to “Wow” - How cable MSOs can flip the script on customer satisfaction
Date: 1/28/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Customer experience is a critical success factor in any competitive business. Cable subscribers consume content anywhere on any device and expect near-flawless network and service quality. But the historical perception of many consumers and businesses is that cable operators miss the mark, and cable’s move into mobile isn’t making it any easier to deliver a superior customer experience.

As competitive pressures have increased, cable operators have made strategic investments in customer experience, and satisfaction results have improved markedly. But there’s still work to be done before the cable industry can claim its rightful place as the leader in customer satisfaction.

Fortunately, cable operators can get there without replacing a complex ecosystem of OSS/BSS platforms. The goal is to measure, manage, and assure all services and experiences in a way that makes it possible to deliver clear improvements in scale, efficiency, ROI and the most important KPI of all: customer satisfaction - the foundation of reduced churn and increased monetization.

This webinar will take an in-depth look at the challenges of improving customer satisfaction in a converged service environment and examine how an open accelerator horizontal platform can help MSOs obtain the right network and service data at the right time, providing real-time insights to which they can apply automation and empower truly intelligent, self-tuning, self-healing networks.


The Critical Role of Timing and Synchronization in 5G TDD Deployments
Date: 1/27/2021
Sponsors:
VIAVI
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Synchronization is one of the most critical functions of a communication system. In 5G networks, the widespread use of Time Division Duplex (TDD), where both uplink and downlink transmission are on the same frequency, the chance of harmful interference is higher than in classic Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) systems. As a result, we see more stringent requirements for timing and synchronization for both TDD-LTE and 5G-NR.

Attend this webinar to expand your understanding of the relationship of TDD, timing and synchronization and frame synchronization especially for 5G TDD deployments.

Topics covered include:

  1. Why TDD plays a much more important role in 5G
  2. Implications of TDD spectrum on timing and synchronization
  3. Why current LTE synchronization methods may not be sufficient for optimal delivery of 5G advanced use cases
  4. Why failing to ensure slot and frame synchronization can cause significant network challenges in 5G


How to Harness 5G’s Edge Computing Power
Date: 1/26/2021
Sponsors:
EXFO
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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging markets are seeing tremendous growth and transformation, thanks to 5G's support for heterogeneous mobility networks with advanced distributed cloud services that combine wireless networks with an agile, virtualized and software-defined edge cloud. In turn, 5G's growth is driving the need for such approaches as edge computing architectures, which place compute, storage and connectivity close to the data sources, either near or at the access network edge.

Unlike prior generations of wireless technology, 5G relies on strong, distributed cloud foundations of network and compute to power new market growth. Low latency, high bandwidth, trusted computing and storage rank are all core benefits of edge computing solutions. As a result, edge computing enabled with 5G can open up vast opportunities for application developers in manufacturing, gaming, automotive and other industries.

Service providers can deploy edge computing to enable specific services, applications and use cases. For this reason, edge architectures must be redesigned to meet the stringent SLAs (Service Level Agreements) of emerging applications, detect problems early and prevent service outages. Indeed, the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) will foster new applications that need connectivity not just between people, but also between things.

Edge computing, with its new reference design, will also tap into embedded machine learning systems and artificial intelligence back-end modules to empower network intelligence and boost service agility and deployment.

Open source technologies and open white-box network elements will provide key software and hardware components for these reference designs. AI/ML can also play a significant role in improving network operations, especially at the network edge, and create new service opportunities.

Join us as we discuss how EXFO’s Adaptive Service Assurance solution can help service providers, enterprises and private networks harness the power of 5G edge computing. Key takeaways from this webinar will include:

  • Edge computing with next-generation 5G technology.
  • Edge computing use cases with 5G technology.
  • Open source and standards for edge computing.
  • Next-generation edge reference architectures.
  • Edge deployment considerations.
  • AI/ML-powered adaptive assurance for edge computing deployments.


The Outlook for Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks
Date: 1/26/2021
Sponsors:
Infinera, IP Infusion, Telecom Infra Project, Volta
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Open and disaggregated transport networks are advancing rapidly and operator plans are starting to solidify, with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) playing a significant catalyst role in this ecosystem. To gain the latest insights on this critical topic, Heavy Reading surveyed network operators globally to get their views and plans on the key packet and optical transport trends.

Join Heavy Reading in this for this special Symposium-style webinar, as we provide a readout of key findings from this operator survey and assemble a world class roster of presenters and panelists to discuss the future of disaggregation in packet and optical networks. Speakers will include visionary tier 1 operators and highly active suppliers within the TIP community.

Topics addressed during the 90-minute session will include:

  • Top drivers and challenges for open and disaggregated elements
  • How to address operational challenges associated with disaggregated networks
  • The role of disaggregation in 5G transport architectures
  • Benefits of and plans for 400G pluggable optics
  • SDN-based automation for open networks


SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Sizing Up the New Cable Tech Landscape
Date: 1/21/2021
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Now that CableLabs and SCTE|ISBE are becoming one, cable tech advances are bound to accelerate as the combined organization doubles down on making the industry’s 10G quest a reality. Which advances will likely come first? What will be the priorities of the newly enlarged specs and standards group? Join us for a special LiveLearning session as we speak with the leaders of CableLabs and SCTE|ISBE about their vision and plans.


Harnessing the 5G Consumer Potential
Date: 1/21/2021
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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The introduction of 5G unlocks new possibilities for service innovation and value creation. With that comes new business opportunities for communication service providers (CSPs).

By being proactive and innovative, CSPs can drive consumer uptake and 5G differentiation, addressing a significant USD 3.7 trillion in revenue opportunities by 2030.

In this webinar, we discuss the business opportunities that 5G creates in the consumer market, covering the CSP core business of mobile broadband as well as adjacent areas like Fixed Wireless Access and advanced digital services.

Key topics include:

  • Global 5G enabled consumer business opportunities 2020-2030
  • The impact of the pandemic on consumers' willingness to pay a premium for 5G
  • The importance of use cases, identifying which ones will drive consumer spending and revenues
  • The revenue and ARPU upside associated with a proactive approach to 5G
  • Driving consumer value through innovation and partnerships – an introduction to Ericsson Startup 5G


NGON & DCI World Digital Symposium
Date: 1/1/2021
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Join the key industry players to discuss the impact of new technology & innovation and frame your upcoming OTN strategy.

Session One

Next Generation Optics For Increased Capacity
1 hour, 32 minutes

In the age of a ‘new normal’, optical networks have been challenged to remain flexible in their architecture blueprint, whilst adapting to new technologies providing new capacity and service options. In this session, discussions will focus on moving beyond 600G & 800G, the debate on interoperability vs high performance vs trade-offs and the investment & timeframe considerations for an enhanced capacity.


Session Two

Next Generation Automation For Optical Network Performance
1 hour, 33 minutes

With renewed customer demands resulting in optical networks needing to be agile and dynamic than ever before, the focus on automated services to ensure a streamlined service has never been more important. In this session, the topics will focus on successful new automation technology POCs and case studies, how operators are establishing benchmarks of success and the scaling strategy required for integration.


Session Three

Data Centre Connect
1 hour, 18 minutes

Data centre networks are enabling a new range of services, including cloud service provision, dependent on optimal connectivity. New technologies mean that performance, capabilities and costs are being optimised for metro and regional networks. This session will focus on enhancing the DCI network, including how increased capacity options are being enabled.


Session Four

Optimising Long-Haul Networks
1 hour, 34 minutes

With global restrictions present, this presents a new need for an optimal global network, meaning that the once niche pool of long haul and subsea operators has expanded to form an integral part of a wide-spread data centre network, to support service demand. This session will focus on how data centre networks are adapting and the role that pluggable modules may play in improving long haul network performance.


Session Five

Operating At The Edge
1 hour, 16 minutes

By changing the dynamics of existing networks, operating at the service provider edge provides new revenue opportunities for the industry, but changes the location of network performance and therefore architecture constraints. In this session, topics will focus on what applications are being enabled by operating at the edge, what this means for changes in architecture and therefore what the impact is on latency and network performance.


Session Six

Pluggable Optics & Silicon Photonics
1 hour, 26 minutes

In this session, discussions will focus on the evolution of coherent optics being driven via smaller, pluggable modules, enabling a more agile and resilient network service. How does this impact interoperability, cost management and network capability for enhance OTNs?


Session Seven

Creating OTN Revenue Opportunities
1 hour, 37 minutes

With advanced service demands and the necessity to innovate to update legacy networks, the range of new possibilities combining existing hardware with new technology applications such as AI, next generation optical and packed-optical services are being developed. In this session, we discuss how network operators can recognise a new technology break, what needs to be done to support network architecture evolution and the revenue opportunities it will present.


Session Eight

Open & Disaggregated Optical Networks
1 hour, 19 minutes

Open and disaggregated approaches have enabled a multi-vendor-centric approach to operating optical networks with traditional operators being challenged to innovate against hyperscales, favouring an open line system. In this session, the topics will focus on the current reality of open and disaggregated networks, whether they truly enable interoperability and if it allows for a streamlined and common control centre.


Case Study: Telefonica, flexiWAN and Intel Make the SD-WAN Open Source Vision a Reality for Production Telco Services
Date: 12/17/2020
Sponsors:
Intel
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Telefonica has taken the flexiWAN open source from an SD-WAN innovation initiative to a production ready reality for offering SD-WAN services. In this webinar, Telefonica, Intel and flexiWAN will review the journey they have jointly walked through to successfully bring an open source startup to a tier 1 telco service offering.


5G Messaging Poised to Deliver Ecosystem Innovation
Date: 12/17/2020
Sponsors:
ZTE
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As more telcos deploy 5G networks, they will need a strategy for not only supporting their legacy messaging services on 3G and 4G networks, but also for creating revenue from messaging over 5G. Messaging remains an important service for telcos, for P2P, business-to-consumer and machine-to-machine (IoT). 5G Messaging offers telcos the opportunity to upgrade text-based SMS to rich messaging, and to tap into new service scenarios for IoT, while providing backwards compatibility with 3G and 4G networks, which will take telcos some years to completely phase out. Firmly rooted in telco standards and therefore already supported in 5G platforms, 5G Messaging provides revenue opportunities for telcos in the consumer, enterprise and IoT markets. This webinar will provide an introduction to 5G Messaging, examine business models, and provide a detailed case study of 5G Messaging in action at China Mobile.

Agenda and key topics include:

  • Introduction to 5G Messaging
  • The business case for 5G Messaging
  • The 5G Messaging platform
  • 5G Messaging case study: China Mobile


The Carriers Speak: The Future of Managed SD-WAN Services
Date: 12/16/2020
Sponsors:
Accedian, AMDOCS, VMWare(velocloud)
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Service Providers (SPs) have deployed robust, scalable SD-WAN services. Nevertheless, challenges remain regarding how to deploy and manage SD-WAN services as they grow to encompass multiple domains, clouds, and vendor solutions. In this webinar we discuss the highlights of Heavy Reading’s Q4 2020 global survey of service providers’ plans for managed SD-WAN services – the drivers, challenges, and inhibitors. As enterprises move from DIY SD-WAN implementations to managed services, what are they demanding from their SPs and how are the SPs responding to enhance customer experience? We queried our SPs on this topic and more: How are they building, managing and monetizing SD-WAN services? Where are they encountering challenges and where do they see an opportunity for differentiation?

Topics we will be covering include:

  • Challenges in coordinated underlay and overlay SD-WAN management
  • SD-WAN and Cloud Security and the impact of SASE
  • The impact of the hyperscalers: partners or competitors?
  • The expanding role of automation in SD-WAN
  • Past SD-WAN surveys revealed SP concerns about the cannibalization of high-value carrier services such as MPLS – is this still a concern today?

  • The Future of 5G
    Date: 12/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    By the end of 2020, 5G networks in some regions of the world are expected to achieve adoption rates as high as 90% of those for 4G networks. And 5G adoption is expected to spike as compatible consumer devices grow in number and fall in price. Several vendors are expected to introduce 5G smartphones as inexpensive as US$150 by the end of 2020. According to GSMA, 5G could account for as many as 1.1 billion connections by 2025. By then, 5G networks are likely to cover one third of the world's population. The impact on the mobile industry and its customers will be profound. Clearly, the future for 5G networks appears bright. But what might that future look like in real life?

    Join us for an insightful, thought-provoking discussion of "The Future of 5G." Featured speakers will include Dr. Mohamed Madkour, vice president of Wireless Networks Marketing & Solutions, and Paul Scanlan, CTO for the Carrier Business Group at Huawei Technologies. Longtime tech journalist David Pringle will moderate the talk between Paul and Mohamed to discuss how developments such as support for consolidated management, multiple legacy technologies and network convergence are helping carriers deploy 5G and deliver services to businesses and consumers more quickly and economically than ever. The panel will also highlight some of the impediments to the growth and evolution of 5G, and how these are being addressed. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in a live Q&A.


    Service Provider Security Strategies for the Enterprise
    Date: 12/15/2020
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    The adoption of Network functions virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) principles have reached critical mass and have transformed every layer of the network including the enterprise into a programmable cloud-based software domain.

    As a result, the enterprise is poised to take the next evolutionary step enabling seamless integration of cloud-native security applications that in some cases are accessible via a SP hosted and orchestrated cloud-based marketplace.

    This symposium will be led by Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst – Cloud and Security at Heavy Reading.


    Key Capabilities of 5G Services: Planning, Deployment, Operation and Optimization
    Date: 12/14/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    The outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 has not slowed down the large-scale deployment of 5G networks. However, 5G networks deployment is more complex than that of 4G/3G/2G networks. A large number of network elements and highly reliable services drive 5G network operation from passive to proactive. The 5G network poses new requirements for automatic flow, associated analysis, and efficient computing of operation data in delivery, O&M, and operations. 5G faces significant challenges to achieve the required ROI. So can digital transformation help improve carriers' ROI, deployment speed, network operation efficiency and reduce business operation costs?

    High frequency bands of 5G networks require higher planning precision. New air interface technologies and massive MIMO with multiple narrow beams increase the control parameters by dozens of times. Network performance and user experience are affected by more factors, such as 4G/5G coordination and massive MIMO beam coordination. As a result, traditional 3G/4G service capabilities are unqualified. What are the key capabilities of 5G network planning, deployment, operation and optimization?

    In this Webinar, Martin Creaner, Author & Former President TMForum, will present the value of digital transformation in 5G services. Andy Hicks, Principal Analyst, Global Telecom Technology and Software at GlobalData will present how the new capabilities of 5G, including better propagation, performance, reliability, and service agility, which requires new tools and partners to not only deliver those capabilities but also to do so profitably.


    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Dreaming of Streaming Video
    Date: 12/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    WISI, Active Video, Harmonic, TiVo
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    Led by Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal and AT&T, some of the world’s largest media companies are now entering the booming streaming video space. For both pay-TV providers and legacy OTT video providers, this is making the video market even riskier and messier than before. But for cable, there may also be a silver lining here because of the potential opportunities that the increasingly crowded streaming space could provide. This webinar will explore the new avenues that may open up for the industry and the new ways that cable operators can reinvent their old pay-TV business models by playing in the streaming video market.


    Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium Day Two
    Date: 12/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    Xilinx, CASA Systems, Dell, Mavenir and Parallel Wireless
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    Day 2 of Light Reading's Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium will focus on two of the key technical aspects of open RAN: optimization of the radio chain from RU to DU and the introduction of software-driven operations to the RAN. This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading.


    Application Integration for OCP and CNFs
    Date: 12/9/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    Through the use of 5G technology, service providers are now able to offer a large variety of applications at the edge from different vendors – giving the same flexibility inside the network that users see today from public cloud providers. Previously, all services were designed and written by a single vendor. To enable this type of flexible environment, it is very important to build an Application Integration architecture that can interconnect containers, virtual machines and bare metal instances of services from different vendors. Join us to learn more about how Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Application Services provide tools that enable this integration


    A better 5G: Automated operations powered by AI
    Date: 12/9/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    The journey to CI/CD and efficient operations when going to 5G SA & 5G Core

    As CSPs introduce 5G SA & 5G core to enable new use cases, operations need to be improved and automated to manage the increasing complexity in the cloud native 5G core, applications and future cloud RAN. CSPs today in early to medium maturity of NFV need to consider the increased importance of operations.

    In this webinar we will discuss the results of a recent survey on operational challenges among CSP who have launched 5G and prepare to introduce new use cases. We will present how to take the first steps today to automated, preventive 5G operations, and how Continuous integration and Continuous deployment (CI/CD) and AI solutions can be built in early on.

    We will also cover the necessity of data-driven operations, that leverage AI & automation, for an improved network performance and end-user experience.

    Agenda and key topics include:

    • Survey results on planned 5G use cases and related operational challenges
    • Initial steps of the automation journey from VNFM to cloud native resource and service orchestration
    • CI/CD: How to get there and where do we start
    • AI powered operations for improved network performance & enhanced end-user experience


    Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium Day One
    Date: 12/8/2020
    Sponsors:
    RedHat, HPE, JMA Wireless, Kontron, WWT and Viavi
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    Day 1 of Light Reading's Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium will focus on the status of open RAN standards, technology and commercial activity. It will also look at how to scale the ecosystem for mass deployment. This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading.


    How to Manage OTT Video QoE, Deliver Flawless Streaming Experiences and Capitalize on the Video Opportunity
    Date: 12/7/2020
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Video represents a critical opportunity for many operators. More than half now associate revenue with OTT video, or plan to do so within the next year. And why not? Video makes up 65% of today's network traffic, and will exceed 90% in 5G networks by 2024.

    But failing to deliver a good video quality-of-experience could be costly. Operators know that poor video QoE is the leading driver of network-related churn. The trouble is, fixing quality issues is still a stubbornly difficult task, especially since half of the problems originate outside of operator networks and thus are out of their control.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the use of video, flawless video experiences have become a baseline expectation, especially as 5G comes online. Failure to properly manage QoE will impact operators' ability to capitalize on the opportunity that video presents.

    In this webinar, Light Reading's Alan Breznick will discuss these issues in depth with Gorkem Yigit, Lead Analyst for the Cloud Infrastructure Strategies and Media Platforms at research firm Analysys Mason, and Ken Gold, Director of Test, Monitoring and Analytics Solutions at EXFO.

    Join them as they review the current market trends for OTT video, discuss the key challenges in delivering better video QoE and explore how operators can take advantage of this lucrative service opportunity.


    Why e2e orchestration is key to win 5G enterprise business
    Date: 12/3/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    Enterprise services, in Industry 4.0 transformation and retail for example, are interesting areas for communication service providers (CSPs) to work with to grow revenues. A highly dynamic competitor and partner landscape, including hyperscale cloud providers and operations technology vendors, is emerging. The question is who contributes with what in the ecosystem? CSPs must position themselves to deliver value beyond connectivity, by providing end-to-end visibility and control over the services, while maintaining openness.

    This webinar focuses on what service providers need in order to become foundational players in providing enterprise solutions, what their challenges are and how they can overcome some of those challenges through enterprise service orchestration.

    Key topics include:

    • The CSPs opportunities and role in a new vendor landscape
    • Key learnings from our studies & engagements with leading CSPs
    • The challenges CSPs need to overcome to deliver new enterprise solutions
    • Enterprise service orchestration – what is it and why start now?


    Get 5G Ready Today and Modernize Your OSS/BSS With Cloud-Native IT
    Date: 12/3/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    The telecoms industry is at an inflection point. Webscale providers like Amazon, Netflix and Facebook have found tremendous success in the industry and are now threatening to overtake telcos as the majority market share holder in the telecoms industry. To preserve and gain market share and prepare for the arrival of 5G networks, CSPs need to invest in modernizing systems in the OSS and BSS domains.

    By embracing cloud-native and open source IT, CSPs can gain the agility and scalability needed to support 5G services and business models, while also creating an environment that is prime for innovation, enabling CSPs to compete head-to-head with the webscale players.

    This webinar explores the different facets of IT modernization for CSPs in the digital and 5G era with a focus on cloud-native technologies including microservices, open source and DevOps.


    How Cox Communications' Automation Adoption Drives Business Outcomes
    Date: 12/2/2020
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    In a highly competitive market space, business agility and efficiency are top of mind for communications service providers. To meet fast-changing customer needs, these organizations must rapidly deploy new services and applications at scale throughout their infrastructures.

    Join our special webinar where you will learn insights from Heavy Reading's recent case study of North American cable leader Cox Communications and its network automation journey. You'll learn how Cox has leveraged automation to transform interaction with its network and core business processes. Attendees will also hear how Cox Communications' forward-looking "HOPS" automation initiative and its strategic partnership with Cisco are achieving key business outcomes.

    We'll share the real-world benefits that can be achieved from Cisco's closed-loop network automation and orchestration portfolio, including:

    • Improved network robustness, integrity, time and opex savings
    • Turn up of new applications within minutes
    • OS and software upgrades with greater precision
    • Smart zero-touch provisioning of network devices in near real time


    Making a Cutting-Edge Digital Transformation a Reality
    Date: 12/2/2020
    Sponsors:
    Netcracker
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    As operators begin or continue their complex digital transformation projects to get ready for 5G and the next generation of services, they will need to achieve numerous tasks along the path to their ultimate goal. This includes future proofing their IT systems for business growth, organizational alignment, buy-in from the C-suite and aligning transformation objectives with the long-term goals of the organization.

    In this webinar, learn how Vodafone Hungary is moving to a multi-tenant, cloud-native full stack BSS/OSS platform, based on a best-in-suite solution, while reducing transformation costs and total cost of ownership in addition to measuring daily operational metrics against KPIs to ensure optimum results.


    This is how AI is going to change our world
    Date: 12/1/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a leading role in evolution of technology and forcing dramatic changes across industries. Given the rapid increase in connectivity, computing power and the explosion of data, AI is expected to join the rank of the steam engine, the electricity generator and the printing press to become another general-purpose technology that will significantly impact daily human life. AI computing will take up 80% of total workload in computing centers by 2025, compared to the current level of less than 10%. AI is one of the core technologies in the 21st century and will have a profound impact on the future of humankind.

    Please join us for lively and informed webinar about how AI is going to change our world.


    From Cloud to RAN to Core: Opening, Orchestrating & Automating a Next-Gen 5G Network
    Date: 12/1/2020
    Sponsors:
    Robin
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    The world is moving full steam ahead toward 5G in pursuit of new experiences, services and business models. For operators to capitalize on 5G they will need to be able to deploy a network capable of adapting to the diverse needs of a new breed of services.

    To gain this agility, operators are making the move to open architectures that foster innovation, accelerate service delivery and significantly reduce costs. As 5G services begin to be deployed, the need for advanced automation capabilities across these new, virtualized networks will be critical.

    To address this need, some of the world’s most innovative operators have implemented advanced solutions that provide end-to-end automation of an Open RAN 5G solution, while offering zero-touch provisioning and orchestration across tens of thousands of cell sites.

    The result is a truly open solution that produces savings across several areas and significantly accelerates the time-to-market of new service offerings. By embracing the latest, cloud-native, open solutions these innovative operators are providing a shining example of the potential of the next generation mobile network.

    In this session you will learn:

    • How open and automated networks are spurring service delivery innovation for 5G
    • Lessons learned from operator adoption of Open RAN for 5G
    • How automation and orchestration are playing a role in new 5G deployments
    • How vendors are enabling a Telco Cloud architecture for new 5G networks


    Game On: Enhance Your 5G Network to Support the Next Level of Service Experience
    Date: 11/24/2020
    Sponsors:
    Accedian
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    5G is about more than just speed and spectral efficiency in the RAN. It is a catalyst for the evolution to a cloud-native architecture throughout the mobile network. This functionality will not only handle rising traffic loads more efficiently but will also enable new service propositions. These could be novel, consumer-oriented digital experiences or private mobile network slices for the enterprise.

    First class 5G performance will be key to the success of these new services. Operators will need to measure and assure the performance of everything from service activation on-demand to transport latency and edge compute availability. How will operators address the service assurance challenges of network slicing and private 5G networks?

    Join James Crawshaw, Principal Analyst at Omdia, and Tom Foottit, VP Product Management at Accedian, for an interactive discussion on:

    • 5G technologies and private networks that MNOs and enterprises are implementing
    • New 5G cloud-native service assurance requirements
    • Key performance questions to answer as you prepare for 5G


    Asia Tech Digital Symposium
    Date: 11/22/2020
    Sponsors:
    CommScope, Huawei
    More information and registration

    Join Asian telecom industry leaders and senior editors and analysts from Light Reading and Omdia in this digital seminar to learn how advanced technologies, networks and services will be critical in driving innovation and creating new services and opportunities in the post-pandemic world.

    Session One

    2021 Outlook: The 5G Landscape in Asia After COVID-19
    Time: 11:00 a.m. Singapore
    Platinum sponsor: Huawei

    5G's high-bandwidth, flexible architecture and low operating costs will be core to its role as a key driver and enabler of post-pandemic reconstruction. Industry leaders and analysts share their insights on how this will play out.

    Agenda (All times SGT):
    11:00 AM: Opening Keynote: 5G Market Progress – How is Asia faring in the Global context: Stephen Myers, Principal Analyst, Omdia
    11:10 AM: Platinum Sponsor Keynote: Michael MacDonald, Group Chief Digital Officer and Executive Consultant, Huawei Asia Pacific
    11:20 AM: Keynote - How COVID19 is accelerating Telco adoption of cloud native technologies: Sebastian Barros, Regional Head of Strategic Telco Sales, Google Cloud
    11:35 AM: Panel Discussion: The 5G Landscape in Asia After COVID-19
    Moderator: Robert Clark, Contributing Editor, Light Reading Asia
    Speakers: Stephen Myers, Principal Analyst, Omdia, Michael MacDonald, Group Chief Digital Officer and Executive Consultant, Huawei Asia Pacific
    12:15 PM: Q&A

    Moderator: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading


    12:30 PM - 12:45 PM BREAK


    Session Two

    Optical Networks for the Post COVID Era
    Time: 12:45 p.m. SGT
    Platinum sponsor: Commscope

    The endless demand for streaming video, the explosion in connected devices and the challenges of new technologies like 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will shape the optical networks of the post-COVID era. Are multivendor, disaggregated networks the key to lowering costs and improving agility?

    Agenda (All times SGT):
    12:45 PM: Analyst Opening Address: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
    12:55 PM: Service Provider Keynote: Anka Januar, Dipl TSM MM, AVP Transport Network Strategy Sub Directorate Infrastructure Strategy & Governance, Directorate Network & IT Solution PT Telkom Indonesia
    1:10 PM: Platinum Sponsor Keynote: FTTx networks, TCO and speed of deployment: Dena Radiansari, Service Provider, APAC, Commscope
    1:20 PM: Panel Discussion: Optical Networks for the Post COVID Era
    Moderator: Wei Shi
    Speakers: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading, Anka Januar, AVP Transport Network Strategy, Telkom Indonesia, Dena Radiansari, Service Provider, APAC, Commscope
    2:00 PM: Q&A


    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Testing the Next-Gen Cable Network
    Date: 11/19/2020
    Sponsors:
    Harmonic, Red Hat & VIAVI
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    Cable technologists love to expound about the potential of DOCSIS 4.0, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), Fiber Deep, network virtualization and the like. But, even as cable operators and their tech partners push ahead with HFC network upgrades and deployments of new technologies, they are also running into fresh challenges testing, monitoring and maintaining those next-gen networks. In this session, we will look at the core functions of measuring, monitoring and testing the next-gen cable network and see where those methods and techniques stand.


    Accelerating 5G With the Network Digital Twin
    Date: 11/19/2020
    Sponsors:
    Spirent
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    Around the world, 5G rollouts are gaining pace, but early deployments are giving us just a glimpse of its transformative potential. The challenge for the communications industry now is to accelerate 5G, to make sure initial non-standalone launches are a success and then leverage the capabilities of standalone 5G to deliver a new generation of services, from mobile streaming 8K video to untethered, augmented reality and beyond. The future of 5G seems limitless and many new industries are eager to explore its benefits, but with 5G still in its infancy, they are asking, "How can we test the real-world scenarios of a network that currently only sees a small fraction of its future usage?"

    Join Omdia Principal Analyst James Crawshaw, Appledore Principal Analyst Francis Haysom and Spirent's Head of 5G Strategy Stephen Douglas, as they explore the challenges service providers, enterprises and researchers face as they transition from early 5G deployments to initial launches of standalone 5G. Learn how network digital twins create a replica of 5G networks, devices and user activity to validate 5G network functions in conditions that closely mimic real-world environments. Our expert panel will also explain how digital twins help accelerate 5G technology development and validate business cases in new vertical segments for both the telecom industry as well as other industries.

    This webinar will cover:

    • The business opportunity for carriers and industries, and the challenges in accelerating 5G from early deployments to truly differentiated offerings enabled by 5G standalone and the new core
    • An overview of digital twins, their origins and how this proven approach can help overcome key 5G challenges
    • Case studies detailing how digital twins are being used by service providers, network vendors and researchers


    Opening the Audio-Video Pipeline
    Lowering content delivery costs, speeding time-to-market

    Date: 11/18/2020
    Sponsors:
    Velocix
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    Innovative communications providers like TELUS and Vodafone are embracing open audio-video (A-V) pipeline solutions.

    See how these new multi-tenant IP video technologies form the foundation of a more flexible video network, helping to reduce time-to-market for new applications, streamlining workflows, and driving down operators’ total cost of ownership.

    Join a panel discussion on the goals, benefits, and challenges of opening the A-V pipeline, along with a review of the latest technologies, featuring speakers from TELUS, Vodafone, and Velocix.

    Topics will include:

    • How to create an open, multi-tenant launchpad for new video services
    • Why an open architecture enables operators to be more agile and responsive to emerging market opportunities
    • How open architectures save cost and foster healthy supplier relationships


    Putting customers at the heart of digital transformation
    Date: 11/18/2020
    Sponsors:
    ServiceNow
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    With the speed of digital transformation and the consumerization of the B2B experience, traditional CSPs are being forced to adapt and innovate at an unpreceded pace. This webinar will take you through BT's ambitious transformation and its journey to re-inventing the service experience using a cloud-native, co-innovation approach.

    Key highlights of this webinar:

    • Fundamental challenges and the need for bold change
    • BT’s customer-first transformation strategy
    • Building the right foundations for the future with open architecture
    • Co-innovating with like-minded innovation partners


    How Service Providers Can Profit From Microsoft Direct Routing
    Date: 11/17/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ribbon
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    Microsoft has over 100 million daily active users on Teams, and most are only using Teams for video calls, screen share, chat and file sharing. However, IT managers are gearing up to take the next step, using Teams to place and receive business phone calls. Ribbon believes that Teams will have a 25% share of the UCaaS market in just a few years. Communications service providers (CSPs) and managed service providers (MSPs) need to start engaging this audience and preparing to deliver SIP trunks for direct routing to Teams. There are no physical barriers to buying trunks from any provider, so counting on incumbency is dangerous.

    This webinar will focus on the deployment options for delivering SIP trunks for direct routing. We will explore what services and even what marketing messages are required to acquire these Teams accounts.

    Key topics include:

    • Why are Microsoft Teams and direct routing already changing the playing field for SIP trunks?
    • How will enterprises adopt Teams calling – all at once, or migrate over time?
    • What’s required in the cloud and at the enterprise edge to securely connect Teams to the PSTN?
    • Why providers need to think beyond a “me too” offer?
    • Answers to audience questions during live Q&A

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    Efficient Path and Slice Management with Automation
    Date: 11/17/2020
    Sponsors:
    Juniper
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    As network operators are under increasing pressure to rapidly deploy new services with more stringent SLA requirements and increased resiliency, they are looking for automation solutions to help reduce complexity while increasing visibility and control, hence offering end users a positive service experience.

    Join us for our webinar on network transport automation, where we will explore the state of network transport automation and see how Orange Poland is leveraging automation to tame growing network complexity in its network. Additional topics that will be covered include: :

    • Need for automation in networks
    • Service provider's view on automation and use of network controller
    • Use cases and benefits of network controller in production networks
    • Future of automation in service provider networks


    The Power of Integrating Security and Networking in Service Provider Networks
    Date: 11/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    Juniper
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    Massive increases in traffic for business and consumer applications are forcing service providers around the obvious globe to rethink how they architect networks and deploy security for them at scale. Traffic growth is easy to observe, but measuring growth in threats can be much more difficult to see.

    The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated global traffic growth and put a strain on both network and security capacity. Technology providers in networking and security have long looked for ways to create meaningful integrations in networking and security in order to improve both scale and efficacy, and service providers around the world are starting to seriously look at integrated solutions as a way forward.

    In this webinar you can expect the following:

    • Learn about the key trends driving changes in network and security architecture at service providers around the globe
    • Understand the benefits of integrating networking and security technology
    • See how IT and security organization are evolving just as network and security technology evolves
    • Learn about new technology solutions integrating security and networking at scale
    • Answers to audience questions during live Q&A


    How to Build a Cloud-Native CDN and Bring Scalability to the Edge
    Date: 11/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    Varnish Software
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    Global IP media traffic is growing at 32% CAGR, fueled by 4K television, live streaming and video on demand. Telcos and service providers are under pressure to deliver more content at higher quality and better user experience, all while reducing costs and server load, which is a complex technical challenge. Instead of building capacity for peak demand, a more cost-effective, agile approach could be to use cloud-native technologies to optimize infrastructure and assign resources as needed.

    In this webinar, Intel, Varnish Software and VMware focus on the challenges of building scalable telco CDNs, and provide insight into media CDN opportunities, technical requirements and the market landscape. They will also talk about their partnership to develop a high-performance virtualized CDN solution and reference architecture, and the session will conclude with a summary of performance test results of the CDN solution.

    Key topics include:

    • Bringing video delivery inside core business
    • Lessons learned from building a telco vCDN
    • Matching hardware with software for cost-effective utilization
    • How to bring scalability to the edge for high throughput content distribution
    • How you can you benefit from virtualization without compromising on performance?


    SDWAN Digital Symposium
    Date: 11/12/2020
    More information and registration

    The Light Reading SD-WAN Digital Symposium focuses on strategies to help service providers digitally transform their networks by leveraging SD-WAN. We share insights with service providers on best practices in 2020 for SD-WAN. This symposium will be moderated by Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing, Heavy Reading.

    Session One

    SD-WAN Best Practices 2020

    In this SD-WAN Symposium session, we will examine what enterprises are looking for from their carrier partners today. We will address how the role of SDN is changing and how carriers have evolved their service offerings to address a more complex market.


    Session Two

    Extending the Reach of the SD-WAN Edge

    In this SD-WAN Symposium session, we will examine how SD-WAN is becoming the new edge architecture. We will address how the scope of SDN is changing and what carriers are doing to create scalable service offerings that are secure, high performance and flexible.


    Designing a better 5G
    Date: 11/12/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    In spite of COVID-19, 5G deployments are accelerating and the pace of their roll out is twice that of 4G. It took 4G five years to achieve 3% penetration globally, while 5G will achieve that in just two years. In some developed markets, its impact has already reached the mass market - in S Korea for example, 28% of mobile data is over 5G.

    While the initial market indicators are positive, we asked 75 operators who have launched 5G what they have learnt so far about 5G, the challenges encountered and what they think the future commercial prospects are for the technology.

    The webinar will help those that are involved in developing 5G plans or rolling out 5G networks, as we showcase:

    • Which consumer and enterprise use cases operators have been prioritized – and what are their 5G product roadmap plans.
    • Do operators expect 5G to unlock potential of new consumer segments like AR/VR, cloud gaming, consumer IoT and smart home?
    • The most common network solution challenges that have been encountered – and how they can be overcome.
    • The implications of these use cases on new capability requirements – the extent to which Cloud NFVI platform, 5G Core, Edge, or Cloud RAN have been or will be deployed.
    • How operators are planning on evolving their access, and core network to accommodate the new capabilities.
    The webinar will conclude with a view on the key lessons in designing and building a use-case centric 5G.

    Key topics include:

    • Consumer and enterprise use cases
    • Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, and Cloud RAN
    • Migration to 5G standalone, 5G Core & Orchestration
    • Cloud native NFVI platform & Edge
    • Surgical network planning & design

    5G for growth: How 5G will accelerate innovation across industries
    Date: 11/11/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    Fifth-generation networks are growing exponentially in number and size around the world, with users growing to 100 million globally. As 5G expands, companies are racing to develop new technologies that harness the hyper speeds and low latency of these future networks. The rapid innovation is combining the strengths of 5G with other tech, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, Internet of Things, big data and cloud computing. Together these advancements will fuel dramatic changes across a wide swath of industries.

    Please join us for lively and informative webinar on how 5G is accelerating innovation across different industries.


    Network Disaggregation at the Edge With the Open SD-Edge Platform
    Date: 11/11/2020
    Sponsors:
    IP Infusion
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    Many enterprises today depend on separate, dedicated boxes for WAN connectivity, firewalls and LAN connectivity. With IP Infusion's Open SD-Edge platform, enterprises can transform the way they manage their network infrastructure and benefit from best-of-breed network functions virtualization (NFV) and industry-standard software defined networking (SDN) hardware.

    In this webinar, panelists will share their vision and collaboration experience in developing and deploying the Open SD-Edge solution for uCPE applications. Open SD-Edge is powered by DANOS-Vyatta edition (DVe), carrier-targeted NOS that AT&T has validated and broadly deployed across multiple white box use cases. This webinar will discuss how the network disaggregation ecosystem enables operators to optimize their networks for cloud connectivity, at both the branch and cloud edges of the network, and how it can deliver operational simple, agile, virtualized services at the optimum price-performance and lowest total cost of ownership.


    The Enterprise Edge: Extending the Cloud Everywhere
    Date: 11/11/2020
    Sponsors:
    Intelsat
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    Enterprise adoption of cloud-based services continues at a rapid pace, from small businesses accessing high-powered productivity applications to large multinationals integrating advanced analysis tools to inform their business decisions.

    Cloud services increasingly combine centralized and edge computing modes to meet the needs of different applications and services. As hybrid cloud strategies develop, ensuring consistent connectivity to every enterprise location is key to success.

    In this webinar, Intelsat and Microsoft Azure will discuss how service providers and distributed enterprises can leverage platforms like FlexEnterprise and Cloud Connect to enable edge-computing services and extend cloud applications to users virtually anywhere.

    We’ll explore:

    • Centralized-cloud and edge adoption trends
    • Delivering connectivity to the edge – wherever your "edge" may be
    • Use-cases for Cloud Connect and FlexEnterprise


    Scaling Telco Expertise With OpenShift Kubernetes Operators
    Date: 11/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    Imagine the perfect colleague: autonomous, focuses on relevant and timely challenges, identifies and shares best practices and has the ability to work well with anyone from the new intern to the CEO. In the world of Kubernetes development, that "colleague" is an Operator.

    It might be a stretch to use the word "colleague" but you can think of Kubernetes Operators as DevOps Heroes – they react automatically, can consume the entire state of your environment in milliseconds and never take shortcuts. Red Hat's OpenShift platform uses Operators to allow you to manage the entire lifecycle of core and supplementary components, and then scale easily, consistently and automatically. Join us in this session to learn more about:

    • The key benefits of using Operators in Red Hat OpenShift
    • Creative Operator use cases
    • Some of the latest updates from the Operator Framework open source project
    • Why Operators should be your next step


    2020 Open RAN Operator Survey: Measuring Progress and Looking Ahead to Open RAN at Scale
    Date: 11/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu and Radisys
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    With millions of sites installed globally, the Radio Access Network (RAN) is critical infrastructure. This importance is driving the telecom industry to develop new open RAN architectures, product solutions and operating models that will increase competition, extend vendor diversity and enable operators to economically address a wide range of deployment scenarios.

    This webinar presents the key findings from the Heavy Reading 2020 Open RAN Operator Survey, conducted in summer 2020. Among the topics to be discussed include:

    • Timelines for deployment of open RAN at scale
    • O-RAN interfaces, including open fronthaul and open service management and orchestration (SMO)
    • Performance expectations for virtual 5G Distributed Units (DU)
    • Operator preferences for open Radio Unit (RU) configurations
    • Interoperability, testing and system integration.


    5G Transport & Network Strategies Day 2
    Date: 11/5/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson, Fujitsu, Infinera
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    With the completion of 3GPP Release 16 this summer, 5G moves into an exciting new phase of advanced use cases and rich possibilities for consumers and, increasingly, enterprises. To meet these demands, however, operators must invest in the network connectivity that will underpin 5G, for both today’s and tomorrow’s services. For the last three years, 5G Transport & Networking Strategies has focused on this critical topic, this year the event moves to a virtual format and will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks and 5G, Heavy Reading.

    Session One

    Technologies and Strategies for Fronthaul Migration

    In this session, we will cover strategies for fronthaul migration from CPRI to eCPRI, packetized Fronthaul with IEEE 802.1CM TSN, dark fiber vs lit connectivity and address synchronization in fronthaul.


    Session Two

    Transport Architecture Evolution for 5G Phase 2 Services

    In this session, we will cover end-to-end sync delivery for URLLC services, address low-latency with Edge Compute, challenges and opportunities for wholesale operators and embracing Open initiatives within 5G transport.


    PAM4 or Coherent? An Optical Access Reach Review
    Date: 11/4/2020
    Sponsors:
    Precision Optical
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    As worldwide bandwidth demands continue to see significant upticks in CAGR, Optical Access Network (OAN) operators are tasked with choosing an Access Reach (AR) solution that provides long-term functionality while minimizing costs. In this webinar we will deep dive into considerations related to Optical Access Reach Solutions, including:

    • Technical challenges of OAN at data rates above 10 Gbit/s
    • AR solution overview – PAM4, NRZ, Coherent, DD Detect, etc.
    • Economic impacts and cost considerations
    • Bringing 100G to the edge


    Why Industry 4.0 Needs an Intelligent Edge
    Date: 11/4/2020
    Sponsors:
    RAD
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    Industry 4.0 is entering a new era, with the increased use of IoT tools and the rise in data volumes that follows. The ultimate goal is to create smarter factories, so that management can make informed decisions based on automated processes and reach productivity, efficiency and cost targets. However, how can these goals be met with the fast increase in the number of connected end points?

    In this webinar, we’ll review the role of the intelligent edge in addressing the needs of large scale I4.0 projects, most of which includes core production equipment that has been installed for a while. We will discuss the following:

    • The State of the Industry (4.0) – Market Trends and Key Challenges
    • IoT Technologies In Service of the Smart Factory
    • The Shape of I4.0 Projects – Common Connectivity Requirements
    • Here Comes the Edge – A Buyer’s Checklist


    5G Transport & Network Strategies Day 1
    Date: 11/3/2020
    Sponsors:
    ADVA, Ciena, Ribbon
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    With the completion of 3GPP Release 16 this summer, 5G moves into an exciting new phase of advanced use cases and rich possibilities for consumers and, increasingly, enterprises. To meet these demands, however, operators must invest in the network connectivity that will underpin 5G, for both today’s and tomorrow’s services. For the last three years, 5G Transport & Networking Strategies has focused on this critical topic, this year the event moves to a virtual format and will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks and 5G, Heavy Reading.

    Session One

    Examining RAN Architectures and the Implications for 5G Transport

    IIn this session, we will cover how choice of spectrum determines choice of transport, macro cell requirements vs small cells, Open RAN implications for the transport network and architecting transport to address the 5G edge.


    Session Two

    Network Slicing for Transport Networks

    In this session, we will cover segment routing for IPv4 and IPv6, hard slicing drivers and techniques, SDN and software automation for transport and incorporating transport into the end-to-end sliced 5G network.


    Edge Cloud - Monetizing Your Beachfront Property
    Date: 10/29/2020
    Sponsors:
    Juniper
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    Edge computing will drive new services and applications, cost-optimize end-user devices and consoles and improve the service experience for customers. Eager to capitalize on the opportunity, operators are actively developing edge cloud architectures to entice application developers and develop a lucrative edge cloud service. Regardless of the path taken to deploy a distributed edge cloud, learning how to quickly monetize the edge is the holy grail to a quick ROI and long-term revenues.

    Join this webinar to learn about edge cloud deployment alternatives and innovative ways to monetize the edge. Topics covered will include:

    • Market dynamics and drivers for edge cloud distribution
    • Evaluating DIY vs. managed edge cloud deployment models
    • How to monetize your edge real estate – "beachfront property"
    • Delivering deep edge CDN services to realize immediate revenues
    • Developing a lucrative developer and public cloud ecosystem
    • Demo - deploying an edge cloud workload


    Digital Transformation Paves the Way for 5G and Beyond
    Date: 10/28/2020
    Sponsors:
    Netcracker
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    As operators look towards 5G and new service revenue opportunities, it is often legacy IT that holds these ambitious goals back. Digital transformation projects that involve consolidation onto a single infrastructure can pave the way to support customer growth and needs while preparing for next-generation digital services. In this webinar, hear how Belgian telecom operator Telenet, which went from being an MVNO to running its own mobile network, replaced its siloed IT stacks with a single platform to support fixed, mobile and converged services for residential and business customers; and how it did so with minimal disruption to its business and while delivering an exceptional customer experience.


    Open vRAN Promises to Change the Mobile Access Network From Procurement to Performance
    Date: 10/28/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    Open vRAN is still in its early development stage, but it has already shown the potential to change mobile operators’ relationships with their vendors and expectations for network performance. This webinar discusses operators’ concerns with this new approach to building their radio access networks and what the future RAN could look like as the market matures.

    In this session you will learn:

    • How the vendors on this webinar are addressing operators concerns over deploying Open vRAN based networks
    • How the radio network experience will change thanks to Open vRAN.


    Building a Dynamic Network Infrastructure With Open, Programmable and Scalable Building Blocks
    Date: 10/27/2020
    Sponsors:
    Lanner
    View archived webinar

    Today's telco business challenge is to transform the infrastructure backbone and become digital service providers beyond the traditional voice and data network infrastructure. Disaggregating the network by separating hardware from software is nothing new in the telco industry. The carrier's strategy of transforming its network infrastructure is well underway and SD-WAN and universal CPE deployments have taken off over the last few years. The same business model now applies to other areas in the network infrastructure, not only those using Whitebox compute platforms with the optimal underlying open infrastructure deploying with tools available to support scalability.

    This webinar will discuss:

    • Service provider challenges deploying open disaggregated solutions in their networks
    • Integration and transformational aspects integrating open, programmable solutions into the communications service providers current network infrastructure and greenfield deployments
    • Underlying technologies that provide the toolset to implement disaggregated networks, including Intel DPDK and P4 programmability as a framework
    • Use cases covering open, programmable infrastructure and total cost of ownership compared with traditional network elements


    How to build cloud-native applications for Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform
    Date: 10/27/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    Are you ready to bring Cloud Native Functions to market? Red Hat is here to help. As you know, moving existing on-premise applications to the cloud while creating cloud-native applications quickly and efficiently is a challenge. You’ll also need to understand how to integrate a set of disaggregated network functions into operational solutions. Where do you start?

    Together, let’s take advantage of industry learnings and best practices from Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) and approach our cloud-native goals the same way. Understanding the details on reintegration of CNFs is critical. Give yourself a head start by embracing the innovation and flexibility that can be gained from a common infrastructure platform.

    In this session we will cover why container network function certification is foundational to successfully building industry leading and production ready CNFs. Join us to learn more about:

    • The role of CNFs and why certification is important
    • The role of integrated solutions and why careful curation is important
    • What it takes to onboard and how Red Hat can support your application
    • Key customer considerations and common struggles


    Cloud Native – The Next Frontier of Network Transformation
    Date: 10/22/2020
    Sponsors:
    Intel
    View archived webinar

    Cloud-native transformation is the next phase of network transformation. While considerable progress has been achieved over the last few years with NFV, further disaggregation of hardware and software is necessary to make applications composable and deployable anywhere. This includes on-premises in the enterprise, at the edge, in the network cloud and in hyperscale cloud data centers. In addition to disaggregation, automation will also play a key role in the uniform application of cloud-native principles.

    This webinar will discuss the key tenets of cloud native and the key network transformation challenges ahead, as well as the critical role of containers and microservices.


    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series™: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
    Date: 10/22/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat, Harmonic & Intel
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    Following a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own turf in the network virtualization space. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global and Cox, cable operators and their technology partners are particularly moving ahead with the virtualization of the cable access network to meet growing bandwidth demands, boost service delivery and performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market much faster. But much more work remains to be done. This webinar will assess cable's latest virtualization efforts, examine the early deployments and trials, explore what's working and what's not and look at where cable goes next.
    5G Ecosystem Symposium Day Two: Private Mobile Networks
    Date: 10/21/2020
    Sponsors:
    VMWare, Qualcomm, Casa Systems, Metaswitch
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    Day two of the Light Reading 5G Ecosystem Symposium focuses on Private Mobile and investigates the most critical, and exciting, opportunities in this emerging sector. This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks and 5G, Heavy Reading.

    Session One

    5G Private Networks: Designed for Performance

    5G offers unparalleled performance in mobile/wireless networks. There is now a comprehensive set of specifications emerging to make 5G suitable for a wide range of vertical use-cases and capable of ultra-reliable, low latency communications (URLLC). The defining feature of 5G over other mobile/wireless technologies is performance, which drives new design, optimization and monitoring criteria.


    Session Two

    5G for Enterprise Industrial Networks

    The emergence of cyber-physical systems that integrate computing, networking and physical processes is one of the defining industrial advances of our age. 5G is designed to be a "connectivity fabric" for such systems. With the ability to support a wide range of performance profiles from low latency and ultra-reliability networking, through to “small data” IoT services, the technology is ideally suited to private mobile networks in the diverse industrial sector.


    After the Cloud Rush: How Service Providers Are Filling the Security Gaps
    Date: 10/20/2020
    Sponsors:
    Radware
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    The COVID-19 pandemic threw the telecommunication industry into complete disarray and became a forcing function for businesses to make sweeping changes in their operations. Agile businesses raced to adopt operational efficiencies as they transformed their infrastructure, including shifting their workloads to the cloud to support remote operations and workforce, accelerate their digitization efforts, adapt revenue streams to a contactless economy and scale online operations to better serve their customers in the new normal.

    In Radware's 2020 C-suite survey, Radware surveyed more than 260 senior executives worldwide to uncover how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the security posture of these companies. The results show that most of the changes made during the pandemic are likely to be made permanent. However, customers also indicate that the combination of accelerated transition to cloud, remote operations and increased reliance on managed service providers inadvertently introduced security gaps that exposed organizations to a higher risk of security attacks.

    In this webinar, attendees will learn both the issues businesses feel they will face post-pandemic as well as how they plan to realign both architectures and spending moving forward. Given that, telecommunications businesses need to re-think their strategies to both better adopt security products to support their infrastructure availability and protect their customers' data.


    Transforming 5G Networks With Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways
    Date: 10/20/2020
    Sponsors:
    IP Infusion & UFI Space
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    Open architecture is a new wave towards the 5G infrastructure, and it enables fast innovation, agile deployment and lower TCO. TIP's DCSG is the first step towards an open 5G architecture. From a basic application to advance service deployment, it fulfills the demands needed for every scenario and enables a next-generation transport network.

    In this webinar, you will learn how APT, an operator from Taiwan, embraces the open architecture and takes a leap towards future networks. Key topics include:

    • Key challenges in adoption of DCSG
    • How operators can benefit from TIP's DCSG solution
    • APT DCSG case sharing


    5G Ecosystem Symposium Day One: The Next Wave of 5G
    Date: 10/19/2020
    Sponsors:
    ADVA, Anritsu, Equinix
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    Day one of the Light Reading 5G Ecosystem Symposium focuses on the outlook for 5G technology services beyond 2020 with a dedicated session on advanced capabilities enabled by the release of new 3GPP standards. This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks and 5G, Heavy Reading.

    Session One

    5G Market Status and Ecosystem Outlook

    As 5G hits its stride, there is now a wealth of data, operating experience and customer feedback that helps us understand the technology in a market context. This generates confidence for the sector to double-down on its investment and commit to pushing ahead into the next phases of technology development, network deployment and service types. This opening session will present a state-of-the-market view of 5G and identify the key next steps.


    Session Two

    The Next Wave of 5G

    With new 5G standards recently completed, technology suppliers are on the verge of introducing new capabilities to their commercial product portfolios that enable advanced new services and enhance network capacity and performance. For operators, the challenge is to deploy these capabilities into commercial service at a pace that optimizes investment and tracks closely to device availability and customer demand. This session will investigate the importance of 3GPP Release 16 and how these capabilities will contribute to the next wave of 5G networks and services.


    Distributing/Processing Next-Gen Streaming Video
    Date: 10/15/2020
    Sponsors:
    WISI
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    Distributing/Processing Next-Gen Streaming Video
    11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    Sponsor: Wisi

    Thanks largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, video streaming traffic has increased exponentially across the globe this year as hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people have been forced to shelter at home indefinitely. At the same time, major new OTT services like Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi have launched, putting the streaming market into hyperdrive. While industry experts may have seen this growth curve coming eventually, few could have expected it to happen so quickly. Indeed, just a month after the pandemic hit the US with full force, OTT players reported already seeing about a year's worth of traffic growth. Given this explosive and unexpected traffic growth, how are OTT providers coping with the sudden surge in demand for their services? What steps are providers and their tech partners taking to scale up their networks rapidly and handle such unprecedented traffic spikes? And how are they working to prevent potentially catastrophic breakage in both the Internet and streaming infrastructures? This session will tackle such issues as video workflow, architectural strategies, multicast, ABR and delivery protocols as providers seek to scale up to meet the massive traffic demands.

    The event is led by Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading.

     

    Agenda:

    11:00 - 11:05 AM Introduction & Overview: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
    11:05 - 11:10 AM Streaming Video Alliance Keynote: Jason Thibeault, Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance
    11:10 - 11:25 AM Video Provider Keynote: Colin Dixon, Chief Analyst & Founder, nScreenMedia
    11:25 - 11:35 AM Platinum Sponsor Keynote
    11:35 - 11:50 AM Fireside Chat: Video Provider: Glenn Goldstein, Consulting Product Strategist, Lumen Technologies
    11:50 AM Panel: Panel: Distributing/Processing Next-Gen Streaming Video

    • Colin Dixon, Chief Analyst & Founder, nScreenMedia
    • Mitch Weinraub, President, Weinraub Media
    • Glenn Goldstein, Consulting Product Strategist, Lumen Technologies
    • Sharen Sandhu, VP of Product, WISI America
    12:30 PM Audience Q&A with speakers

     

    Develop a Strategy to Become an Enterprise Edge Expert
    Date: 10/13/2020
    Sponsors:
    World Wide Technologies
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    Edge computing will drive a wave of new services and applications that require the low latency and higher bandwidth promised by 5G. Network operators are looking to deliver those services to enterprise end customers to maximize ROI on 5G infrastructure. Enterprises are further along the edge journey than many give them credit for but are still looking for a partner that can help guide them to successful edge implementation and adoption. Technology is just one piece of the puzzle, as successful edge deployments will require vision, strategy, testing and scale out. Join us as we discuss:

    • Tools and resources carriers can utilize to become an enterprise edge expert.
    • How service providers should position themselves in the competitive and complex edge ecosystem.
    • How enterprise decision makers are approaching edge and what use cases they’re looking to deploy.


    The state of SRv6
    Date: 10/13/2020
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    Since 2017, SRv6 has gained strong traction in the industry and the ecosystem has grown unabated. As of today, SRv6 has been deployed in eight public, large-scale commercial networks and is largely backed up by the open-source community. Moreover, SRv6 standardization is well on its way with two mature proposed standards: RFC 8204 and 8754.

    In this webinar, we will explore the state of SRv6 (SR with IPv6 data plane) and explain how it enhances all SR MPLS capabilities – simplification, resiliency, traffic engineering. We will also touch upon why SRv6 alleviates some of the limitations faced by SR MPLS by providing IP summarization and IPv6 header’s flow-label based built-in entropy. Another interesting concept with SRv6 is network programming that allows an end-to-end solution - all the way from the server through networks to clients - and makes it a perfect solution for 5G/ultra-scale networks.

    Please join representatives from LightReading, Cisco and Bell Canada as we discuss:

    • SRv6 network programming
    • SRv6 use cases
    • SRv6 standardization


    The 5G Platform – Using the Value Plane to Bridge Business and Network Empowering Next-Generation Monetization
    Date: 10/12/2020
    Sponsors:
    Amdocs
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    With 5G radio networks rolling out all over the world, and as the first 5G cores begin to be deployed – the perpetual question remains – what about the 5G use cases? In other words, where is the money?!

    With many discussions exploring emerging business models, partners and innovative use cases, CSPs must first understand how they can be ready – as a 5G platform – to quickly adapt and support any use case and business model and stay ahead of the competition. Furthermore, this approach calls for a new "value plane" – a seamless bridge between business, IT and network. This type of agility represents a step change for most operators, but it is crucial to be prepared for the 5G/IoT/cloud and edge era.

    Indeed, if CSPs do not adapt and prepare for the challenge, they will remain in the same position of "connectivity/network providers" with alternative players reaping the revenue.

    Join this webinar to hear some of the key factors CSPs must consider today, looking into the future. Topics covered will include:

    • How will the 5G network platform be consumed and monetized? – The value plane's key position in applying the cloud business model on the network
    • Why cloud-native, combined 5G charging and policy functions are key enablers of the value plane and the 5G platform
    • The importance of E2E, transparent user journeys for dynamic service consumption – B2C, B2B and B2B2X use cases


    5G Core Security: Assessing Commercial Readiness
    Date: 10/8/2020
    Sponsors:
    A10, Ericsson, HPE, NetNumber
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    After several years of product and standards development, the deployment of the 5G Core (5GC) is now transitioning to the commercial reality phase. While this will unquestionably propel the next service innovation cycle, there are a significant number of security considerations to be addressed.

    To fully understand 5GC-related security implications and challenges, Heavy Reading, in collaboration with A10, Ericsson, HPE and NetNumber, recently created and fielded a detailed 5GC security-focused survey designed to provide granular insights into 5G security readiness and deployment trends.

    This webinar will provide a readout of several key survey findings. Topics to be addressed include:

    • Drivers that will trigger a 5G Non-standalone NSA (4G core) deployment to migrate to a 5GC SA deployment.
    • 5GC implementation timelines.
    • 5GC security general and network layer specific confidence levels.
    • Key attributes of an effective 5G core network security strategy.
    • The role of authentication-related functions in threat detection and mitigation.
    • The security impacts of network slicing.
    • The role of automation in securing the 5GC.
    • 5GC security feature and standards implementation timelines.


    Cable Next-Gen Symposium Day Two
    Date: 10/8/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat, Technicolor, VIAVI
    More information and registration

    With broadband traffic spiking to record heights because of the COVID-19 pandemic and telcos rolling out 5G mobile technology across the globe, cable operators face fresh network challenges on multiple fronts. In response, cablecos are scrambling to upgrade their HFC networks and expand their wireless assets to handle the heavier traffic loads and compete in the emerging 5G era.

    On day two of this digital symposium, Light Reading will explore the wireline and wireless network moves that operators are making, the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are testing and deploying.


    Edge Computing in Telco Networks: Gaining the Competitive Edge
    Date: 10/7/2020
    Sponsors:
    F5, Schneider Electric, Wind River
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    In this webinar we present and discuss the highlights of our 2020 global survey of communications service providers (CSPs) on their plans for edge computing – its drivers, use-cases and inhibitors. We examine the choices CSPs are making with their implementation – and how these implementations are evolving. The survey results demonstrate that service providers are now deploying, or planning for, edge computing solutions — they are no longer at the nascent stages. The direction has been chosen and CSPs are confident with their plans. However, it is evident from the responses that, although high-level drivers of edge deployments are understood, questions remain regarding the details of execution.

    Among the topics to be covered include:

    • Which use-cases are driving edge computing?
    • How will service providers secure their edge deployments?
    • How will edge computing impact 5G rollout and vRAN?
    • How important is edge computing to telco business models?
    • What challenges are telcos seeing to full-scale edge deployments?


    Cable Next-Gen Symposium Day One
    Date: 10/6/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ciena, Cisco, Corning, Hitron
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    Back for the 14th straight year, Light Reading’s Cable Next-Gen Business Services conference will take place this year as a digital event focusing on the huge commercial services market and cable’s ever-growing role in that lucrative space. With US cable operators now generating more than $20 billion a year in business services revenues, the sector has emerged as one of the most profitable for the industry. But now cablecos face an unprecedented challenge in sustaining that momentum because of the economic meltdown wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. How badly is the novel coronavirus hurting cable’s commercial cash cow? How is the industry dealing with this challenge? What will the "new normal" environment be?

    In day one of this digital symposium, Light Reading will examine the pandemic’s impact on the commercial services sector, cable’s response to that impact, the fresh hurdles that cablecos face and the new growth opportunities that could yet emerge.


    Extracting the business value from cloud transformation – myths and realities of value generation
    Date: 10/1/2020
    Sponsors:
    Nokia
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    There is a lot of discussion about migrating all network functions and applications to the cloud. This transformation needs a strategic approach to realise the business value that cloudification brings. It’s a journey and should be done with investment protection and deriving the cost benefits in mind.

    This webinar will review some of the fundamental considerations related to cloud transformation including:

    • Industry trends and principal learnings to date
    • A case study of cloud transformation at du
    • Key technology enablers and factors impacting value realization


    IoT Innovation to Provide Social Good in Pandemic
    Date: 9/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
    More information and registration

    As of August 2020, COVID-19 has been confirmed as the cause of death of over 800,000 people globally, with the death toll still climbing – and the devastation is not limited to the death count. Many millions of have been afflicted directly by COVID-19 and have been ravished by the toll it has taken on their health. Still, many others (arguably much of the world) have been affected indirectly, suffering from job losses, isolation and a general decline in quality of life. Industry has also been deeply affected by the pandemic with huge disruptions to the labor supply, supply chain and a huge shift in what defines "business as usual."

    As we face these challenges, it's inspiring meaningful innovation. Rather than sit idle, IoT players have been actively innovating to adjust to these strange times. Omdia is seeing a resurgence in interest in mHealth. Other innovators have sought to use drones and other autonomous delivery solutions to aid those in need of food and medicine without compromising the health of delivery people. Smart buildings are already reacting to how workers can be brought back to facilities safely while maintaining social distancing and ensuring proper hygiene.

    This webinar seeks to explore how innovators are using IoT solutions for societal good.


    Rewriting the FTTx playbook with Open and Disaggregated approach
    Date: 9/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    Sterlite Technologies
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    The demand for a software-defined, converged, last-mile access infrastructure has grown significantly in the last few years. Experts' point of view is that large scale adoption of software-defined FTTx will pave the way for 5G Fronthaul transformation, Large scale IoT adoption, and will establish the use cases for Edge Cloud deployments. To tackle unforeseen events like the current pandemic it's highly imperative for service providers to build a network that can scale on demand and are future-proof to a large extent.

    In this webinar, STL will focus on how service providers can build a flexible network with open standardized interfaces and disaggregated architecture.

    Key topics to be discussed are:

    • Need for broadband access transformation
    • The shift towards open and disaggregated architecture
    • The transformation from traditional FTTx to cloud-native, software-defined FTTx
    • Possible deployment and integration architectures


    Turning Disparate Data Into a Market Growth Opportunity
    Date: 9/29/2020
    Sponsors:
    Omnisci
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    More than ever, communication service providers (CSPs) must find ways to holistically combine disparate data sets into data that can be utilized to unlock new market growth opportunities.

    This webinar will share the analytics requirements to achieve this goal focusing on how TELUS, a Canadian CSP, met this requirement through the creation of an interactive dashboard-based market-sizing tool to grow subscribers and optimize network builds.

    Working with OmniSci, the pioneer in accelerated analytics, TELUS built an interactive map for all of TELUS's communities, along with competitor speed information, wHSIA coverage layers, competitor cell sites, LTE coverage layers, household reference data, copper qualification, fiber eligibility and marketable base.

    Topics to be addressed in this webinar include:

    • A Heavy Reading overview of the role that accelerated analytics plays in CSP market success
    • How OmniSci provides an intuitive and seamless way to analyze, visualize and power ML/AI workflows to meet the needs of CSPs' large and complex data sets
    • How TELUS uses OmniSci to maximize profit with an improved market sizing tool by layering spatiotemporal datasets to identify competitor coverage and where to build wireless services


    Open vRAN Promises to Change the Mobile Access Network From Procurement to Performance
    Date: 9/29/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
    More information and registration

    Open vRAN is still in its early development stage, but it has already shown the potential to change mobile operators’ relationships with their vendors and expectations for network performance. This webinar discusses operators’ concerns with this new approach to building their radio access networks and what the future RAN could look like as the market matures.

    In this session you will learn:

    • How the vendors on this webinar are addressing operators concerns over deploying Open vRAN based networks
    • How the radio network experience will change thanks to Open vRAN.


    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Getting Ready for DOCSIS® 4.0
    Date: 9/17/2020
    Sponsors:
    Antronix, Red Hat, Corning, Teleste
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    Known as DOCSIS® 4.0, this emerging set of specs will incorporate the features of both Full Duplex DOCSIS® (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS® (ESD), giving cable operators two different but complementary options for expanding their bandwidth capacity and delivering symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds to broadband subscribers.


    Digitalized and Automated FTTx: Key to successful deployment
    Date: 9/17/2020
    Sponsors:
    STL
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    The need for seamless Gigabit-speed home and premises connectivity is shaping the FTTx landscape across the world. Due to the new trends emerging from the ongoing pandemic, service providers are now faced with the need to accelerate FTTx deployments. Mega-scale FTTx rollouts bring their unique set of challenges that range from design and architecture issues to Right of Way and to actual field deployment and service activation.

    Considering the demand-side factors and the complexity involved, technological interventions are needed at each stage of the FTTx rollout. Digitization, automation and a range of platforms and tools can be leveraged to make the current deployment process more efficient. This webinar explores, in detail, the technology and digitization initiatives that can unlock scalability and faster monetization for FTTx operators across the world.

    This webinar will highlights key aspects of FTTx deployment:

    1. Demand-side factors and the sheer scale of FTTx deployments
    2. Challenges in deploying FTTx at scale
    3. Technology-led approach to the rescue – Digitization and automation
    4. Digitization and automation opportunities throughout the FTTx lifecycle
      • Planning
      • Design
      • Survey
      • Execution
      • Project management
      • O&M

    From Monetization to Engagement: What’s Missing from Your 5G Stack?
    Date: 9/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    Vlocity
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    5G is already introducing new telco commercial and customer engagement opportunities by making ‘network on demand’ services possible. Operators looking to monetize new 5G services have also realized that legacy architecture is their single greatest constraint. These fragmented systems were designed to cater to a product-centric era and enforced rigid processes. Today’s 5G customers demand more seamless experiences that are accessible anytime and anywhere.

    New industry-specific cloud solutions are empowering telcos to reimagine how they can innovate faster and deliver a step-change with digital-first customer engagement - from rapidly launching new offers, and simplifying customer ordering and onboarding, to charging and campaigning in real-time.

    In this webinar, you’ll learn:

    • How industry cloud solutions deliver the speed, agility and adaptability that 5G will require
    • Why the evolution to an integrated IT and network architecture is critical for 5G success
    • How a catalog driven approach drives automation and 5G-ready commercial agility
    • Which emerging multi-party B2B2X models are pressing BSS transformation
    • How new API digital platforms are enabling rapid creation of new apps.


    Comprehensive Security Assurance Is Essential in the 5G Era
    Date: 9/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    ZTE
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    As 5G begins to take shape and introduce functionality that scales new heights with countless opportunities for further digitalization, it will simultaneously expand the cybersecurity threat landscape to the largest ever known. Efforts to build security into a system after its creation give rise to complex security challenges that are often more costly and time-consuming than baking it into the development process. As such, comprehensive assurance in security is essential throughout the entire development process in the 5G era, with collaboration and coordination from all parties involved. This Omdia webinar, in association with ZTE, will explore security transparency and assurance and introduce the security evolution for 5G-SA.

    Key topics include:

    • How security needs to be “by design” now and in the 5G era
    • Why digitalization efforts must continue but with reliance on security assurance
    • How to deal with the challenges and the attack surface for 5G-SA
    • ZTE’s approach to security transparency and assurance in 5G

    For more information on security assurance, download this paper (no registration required): Security Transparence and Assurance in a 5G World


    Automating Software Defined IP Transport Networks
    Date: 9/15/2020
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    Consumers and enterprises use more data every day. Meanwhile competition and commoditization are driving down the price of data. Service providers must find a way to serve more data at lower prices with fixed capital spending. This seems like an impossible task. Are they caught in a margin-crunching vise?

    In this Webinar you’ll learn how Cisco can help Service Providers escape the vise with network automation and segment routing for more capital-efficient software defined IP transport networks. We will share how Service Providers can optimize bandwidth on existing network infrastructure using Cisco’s Crosswork closed loop automation.

    We’ll also share insights on how service providers can drive revenue with enterprise IP-based service offers. This Webinar will include an overview and demo of the new Cisco Crosswork Network Controller, our turnkey solution for end-to-end provisioning and management of intent-based networks.


    Architecture for High-Performance Cloud-Native CDN
    Date: 9/15/2020
    Sponsors:
    QCT
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    The demand for cloud-based content delivery networks (CDN) is growing fast in the 5G era, driven by the ever-increasing volume of media services and high-quality video content on the network. To minimize the distance this content travels over the Internet, communication service providers (CSPs) are widely deploying their CDNs at the edge - including central offices, regional data centers and other data centers.

    To reduce the challenges of deploying and managing a complex network infrastructure, CSPs need a scalable, high-performance and cost-efficient CDN platform. This webinar examines the architecture for an optimized platform using cloud-native infrastructure for content delivery systems on the edge, the use of hardware and network acceleration technologies and best practices for automation and life cycle management.


    Leveraging the Cloud in the New 5G Edge
    Date: 9/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    Volta Networks
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    Virtualization and the cloud have redefined computing and are key elements in the transformation of the service edge. 5G deployment is driving changes in the service edge, ushering in dramatically more cell sites and delivering 10 times or more bandwidth per user. 5G also enables a broad range of new applications from IoT to smart cities to manufacturing over an increasingly converged network.

    The cloud at the edge is a new revenue opportunity for MNOs. Low-latency applications must run closer to the customer to achieve the needed response times. Telcos can also provide a platform to run network functions as virtualized software to help keep costs down.

    In this webinar, we will look at the emerging application requirements and how the network and infrastructure can be implemented to support them. We will use MEC as a use case and consider the role of traditional cloud vendors and how that will impact MNOs. Finally, we look at the options to virtualize network functions and their impact on performance and cost.

    This webinar will cover:

    • The role of latency in 5G networks
    • Options for edge computing
    • How virtualization enables new services

    Private Wireless Networks: Unlocking the Value for Enterprise Business
    Date: 9/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    Intel
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    Private wireless networks have been in use with the 4G LTE network for a few select industries and applications. Now with the advent of 5G being deployed across the globe, the case for private wireless networks is strengthening for enterprises looking for personalized, secure and contained network capabilities for themselves and their clients. This webinar will investigate how the industry has prepared to meet the challenge of providing private network solutions, the various use cases that can benefit from these solutions and the benefits reaped so far across a variety of current installations.

    Among the topics to be covered in this webinar:

    • Status of the spectrum available to deploy private networks
    • Which vertical use cases are ideally suited for private networks
    • Common obstacles to overcome during design and deployment
    • How a common platform (mulit-access, Wi-Fi, wireline, CBRS) can be customized for vertical applications
    • How private networks intersect with O-RAN, 5G and multi-access
    • Edge architectures best suited to support private wireless networks


    6GHz band for 5G: the Opportunities for Society
    Date: 9/8/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE, Nokia
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    The deployment of 5G will bring large benefits to mobile services and users over the coming years. Allocating spectrum in the 5925 – 7125MHz band for 5G-NR and its evolution is a critical building block making it economically feasible to offer 5G services at a price point that is affordable to all income groups.

    Starting with the existing trends and anticipating further evolution in the longer term, this webinar elaborates on the importance of making more spectrum available for IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications) as an essential means to achieve the 5G vision in developed and developing markets. It considers the fact that the 6GHz mid-band spectrum represents a very strong candidate band for this purpose.

    Topics addressed in this webinar will include:

    • The requirements for 5G drive the need for IMT spectrum
    • Estimating spectrum requirements in the context of 5G
    • 6GHz band for citywide speed coverage
    • The role of the 6GHz band outside cities
    • IMT in the 6GHz to address the industrial users’ connectivity needs
    • IMT identification versus unlicensed use of 6GHz spectrum
    • Sharing with incumbents at 6GHz band




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    Scaling Service Provider Business With DDoS-Mitigation-as-a-Service
    Date: 8/27/2020
    Sponsors:
    CloudFlare
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    Service providers are regular targets of DDoS attacks – either directly on their network infrastructure or indirectly via attacks on their customer networks. Regardless, any attack on service providers has a direct impact on their uptime, availability, and therefore, revenue.

    Hardware DDoS appliances and cloud-based ‘scrubbing centers’ have their own limitations in terms of costs, capacity and performance – all key considerations for service providers. Service providers need a way to offer a scalable, robust (and profitable) DDoS mitigation service to their customers that helps them secure their networks and grow their revenue.

    Join this webinar to learn more:

    • Why hardware appliance-based DDoS mitigation won’t work anymore
    • How to increase revenue while offering best-in-class DDoS mitigation
    • How to get deeper insights into attacks on your network

    Improve Network Performance and Accelerate NFV Deployment
    Date: 8/27/2020
    Sponsors:
    Intel/HCL
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    Service providers and enterprises are on the journey to transform their networks using NFV/SDN. As they progress along this path, many are adopting a cloud-native architecture while beginning to transition their networks to 5G. During this transition, companies are continuously challenged to maximize performance as they deploy NFVi on standards-based hardware.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    • Analyst view of 5G demands on successful NFVi deployment
    • How programmable acceleration can enhance the performance for 5G and NFVi
    • What SmartNICs are, and how they can be utilized across the network
    • How HCL’s NFV Acceleration software products for SmartNICs solution improve network performance while lowering your TCO by up to 35%

    Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies - Day One Track 1 - Network Architecture/Infrastructure, Part II
    Date: 8/26/2020
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    TRACK I - NETWORK ARCHITECTURE/INFRASTRUCTURE, Part II

    Cable Keynote - Comcast
    Speaker: Shane Portfolio, SVP of Field Operations Engineering, Comcast

    Panel - Drilling Down on DAA? - Moderated by Jaimie Lenderman, Senior Analyst, Network Infrastructure and Software, Omdia, this session examines the latest DAA moves, the strategies being pursued, the hurdles being encountered and the lessons being learned.

    Panelists:
    Dave Hering, Sr. Product Line Manager, VIAVI Solutions
    Colin Howlett, VP, Architecture, Vecima
    Jay Rolls, Cable Technology Advisor, Cable Technology Advisor
    Gale Shallow, Manager in the Access Engineering Design Group, Cox Communications
    Fernando Villarruel, Chief Architect, Ciena


    Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies - Day One Morning Sessions
    Date: 8/26/2020
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    Cable Keynote: Cox Communications - Modernizing Service Assurance While Leading the Way on New Commercial Offerings

    Speaker: - Patricia Martin, Senior Vice President of Service Assurance, Cox Communications

    Panel: 10G or Bust? - Moderated by Alan Breznick, our team of experts assesses the state of cable's 10G quest. Even after rolling out DOCSIS 3.1 for 1Gbit/s downstream speeds, how ready is cable to make the next great leap to symmetrical 10Gbit/s service?

    Panelists:
    Paul Broadhurst, CEO, Technetix
    Doug Jones, Principal Architect, CableLabs
    Jay Lee, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, ATX
    Brady Volpe, Founder & President, The Volpe Firm
    Bill Warga, VP, Strategy & Technology, Liberty Global
    Robert Conger, CTO, Americas and Head of Portfolio Strategy, ADTRAN


    Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies - Day One Kickoff
    Date: 8/26/2020
    Sponsors:
    Nokia
    More information and registration

    Cloud-native network functions and applications that can run on public/private clouds enable a host of new services that can help cable operators diversify and grow. They offer MSOs an opportunity to shift towards a NaaS / SaaS / iPaaS consumption model, enabling them to access new applications and deploy new services quicker without owning the heavy infrastructure.

    Kickoff Session: Leveraging Cloud-Based Private LTE/5G, SD-WAN and IoT Platforms to Deliver Next-Gen Cable Services

    In this session, we will analyze how cloud-native network functions and applications that can run on public/private clouds enable new cable services using three examples:

    • Private LTE/5G Network as a Service (NaaS)
    • Cloud-hosted SD-WAN/application as a Service (SaaS)
    • IoT Platform as Service (iPaaS)
    Our experts will explore the architecture, operational models and merits of this consumption-based application delivery model for each use case.

    Speakers:
    Chandan Mohapatra, Nokia
    Ram Sridharan, Nokia
    Vik Saxena, Nokia


    5G: How Networking Got Its Groove Back
    Date: 8/25/2020
    Sponsors:
    Arrcus
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    As specifications for 5G continue to solidify, we see the convergence of mobility and Internet architectures to create a network platform that is high-capacity, always-on, and ubiquitous. 5G is more than just a radio upgrade for mobile phones. Explosive growth in mobile data traffic, rise of media-rich applications (AR/VR) and interconnected edge clouds are driving the need for a pervasive, massively scalable, digital-first, 5G network infrastructure.

    In this webinar, we focus on 5G trends, drivers and how they are acting as a catalyst for a new wave of innovation for communications service providers (CSPs) and even enterprises. We highlight how having a first principles-based strategy that enables seamless connectivity to data center, multicloud and edge workloads is essential for 5G services.

    Key topics include:

    • 5G trends and business drivers
    • 'The Power of One' - the power of a simple, scalable, and seamless network
    • Key networking innovations (such as network slicing, segment routing, edge routing, multicloud networking, to name a few) that unlock new revenue models, drive massive TCO savings, and deliver any service, any time, anywhere.
    • Innovations across data center, multicloud and the edge


    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Closing the GAP on GAP
    Date: 8/20/2020
    Sponsors:
    Antronix, Intel
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    Under an evolving SCTE/ISBE standard known as the Generic Access Platform (GAP), cable technologists are now working on a fiber-optic node initiative that will standardize the node housings and the interfaces for various service modules that can be plugged into the node like Lego bricks. Rather than having to deploy or rip down discrete, proprietary nodes from various vendors for FTTP, DOCSIS 3.1, WiFi, 5G, wireless backhaul and so on, cable operators could instead snap in one standardized node housing or discard the modules as needed.

    This webinar will look at the emerging GAP standard, the promise that the modular node initiative offers, the initial use cases for it and the hurdles that still must be overcome.


    AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 2
    Date: 8/20/2020
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    Session One

    Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
    Date: 08/20/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

    Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

    Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.

    • From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
    • Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
    • MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
    • Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
    • The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms

    12:15 PM - 12:30 PM BREAK

    Session Two

    Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
    Date 08/20/20 @ 12:30 P.M. SAST

    Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

    Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.

    • Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
    • Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
    • Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
    • Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent


    AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 1
    Date: 8/18/2020
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    Session One

    African Telecoms Outlook 2020
    Date: 08/18/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

    Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

    This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

    • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
    • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
    • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
    • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
    • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?

    Optical/NGON Symposium Day 2
    Date: 8/12/2020
    Sponsors:
    Acacia, ADVA
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    Moderated by Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

    Session One

    New Revenue-Generating Opportunities for Optical Networks
    Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
    Platinum Sponsor: ADVA

    Much of the optics focus centers on lowering cost per bit but technology innovation enables a differentiated and brand-new types of services. Examples of these include SDN control, machine learning, and artificial intelligence software coupled with hardware innovations, like programmable DSPs, are all enablers for a new era of optical and packet-optical services. This session will cover the new business opportunities and their associated applications with the underlying innovations to make these opportunities possible.


    11:30 a.m – 11:45 a.m. ET – BREAK


    Session Two

    Optics at the Service Provider Edge
    Time: 11:45 a.m. ET
    Gold Sponsor: Acacia

    Edge computing promises new revenue opportunities for operators, but it also places new demands on networks, with the closer proximity of data and applications to the end user and for services to become more dynamic and on-demand. Networks need to be equipped to meet these capacity and agility demands with optics playing a central role to enable next-generation services. This session will cover how optical networks must evolve to support the coming edge – including both wireline edge and wireless edge-based applications.


    Optical/NGON Symposium Day 1
    Date: 8/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    CIG, Huawei, Infinera, VIAVI
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    Moderated by Simon Stanley - Analyst-At-Large, Heavy Reading

    Session One

    Data Centre Connect – Optimising Metro & Regional DCI
    Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
    Platinum Sponsor: Infinera
    Gold Sponsor: VIAVI
    Gold Sponsor: CIG

    Cloud service performance is dependent on a data centre network with the optimum optical connectivity. Pluggable modules and 7nm coherent DSPs are rapidly changing this market, increasing optical link performance, introducing new network capabilities and optimising costs. This session will cover the latest deployments & technology developments including 400ZR, ZR+, 800G and metro DWDM.


    11:30 a.m – 11:45 a.m. ET – BREAK


    Session Two

    Optical Networks for the Post Covid Era
    Time: 11:45 a.m. ET
    Platinum Sponsor: Huawei

    Covid-19 has changed the way people communicate. Online webinars, meetings, summit, and direct broadcasting become the new normal. However, online communication quality and efficiency is far from satisfactory due to low network connection quality. Problems such as disconnection, voice distortion, and video blurring frequently occur, seriously degrade customer satisfaction as well as business talks of enterprises. Such poor experience reflects a large room in network quality improvement, where indexes of reliability, delay, and packet loss rate is substandard. This session will deep into new innovations and practices in optical network architecture and private line businesses and will invite global operators to discuss how to build a solid, elastic, and innovative optical network to deliver guaranteed online connection experience and accelerate business transformation.


    Asia Tech Digital Symposium - Day 2
    Date: 8/5/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ciena, Huawei, ZTE
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    5G Transport for Digital Enterprises
    Date: 08/06/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SGT

    Speaker: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

    Operators are in the process of defining their long-term transport architectures to support the 5G rollout towards different industry verticals such as media, healthcare, government, construction, retail, transport, logistics, and manufacturing. Whatever the level of speed, latency or throughput demanded, the transport network is the bedrock upon which 5G networks are being built – powering the movement of all that data across fiber optic connections. And all the new 5G requirements from Telco’s enterprise customers will have a direct impact on the transport network. The session will look at use cases, business models and the role of transport network for digital enterprise in the 5G era.

    Asia Tech Digital Symposium - Day 1
    Date: 8/4/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ciena, Huawei, ZTE
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    Session One

    5G Race: The Scorecard
    Date: 08/04/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SGT

    Speaker: Nicole McCormick, Practice Leader, Omdia

    Taking stock of 5G, one of the biggest technology transitions in telecom history. More than a year since its commercial debut, operators are making progress in enhanced mobile broadband and video streaming and cloud gaming apps. This session examines the 5G successes to date, and the leaders and followers across the region. Which operators and which markets are the frontrunners? What are the pricing models? What is driving adoption: price, handset upgrade, new services? What are new deployment models, eg, network sharing?

    12:45 PM - 1:00 PM BREAK

    Session Two

    The Cloud Telco
    Date 08/04/20 @ 1:00 P.M. SGT
    Platinum Sponsor: Huawei

    Speaker: Adeline Phua, Principal Analyst, WAN Transformation, Omdia

    The transformation of the traditional telco network into a highly flexible and scalable software-driven infrastructure is accelerating. Yet while cloud-based, virtualized networks promise lower operating costs and greater flexibility, but to get there telcos need to pick their way through issues of vendor choice and compatibility, as well as prepare for new competitive challenges with big cloud players entering the market.

    Offload Hyperscale DDoS Attacks to SmartNICs: Powerful and Agile Deployment for 5G Security
    Date: 7/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    F5, Intel
    View archived webinar

    As service providers shift to cloud/NFV architectures to roll out 5G and edge compute infrastructure, new generations of hyperscale DDoS threats will emerge. DDoS attacks are increasing in size, complexity and severity to further exploit new cloud-based technological shifts, and service providers demand virtual security solutions to offer equally flexible and robust defenses.

    Leveraging Intel FPGA PAC N3000 and F5's extensive DDoS and FPGA expertise, F5's BIG-IP VE for SmartNICs solution is capable of withstanding DDoS attacks up to 300 times greater in magnitude than a comparable software-only solution, ensuring cloud networks are adequately protected against the next generation of DDoS threats, whether it's for ten or 150 FPGA units.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    • How DDoS attacks might evolve in a 5G world
    • What SmartNICs are, and how they can be utilized across the network
    • How F5's BIG-IP VE for SmartNICs solution secures your 5G network against over 100 types of complex DDoS attacks while boosting DDoS performance by up to 300 times

    Disaggregation and the Intelligent Edge - Turning Vision into Reality
    Date: 7/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    RAD
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    Data Center clouds are becoming more distributed, moving closer to business customers’ premises and blurring the traditional lines between "edge" and "center". In this webinar, we’ll explore what this non-monolithic, disaggregated architecture means for CSPs and the services they’re offering and review the tools needed to run an effective, virtual network edge.

    What we’ll talk about:

    • Disaggregated architecture's vision - Freedom. Flexibility. Agility.
    • Tales from the field – the different approaches taken by CSPs today
    • Location, location, location – where to host different business applications to meet required performance levels using Edge Computing
    • New use cases for new revenue streams
    • Benchmark - the essential checklist for the virtual network edge


    Accelerating 5G monetization – is network slicing key?
    Date: 7/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    AMDOCS
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    5G promises to unleash a wide array of new use cases, services and business models. Learn how mobile service providers can leverage 5G network slicing to drive innovation through differentiated services, transforming 5G networks into an agile monetization platform. This webinar will address:

    • 5G monetization market overview and trends – who’s doing what?
    • Priority use cases – where’s the money?
    • Lessons learned from Amdocs-Mavenir network slicing POC with Tier-1 operator
    • Main challenges in managing the lifecycle of network slice-based services and offerings
    • What does the optimal path to 5G network slicing monetization look like?


    Edge Computing Digital Symposium
    Date: 7/29/2020
    Sponsors:
    Juniper, HPE, Equinix, A10 Networks
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    Session One

    Edge Is the New Cloud
    Date: 07/29/20
    Platinum Sponsor: Juniper Networks
    Gold Sponsor: Equinix

    Moderated by Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing, Heavy Reading

    Data flight from enterprise networks to the cloud continues. Omdia research shows over 80% of corporate traffic will be handled in the cloud in 2023. But where is the cloud? Will our enterprise data traffic be generated in our increasing number of branch and home offices and then traverse the continent to cloud server farms only to hairpin back and update a database ten miles from where it originated? Current trends in the market suggest not. Conversations around the multi-cloud spanning nations and continents, while important, are being overtaken by discussions surrounding the edge cloud.

    How will we keep traffic off of the network, lower network latency, improve security and application response time and enable our data to be acted on immediately and locally? In this Edge Computing Symposium, we examine how the edge computing will reverse the outgoing tide of data and give rise to information architectures designed not around the network or the cloud but around data. We will discuss topics such as:

    • The data-designed network and the shifts in technology that will enable it
    • The continued flood of devices onto the network and what this means to edge computing
    • How analytics and automation are critical edge enablers
    • The additional functionality needed at the edge to transform it to the edge cloud
    • Industries and use cases benefiting from edge computing today
    • How microservices and cloud-native networking will usher in the edge cloud


    Session Two

    The 5G Network and Edge Computing - an Unbreakable Link
    Date: 07/29/20
    Platinum Sponsor: HPE
    Gold Sponsor: A10 Networks

    Moderated by Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst, Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading

    The number of connected devices, worldwide, will reach 40 billion by 2005, according to Omdia research. Over the course of this decade, the number of cell sites in the world will increase by an order of magnitude as 5G rolls out. This growth in number of devices and cell sites is the perfect storm for services providers set with the task of planning, deploying, managing, troubleshooting and securing the 5G network. Service providers know that the success of this expanding and ever-shifting network, and the data it carries, is largely dependent on how much management, automation and intelligence can be pushed to the edge.

    In this Edge Computing Symposium, we will examine how the success of 5G is dependent on the success of edge computing. We will address the automation and management of the 5G network along with the role of edge computing in monetizing the 5G network. Discussion topics will include:

    • How the evolution to a cloud-native RAN will be enabled by edge computing (and vice-versa)
    • With Cloud-RAN and Distributed-RAN, where is the edge in a 5G network and what are its attributes?
    • How can service providers monetize the 5G network with edge-enabled applications?
    • How do service providers plan to minimize the attack surface and secure our highly distributed 5G environment?

    Get 5G Ready Today and Modernize Your OSS/BSS With Cloud-Native IT
    Date: 7/29/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat Asia
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    The telecoms industry is at an inflection point. Webscale providers like Amazon, Netflix and Facebook have found tremendous success in the industry and are now threatening to overtake telcos as the majority market share holder in the telecoms industry. To preserve and gain market share and prepare for the arrival of 5G networks, CSPs need to invest in modernizing systems in the OSS and BSS domains.

    By embracing cloud-native and open source IT, CSPs can gain the agility and scalability needed to support 5G services and business models, while also creating an environment that is prime for innovation, enabling CSPs to compete head-to-head with the webscale players.

    This webinar explores the different facets of IT modernization for CSPs in the digital and 5G era with a focus on cloud-native technologies including microservices, open source and DevOps.


    Putting the Geospatial in 5G
    Date: 7/28/2020
    Sponsors:
    Esri
    View archived webinar

    Within telecommunications, location matters more today than ever before. Next-gen communication networks made up of fiber and 5G technologies have geographic dependencies that are forcing the industry to re-think how they use GIS and mapping software. Location intelligence is becoming fundamental to delivering all types of communication services – mobile and fixed, residential and enterprise. Geospatial platforms are enabling digital transformation by providing location intelligence to the whole organization to support network planning, buildout, fulfillment and assurance. As the world leader in location technology, Esri provides the most advanced capabilities in the industry, helping organizations be first to market with their next-gen network services through geographic insights. Through this webinar in partnership with Light Reading, you'll learn how today's communication service providers are leveraging a complete GIS to meet their next-gen network goals.


    Building the Road to the Network Edge: A Look at Container Innovation
    Date: 7/22/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    With the promise of 5G creating opportunities for telecommunications providers to offer new, innovative applications and services to their customers, edge computing is quickly becoming the architecture of choice. With edge computing, service providers can help improve their customer's quality of experience by moving applications or content toward the lower edge tiers in the network hierarchy, providing a better user experience. 

    In this webinar, we'll look at how innovation in container technology helps to deploy telco 5G workloads from the core to the very far edge of the network, leveraging all the benefits of a Kubernetes application platform.


    Multi-Vendor 5G Core: Best-in-Breed Subscriber Data Management
    Date: 7/21/2020
    Sponsors:
    ENEA
    View archived webinar

    The evolution from 4G to 5G leads to an architectural overhaul of the network, requiring operators to rethink how they manage data coming, going, and moving through the network. The introduction of a 5G core architecture also means that operators can use a multi-sourcing strategy to improve flexibility and cost-efficiency of their overall solution.

    This webinar addresses key issues in the transition to cloud native 5G core, with a particular focus on data management in a multi-vendor environment.

    This webinar will explore:

    • The benefits of a cloud native 5G core
    • How operators can avoid vendor lock-in, today and in the future
    • How to leverage a multi-vendor approach for robust 5G data management
    • Common interworking scenarios between 5G core and 4G core


    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: 10G vs. 5G
    Date: 7/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    VIAVI, Nokia, Corning
    View archived webinar

    Over the last couple of years, cable operators have embraced mobile as a key part of their product bundles. In the U.S., for instance, Comcast, Charter and Altice have all launched MVNOs with either Verizon or Sprint/T-Mobile. But now, with the rollout of fifth-generation wireless technology, the big question is whether cablecos can use their bold 10 Gigabit broadband initiative to trump or leverage 5G or will lose out to telcos harnessing the technology to deliver competitive services. In this session, we will focus on the opportunities and challenges that 5G presents for the cable industry as it pursues its 10G ambitions.


    Securing Next-Gen Streaming Video
    Date: 7/15/2020
    Sponsors:
    Irdeto, Synamedia
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    This streaming video digital seminar will include industry experts from across the video spectrum who will tackle critical security issues and more including:

    • How can OTT providers safeguard their precious video streams?
    • What new technologies are vendors developing and deploying to keep prying eyes away from streaming content?
    • How can content and service providers tackle the sensitive issue of password-sharing?

    Agenda

    12:00 pm: Opening Remarks: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
    12:05 pm: Keynote: Jason Thibeault, Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance
    12:10 pm: Keynote: Merrick Kingston, Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Digital Media & Video Technology, Omdia
    12:25 pm: Platinum Sponsor Keynote: Peter Cossack, VP, Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto
    12:35 pm: Fireside Chat: Steven Hawley, Founder & Managing Director, Piracy Monitor
    12:50 pm: Group Panel Discussion:
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
    Peter Cossack, VP, Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto
    Steve Epstein, Head of Innovation and Distinguished Engineer, Synamedia
    Filip Paun, Security Architect, Netflix
    Marc Zorn, Independent Information Security Consultant, Ezorn
    Shane Cannon, President, Vidgo


    Pioneering in 5G SA: Learnings From China’s Deployments
    Date: 7/15/2020
    Sponsors:
    ZTE
    View archived webinar

    China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom have recently confirmed the imminent launch of 5G. In fact, Chinese operators are still expanding their 4G (5G NSA) networks, but these new virtual vEPCs need to run on the same cloud platform as 5G SA core. Obviously, China's 5G focus has generally turned to SA. ZTE is deeply involved in the construction of these SA networks and the upgrading of 4G network with its end-to-end SA solution which enables several new features, including network slicing and automation, Multi-Access Edge Computing, and Time-Sensitive Network. At present, Chinese operators are transforming these technical successes into financial ones. This webinar will also explore the various use cases that China has been deploying with 5G SA.

    Key topics include:

    • The importance of Chinese mobile operators in the global context
    • Overall industry appetite for 5GSA
    • Benefits of 5G SA in practice: what for?
    • 5G SA in China, from plan to implementation


    Where next for care in the Connected Home?
    Date: 7/14/2020
    Sponsors:
    Sweepr
    View archived webinar

    The vision for a connected home has become very real over the past few months. As we have moved work, entertainment, health and social activities online, digital devices and services have found an essential role in our homes. It has also reinforced the importance of a reliable in-home network for powering a diverse ecosystem of technologies.

    However, the recent gains for the connected home risk being reversed as customers grapple with new technologies and related issues. This has increased demand for operator support and exposed cracks in the connected home experience.

    This webinar, moderated by Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick, asks

    • What are the most innovative operators doing to boost customer engagement with their connected home offerings?
    • Where are customers struggling with the new technologies in their homes?


    Hardware Acceleration at the Edge with Project Adrenaline
    Date: 7/9/2020
    Sponsors:
    Altran
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    The world is rapidly moving toward a realization that an unlimited number of devices will generate massive amounts of data needing to be processed in near real time. Edge computing allows applications to be hosted closer to devices or consumers and can deliver low-latency, real-time services to end-users. Altran has been investigating this problem through Project Adrenaline, a co-innovation partnership with CableLabs, wherein we jointly developed open source software and collaborated on proofs of concept. In this webinar, we focus on how clients can leverage Project Adrenaline for building a cloud-native, end-to-end model for application development, deployment and monitoring of hardware accelerators – essentially creating an accelerator-as-a-service.

    Key topics include:

    • Use of GPUs, FPGAs and Smart NICs to improve performance and reduce cost
    • Head End Transformation for MSO’s
    • 5G, CBRS and Private LTE for Service Providers
    • Improve Performance, Reduce Cost Using GPUs, FPGAs, and Smart NICs
    • Low Latency Networking using Programmable Devices & Hardware Offload
    • Run Analytics, Cloud Gaming at the Edge


    Citizens Broadband Radio Service: A Game Changer for Private Networks
    Date: 7/7/2020
    Sponsors:
    Federated Wireless
    View archived webinar

    Do you want to learn more about how CBRS is being used to put private networks well within reach of the enterprise? Hear about some of the deployments already underway, and get some expert perspective on the upcoming FCC PAL auction. Tune in to this informative webinar hosted by Senior Analyst Will Townsend, Moor Insights, as he discusses these topics and more with Federated Wireless CTO Kurt Schaubach, Federated Wireless VP Legal Advocacy Jennifer McCarthy, and JMA Director of Global Markets and Solutions Kurt Jacobs.


    Drive Down Your Network Complexity With Advanced Automation
    Date: 7/7/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ribbon
    View archived webinar

    Service providers are spending billions of dollars a year dealing with network outages, service degradation and growing security threats. The increase in network traffic is a key factor resulting in these challenges. Consequently, automation is considered critical to enabling service providers to address operations and management issues resulting from this traffic increase. The traditional rules-based approach to implementing automation will not be sufficient to support the level of activity needed to control, manage and secure the network. In order to automate operations, additional variables and metrics will need to be assessed to proactively detect when events of interest occur, analyze them, identify and execute appropriate responses.

    To address these challenges, service providers are turning to advanced analytics techniques that are flexible, adaptive, and intelligent. In this webinar we will discuss how machine learning (ML)-based analytics, as an advanced analytics function, can enhance service providers' automation objectives with capabilities to detect and resolve network issues, plan network growth, optimize network performance, prevent security threats, reclaim revenue leakage, and more

    Key topics include:

    • Value proposition on the role of ML-based analytics and automation in addressing the operator's business challenges
    • Data modeling complexity today, and where is it going
    • Use cases where ML can be deployed to address network operations, fraud challenges, and to detect correlations between problem areas and underlying protocols and network functions
    • Highlight strategies that operators must adopt to successfully implement ML-based analytics to automate their networks


    5G Phase 2: What’s next after eMBB and FWA?
    Date: 7/1/2020
    Sponsors:
    ECI
    View archived webinar

    Carriers around the world are slowly, but surely, rolling out 5G networks. With 5G rollout now gathering pace, attention is now being focused on using these networks to introduce new revenue generating services, beyond eMBB and FWA. In this webinar, we focus on how 5G can act as a catalyst for a new wave of revenue generating opportunities. We will focus on the short-term, and show if, and where, consumers are willing to spend and how operators can take advantage of this.

    Key topics include:

    • Where are we on our 5G marathon?
    • Where are the opportunities for monetization in the short-term?
    • Discussion of results of new consumer research?
    • What do operators need to do today to pave the way to increased profitability


    TIP OpenRAN: Towards Disaggregated Mobile Networking
    Date: 6/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    TIP
    View archived webinar

    Mobile networks connect over 5 billion users and generate over $1 trillion of service revenue annually. With millions of cell sites deployed globally, this makes the RAN the most important distributed network infrastructure in the world.

    As operators enter the 5G-era, the RAN is increasingly software-driven and based on open implementation and open interfaces.

    Join our panel session where we will discuss some of the highlights of the white paper recently published by Gabriel Brown, focused on the work of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenRAN Project Group, one of the foremost open RAN initiatives in the industry.

    Key topics will include:

    • The need for an open, disaggregated RAN
    • Progress towards commercialization at scale
    • TIP OpenRAN within the wider ecosystem
    • Progress on the Evenstar open radio program


    Building a DN-Oriented 5G Core
    Date: 6/29/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
    View archived webinar

    The global development of 5G is beyond expectation. By mid-April, 380 operators have invested in 5G networks, 73 of which have already commercially launched 5G services. 5G networks will not only enrich our lives with new experiences, but also become a key platform for innovation, bringing a multitude of opportunities to industries like smart port, smart grid, smart manufacturing, and others. At the same time, these new opportunities demand new network requirements, such as how to provide B2B customers with differentiated services and deterministic experiences.

    This webinar will discuss:

    • What’s 5G Deterministic Networking (5GDN)? Why is the core network key to achieving 5GDN?
    • How is a DN-oriented 5G Core network built?
    • What successful cases can be replicated in the B2B industry applications based on 5G MEC?

    Deploying PON in a Pandemic World
    Date: 6/25/2020
    Sponsors:
    Calix
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    If challenges bring with them opportunities, then the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly brought plenty of opportunities for broadband technology, and especially for PON. Since the pandemic struck in full force earlier this year, service providers have seen traffic surge 20% or more on both the upstream and downstream sides of their broadband networks.

    How are savvy service providers turning these hefty bandwidth challenges into promising opportunities? Which PON technologies are they choosing to deploy and why? And what are they doing differently in this "new abnormal" environment to ensure that their subscribers enjoy the quality-of-experience they not only expect but must have?

    Join Light Reading and Calix for answers to these questions and more in an upcoming webinar. During this session, we will discuss:

    • What is the best PON technology for your applications?
    • Has deploying PON changed in today's new world?
    • What do you need to ensure your subscribers can meet the needs of all the people now living, working and learning at home?


    Changing Consumer Behaviours are Accelerating the Need for 5G
    Date: 6/25/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    The need for mobile communications and data services is greater than ever.

    In this webinar, we discuss how the covid-19 pandemic is causing long-term changes in consumer behaviours and how these behaviours drive the demand for 5G. The latest insights from Ericsson Consumer Lab explains how. We also look at the latest trends on service packaging, demonstrating how service providers drive and capture the increasing consumer demand for mobile data services. We conclude with Ericsson´s view on Fixed Wireless Access, including market potential and key success factors to realize this important use case for 5G.

    Key topics include:

    • Covid-19 pandemic drive long-term changes in consumer behaviours
    • Global statistics on service packaging and pricing models
    • How to capture the Fixed Wireless Access market potential


    Network-as-a-Service: Transforming the Enterprise Marketplace
    Date: 6/24/2020
    Sponsors:
    Amdocs
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    Network-as-a-service (NaaS) not only represents an opportunity for communications service providers (CSPs) to enhance their network and cloud services offerings, it also translates into enhanced choice, agility and service reach for their enterprise customers.

    To understand the NaaS drivers, opportunities and technical requirements, Heavy Reading and Omdia, in collaboration with Amdocs, launched three comprehensive global market surveys in the fourth quarter of 2019. These surveys were designed to collect valuable NaaS data trends and preferences from enterprises, virtual network function (VNF) vendors and CSPs from around the world.

    This webinar will provide a readout of the key survey findings. Topics to be addressed include:

    • Business and technical drivers for enterprises to adopt NaaS-based services
    • Enterprise preferences for buying specific VNF-based services via a service provider portal
    • VNF vendor perception of the challenges CSPs face in monetizing NaaS services
    • VNF vendor insight into the value proposition that advanced NaaS-based capabilities such as cross-domain orchestration delivers
    • CSPs commitment to implement NaaS services
    • CSP NaaS implementation drivers and challenges
    • The criteria CSPs consider when selecting NaaS vendors
    • Tier-1 CSP NaaS use case example


    The Outlook for Private Mobile Networks: The Opportunity for Telecom Operators
    Date: 6/23/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson, Intel, NetNumber, Qualcomm
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    Private mobile networks (PMNs) are designed for the performance, coverage, and security requirements of enterprise users. One of the critical issues that will determine the shape and growth rate of this market segment is the ecosystem of suppliers, implementors, and operators that will lead technology development, deployment, and day-to-day operations. To investigate this, and other important private network issues, Heavy Reading surveyed telecom operator and enterprise end-user professionals for their views on private network technology, use-cases, and operating models. This webinar will present and discuss the highlights of that study.

    Among the topics to be covered include:

    • How operators see the PMN opportunity
    • Enterprise perspectives on the use-cases driving interest in PMNs and their technology preferences and timelines
    • Attitudes towards 5G, LTE and Wi-Fi 6 radio technologies
    • PMN network architectures and the role of edge compute


    5G Network Strategies: Deploying and Securing Edge Clouds
    Date: 6/18/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    To deliver consistent performance in 5G networks and to support low-latency, ultra-reliable services in particular, it is widely expected that operators will need edge cloud infrastructure. Hosting applications and content closer to the "user" can improve the service experience and enable high-performance applications that are impractical, inconsistent or not possible, using only large, centralized cloud infrastructure. Without question, this will require that CSPs turn up their security game.

    Join this webinar and hear what respondents to Heavy Reading's 2020 5G Networks & Services Strategies Operator Survey think about edge deployment and edge security.


    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Tapping Into the Cloud
    Date: 6/18/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat, Harmonic, Intel, Nokia
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    Despite getting off to a relatively late start, the cable industry is now ardently pursuing a software-based strategy, seeking to shift various functions and services to the cloud. So far, operators and vendors are focusing on moving key functions of network firewalls, routers, set-top boxes and even CMTS chasses to the cloud as they look to boost their capacity, scale their operations, increase their network efficiencies and roll out new services. This session will explore cable's cloud strategy, look at where those efforts may lead and assess what the industry still needs to do.


    Proactive Care: Achieving Speed and Resilience in an Era of Connectedness
    Date: 6/17/2020
    Sponsors:
    ServiceNow
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    Proactive customer care isn't just smart business for today. It's the battleground for future success. Adopting a proactive approach to customer experience is the best way to earn trust, prevent churn and even drive fierce loyalty, all while reducing the cost to serve.

    This webinar will explore how communications service providers are accelerating customer care productivity and creating frictionless customer experiences by automating digital workflows on a unified cloud native platform. Join us to learn how CSPs are leveraging service management platforms to:

    • Deliver a proactive experience for both customers and employees
    • See the big picture – from customer to network
    • Serve better while spending less


    How to Evolve xHaul Networks for 5G
    Date: 6/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    Anritsu, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Infinera
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    As operators move toward mass-market 5G deployments, planning the next-generation transport network is front and center on their minds, including fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul networks – collectively called "Xhaul transport." Delivering the greatest combination of scale and efficiency is essential for success, but how should operators move forward? In this special multi-sponsored webinar, Heavy Reading will present the newest findings from the 2020 global 5G transport operator survey. Heavy Reading will be joined by leading 5G experts from Anritsu, Ericsson, Fujitsu and Infinera to discuss implications of the findings and trade insights gleaned from real-world activities and deployment experiences.

    Topics addressed in the webinar will include:

    • Transport upgrade plans and deployment timelines to support mass-market 5G rollouts
    • Viability and requirements for the IEEE's Time Sensitive Networking for fronthaul standard
    • 5G requirements for network-based timing and synchronization
    • Operator views on the role of microwave for 5G transport
    • How network testing will evolve to support new 5G requirements
    • How packetizing fronthaul can facilitate convergence of wireline and RAN transport


    Key Considerations for Acceleration Solutions in 5G Networks
    Date: 6/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    Intel
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    The 5G network infrastructure from the radio unit to the cloud is evolving to deliver higher bandwidths. This requires many more radio units of significantly greater complexity, presenting challenges in both traditional and disaggregated end-to-end wireless network deployments that can be addressed through acceleration solutions.

    In this webinar we will:

    • Summarize the key points of change/evolution in 5G networks and challenges when deploying radio units
    • Discuss key considerations for programmable acceleration solutions for use in fronthaul gateway (FHGW), L1 acceleration and radio beam forming/digital front end
    • Highlight an example of a programmable acceleration solution for FHGW deployments


    Cable Europe Digital Symposium Series - Day 2
    Date: 6/11/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ciena, CommScope, Harmonic, Hirshmann Digital Access, VIAVI
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    In this unique online, two-part event, Light Reading's resident cable expert Alan Breznick and special guests will discuss how European cable operators and other wireline providers are leveraging DOCSIS 3.1 and 4.0, Fiber Deep, DAA, FTTH, DAA, PON, network virtualization, cloud services, IoT, WiFi, IP video, 5G and other new technologies, platforms and services to compete in the new decade.

    Automating Field Service Operations: The Key to Coping with Disruption
    Date: 6/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    Comarch
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    Broadband and mobile networks continue to provide essential connectivity to emergency services, key workers, and the population at large during this pandemic-stricken period. Supporting these networks are technicians and field engineers who are performing a vital job in difficult circumstances. Their efficiency can be significantly improved through the use of software that automates Field Service Operations. Automation software can also help communication service providers (CSPs) cope with the increasing complexity of networks as new technologies are implemented. Such tools can help CSPs and field service contractors streamline their network deployment and maintenance processes.

    This webinar will present tools and strategies which help automate the completion of field tasks. We will cover valuable lessons for all organizations who are involved in telecom infrastructure rollout and maintenance, including CSPs, subcontractors and technicians.

    Key takeaways:

    • Market ready field service automation options for CSP and Infrastructure Operators
    • Strategy for leveraging technician’s handsets to both eliminate unnecessary paperwork
    • How to quickly and easily troubleshoot network equipment while onsite


    Zero-Touch Testing for SD-WAN and 5G Unified Transport
    Date: 6/10/2020
    Sponsors:
    Netrounds
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    How to speed-up the delivery of quality assured services?

    The economy is dependent on reliable and high-performing network connections. Still, a majority of business service providers are unable to successfully turn up services and onboard their customers fast enough.

    One ability that has been missing for many years is for service delivery teams to quickly confirm that SD-WAN and wholesale transport services have been configured properly before customers start using the service. Most business service providers skip the turn-up testing phase, or use inadequate methods, which result in failed deliveries and expensive repair.

    The solution is to automate the activation testing process to guarantee that service levels are delivered, so that customers can be successfully onboarded.

    By attending this webinar, service delivery teams will learn:

    • How to confirm service levels before onboarding customers.
    • How to quickly locate and fix issues along the end-to-end service path.
    • How to automate the most critical service assurance processes for SD-WAN and wholesale transport services.

    Please join Patrick Kelly from Appledore Research and Cyril Doussau from Netrounds to learn how communications service providers can empower their teams to increase service quality and customer satisfaction, while lowering costs.


    Cable Europe Digital Symposium Series - Day 1
    Date: 6/9/2020
    Sponsors:
    Calix, Teleste, VIAVI
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    In this unique online, two-part event, Light Reading's resident cable expert Alan Breznick and special guests will discuss how European cable operators and other wireline providers are leveraging DOCSIS 3.1 and 4.0, Fiber Deep, DAA, FTTH, DAA, PON, network virtualization, cloud services, IoT, WiFi, IP video, 5G and other new technologies, platforms and services to compete in the new decade.

    Show me the money! Monetizing IoT security and parental control in connected homes
    Date: 6/8/2020
    Sponsors:
    Irdeto
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    The number and types of connected devices in the home are rapidly growing, leading to greater consumer convenience and better quality of life. However, this is also rapidly making the home more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

    In this webinar, we focus on how internet service providers (ISP) can help protect their customers through IoT security and explore where such services can increase brand NPS and consumer ARPU in the process.

    Key topics include:

    • The rise in consumer IoT and the need for IoT security
    • The consumers’ willingness to pay for IoT security and parental controls
    • Different ISP business Key steps to succeed ISP business models

    New consumer research will be presented which outlines the latest trends.


    5G Networking Digital Symposium Series - Day 2
    Date: 6/4/2020
    More information and registration

    Session One

    Cloud Native 5G Core: Implementation, Deployment & Operations Strategies
    Date 06/04/20 @ 11:00 A.M. ET
    Platinum Sponsor: Amdocs
    Gold Sponsor: Metaswitch

    Presentations by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

    The 5G Core (5GC) controls user session, mobility, and security in a 5G network. As such, it is integral to 5G network capabilities and to operator service offers. This webinar will investigate how operators can deploy 5G Core using cloud-native technologies and operating processes. Among the themes for this session will be:

    • Cloud-native 5G core design and implementation
    • Deploying and operating 5GC at the edge
    • Roadmap to 5G standalone; Integration with 4G core


    Session Two

    5G Security: It’s Complicated
    Date 06/04/20 @ 12:30 P.M. ET
    Platinum Sponsor: NetNumber
    Gold Sponsor: A10 Networks

    Presentations by Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading

    Effective 5G security strategies are not simply an extension of 4G security policies. In order to ensure complete security compliance, 5G security strategies must address the complex security implications of not only the new distributed core and radio networks, more powerful 5G devices, the implications of a fully separate data and control planes, as well as the mass-scale exposure of APIs, and security implications of slice-based services. This session will document the impacts of these five new 5G base of requirements and document best practices for deploying a comprehensive and sustainable security stance.

    Fireside Chat: The InterGENerational Future of Your Network
    Date: 6/4/2020
    Sponsors:
    NetNumber
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    As Communications Service Providers consider when and how to upgrade their networks and services to 5G, they are also grappling with how to maintain existing 3G and 4G networks that continue to support revenue-generating services. In this video fireside chat, Steve Legge, NetNumber COO, and Jim Hodges, Heavy Reading Chief Analyst, discuss the complexities of migrating legacy network monitoring and management to IT-based software-defined infrastructures, and debate the future of cloud-native networks.

    Fast Forward to IP-Delivered Video
    Date: 6/3/2020
    Sponsors:
    Vecima, TiVo
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    Hear from cable operators and other industry leaders who are now delivering video services over IP technology.

    • How are these providers making the transition from video delivered over legacy access networks?
    • Is IP enabling a unified experience over multiple networks and devices?
    • Are the promised benefits of lower CPE costs, self-install kits and bring-your-own-device models coming true?

    In this webinar sponsored by Vecima Networks and TiVo, we will tackle these questions and more, and offer up case studies of service providers now deploying IP video services.

    5G Networking Digital Symposium Series - Day 1
    Date: 6/1/2020
    More information and registration

    Session One

    5G RAN Strategies: Designing for Coverage, Performance & Business Success
    Date 06/01/20 @ 11:00 A.M. ET
    Platinum Sponsor: Intel
    Gold Sponsor: Red Hat

    Presentations by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

    The Radio Access Network (RAN) is the most critical part of mobile network, supporting billions of users and myriad businesses worldwide. This webinar will investigate strategies for expanding 5G RAN coverage and performance across diverse environments and locations. Among the themes for this session will be:

    • How to extend macro 5G RAN coverage and capacity using multiple frequency bands and advanced antenna technologies
    • Indoor 5G solutions and how/when to integrate with the wide-area network
    • The role for 5G small cells as part of an integrated RAN strategy


    Session Two

    What’s in Your Toolbox? Making Sense of 5G Transport Requirements
    Date 06/01/20 @ 12:30 P.M. ET
    Platinum Sponsor: Fujitsu

    Presentations by Sterling Perring, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading, Fujitsu, and one network operator keynote

    Operators are in the midst of defining their long-term transport architectures to support the mass-scale 5G rollout of the next several years. Transport options abound but choosing the right transport tools for the job is not always straight-forward – and the stakes are high. This session explores the most promising 5G transport options, from fronthaul to backhaul and from optics to packets and evaluates pluses and minuses in different scenarios:

    • Does the choice of radio spectrum affect choice of transport technologies?
    • Are the transport network priorities and trade-offs in centralized RAN- architectures versus distributed RANS?
    • Will macro cell connectivity requirements and technology options differ from small cells?
    • Do edge computing plans affect transport network architectures, and vice versa?

    2020 Optical Networking Digital Symposium Series - Day 2
    Date: 5/28/2020
    More information and registration

     

    11:00 a.m. The Coherent 400 Gbit/s Revolution
    400 Gbit/s is a crucial inflection point for optical networking and up until now, the industry has used small form factor, pluggable modules for client-side interfaces and larger, proprietary coherent cards for line-side transmission. At 400 Gbit/s, the client side and the line-side meet, and, for the first time, optical vendors are building pluggable, coherent 400 Gbit/s modules that meet the space and power requirements of client-side modules.

    This session will delve into the coherent 400 Gbit/s revolution and all of its implications.

    12:30 p.m. Open and Disaggregated Optical Networks: Reality Test
    After several years of hype, how is disaggregation progressing in optical networks? From Heavy Reading operator surveys, we know that one area of interest is open and disaggregated line systems in which systems and optical terminals are supplied by different vendors and managed under a common software control. Hyperscalers are pioneers in open line systems, but we are also seeing interest in traditional telecom. The Open ROADM MSA, which is supported by tier 1 operators including AT&T, Orange, and SK Telecom, specifies a high degree of disaggregation and interoperability. Separately, groups including TIP and ONF are promoting open and disaggregated packet-optical systems aimed at 5G transport, DCI, and other applications. This session will put disaggregation in optical networks to the reality test: What is working? What is not working? Which operators are leading the disaggregation charge?

    Automating Multi-Vendor Networks: A Practical Approach in Telefonica’s Network
    Date: 5/27/2020
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    Globally, service providers are wrestling with several major challenges including exploding traffic growth, increasingly complex technologies, opex barriers to profitability, and increased pressures from the business to compress time to value. The next generation of mass-scale networks must make operations just as important as functionality. Network automation is becoming increasingly more important to telecommunications companies as the demand for more services and faster deployment increase.

    Join our special webinar where you will learn insights from Heavy Reading's recent case study of how leading global telecom operator Telefónica is transforming its multivendor networks through the deployment of an automated, intent-based IP network.

    In addition, attendees will hear:

    • How Telefónica's forward-looking R³ automation initiative and strategic partnership with Cisco are improving network robustness and reliability.
    • The real-world benefits expected from Telefónica's selection of Cisco's Crosswork Automation portfolio for multivendor network orchestration with closed-loop automation.

    How to build a better 5G?
    Date: 5/27/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    5G is happening faster than 4G, and is being deployed in a totally different way to previous mobile generations. For the first time, operators have a faster way to deploy nationwide 5G coverage, increase bit rates, and evolve to 5G standalone, efficiently leveraging existing mobile infrastructure. The new approach offers tremendous value for consumers and enterprises in terms of coverage, performance and low-latency use cases.

    Ongoing nationwide 5G deployments are the foundation for a smooth 5G standalone introduction. In this webinar we will share experiences from 5G live networks in South Korea, the US and Europe, and the latest trials of 5GC.

    Key topics include:

    • Reuse of spectrum, sites and mobile infrastructure
    • Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, 5GC and Orchestration
    • Migration to 5G standalone
    • Cloud NFVi platform
    • Breaking the energy curve

    2020 Optical Networking Digital Symposium Series - Day 1
    Date: 5/26/2020
    More information and registration

     

    12:00 p.m. Nearing the Shannon Limit: High-Performance Optical Networking for the Next Decade
    Coherent transmission was the optical transmission catalyst of the past decade, providing the capacity and spectral efficiency gains that DWDM systems required in order to meet Internet bandwidth demand. But those gains are becoming harder to come by, as researchers estimate that around 1 Tbit/s may be the practical limit for optical channel capacity, based on the Shannon Limit.

    1:30 p.m. Building Automated and Programmable Optical Networks
    The buzz around the term “SDN” has subsided, but the value proposition of software-defined networking remains front and center: delivering open, automated, and programmable optical networks. Network automation plays a crucial role in reducing operations costs, which is essential for operator profitability. The good news is that operators globally are making good progress on the automation front with early wins in real-time inventory discovery, management and optical service provisioning. Longer-term goals focus on multi-vendor interoperability and orchestration across domains to expand early use cases and broaden into others. This session will address the current state and future course of software automation and programmability in optical networks, including use cases and applications, enabling technologies, and key standards.

    Building Flexible and Open Architectures for 5G
    Date: 5/26/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ceragon
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    As operators prepare to launch 5G services, it is evident that in order to effectively and efficiently deliver the utmost performance, 5G network build-outs need to be based on an architecture which is open, flexible and scalable - across all the network domains.

    In this webinar we will discuss the following:

    • While it has been established that 5G network cores are to be based on a cloud-native, open-architecture, what about the remaining network domains?
    • Can an open-network architecture in the RAN and transport domains help address the unique challenges 5G networks are facing? If so, how?
    • Are open architectures in the RAN and transport domains mature enough?

    Supercharge your Fiber Broadband Service: How open, disaggregated software-defined access networks can be a game changer
    Date: 5/21/2020
    Sponsors:
    Radisys
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    As data usage continues to explode with the number of connections growing each year and higher bandwidth demands, including from unforeseen events like the current pandemic, service providers are faced with the challenge of how to build networks that can scale and are future-proof to a large extent.

    In this webinar, Radisys will focus on how service providers can benefit from open interfaces, key hardened open source components and disaggregated broadband access architectures to optimize their FTTx network and create opportunities to drive incremental value through an expanded service offerings like Industrial IoT, Telehealth and Smart Cities.

    Key topics include:

    • The shift toward open architectures
    • Cloud native software with microservices
    • Leveraging open source solutions from ONF/SEBA/VOLTHA
    • Expansion and enablement of new service offerings

    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Smart Pipes, Smarter Cities
    Date: 5/21/2020
    Sponsors:
    SCTE
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    As more and more cities move to improve service delivery and streamline operations by adopting Internet of things (IoT) technologies, a large new market is emerging for cable operators and vendors who can supply the equipment and software to support these next-gen applications. Whether the cities want to implement smart traffic lighting, smart parking, smart trash pickups, smart water meters or the like, they all require smart transmission pipes that deliver more broadband capacity than ever before. In this webinar, we will look at how cable operators and their tech partners are maneuvering to offer those smart pipes, the services they're offering, the challenges they're encountering and the lessons they're learning.
    Leveraging PON for Next-Gen Network Services
    Date: 5/20/2020
    Sponsors:
    Precision Optical
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    Through the enablement of high-capacity, low-latency, point to multi-point networks and significant cost savings, PON technology has major potential to meet smart cities and IoT infrastructure requirements while effectively transforming access networks.

    In this webinar, the experts at Precision Optical Transceivers will cover PON architecture integration considerations, adjacent technologies and more. Key topics include:

    • PON technologies, explained
    • Considerations for PON and WDM integration
    • Adjacent compatible optical technologies
    • GPON transceivers
    • Future technology integrations

    5G Webinar: How to Automate and Scale 5G Deployments
    Date: 5/14/2020
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    With the COVID-19 pandemic altering our daily lives and social interactions, carriers are scrambling to cope with the new realities of social distancing and near-universal remote working, as well as the increasing likelihood of a major global recession.

    As if all that weren't enough, the pandemic is also taking its toll on 5G technical readiness as governmental measures impact global supply chains and the normal work of standards bodies. For instance, 3GPP has already delayed its work on both the Rel-16 Stage 3 and Rel-17 standards by three months. In turn, these delays have consequences for the broader 5G ecosystem, with snowballing effects on the makers of 5G devices, network equipment manufacturers and carriers planning to deploy 5G SA.

    With the pending global recession, carriers will also face the challenge of monetizing their 5G deployments at a time when consumers and businesses will undoubtedly be less willing or able to spend money.

    Join us for this free webinar as we assess these issues with our panel of experts.

    Key takeaways from this webinar include:

    • Update on carrier 5G rollouts
    • Current 5G outlook and short-term challenges
    • Mapping of 5G field deployment inefficiencies
    • How to safely automate, digitalize and scale 5G rollouts with cloud and analytics

    Better Indoor Coverage, Better 5G Networks
    Date: 5/14/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    In the 5G era, more than 70% of mobile broadband traffic and most innovative applications occur indoors. Therefore, the quality of indoor network coverage is a key factor for the 5G commercial success. Due to the introduction of high frequency bands and the higher requirements of new services on network experience and capacity, 5G indoor coverage faces new challenges.

    Meanwhile, 5G also brings new opportunities for the indoor network. Indoor 5G networks can accelerate the intelligent and digital transformation in vertical industries such as smart manufacturing, smart hospital, and smart warehousing. In addition, investment in indoor 5G networks can bring new business opportunities for operators.

    This webinar will explore:

    • The opportunities for indoor networks from both 2C and 2B aspects, and the business value for investment on indoor coverage
    • How to set up a new standard of indoor coverage to meet requirements from new services and applications
    • The challenges with 5G indoor coverage solutions: Why traditional solutions, like outdoor macro station or DAS, cannot efficiently support 5G indoor coverage
    • The vital shift from DAS to next generation indoor system: Digital Indoor System (DIS). The latest solution developments and market progress

    Evolving the Enterprise with Second Generation SD-WAN: Managed Service Success Strategies
    Date: 5/13/2020
    Sponsors:
    ENEA
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    Enterprises of all sizes are now focused on harnessing the inherent power of the virtualized cloud and SD-WAN to enhance service outcomes. In response service providers must continue to innovate to meet their enterprise customer expectations. This innovation must take place on several levels, including enhancing manage services delivery, leveraging virtualization on customer premises and extending partner ecosystems.

    To understand the interplay of these factors in Q1 2020, Heavy Reading, in collaboration with Enea, conducted a global enterprise survey designed to provide additional insight into enterprise managed service partner expectations, selection criteria and adoption drivers.

    This webinar will provide a readout of several key research findings that provide valuable insight for service providers concentrating on refining their managed service success strategies.

    Topics to be addressed include:

    • Commitment and timeline for adopting SD-WAN and uCPE based managed services
    • Overall managed service satisfaction levels
    • The attributes enterprises consider when selecting these services
    • Likelihood enterprise will switch managed service providers or vendors
    • Strategies to implement practical, cost-effective managed services

    With 5G here now, what’s next for the Internet of Things?
    Date: 5/12/2020
    Sponsors:
    Qualcomm
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    Today, we are only in the early phases of 5G deployment, yet we are already seeing unprecedented proliferation of technology adoption and consumer demand for 5G. While 3GPP Release 15 established a solid technology foundation and focused on enabling enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) use cases such as the smartphones, Release 16 and beyond, building upon this foundation, will expand into new applications across industries. To fully realize the 5G vision, we are working with the ecosystem to further evolve 5G with a focus of addressing the requirements of expanded IoT use cases. After all, 5G is an innovation platform for this decade that will deliver unified connectivity for virtually everything around us.

    Join this webinar to learn:

    • Why AI, edge cloud computing, and 5G are essential for the IoT expansion in the information age
    • How 5G is poised to transform almost every industry and what new use cases 5G will bring
    • How 5G technology is evolving to meet a diverse set of IoT requirements
    • How Qualcomm is leading the industry to deliver on the 5G vision of connecting our world

    Reveal the invisible: using machine learning to transform the mobile user experience
    Date: 5/12/2020
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Mobile networks are increasingly complex to manage. Over the past three years, outages have increased by 46% with little end in sight given traffic is forecasted to increase by over 700% within four years.

    In the midst of this, mobile customers have higher expectations. Net promoter score (NPS), the key predictor of customer lifetime value and propensity to churn, is now 49% dependent on users' network experience. Beyond outages, frequent degradations that impact their ability to get things done are now responsible for 98% of customer dissatisfaction. Fixing the user experience is paramount in a time of single-digit margins, uncertain financial conditions and the race to build out 5G.

    But user experience is largely invisible to operators. Existing monitoring systems that report aggregate KPIs over 5 to 15 minutes can't resolve the individual user experience, so impairments often go unnoticed. The call center is usually the first to know when there is a problem, but since subscribers are more likely to churn than call, it's often too little, too late.

    In response, operators are now turning to machine learning-based analytics to enable them to quickly cut through seas of alarms to find fault origins and maintain user experience. This webinar will show early examples of the new visibility these techniques enable at three leading mobile operators in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

    Specific topics to be addressed in this webinar include:

    • User experience research trends from a recent Heavy Reading survey conducted for EXFO
    • The impact of disruptive traffic conditions on customer user experience
    • How machine learning detection and diagnosis integrates into existing NOC tools
    • The value proposition of implementing AI-based service assurance

    (Source for statistics: GSMA 2020, Heavy Reading, 2019-08 global MNO survey for EXFO)

    Accelerate the Deployment of 4G/5G Virtualized Open RAN featuring WWT, Cisco and Altiostar
    Date: 5/6/2020
    Sponsors:
    World Wide Technology
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    WWT, Cisco and Altiostar are working together to develop an open, cloud-based, virtualized Open RAN blueprint that will help service providers deploy high-performance networks, enable agile service delivery and reduce operational expenditures. The blueprint, validated in WWT's Advanced Technology Center, is an end-to-end turnkey solution that accelerates operators' time-to-revenue and offers a rapid 4G/5G upgrade path. Key aspects of this approach to be discussed in this webinar include:

    • Deliver secure end-to-end 4G/5G solutions and services to service providers
    • Maximize ROI on existing network infrastructure
    • Enable a new ecosystem of vendors, leveraging a cloud-based architecture
    • Future-proof architecture that creates a streamlined transition path to 5G

    Network-as-a-Service: Transforming the Enterprise Marketplace
    Date: 5/6/2020
    Sponsors:
    Amdocs
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    Network-as-a-service (NaaS) not only represents an opportunity for communications service providers (CSPs) to enhance their network and cloud services offerings, it also translates into enhanced choice, agility and service reach for their enterprise customers.

    To understand the NaaS drivers, opportunities and technical requirements, Heavy Reading and Omdia, in collaboration with Amdocs, launched three comprehensive global market surveys in the fourth quarter of 2019. These surveys were designed to collect valuable NaaS data trends and preferences from enterprises, virtual network function (VNF) vendors and CSPs from around the world.

    This webinar will provide a readout of the key survey findings. Topics to be addressed include:

    • Business and technical drivers for enterprises to adopt NaaS-based services
    • Enterprise preferences for buying specific VNF-based services via a service provider portal
    • VNF vendor perception of the challenges CSPs face in monetizing NaaS services
    • VNF vendor insight into the value proposition that advanced NaaS-based capabilities such as cross-domain orchestration delivers
    • CSPs commitment to implement NaaS services
    • CSP NaaS implementation drivers and challenges
    • The criteria CSPs consider when selecting NaaS vendors
    • Tier-1 CSP NaaS use case example

    What are the Key Factors that Affect 5G Network Quality and User Experience?
    Date: 4/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    On this webinar experts from Omdia and Huawei will discuss the key factors that affect 5G network quality and user experience. Omdia will present their research findings from a global survey of telecom operators that examines how 5G networks are being planned, optimized and operated.

    COVID-19 bring unprecedented challenges for communications service providers. Providing a high quality, robust and resilient telecom network has proven to be critical to coping with the disruption caused by COVID-19 across the world. Indeed, the crisis has been a catalyst to accelerate the deployment of services based on 5G for industries including healthcare and medicine.

    This webinar will address common questions that operators ask when planning, deploying and operating 5G networks:

    • How can 5G planning ensure a satisfactory ROI?
    • How can we improve the efficiency of 5G service assurance?
    • How can operators best evaluate and manage user experience on 5G networks?
    • What are the key measures operators should take to enable the data rates and latency that customers expect from 5G?

    Please join us to learn about the key factors affecting 5G network quality, user experience and operational efficiency.

    How MSSPs Can Automate up to 95% of Response Actions and Transform SOC Services
    Date: 4/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    Palo Alto
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    MSSPs are not immune to the challenges many security teams face today, like alert fatigue and disjointed processes. Adding new services built on more and more third-party solutions while maintaining the service delivery of the team’s efficiency can be a daunting task. New solutions aside, adding new customers to service can cause an exponential increase in these challenges and headaches.

    As a result, MSSPs are increasingly turning to Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) technology to drive internal efficiency for services like Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and continually provide outcome-driven value to their customers.

    In this webinar, we’ll uncover how SOAR technology can help MSSPs automate tasks, bring together disjointed processes and products and ultimately lead to a more efficient team and service. Specifically, we’ll dive into how Cortex xSOAR by Palo Alto Networks can optimize the blend between machine-powered automation and human intervention to drive automation up to 95% of response actions for services like MDR, built on Cortex xDR.

    Key takeaways in this webinar:

    • Discover emerging challenges for MSSPs
    • Learn about SOAR technology and how it can solve MSSP service delivery challenges
    • Get introduced to Cortex xSOAR by Palo Alto Networks and how it addresses these challenges
    • Hear how to drive efficiencies and increase your profitability for your managed services and deliver security outcomes for your customers

    5G & FTTH Network Convergence - Impact on Physical Layer
    Date: 4/29/2020
    Sponsors:
    STL
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    Our consumption of data is growing relentlessly whether it is at home, in the office or on the move. Disruptive events like pandemics result in significant traffic burst overnight with a changing mix of type of data flows. With economic activity depending more then ever on the digital infrastructure, our investments in this fourth utility will accelerate. The high costs of building infrastructure and the mobile and fixed network functions smoothly intertwining drives operators to optimize investments to make the case work. In this webinar, we discuss the impact of the 5G and FTTH convergence on the physical layer of fibre networks.

    This interactive session will provide details on the innovations:

    • What impact does 5G densification has on 5G infrastructure
    • What does physical convergence mean for the infrastructure requirements
    • Can this physical layer be monetized

    Accelerate 5G for Business – What Actions Can CSPs Take?
    Date: 4/28/2020
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
    View archived webinar

    5G is here and ready to power enterprises. Let’s start innovating.

    Industry digitalization is happening today. With the potential to increase revenues by 35%, the digital transformation of industries opens a significant opportunity for communication service providers (CSPs) to leverage the benefits of 5G cellular technology and build new markets, outside the borders of traditional telecom. Enterprises around the world are open to engage with them as they seek solutions and services to enhance their digital maturity and competitiveness. However, the demands enterprises put on CSPs to cater for such transformations also reveal gaps in today’s capabilities, that must be addressed.

    In this webinar, we will cover what leading service providers have identified as critical to develop their 5G enterprise business, and what steps to take to succeed in the new 5G marketplace. Key topics include:

    • The voice of 1100 enterprise IT decision-makers across industries and markets
    • Use case examples illustrating the characteristics of the 5G powered business
    • The most critical initial capabilities to succeed in the innovative 5G landscape
    • A stepwise approach to success: A practitioner´s guide to 5G for enterprises

    400G Pluggable Coherent Optics – Accelerating Validation and Deployment
    Date: 4/22/2020
    Sponsors:
    VIAVI Solutions
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    In this webinar, we will discuss the range of challenges – from photonic layer through host module management – that all need to be brought up to allow a widescale and painless deployment of 400G-class pluggable coherent modules.

    Coherent optics have played a major role in DWDM transport and have been used in closed, engineered links. The emergence of pluggable digital coherent optics (DCO) is creating a more open and multi-vendor system. In this open, multi-vendor ecosystem, the demands and directions for test, validation and troubleshooting are significant. Though this started with 100G in CFP, we now see a significant ramp-up for 400G class modules with a broad range of applications, from DCI through classic DWDM transport.

    Anyone interested in learning more about 400G validation and deployment should attend, including IC companies, module vendors, optical systems companies and service providers.

    Programmable Infrastructure For Edge Computing: Unleashing Scalable Innovation
    Date: 4/21/2020
    Sponsors:
    Lanner
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    The network edge must scale to support an exponential growth in bandwidth demand, in the number of connected devices and in the volume of applications demanding low-latency. To meet this demand – the edge requires a scalable, high-performance, power-and-space-efficient computing platform on which to develop, deploy and upgrade network functions. Emerging edge platforms need to satisfy the diverse and varying infrastructure needs of a multiple network constituents including cloud providers, communication service providers and enterprises.

    In this webinar, Lanner, Noviflow, Fortinet, and Intel will present the Lanner HTCA 6600 platform which combines Intel's Xeon Scalable processors with the P4-programmable Barefoot Tofino switch silicon to deliver a fully-programmable platform for developing and deploying microservices-based edge computing applications providing significant OpEx savings to network operators. The webinar will include details of key edge workloads that are being enabled by this platform.

    Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level
    Date: 4/20/2020
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
    More information and registration

    With media behemoths like Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, AT&T and Discovery all plunging into the increasingly congested streaming video space, the OTT video market is shifting into a more advanced stage of development. But, even as these new streaming services come to market, numerous hurdles must still be cleared, including technical, operational, security, business model, service quality and navigation issues.

    In this special online seminar co-hosted with the Streaming Video Alliance, video industry experts from across the spectrum will:

    • Assess the streaming video market
    • Evaluate the latest entrants
    • Examine the major challenges they face
    • Discuss how the industry can reach the promised land of OTT Video 2.0 – a scalable, stable, secure streaming platform that generates regular, predictable revenue

    Future Vision Webinar Series - Network Automation: What’s Still Missing?
    Date: 4/17/2020
    More information and registration

    CSPs will turn to automation to address the increasing complexity of their networks; and to be successful they must discount the traditional domain-centric approach to automation. CSPs that will lead in network automation in 5G must take an end to end approach that automates service and network flows across multiple domains and adopt the organizational changes required to support the evolving network environment. This webinar will offer different CSP automation strategies, and how vendors can adapt automation portfolios to address these demands.

    Key Areas Covered:

    • CSPs need network automation, but how achievable is it?
    • Highlight strategies that CSPs must adopt to successfully automate their networks, including 2-3 pathways operators can take based on their cloud maturity levels and size
    • Provide an overview of MWC-linked vendor announcements on new capabilities and network automation solutions
    • Shine a spotlight on capabilities that are not being addressed and why they are important as CSPs move into the web-scale domain

    Speakers
    Adaora Okeleke, Senior Analyst, Telco IT & Operations, Omdia
    Stephanie Gibbons, Principal Analyst, Network Software & Infrastructure, Omdia

    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Playing with PON
    Date: 4/16/2020
    Sponsors:
    VIAVI, Intraway, Corning, Intel
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    Even though DOCSIS may still have a long life ahead of it, PON is rapidly emerging as an important alternative transmission technology for cable operators as they install more fiber lines. Whether they are leveraging EPON, GPON, 10G EPON or the other various PON flavors, cablecos and vendors are increasingly deploying PON to meet their customers' bandwidth needs. How is the industry leveraging the different PONs? What are the requirements for deploying the technology? How can operators and vendors mesh PON and DOCSIS? This webinar will tackle questions like these and more.
    Future Vision Webinar Series - Third Time Right? CSPs Re-Discover the Platform Economy
    Date: 4/16/2020
    More information and registration

    At the launch of 3G, CSPs believed they would become the epicenter of the Internet ecosystem; with 4G, they thought they would have increased prices, but they got nothing. With 5G, many CSPs believe they will have little more to offer than connectivity, but there is more. A small but growing number of CSPs are rediscovering the importance of managing and getting more involved in the service-creation and value-creation process. In this webinar, Omdia examines the key activities and elements of CSPs strategies to become ecosystem players and profit from it.

    Key areas covered in this webinar will include:

    • Moving on from super aggregator
    • The role of 5G, AI, edge, as a platform
    • Being a channel to market, is that enough?

    Speaker
    Dario Talmesio, Senior Analyst, Telco IT & Operations, Omdia

    5G Is Redefining Transport Networks – Are You on Board?
    Date: 4/15/2020
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Whatever the level of speed, latency or throughput demanded, the transport network is the bedrock upon which 5G networks are being built – powering the movement of all that data across fiber optic connections. And all the new 5G requirements will have a direct impact on the transport network. From the core to the radio unit, 5G demands a tight link between all transport network resources – even more than in previous generations of network technology. Expectations are high that this unprecedented transformation of the transport network be done right. In this exclusive webinar, Colt Technology Services, EXFO and Light Reading will delve into the key 5G requirements that will affect the deployment of the technology, including:

    • More fiber links between access points and backhaul networks – and what this means for 5G transport
    • Higher bandwidth and new synchronization requirements
    • Preparing for lower latency, network slicing and edge computing
    • Potential impact of private cellular on backhaul connectivity
    • Faster and more efficient fronthaul connections (eCPRI)
    • More granularity in the distribution of network functions (CU, DU, RU)
    • Testing considerations to efficiently manage and maintain 5G rollouts and deliver the stringent QoS performance results
    Join us for this webinar to learn more about the transport network's changing requirements as the race to 5G heats up.

    Future Vision Webinar Series - Personalizing Customer Experience for 5G
    Date: 4/15/2020
    More information and registration

    There are two critical and complementary engines of growth for CSPs – Continuous innovation (which for CSPS will include 5G and its potential for new forms of value), and the delivery of a positive and individualized customer experience. In this webinar, we will examine customer experience and its role in enabling CSPs achieve expected growth opportunities from 5G. As well as why customer experience matters, you will learn about some of the immutable principles that can enable any business to deliver a consistently positive customer experience. You will also learn about how technology is also transforming and evolving with a look at the emergence of customer engagement platforms, what they are and how they can best be harnessed.

    Key Areas Covered:

    • CSPs are focused on rolling out 5G but forgetting the need to improve customer experience to ensure sustained growth
    • CSPs continue to struggle to meet their CX objectives and need to realize the role that personalized customer engagement should play in achieving better customer experience
    • New technology solutions can deliver personalized customer engagement, but only if people, processes and platforms are aligned to achieve this objective

    Speakers
    Adaora Okeleke, Senior Analyst, Telco IT & Operations, Omdia
    Jeremy Cox, Principal Analyst, Customer Engagement, Omdia

    Future Vision Webinar Series - 5G Hitting the Mainstream for Devices in 2020
    Date: 4/14/2020
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    5G can help light a spark under a handset market that has struggled for growth in the past couple years and also open up opportunities for emerging brands to stake their claim to be the next major players in the market. This webinar examines the current state of play for 5G devices, how operators and manufacturers are positioning their devices and most importantly the trends on pricing and sales volumes.

    Key Areas Covered:

    • Overview of the key device announcements and how they will impact the smartphone market in 2020
    • A top-level view of the key trends for 5G devices in brand share, pricing, and new manufacturer/operator partnerships
    • Non-smartphone device launches – is 5G beginning to make an impact in other consumer devices?

    Speaker
    Daniel Gleeson, Principal Analyst, Consumer Technology, Omdia

    Future Vision Webinar Series - A Viral Slowdown: The Effect of Health Concerns on the Value Chain
    Date: 4/14/2020
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    Planning with extreme uncertainties while dealing with crises is the current state of business for all technology companies. This webinar will speculate on the short and long-term effects of the crises induced by the COVID-19, provide key learnings from CSPs and digital players, and discuss what governments are doing to support these businesses. There will be a specific focus on 5G and how the 5G market will be affected by the current climate.

    Key areas covered in this webinar will include:

    • All things go digital: collaboration, productivity, entertainment, lifestyle. The unwanted benefits of a health crisis.
    • Coping with the emergency with vital utility services: what are CSPs doing to support governments and, in turn, governments to help CSPs?
    • How will 5G deployments be affected by the global slowdown? Is there a silver lining?
    • Compare and contrast: what are the similarities with the recent economic and financial crisis? What should we expect in the short and long term?

    Speaker
    Dario Talmesio, Senior Analyst, Telco IT & Operations, Omdia

    Current Security Case Studies in 5G/IoT and MSSP
    Date: 4/9/2020
    Sponsors:
    Radware
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    Join us as Travis Volk, Technical VP of Global Business Development and Carrier Sales at Radware, and Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst at Heavy Reading, discuss two current case studies in Tier 1 service providers looking at two things: a) state-of-the-art 5G/IoT protection; and b) becoming a managed security service provider (MSSP).

    Attendees will learn about the new landscape and new threats associated with 5G/IoT and understand how one large carrier plans to combat those threats. In addition, attendees will understand the opportunity and business case behind service providers offering new managed security services for enterprise customers and how another large Tier 1 carrier is delivering those services. Finally, attendees will be introduced to additional resources available from Heavy Reading and Radware to better understand these two emerging security use cases.

    How to Avoid Turning Mass Fiber Deployments into an OPEX Vortex
    Date: 4/8/2020
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    This session will challenge current testing approaches and expose their shortcomings as service providers deploy many more fiber links in preparation for 5G rollouts. The evolution of the networks requires revised methods and procedures to keep service providers and their contractors efficient and profitable. Learn how a simple proactive change can make or break your business.

    In this webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • The fiber optic challenges you will be facing
  • How yesterday’s testing methods cannot meet the demands of tomorrow’s networks
  • How simple and easy steps by the techs can save big sums
  • Monetizing Enterprise Connectivity Services to Achieve New B2B Growth
    Date: 4/7/2020
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
    More information and registration

    Enterprise connectivity service plays a key role in operator B2B growth.

    Successfully competing within the market requires continued efforts from network service providers to engage with their customers on completely new levels.

    The current state of service providers' portfolios is very dynamic and innovative, and the purpose of this webinar is to inform enterprises and operators about the latest industry trends and innovations.

    Operators can leverage the knowledge from this webinar to evaluate and compare platforms, services and features offered by the market, to inspire new ideas in order to boost connectivity services growth.

    Register to learn more about:

    • Latest industry trends and innovations
    • What new trends and innovations mean for operators and how to stay ahead
    • Why enterprise connectivity services are vital to boosting B2B growth
    • Key knowledge to evaluate future growth and ideas

    Assessing Digital Telco Maturity Levels
    Date: 4/2/2020
    Sponsors:
    Whale Cloud
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    Digital transformation has become a necessity for service providers, driven by the market impact of internet content providers (ICPs) and web-scale players. Service providers are pursuing digital transformation, driven by the need to reduce operational cost, improve operational efficiency, increase revenue, and enable innovation. To do this they are leveraging a wide range of digital technologies that support improved customer experience, diversify revenue streams through vertical innovation, deliver operational excellence, and support all of these through a unified technology framework. Implementing such a long list of technology changes across multiple domains will be challenging, but it is essential if service providers are to keep up with their fast-moving digital and web-scale peers.

    This webinar will bring to you:

    • Key findings of the latest study conducted by Omdia (formerly known as Ovum) on digital telco transformation. This includes a global survey of senior decision-makers in network, IT, and other key functions within service providers, exploring what is driving this digital transformation and which technology areas are being targeted by service providers.
    • Introduction to a Whale Cloud- crafted holistic digital telco transformation toolkit, that includes DTMM (Digital Telco Maturity Map), SOP (Standard Operating Process) and Metrics, to help communication service providers (CSPs) to catalyze their digital transformation.

    Business Continuity and Enabling a Secure Mobile Workforce
    Date: 3/30/2020
    Sponsors:
    Palo Alto
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    During this unprecedented time, ensuring the health & safety of your employees is critical. We realize that rapidly scaling remote work options to enable secure connectivity to SaaS, cloud, and data center applications is also top of mind for IT & Security leaders.

    We have a number of solutions ready to go to help, all while maintaining your existing security posture. Join us online to learn more.

    During this session:

    • we will walk through architecture and configuration options
    • share customer examples
    • answer questions about deployment and scalability

    European 5G Leaders: Network and Service Innovation
    Date: 3/26/2020
    Sponsors:
    Mavenir, Red Hat
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    5G networks are expanding rapidly, adding coverage and customers at pace. In this webinar we will look at progress in 5G worldwide since launch almost a year ago, with a focus on European markets. European operators are in an excellent position to capitalize on 5G and create advanced and reliable services. With decent spectrum holdings, excellent 4G coverage, open economies and high levels of online services penetration, the region is a driving force of global 5G development.

    The webinar will also look ahead to the next phase of 5G development, linking innovation in network and device technology to the creation of end-user services. Joined by an independent guest speaker from BT/EE in the UK, Heavy Reading Principal Analyst, Gabriel Brown will lead a discussion to bring the audience up to speed on 5G progress and provide a forecast of what to expect in 2020 and beyond.

    SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar: Extending the Spectrum
    Date: 3/26/2020
    Sponsors:
    Vecima
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    In their never-ending pursuit of more bandwidth, cable technologists are now working on new DOCSIS specs that would raise the industry's RF spectrum ceiling from the current 1.2GHz limit to at least 1.8GHz. At the same time, they are exploring options to raise the ceiling to 3GHz in the near future and possibly as high as 6GHz later on. This webinar will focus of the options for extending the plant spectrum, the opportunities that those options will open up and the challenges that the effort will present.
    Security Agility – Case Studies and Key Learnings From 5G Deployments
    Date: 3/25/2020
    Sponsors:
    A10 Networks
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    Your security infrastructure should be as agile as your mobile network.

    Improving network and service agility has been top of mind for mobile operators as they have transitioned their network to 5G over the last year. At stake – new 5G service opportunities that depend on agility for more selective targeting and customization of network capabilities.

    Network security is paramount to 5G success, yet increasing the agility of security infrastructure has been problematic for mobile operators that have often accumulated multiple legacy security solutions over several technology transitions. As traffic from 5G critical enterprise and consumer applications becomes increasingly mobile and demands higher levels of availability and protection, security agility will be key to operator success.

    In this webinar, A10 Networks will describe security agility and key learnings from deployments with mobile network operators over the last year. It will include case study-based examples of operators that are moving their networks towards 5G, virtualized core and MEC architectures. Insights will be provided on:

    • Characteristics of security agility
    • Automation and elastic scalability that helps optimize investment per node (case study)
    • Improve DNS security without disrupting DNS service with DoH (case study)
    • Move to MEC: security agility for rapid roll out (case study)

    Connectivity Is Dead: Long Live (Intelligent, Infinite, Cloud) Connectivity
    Date: 3/18/2020
    Sponsors:
    EXFO
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    Connectivity is no longer an interesting topic. Or is it? As the 5G era dawns, the potential use cases and impact of wireless/mobile connectivity have been attracting attention. Importantly, discussions focus not only on the value but also on the “profile” of connectivity. Indeed, new (mainly IT) concepts – including cloudification and open network architectures – are drastically changing the wireless/mobile industry.

    Join Dr. Konstantinos Stavropoulos, solution marketing lead at EXFO, and Gabriel Brown, principal analyst at Heavy Reading, for an insightful discussion on 5G connectivity. In this webinar, you will learn about:

    • The value of connectivity now and in the future, focusing on 5G
    • The main aspects of connectivity, from intelligence to (resource) infinity to cloud
    • The key network – domain and architecture-related – challenges for connectivity
    • The key business challenges for connectivity
    • Ways to make the most of connectivity in consumer/enterprise use cases

    5G Edge Cloud Survey Insights: Where to Place Your Bets on the 5G Edge
    Date: 3/17/2020
    Sponsors:
    Wind River
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    In a recent Heavy Reading operator survey, 85% respondents said the edge cloud is important, or critical, to their 5G strategy. This is not a surprise given the use cases typically associated with 5G, such as autonomous/assisted driving, AR/VR, high-def streaming video and industrial applications. But it begs the question, if the edge cloud is so important, when and how will it be deployed? And what applications will be most important for service providers looking to capitalize on 5G?

    To address these questions and more, join us for a special web seminar that will share insight and analysis from the Heavy Reading 5G Edge Cloud Survey, produced in association with Wind River. The discussion will be led by Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown, with expert input from Wind River's Paul Miller.

    Among the topics addressed in the survey are:

    • Which edge cloud applications are most commercially attractive?
    • Preferences for edge cloud infrastructure software (proprietary vs. virtualized vs. cloud native)
    • Operator expectations for progress on virtual RAN
    • Virtual 5G baseband and associated performance implications
    • The need for a private 5G network for an industrial setting
    • The expected roll-out for 5G in autonomous vehicle operation

    We hope you will join us for a lively session and interactive Q&A.

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