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SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Engineering the DOCSIS® 4.0 Network (FDX & ESD).
Date: 9/23/2021
Sponsors:
Red Hat. Harmonic & Technetix
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With DOCSIS 3.1 almost universally deployed, cable operators and vendors are now preparing for the rollout of yet another next-gen version of DOCSIS. Known as DOCSIS 4.0, this new set of specs incorporates the features of both Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD), giving operators two separate but complementary ways to expand their bandwidth capacity and deliver symmetrical speeds of 25 Gbps or more to broadband subscribers. In this session, we will delve into the details of DOCSIS 4.0, explore what the new specs will enable, discuss upcoming tests and trials and see what the timeline for deployments will be.


Cable Goes to the Edge
Date: 9/15/2021
Sponsors:
Cisco, Harmonic, Red Hat, Ciena
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There are few things hotter in today's tech world than edge computing, with companies of all shapes and sizes seeking to bring powerful Internet functionality closer to users. That's because edge computing offers great potential to transform the entire underlying architecture of the Internet from huge, centralized data centers to a much more distributed storage and computing ecosystem. So, like other service providers, cable operators and their tech partners are exploring the technology as they aim to develop and deliver such next-gen, low-latency connectivity services as AR/VR, cloud gaming, holographic video, light-field displays, smart homes, 5G, autonomous vehicles, healthcare sensors, surveillance, smart cities and facial recognition.

As they embark on this journey, cable providers must answer some critical questions about the benefits, challenges and costs of edge computing, as well as the best strategies and directions to pursue. To address these issues, Light Reading has teamed up with four key vendors to survey operators about their edge compute ambitions and approaches. In this webinar, we will present the results of that ground-breaking survey, discuss the implications and spell out the industry's next steps.


Next Generation Self-Organizing Networks (SON) - Leveraging AI/ML to support end-to-end optimization and automation
Date: 9/14/2021
Sponsors:
HCL
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To cope with the complexity of multiple radio access technologies (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G), multiple spectrum bands and multiple layers of cells, operators need more automated solutions. Self-organizing network technology has evolved to meet this need. Among its many use cases, SON can help reduce energy consumption and defer capex through load balancing. SON solutions have become more intelligent and autonomous, reducing the burden on operations and engineering teams.

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • How the SON concept is being extended beyond the RAN to include core and transport enabling end-to-end optimization
  • How ML can reveal fresh insights to improve network performance and move from reactive to predictive network management
  • How next-generation SON fits into the open RAN architecture, enabling intelligent control


Cloud Security in a Distributed World
Date: 9/9/2021
Sponsors:
Radware
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Cloud has introduced extraordinary opportunities for enterprises to transform and monetize assets, serve customers with novel offerings and scale their businesses. But as operating systems have become increasingly connected to the Internet, it has also increased the potential for damaging cyberattacks. As network architectures get more complex, there is added pressure to secure new points of attack vulnerability. Cloud environments introduce a significantly larger attack surface that requires protection from cyberattacks. As the threat landscape evolves, attacks are growing in complexity and persistency, and zero-day attacks are exploiting those newly discovered vulnerabilities. Recent ransomware attacks highlight the need to secure against denial-of-service and application attacks.

To keep up with the growing sophistication of cyberattacks, it's essential that organizations maintain comprehensive visibility, compliance and governance across their network and deploy monitoring, detection and mitigation solutions. Join Radware's experts, with Heavy Reading’s Jim Hodges, for a special 60-minute webinar on detecting and mitigating cloud-native threats.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What makes cloud security so different than on-premises
  • What the key security threats to cloud environments are
  • Which attack vectors are new and unique (or simply much more harmful) to cloud environments
  • How Radware provides visibility, compliance and governance for the leading clouds and helps its customers detect and mitigate cloud threats before they result in a breach


Improving Latency, to Provide a Better Internet Experience Over WIFI, 5G, FWA and Even FTTH
Date: 9/8/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Why is it that while residential broadband access speeds have now reached multi-gigabit, we are still having video-conferencing issues, VOIP hiccups, gaming "lag" spikes and spending so much time staring at a "loading" spinning icon on our smartphones and other devices? COVID-19 has shown us the importance of universal broadband access, but raw broadband speeds are just not enough: We need new ways to optimize, monitor and manage the latency of networks and applications to deliver an optimum end-user experience.

In this webinar, we will discuss a variety of latency topics to help better understand where latency comes from and what the negative quality-of-service-experience (QoSE) impacts are that arise from it. Having a gigabit broadband service doesn't provide a better tele-education experience, a better Webex session or make you a better gamer than your neighbour on a 100Mb/s service. It's about delivering the lowest and most consistent latency.

Key topics include :

  1. Defining latency and how it is key to emerging technologies (5G, edge computing, cloud gaming, etc.)
  2. Should we focus on just low-latency or consistent latency?
  3. It takes an eco-system approach to address the latency pain points – what can we and must we all do (CSP, telecom vendors, chipset vendors, webscale players, CDN providers, etc)?
  4. Real-world examples and industry initiatives to address the latency challenges

5G Open RAN Deployment
Date: 8/26/2021
Sponsors:
Tech Mahindra & Intel
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Open RAN is a way to build and operate low-cost, scalable and programmable radio infrastructure. More than 30 carriers across the globe have shown interest in pursuing open RAN as a part of their long-term network strategies. But while most of the commercial open RAN networks to date have focused on 4G, 5G introduces performance requirements that demand a fresh approach to system design and deployment.

Among the topics to be covered in this webinar:

  • Myths and challenges of open RAN
  • Overview of open RAN economics
  • How to meet 5G open RAN performance requirements
  • Timelines for open RAN deployment at scale


Why Customer Care Is Key to a Successful Broadband Business: Lessons From ALLO Communications 
Date: 8/25/2021
Sponsors:
Calix
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With the explosive demand for broadband services over the last few years and the growing complexity of home networks, meeting customer expectations has become a challenge. One broadband service provider consistently leads the way with their approach to customer support. ALLO Communications, a leading service provider in Nebraska and Colorado, boasts a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +71 for technical support and has reduced truck rolls and trouble call escalations by 60%. On this webinar, we will hear from Nick Colton, Director of Technical Support and IT at ALLO, who will share how they are optimizing customer support operations in order to deliver an outstanding subscriber experience.

Join Calix and ALLO to learn how you can:

  • Empower your subscribers with self-help capabilities to decrease inbound support calls and increase customer satisfaction
  • Use insights to identify potential issues and proactively address them and reduce churn
  • Implement customer support strategies that lead to measurable cost savings


Getting your "Business Support System (BSS)-on-Cloud" Strategy Right
Date: 8/24/2021
Sponsors:
STL
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5G, IIoT, Wifi6, Cloud-native services all have created enormous opportunities for the enterprise segment to grow at an unprecedented speed and BSS is the core monetization engine of investment that drives these for CSPs (communications service providers). As such, overcoming BSS transformation challenges is paramount to realizing return on network investments. It requires CSPs to embrace a leaner, agile, and intelligent infrastructure as the company’s backbone and the way to do that is through the cloud. Cloud-based solutions will enable CSPs to create significant economic value by boosting revenue by as much as 3 to 5% and by cutting costs by 20 to 30%. However, in order to successfully leverage the value of this infrastructure, CSP’s need a strong framework & monetization mechanism to realize the BSS-cloud’s value proposition of greater revenue and lower costs.

In this webinar, STL will discuss how to realize the full potential & technological benefits accrued from BSS-to-cloud migrations & how organizations can be better prepared to explore the possibilities of how to succeed in their BSS to cloud journey, through setting realistic expectations and culling based on lessons learned across the cloud ecosystem.

Key topics include:

  • Defining the KPIs to ensure successful BSS-Cloud set-up
  • Why lift-and-shift from legacy to cloud is a perfect recipe for disaster.
  • How to use Open API and Open Digital Architecture for accelerated value generation.
  • Selecting the right cloud partner & platform components


Harnessing 5G and Edge Technology: Serving the Customer and Network Operations
Date: 8/19/2021
Sponsors:
Red Hat
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5G and edge continue to transform technology worldwide by delivering increased reliability, low latency, high performance and a new era of apps and improved services for customers. As we enter the next phase of 5G implementation having a robust knowledge of the economic impact of ORAN/VRAN, cloud-native, and security practices is vital to ensure success in a rapidly changing competitive landscape. Join this session to hear from Heavy Reading analysts alongside Red Hat experts as they discuss the move forward into the transformative future. 

This event will be broken up into 20-minute sessions presented by expert speakers. Each session will end with key, tangible takeaways so that you feel better prepared and more knowledgeable to move ahead with your 5G implementation.


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Tapping Into the Cloud
Date: 8/19/2021
Sponsors:
Intel, Red Hat
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The cable industry is now ardently pursuing a software-based strategy as it seeks to shift network functions and services from their legacy proprietary hardware to the cloud. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast in North America and Liberty Global in Europe, cablecos have started disaggregating their access networks and virtualizing network firewalls, routers/gateways, set-top boxes, cable modem termination system (CMTS) chasses and other key functions and equipment. It's all part of a broader drive to boost bandwidth, lower latency levels, scale operations, slash operating costs and deliver more advanced services to subscribers. This session will explore cable's evolving cloud strategy, look at where those efforts may lead and examine what the industry still needs to do.


Step up to Wi-Fi 6 and maximize the performance of legacy networks
Date: 8/10/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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With more and more Wi-Fi 6 capable routers and client devices being shipped, a first question is how service providers can optimize the Wi-Fi performance beyond what end-users can do by themselves and allow end-users to fully benefit from Wi-Fi 6. Another question is whether all the Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4 networks need to be upgraded, or whether this CAPEX-heavy decision can be postponed?

In this webinar we focus on how service providers can bring the best Wi-Fi performance to end-users, regardless of the Wi-Fi generation, and how they can lay a solid broadband foundation throughout the whole home, enabling value-add services on top of Wi-Fi.

Key topics include:

  • Introduce a two-level Wi-Fi optimization (local and cloud-based)
  • Complement an EasyMesh™ compliant mesh network with local algorithms for real-time Wi-Fi optimization
  • Leverage on a cloud platform to finetune the Wi-Fi settings and obtain network wide KPI reporting
  • Use the same cloud platform to “upgrade” the performance of legacy Wi-Fi devices
  • Give your helpdesk real-time visibility on in-home networks
  • More info: Perfect broadband in every corner of the home with Nokia WiFi


Tech for a Better Planet Symposium
Date: 8/4/2021
Sponsors:
ITU
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There is an urgent need for innovative solutions to address the biodiversity crisis in the Asia-Pacific – including new partnerships between the tech industry and conservationists.

This symposium is organized by Huawei, co-organized by IUCN and supported by ITU. It is also in collaboration with GSMA, Omdia and Light Reading.

This symposium will be moderated by James Crawshaw, Prinicpal Analyst, Telco IT & Operations, Omdia.


Unlocking Enterprise Growth with 5G
Date: 7/22/2021
Sponsors:
Tech Mahindra, Intel
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5G introduces new technical capabilities that can be used to transform business processes across diverse industry verticals. This webinar discusses how communication service providers (CSPs) can use 5G to unlock innovation in enterprise services, and how enterprises themselves can apply the technology to their own operations.

Among the topics to be covered in this webinar:

  • What 5G offers that is not possible or practical with 4G
  • Integration between 5G and enterprise Operational Technology (OT)
  • The creation of a 5G enterprise application ecosystem
  • The roadblocks that prevent faster implementation of 5G for enterprises
  • The critical use cases for operators offering enterprise 5G services


The Journey to Virtualized RAN – Insights 2021
Date: 7/22/2021
Sponsors:
Red Hat
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A lot has happened since Q4 2019 when Heavy Reading surveyed communications service providers (CSPs) on their plans for virtualization – and, specifically vRAN. In early 2021, the team checked in with the carriers to see how their plans had changed – either delayed or accelerated – over the course of the intervening chasm that was 2020. Respondents from around the world shared how their plans for virtual network functions (VNFs), including virtual firewalls, DNS, SBC/IMS, virtualized 4G network cores (or virtual evolved packet cores [vEPCs]) and virtualized radio access networks (vRANs) have evolved.

Today, the industry is focused on 5G transitions and investments, with many of these technologies and use cases assuming a virtualized RAN – one that is container-based and cloud-native. How far down the path toward vRAN are the carriers today? What are the drivers and inhibitors? How have these plans changed from our Q4 2019 survey? How have events of the past year – a pandemic, elections, Brexit, etc. – impacted these carriers and the industry?

In this webinar, Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Jennifer Clark and Red Hat Chief Telecommunications Architect Azhar Sayeed reveal and interpret the results of the 2021 survey, looking specifically at:

  • Progress in network function deployments
  • Preferences for horizontal and vertical approaches to network development
  • Perceived benefits and obstacles to vRAN and open RAN deployment
  • The evolution toward cloud-native computing


Creating a Data-Driven CSP with TELUS and Google Cloud
Date: 7/21/2021
Sponsors:
Google Cloud
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Your customers crave a more personalized experience, which is made possible by building an agile, data-driven organization powered by AI that can respond quickly. At telecom organizations, the ability to offer insights from the mountain of data being generated across networks and IT systems is critical. But leading telecommunications companies are embarking on new ways of tying their customer-first focus with operational metrics to drive better business outcomes. Learn how companies like TELUS are transforming their organizations by utilizing data and AI to optimize acquisition, engagement, retention and customer care.


How Low-Latency DOCSIS Can Be a Game-Changer
Date: 7/21/2021
Sponsors:
CommScope
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Many Internet applications require better Internet connections. Not necessarily faster, but better! Better means consistently low latency or low lag. Online gaming, video conferencing, even streaming video are examples of latency-sensitive applications that are used by Internet users on a daily basis. In addition to latency, jitter or choppiness in network lag is also an important metric that significantly affects the performance of these applications.

CommScope has pioneered the low-latency space through participation in and contributions to the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.1 committee that created the Low Latency DOCSIS (LLD) specifications. LLD can reduce cable latency to sub-10 milliseconds and jitter to sub-milliseconds, which yields high-performing Internet connections that dramatically improves delay-sensitive applications.

In this webinar, the CommScope team will describe how network lag impacts Internet applications, show examples of typical network lag encountered over cable connections and describe the business impact associated with latency and jitter. This introduction is followed by a high-level overview of the LLD technology and a real-world gaming demo using an end-to-end CommScope LLD system that shows how Low Latency DOCSIS is indeed a game changer!


Multi-Vendor 5G Core Networks : A Case for the Disaggregated Control-Plane
Date: 7/20/2021
Sponsors:
Oracle
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A 5G standalone (SA) operation, using a new core network, is foundational for mobile operators seeking to offer advanced 5G services. In fact, within the next two to three years, operators in all global regions will design, deploy and scale 5G core networks on software-defined infrastructure.

Decisions about how best to deploy the 5G core have far-reaching and long-term implications for how these networks perform, and for the operator’s service offer. Join Oracle Communications and Light Reading as they discuss why operators should consider a multi-vendor 5G core deployment, and why they should source closely related groups of control-plane functions from independent vendors.

Among the topics covered in this session:

  • How a Services Based Architecture (SBA) and cloud-native infrastructure enable multi-vendor 5G core
  • Identifying clusters of 5G core network functions (NFs) for best-of-breed purchasing
  • How a disaggregated 5G core control-plane enables advanced service offers


Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level: Dealing With Dueling Devices
Date: 7/20/2021
Sponsors:
WISI, Active Video
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With Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku, Samsung, TiVo and other consumer electronics powers all producing different streaming devices with their own video player software and specific requirements, streaming providers and OTT platform operators are often left in a precarious position: How is it possible to support them all while keeping the workflow efficient and simple? In this session, we will examine the deepening device fragmentation quagmire and explore how OTT service and content providers are striving to cope with all the complexity and confusion caused by so many dueling devices and streaming services.


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: 10G or Bust: HFC & the Future Access Network
Date: 7/15/2021
Sponsors:
Cisco, Harmonic & Teleste Intercept
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Facing potential competition from 5G-enabled fixed wireless, the cable industry is ardently pursuing an ambitious 10G (as in 10 Gbps) initiative to develop its multi-gigabit broadband prowess over a combination of HFC, fiber and wireless networks. But, even with the release of CableLabs' multi-gig DOCSIS 4.0 spec last year, it's not clear that cable operators and vendors are ready to make that next great leap to symmetrical 10 Gbps service. What will it take for the industry to get there? What are the chief hurdles that must still be surmounted? In this session, our team of technologists will evaluate the state of cable's 10G quest.


The Race to MEC-anize the Mobile Network
Date: 7/15/2021
Sponsors:
Ribbon
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Mobile network operators (MNOs) continue to show confidence in the potential of Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC) and a more open 5G network. At the same time, they face new challenges working in an open ecosystem.

MNOs are uniquely positioned to deliver on the full promise of edge computing with end-to-end applications, public cloud infrastructure and hybrid network deployments. In this webinar, you will learn how MNOs can maximize network investments and unlock new revenue streams by leveraging a combination of analytics, orchestration and MEC applications. We will discuss:

  • Operators' unique position in the network
  • Architectures to enable edge applications
  • Example edge applications and associated benefits
  • Challenges and opportunities


5G Standalone: Why, How, and How Fast?
Date: 6/30/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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5G introduces new service types that are either not possible, or not practical at scale, using the previous generations of mobile network technology. This webinar will explain how advanced 5G capabilities and services can be introduced to commercial networks as part of a 5G Standalone (SA) deployment using a 5G core.

Key topics to be discussed in this webinar include:

  • The service-types 5G standalone enables
  • How to migrate to SA from 5G Non-standalone (NSA)
  • The critical role of the 5G core in service creation and customer experience


How to Future-Proof Your Fiber Offering
Date: 6/29/2021
Sponsors:
Plume
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Good service doesn’t stop at the front door. Today’s fiber customers expect fast, highly personalized service throughout the home. Thanks to new, open-source technology, fiber providers can now deliver just that, enabling them to move the conversation beyond speed and price and win on experience.

Join us for an exclusive webinar with Fiber Broadband Association’s President & CEO Gary Bolton and Plume’s Senior Director of Business Development Robert Lamb. Learn how you can improve your fiber offering, gain a competitive edge, and delight your customers with exceptional smart-home experiences customized to each home setting.

Explore how Plume’s open-source, hardware-agnostic technology can help you:

  • Gain an edge over your competitors and deliver best-in-class smart home services
  • Future-proof your fiber solution and mitigate against silicon shortages
  • Increase ARPU and reduce OPEX


STIR/SHAKEN – After June 30
Date: 6/23/2021
Sponsors:
Netnumber
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June 30 is a big date for telecom in the US. On that date, the STIR/SHAKEN IP mandates go into effect AND carriers are required to have submitted their certifications for the FCC's new certification database. This webinar will quickly summarize these requirements and then focus on the next big date, Sept. 28. On this date, carriers are required to begin rejecting traffic from providers that have not registered with the FCC certification database. The webinar will delve into what carriers have to do to avoid having their traffic rejected.

Once these dates have come and gone, what is next? Two new STIR/SHAKEN developments are rocking the boat for carriers that previously had exemptions: The FCC recently brought up the date for small carriers to June 30, 2022 and the STI-GA relaxed the requirements for participating in STIR/SHAKEN, widening the net further. The webinar will delve into each of these things and examine their impacts.

For carriers with extensions, simply running down the clock to the end of the extension is a really bad idea. The webinar will dig into why carriers will want to come into compliance as quickly as possible.

The webinar will close by casting its eyes forward and looking briefly at what lies ahead for STIR/SHAKEN: TDM support, enterprise support, international support and support for basic call types that are not yet covered, such as diverted calls and emergency calls.

The webinar will conclude that June 30 is truly a significant date, but most certainly not the end of the road for STIR/SHAKEN. As Winston Churchill once observed, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Putting Next-Gen PON to Work
Date: 6/17/2021
Sponsors:
Harmonic, Vecima, VIAVI Solutions & Corning
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While DOCSIS may still have plenty of fuel left in the tank, PON is rapidly emerging as a critical alternative transmission method for the cable industry as operators increasingly install more fiber lines in their HFC plant. Whether they are leveraging EPON, GPON, 10G EPON, XGS PON or some other PON flavor, cablecos and vendors are increasingly deploying some version of PON technology to expand their bandwidth capacity. How is the industry using the different PONs? Which PON versions are emerging as most popular and why? How can operators and vendors mix and match PON and DOCSIS in their networks? This webinar will tackle these questions and more.


Reimagining Order Management in the 5G Era
Date: 6/16/2021
Sponsors:
ServiceNow
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Today's order management approach does not scale to the needs of modern CSPs, and will only become more amplified when trying to deliver the value chain of 5G and MEC services. To succeed, CSPs need to bring solutions to market faster, find efficiencies, and, most importantly, assure the products and services work how they're supposed to work.

Join this interactive discussion as we explore the key tenants of order management in the 5G era, including:

  • Workflows across core and partner services
  • Flexible catalogue
  • Combining ordering and assurance to guarantee experience
  • Standardization via open APIs


Service Provider Outlook: New Data Reveals Opportunities at the Customer Premises
Date: 6/16/2021
Sponsors:
ENEA
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What challenges and opportunities do communication service providers face with on-premises deployments of networking applications such as SD-WAN and SASE? Can they expand their revenue from these deployments with enterprise applications such as IoT, Wi-Fi, and video analytics?

In a unique survey, Heavy Reading and Enea have asked service providers about the customer premises and what they think is necessary to succeed with on-premises services now and in the coming years. In this webinar, we focus on the results from this survey and present strategies for simplifying operations and growing revenue.

Key topics include:

  • Service provider challenges
  • Service provider outlook
  • Second generation SD-WAN and SASE
  • The case for white-box uCPE


Automation and Testing in 5G to Accelerate Innovation and Maximize Customer Experience
Date: 6/15/2021
Sponsors:
Mobileum
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5G completes the transition to fully virtualized and, in some cases, even cloud-native network functions. While the concept was applied to the previous mobile generation, 5G introduces new deployment flexibility and dynamics. Being built from the ground up as a set of network functions that can be scaled and combined to serve a wide range of use cases, it opens up the opportunity for Mobile Operators to innovate, introduce new services, and address new use cases at a much faster pace. However, this also brings the challenge of designing, Testing, and monitoring those services at the same pace. CI/CD tools and processes are introduced to manage service and network lifecycle automatically. Continuous Testing is a vital component of this process and needs to be integrated at all stages, from design to operations, from lab to production. Automation and testing tools allow MNOs ensure the vital Continuous Testing process for the entire network and service lifecycle. A combination of pro-active radio and core test probes combined with complete insights from network elements or monitoring tools and flexible development for test scenarios is typically the winning strategy for ensuring customer experience while keeping operational costs under control.

What will you learn on this webinar:

  • How pro-active testing and automation can be used in a CI/CD pipeline and reduce time to market for network functions and services
  • How service assurance tools can be used across the entire network lifecycle from lab to live network
  • How automation can help reduce troubleshooting times and remove overhead from repetitive, manual tasks
  • How different types of pro-active test probes can be used to create a holistic view on network performance with unique testing scenarios


Open RAN: Is it destined to be closed?
Date: 6/15/2021
Sponsors:
Spirent
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Will open RAN create an expanded ecosystem of interchangeable RAN vendors, lowering costs and speeding innovation, or will it bring more complexity and cost, and lead to vendor-specific siloed implementations? Join Appledore principal analyst, Francis Haysom, and Spirent 5G strategic lead, Stephen Douglas, as they discuss and debate the future of open RAN and what can be done to ensure it fulfills its promise. This webinar explores the latest open RAN market trends and challenges, from the prospects for new market entrants to new techniques for reducing complexity with automated performance and multi-vendor interoperability testing.

The webinar will cover:

  • The open RAN market opportunity and key trends
  • The competition between traditional and new software-based commercial models
  • The role of government in the nascent open RAN market
  • Why timing synchronization is a potential stumbling block
  • New continuous testing techniques to simplify multi-vendor complexity and ensure performance


5G Rollouts: Key Considerations for Your Critical Infrastructure
Date: 6/10/2021
Sponsors:
Vertiv
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The exciting opportunity to deliver expanded services and benefits through 5G also presents an array of complex challenges. Existing networks must be expanded and rebuilt to meet bandwidth and latency demands. Network density is increasing with new types of sites that feature far more IT equipment than is used today. Is your critical infrastructure ready?

Join this discussion to learn:

  • Key considerations for powering, supporting and protecting emerging 5G networks
  • How the latest technology is driving efficiencies for telecommunications, data center and edge infrastructure solutions
  • How to configure your infrastructure portfolio to protect and optimize your 5G deployments


OTN to Edge, Building Simplified Architecture for premium experience
Date: 6/10/2021
Sponsors:
Huawei
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Optical Network is playing an more and more important role in mobile, home broadband, private line and cloud services. OTN to Edge is the key to guarantee optimal and assured user experience. In this Light Reading webinar, we will explore the innovation of new solution, the commercial application and how to enhance user experience, and how to monetize optical network for operators.

Key topics to be discussed include:

  • "OTN to Edge" to build all-optical network architecture
  • "OTN to Edge" delivering differentiated services in private line and home broadband
  • Innovations of solutions and products, to address challenges of deploying OTN to the Edge


Prioritizing telco automation: Creating a successful building block strategy
Date: 6/8/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Adopting automation, AI and data analytics is a key pillar of telco operators' strategies for managing network complexity and laying the groundwork for future service innovation. Yet less than 10 percent of operators have fully automated any single network or service domain.

In this webinar we will hear from experts at Verizon and Colt about their companies’ automation journeys and best practices. We will also dive into the findings of a Nokia–STL Partners report which aggregates the opinions of more than 100 telco executives from around the world. We will cover practical recommendations on how to define and prioritize AI and automation initiatives today — in order to stay commercially competitive for the future.

Key learning takeaways:

  1. Global trends in automation based on a survey of 100 CSP executives
  2. How to prioritize automation investments
  3. Best practices, real life examples for pursuing automation innovation
  4. Key recommendations for the telecommunications industry


5G Orchestration & Service Assurance Digital Symposium
Date: 6/1/2021
Sponsors:
Amdocs, Cisco, Fujitsu, KX, ServiceNow
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The commercialization of the 5G core (5GC) network in a standalone configuration (SA) will indelibly alter mobile service delivery models. With SA deployments, services adopt a reusable microservices model, are distributed to run at the edge, and implement an API exposure model to support service specific applications and slices. These three attributes will significantly impact both workload orchestration and service assurance systems.

Light Reading's 5G Orchestration and Service Assurance Symposium investigates in detail the impact of 5G SA deployments on orchestration and service assurance systems and how capabilities such as automation and AI will shape their evolution path.

This symposium will be moderated by Jim Hodges, Research Director, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading.


Optical Networking Digital Symposium: A New Age of Optical Networking - Day Two
Date: 5/27/2021
Sponsors:
Cisco, Amdocs, Infinera, Fujitsu, Lumentum
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Join Heavy Reading experts for a digital symposium designed to educate service providers on the most significant trends driving the future of optical networking.

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

Session One

Session One - Optical Networks for the Service Provider Edge

Edge networks are key in delivering enhanced services to enterprises and manufacturing, smart cities and residential and mobile subscribers. High definition video, cloud gaming, connected vehicles and smart manufacturing require differentiated network capabilities supporting high bandwidth, high availability, low latency and massive machine connectivity. Optical networks at the service provider edge need to be cost effective, support edge computing and network slicing and work across a wide range of fiber infrastructure and network speeds.


Session Two

Session Two - Tackling Operational Challenges in Open and Disaggregated Transport Networks

2021 is shaping up to be a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks. Still, Heavy Reading research consistently shows that a number of difficult – but not insurmountable – operational challenges stand in the way of commercial progress. This session will focus specifically on operations challenges and industry solutions.


Maximizing the ROI of your 5G Spectrum Assets
Date: 5/26/2021
Sponsors:
Accelercomm
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Spectrum is a mobile operator’s most valuable asset and the build-out of its 5G RAN one of its biggest costs.

However, while O-RAN is promising and delivering much in helping driving down the costs of 5G network roll-out, it still lags behind the major network equipment vendors in key areas such as the 5G NR uplink. The result is a 5G network with poor spectral efficiency and inflated infrastructure costs.

This webinar will address the challenge of 5G spectral efficiency, the issues that impact it, and the cost savings operators can realise by addressing it. It will present the latest analyst research and show how improvements in 5G radio signal processing can deliver significant savings on infrastructure costs for mobile operators.

During the webinar, you will learn:

  • The factors impacting 5G spectral efficiency and its impact on network performance and capacity
  • The business case for better spectral efficiency and how it can maximize ROI from scarce spectrum assets
  • The steps Operators and Vendors can take to maximize Spectral Efficiency of their 5G network


Optical Networking Digital Symposium: A New Age of Optical Networking - Day One
Date: 5/25/2021
Sponsors:
ADVA, Cisco, Nokia, VIAVI Solutions
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Join Heavy Reading experts for a digital symposium designed to educate service providers on the most significant trends driving the future of optical networking.

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

Session One

Session One - Metro Optical Architectures for the Future

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

Session Two - Onboard Optics and Co-Packaged Switching

The latest technical developments for co-packaged optics are enabling a new generation of switching solutions in data centers and other networking applications. On-board optics has been talked about for many years and there have been a small number of successful commercial deployments, however cost and complexity have limited the application to very high-performance systems. The combination of silicon photonics and high-volume switch chipsets with co-packaged I/O is set to transform data center switching as the industry moves to 800 Gbit/s and higher rate connections.


Simplifying Network Disaggregation to Accelerate New Services
Date: 5/20/2021
Sponsors:
IP Infusion & Edgecore
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With the growth of open networking in data centers and mobile access networks, telecom service providers are benefiting from disaggregated networking with faster innovation and lower cost with no vendor lock-in. This webinar addresses the role of hardware and software ecosystem partnerships to advance the benefits of open networking in different market segments.

Topics addressed during this webinar will include:

  • The outlook of the market trends, drivers and key challenges in the adoption of network disaggregation
  • Implementing disaggregated networking in different segments including DCSG, provider edge routers and optical transport networks (OTN) to the data center.
  • Simplifying the procurement process and eliminating the traditional integration pain points for network operators
  • Simplifying operations in disaggregated networks
  • How to rapidly launch new services while reducing capital and operating expenses


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Fighting Fiber with More Fiber
Date: 5/20/2021
Sponsors:
VIAVI, Vecima & Corning
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Fighting fiber with fiber seems to be the cable industry's mantra these days. Even as they complete their rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 and start gearing up for DOCSIS 4.0, cable operators are scrambling to put more fiber in their ever-evolving HFC networks. That’s because fiber continues to be the biggest enabler of most—if not all—of the technological, financial, operational, and competitive gains that operators are seeking. Yet, even as they invest more heavily in fiber, operators still face critical questions about how to leverage those investments to the fullest. This webinar will explore where cablecos and vendors are going with fiber, examine the challenges they face and discuss the implications.


Fiber Monitoring – the Missing Piece in the Broadband and 5G Networks Monitoring Puzzle
Date: 5/19/2021
Sponsors:
EXFO
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Fiber has become a critical element in delivering high-quality broadband and 5G networks. Driven by new bandwidth-intensive applications and more demanding customer expectations, fiber is being pushed beyond the core and aggregation networks – all the way to the end customer or cell tower. And the mission-critical nature of many of these services is driving the need for greater visibility to support stringent SLA requirements.

Today, it is estimated that less than 5% of fiber is actively monitored – and as data rates and wavelength counts increase, the impact of fiber quality issues is magnified. This is especially true not only for new fiber builds where it is estimated that at least 30% of the fibers will have service-impacting issues, but equally for older fiber infrastructure that was never expected to support the increased data rates.

Today’s networks, which rely heavily on automation to reduce opex, need complete visibility into customer quality of experience (QoE) and network quality of service (QoS). And while much of this can be provided through active assurance monitoring at layers 2 through 7, the full benefits of this automation requires visibility down to the optical layer. This complete visibility can significantly reduce opex by minimizing the need for truck-rolls by pinpointing the exact location of service-impacting issues and correlating fiber monitoring KPIs with active assurance KPIs to quickly identify root cause events, shorten MTTR and, when combined with machine learning, predict service-impacting events before they happen.

Join this webinar to learn how Hyperoptic and Mox Networks are using fiber monitoring to:

• Speed up deployment of new fiber networks by fully testing and characterizing all fibers and splitters while the construction teams are still on site

• Speed up the time-to-first revenue and improve overall customer experience through improved network quality

• Reduce operations costs and speed up time-to-revenue by automating the turnup and testing of dark and lit fiber services


Cloud-Native Marketplace for Telcos: Everything you need to know from IT to infrastructure
Date: 5/19/2021
Sponsors:
STL
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5G, IIoT, Wifi6, Software & Hardware Disaggregation, AR/VR, Cloud-native, eSIM have created enormous opportunities for the enterprise segment to grow at an unprecedented speed. With everything available as a service, enterprises have options to deploy their complex payloads in real time on far edge to centralize or near edge, private clouds to public or hybrid clouds. To support this scale of deployments, Telcos need to have required agility in their platform - from IT to infrastructure layer.

In this webinar, STL and Robin.io will discuss how telcos can enhance their focus on the marketplace business model and leverage Kubernetes based platform architecture geared to support the enterprise ecosystem at scale with extreme business and technical agility at the lowest TCO.

Key topics include:

  • Tapping the enterprise opportunity in the digital era
  • A fully integrated marketplace platform with ability to manage and sell
  • A fully automated infrastructure with ability to scale on demand


What is the future of the semiconductor supply chain?
Date: 5/18/2021
Sponsors:
Huawei
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This webinar will focus on what Huawei and other companies are doing to address the semiconductor shortage along with ways that the industry writ large could improve the current state of affairs for businesses, governments and consumers alike. This event will convene experts from across the technology landscape to discuss the broader issues and seek solutions. More countries and companies need to think about supply security. We are seeing Europe, Japan, China and other countries increasing semiconductor investments. Europe has emphasized its investment in semiconductor self-reliance. What we have to remember is that the companies will all be focused on different problems, so there is great risk of confusion and talking past each other. Join the event to listen to the experts and share your questions and suggestions.


Pivoting to addressable ads to uplift Pay TV revenues
Date: 5/18/2021
Sponsors:
Velocix
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With content acquisition costs rising faster than pay-TV subscription fees, many video service operators are looking to addressable advertising to bolster margins and strengthen their video revenue streams.

Join our virtual panel to learn how new revenue can be unlocked by operators of all sizes using highly targeted, Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) technology that can deliver more relevant and valuable video advertising to each consumer.

Discussion topics:

  • What is addressable advertising and what is driving market interest?
  • What is the state of adoption of SSAI amongst operators?
  • What are the tangible benefits that operators can gain from the latest ad-tech?
  • What do operators need to get started with addressable advertising?
  • What considerations can help simplify the path toward addressable advertising?


ODIM - Simplifying Distributed Infrastructure Management in 5G Networks
Date: 5/13/2021
Sponsors:
HPE
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5G networks are being built using open source software running on commercial, off-the-shelf compute infrastructure from a variety of vendors. New network architectures are evolving into a hierarchy of distributed data centers, from core to edge, comprising many times more physical servers and switches than did prior generations of mobile networks.

Managing the underlying hardware infrastructure on such a large scale, with a mix of equipment from many vendors, can be a huge challenge, increasing the cost and slowing the pace of deploying new, revenue-producing services. In this webinar, we cover Open Distributed Infrastructure Management (ODIM), a Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) open source project that facilitates the management of distributed, multi-vendor infrastructure deployments.

Building on the industry-standard Redfish model, ODIM acts as an abstraction and aggregation layer, simplifying the tasks of configuring and managing the network's physical infrastructure and streamlining the rollout of new 5G-based services.

Agenda and key topics:

  • Telco industry challenges resulting from large-scale, distributed infrastructure deployments
  • ODIM – a framework for streamlining management of multi-vendor physical infrastructure
  • The LFN ODIM project – objectives and status


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SD-WAN Digital Symposium
Date: 5/12/2021
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Into the Multi-Cloud

Over the past five years, SD-WAN has grown to become a key component of cloud connectivity solutions. In 2021, we are seeing SD-WAN broaden its reach into new markets and new use cases.

The Light Reading SD-WAN Digital Symposium investigates two of the most transformative developments in the SD-WAN market – the first being the rapid expansion of SD-WAN, connecting new categories of end-point locations. The second area of transformation is the surge in SD-WAN use cases – creating new opportunities for market participants but also many new challenges throughout the SD-WAN life-cycle in terms of management, security, automation and more.

This symposium will be moderated by Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading.


5G, Innovates for Good: Latest Updates on 5G Solutions and 5G Industry Services
Date: 5/11/2021
Sponsors:
Huawei
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With the introduction of innovative new products and solutions, the 5G industry has grown far beyond expectations. Network construction and user development paired with terminal ecosystem and application development all promote each other. In this Light Reading webinar, we will explore the innovation of new solutions, the commercial details and uniqueness of products and how to enhance the end-user experience.

Key topics to be discussed include:

  • 1+N network concept: In 5G network construction, the most important thing is to build a large-bandwidth network that provides continuous coverage throughout the entire network. This network can not only serve people and some basic IoT services, but also has some high-demand capabilities that can be deployed on demand. This session describes several innovative solutions of Huawei, such as BladeAAU Pro, Super Uplink and AHR, and the benefits these solutions bring to operators in terms of network construction, network performance and opex.
  • The 5G industry cooperation, including the main business flows implemented by Huawei and how to serve 5GToB business success


5G Network & Service Strategies: Lawful Interception Priorities
Date: 5/6/2021
Sponsors:
BAE Systems
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The deployment of the 5G core (5GC) network will not only have major impacts on service delivery, it will also transform how compliance functions such as Lawful Interception (LI) are supported. In order to understand the LI impacts, in early 2021, Heavy Reading launched an LI focussed survey of communication service providers (CSPs).

In this webinar Heavy Reading and survey sponsor BAE Systems will present key data points from this research which provides valuable insight into the strategies CSPs are adopting to ensure LI coverage and performance are not compromised as they deploy cloud-based 5G core networks.

Key points to be covered include:

  • Preferred approach for purchasing a 5G-compliant Lawful Interception solution
  • Timeline for 5G LI implementation and support
  • 5G LI reference architecture preferences
  • 5G related Lawful Disclosure / Data Retention requirements


Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Operator Survey: Charting the Use of Hardware Acceleration and Integration in Open RAN Deployments
Date: 5/6/2021
Sponsors:
Qualcomm, Wind River, WWT & Xilinx
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The combination of 5G and open RAN is driving significant opportunities for carriers and enterprises to upgrade and enhance their wireless networks without being tied to legacy equipment and existing suppliers. The standardized interfaces and functionality defined for open RAN solutions enables the use of server-based COTS/whitebox hardware and virtualized software functions from multiple vendors, however, the performance and capacity of the network depends heavily on the acceleration solutions installed in the systems, and the integration, interoperability and network optimization achieved. The CU, DU and RU, and can each benefit from platform acceleration solutions to optimize performance and ROI for real world deployments.

This webinar presents the key findings from the Heavy Reading Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Survey, conducted in March and April 2021. Among the topics to be discussed include:

  • Open RAN deployment requirements and benefits
  • Open RAN platform architecture options, features and capabilities
  • Hardware and software acceleration implementations
  • Software and integration solutions


Laying the Foundations for 5G Network Slicing Management
Date: 5/5/2021
Sponsors:
Amdocs & Sedona Systems
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5G E2E slicing provides an efficient and cost-effective way for CSPs to deliver a multitude of new services and business models each with a diverse set of requirements (speed, latency, connectivity) across an interconnected, heterogeneous network. 5G networks will span multiple zones, including the RAN, edge, transport, core and public clouds traversing network layers including optical, microwave and IP.

As 5G and E2E slicing become a reality, it has become apparent that multi-domain service orchestration will be crucial to the successful deployment of these new services, automating provisioning and activation as well as end-to-end lifecycle management of services across multiple domain-level network orchestrators. The sheer number of services and network changes required to support this diversity makes transport optimization and automation critical to the success of a 5G rollout.

Join this webinar to learn from Amdocs and Sedona experts about:

  • The latest related industry standards
  • The key role of multi-domain service orchestration
  • The crucial part transport plays in E2E slicing
  • How to guarantee SLAs over network slices that utilize both L1/L3 slices and how to interface into NSMF slice manager


The Carriers Speak: Evolving the Virtualized RAN
Date: 4/27/2021
Sponsors:
HPE
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In this webinar, we will present and discuss the results of Heavy Reading's Q1 2021 Global Carrier vRAN Survey. The survey investigates how (and when) service providers are implementing RAN virtualization – the drivers and the inhibitors. It also examines how closely vRAN implementation is tied to 5G rollout as well as multi-access edge computing (MEC), open standards and the move from virtual machines to containers. Our presenters will discuss how vRAN fits into the overall move to virtualization by the carriers, where they are encountering challenges and where they see an opportunity for differentiation.

Join us for a lively discussion about the current and future state of vRAN.


Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level: Upgrading to ATSC 3.0 and Streaming Video
Date: 4/22/2021
Sponsors:
Synamedia
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This session will spell out what's different about ATSC 3.0 signals, explore the transition to IP-based transmission and discuss the technology options for providers to manage and distribute the new signals.


Exceeding Expectations in 5G mmWave: How Far Can We Go?
Date: 4/22/2021
Sponsors:
Qualcomm & Casa Systems
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5G mmWave spectrum offers wide frequency bandwidths with the ability to deliver Gigabit speeds to users in urban, suburban and rural, remote or hard-to-access locations. Previously held theories believed that 5G mmWave could deliver faster speeds at a limited distance, making it not suitable for FWA use cases. However, recent findings are proving otherwise.

In a series of tests with service providers across Europe, North American and Australia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Casa Systems have demonstrated impressive mmWave range and proven its suitability for fixed wireless access (FWA). With data connections reaching over 7 kilometers (4.3 miles), extended-range mmWave redefines perceptions that high-band spectrum is limited to urban and high-density deployment environments. This technology can help service providers expand their coverage and open the door for new possibilities that will bring 5G benefits to homes and business everywhere, from urban to rural communities.

This represents a monumental step forward in the potential for 5G mmWave, made possible by an innovative approach from both Qualcomm Technologies and Casa Systems.

In this webinar, Gautam Sheoran, senior director of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Peter Lewis, Casa Systems European technical account director, will discuss:

  • How these global tests were orchestrated to deliver significant speeds over ever-increasing distances
  • Where 5G mmWave's limitations still exist and how these can be overcome
  • What these new distance and throughput outcomes mean for operators planning to deploy 5G mmWave networks
  • Which use cases benefit most from improved real-world performance


Optimize Your OSS/BSS Journey to the Cloud: Getting There Faster and With Lower Risk
Date: 4/21/2021
Sponsors:
Red Hat
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When it comes to operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS), service providers are no longer looking for point solutions – they need flexible and secure platforms that enable seamless transitions to multi-cloud environments. New revenue streams like edge, automation and 5G are heavily dependent on being able to operate effectively in the cloud, and successfully navigating a multi-cloud strategy is heavily dependent on partnerships.

MYCOM OSI partnered with AWS and Red Hat to build out their cloud-based services assurance offering. They will share more about the motivations for partnership in their move to the cloud. Join us to learn more about how a robust ecosystem and thoughtful joint programs can help get you to the cloud quickly and with minimal risk.


Preparing the Way for 800G: 100G Electrical and 800G Pluggable Optics
Date: 4/20/2021
Sponsors:
VIAVI Solutions
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This webinar will review the path to 800G class modules and show how currently available test and measurement solutions can be deployed to accelerate product development, evaluation and deployment for the first wave of 800G.

Silicon bandwidth continues to outstrip front panel bandwidth and density even with the emergence of 400G class pluggable optical modules. In fact, new applications such as AI and machine learning are only accelerating optical interconnect bandwidth demands.

Although 400G Ethernet remains the highest IEEE rate, other paths include 800G Ethernet consortium or applications which offer 2 x 400G module breakouts that try to scale with the latest silicon. At the same time, key enabling technologies, like 100G electrical signaling, are becoming available and proposals for 800G class modules based on both OSFP and QSFP-DD form factors are taking root.

Key points covered will include:

  • Review of 400G modules
  • Potential form factors for 800G
  • 100G electrical lane – PHY layer challenges
  • 800G class module test scenarios
  • Traffic test and validation for 2 x 400G, 4 x 200G and 8 x 100G


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Winning with Wireless: Embracing 5G & Wi-Fi 6/6E
Date: 4/15/2021
Sponsors:
Red Hat, Cisco, CommScope & Plume
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Now that both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are rolling out across the planet, cable operators have promising opportunities to use these two next-gen wireless technologies to expand their reach and boost their service offerings. But both new technologies also present new technical, operational and competitive challenges for operators used to working in a wireline environment. In this session, we will delve into those opportunities and challenges and see how operators and vendors are working to incorporate 5G and Wi-Fi 6 into the cable HFC architecture and turn wireless services into the industry's latest gold mine.


Building a Successful Foundation for 5G B2B and B2B2X Monetization
Date: 4/14/2021
Sponsors:
Salesforce
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5G is providing an opportunity for service providers to reset how they engage B2B customers and to explore new, multi-party B2B2X business models. Success will require new capabilities that transform business agility, accelerate time to market and reduce the barriers to experimentation. Legacy, monolithic IT silos will be replaced with cloud-native systems that deliver highly scalable, catalog-driven orders, click-not-code configuration, flexible real-time monetization, API-based integration and an end-to-end digital experience for B2B customers and partners.

Join this webinar and you will learn:

  • Why legacy BSS needs a 5G upgrade
  • The key capabilities for B2B and B2B2X success
  • How to embrace partners and co-create value-added solutions
  • The reference stack for digital engagement and digital commerce
  • 5G case studies, including practical advice and lessons learned to achieve success


Asia Tech 2021 Digital Symposium
Date: 4/12/2021
Sponsors:
CSG, Huawei, VMWare
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Join Asian telecom industry leaders and senior editors and analysts from Light Reading and OMDIA in a series of digital seminars 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. These seminars are meant to inform and advise service providers, IT decision makers and other industry professionals.

This symposium will be moderated by Stephen Myers, Principal Analyst, Strategy & Regulation, Omdia.


Open RAN World Digital Conference - Day 2
Date: 4/8/2021
Sponsors:
Cisco, Keysight Technologies, Kontron, KX, Mavenir, Red Hat, Spirent Communications, VIAVI Solutions, VMWare
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Open RAN is transforming telecommunications, accelerating innovation in the RAN domain through creating interoperable products and solutions from multiple vendors on an operators network. Not only can Open RAN boost innovation and flexibility to integrate new technologies, but it can also support network modernisation and cost reduction.

The Open RAN Digital Conference will examine the most exciting Open RAN initiatives and deployments underway across the world, deep-diving into the progress in the Open RAN ecosystem, Open RAN deployments, service management and orchestration and discuss how Open RAN can be deployed and integrated into service provider networks to boost performance.

This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading and Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading.


Five Data-Delivery Requirements That Will Save Telecommunications
Date: 4/7/2021
Sponsors:
Couchbase
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Telecommunications organizations are the backbone of the fourth industrial revolution taking place today. As the worlds' user communities become more decentralized, they are increasing their dependence on network infrastructures and services at rates unimaginable 18 months ago. This is stressing both operational and business support systems. This webinar will illustrate five key considerations that Telcos must recognize as they work to evolve their businesses, including:

  • Improving user experiences
  • Capitalizing on 5G
  • Maintaining service reliability
  • Drawing from institutional history
  • Adopting modern cloud development practices
This webinar is presented by Couchbase, a cloud-native NoSQL platform carrying data from the cloud to the edge.


Open RAN World Digital Conference - Day 1
Date: 4/6/2021
Sponsors:
Amdocs, Dell Technologies, IP Infusion, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Parallel Wireless, Red Hat, Spirent Communications, Vector Data
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Open RAN is transforming telecommunications, accelerating innovation in the RAN domain through creating interoperable products and solutions from multiple vendors on an operators network. Not only can Open RAN boost innovation and flexibility to integrate new technologies, but it can also support network modernisation and cost reduction.

The Open RAN Digital Conference will examine the most exciting Open RAN initiatives and deployments underway across the world, deep-diving into the progress in the Open RAN ecosystem, Open RAN deployments, service management and orchestration and discuss how Open RAN can be deployed and integrated into service provider networks to boost performance.

This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading and Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading.


Innovations in Unlocking Subscriber and Network Serviceability Through Location Intelligence
Date: 4/1/2021
Sponsors:
Precisely
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The last year has been defined by accelerated digital transformation, and this is without the full force of 5G being felt yet. The issues affecting the globe have been felt acutely in the telecoms industry with increasing voice and video traffic placing additional pressure on bandwidth demands. Subscriber expectations have increased and so have opportunities for communication service providers – but only for those who can orchestrate data across environments and make location intelligent decisions, particularly around serviceability.

Join experts working with the world's leading operators to explore best practices that are helping operators quickly, accurately and consistently determine service qualification, make optimal marketing decisions and optimize network investments, while enabling the sharing of this information in a seamless, efficient manner.

During this webinar we will discuss:

  • The emerging implications of digital transformation on serviceability
  • How to increase customer satisfaction from day one – including qualification, onboarding, billing and servicing
  • How location intelligence is driving new subscriber acquisition and existing customer upsell opportunity


Broadband CPE Application-Based Monetization Strategies for CSP
Date: 3/31/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Containerization – system and application-based – is a mature concept that has been mainstream in the IT and CSP worlds for over 15 years. It consists of a rich eco-system of software frameworks, implementations, open-source and commercial solutions. Though the standards bodies have been more than happy to support containerization in the CPE space, service providers faced several challenges. CPE price sensitivity led to devices that lacked the necessary resources such as robust RAM and CPE functionality. SOC vendor challenges and closed-source firmware implementations also made it very difficult to integrate open-source software components.

This will change in 2021, as major Tier-1 service providers now recognize the importance of owning the home network. They recognize that robust CPE, even at a higher cost, is the key to customer loyalty, as well as a vehicle to offer new services and increase ARPU. COVID-19 quarantines have also highlighted the importance of SLA-based access in the home, as customers need an enterprise-level home network. This webinar will discuss how service providers are not only adopting containerization for improved operations, but are also embracing it fully as a monetization strategy and valuable competitive differentiator.


Speedy Recovery of SMEs Enabled by ICT
Date: 3/29/2021
Sponsors:
Huawei
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Almost without exception, the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in every country are the ones that suffer the worst during the pandemic. They will find it hardest to come back when COVID-19 is behind us, not least because they often do not have the understanding or the financial capacity to use the cutting-edge technologies that may help them do so. This webinar will discuss how the communications industry is best positioned to help raise these companies again, in particular by providing them with affordable and easy-to-adopt solutions to enable them to engage their customers more efficiently.


5G: Unlocking Value, Beyond Connectivity
Date: 3/24/2021
Sponsors:
TCS
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Powered by 5G technologies, the potential innovation and transformation across multiple industry verticals enables the early realization and unlocking of exponential business value, beyond connectivity. Further, it is imperative for all enterprises to generate this business value from a long-term perspective and realize benefits with a monetization-centric approach.

In this webinar, we focus on how 5G will act as innovation and growth platform to unlock new revenue streams and business models. The inclusive trend is to leverage new age applications and partnerships within an economy of ecosystems to reap these benefits.

Key points to be covered include:

  • Leveraging the confluence of technologies
  • Purpose-driven ecosystems
  • Rationalized approach to realize differentiated value
  • 5G monetization strategies, for enterprises & consumers


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: What's New with DAA & Flexible MAC
Date: 3/18/2021
Sponsors:
VIAVI, Harmonic, Vecima & Intel
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After years of trials, cable operators and vendors are increasingly rolling out distributed access architecture (DAA) technology to shift key headend functions and equipment to the access network, thereby expanding the HFC network's capacity to deliver new, more advanced services and operate more efficiently and effectively. Now, with the release of CableLabs' new Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) spec, industry engineers can freely choose among Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY, virtual CMTS and other DAA variants as they seek to meet their customer needs. This webinar will examine FMA and other advances in DAA technology and standards, as well as look at where operators and vendors stand with DAA deployments now.


vRAN, Open RAN and the Path Towards Mobile Networks Modernization
Date: 3/17/2021
Sponsors:
VMware
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This webinar will discuss the key benefits and challenges operators in the Asia and Oceania region should expect when adopting virtualized RAN and Open RAN. vRAN and Open RAN are increasingly mature and competitive against purpose-built systems. With the development of 5G happening in parallel, it is now the right time for operators to start or accelerate their network modernization journey.

This webinar will discuss how cloud architecture and technologies will enable operators to build more flexible, agile and efficient mobile networks, and ultimately better serve their clients. It will also discuss the different options available to operators and some of the best practices in modernizing mobile networks.

Key questions answered during the webinar:

  • What is the state of vRAN and open RAN?
  • What are some of the key benefits and what are some of the challenges when adopting these technologies?
  • What are some of the learnings from early adopters?
  • Where and how can operators start their journey?


Wi-Fi 6 – Separating the magic from the myth
Date: 3/17/2021
Sponsors:
Plume
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The worldwide rollout of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E is underway. But what benefits do the latest evolutions of Wi-Fi technology bring to broadband service providers?

As we all appreciate, perception often differs greatly from reality – we've heard many perceptions of Wi-Fi 6, from "it's the solution for all in-home connectivity" to "it's simply a generational step and no big deal." But where does the myth end and the magic begin?

As promising as these new Wi-Fi technologies appear to be, they are not a panacea, a one-stop solution for all subscriber connectivity issues and the delivery of new personalized services. Instead, service providers must find ways to pair Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E with sophisticated cloud control and optimization smarts so they can truly fulfill the dream of the next-gen smart home.

In this webinar, we separate the magic from the myth as experts from Plume, service providers and market research firms discuss the promise of the new Wi-Fi specs, explore the opportunities they offer, examine the issues they raise and tackle what else providers must do to optimize the smart home experience for their subscribers.


How Open RAN Technologies Will Change Mobile Networks in the Future
Date: 3/16/2021
Sponsors:
Red Hat Asia
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Come join us in learning more about emerging mobile network trends and technologies, in particular open RAN and RAN virtualization. This session will help you get a better understanding of how these trends will impact the mobile operator. This open RAN exclusive session will feature deep dives on the following:

  • Operators and the transition to the open RAN market landscape – Daryl Schoolar, Practice Leader, Service Provider Networks, Omdia Research
  • The Open Telco Cloud platform at the edge – Michael Tadault, Red Hat Asia Pacific
  • Partnering with disruptors in the open RAN space – Ravi Bhat, Altiostar Networks
  • Hyper-automation for a cost-efficient open RAN rollout – Sanil Nambiar, IBM Asia Pacific


5 Steps to Make IPTV Easy
Date: 3/16/2021
Sponsors:
Enghouse Networks
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Despite the ongoing decline of traditional pay-TV service, video remains a key element for service providers seeking to recruit and retain subscribers for their broadband, mobile and other offerings.

Unfortunately, rising content costs and mounting consumer expectations are making it increasingly hard for operators to invest the sums needed to deliver a compelling user experience profitably. This is especially true for small to midsized operators who lack the capital and bargaining clout with content providers. But that doesn't mean exceptional TV service is beyond the reach of smaller operators.

In this webinar, we will focus on the most critical components of exceptional TV service and the practical steps that even small operators can take to deliver superior service with a switch to IPTV video.

Key webinar topics will include:

  1. How TV service costs, risks and time-to-market can be slashed.
  2. How Access Communications and Enghouse have partnered on an IPTV solution.
  3. How the advanced TV services enabled by this solution can efficiently serve consumers of all ages and types, including millennials, TV traditionalists and commercial customers.


5G Next Wave Digital Symposium - Day 2
Date: 3/11/2021
Sponsors:
Arrcus, Cisco, Red Hat, Qualcomm, Anritsu, Ciena, inseego, Wind River
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The challenge now is to go further. With the introduction of capabilities such as 5G core, edge cloud and network slicing to operator networks, there is potential to make an even greater impact. Light Reading's 5G Next Wave Digital Symposium investigates the technologies and capabilities that will enable 5G operators to advance the customer experience in the years ahead.

This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading and Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading.


How Open RAN Technologies Will Change Mobile Networks in the Future
Date: 3/10/2021
Sponsors:
Red Hat
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Come join us in learning more about emerging mobile network trends and technologies, in particular open RAN and RAN virtualization. This session will help you get a better understanding of how these trends will impact the mobile operator. This open RAN exclusive session will feature deep dives on the following:

  • Operators and the transition to the open RAN market landscape – Daryl Schoolar, Practice Leader, Service Provider Networks, Omdia Research
  • The Open Telco Cloud platform at the edge – Michael Tadault, Red Hat Asia Pacific
  • Partnering with disruptors in the open RAN space – Ravi Bhat, Altiostar Networks
  • Hyper-automation for a cost-efficient open RAN rollout – Sanil Nambiar, IBM Asia Pacific


5G Next Wave Digital Symposium - Day 1
Date: 3/9/2021
Sponsors:
Arrcus, Cisco, Red Hat, Qualcomm, Anritsu, Ciena, Wind River
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The Edge of Disruption: Multi-access Edge Computing in 2021

Commercial 5G networks are now live in every global region. Performance is advancing, operators are expanding network coverage and devices across a range of price points are now in the market. The multi-gigabit mobile era has arrived, and this is only the first wave of 5G.

The challenge now is to go further. With the introduction of capabilities such as 5G core, edge cloud and network slicing to operator networks, there is potential to make an even greater impact. Light Reading's 5G Next Wave Digital Symposium investigates the technologies and capabilities that will enable 5G operators to advance the customer experience in the years ahead.

This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading and Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading.


5G Video: Designing the future of boundless experiences
Date: 3/9/2021
Sponsors:
Novelsat
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With live streaming dominating mobile traffic, video streaming is congesting mobile networks and impairing user experience. With 5G, mobile service providers are aiming to introduce more video content and services, delivering live and on-demand video to any device, everywhere.

In this webinar, we focus on how 5G will act as a catalyst for a new wave of video services and how can 5G networks evolve to meet the video delivery challenges, quickly and efficiently.

Key topics include:

  • The rise of video bandwidth
  • The Video delivery challenges
  • Taking CDN to the edge
  • Elevating broadcast efficiencies
  • Delivering mobile and FWA video experiences
  • Redefining video delivery economics


Next-Gen Broadband APAC: 5G, 10G & Beyond - Day Two
Date: 3/4/2021
Sponsors:
Platinum: Ciena, Commscope
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ConnecTech Asia, OMDIA and Light Reading Asia are partnering to produce a new, two-part digital event focusing on how Asia-Pacific communications service providers (CSPs) are leveraging such diverse platforms and technologies as HFC, FTTP/FTTB, Fixed Wireless Access, 5G, PON, DOCSIS, Wi-Fi and streaming video to compete in the market.

This symposium will be moderated by Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading.


5G: A view from the front seats
Date: 3/4/2021
Sponsors:
Spirent
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Spirent has a front row seat when it comes to the current status of 5G and the direction of investments within the industry. With over 600 global engagements in the last 12 months across the 5G ecosystem, Spirent – with research from Omdia – will share unparalleled insights on the current status of 5G and what's coming next, including:

  • The real state and performance of 5G
  • The areas NEMs and CSPs are focusing their efforts in the next 12 to 18 months
  • How new open initiatives like open RAN are progressing
  • Why the defense industry is looking to use a commercial technology like 5G
  • What the future holds based on investments in research and innovation by the 5G ecosystem

Please join Chris Nicoll, Sr. Principal Analyst at Omdia; James Kimery, Vice President of Product Management at Spirent; and Stephen Douglas, Head of 5G Strategy at Spirent, and sit beside them in the front seat as they discuss what's really happening with 5G.


5G Core Operator Survey: Charting Deployment of Cloud Native 5G Core at Mass Market Scale
Date: 3/3/2021
Sponsors:
F5 Networks, HPE, Mavenir, Oracle
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The 5G Core controls user sessions, mobility, and authentication in a 5G network. It is fundamental to the operation of standalone (SA) 5G networks and integral to advanced 5G services. To achieve the scalability and flexibility required by leading operators, the 5G core is widely expected to be a "cloud native" deployment that leverages state-of-art cloud technology and operating processes.

This webinar presents the key findings from the Heavy Reading Cloud Native 5G Core Operator Survey, conducted in January 2021. Among the topics to be discussed include:

  • Timelines for deployment of 5G core networks
  • The potential impact on consumer and enterprise services
  • Integration with 4G core; the outlook for common 4G/5G core networks
  • Cloud infrastructure choices for 5G core (IaaS vs PaaS)
  • Cloud native operations using CI/CD pipelines


Next-Gen Broadband APAC: 5G, 10G & Beyond - Day One
Date: 3/2/2021
Sponsors:
Platinum: Ciena, Commscope
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ConnecTech Asia, OMDIA and Light Reading Asia are partnering to produce a new, two-part digital event focusing on how Asia-Pacific communications service providers (CSPs) are leveraging such diverse platforms and technologies as HFC, FTTP/FTTB, Fixed Wireless Access, 5G, PON, DOCSIS, Wi-Fi and streaming video to compete in the market.

This symposium will be moderated by Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading.


Next Steps of Digital Transformation: How MSPs are Meeting the Challenge to Secure Distributed Assets
Date: 3/2/2021
Sponsors:
Radware
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Today’s network and application threat landscape is a complex, multifaceted - and often intimidating - environment. Threat actors continue to evolve their tools, tactics and procedures to evade detection and cause harm to hosted applications and network availability. As the threat landscape evolves, attacks are growing in complexity and persistency, and zero-day attacks are exploiting those newly discovered vulnerabilities. These concerns take on a whole new dimension as applications migrate to the cloud, the traditional enterprise IT perimeter dissolves, and organizations face a distributed data center that spans cloud providers and the organization’s private network.

Moving to the public cloud opens new threat surfaces, which cloud-hosted applications must defend against. These new threat surfaces impact both the application surface (i.e., the external face of the application which faces end-users), as well as the cloud application infrastructure (i.e., the backed public cloud infrastructure powering the application). Recent ransomware attacks highlight the need to secure against denial of service and application attacks.

To understand where the gaps exist in public cloud network security, organizations need visibility across all the different platforms from one holistic solution that enables management of the security posture by utilizing one common security protection solution. The goal is to be able to:

  • Prevent attacks by reducing the size of the attack surface
  • Detect and identify evolving threats
  • Respond with accurate and effective mitigation


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.


Optical Networks Symposium - Day 2
Date: 2/18/2021
Sponsors:
Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Infinera, IP Infusion, VIAVI Solutions
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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.


SCTE 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.


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
Sponsors:
Arista, Inphi, Infinera, Precision Optical
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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 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
    More information and registration

    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
    More information and registration

    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
    More information and registration

    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
    View archived webinar

    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
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    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
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    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
    View archived webinar

    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


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