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Webinar Archives
5Grows Together: Innovation for 5Gigaverse Society
Date: 1/13/2022
Sponsors:
Huawei
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In our first webinar series 5Grows Together: Wireless Innovation for a 5Gigaverse Society we showcased a range of new wireless technologies and innovations to help MNO build a ubiquitous gigabit networks and a 5Gigaverse society. These innovations combine to deliver a new standard for mobile broadband (MBB) network construction. In the second half of the Wireless Innovation Webinar Series, Daisy Zhu, vice president of Huawei Wireless Marketing, will share The First Look At A 5Gigaverse Ecosystem in which the wider ecosystem are capturing 5G value from a position of strength and delivering innovative services in partnerships with operators. Whilst accelerating social, economic development and competitiveness.

Key takeaways from this webinar will include:

  • What are the true benefits of Gigabit connectivity
  • How Gbps to 5Gigaverse is delivered with leading-edge software and hardware, improving energy efficiency by 20 times
  • Key insights on how to build ubiquitous "Gigabit network" and a "5Gigaverse society" -what's really working and what needs to be adjusted?
  • What are the early 5G use cases in China and South Korea where we move from 5G hotspots to all-scenario continuous coverage


The secrets to fast-tracking your 5G strategy
Date: 1/12/2022
Sponsors:
Amdocs & Quali
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The 5G and O-ran shakeup has already started in many markets. These technologies enable an intelligent, agile and responsive network, but successful implementation requires rigorous and continuous testing and validation. Amdocs and Quali have partnered to help organizations more quickly monetize their networks by streamlining development and delivery of new network architectures and technology certifications.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • The pitfalls of manual infrastructure provisioning
  • How an automated, environment-centric approach can reduce bottlenecks and drive speed at scale
  • Why a consistent reference architecture is critical for achieving reliability and security


Open 5G Networks: Are we on the slope of enlightenment?
Date: 1/12/2022
Sponsors:
NEC
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Today, 5G is changing the world, accelerating social and business transformation. Leading mobile operators are looking at open architecture as a practical solution to efficiently building and running 5G networks. During this session, learn how frontrunners such as Vodafone and NTT DOCOMO are – in partnership with NEC – making open networks work in the real world to deliver superior customer experiences with innovative and diversified services.

*This panel session was recorded in August 2021.


5Grows Together: Wireless Innovation for a 5Gigaverse Society
Date: 12/17/2021
Sponsors:
Huawei
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In this webinar, Daisy Zhu, vice president of Huawei Wireless Marketing, will showcase a range of new wireless technologies and innovation to help build high-performance and energy-efficient 5G networks towards successful business and a 5Gigaverse society. The innovations to evolve 5G from hotspot to all-scenario continuous coverage, from Gbps to 5Gigaverse, and from pilot industry to all-industry digitalization, combine to deliver a new standard for mobile broadband (MBB) network construction.


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date: 12/16/2021
Sponsors:
Cisco, Intel, Red Hat
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Despite getting off to a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own claim in the network virtualization space. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global, Cox and Shaw, cable operators and their technology partners are particularly moving ahead with virtualizing the cable access network and edge-computing initiatives to meet growing bandwidth demands, boost service delivery, enhance network performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market quicker. But much more work remains to be done. This webinar will review cable's latest virtualization moves, assess the industry's early progress, examine what's working and what's not and look at where cable goes next.


Scaling Open RAN Deployment & Operations
Date: 12/15/2021
Sponsors:
Dell
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Mobile operators are now several years into the open RAN journey. The first specifications are published, compatible equipment is commercially available and the performance of the Open RAN system is on-track to be at the level required for commercial deployment. Operators are focusing now on what it takes to deploy and operate open RAN at scale.

This webinar discusses how to create a scalable deployment model for open RAN. Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • The need for automation and orchestration in open RAN
  • The different layers of automation across the open RAN architecture
  • The role of Dell Technologies Bare Metal Orchestrator in open RAN deployments


A proactive approach for validating fiber-dense 5G networks
Date: 12/14/2021
Sponsors:
EXFO
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5G fronthaul mandates higher data bandwidth than 4G access networks, which invariably requires the use of additional fiber optic links to support these higher throughputs. In addition to more fiber links, existing fiber infrastructure must also be leveraged as a critical path to 5G. As such, aging fiber networks need to support a mix of optical technologies, such as PON and DWDM. Meanwhile, networks are becoming denser to accommodate increasing cellular traffic and provide the improved coverage that 5G demands. These are some of the factors contributing to the vast number of small cell deployments—which in turn will require lots more fiber in more places.

In this webinar, we will present strategies for accelerating 5G fiber rollouts, including how to ensure existing fiber will support 5G to deliver top-notch quality of service (QoS), all while maximizing ROI.

Key topics include:

  • Retrospective: challenges of early 5G rollouts
  • Fiber testing strategies to ensure high quality of service
  • Best practices for accelerating future 5G fiber rollouts.


Building Powerful End-to-End 5G Private Networks
Date: 12/14/2021
Sponsors:
QCT
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5G delivers enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-reliable low latency, and massive machine-type communication, enabling various innovative applications. More than previous mobile technologies, 5G is predicted to be enterprise-driven, meaning that expansion and monetization opportunities lie within providing enterprise-oriented solutions.

To maximize the benefits of 5G, vendors such as QCT are designing 5G private network end-to-end solutions to drive fundamental changes in the way enterprises plan, deploy and manage their infrastructure.

This webinar will discuss 5G and its value in enhancing the buildout of private networks. Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Customer case studies of how 5G technology can be applied in smart manufacturing and smart agriculture
  • The other benefits private 5G solutions deliver to enterprise customers
  • A demonstration of QCT's Private 5G OAM system


Designing and Deploying Cloud Native Open RAN
Date: 12/10/2021
Sponsors:
QCT
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Open RAN is a new way for operators to build mobile network infrastructure. It brings interoperability, flexibility, automation and innovation to the RAN. To realize these benefits, operators need to pursue a cloud-native implementation that takes the best from the cloud and classic RAN worlds to create a new operating model.

This webinar traces the open RAN roadmap and identifies the key hardware and software technologies and integration capabilities needed to make cloud-native open RAN a reality.

Key topics include:

  • Why adopt containerized open RAN
  • Deployment example on Red Hat OpenShift and Intel FlexRAN
  • The benefits a cloud-native architecture brings to the RAN from L1 software and accelerator perspective
  • DU server performance requirements


Cable Next-Gen Business Services Digital Symposium
Date: 12/9/2021
Sponsors:
Accenture, Cisco & Ciena
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With U.S. cable operators alone now generating about $20 billion a year in business services revenues, the sector has become one of the most profitable for the industry. But, due to the economic havoc wrought by COVID-19, the commercial market is no longer expanding at a healthy clip. How much has COVID hurt cable’s cash cow? How is the industry coping with the carnage? What will the "new normal" look like in the post-pandemic era? Where are the new growth opportunities? What new technologies and services is the industry developing and deploying? In this digital symposium, Light Reading will examine all these questions and more as we look at where the cable commercial market is heading.

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


Security Strategies for the Cloud Era - Security and the Edge Symposium
Date: 12/8/2021
Sponsors:
Ericsson, Fortinet, Red Hat
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Light Reading's Security Symposium documents the security impact of public cloud migration, as well as investigating the impact of edge deployments on service providers security strategies.

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

11:00 AM Session One
Public Cloud Security

12:45 PM Session Two
Security and the Edge


Network as a Service and the Enterprise: The Lightstorm Success Story
Date: 12/7/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Lightstorm is India’s only carrier-neutral network infrastructure platform, built to accelerate business growth and innovation in the digital world, which is designed to support the ever-growing demand for data and low-latency applications. Its Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) offerings open new opportunities for enterprises by providing a simple, secure, and smart way to enhance their application performance and user experience.

Nokia’s Digital Operations software deployed on AWS cloud facilitates business process and operations automation in multi-vendor, multi-technology, and multi-domain networks. This enables Lightstorm to quickly quote, design, deploy and assure connectivity services with guaranteed service level agreements, helping Lightstorm to realize their vision of building a software-defined programmable and automated network.

Key topics include:

  • Lightstorm’s vision and strategy as a cloud-first, greenfield NaaS-player on Indian market, with business objectives and main challenges
  • Lightstorm’s NaaS offerings and main use case examples to deliver value for enterprise customers with speed, agility and efficiency
  • The benefits Nokia and AWS bring to Lightstorm with Digital Operations software on AWS cloud for service fulfillment and assurance with closed-loop automation
  • Nokia’s broad experiences to deploy Digital Operations software to the customers around the globe
Join the roundtable of experts from Lightstorm, AWS and Nokia and be part of the discussion. You’re very welcome to ask question to the live panel.


Will 5G Break the Cloud
Date: 12/7/2021
Sponsors:
Spirent
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As 5G emerges from initial coverage deployments into adolescence, the urgency to identify new revenue opportunities has intensified. Gaming, AR/VR, video content and security surveillance headline an array of "hot prospects" under consideration. Delivering the performance and latency to power these next-gen services will require 5G to fully embrace its cloud architecture and will also place unprecedented demands on an array of telco, public/private and edge clouds. Join Justin van der Lande, applications research director for Analysys Mason's Telecoms Software and Networks group; Aloke Tusnial, vice president of Cloud Solutions at Spirent; and Stephen Douglas, head of Market Strategy for Spirent, as they explore the complex intersection of 5G and cloud technologies and answer the question: Will 5G break the cloud?

This webinar will cover:

  • How performance and latency requirements for new 5G services will stress telco, public/private and edge clouds
  • What it means for 5G to go cloud-native and the major testing headaches it brings
  • Why visibility across different types of clouds is so critical for 5G and what failure to address it could mean
  • How the move to edge services exacerbates this visibility challenge
  • New test and assurance techniques and CICD practices to improve visibility and ensure the cloud delivers the performance 5G needs


Open RAN Digital Symposium - Day2
Date: 12/2/2021
Sponsors:
Ericsson, HPE | Marvell, Red Hat, Viavi
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Open RAN is transforming mobile networks. From a starting position as an alternative to vendor-integrated proprietary Radio Access Networks (RANs), Open RAN now has broad and deep support across the mobile network ecosystem. With open interfaces, commercial hardware and cloud-native software, it may one day be the best way to build a RAN.

The Open RAN Digital Conference will track the key Open RAN initiatives and deployments underway across the world. It will investigate progress in the Open RAN technology and ask what comes next that can elevate open RAN performance to match today's state-of-the-art RAN systems.

Day One will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading and Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading.

11:00 AM Session One

Open RAN Market Status and Outlook

This session will track Open RAN deployment progress and discuss how the technology ecosystem can evolve to support large-scale, high-performance networks.


12:45 PM Session Two

Service Management and Orchestration

This session will will investigate key advantages and opportunities enabled by the O-RAN Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) architecture.


Driving Revenue Growth in the Telecom Industry with Digital Twins
Date: 12/1/2021
Sponsors:
Esri
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Location intelligence is fundamental to all communications services—mobile and fixed, residential and enterprise. Join industry experts from Omdia and Esri to learn how Sales & Marketing teams can leverage the power of location intelligence to digitally transform and improve strategic decision-making and operational tactics. Hear how a Digital Twin can serve as a single, authoritative, interconnected, and integrated system for all workgroups in a telecom organization. Sales & Marketing teams can be assured they are maximizing returns on investment while providing the best possible long-term customer experience.

In this webinar you’ll learn how teams using a Digital Twin can leverage quality real-time information and analytics to:

  • Gain real-time awareness and understanding of market growth potential
  • Optimize the impact of operating and capital expenditures
  • Provide streamlined awareness and collaboration throughout the organization


2022 is the year to go commercial with network slicing
Date: 12/1/2021
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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As 5G is now rolled out its time to grab market share in new advanced services for consumers and enterprises. 25% of the 5G use cases with a 200 BUSD revenue potential will require network slicing. The choice of use cases will depend on your strategy as well as technical and commercial readiness. Most enterprises will use a combination of network slices and private 5G networks.The journey to deploy slicing on top of NFV is a stepwise approach starting with 5G SA and 5G Core followed by service orchestration/automation and RAN slicing.

In this webinar we will cover the business potential of slicing in 5G and top industries. The strategic choices of use cases and the pros/cons of slicing vs dedicated private networks. We will cover both RAN slicing and orchestration & automation solutions as key enablers.

Key topics include:

  • The business potential for network slicing and top industries
  • The slicing strategy choices and deployment journey of use cases coupled to technical and commercial readiness
  • RAN slicing as a key enabler for many use cases
  • Slicing Automation & Orchestration


Open RAN Digital Symposium - Day1
Date: 11/30/2021
Sponsors:
Kontron, Xilinx | Ericsson, Radisys, STL
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Open RAN is transforming mobile networks. From a starting position as an alternative to vendor-integrated proprietary Radio Access Networks (RANs), Open RAN now has broad and deep support across the mobile network ecosystem. With open interfaces, commercial hardware and cloud-native software, it may one day be the best way to build a RAN.

The Open RAN Digital Conference will track the key Open RAN initiatives and deployments underway across the world. It will investigate progress in the Open RAN technology and ask what comes next that can elevate open RAN performance to match today's state-of-the-art RAN systems.

Day One will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Senior Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading and Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading.

11:00 AM Session One

Open RAN Market Status and Outlook

This session will track Open RAN deployment progress and discuss how the technology ecosystem can evolve to support large-scale, high-performance networks.


12:45 PM Session Two

Accelerating Open RAN Deployment and Scaling Operations

This session will discuss the transition from niche solution to operating open RAN at regional and national scale.


Asia Tech 2021 Digital Symposium - Unleashing the Potential of Disaggregated Transport Networks
Date: 11/23/2021
Sponsors:
Edgecore, IP Infusion, Service Now, VMware
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This special Light Reading digital symposium will discuss how network disaggregation technologies are going to transform the telco networks and business models, as well as looking at the latest development of 5G networks in the region.

The Asia Tech Digital Symposium will feature Asian telecom industry leaders and senior editors and analysts from Light Reading and Omdia who will inform and advise service providers, IT decision-makers and other industry professionals on the latest industry developments.

This symposium will be moderated by Sameer Malik, Senior Principal Analyst, Omdia.


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: How to Test the Next-Gen Cable Network
Date: 11/18/2021
Sponsors:
VIAVI & Red Hat
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Cable technologists love to talk about the great potential of DOCSIS 4.0, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), Flexible MAC Architecture, Fiber Deep, network virtualization and other new technologies and specs. But, even as cable operators and their tech partners move ahead with upgrades of their HFC networks and deployments of these new technologies, they are running smack into fresh challenges testing, monitoring and maintaining these next-gen networks. This session will dive into the challenges of measuring, monitoring and testing the evolving cable network and discuss how operators and vendors are coping with these challenges.


The Programmable Telco Symposium - Day 2
Date: 11/18/2021
Sponsors:
Ericsson & STL
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The adoption of a cloud-based software model has transformed the telco on every level. Light Reading's new digital symposium, The Programmable Telco, will document the impacts of software on strategically important network layers and services.

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

11:00 AM Session One
Programmable Convergence

12:45 PM Session Two
The Programmable Public Cloud


Inside Open RAN Progress: Learnings from the Vodafone RAN Intelligent Controller Trial
Date: 11/17/2021
Sponsors:
VMware
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Driven by the undeniable benefits of a more agile, more secure and more open RAN, service providers around the world are amidst a significant transformation. A foundational element to this transformation are the RAN Intelligent Controllers (RICs). Enabling a truly open and multi-vendor RAN, the RICs (Near-Real-Time and Non-Real-Time) significantly diversify their supply chain to promote innovation, decrease costs, and increase service agility with improved quality of service. In this webinar, you will join your industry peers from Vodafone, VMware, Capgemini, Cohere, Polte and Airhop to:

  • Dive into the world of the RIC and the ecosystem it enables
  • Review the Vodafone RIC Trial and outcomes
    • The first demonstration of 5G MU-MIMO control using Near-RT RIC/xApp – where the MU-MIMO control-plane algorithms for user pairing and precoding were delivered by a 3rd party as an xApp
    • The Near-RT RIC concept was validated for its ability to decouple such complex RAN control-plane features as MU-MIMO pairing and precoding
  • Explore several use case examples enabled by the RIC ecosystem
As the industry continues to traverse the RAN transformation, evaluating the realities of trials and deployments will accelerate the journey so we hope you will join this webinar in an effort to further RAN transformation progress.


Getting Personal: How Regional & Local Service Providers Can Succeed in Video by Enhancing the Viewing Experience
Date: 11/17/2021
Sponsors:
Nagra
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Today's hotly contested pay-TV market is getting increasingly aggressive. Multiple OTT services are competing to capture market share as the transition from traditional pay-TV services to internet-based service keeps accelerating. But these market dynamics are also creating an environment where regional U.S. pay-TV service providers could enjoy a clear advantage.

Learn how providing exactly what customers want - a mix of national and international content, local and hyper-local channels – can enable service providers, from different market segments, to engage with their subscribers and deliver additional value at a level that just wasn't possible until now. In this panel, speakers from 1Tennessee and IPVconnect, will share how they are bringing more value to their local markets and how a new streaming service approach is helping them attract, delight, and retain subscribers.

Key discussion points will include:

  • How time-to-market can make a big difference in providing customers with the very latest features and capabilities
  • What audiences are seeking in their content bundles and how to secure content rights without prohibitive costs
  • How the adoption of a streaming solution, with all the benefits of a Tier-1 offering, can drive business transformation and ultimately deliver what subscribers are craving
For more information on NAGRA's US Streaming Solution, click here.


The Programmable Telco Symposium - Day 1
Date: 11/16/2021
Sponsors:
Juniper, VMware, Intel & EnterpriseWeb
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The adoption of a cloud-based software model has transformed the telco on every level. Light Reading's new digital symposium, The Programmable Telco, will document the impacts of software on strategically important network layers and services.

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

11:00 AM Session One
The Programmable WAN

12:45 PM Session Two
CSP Digital Transformation: Core to Edge, Security to Performance


Wi-Fi and 5G: Which Technology Needs the Other the Most?
Date: 11/11/2021
Sponsors:
Spirent
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The latest innovations – delivered by Wi-Fi 6/6E and soon Wi-Fi 7 – have put Wi-Fi on a collision course with 5G. Now ISPs, enterprises and ecosystem vendors face the complex challenge of assessing a range of new features and technologies across both existing and future use cases to develop their wireless network strategies. Join our panel of Wi-Fi experts – analyst Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis; Leigh Chinitz, CTO of octoScope, a Spirent company; and Steve Douglas, head of market strategy for Spirent – as they debate the future of W-Fi and discuss the new use cases where Wi-Fi and 5G will battle for supremacy.

This webinar covers the following topics:

  • The latest Wi-Fi market trends, including adoption of 6 GHz/6E; the impact of WFH requirements; and a growing focus on IoT, low-latency and vertical applications
  • An overview of new Wi-Fi features and technologies, from mesh networking to QoS, including an early look at Wi-Fi 7
  • Why Wi-Fi pre-launch validation needs to change and best practices for enhancing test realism to improve quality
  • The domains that Wi-Fi and 5G are both targeting: Will we see convergence, coexistence or a clear winner?
  • How the industry can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Wi-Fi and 5G to develop successful strategies


Service Assurance, Fault Management, and the Cloud
Date: 11/11/2021
Sponsors:
TEOCO
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The ongoing migration of network services to the cloud infrastructure is now fulfilling the promise to deliver an enhanced user experience. However, as these high-value advanced services are rolled out, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are now also confronting the challenges of managing these complex networks with legacy service assurance (SA) and fault management (FM) systems.

To understand the implications, Heavy Reading, in collaboration with TEOCO, instigated a global operator survey designed to document the evolving 5G and cloud-based SA and FM requirements. This webinar will present several key insights from this survey as well as discussing the implications in a broader context. Topics to be addressed include.:

  • How 5G is changing the dynamics of NOC/ SOC management
  • Why CSPs need intelligent automated systems to manage complex networks
  • How AI/ML capabilities can enhance SA system management
  • The value proposition of integrating fault management analytics into the OSS ecosystem v
  • The “hot button” capabilities that CSPs need SA and FM vendors to implement


CSP Journey to Cloud Native
Date: 11/10/2021
Sponsors:
Juniper, Nokia, Red Hat
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Cloud Native brings with it the promise of Faster time to market (TTM) for new services and applications, improved, automated and comprehensive life cycle management (LCM) and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) through the use of containers and microservices.

As compelling as these, and many other, benefits may seem, cloud native represents a fundamental change in the way CSPs design, deploy and manage applications and services. We wanted to understand what was motivating the CSPs in their adoption of cloud native, where they were in the journey what obstacles they were encountering and how they were making their choice of cloud native solution providers and partners.

To answer these questions, in Q3 of this year, Heavy Reading conducted a survey of 92 global communications service providers. Join us as we present the highlights of the survey in this Webinar.


The Technology & Economics of Expanding Rural Broadband in the USA
Date: 11/9/2021
Sponsors:
STL
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Across the country, local, state and federal initiatives are backing broadband for rural communities. While this effort to connect the unconnected has been underway for decades, the technology, services and economics to scale this critical infrastructure is not just catching up - it’s thinking forward.

In this session, we’ll hear from industry leaders on the technology and service delivery fronts to share their perspectives, experience and advice around why rural broadband is so important and what solutions are needed to speed service delivery.

Our conversation will cover:

  • How rural broadband service has evolved in the United States
  • What has been learned to help manage cost and deliver the best service
  • Advancements in technology and service delivery in response to unserved and underserved communities
Join us for a moderated discussion hosted by Light Reading with industry experts working to build exceptional rural broadband networks, STL and Windstream.


Providing customers with secure and trustworthy products and services
Date: 11/9/2021
Sponsors:
ZTE
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Telecommunications equipment and systems, as critical infrastructure for a nation, have been widely valued by governments, operators, and users worldwide. Currently, the deployment of 5G has begun,which will redefine the operation of critical infrastructure from the factory floor to the cloud. 5G technologies are paving the way for smart cities, remote surgery, autonomous vehicles, and large-scale IoT connectivity. However, these features also make 5G networks have more attack surfaces, thereby triggering more security challenges and concerns.

According to ENISA’s 2021 Threat Landscape for Supply Chain Attacks[ Threat Landscape for Supply Chain Attacks, since early 2020, the community seems to have been facing a greater number of more organized attacks, and attackers have already shifted their attention towards suppliers.

As a telecom infrastructure provider, ZTE not only is a supplier of network operators, but also plays an extensive role in a complex supply chain. ZTE attaches great importance to customers' security, complies with relevant laws and regulations on security, and is committed to delivering secure and reliable products and services to customers. At ZTE, cybersecurity is the highest priority for product R&D and delivery.

In October 2021, ZTE released its updated Cybesecurity White Paper to systematically introduce how it uses industry standards and best practices to implement top-down, risk-based cybersecurity governance throughout the product life cycle.

Join ZTE to dive into a holistic assurance system of cybersecurity from a telecommunication supplier’s point of view..


C-Band Spectrum: What It Means for Accelerating 5G Deployments
Date: 11/3/2021
Sponsors:
EXFO
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The newly available C-band frequencies are considered ideal for 5G as they strike the perfect balance between coverage and throughput. As those frequencies weren't available when 5G was first introduced, operators are now realigning their investments to focus on C-band in an effort to offer a quicker, better 5G experience to mobile users. This new mid-band spectrum enables mobile and broadband providers to expand their services, such as the ability to provide fast home internet service in rural areas via fixed wireless access (FWA). Yet, C-band imposes new RF technologies and requirements, making 5G network deployments complex for operators.

In this webinar, we will focus on some of the key technologies and important considerations for efficiently validating 5G C-band deployments – all through the lens of a real-world use case.

Key topics include:

  • What is C-band and what role does it play in 5G
  • How will C-band help to accelerate 5G roll outs
  • What are the new testing best practices for validating 5G C-band deployments throughout the network lifecycle


5G for Consumers – Who’s Leading the Race?
Date: 11/3/2021
Sponsors:
Huawei
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According to statistics from GSMA shows, more than 176 5G networks have been deployed around the globe, with 220 million 5G users. The speed of 5G user adoption has exceeded expectations and are more than that of any other generation of communication technologies in history, and China and South Korea are the leaders in user acquisition and new service offerings.

Yet, questions remain. Will 5G help service providers grow their revenue while also growing their subscriber bases? It is all about how 5G can help improve network performance, offer more compelling services, and more importantly, deliver a new level of user experience for consumers.

In this webinar, the leading service providers will share their status of delivering consumer level 5G services that will be an important reference to the rest of the world.


5G Transport Symposium - Next-Gen IP Backhaul Networks for 5G
Date: 11/2/2021
Sponsors:
Ericsson, ADVA, Juniper Networks, Ciena, Fujitsu
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This two-day digital symposium will cover the latest developments and trends in 5G transport networks, including IP backhaul and the future of the cell site gateway; the role of pluggable optics in building economical 5G transport networks; the impact of vRAN and O-RAN on RAN architecture; and practical implementations of fronthaul, including lessons learned to date.

This symposium will be moderated by Sterling Perrin, Sr Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading.

Day One

11:00 AM Session One
Next-Gen IP Backhaul Networks for 5G

12:45 PM Session Two
5G Technology Evolution: Towards "5G Advanced"

Day Two

11:00 AM Session One
Cloud RAN Transport and Edge Architectures

12:45 PM Session Two
Practical Scenarios for 5G Fronthaul


Securing Large-Scale Networks
Date: 10/28/2021
Sponsors:
Radware
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Service Providers (SPs) have always focused on utilizing tools and applications that provide insight into network performance and vulnerabilities. However, as the telecom domain moves closer to the cloud, visibility becomes even more important in a security context as the threat landscape and the very nature of threat vectors continues to evolve.

As a result, SPs need to adjust their security strategies to manage all types of attacks including relatively low volume attacks. Join us as Shai Haim, Security Product Marketing Manager at Radware, and Jim Hodges, Research Director Heavy Reading, discuss hidden DDoS floods and why this is one of the key challenges in securing large-scale networks.

Attendees will learn how large service providers handle visibility challenges and how a tier1 carrier was able to revise its security stance to address these visibility challenges. In addition, attendees will understand the limitations of traditional security solutions used today and what the future holds.


Building a webscale-class packet core
Date: 10/28/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Service providers are looking more and more to flexible deployment options for their packet cores. This includes choice of where to deploy: from private to public cloud, or a mixture of both with a hybrid approach. Choice of technology is also important: from cloud-native network functions (CNFs), virtualized network functions (VNFs) or pre-integrated packet core solutions that do not require a network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI). It’s about selecting the correctly sized choice dependent on location and use case.

This webinar will discuss the cloud-native features and capabilities needed for a webscale-class packet core network, no matter where service providers chose to deploy it.

Key topics to be discussed in this webinar include:

  • Key components of a webscale-class packet core
  • Industry and market trends driving packet core evolution
  • Cloud-native
  • Convergence
  • Observability
  • Network slicing


Coherent Optics at 400G, 800G and Beyond
Date: 10/27/2021
Sponsors:
Cisco, Infinera, Juniper
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Optical networking is hitting an inflection point as coherent innovation splits on two different, but equally important, axes. On one axis, embedded optics drives capacity toward 1 Tbit/s per wavelength as the laws of physics brush up against maximum channel capacity as defined by the Shannon limit. On the other axis, compact pluggable optics are converging at 400Gbit/s transmission, the data rate that is set to play a dominant role in optical networks over the next decade.

In this special webinar, Heavy Reading will be joined by leading experts from Cisco, Infinera and Juniper to unveil key findings from Heavy Reading’s 2021 global coherent optics operator survey and plot a roadmap for both high-performance embedded optics at 800 Gbit/s and 400G pluggable optics.

Topics addressed will include:

  • Operator plans on converging 400Gbit/s coherent pluggable optics onto routers
  • Biggest benefits and challenges of higher-performance 400G ZR+ coherent optics
  • How different pluggable optics form factors impact network architectures and deployment decisions
  • How to implement the new coherent innovations in a brownfield world
  • Potential benefits and use cases for upcoming coherent point-to-multipoint optics
  • Operator requirements and timelines for embedded 800Gbit/s coherent optics
  • What happens after 800G?


Migrating OSS to Public Cloud - Why and How to Do It
Date: 10/27/2021
Sponsors:
Amdocs with participation from AWS
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If your OSS is running fine on-premises today, why would you consider running it on cloud? Well, most requests for proposal for OSS issued by CSPs now ask for cloud-native NG-OSS that can be easily hosted in cloud and leverage its infinitely scalability. There's the agility to add compute and storage resources at the click of a button. You can simplify your OSS software upgrades and test out new features in a sandbox environment. And then there is the cost advantage – cloud providers have huge economies of scale that make them more efficient at hosting IT workloads than the largest of telecom operators.

For the OSS developer, there are big benefits, from running applications in public cloud to leveraging cheaper "hardware" as Spot Instances, using resources only when needed. There are lots of managed services you can tap into (databases, analytics tools, etc.) which simplify your own product development. But how do CSPs and their OSS suppliers migrate these applications to cloud? Is it a simple lift and shift or does it require some tinkering?

This webinar will explore these issues and answer these critical questions. It will also provide a case study on a leading tier-1 telecom operator that has migrated to a cloud-native order and service orchestration system running on AWS cloud.

Watch this webinar to learn:

  • The key advantages of running OSS in public cloud
  • What cloud migration strategies CSPs are exploring for OSS
  • How a major CSP undertook this migration with one OSS and what benefits it brought


Carriers beware: The latest scam call trends
Date: 10/26/2021
Sponsors:
Hiya
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Do you wish you could stop scam calls on your network? In this webinar, Heavy Reading Analyst Roz Roseboro will interview Anders Maul from Hiya, a leading call protection provider that protects 200 million subscribers in over 40 countries against scam calls. Maul will share insights from the 15 billion calls Hiya analyzes every single month, including how the scam industry works, the latest tactics and behaviors of scammers and how carriers can deter scammers and protect subscribers.

What you will learn in this webinar:

  1. Latest fraud call insights and trends
  2. Why offense is the best defense when it comes to call protection
  3. Advanced call protection tactics – staying one step ahead of scammers


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Lighting Up Coherent Optics
Date: 10/21/2021
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Coherent optics is a long-standing long-haul technology that cable engineers are now exploring to vastly increase the amount of data delivered over HFC access networks, offer much higher speeds to customers and boost the optical performance of fiber links without overhauling the entire cable plant. With cable operators facing surging consumption of streaming video and ever-growing demand for bandwidth especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, coherent optics promises to be a powerful way to ease the mounting capacity loads very efficiently.

But how easily can this long-haul optical technology be adapted for cable access networks? What major challenges must still be overcome?

This webinar will focus on the great promise of coherent optics, the work that cable technologists are doing with it and the hurdles that they are seeking to scale.


Quantifying and collecting the benefits of IP network automation
Date: 10/20/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Network automation is a key driver for improved network services agility, greater operational efficiency and increased network availability. While pointing at those benefits is easy, quantifying them can be much more challenging.

Analysys Mason collected data points from several operators worldwide who have moved network automation from theory to practice, and created a model to quantify the benefits that can be expected from automating IP networks.

This webinar will provide a summary of those benefits. We will also explain how operators can accelerate the deployment of network automation projects to get the benefits at reduced risk.

Key topics include:

  • Quantified benefits of IP network automation: cost avoidance, reduction in labor time and error processing, improvement in time to revenue and mean time to repair.
  • IP network automation across categories of service fulfilment, network lifecycle management, and network and service assurance
  • Automation tools and services
  • Operator cases studies


5G Next Wave Digital Symposium
Date: 10/19/2021
Sponsors:
Cisco, Fortinet, QCT, Fortinet, STL
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Light Reading's 5G Next Wave Networks Digital Symposium investigates the technologies and capabilities that will enable 5G operators to advance their service offers in the years ahead. It focuses on today's state-of-the-art "first-office" deployments and on the critical near- and medium-term innovations that will combine to create the next wave of 5G.

This symposium will be moderated by Heavy Reading.


Managing the Home Broadband Experience - Taking your Subscribers to the next generation of Wi-Fi
Date: 10/14/2021
Sponsors:
Zyxel
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Wi-Fi has evolved at a rapid pace, with ever more innovative devices to help us in our digital life. Wi-Fi has become an essential part of our world, as important as your first cup of coffee. Subscribers take Wi-Fi for granted and often think of Wi-Fi as "the Internet." When it works, you do not hear from them but, when it doesn't work it’s the "end of the world" as far as they're concerned. What can providers do to offer a great Wi-Fi experience? A great Wi-Fi experience starts with a great foundation of Wi-Fi hardware and an easy-to-use management platform.

Industry leaders like Plume and Zyxel have emerged at the forefront and teamed up to offer the next generation of in-home managed Wi-Fi with solutions like Plume's OpenSync and Zyxel's latest Wi-Fi 6 solutions.

Join Plume and Zyxel for an insightful look into managed Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, and the opportunity to learn:

  • What are the benefits of OpenSync?
  • Is my home network ready for Wi-Fi 6?
  • How does a typical managed Wi-Fi solution work?
  • Where do I get started with a managed Wi-Fi system?
  • Why would I consider moving to Wi-Fi 6?


Delivering the 5G Promises to the Success of Industry Digital Transformation
Date: 10/14/2021
Sponsors:
Huawei
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In this crucial stage of telco digital transformation, 5G is becoming fundamental to network planning, new business opportunities and network monetization. By 2026, the industry digital transformation market is forecasted to reach $620 Billion (USD), which includes the market segments of network-as-a-service, business operations and industry applications. 5G has become a critical enabler for service providers to offer industry services in this new business prospect.

In 2021 this transformation is going to accelerate and this webinar will explore the most recent market updates including:

  • Use case highlights around the globe in 5G for business
  • Key technologies implemented as game changers – how important is 5G toward the success of improving both capacity and efficiency for verticals?
  • Discussion on Edge and 5G private networking as the critical elements of enterprise services
  • You will hear from service providers about the projects that they’re working on with their enterprise customers
  • This webinar has been rescheduled from Tuesday 12th October due to technical difficulties.


Intelligent Orchestration and Management of 5G Edge Services
Date: 10/14/2021
Sponsors:
Amdocs
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To seize the edge monetization opportunity, service providers need to deploy and operate 5G network functions, video analytics, AR/VR, IoT and other workloads on highly distributed, multi-technology, edge infrastructure. Yet managing and orchestrating these services poses a major challenge, especially when looking to fully exploit these edge infrastructure investments.

The key to successful deployment lies in intelligent edge homing and placement, supported by multi-domain and cloud orchestration, coupled with end-to-end lifecycle management.

Join this webinar to learn how Amdocs Service and Network Automation solution together with Intel Smart Edge Open (previously called OpenNESS) empowers you to optimize and monetize your edge infrastructure.


Maximise Benefits From Disruptive mmWave Technology for FWA Services
Date: 10/7/2021
Sponsors:
Intracom Telecom
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The increasing demand for high quality Broadband Access can only by addressed by significant network infrastructure enhancements. The fibre plant is used extensively but fibre cannot reach everywhere. Moreover the copper network cannot deliver the high capacity service of today and gradually it is decommissioned.

Recent technology advances set Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) as a very attractive solution bypassing the economic barriers associated with fibre deployment especially in rural, semi-rural and underserved areas. Fibre-like services of 1Gbps Tier can be delivered exploiting the ample spectrum resources of the mmWave band with very high spectrum efficiency in conjunction with MU-MIMO and beamforming techniques.

Furthermore, FWA Aggregation hubs can be backhauled employing E-band solutions, in particular at locations where fibre is not available or expected to deploy. Thus, an ecosystem of wireless technologies is developed addressing efficiently the demand for ultra-broadband services in underserved areas.

In this webinar we focus on the need for purpose-built mmWave FWA solutions at the 24 GHz, 26GHz, 28GHz and 31GHz bands in order to maximise the benefits against 5G FWA.

Key topics include :

  • Long range FWA covering wide areas with ultra-broadband service from a single Base Station
  • Ease and simplicity of large-scale FWA deployments with quick return of investment
  • Coexistence of FWA technologies and 5G in mmWave bands
  • Efficient X-Haul services with advanced E-band technology


Open RAN 2021 Operator Survey: Results & Analysis
Date: 10/7/2021
Sponsors:
Analog Devices, Cisco, Ericsson & Qualcomm
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Demand for Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment is increasing rapidly as operators extend coverage, modernize legacy LTE and scale 5G deployments. At the same time, the industry – hardware suppliers, system vendors, software developers, integrators and operators themselves – are developing new open RAN architectures that will enable operators to better meet customer needs across a wide range of deployment scenarios.

This webinar presents the key data points and analysis from the latest Heavy Reading Open RAN Operator Survey conducted in August 2021. Among the topics to be discussed include:

  • Expected timelines for "at scale" open RAN deployment
  • Preferred deployment scenarios and spectrum choices
  • Performance expectations and technical maturity of open RAN systems
  • Changes in sentiment from our 2020 and 2018 surveys
  • Open RAN for private networks


Fixed Wireless Finally Fixed: Broadband Service Providers Report on Tarana's Game-Changing Impact
Date: 10/6/2021
Sponsors:
Tarana Wireless
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Fast Internet service is ever-more essential, but getting it to homes at mass scale is hard. Tarana's completely novel approach to fixed wireless access is making it easy. Come hear how several early-adopter service providers – including MTN, British Telecom and Wisper Internet – are leveraging the incredible performance of Tarana's G1 system to transform their businesses and delight their subscribers.

Our customers will discuss:

  • Strategic challenges they faced in attempting to close the digital divide for the many unserved and underserved households in their markets, keep pace with competition, and grow their businesses
  • The reasons they've found prior fixed wireless access solutions, based on technology repurposed from mobile and indoor applications, to be generally ineffective at addressing these challenges in mainstream markets
  • How G1 has changed their experiences with fixed wireless access (including real-world performance stats from live subscriber connections)
  • The new strategic directions G1 is enabling for their businesses
  • Thoughts on implications for the industry overall
Attendees will leave this session with a solid understanding of why operators like these will be able to make substantially more progress in closing the divide in the coming handful of years – changing countless lives for the better all over the world, and running more successful businesses in the process.


Number Portability – How important is it and why should I care?
Date: 9/29/2021
Sponsors:
Netnumber
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Number portability (NP) is currently operational in over 90 countries and this number is growing every year. NP data is critical for traffic routing of SMS, MMS and voice. Without it, it's impossible for communication service providers (CSPs) to route such traffic accurately and cost-effectively. However, it is very complex to integrate NP data for all these countries due to different formats and different commercial terms.

Join NetNumber and Heavy Reading for a webinar that will examine the state of NP service delivery and discuss the findings of a survey focused on the strategic markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Preferred NP routing data architectures
  • NP SP selection attributes
  • NP routing data implementation challenges


Voice over 5G: The future of voice services
Date: 9/29/2021
Sponsors:
Nokia
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A good voice call is one that connects quickly, is always clear and is not disrupted or dropped. As the industry moves into the 5G era, voice will become more important, not less. A well optimized network for high quality Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is a solid foundation on the way to Voice over 5G.

3GPP standardization dictates that 5G voice will use the same IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based architecture used in Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Voice over 5G and VoLTE are just different ways to access the same IMS-based voice services.

Only a cloud native IMS core can take full advantage of the capabilities of 5G. IMS provides a network architecture that delivers innovative and reliable voice services enhanced with open API support, programmability, network slicing and automation.

Nokia explains why IMS-based VoLTE forms the basis of 5G voice services and explores the 3GPP deployment strategies, the differences between EPS Fallback and CS Fallback and how the IMS will become part of the cloud-native 5G Core.

Key topics include:

  • Global voice trends
  • IMS voice will override CS voice
  • Voice core evolution towards the IMS voice
  • Voice options with 5G SA architecture


Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level: Safeguarding Video Streams
Date: 9/28/2021
Sponsors:
Irdeto & Bitmovin
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Safeguarding Video Streams

With more than 100 OTT video services now operating in the US and Canada and consumers increasingly subscribing to multiple OTT services, streaming video has absolutely become a cultural force. But, along with this rise to prominence, the streaming video business is facing mounting security pressures as video piracy runs rampant on OTT platforms, hackers break into premium services and consumers share secret passwords with family members and friends despite user policy restrictions.

How can OTT providers protect their precious video cargo? What new technologies are vendors developing to keep streaming content secure? How do the security issues differ for live and VOD services? What are the best ways to handle the sensitive password-sharing issue? In this session, experts from across the video spectrum will tackle the thorny security issues.


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.


Bridging the CDN Capacity Gap With Near 400Gbit/s Video Delivery
Date: 9/22/2021
Sponsors:
Varnish Software
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Video-on-demand (VOD) services, both established streaming leaders and niche providers, are driving extraordinary growth in video content consumption, increasingly at HD and UHD quality. As well as these VOD trends, an estimated nearly 4 billion hours of live streaming video were watched throughout 2020.

New types of streaming, higher-resolution content and larger audiences put pressure on video CDNs. The challenge for streaming services is balancing costs while delivering more content to more users: building CDNs with greater input/output and compute performance.

In this webinar, Varnish Software and Intel will share their insights from joint work to establish new, realistic video CDN throughput benchmarks using off-the-shelf products.

Key topics include:

  • Hardware considerations for video CDN environments
  • The importance of NUMA-awareness
  • Making 400 Gbit/s an achievable benchmark
  • Delivering video to 100,000 viewers per edge cache


What Is the Role of AI in the 5G Future?
Date: 9/21/2021
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is delivering enhanced experiences and new capabilities to our society in more ways than ever. AI not only provides the ability for our devices to perceive, reason and act intuitively, but also changes how we approach and solve technical challenges. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are making AI ubiquitous through a system-level approach that optimizes efficiency across hardware, software and algorithms.

At the same time, we’re kicking off the 5G Advanced evolution (3GPP Release 18 and beyond). To accelerate 5G innovations, novel machine learning techniques can bring broad benefits to the table, fueling advancements across a wide range of technology areas. Looking forward, we are exploring the natural synergies of 5G and AI, as well as working with the entire mobile ecosystem to drive wireless innovations forward.

Join this webinar to:

  • Learn why 5G and AI, the essential ingredients of the connected intelligent edge, will fuel future use cases
  • Understand why machine learning is key to solving many difficult wireless communication challenges
  • Find out how machine learning can bring continuous enhancements to the 5G system
  • Discover the areas of AI research we are focusing on that will drive the 5G Advanced evolution
  • See our latest 5G technology demonstrations that adopt machine learning techniques


Your RTC Services Are Better Off When They Are Cloud Native
Date: 9/21/2021
Sponsors:
Ribbon
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Many service providers across the world have already migrated the implementation of their real-time voice and video communication (RTC) workloads from physical appliances to deployment on their private clouds using virtual machines and as virtual network functions (VNFs). And some have chosen to deploy those workloads on public cloud domains. Now many telcos are planning on deploying new network infrastructure on a path to support cloud-native functions (CNFs), to take advantage of the elasticity, flexibility and agility that cloud infrastructure enables.

Attend this webinar to learn from the SBC experts at Ribbon Communications. Hear why service providers will significantly benefit when their SBCs are based on cloud-native design principles and deployed in Kubernetes-orchestrated containers. Specific topics of discussion will address how:

  • Alignment of release management-based CI/CD implementation by vendor and customer simplifies a traditionally lengthy testing and deployment process
  • To leverage industry-standard Kubernetes orchestration capabilities
  • Risk can significantly be reduced for software upgrades and configuration changes
  • High availability for RTC in cloud domains can be simplified
Given the continued importance of real-time voice and video communications, now is the right time to finalize plans that will move SBCs and RTC services along to the next step in the journey on the cloud migration path.


Optical Networking Digital Symposium
Date: 9/16/2021
Sponsors:
Infinera, IP Infusion, Keysight
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The Optical Networking Digital Symposium is a one-day event featuring Heavy Reading’s optical analysts, Sterling Perrin and Simon Stanley. Join them alongside industry experts as they discuss the most significant trends driving optical networking into 2022 and beyond.

This symposium will be moderated by Simon Stanley, Analyst-at-Large, Heavy Reading.

11:00 AM Session One
400G and 800G Pluggable Optics and IPoDWDM for Telecom

12:45 PM Session Two
Differentiated Services with Next-Generation Transport Networks


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.


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


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.


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


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