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The Impact of Full Duplex DOCSIS on Cable Networks
Date: 5/16/2019
Sponsors:
SCTE, Antronix
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Now that most larger North American MSOs are wrapping up their rollouts of DOCSIS 3.1, it’s time to prepare for rolling out the next DOCSIS spec – Full Duplex DOCSIS. But that’s easier said than done because Full Duplex requires operators to extend fiber much deeper into their access networks and eliminate all amplifiers. What kind of impact will Full Duplex have on the HFC network? How can operators cope? Our experts will tackle these issues and more.

5G and the Innovation Challenge
Date: 5/9/2019
Sponsors:
Ovum
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5G emerges at a time when global productivity growth is low. Can 5G, and other new technologies, lift productivity in key industry verticals? This webinar will explore:

  • Emerging 5G use cases and indicative timelines
  • Obstacles to enterprise ecosystem development
  • How operators, government and industry can cooperate to accelerate 5G innovation

A Step-by-Step Approach to Reaching End-to-End Service Automation
Date: 5/8/2019
Sponsors:
Nokia
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To serve the needs of modern consumers and enterprises, digital services must be created, monetized and torn down in digital time. This pace of change is simply not possible with legacy, siloed IT systems. Instead, CSPs need to move towards a single, integrated operations paradigm with the primary goals of customer centricity and automation. This journey will be a step-by-step approach, bringing orchestration, fulfillment and assurance capabilities together to build capability-based, end-to-end lifecycle management. Unlike big-bang, boil-the-ocean mega-transformations, a progressive and phased approach to transformation can deliver tangible benefits along the way, reducing risk and demonstrating RoI.

Join this webinar to discover:

  • How to make your service offerings more customer-centric.
  • Which design principles to use for end-to-end service automation.
  • How analytics and AI can help drive decision-making and best practice.
Enable New Revenues with Cloud Gaming
Date: 5/7/2019
Sponsors:
Artesyn
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The distribution of video games currently still depends on physical and downloadable models however, the gaming industry is set to follow the evolution of the music and movie industries and move to an unlimited streaming model. This development is still in its early stages and, enabled by technologies such as 5G, will create new revenue opportunities for telcos as the technical challenges are overcome.

Imagine being able to choose from a library of games (including AAA premium titles) on any connected device (rather than just a dedicated hardware console) by paying a monthly subscription (rather than buying new consoles and games).

Carriers can dramatically lower the cost and eliminate the complexity of rolling out branded gaming-as-a-service offerings to their customers. This could be as disruptive in gaming as streaming has been in other entertainment markets. New technologies, such as the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor (Kaby Lake G) and Intel embedded SSDs, will help telecom carriers to overcome those challenges.

Intel and Artesyn are working with cloud gaming content providers and wireless operators to make streamed gaming a reality. During this webinar we will review the latest cloud gaming developments and explain how telcos can now offer their subscribers a cloud gaming service under their own brand to monetize the investment in their 5G and FTTH network infrastructure.

IoT Monetization – BSS Essentials for CSPs
Date: 5/2/2019
Sponsors:
CSG
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Every forecast for the IoT indicates a trillion dollar industry within a few years. CSPs are set to get a share of that revenue through device connectivity. But there is a far greater opportunity beckoning - providing monetization capabilities to the broader IoT ecosystem. This in turn has implications for CSPs as they expand their relationships into new verticals and business models.

This webinar will discuss the impacts to BSS systems and the essential monetization capabilities CSPs can put in place today to manage their 2020 and beyond revenue streams. We will cover:

  • Managing the diversity of offerings with IoT-centric catalogues
  • Deploying rich charging capabilities that match pricing to cost profiles
  • Managing the partner ecosystem through standards and automation
  • Exploiting cloud first technologies and the implications of 5G

How to deliver robust automation in time for 5G
Date: 5/2/2019
Sponsors:
Spirent
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As early 5G deployments get underway, leading CSPs are issuing an urgent call to the industry to collaborate to deliver robust automation for 5G. This call comes on the back of years of virtualization hype that has yet to fully live up to expectations and ongoing fragmentation in open source automation platform adoption. It’s a moment of truth for the industry that has led to questions of whether automation efforts will be mature enough to enable dynamic 5G networks to live up to their promise. The good news is that pragmatic approaches to getting started with automation are gaining traction and specific use cases such as network slice activation offer low-hanging fruit for CSPs – and the industry – to achieve early automation wins.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The state of 5G, cloud-native and automation technology
  • Challenges to deploying automation: will it be ready for 5G?
  • Low-hanging fruit tier-1 CSPs are targeting for automation
  • The role of automated assurance for 5G
  • Network slice activation automation use case

The Fiber Foundation of 5G Networks
Date: 5/1/2019
Sponsors:
EXFO
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5G is the buzz. Everyone involved in the large telecommunications ecosystem is developing, trialing, promising and dreaming about 5G networks. While this technology comes with great promises and applications, we seldom hear about the underlying physical network that will have to transport the data to the 5G radios. That’s right, the optical fiber network that has been installed and optimized for other applications (e.g., FTTx, Remote PHY) will now need to reach deeper with possibly more stringent requirements. What does 5G really mean for the network’s fiber foundation? What are the challenges and pitfalls to avoid? How can you make sure your fiber foundation is ready for the next generation of wireless communications?

Join this webinar and you will learn:

  • Which fiber architectures will support 5G?
  • What are the new challenges to consider when deploying fiber for 5G networks?
  • What will be the main testing criteria for each part of the 5G optical network?

Key Considerations for 5G Security Strategy
Date: 4/26/2019
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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5G promises to be a game changer. It is not just about faster, but also about enabling a diverse new set of services and vertical use cases, including the support of IoT. Security is fundamental to the successful delivery of 5G networks and services.

This heterogeneity of applications and scale of 5G communication will be challenging to balance the efficiency and accuracy of security management and policy control. In addition, the use of edge computing, virtualization, CUPS and network slicing creates new attack vectors that service providers need to consider.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • What’s new and different from 4G to 5G?
  • What are the security implications from evolving to 5G and IoT? What needs to change?
  • What service providers need to consider when planning for 5G security strategy

Meeting the 5G XHaul Challenge
Date: 4/26/2019
Sponsors:
Ericsson, Fujitsu, Juniper, Viavi
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Enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine-type communications, and ultra-reliable and ultra-low latency communications are the primary use cases that define 5G. While most of the industry focuses on 5G NR, the transport network has a critical role to play in 5G by providing the fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul infrastructure – collectively known as “xhaul” – that will enable these new use cases and applications economically and at scale.

In this special, multi-sponsored Light Reading webinar, top 5G experts from Ericsson, Fujitsu, Juniper, and VIAVI Solutions will discuss exactly what operators need to do to architect, build/upgrade, and maintain their xhaul transport networks to support massive 5G deployments -- including the roles of fiber, DWDM, microwave, switching/routing, and network testing.

Topics addressed in the webinar will include:

  • Operator bandwidth requirements in fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul segments and the impacts on the transport network
  • Why and how should operators implement network slicing in their transport networks?
  • Transport and synchronization SLAs and network testing methods
  • WDM-based fronthaul versus Ethernet-based fronthaul
  • The impact of open operation in the RAN via the ORAN Alliance

Telco Cloud: Drive Innovation, Success, and Profitability in the 5G Era
Date: 4/25/2019
Sponsors:
VMware
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Digital transformation is the new imperative. CSPs worldwide are on a journey to cloudify their networks by leveraging software-defined platforms that provide agility and efficiency, streamline operations, expand revenue opportunities, and support advanced technologies like 5G and network functions virtualization (NFV).

This webinar will discuss new service opportunities enabled by VMware’s Telco Cloud and provide guidance on the operational enhancements that service providers must take in order to implement a cloud-based service model and manage the complexity of multi-cloud environments. Our panelists will walk you through their vision for a modern and unified Telco Cloud to support your network transformation. In addition, you will learn how to:

  • Build out the next generation core network to support technologies like 5G
  • Deliver new services, such as SD-WAN, faster with a lower TCO
  • Simplify and automate network monitoring to enhance agility and reduce MTTR
  • Future proof your operations and business model

Network Data Monetization: Let AI Help You Get There Faster
Date: 4/23/2019
Sponsors:
Sterlite Technologies
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The global digital ecosystem is being re-defined around emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain, etc. These ecosystems add new dimensions to the increasing volume, speed and nature of data capture and advanced analytics capabilities. To get an edge, leading telcos are heavily investing in analytics engines and capabilities to get structured customer insights. This will help them to improve their core business by offering more targeted products and services and hence elevating the end customer experience. To delve deeper into this, join us for an informative webinar where Shrirang Bapat, CTO - Software Business, Sterlite Tech will explain:

  • How data has always been there … but now telcos are ready to capitalize on the opportunity.
  • Why networks will continue to play a pivotal role in the digital ecosystem … and CSPs will continue to build, manage and run the networks.
  • How data is not the “new oil”, rather it is the real world Vibranium and can be put to use in multiple ways.
  • How network data helps you better understand your customer and can be leveraged to offer more customer-centric solutions.
  • How AI-ML can be put to use to accelerate the Data Monetization Process.

Maintaining an HFC Network
Date: 4/18/2019
Sponsors:
SCTE, Viavi Solutions
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While industry technologists love to expound on their plans to upgrade and expand the cable HFC network to deliver new services, it’s at least as critical to monitor, manage and maintain the network to deliver existing services. And such maintenance work will only become more important as the HFC network becomes more complex and sophisticated. In this session, we’ll look at the key maintenance functions of network testing, measurement, fiber connectorization and cleaning.

Gigabit++ With Wired & Wireless Convergence
Date: 4/9/2019
Sponsors:
Sterlite Technologies
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With the proliferation of 4G LTE across the globe and evolution of WiFi standards to support Gigabit connectivity in building (home, enterprise, high-density venues, etc.), there has been a steady rise in data consumption at the network's edge. This demand for high bandwidth on the radio access has led to growing demand for high-bandwidth backhaul connectivity. The natural choice for backhaul connectivity has been fiber, and networks across the world are extending fiber reach to as close to the network edge as possible. But can a converged infrastructure or fiber++ bring better value to the end consumer and make case for a better economics? In the recent past, 5G and particularly the 5GNR standard, has generated renewed interest in fixed wireless access, with the focus primarily on offering broadband connectivity to homes.

However, fixed wireless can offer more than just wireless broadband connectivity to homes. We see a world of technological convergence where several FWA technologies – 802.11 standard based, LTE, 5GNR, FSO, LiFi and SATCOM will co-exist, collaborate, cohabitate alongside. Join us for this exciting webinar to learn more about:

  • How FWA can be a profitable growth opportunity to enable the "Networks of Tomorrow"
  • Convergence of wired and wireless infrastructure to bring Gigabit connectivity to the edge
  • Various use cases that can leverage fixed wireless for 'last mile' connectivity, its pros and cons, cost considerations, etc.

Making the Most of a Limited Resource: How to Use Spectrum More Efficiently in the Era of 5G
Date: 3/27/2019
Sponsors:
EXFO
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The finite resource of radio spectrum is vital for mobile network performance and customer experience. Using this precious resource more efficiently has always been a key objective for mobile network operators (MNOs). Spectrum efficiency is not just a question of mobile standards, even though each new generation is more spectrally efficient than the previous one. This is why the efficiency discussion today goes beyond 5G New Radio (NR) and the 5G promise for optimal use of network resources.

Join Dr. Konstantinos Stavropoulos, solution marketing manager at EXFO, and Gabriel Brown, principal analyst at Heavy Reading, for an insightful discussion on a hot mobile industry topic. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Which factors affect spectrum use, and why spectrum efficiency remains a challenge for mobile networks, including 5G
  • How spectrum efficiency should be defined
  • Ways to make the best use of spectrum in the era of 5G
  • Lessons from leading MNOs on improving spectrum efficiency

Securing & Enabling Real-Time Communications on a Public Cloud
Date: 3/26/2019
Sponsors:
Ribbon
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The market for public cloud keeps expanding rapidly, and running application workloads on a public cloud has become commonly accepted. However, when it comes to real-time communication (RTC) workloads on a public cloud, it is still early in the adoption cycle.

If you are a provider of real-time communications (e.g., VoIP, unified communications, call centers or SIP trunking), when it comes to deploying on a public cloud, you want to know it is secure, reliable, has global reach, delivers predictable quality of service (QoS) and will be more efficient and cost-effective than hosting these services in your own private cloud.

If you are a consumer of real-time communications, you need to be confident the service you purchase is secure, is delivered reliably, at the scale you need possibly across multiple sites or geographic regions and with the QoS you demand.

This webinar will address the following questions:

  • What makes deploying real-time communication workloads on a public cloud different from other applications?
  • What benefits and opportunities does the public cloud enable for RTC providers?
  • What is needed to meet the requirements of both providers and consumers of RTC on a public cloud?
  • What does the future hold for RTC on a public cloud?

Delivering Services over a Distributed Access Architecture
Date: 3/21/2019
Sponsors:
SCTE Ciena, Viavi Solutions
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Following years of tech trials and pilot deployments, cable operators are starting to deploy distributed access architecture (DAA) techniques for moving legacy headend functions to the access network and expanding the capacity of that network for new, more advanced services. In this session, cable technologists will discuss their latest Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY and related moves; the new services they plan to deliver with DAA; and the challenges they must overcome to make DAA a reality.

The Global State of 5G – The Post-MWC Update
Date: 3/20/2019
Sponsors:
Viavi Solutions
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In this webinar, Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown, together with invited guest speakers, will review the status of 5G activity worldwide. Drawing on observations from this years’ Mobile World Congress (MWC), they will discuss timelines for commercial launch of 5G and the critical steps needed to scale the technology to the mass market. In terms of services, they will review the latest thinking on advanced 5G use cases.

Securing 5G Networks: Service Provider Perspectives
Date: 3/19/2019
Sponsors:
F5, Fortinet, Netnumber, Palo Alto Networks
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The push to commercialize 5G networks is also sharpening the focus on the need to reconsider the security measures that service providers have implemented in their existing mobile networks. And coming to terms with these new requirements is not a trivial feat given how 5G expands service delivery models, introduces a new core reference architecture and even new control plan protocols.

To gain detailed insight on how service providers plan to secure 5G networks, Heavy Reading in collaboration with research partners F5 Networks, Fortinet, NetNumber and Palo Alto Networks launched a comprehensive survey designed to provide a detailed perspective of service provider strategies.

The survey, which attracted input from more than 100 service provider respondents, addressed a broad spectrum of security-related topics including, security service implementation priorities, preferred core architecture, opex and capex implications, as well the value of advanced capabilities that leverage artificial intelligence, control plane interworking and content inspection.

This webinar, moderated by Heavy Reading research lead Jim Hodges with subject matter experts from F5 Networks, Fortinet, NetNumber and Palo Alto Networks, will provide a grounded view of the strategies, timeline and concerns that will ultimately determine the steps service providers will take to secure their 5G networks.

The Role of Sports in the Future of Communications
Date: 3/19/2019
Sponsors:
Amdocs and Ovum
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As 5G momentum builds, network operators continue to have to test, prove and demonstrate evolving 5G use cases and capabilities. Meanwhile the complexity of existing networks, and technologies, as well as the complexity of the potential commercial models, make prioritizing 5G investment and integration difficult.

Unique research undertaken by Ovum, in partnership with Amdocs, reveals that, from among a multitude of potential 5G use cases, sports, and more specifically, large-scale sports and esports events, is one of the most compelling 5G use cases for operators today, heavily influencing their nationwide 5G strategies.

Beyond offering the perfect stage for demonstrating 5G network capabilities across design, performance and quality of experience to a global audience, operators also see their involvement with large sports events in the 5G era as providing them with the opportunity to take on a variety of roles beyond the role of the connectivity provider.

Join Ed Barton, Ovum’s Chief Analyst for Entertainment, and Amdocs’ Tomer Gingold and Yogen Patel to learn more about the attractive proposition sports and esports events provide for 5G tests and launches. Understand:

  • how operators are evolving their networks in terms of 5G rollout timelines and network design;
  • when and where they are focusing their 5G trials, and;
  • what they see as their top commercial opportunities and challenges.
The Changing Economics of Service Provider DDoS Scrubbing Services
Date: 3/14/2019
Sponsors:
A10 Networks
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Most enterprises don't have the resources or expertise to build and operate their own DDoS defenses. As a result, the door is wide open for communications service providers (CSPs) of all sizes to step up to fill this critical gap for business subscribers. This is because CSPs are already in the direct path of clean and dirty traffic, and are optimally positioned to deal with DDoS attacks instead of simply routing the traffic to an off-net third-party Cloud DDoS scrubbing service.

However, many CSPs are reluctant to build and operate scrubbing services due to large initial capex outlays and the complexity of operating DDoS defense products from legacy vendors. What is needed are modern approaches powered by machine learning that automates defenses and supports broad tenant scale in small form factors that positively change the economics of CSP-delivered DDoS scrubbing services.

Join this webinar and you will learn:

  • How to build profitable SP-delivered DDoS scrubbing services
  • Why your legacy DDoS defense for infrastructure protection won't work for subscriber protection
  • Why offering differentiated services is critical to match your subscribers' risk profiles and budgets
  • How to apply zero-touch automation for faster response, defense in depth coverage and enabling low operating costs

Routing Requirements for the New Provider Edge
Date: 3/14/2019
Sponsors:
Volta
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Cloud-based applications and increasing traffic at the provider edge are driving major network changes that will require a significant investment from service providers, including:

  • Demand from customers for higher speed connections as cloud and SaaS applications drive more traffic across the network.
  • Architectural changes driven by evolving mobile networks starting with today’s additions of Crosshaul, C-RAN and NFV and continuing with significant 5G investments, such as distributed small cells.
  • New service opportunities from edge computing with standards like MEC and extending to network slicing for IoT, video at the edge and connected cars.

These trends are dramatically changing the volume and nature of traffic on provider networks and creating a new mandate to route traffic as close to the edge as possible.

This webinar will examine these trends and how provider networks will have to evolve to accommodate them. Key questions the webinar will address, include: Should providers continue to invest in legacy routers? Is routing suited to NFV? How can routers be virtualized to meet the changing traffic patterns, economic realities and needed scale of the new provider edge?

Global Seamless Iot Connectivity: The Why, the What and the How
Date: 3/12/2019
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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As digital transformation permeates the industry, there is a strong demand for a global connectivity solution. Connected products demand changes in business processes. A combination of solutions satisfy the requirement, and need to be explored.

In this webinar, we will first look at key challenges related to connectivity that enterprises face as they embark on their digital transformation on a global scale. We will then discuss the current solutions that have been tried. In the end, some new approaches such as eSIM will be presented.

Topics that will be addressed in this webinar include:

  • Key Enterprise requirements for global IoT connectivity
  • Current approaches to address these requirements
  • What these approaches lack
  • Analysis of new and upcoming solutions
  • Role of 5G in global IoT connectivity

Virtual Digital Assistants: The Key to Customer Service Automation for CSPs
Date: 3/6/2019
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Consumers dread contacting customer service. They like self service, but only if it actually works. Consumers want more control, more convenience, and they want you to know more about who they are and why they have an issue with you. All of this is especially true of the relationship between consumers and their CSPs. AI-driven virtual digital assistants (VDAs) are beginning to address these challenges for CSPs and also provide cost reductions in the form of human-resource savings. This webinar will examine market drivers and barriers, and the use-case details, including Tractica predictions and forecasts, for customer service-focused VDAs for CSPs.

Live Learning Webinar Series: Rolling out the Fiber, Fiber Deep
Date: 2/21/2019
Sponsors:
SCTE, ADTRAN, Corning, Ciena, VIAVI Solutions
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Although top cable technologists stress that the industry's HFC pipes still have plenty of juice left, most cable operators are scrambling to install more fiber in their networks. Whether they're going all-fiber like Altice, embracing Fiber Deep like Comcast and Cox or just splitting more optical nodes, cablecos are deploying more fiber to offer more bandwidth, deliver new services, improve performance and cut operating costs. In this session, we'll look at cable's growing fiber diet, the opportunities that more fiber presents and the challenges involved in upgrading the HFC plant.

Automate to Deliver Consistent Security & Compliance Across Hybrid Environments
Date: 2/20/2019
Sponsors:
Red Hat
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Visibility, control, security and maintaining governance and compliance are all critical for managing your infrastructure -- for virtual networking and operations. However, these are becoming more difficult and time consuming as your infrastructure evolves to a mix of bare metal, virtual, cloud and container environments. How can you maintain security, governance, compliance and reduce risk amid this growing complexity?

Red Hat's automated security and compliance solution gives you the tools -- Red Hat Ansible Automation, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Insights and OpenSCAP -- to help you with these challenges.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how these Red Hat technologies can help:

  • Implement a security and compliance automation workflow, such as provisioning security-compliant hosts and maintaining compliance against industry or custom security profiles by automating audit scans and doing controlled remediations of detected issues.
  • Identify and remediate security threats proactively with predictive analytics.
  • Implement both infrastructure and security as code.
  • Automate patch and configuration management for consistency across your environments.
  • Deliver continuous security and monitoring that is centrally managed for your hybrid infrastructure.

Intelligent & Lossless Networks Open the Door for AI
Date: 2/18/2019
Sponsors:
Huawei
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The AI era is coming and the capability of leveraging AI to reshape business models, make decisions and improve customer experiences will become a key driving force -- it is predicted that the AI adoption rate will reach 86% by 2025. AI is also driving the transformation of ICT architecture. Latency bottlenecks force the evolution of network communication from TCP/IP to Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA).

Join our webinar to get an understanding of the application workloads and technology trends of data centers in the AI era and how Huawei’s AI Fabric solution is focused on helping IT and businesses become more successful. Learn about the trends, challenges, benefits and proven worldwide customer successes Huawei can offer with its AI Fabric intelligent and lossless data center network solution.

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How seizing the opportunities presented by the AI era is the key to staying ahead
  • What new network capabilities AI demands and how they can contribute to your business goals. The RDMA may be the best choice.
  • How Huawei’s AI Fabric focuses on building intelligent and lossless data center networks with zero packet loss, low latency and high throughput network performance
  • How industry’s first data center switch with an embedded AI chip is the key to the network for AI

Breaking Down Barriers Between IT & Network - Your Path to Digital Transformation
Date: 2/14/2019
Sponsors:
Ciena
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You've made a lot of progress. But let's face it – your business operations are only as good as the weakest link between your network and IT. It's time to do things differently. To succeed, it's time to break down the barriers between network and IT to intelligently automate your critical business processes and achieve unprecedented levels of agility, control and adaptation across your network and operations.

Are you ready?

Join Kailem Anderson, vice president of solutions and engineering at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, and James Crawshaw, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, for an insightful discussion that will look beyond network automation to the transformational benefits that can be realized from the powerhouse combination of network and IT. The end game? Intelligent, closed-loop automation that increases your operational agility to lower costs, while delivering a better customer experience and accelerating top-line revenue growth.

During this webinar, we will explore:

  • The key building blocks of a modernized OSS that breaks down the barriers between network and IT
  • How these components work together to optimize critical business processes and enable intelligent automation
  • Multiple success stories of service providers who have deployed automation across their operations and network infrastructure

Building the Edge - Understanding Distributed Cloud Networking
Date: 2/13/2019
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A number of emerging applications like IoT, VR/AR and AI/ML along with catalyzing technologies like 5G are driving compute and storage resources to move out of centralized locations closer to the end user. One term for this phenomenon is edge compute, but many are, more appropriately, calling this Distributed Cloud, which fuses the attributes of edge compute with an on-demand cloud native consumption model. As software and hardware infrastructure underlying Distributed Cloud becomes geographically dispersed it becomes more costly to deploy and challenging to manage and troubleshoot. Technologies, tools, techniques are required to automate this infrastructure and simplify operations so it does not bury the data center operator.

Join Roz Roseboro, Heavy Reading’s Principal Analyst for Cloud Infrastructure & Management and Mike Capuano, CMO and Alessandro Barberie VP Product Management of Pluribus Networks for a review of the key requirements needed to successfully deploy Distributed Cloud. This webinar will cover the following topics for telco service providers, cable operators, cloud service providers, colocation service providers and enterprises:

  • Is Distributed Cloud the same thing as edge compute?
  • What is the reality and timeline for various Distributed Cloud locations?
  • What does the Ecosystem look like for Distributed Cloud?
  • What are the best networking approaches for Distributed Cloud?
  • How do I navigate the plethora of organizations creating reference designs for edge and Distributed Cloud?

Automate Your Mobile Network Monitoring With Machine Learning
Date: 2/12/2019
Sponsors:
BWTech
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In modern mobile networks, engineers are overwhelmed by a data tsunami that will only get worse as we move into a 5G world. New solutions are required that can enhance operators' ability to analyze network data through the use of machine learning techniques that are capable of automatically identifying network performance issues and suggesting possible remedies. By effectively and automatically analyzing the performance data, configuration parameters and alarm data, engineers will be able to detect network anomalies that current tools cannot. Engineers will gain a much deeper insight into the intrinsic problems that may cause network service issues, enabling them to take proactive measures to prevent these problems from impacting quality of service.

Join this webinar to ask BWTech experts about your own issues and to learn how machine learning can:

  • Generate actionable insights for mobile network optimization.
  • Identify complex network issues that cannot be detected with traditional, rule-based approaches.
  • Enable automatic anomaly detection and early warning on abnormal clusters.
  • Derive smart correlations between parameter settings and network performance, pinpointing patterns and issues that were previously unknown.
  • Automate impact detection, based on changes in network performance, thereby providing instant feedback on optimization activities.

5G and IoT Attack Landscape and Mitigation Strategies – A Front Line Perspective for Service Providers
Date: 2/11/2019
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5G mobile communications is on the horizon, promising amazing speed and performance and spurring the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). The new network architecture also introduces a whole new world of security issues, including attacks on and from IoT devices and attacks on the 5G network. Join Radware’s IOT and service provider experts Pascal Geenens and Louis Scialabba to understand the specific 2019 IOT cyberattack vectors and trends

A New Level of Visibility Across Multicloud Environments and Service Chains
Date: 2/7/2019
Sponsors:
Netrounds
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Improved operational efficiency, through automation and cost optimization, is one of the key business drivers for organizations when embracing multicloud environments. This requires the capability to select a cloud that provides optimal cost and still delivers the expected performance. Therefore, successful multi-cloud deployments require capabilities for on-demand and continuous active validation of network and service performance, prior to making optimization decisions. Having the right solution that provides automatable, active testing and monitoring capabilities is crucial.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading's Principal Analyst for Cloud and Infrastructure, Roz Roseboro, moderates a deep dive into the business mechanics of multicloud environments and service chains together with software company Netrounds, led by company Founder & CEO Mats Nordlund and Technical Product Manager Jonas Krogell.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What differentiates active testing solutions from classical passive assurance
  • About the challenges when virtualization makes the network a black box
  • Why existing assurance solutions have limited use in multicloud environments
  • How virtualization enables fully automated and programmable large-scale active testing and monitoring
  • Through a live demonstration of:
    • Achievable network performance in a real multicloud environment
    • Fault sectionalization in a complex service chain
    • Comprehensive end-to-end visibility across network domains and layers

Cut through the hype: Real-world strategies for deploying 5G
Date: 1/30/2019
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While the business realizations of 5G are still on the horizon, readiness strategies for deployment are already underway. Deploying your 5G infrastructure will likely be the most challenging "next-gen" network rollout ever in terms of scale and scope. Compounding these challenges are simultaneous demands to:

  • Rapidly transition to virtualized/cloud-based edge, core and data networks.
  • Develop new, compelling services while preventing revenue and/or time-to-market slowdowns caused by potential network complexities.
  • Protect your network at massive scale, at every layer, and for multiple threats.

F5 has been in the trenches with service providers all over the globe as they prepare their transition to 5G services. Join this webinar to learn about the strategies that the industry's leading service providers are implementing to ensure a successful 5G transformation, including:

  • Optimized virtualization for predictable, linear scaling and effective fault isolation.
  • Multi-Edge Access Computing (MEC) solutions that can enable deployment of differentiated services.
  • Subscriber-aware technologies for security policy implementations.
F5 can help you evolve to 5G at your own pace as you seek to optimize, monetize and secure your network. Register for the webinar today.

5G State-of-the-Industry Webinar Series: Where We are Today & A Look-Ahead to 2019
Date: 1/29/2019
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With the first 5G services now live in North America, and many more scheduled worldwide for 2019, anticipation for 5G is at its height. In this webinar we will take stock of 5G progress to date – in terms of standards, spectrum and services – and look ahead to “at scale” launches in the coming year. Joined by independent guest speakers from network operators, standards groups and industry forums, Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown will lead a discussion that will bring the audience up to speed on 5G progress and provide a view of what to expect in 2019. Our operator guest speaker for this event is Abhi Ingle, SVP, Digital, Distribution & Channel Marketing, AT&T Business who will discuss how 5G can help transform processes and operations across diverse enterprise sectors.

Beachfront Property: How Edge Clouds Will Drive 5G Era Revenue
Date: 1/24/2019
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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The edge has been a speculative topic for far too long. Service providers have exclusive "beachfront property" in their networks that can be leveraged to drive revenue through innovative service delivery. While edge cloud deployments must align with constrained capital resources by making the most of existing space, compute, power and bandwidth, they have the untapped potential for generating revenue from differentiated capabilities like multicloud connectivity, IoT, video caching, etc. This webinar will explore the specifics of the edge cloud architecture and production-ready deployment strategies that are an imperative part of service provider business models in the 5G era.

Crossing The R-PHY Finish Line – RPU Installation, Cutover and Ongoing Maintenance 
Date: 1/23/2019
Sponsors:
VIAVI Solutions
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In the first two installments of this series, we covered R-PHY basics and details about the largely headend-focused Ethernet, Fiber and Transport test processes. Now, in this edition, we will focus on the actual field install/cutover and maintenance aspects that follow. We will discuss Fiber, Ethernet, RF and service test considerations for flawless turn-ups, as well as strategies for retaining critical test and measurement capabilities and standardized processes.

Making Money With Network Slicing
Date: 1/22/2019
Sponsors:
Cloudstreet
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Network Slicing is not a technology, but rather a model for a new kind of business for mobile operators. Inherently disruptive, it is also essential to the tectonic digital shift now underway across all industries. Operators will be at the very centre of this shift, but to reap the rewards and be competitive, they need to embrace the change, lead the way and begin the process of transforming their businesses today.

In this much anticipated webinar, Heavy Reading Principal Analyst for Cloud and Infrastructure Rosalyn Roseboro moderates a deep dive into the business mechanics of Network Slicing with industry luminaries, Cloudstreet, led by company Founder & CEO Mika Skarp, and Marketing Head Brendan Tully Walsh. Solving the slicing conundrum at the point of user demand, the webinar presents a clear path to delivering intelligent, application-aware, predictive QoS prioritized slices as the basis for revenue-generating end-user SLAs.

In this Webinar you will learn:

  • About the mechanics of mobile traffic differentiation as the pivot point away from Best Effort
  • How application, user and context aware Network Slicing provides the building blocks for SLA-based business models of the future
  • How to build and validate low barrier network slicing business models one use case at a time
  • How to leverage the power of predictive analytics to drive dynamic Quality of Service improvement and user demand with real world examples including Public Safety, Broadcasting, Online Gaming and Advanced Fixed Wireless

Taming the Home Networking Monster
Date: 1/17/2019
Sponsors:
SCTE, ADTRAN
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Now that many of them have rolled out either DOCSIS 3.1 or FTTH networks in their service areas, cable operators are staking their claim in the gigabit market with the capacity to offer blazing speeds of up to 10 Gbps down and at least 1 Gbps up. But as they do so, they are running into a fresh set of challenges, particularly in the home WiFi environment. How can operators manage their new gigabit services to make sure that customers get the speeds and service they're promised? How can they improve the customer's WiFi and mobile experience? In this session, our expert panelists will discuss the early gigabit deployment lessons from the field.

xHaul Transport – Key for new 5G Services
Date: 1/16/2019
Sponsors:
Cisco
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The promise of 5G services is huge. Massively scalable, low-latency enabled applications will open up new ecosystems, business models, and creativity across the enterprise and residential markets in every industry. While industry conversations may revolve around new 5G services, the network plays a fundamental role in delivering them. Attendees of the session will receive a Heavy Reading white paper on the topic written by analyst Sterling Perrin. You will also have access to a recent Cisco-published white paper outlining our strategy for the transport network that will underpin the worldwide adoption of 5G technologies and delivery of applications. Join this session to learn about the technical aspects of the 5G transport network to lay the foundation for deeper dives on the evolution of transport architecture. Recommended for both technical and sales audiences.

How will 5G + AI Transform the Wireless Edge?
Date: 1/15/2019
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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Today, we primarily associate intelligence with the cloud, but as we head into the 5G era that will require us to efficiently connect trillions of things, we will need to rethink the way intelligence is scaled. To get to the 5G future that we envision, intelligence, compute, content and more must be distributed to the devices that form the wireless edge. This requires on-device AI capabilities for smartphones, cars, sensors and other connected things, so they can perceive, reason and act on their own. This wireless edge transformation has already begun, and it will bring many societal benefits, ranging from improved driver safety and more personal virtual assistants to superior photography, enhanced security and privacy and more.

Join us for this webinar to learn about the wireless edge transformation and how it will fully unlock 5G's potential.

Accelerating Cloud & Digital Transformation With SD-WAN
Date: 1/10/2019
Sponsors:
Huawei
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SD-WAN is the enabler for enterprises to accelerate their cloud and digital transformation on a day-to-day basis by improving digital connectivity and enhancing the user experiences of cloud-based applications. This webinar explains how Huawei's latest Intent-Driven SD-WAN Solution and next-generation AR series SD-WAN routers can help enterprises in the following:

  • Address their growing bandwidth needs without increasing their bandwidth budget;
  • Take advantage of application-based intelligent traffic steering and WAN optimization technologies to optimize their cloud service experience;
  • Dramatically reduce the time it takes to introduce new technologies and services through the deployment of universal CPEs (uCPEs);
  • Build, monitor and intelligently manage international networks; and more.

PoE: Adding Power to (IoT)∞
Date: 12/20/2018
Sponsors:
Sterlite Technologies
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As networks get smarter, network infrastructure needs to get simpler. Once IoT applications scale up, the number of connected devices will increase exponentially, making infrastructure provisioning increasingly complex.

The connected world needs a solution that converges power and data infrastructure to cater to triple-play services and power consumption demands of edge network assets. A smart way to do this is to re-engineer category cable design and technical standards for enhanced business and operational performance.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is the new buzzword, which will shape the network ecosystem of tomorrow. Tune into this webinar to understand what goes into ensuring increased safety and network longevity for the latest 4-pair PoE system by Sterlite Tech.

In this webinar, Md.Shahid Khan, Chief Technical Manager, Sterlite Tech, explores:
  1. Power over Ethernet (PoE) standards, PoE's implications and benefits over other alternatives
  2. Why PoE is the perfect solution for enabling the IoT ecosystem
  3. PoE use case for LiFi, New WiFi and HDBase-T
  4. Real-life experiments to develop a correlation between data transmission and heat dissipation for a PoE system

Open Domain-Specific Accelerators: What Are They & Why Should They Matter to Cloud & Network Providers?
Date: 12/19/2018
Sponsors:
Netronome
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The end of Moore's Law will increase the use of domain-specific accelerators to meet power-performance requirements in cloud infrastructure, network infrastructure and IoT/wireless edge applications. However, the high cost and complexity of accelerator development is a major factor restraining growth. To meet current and future growth demands, network providers need a more efficient and open approach to satisfy the needs of a wide range of data center applications.

Seven leading companies (Achronix, GlobalFoundries, Kandou, Netronome, NXP, Sarcina and SiFive) have joined forces to form the Open Domain-Specific Accelerator (ODSA) Workgroup. The primary goal of the ODSA Workgroup is to develop an open architecture and related specifications that will enable integration of multi-vendor chiplets to build best-of-breed silicon devices and reduce development and manufacturing costs. On this Light Reading webinar we will address the following:

  • How can cloud and network providers benefit from open domain-specific accelerators?
  • What best-of-breed components such as processors, accelerators, memory and I/O will be addressed in the architecture? Would there be any limitations?
  • What chiplet-based solutions can be supported today?
  • What are the technical and business challenges related to chiplets?
  • How can companies join and contribute to the ODSA Workgroup?

Integration Challenges of Software Defined and Virtualized Enterprise Networking
Date: 12/18/2018
Sponsors:
Ekinops
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As Service Providers rush to deploy SD-WAN and NFV services to their enterprise customers, they are typically picking a couple of different CPE platforms, VNFs and SD-WAN partners to work with.

This has created challenges to integrate solutions and other services with their chosen CPE. As they look to increase the number of virtualized network functions in their portfolios they face increasing integration challenges.

Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • The need to develop more in-house systems integration capabilities or partner with vendors with these integration capabilities
  • How to address the organizational and cultural obstacles to achieve the internal transformations required

Open RAN: What, Why & When?
Date: 12/17/2018
Sponsors:
Radisys, Nokia, Cisco, Intel
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The market for radio access network (RAN) equipment is worth at least $30 billion year – and significantly more if passives, civil works and transport are included – with spending concentrated on a handful of large system vendors. Open RAN promises to disrupt this market by making it faster to introduce radio innovation into live networks and faster to create RAN solutions optimized for different use cases and markets. This webinar will provide a read-out of an exclusive new Heavy Reading survey focused on operator attitudes towards Open RAN. With input from more than 100 respondents working at communications service providers, the survey addresses the key topics that define Open RAN, including system integration, disaggregation, virtualization, transport, edge architecture and business drivers. The session will be led by Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown, with expert guest speakers from Cisco, Intel, Nokia and Radisys. Join us to discuss what is fast becoming one of the most important topics on the mobile networking!

More Frills, Less Bills – Creative Monetization for 5G
Date: 12/13/2018
Sponsors:
Digital Route
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Service providers (SPs) hope that 5G will create new business opportunities like extreme mobile broadband, IoT, mission-critical control applications and fixed wireless access. What SPs need to compete with OTT rivals and to remain relevant in the 21st century is to collect data to enable a multiplicity of consumption models including one-off purchases, subscriptions, PAYG, bundles, split subscriptions and partner settlements. 5G used in a smart way will enable service providers to reclaim value-added services rather than act as a bit-pipe. The move towards the network as an agile service platform enables totally new customer engagement models and pricing models.

The dynamic nature of the 5G network with context and QoS awareness opens up a platform for on-demand creativity both for the service provider and for the SP customer. The network has become the agile service platform, no longer the static service of the past.

Service providers need to take the next step in using smart and flexible subscription models. This approach allows customers to control usage in real time, order a new service with guaranteed QoS, try before they buy, see their bill go down if there are mosaic patterns on video, and all be done in real time. 5G also opens the door to shared networks between the providers enabling new business models.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What new business opportunities are opening up for service providers in the subscription economy?
  • What data sources can be harvested to tap these opportunities?
  • How can usage data can be cleaned, processed, and correlated with a specific customer in real time to enable these new business models?
  • What analytics are required to get the necessary insights for personalized, consumption-based offers, products and pricing?

5G Security: A New Approach Is Needed
Date: 12/10/2018
Sponsors:
Palo Alto Networks
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5G promises transformative mobility by offering enhanced mobile broadband experience and enabling industrial digitalization through customer value creation. As service providers rapidly evolve to build out 5G pilot trials and commercialization plans, they are grappling with a different cyber threat landscape that could compromise their networks and subscribers, and significantly impact their 5G business plans.

In this webinar, we will first look at key challenges that service providers face as they embark on their "next evolution" – the journey to 5G. We will then discuss the context-driven security requirements for the 5G evolution, focusing on the importance of enabling a prevention-oriented and highly automated security posture across 5G networks that delivers predictable performance. With 5G business models centered around transformational vertical industry services, we will also discuss how service providers can step up their 5G value proposition and become differentiated secure business enablers.

Topics that will be addressed in this webinar include:

  • Evolving security landscape in the 5G/IoT era
  • Differentiators to 5G adoption
  • What's different about 5G in regards to security?
  • A new approach to securing 5G

Scaling Next-Generation Fiber Services: What’s holding CSPs back and what’s needed for success
Date: 12/6/2018
Sponsors:
Incognito
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More than ever, service providers are deploying fiber to meet the growing customer demand for next-generation all-IP services. In fact, recent industry research indicates that 90% of global service providers are now investing in fiber as a top business priority to boost network performance and offer new gigabit services to customers. Yet, what should also be considered is the impact that this fiber diet will have on service providers' BSS/OSS systems and their ability to deploy new gigabit services.

Whether it's taking an OSS retrofit or new stack approach, ensuring the seamless integration of new fiber network infrastructure and business process flows with operational support systems is critical to the success of an operator's fiber journey. This webinar will delve into the findings from new fiber market research conducted by Incognito and Heavy Reading, the challenges that service providers face in scaling fiber-based services, the impact that deploying IP-based services over fiber will have on back-office systems, and the tools that providers need for success.

How to Build an Efficient Campus Network to Drive Business Innovations in Retail & Manufacturing Industries
Date: 12/5/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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Today’s retail industry is undergoing tremendous changes to its operating models. Retailers are expanding in scale and retail chains are becoming the norm. In the face of fierce competition, retailers are tasked with adjusting their business models and, more importantly, are expected to bolster their operations with cutting-edge information technology. Huawei's retail-tailored solution makes the most of the latest WiFi technologies and brings tangible benefits to the retail industry. Typical outcomes include full network coverage for diverse transaction scenarios, an improved shopping experience, enhanced customer loyalty, and fast network deployment for ultra-large chain retailers through zero-touch deployment.

We invite you to join our webinar on December 5 to learn about the latest updates and practices on Huawei's campus network solutions, which are tailored to the needs of the retail and manufacturing industries. In this webinar, we will discuss how to:

  1. Quickly deploy networks for chain enterprises that have a large number of branches geographically located in different places.
  2. Carry out professional WiFi network management if engineers have poor network-related technical skills.
  3. Fully meet new network buildout or reconstruction needs of hundreds of stores in the future despite a limited number of network management experts.
  4. How to maximize WiFi networks to analyze customer segments and increase sales revenue.
  5. Quickly deploy network services for retail enterprises (a European top 3 retail giant will be used as an example).

Please note this webinar will be presented in Spanish.

5G Performance Monitoring: Using the Network Edge for Competitive Advantage
Date: 12/4/2018
Sponsors:
Accedian
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In Heavy Reading's recent 5G survey, sponsored by Accedian, more than 80% of mobile operators say 5G is either their top or top-five priority, closely followed by virtualized network functions and software-defined networks for efficiency and cost reasons. At the same time, operators need to transform operations by automating service provisioning, testing and management and using real-time insight from analytics and machine learning to manage performance and customer experience.

The 5G services that will actually make operators money – beyond the promise of speed – are still being worked out. But one certainty is the need to manage more data, different traffic types and a diverse set of applications and services, including guarantees to enterprises that their slice of network connectivity will perform. If 5G services are to thrive, operators will need to get full control over network and application performance to assure the customer experience.

Please join Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading, and Richard Piasentin, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Accedian, who will present the survey results, discuss the current state of 5G, considerations for managing "business-critical" applications and network slices, and enabling 5G as a mobile cloud platform that can deliver applications with performance guarantees.

Serial 100G – A Forerunner to the Networks of Tomorrow
Date: 11/29/2018
Sponsors:
MACOM
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Today's optical module providers are under tremendous pressure to enable hyperscale data center customers with faster connectivity solutions at volume scale. 100 Gigabit Ethernet will continue to be a cornerstone as the industry drives to lower the cost and increase the density of these connections. The seemingly unending lifespan for 100 Gbps links is only further accelerating its proliferation. Multi-lane approaches to achieve 100 Gbps are not naturally compatible with emerging switch ASICs employing 50 Gbps I/O, and 400 Gbps breakout applications requiring 4 x 100 Gbps. A serial solution is pivotal in the evolution of 100 Gbps networking because it achieves the lowest cost, highest density and provides a forward-compatible electrical and optical interface for many years to come. Learn how MACOM is on the forefront of delivering single-lane 100 Gbps solutions which meet the challenges of today while preparing for the networks of the future.

5G Expectations Still Evolving With a Global Twist
Date: 11/29/2018
Sponsors:
Interdigital
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What makes 5G different from all other Gs? After efforts to develop specifications, technology and research, the industry has an initial view of how the next generation of 5G services will look. What's still unknown is just how great will be 5G's global impact. According to a recent Heavy Reading Operator Survey, there are striking differences between the US and the rest of the world (RoW) when it comes to 5G expectations. A majority (52%) of US respondents believe that "faster end-user speeds" will be the biggest benefit over the next five years, while 41% of RoW respondents identified "new services and eco-system expansion" as being the primary commercial benefit over the same timeframe.

Join us for an interactive discussion of the near-term benefits and long-term potential for 5G and the wireless industry to deliver new services and connected experiences for businesses, consumers and society.

Transatlantic Optical Transmission With 16QAM
Date: 11/27/2018
Sponsors:
Infinera
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Subsea transmission capacity is growing at a dramatic rate – with analyst firm Telegeography forecasting a compound growth rate of 46% between 2017 and 2024. Much of this demand is driven by Internet content providers (ICPs). On Transatlantic routes, for example, ICP demand exceeded Internet bandwidth for the first time in 2014, and in 2017, ICP bandwidth accounted for the majority of overall international bandwidth usage.

Extracting the maximum capacity from trans-oceanic cables is, therefore, paramount in importance. This webinar tells the story of the world's first transatlantic transmission using 16QAM modulation across the entire C-Band spectrum, with production equipment and commercial transmission margins.

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We look at the following issues:

  • Why is ICP subsea demand growing so quickly?
  • What are the technologies used to achieve successful 16QAM transmission over this distance?
  • How much capacity can we extract from subsea cables, and what is the next miracle technology?

DAA - Headend Considerations Before the First Remote Unit is Turned Up
Date: 11/27/2018
Sponsors:
VIAVI Solutions
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There has been much discussion about the turn-up process for the actual distributed access nodes and what can go wrong at this step. But what has been conspicuously absent is dialogue about the preparation required in the headend and transport network. Much of the complexity (and challenges) in DAA deployments come from re-architecting the headend/hub and transport network before the first field DAA unit is ever turned up. The challenges in these areas are both technical and organizational – it is not always well thought out who owns the issues with the new interfaces that Distributed Access Architecture brings. In this session, we will go over a few architecture options in play today and focus on the crucial fiber and transport areas, including fiber characterization and testing, Ethernet testing (including PTP timing) and recommended service testing.

Enabling the Virtualized Edge with Smart NIC Data Acceleration
Date: 11/20/2018
Sponsors:
Ethernity
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The network edge provides a dramatic opportunity for NFV deployment, as communications service providers rapidly convert their existing edge infrastructure to mini virtualized data centers, and as cloud providers extend their reach closer to end users. This presentation will describe this burgeoning market, explain the fundamental challenges, and review the various open source and standardization projects in this area. We will then introduce Smart NICs and show how Smart NICs using FPGAs that offer affordable, programmable, hardware-based acceleration, provide an ideal solution for this growing market segment. On this Light Reading webinar, we will address the following:

  • What is the virtualized edge, and what are telcos and cloud providers doing in this space?
  • The unique requirements of the virtualized edge
  • Lessons learned from Microsoft Azure’s experience with Smart NICs
  • How Smart NICs accelerate both NFVi and various VNFs at the edge using SR-IOV
  • Why FPGA-based Smart NICs are best suited to address the challenges of the virtualized edge

Cellular IoT: A Consensus Around Leadership Emerging
Date: 11/14/2018
Sponsors:
Interdigital
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With the initial launch of some 5G services, the evolution of some key standards and the emerging clarity of various business use cases, the long-awaited IoT market is beginning to ramp. One of the key questions is which access technologies will find favor? Some recent studies, including a global survey by Heavy Reading, are pointing to cellular technologies – especially LTE-M, 5G and NB-IoT – as the market leaders. In this webinar, analyst Steve Bell will be joined by Chordant’s Vice President of Product Development, Mike Jeronis and Telit’s Vice President of Application Engineering, Kenneth Bednasz to examine the drivers behind that finding, and what it means for the future of IoT.

Network and Service Assurance Optimization With Machine Learning
Date: 11/14/2018
Sponsors:
Comarch
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Artificial Intelligence applications, particularly those based on Machine Learning, are beginning to emerge in the communications networking domain to address the operational challenges posed by SDN and NFV. Increased complexity is driving the need for increased automation to ensure efficient operations. ML can enable higher levels of automation and make predictions for maintenance and capacity planning.

ML could support network operators to detect faults in real time, diagnose root causes, correlate across multiple events, filter out false alarms, and recommend solutions. Although some of these capabilities are built into existing service assurance solutions, these may struggle with the advent of 5G and IoT. Traditional rule-based alarm correlation requires a lot of manual rule maintenance. With ML we could instead train a system to devise its own rules on the fly.

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • Why traditional rule-based systems will not be able to scale to meet increasingly complex networks.
  • How ML can be used to filter alarms based on clustering and classification.
  • How ML can enable ongoing recalculation of baseline metrics in order to better identify anomalies and avoid false negatives.
  • How ML can contribute to open loop automation (where humans remain in control), semi-closed-loop automation (where ML makes recommendations), and closed loop automation (zero touch).
  • How to address the black box “syndrome” and auditability challenge of ML-based decisions.
  • Why ML-based analytics need to serve multiple personas within the organization across customer experience, service operations, product management, OSS and IT.
  • What are the key elements to a successful application of ML in networking (data quality, adaptation of business processes, etc.).

Enterprise Trends Drive New Requirements for SD-WAN
Date: 11/13/2018
Sponsors:
128 Technology
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Join Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading, and Dr. Ritesh Mukherjee, Vice President of Product Management at 128 Technology, to discuss:

  • Results of the Light Reading SD-WAN survey
  • Potential new SD-WAN network requirements generated by the survey results
  • The role of segment routing in SD-WAN

Register for this webinar to explore emerging SD-WAN strategies and an innovative SD-WAN solution from 128 Technology

Enhancing Customer Experience through Automation
Date: 11/13/2018
Sponsors:
Cisco
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This webinar will focus on the role of network automation, from the core to the edge, including access and aggregation networks. It will be presented by Carl Moberg, the engineering strategy lead for Cisco Network Services Orchestrator, the industry-leading software for automating service delivery across traditional and virtualized networks. Carl has spent many years trying to solve network management problems with special focus on automation and orchestration. In this webinar he will cover service delivery through the use of streaming telemetry and data models that express service intent.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • How these automation technologies have been successfully applied in live networks
  • How to improve your service delivery times
  • The key takeaways from the Light Reading’s London event (Nov 7-8) – Software Defined Operations & the Autonomous Network – where Carl Moberg will be the keynote speaker

Managing Portfolio Inventory Data with a New Approach
Date: 11/9/2018
Sponsors:
Sigma Systems
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Customer portfolio data is the record of what products, services and resources you have allocated to your customer. For communications service providers, customer portfolio data is often managed poorly, if at all. This is a major contributor to high levels of order fallout and, as a result, costly manual intervention and a degraded customer experience. By deploying a unified and centralized inventory of customer portfolio data, CSPs can automate more orders and spend less time manually fixing errors that occur during fulfillment.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • How industry leaders see inventory applications evolving as CSPs embrace digitalization
  • How current management of customer portfolio data is negatively impacting customer experience
  • What new approaches are being applied to improve the management of customer portfolio data
  • How customer portfolio data can be leveraged to reduce fulfillment costs, improve the customer experience and unleash new commercial possibilities

The Next Frontier – From Communication Service Provider to Digital Service Provider
Date: 11/8/2018
Sponsors:
CGI
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Digital transformation has become a core priority for communications services providers (CSPs), underpinning an increasing proportion of their investment decisions as they seek to shift to more digitally-focused operating models. However, CSPs are struggling to understand which technologies to prioritize, as well as how to align these with the business outcomes they are seeking to deliver. This webinar explores the platforms, processes and strategies European CSPs need to adopt to make digital transformation a reality.

Topics include:

  • What are the drivers and benefits of digital transformation?
  • What are the technology priorities for a successful transformation?
  • The increasing importance of automation
  • A snapshot of where European CSPs are on their digital transformation journey
  • How European CSPs are struggling to deliver on their technology priorities
  • What are the main challenges CSPs need to address?
  • How should CSPs navigate their way on this journey?

The webinar will share insights from new research conducted by Ovum into European CSPs’ digital transformation journey. To learn more about this, including best practice and what CSPs are doing to transform themselves into digital service providers, watch out for the "The Next Frontier – from Communications Service Provider to Digital Service Provider" whitepaper being published soon.

Enabling Digital Business: Building an Experience-Centric Wi-Fi 5 & 6 Network
Date: 11/7/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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As we move towards a smart world where everything is connected, not only is WiFi the basis for the Internet of Everything, connecting people, things and locations together, it is also the driving force for the digital transformation of enterprise, government, education, retail and many other industries. For this reason, service requirements and access terminals are increasing in number, and there are a growing number of application scenarios. In different scenarios, requirements for WiFi coverage and access capability vary, as do requirements for application expansion and O&M. We invite you to sign up for the wireless campus webinar on November 7, where WLAN products, deployment and O&M in all scenarios are to be introduced and valuable insights shared.

The webinar includes the following:

  • Guidance of design and deployment of WLAN solutions for scenarios such as offices, hotels, retail, education and stadiums.
  • How does Huawei CloudCampus solution help you deploy a wireless campus network within minutes?
  • What advanced WLAN technologies do you need to know about to deliver an ultra-smooth user experience?
  • Introduction to Huawei’s latest WLAN 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax products.

Why IPTV and App-based TV Make Sense for Video Operators
Date: 11/1/2018
Sponsors:
Espial
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Not all market disruption is bad. Learn how two independent video operators – MCTV (Massillon) and HBC (Hiawatha Broadband Communications) – are leveraging IPTV technology and business models to make their video services thrive. In this session, executives from MCTV, HBC and Espial will discuss the video investment dilemma, IPTV and app-based TV. Listen in and reclaim your natural advantage in the video market by pursuing continuous innovation in your video offerings.

In this webinar, Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader at Light Reading, will speak with MCTV, HBC and Espial executives about the following:

  • What are the video investment dilemmas and choices that video operators face?
  • Why did MCTV and HBC choose IPTV solutions that reduced their total cost of ownership?
  • How did these operators innovate on business models to make their video services thrive?
  • Is it more expensive to do nothing – a TCO model that says it is?
  • Can TV-as-a-service (TVaaS) help change the game?

How Network Slicing, Microservices & Open Source Technologies Will Make 5G Services Profitable
Date: 10/30/2018
Sponsors:
Red Hat
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Get ahead of the curve. With many communications service providers beginning their journey to 5G, Red Hat and Affirmed are accelerating customers' transformation of their mobile networks. During this webinar, you will learn how operators are transitioning to virtualized, cloud-native architectures to scale their networks and provide the necessary service agility to introduce new 5G services. Together, we offer options to maintain control over the costs of your existing and new capex/opex investments. You will learn about how 5G is changing the way applications are designed and deployed and the role of microservices, containers and open source technologies. Find out how to get started today, regardless of where you are in your transformation journey, and how these technologies that disrupt the industry status quo can help your competitive differentiation.

The Journey To Achieving Visibility In A Virtualized Network
Date: 10/25/2018
Sponsors:
EXFO
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When Three UK decided to virtualize its entire core network, they knew it also meant changing the way customer services were assured. In a highly competitive market, being able to reduce customer churn and attract new customers is both challenging and crucial. Add in the shift to cloud and virtual networking, and you find yourself entering unchartered territory. As a European carrier looking to fully virtualize its network, Three UK broke new ground and crafted innovative solutions on the fly. This webinar examines how Three UK successfully achieved its initiatives with EXFO's expertise in testing, monitoring and analytics to develop a fully virtualized service assurance solution that delivered true visibility into the virtualized world.

Tackling New Assurance, Test Challenges In 5G
Date: 10/24/2018
Sponsors:
VIAVI Solutions; Spirent
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5G will transform our world. But as we rush to make 5G possible, everything will change – new devices, antennas, chipsets, frequencies, architectures, KPIs — leading to unprecedented complexity. When complexity collides with urgency, test and assurance is critical. Join us in this co-sponsored webinar with Spirent and VIAVI. VIAVI will discuss the fact that 5G will be more about business outcomes than technical architectures, opening up new revenue streams for operators. To reach that point, 5G will follow a path of three phases: 1) Technology verification and validation; 2) Deploy, activate and scale; and 3) Assure, optimize and monetize. Then learn from Spirent how new test methodologies and harmonizing test and service assurance across the DevOps lifecycle help assure the communications industry fulfills its promise of quickly and safely launching 5G to deliver new revenues, savings and experiences to its customers.

Accelerate Your Digital Transformation with Three Intent-Driven Campus Networking Innovations
Date: 10/24/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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As enterprises look to accelerate the digitalization of office and production environments, they are facing three core challenges in terms of enterprise efficiency and digital experience.

First, due to the ever-growing use of mobile office and audio/video applications, user complaints about WiFi instability are becoming more frequent. Second, network administrators are unable to backtrace and demarcate user- and application-related faults. Third, the amount of encrypted traffic such as HTTPS has increased dramatically, and attackers can exploit this traffic to evade traditional detection.

To help address these challenges, Huawei has announced its next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution, which builds on Huawei's latest Intent-Driven Network (IDN) architecture and comes with many innovations. In this webinar, we will show you:

  • How to implement fault prediction and self-healing of wired and wireless networks by using the AI technology in order to build a more intelligent network
  • How to simplify midsize, large, and multi-branch campus network deployment and management through network virtualization and cloud technologies so as to build a more simplified network
  • How to improve the WLAN network capacity and experience through SmartRadio to efficiently respond to challenges brought by fast-growing 4K video, Virtual Reality (VR) applications, and Connectivity of Everything
  • How to provide customers with faster industry application rollouts, shorten Time-To-Market (TTM) from months to weeks, and build an open network

The Future Is Configurable: The Evolution of VNF Management
Date: 10/23/2018
Sponsors:
F5
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VNF managers (VNFMs) have been an essential component of any virtualized cloud from day one. Although this won't change in the future, as the past few years have illustrated virtualized service instances are no longer bound by any perimeters and will continue to adopt a fully decentralized architecture.

In response, VNFMs are continuing to evolve to support not only edge services but more "service aware" networks that ultimately mandate a flexible and programmable VNFM product design.

Accordingly, this webinar will examine in detail how VNFMs are changing to adapt to these new service requirements by supporting advanced capabilities such as configurable capacity, which represents the optimal approach for scaling individual service instances.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Documenting in detail configurable capacity, what it is and why it's important
  • Presenting the use cases that are driving the implementation of a configurable capacity-enabled VNFM
  • Analyzing the role of other complementary capabilities including modeling tools such as TOSCA that VNFMs will require to thrive in this emerging service-aware world
  • Considering the security requirements inherent with an edge service architecture
  • An overview of F5's NFV and VNFM portfolio and product development strategyc

Your 5G Network needs 5G Transport
Date: 10/23/2018
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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5G is a game changer. The move to 5G will result in a set of diverse transport requirements driven by new use cases and the expectation of high-capacity, low-latency, reliable and secure communications. As the traditional distributed Radio Access Network (RAN) site disaggregates, the glue holding the 5G RAN together is the underlying transport network. A number of architectures are proposed, including distributed RAN (D-RAN), centralized RAN (C-RAN), virtualized RAN (V-RAN) and elastic RAN (E-RAN). On this Light Reading webinar, we will address the following:

  • How do these different 5G architectures impact the underlying transport network?
  • How do new 5G requirements affect the transport network, including new protocols, synchronization, large buffer size, automation and others?
  • How can operators complement fiber with high-capacity microwave for both urban and rural applications?
  • What can operators do today to address these changing requirements on transport and win the 5G race?

How to Differentiate & Accelerate Your Managed SD-WAN & Security Offerings
Date: 10/16/2018
Sponsors:
Amdocs
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As demand for SD-WAN gathers pace, service providers are racing to implement this new technology to maintain and grow revenue streams from their enterprise customers. To differentiate themselves and enhance their competitive positioning, service providers need to offer a variety of SD-WAN based products combined with specialized security solutions and an ever-expanding portfolio of value-added services. To deliver these capabilities efficiently and scalably requires the latest in network functions virtualization technology. While deploying all these new technologies it is critical to make sure you are still able to meet your ongoing business, performance and cost requirements.

In this webinar we will:

  • Examine the increasing importance of SD-WAN in enterprise telecoms.
  • Discuss the upside and challenges facing service providers when delivering managed SD-WAN and value-added services.
  • Explore the critical role of orchestration in managing a portfolio of SD-WAN and security solutions.
  • Discuss how pre-integrated solutions can simplify implementation, reduce time to market and enable service providers to rapidly monetize SD-WAN, security and value-added services.

The Services Future of Firewalls
Date: 10/16/2018
Sponsors:
Clavister
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Many communications service providers are now well into their network functions virtualization (NFV) driven cloudification journey, which not only virtualizes and moves services to the cloud but also enables moving services and underlying compute platforms to the edge of the network. And this push to the edge will only intensify as 5G and related complementary technologies such as MEC are deployed in the next 24 months.

From a services perspective, both these technologies also are considered services-based in that they are focused on exposing service instances at the edge on an unprecedented level. As a result, security strategies and products such as firewalls must also evolve to meet these new services requirements. This webinar will consider the impact on firewalls, specifically how the edge and this services approach will redefine not only the role but also the architecture of next-gen firewalls (NGFWs).

Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • How the 5G Service Based Architecture (SBA) core network and associated capabilities such as 5G slicing will drive new security enforcement firewall functionality
  • The security firewall requirements associated with managing the 5G cloud-distributed new radio (NR) access network
  • The implication of these technologies on existing cloud-based Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) deployments
  • Clavister’s product strategy for dealing with these new service-driven firewall requirements

Automated Provisioning to Accelerate Service Creation and Drive Revenue Growth
Date: 10/3/2018
Sponsors:
Affirmed Networks
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The key to revenue growth for CSPs is the ability to rapidly create and deliver new services that differentiate and add business value. Introducing a new service has traditionally been a lengthy, manual process that was costly and error prone, requiring complex integrations that spanned multivendor environments.

Fortunately, advances in automated service provisioning are addressing many of these challenges, allowing service providers to deliver new services faster and more cost effectively. Key enablers include open API’s for easy integration with OSS/BSS systems and network devices, dry runs and automated health checks for service assurance and a UI based service creation platform that requires no programming or scripting.

This webinar, led by Heavy Reading analyst James Crawshaw, will explore how automated service provisioning is being used to accelerate the service creation, provisioning and delivery process, thereby enabling more innovation. Offering the perspectives of Affirmed Networks, a leader in NFV, the webinar will provide real-world examples of how operators are using automated provisioning platforms to drive revenue growth. There will also be a live demo showing:

  • How to use a single platform for defining service logic
  • How to avoid vendor lock-in with open APIs, north- and south-bound
  • How to reduce human error related to new service creation with robust service assurance
  • How to remove the need for costly custom development through service abstraction

How MU-MIMO Can Supercharge WiFi
Date: 10/2/2018
Sponsors:
Quantenna
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Multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) technology offers many benefits for wireless communications by leveraging multiple antennas at both the source (transmitter) and destination (receiver). With the use of MIMO, multiple streams of data can be delivered simultaneously and transmit-and-receive diversity can be fostered.

Among the most powerful improvements enabled by MIMO is the ability to use precoding to "steer" the transmitted signals. One implementation of precoding, Beamforming, focuses the signal, leading to greater signal strength at the receiver. In another implementation of precoding, known as MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO), a single transmitter can send multiple data streams to multiple receivers without mutual interference between the different streams. In this case, precoding achieves the desired interference cancellation by steering parts of the signal away from an intended location.

In this webinar, we will discuss the different uses of precoding and highlight the importance of high-quality channel feedback to enable precoding. We will also present use cases in which maximum user performance can only be achieved by deploying MU-MIMO.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Remote PHY but Were Afraid to Ask
Date: 9/27/2018
Sponsors:
VIAVI Solutions
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With Remote PHY all over the news, Comcast and most other cable operators are now planning to test and/or deploy the new access network platform. But, beyond the MSOs' various R-PHY working teams, there is still a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the technology. In this first part of a multi-webinar series, we will explain the business drivers behind R-PHY, how it will impact the access network in the short term, and what the evolving network will look like in the long term. We will also present a recommended structure for R-PHY testing over the entire lifecycle. In the next two webinars, we will dive deeper into such specific areas as headend/hub construction, fiber deployment, R-PHY turn-up & cutover, and ongoing maintenance of Distributed Access Architectures.

Cracking the Code of SDN
Date: 9/27/2018
Sponsors:
Sterlite Technologies
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Software is indeed eating the world and changing industries forever… in the network world now, if it's not software defined, it's legacy. Though widely accepted to be an industry revolution and not just the latest marketing buzzword, adoption of software and network virtualization remains lower than expected. Why are CSPs struggling to make the shift to virtualized networks? Listen to Sterlite Tech's CEO (Software), Anshoo Gaur, as he delves deep into the reasons for the delayed adoption of SDN & NFV and articulates how CSPs can overcome these challenges going forward. This webinar will talk about:

  • Demystifying SDN & NFV
  • Where are we?
  • What's taking so long?
  • Going forward… What could CSPs do?

AI, Analytics & Automation - the Keys to Customer Experience Optimization
Date: 9/20/2018
Sponsors:
Guavus
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Within the universe of automation, a subset of companies is now focused on delivering unique solutions to service providers that take full advantage of the very latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The skills of highly trained network engineers are impossible to completely replicate, but data can be leveraged to reduce their workload and augment their decision making. However, there is a daunting challenge: The huge data sets that network teams collect is rapidly increasing with the emergence of IoT and 5G, and it is more and more difficult for humans to analyze using standard tools due to the multi-variant data. Furthermore, with the rapidly changing nature of these real-time systems, rule-based solutions need constant manual updates; this defeats the ROI objective in the first place. Enter AI. We describe how AI can discover and interpret the complex, subtle relationships between events and suggest next best actions. With AI, operators are empowered to run their networks more efficiently and reliably.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • How AI can be applied to improve the efficacy and automation of network operations, including fault management, network alarm management, root issue analysis, predictive maintenance and utilization prediction
  • What the ROI is for investment in AI as it relates to improved performance, cost savings and better customer experience

Disaggregation in Optical Networks with Open Line Systems
Date: 9/19/2018
Sponsors:
Nistica
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Disaggregation in networking started with layer 3 routing but has quickly moved to optical networks, including into the optical line system, where the open line system (OLS) is of increasing interest to webscale providers as well as traditional network operators. This webinar focuses on disaggregation in the line system, including the value of disaggregated ROADM architectures for all types of service providers. Underscoring the importance of disaggregation in optics, we will be joined by two guest speakers. Facebook Director of Optical Engineering Matthew Mitchell and Charter Director of Advanced Engineering Chris Ellefsen will share views from their respective companies.

Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • Benefits of Open Line systems (separating transponders from the line system)
  • Disaggregated ROADMs and In-Line Amplifiers with SDN control
  • Leveraging optical switches in disaggregated ROADMs
  • Charter and Facebook's views on Open Line Systems

Transforming Business Operations With SD-WAN
Date: 9/19/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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SD-WAN has the potential to transform the way enterprises operate on a day-to-day basis by improving digital connectivity without breaking the bank. This webinar explains how Huawei can help enterprises: address their growing bandwidth needs without increasing their bandwidth budget; take advantage of application-based intelligent traffic steering and WAN optimization technologies to optimize their cloud service experience; dramatically reduce the time it takes to introduce new technologies and services through the deployment of universal CPE (uCPE); build, monitor and intelligently manage international networks; and more.

New Transport Network Architectures for 5G RAN
Date: 9/18/2018
Sponsors:
Fujitsu
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Mobile network operators preparing for rapid, near-term deployment of 5G RAN are designing network architectures that will scale to device and traffic densities and performance demands that are far beyond what is commonplace in LTE networks today. This is critical preparation for the 5G super-cycle that will enable operators to extend into diverse new service-types and markets over the next ten years and beyond.

An essential part of the new architecture is the transport network that provides connectivity between radio sites, edge data centers and cloud service providers. This webinar investigates this new transport architecture and the role that packet-based connectivity fabrics play in the performance of the 5G RAN and on revenue-generating end-user services.

Key areas of discussion will be:

  • New architectures for 5G transport using eCPRI and TSN
  • Open xHaul with open standards
  • Automation to optimize the network
  • Upcoming 5G services

Network Modernization: a TDM to IP Solution
Date: 9/13/2018
Sponsors:
Cisco
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Operators are struggling to manage their aging infrastructure, much of which has exceeded its intended life span and has become a serious operational strain. For years, operators had few architectural options for network modernization. Fortunately, circuit emulation (CEM) has emerged as a means of circuit-to-packet migration, though many operators may not be aware of its scalability or its benefits yet. This webinar will provide a practical tutorial on how CEM can be used for SONET/SDH migration today. In addition to the technical discussion, Verizon's Director of Optical Transport Network Architecture, Design and Planning, Glenn Wellbrock, will detail the operator's own network transformation from legacy SONET/SDH to IP.

Topics covered will include:

  • What are the largest pain points as operators struggle to maintain their legacy SONET/SDH networks?
  • What is circuit emulation and how can the technology be applied to the "SONET problem"?
  • Why did Verizon choose a CEM and IP/MPLS architecture and how are they implementing it today?
  • What is a practical blueprint for operators to follow as they move from TDM to IP networks?

Enabling the 4th Network Revolution with the Self-Driving Network™ and Intelligent Operations
Date: 9/12/2018
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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The speed of current technological breakthroughs is disrupting almost every industry, fundamentally altering the way we live, work, and communicate with each other.

The World Economic Forum has framed recent technological revolution as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In parallel, the networking industry is following a similar revolution.

  • The First Network Revolution was the invention of telephone that introduced a new medium of personal communication.
  • The Second Network Revolution was the appearance of wide area network (WAN) and packet transport that brought the dawn of digital communication.
  • The Third introduced multiple networking protocols such as TCP/IP, SMTP, BGP; culminating with the introduction of consumer internet services, mass digitization, and cloudification.
  • The Fourth Network Revolution is building on the Third, characterized by the emergence of machine learning and artificial intelligence that automates the implementation, analysis, and operation of networks.

Advances in artificial intelligence are pushing us toward an economically feasible Self-Driving Network™. An autonomous network that will self-configure, monitor, manage, correct, defend, and analyze, all with minimal human intervention. It will also transform communication service providers (CSPs) into Digital Platform Providers, with an agile and data-driven infrastructure, enabling operational transformation and new service innovation.

Join us as Accenture and Juniper Networks explore the emerging technologies and business models accelerating the Fourth Network Revolution. Our experts will discuss the considerations and opportunities presented by multi-speed technology and operations, AI-driven assurance and software-defined Networking (SDN), and their role and impact in realizing the promise of the Self-Driving Network.

DevOps for the Telco Industry: Joining Forces For A Holistic Approach
Date: 9/10/2018
Sponsors:
Nokia
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DevOps is a modern, agile way of working used in the IT sector and which is now being adopted by the telco world. It requires a change in work methods and behavior to create close collaboration between all involved parties. DevOps calls for tight cooperation throughout the application lifecycle and unlike traditional software development methodologies, relies on constant and immediate feedback at every stage of development.

In this webinar, Nokia will be covering the following:

  • How to achieve a similar DevOps target on the Telco industry as IT has reached today
  • What needs to be done to adapt the development, SW delivery and operational processes to build a collaborative relationship between operators and vendors.

We will also share with you the recent Heavy Reading findings on DevOps on the telco industry's trends.

Please join Michael Clever, Nokia Senior Vice President – Head of End to End Cloud Solutions and Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading, to discuss how operators and vendors could join forces for a holistic approach to DevOps for the Telco industry.

5G and IoT Monetization – Placing the Winning Bet
Date: 9/6/2018
Sponsors:
CSG Systems
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Disruptive. Agile. Philosophies organizations must adopt to operate in our rapidly evolving world of connected everything. Yet IoT operating models and revenue streams are still unclear. For those organizations that don’t take advantage now and prepare, their indecision will become painfully evident. How can companies exploit the breadth of new opportunities within IoT right now, while remaining conservative about business risk and prepare for the onset of new technologies like 5G? How can they quickly incorporate radically new eco-system driven, multi-dimensional business models in a cost-effective manner?

In this webinar, using real world examples from our partnership with Arrow and global mobile network operators, CSG will provide insight into establishing a successful IoT program that sets the stage for monetization opportunities and sustainable growth...regardless of industry…as the digital economy becomes the norm.

  • Moving (cost-effectively) to a solution-based architecture
  • Importance of SaaS, cloud-based platforms
  • Ecosystem management and monetization

Catalog-Driven Approach to Transform Your Digital Core in the Business 4.0 Era
Date: 9/5/2018
Sponsors:
Tata Consultancy Services
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Increasing customer demands and growing competition from platform/OTT players is forcing CSPs to transform. Some are launching new digital services. Others are adopting the platform approach themselves. Many are pursuing M&A to try to remain relevant.

A common goal is to ensure automated operations and agility to adapt to continuously changing market dynamics. But this can’t be achieved without transforming the digital core. Most CSPs still run rigid, legacy core systems. Those that have modernized have often ended up with heavily customized, inflexible solutions.

As CSPs migrate to the platform business model they must bundle core and partner services. A centralized product catalog plays a key role in allowing CSPs to dynamically offer third party services. Consistency in product information across all channels ensures a good customer experience pre and post-sale. A well-designed catalog can also ensure fulfilment automation.

While most CSPs realize the benefits of a centralized product catalog, migrating from the current set up can be a daunting challenge.

In this live webinar, we will share the experiences of transformation that our customers have been through, and how a next-generation, catalog-driven platform has been key to achieving their goals in the Business 4.0 era.

Mobile Transport for a 5G World
Date: 8/29/2018
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Every generation of mobile technology delivers new capabilities and improves network performance. 5G, however, is on a different scale altogether. Opportunities for growth go way beyond connectivity and mobile broadband, well into new areas such as vertical sectors and industrial applications.

Mobile transport is a fundamental building block for the 5G future and getting the architecture right is critical to deliver the ubiquitous services and flawless experience customers expect.

In this webinar, we outline some key challenges and opportunities of defining and delivering transport in the 5G era. We also explain how a comprehensive, end-to-end approach can address each provider's unique set of network and service requirements with an optimal mix of transport technologies and options that are right for them.

The specific topics would include:

  • Multiservice interconnectivity of the distributed core and network slices
  • Definitions and roles of fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul
  • Application of software-defined networking (SDN) as RAN and core functions migrate to cloud architectures.

Evolving Mobile Network Security Needs in the Age of IoT & 5G
Date: 8/23/2018
Sponsors:
Radware
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The demand for 24×7 access to mobile Internet from any device continues to grow, and now it includes IoT devices. The challenge is that every device connected to a network is another potential security weakness. Concurrently, the evolution of 5G networks progresses, with a mass rollout set to begin in 2020. 5G promises to transform how mobile operators deliver services to consumers and businesses. Join us to learn how service providers can secure their network infrastructures, create new revenue-generating services by securing IoT devices and support the transformation of their security tactics as they transform to 5G networks and cloud-based models.

Intelligent Multi-Layer Automation – Mapping the Way to a Self-Healing, Self-Optimizing Network
Date: 8/21/2018
Sponsors:
Ciena
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In a constantly-changing market, network providers must master even greater agility than previously thought possible. Critical to building a self-optimizing network is the ability to intelligently automate services across multiple domains and network layers. This is at the heart of what Ciena delivers as they partner with customers to realize the Adaptive Network. Is your network ready to adapt?

Join Kailem Anderson, Ciena’s Vice President of Product Management for Software and Services, as he sits down with Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading. In this important conversation, Kailem shares the roadmap toward a network that is self-healing and self-optimizing.

Key takeaways from this Ciena webinar:

  • Learn how multi-domain orchestration, analytics, and service-path computation help make closed-loop automation possible
  • Understand the business impacts of multi-layer optimization including faster time to revenue, improved operational efficiency, and lower costs
  • Review use cases for Ciena’s industry-leading Blue Planet® software that make your network more adaptable to meet market demands

FTTx: Fibre to the eXponential
Date: 7/25/2018
Sponsors:
Sterlite Technologies
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Today end users and enterprises generate and consume more data than an entire city would do till almost a decade ago! As data consumption explodes, service providers go under constant pressure to deliver hyper connectivity and ultra low latency. With fibre powering the future of hyper-connected lives, FTTx solutions are the perfect answer for ultra high speed last mile data connectivity enabling truly digital lives. However, CSPs across the globe are struggling with high per-home-pass cost to effectively implement highly dense fiberised network infrastructure.

In this webinar, Dr. Badri Gomatam, Chief Technology Officer, Sterlite Tech will elaborate on:

  1. What are the key FTTx network considerations?
  2. How Software Defined Access solution simplifies the broadband network design and brings in service agility?
  3. How web-scale, open & agile networks help CSPs bring operational and capital efficiencies in network deployment?
  4. Key takeaways from Sterlite Tech's experience with Hyper Dense Urban FTTH deployments

Delivering Secure IoT Services While Protecting Networks From Cyberattacks
Date: 7/19/2018
Sponsors:
Palo Alto Networks
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The mass adoption of IoT and continued expansion of connected devices to mobile networks is increasing the risk factors for both industries that plan to deploy IoT and those network providers who need to provide secure connectivity over reliable transport networks.

But IoT injects additional complexity into the security equation due to the diverse nature of the device themselves, their massive footprint and complex monitoring requirements.

Accordingly, in this webinar will discuss how advanced capabilities within mobile networks and even MNVO network architectures can be leveraged to secure IoT deployments and how industries can take advantage of these technologies to protect their local IoT networks.

Specific subject areas to be addressed include:

  • Leveraging mobile networks to secure IoT applications
  • Leveraging private LTE networks and MVNOs to secure IoT applications
  • Securing local networks for Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications

How 5G, Automation and Security Are Impacting the Transformation Strategies of Leading Asian Operators
Date: 7/17/2018
Sponsors:
f5
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Communications services providers (CSPs) pursue digital transformation through new services, cloud migration, and virtualization. But talent shortages, pressure from cloud providers, lags in key technologies such as 5G and IoT, and the threat of security breaches create worry about future revenues. In this informative webinar, learn what perspectives Asia’s leading CSPs shared with F5 through a study conducted by analyst firm Ovum. Together with Ovum, F5 will reveal research on shared pain points and transformation best practices.

Join us on 17 July 2018 to learn about how Asia’s carriers are overcoming transformation turmoil to create business opportunities as digital service providers.

How Can CoMP Extend 5G NR to High Capacity & Ultra-Reliable Communications?
Date: 7/11/2018
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) techniques were used extensively in OFDMA-based 4G cellular communications. In 5G NR, beamforming-based multi-user MIMO techniques in mmWave and sub6 band have emerged as critical to delivering a significantly higher average and cell edge user experience. Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) relies upon antennas located at multiple locations and exploits spatial techniques to increase system performance. In this webinar, we will investigate how CoMP can be used to further enhance 5G in new use cases and verticals where extreme reliability and system performance are critical. One example is 5G NR spectrum sharing (NR-SS), where CoMP can be used for spatial domain spectrum sharing by multiple operators in the same geographical area. Another example is Industrial IoT, where the spatial separation of antennas as part of CoMP can be used to deliver ultra-reliable low latency communication services.

Redefining IT's role to Become the Innovative Engine of the Company
Date: 7/10/2018
Sponsors:
SAP
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In today's digital economy, many IT departments are treading a delicate path between trying to provide the business with the new technologies and services needed to quickly compete in this digital world and keeping existing technologies and services running ("keeping the lights on").

In order to free up more time, budget and resources to respond quickly to the needs of business and be seen as a value center, adopting new technologies to enable this transition is a must. Cloud computing is an important element in this transition and specifically the adoption of a cloud platform (PaaS) which provides IT departments with the agility and ability to meet these challenges.

Join us for this webinar in which you will learn:

  • Why IT must redefine its role in the digital enterprise or risk becoming obsolete
  • How cloud computing, and more specifically cloud platforms, can enable IT to react quickly to business requirements, making IT a value center and not a cost center
  • How IT plays a pivotal role in accelerating a company's journey to digital transformation
  • Why the SAP Cloud Platform provides an enterprise cloud platform needed by IT to become the innovative engine of the company

DDoS Defense: Implementing Effective Mitigation Strategies
Date: 6/28/2018
Sponsors:
A10 Networks
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DDoS attacks are one of the most devastating types of cyberattacks. While organizations strive to improve their defenses to prevent the next multi-vector attack, they must now also meet GDPR requirements to protect sensitive data.

Join us on this webinar with Jim Hodges, principal analyst at Light Reading, and Ahmad Nassiri, security solutions architect at A10 Networks, to learn about the current challenges of mitigating DDoS attacks and the most effective methods of detecting and preventing them.

This webinar will address:

  • Why some DDoS mitigation solution implementations fall short
  • What are the most effective DDoS prevention techniques
  • Real-world examples of organizations that have detected and mitigated DDoS attacks

The Telco Edge Is Coming: Are You Ready? Hear How Schneider Electric & ITS Fiber Are Preparing
Date: 6/28/2018
Sponsors:
Schneider-Electric
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The telco edge is emerging as the next frontier for data center compute environments. This webinar will discuss why telco companies are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the emerging edge compute phenomenon, as well as, the solutions and challenges facing edge compute environments. Finally, we will discuss the use cases for the deployment of an edge compute data center in a telco central office. Ready or not, the edge is coming to a telco near you. Join us to learn how you can take advantage to this emerging opportunity.

The CIO's Guide to OnGo for Private Enterprise Networks
Date: 6/27/2018
Sponsors:
CBRS Alliance
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Wireless networks have been essential for industries for many years. Now, in a world in which new software-driven operating processes have the potential to revolutionize productivity across virtually all industrial sectors, it’s becoming more important than ever to connect people, machines and assets to business logic. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how OnGo, formerly known as CBRS, offers connectivity without compromise for CIOs in sectors with industrial use-cases, either as they seek to refresh existing WiFi and private land mobile systems or install new networks to automate and optimize their operations.

Turning Enterprise Network Transformation Into New Value for Service Providers
Date: 6/27/2018
Sponsors:
Citrix
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Digital transformation is having a profound effect on how organizations are re-evaluating their future networking needs. This not only impacts how they will deliver their own internal IT requirements, but also the approaches they need to take with any consumer facing services, especially given inevitable emergence of IoT technologies.

Enterprise CIOs are demanding a new security framework, one that provides a consistent approach to application and access security for both employees, consumers and Things. Citrix will demonstrate how its networking services can be quickly harnessed by service providers to create a powerful set of joint secure networking services that can break down the barriers to enterprise digital transformation and extend their relevance with customers in the future.

In this webinar, we will discuss:
- How digital transformation is impacting the future needs for networking – what this means to current capabilities and solutions, the challenges and opportunities from a service provider perspective

- How the shift of enterprise workloads to cloud and SaaS has a profound impact on networking architectures, economics and security – what attributes should next- generation networking services possess?

- How the fabric of the next-generation enterprise workspace cannot be distinct from the underlying network – what new collaboration opportunities emerge to extend service provider value beyond traditional services?

Segment Routing: The Unified Tunnel in the Future Network
Date: 6/27/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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Currently, the development of network technology is driven by two main directions. First, the development of SDN technology; and second, the development of cloud, especially the trend of the integration between the cloud and the network. These are both driving the rapid evolution of network technology.

In traditional network technology, the first stage is native IP, with the goal being connectivity, and the second stage is to base the MPLS technology, it’s goal is for it to be multi-service bearing. Many technologies have been developed for tunneling and service. However, as the requirement changes and the service automation and other aspects are increasing, the traditional MPLS-based technologies become unsatisfactory. In this case, the segment routing technology is coming. It has the advantages of simplified network, high reliability and support for large-scale networks.

This talk will present the problem faced by traditional technologies in the new network requirements, and how segment routing solves these problems. At the same time, we introduce the latest progress of segment routing technology.

Specific Topics include:

  • The pain points of classic bearing network technologies
  • What is segment routing?
  • The next hop of the MPLS segment routing: SRV6

The Evolution of Identity Management – What Does It Mean for Service Providers?
Date: 6/26/2018
Sponsors:
HPE
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Efficiently managing the identity information of subscribers has always been a priority for telco operators. However, the evolution toward multi-devices and multi-services experience have forced Service Providers toward a more holistic approach of managing identities across different domains and technologies.

Accordingly, this webinar will examine the evolution of identity management documenting the drivers and timeline for service providers to expand their identity management network capabilities. In addition to network considerations, the webinar will also focus on identity management from a service delivery perspective capturing how progressive service providers are turning to an open management identity structure to enable them to move beyond a pure telco model to become facilitators of cross-device, cross-service personalized experiences in the digital identity age.

Topics to be addressed in this webinar include:

  • The drivers and timeline for service providers to expand their identity management capabilities.
  • Today’s hot use-case examples: T-Mobile’s Digits, V-by-Vodafone, GSMA’s Mobile Connect, Apple Companion Devices, GDPR identity capture
  • Identity management techniques - key functions required to implement a future -looking framework for Open Identity management.
  • 5G ready networks - The era of 5G-powered experiences starts today with Intel® technologies.

Mission-Critical Broadband – The Mobile Network Operator’s Vital Role
Date: 6/21/2018
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Many governments around the globe are seeking to take advantage of mobile broadband technologies to improve the capabilities of emergency services communications. Several deployment models exist in which mobile network operators (MNO) and governments are partnering to provide network services and applications that will help meet the increasing demand to give first responders better situational awareness and improved responsiveness.

In this webinar, AT&T, CritComm Insights and Nokia examine the opportunity as well as the challenges around the delivery of mission-critical communications.

The agenda includes three major topics:

  • CritComm Insight will cover information about the importance of mission-critical data communications, technology status, global trends and the increasing role of MNOs.
  • As the public-private partner selected by the First Responder Network Authority to build and deliver FirstNet – America’s first nationwide communications platform dedicated to public safety – AT&T will provide a view into serving public safety and meeting its rigorous requirements.
  • Nokia will highlight some of the business considerations of interest to both MNOs and public safety agencies with regard to network deployment and operations.

Integrating SD-WAN with Provider VPN for Optimal Performance over Hybrid Networks
Date: 6/20/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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More and more enterprises have started to realize that the real benefit of SD-WAN is about having a flexible way to connect enterprises' dynamic workload instantiated in various Cloud DCs closer to their clients to achieve superb user experience, data portability and app portability. Because of the ephemeral property of the selected Cloud DCs, the enterprise or its network service provider may not have the direct links to the Cloud DCs that are optimal for hosting the enterprise's specific workloads/apps. Under those circumstances, SD-WAN is a flexible choice to dynamically interconnect the enterprise on-premises data centers or branch offices to its desired Cloud DCs.

However, SD-WAN paths over public internet can have unpredictable performance, especially over long distances and cross state/country boundaries. Therefore it is highly desirable to place as much as possible the portion of SD-WAN paths over provider networks (e.g., enterprise's existing MPLS VPN) that have guaranteed SLA to minimize the distance/segments over public internet.

This talk will present the compelling use cases for SD-WAN, describe in detail the hidden issues in deploying SD-WAN and the complexity of configuration and management of the large number of IPsec tunnels needed by SD-WAN. Then we will introduce the technologies that can intelligently integrate SD-WAN with Carrier Grade VPN (e.g., MPLS-based) to achieve the optimal performance and flexibility that neither SD-WAN nor Provider VPN alone can achieve.

Specific Topics include:

  • The pain points of classic OTT SD-WAN solutions.
  • How network service providers can utilize SD-WAN to offer value-added services on top of their existing MPLS VPN services
  • Managed SD-WAN services are not about competing with MPLS services; instead, Managed SD-WAN service means to provide an optimal path over hybrid networks to dynamic locations
  • The detailed technologies in utilizing SD-WAN to achieve Underlay and Cloud DC overlay interconnect and covering the last mile without physical infrastructure
  • Desired network infrastructure amd analytic tools in order to support enterprises having workloads split between both Cloud DCs and on-premises DC.

Network Modernization With Source Packet Routing
Date: 6/19/2018
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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Unrelenting traffic growth, together with broad cloud adoption, emerging IoT trends and 5G forecasts, are challenging the ability of network operators to efficiently scale their infrastructure, accelerate service delivery and introduce new service offerings.

Today, innovative network operators are implementing Source Packet Routing (SPRING) in combination with centralized path computation to profitably address these challenges without compromising customer experience, performance or reliability. Working together, SPRING and centralized path computation simplify network design and operation and improve network economics by increasing network utilization and service availability without requiring traffic re-engineering or compromising service SLAs.

Join industry experts Aman Kapoor of Juniper Networks, Dan Voyer of Bell Canada and Paul Mattes of Microsoft Corporation as they discuss key factors to consider when evaluating and deploying SPRING and centralized path computation technology in IP/MPLS networks, including:

  • Market trends and the challenges and opportunities they present
  • SPRING technology overview; architectural and operational perspectives
  • Real-world use cases from telecom and cloud SP markets
  • Key considerations – features, functions, coexistence with/migration from existing deployments

Register for this webinar to explore these and other related topics that are critical to network modernization.

Accelerating Network Automation: Practical Guidelines for Automating Legacy & Early-Stage, Virtual Telecom Networks
Date: 6/19/2018
Sponsors:
Spirent
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Service providers are confronted by a conflicting set of needs: launch new services faster, dramatically reduce costs and ensure a differentiated service quality. Network automation is the only way to meet these needs, but automation has historically been expensive and time consuming to deploy. New cloud-native networks will change this dynamic but they are years away and providers cannot afford to wait. This webinar will address the reality of today’s physical legacy network and nascent virtual networks, delivering practical guidelines to make network automation projects faster and more cost-effective.

The webinar will cover the following points:

  • Current telecom automation trends and NFV orchestration deployment status
  • State of network virtualization and progress towards cloud-native networks
  • Principles of cloud-native service assurance/applicability to today’s networks
  • Target use cases for automation in legacy and early-stage virtual/hybrid networks
  • Case study: tier 1 provider deployment of cloud-native service assurance for network automation.

Road to 5G, Built on Fibre
Date: 6/14/2018
Sponsors:
Sterlite Technologies
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5G promises to change the way we live our lives, with unprecedented services and unparalleled user experiences. With the heavy expectations of delivering up to 1,000 times increased bandwidth, 100 times more connected devices and latency of less than 1ms, mobile operators will have to adopt "small cell networks" which strategically bring the network closer to the users. Small cells can be backhauled over copper, microwave or fiber. With fiber being the most scalable, secure and cost-effective option, it is expected to play a pivotal role in 5G rollout world over. Most leading telecom operators are committed to investing in fiber while governments are leading the way through policy and regulatory changes.

In this webinar, Ankit Agarwal, Director (Telecom Products Business), Sterlite Tech, will elaborate on:

  • How the technology trends of today are paving the way for the organic roll out of 5G
  • Decoding 5G - What 5G means for end users
  • Why fiber infrastructure upgrades are critical for 5G rollout
  • Why CSPs should partner with network integrators for successful rollouts

From Scripting to AI, the Journey to Network Automation
Date: 6/13/2018
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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Network automation consists of a transformational journey that involves foundational changes in technology, processes and organizational culture. From a technology perspective, it is about using technology to augment or replace the manual tasks involved in configuring, managing and operating network equipment and the services that it supports. Furthermore, network automation is not a single technology, but rather a "Swiss army knife" of protocols, tools, methodologies and processes.

The scope of network automation may first appear daunting. As such, it would be helpful to think of automation as a journey, and to break this journey down into discrete, manageable phases. In this webinar, Telefónica, Juniper Networks and Heavy Reading will discuss the following key topics:

  • What are the stages of network automation?
  • Telefónica’s road to Self-Driving Network
  • What are the automation tools in each stage?
  • What are specific use cases?

Learn how service providers and enterprises alike are reaping benefits from network automation with different protocols, tools, methodologies and processes.

Win the Battle for Control, Efficiency & Differentiation in the Home Network with Operations Automation
Date: 6/13/2018
Sponsors:
Incognito Software
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With 60-80% of technical support calls resulting in escalations, operations automation in the home network is an imperative for broadband providers, according to industry-first research from Incognito and Analysys Mason. The research quantifies significant operational efficiencies by introducing digital channels for home users, customer care, network operations, and looks at how these can improve the experience for residential subscribers.

Join Incognito and Analysys Mason on June 13 at 10:00 a.m. EST to learn:

  • Where to introduce home network operations automation to get maximum value;
  • How to reduce inbound technical support calls by a third, alleviate customer care escalations, and enjoy a 25% reduction in truck rolls;
  • How this will enable a differentiated and positive experience for digital home network subscribers.

Enabling Network Programmability & Automation With NETCONF/YANG
Date: 6/7/2018
Sponsors:
TailF
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The network equipment provider (NEP) market is going through a period of unprecedented change with advanced approaches including SDN and NFV. Change is happening, and fast.

So how do NEPs cope with exponential change? Through automation. This webinar will discuss programmability as the key to automation and ultimately in making devices more programmable. Attendees will learn:

  • The challenges with current programmability approaches to automation
  • The need for consistent data modelling language to model both configuration data as well as state data of network elements
  • How leveraging a standardized approach to programmability like NETCONF and YANG is critical to network automation
  • Network automation use cases
What Does 5G NR Bring to the Industrial IoT & the Factory of the Future?
Date: 6/6/2018
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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The next industrial revolution, sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0, is already ongoing, fueled by technology advancements in big data, automation and cyber physical systems. To achieve their full potential, these new processes and operating models require high-performance connectivity. Ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) is a new set of 5G NR capabilities, expected for 3GPP Release 16, that can enable operators and enterprises to address a diverse range of high-performance industrial use-cases. This webinar will investigate 5G NR, including the support for private industrial networks and URLLC capabilities. Using the "factory of the future" concept as an example, it will show how 5G NR can help to transform industrial IoT by making it more dynamic, flexible and adaptable to market demand.

Among the topics to be covered in this session include:

  • Creating new opportunities for the industrial IoT such as replacing the wired industrial Ethernet
  • Performance requirements for control of industrial production equipment
  • Adding support of Time Sensitive Networks (TSN) to 5G NR
  • 5G NR ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) features and capabilities
  • Using Coordinated Multi-point (CoMP) to meet demanding availability and reliability targets
  • Deployment of dedicated, local-area private 5G networks using dedicated licensed spectrum or shared/unlicensed spectrum

Multivendor Enablement & Traditional Networks SDN-ization
Date: 6/6/2018
Sponsors:
Atrinet
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CSPs are undertaking a massive transformation of their network architectures based on the paradigms of SDN and NFV. Although it is unfashionable to talk about the legacy and traditional network the fact is most operators are brownfield and modernizing the existing infrastructure to work in tandem with the new will be a key challenge. What CSPs need is a bridge between their existing network and the next-generation ideal they are striving toward. This bridge spans discovery, analysis, optimization, zero-touch provisioning and API-driven automation of the entire service delivery process, enabling traditional and hybrid services to be open and multivendor.

The webinar will cover the following points:

  • Current telecom automation trends and SDN deployment status
  • SDN is a great concept but if every vendor implements it in a unique way does your orchestration platform get bogged down with API integration?
  • How to make legacy, closed, network devices SDN-speakers to enable hybrid services to be open and multivendor?
  • What kind of tools, qualities and skills are required for a rapid and low-risk execution?

Register for this webinar to explore these questions and hear about potential solutions.

Operator Innovations Through Analytics
Date: 6/4/2018
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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Rising customer expectations and intense competition are forcing operators to deliver tailored customer experiences with outstanding quality, despite the challenges inherent in complex multidomain networks. Data silos continue to block progress and traditional metrics for technologies such as VoLTE and 5G cannot be meaningfully applied. The massive scale of events and metrics to be analyzed can jeopardize the real-time promise of even the most robust deployments.

Challenging as it may be, operators worldwide are having great success applying modern analytics techniques to ensure the quality of experience for a wide range of service offerings across a multitude of network domains. Join us to explore real-life use cases that uncover actionable insights previously invisible to the operator, helping them make user-centric investment decisions, ensure QoS for network upgrades, automate operations and monetize network data. We'll address questions such as:

  • What makes analytics so complex for operators?
  • What's needed to break through the barriers?
  • What benefits can be gained?

uCPE Architecture: Getting Maximum Value out of a Minimal Footprint
Date: 5/31/2018
Sponsors:
ENEA
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The emergence of lower-cost, high-volume white boxes along with standardized software APIs is a fundamental change that increases supplier choice and reduces cost for uCPE.

Virtualization platforms with open, scalable and optimized software enable lower hardware costs since fewer cores and less memory are needed to deliver the necessary performance. For effective service creation, CSPs must consider the necessary latency, throughput/performance and resiliency for their applications or services, and ensure that they are easily managed and orchestrated.

Operational considerations such as zero-touch provisioning, platform and VNF management does also have an impact on cost and thus need to be optimized. Value-adding capabilities enabled by deep packet inspection (DPI) like service function chaining (SFC) and dynamic traffic management are also key ingredients in an optimized solution.

Specific topics include:

  • Business and technical trends in the uCPE market
  • Cost structure of profitable uCPEs
  • Optimal combination of traffic throughput, RAM/memory footprint and number of cores
  • Service Function Chaining (SFC) as an added-value capability
  • VNF and platform management: YANG/NETCONF vs. OpenStack
  • uCPE, SD-WAN and 5G

Automating Field Tests & Analysis to Boost Operational Efficiency
Date: 5/29/2018
Sponsors:
EXFO
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For many CSPs, today’s field testing is inefficient and technician productivity is low. This is impacting their ability to deploy new infrastructure fast enough to meet market demand. Inadequate testing can lead to service issues, delays, cost overruns, subscriber churn and reputational damage. Currently, many telcos waste excessive time on tests that generate low-quality data.

With test automation, the time to implement tests might be reduced by as much as 50% and the time wasted on post-test data entry could be eliminated entirely. Validation testing and test result analysis can get closer to real time. Furthermore, automation can increase the consistency and accuracy of test data both at collection and when inputting into field management systems. Reduced human error translates into higher QoE for customers and lower opex for the telcos.

Network operators need to ensure the fiber they lay today will deliver the bandwidth demands of the future. Automated data collection and analysis is the key to faster, more efficient first-time-right deployments.

Emerging Market Operator Mobile Money - Business Performance and Strategy - The Operator Perspective
Date: 5/29/2018
Sponsors:
Huawei
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A number of mobile operators have been able to sustain large mobile money operations for years. The ability to operate mobile money services profitably and reliably has always been the focus for mobile money management teams within operators. Even though mobile money services are expected to grow fast in the next few years, operators are still facing many challenges that stand in the way of generating substantial revenue from these services.

As an industry we need to find the right way to achieve business development and understand what can be achieved already, and where we need to focus to prepare for long-term success.

On behalf of Huawei, Ovum has conducted a survey of operators globally regarding mobile money. This 'state of the nation' survey will highlight where operators are really focusing their efforts, what capabilities they believe are important in this area, how to enable the ecosystem and where the greatest benefits can be achieved from the sustainable development of mobile money services. We will present the key results of the survey along with Ovum’s analysis and key takeaways.

Enabling the Automation of Active Service Assurance Through Topology & Real-Time Service Analytics
Date: 5/22/2018
Sponsors:
EXFO
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Topology data is the key to finding the common causes behind service degradations and network faults. Using dynamic cross-domain topology, CSPs can easily scan networks for problems that affect large groups of users or equipment. Insights from the service topology, combined with real-time performance analytics, automates the most labor-intensive steps of the troubleshooting process allowing CSPs to achieve maximum operational efficiency.

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