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Transforming Telecom Customer Experience with AI
Date: 5/17/2022
Sponsors:
Google Cloud
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At the heart of every successful telecom business is a keen understanding of, and connection with, its customers. These customers increasingly expect hyper-personalized experiences that deliver relevant and timely offers and information. To boost their net promoter scores, communication service providers must improve customer engagement, leveraging AI where applicable.

This webinar will focus on three keyways to improve customer engagement:

  • Eliminating data silos
  • Developing customer-centric data models
  • Modernizing the contact center

Google Cloud will share the lessons from its work with CSPs around the world showcasing how to unlock data, create a customer data platform, and improve customer experience by leveraging AI.

The presentation will also draw on Omdia's research into how companies are leveraging AI to improve customer experience.


Data strategies for the 5G era
Date: 5/12/2022
Sponsors:
Google Cloud
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A cloud-native approach in conjunction with the effective use of data and analytics provide CSPs with opportunities to drive competitive differentiation and transform business models in the 5G era. However, conventional wisdom is that CSPs are only using a small percentage of their data. What’s more, according to a Nokia study, only 11% of CSPs feel they have sufficient BSS capabilities in place to monetize 5G. The ability to effectively ingest, harness, and protect all of that data from the network (including network slices), the edge, and from core telecom systems like OSS/BSS is essential.

The webinar will discuss what is needed from a people, process, and technology platform perspective in order to:

  • Ensure the agility and flexibility acquired to move fast and iterate so that your technology doesn’t become a bottleneck
  • Leverage and secure data via APIs to build a business services platform
  • Utilize partner ecosystems to grow revenue through B2B2X business models
  • Optimize and automate network data (i.e. network anomaly detection)

Digital Transformation Leveraging a Geospatial System of Engagement
Date: 5/5/2022
Sponsors:
Esri
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Virtually every aspect of a telecommunications business involves location. So, it only makes sense to take a geographic approach using maps and spatial thinking to collaborate, capitalize on opportunities, and provide the best possible awareness and understanding for completing tasks and solving problems.

This webinar highlights how service providers of any size can utilize the system of engagement in ArcGIS to unify the data and information contained in a wide variety of OSS and BSS platforms and deliver streamlined, simple-to-create and easy-to-use maps, applications, and dashboards to engage the entire organization in real time and simplify workflows.


Harnessing Innovation to Overcome Uncertainty: An exclusive Huawei Technology & Innovation Deep Dive for media & analysts
Date: 4/29/2022
Sponsors:
Huawei
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Every company must deal with global uncertainty, whether these drivers are political or economic. No company has been more on the front lines of these issues than Huawei. Last month Huawei reported its first-ever revenue decline in the company’s history, including a 28.5% decrease as a result of U.S. sanctions – yet despite this losses, Huawei's 2021 profitability surged by 75.9% to 113.7 billion yuan (USD17.8 billion). Huawei also increased R&D, investing 142.7 billion yuan (USD22.4 billion) in 2021, and expanded its team of scientists to drive innovation in ways set to position the company across multiple areas of leadership even in the face of continued global challenges.

This webinar will detail the specifics driving Huawei’s innovation strategy; its application across key growth sectors including enterprise cloud, automotive, and green ICT; and what’s next as the company’s vision for a Smart World by 2030. Attendees can also participate in a live Q&A with senior Huawei executives.

A preliminary agenda would include:

  • Story behind Huawei's numbers: innovation & technology strategy deep dive
  • Live audience Q&A
  • Panel discussion: Innovating For Resilience with Jon Arnold, Principal Analyst, Jon Arnold Associates and Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei


Making Automated Assurance a Reality, Accelerate Outcomes and Reduce Risk
Date: 4/28/2022
Sponsors:
Accedian
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5G, virtualized and SDN networks are incredibly complex and make it more urgent for service providers to trust network systems to make the right decisions to avoid any impact on the quality of customer experience. Everything is more complex with higher volumes of data, more connected machines, new service-based architectures, and cloud networks to deliver on-demand performance for increasingly critical services to enterprises. The challenge is delivering the expected service levels and managing SLAs for each customer, every end-user, and all devices.

In this joint Accedian | Cisco webinar, you will see how many are addressing the complexity of automation. Join us to learn about:

  • Automated service assurance drivers and 5G performance challenges
  • Integrated orchestration and assurance for service activation and continuous assurance
  • Key use cases for accelerating outcomes


Planning for the Future Today: 5 Prerequisites for Effective 5G RAN Planning
Date: 4/28/2022
Sponsors:
Infovista
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The complexity, cost and scale of the 5G network is already a significant challenge, and only increasing. From building out beyond initial city deployments to dynamically sharing LTE and NR spectrum to deliver subscribers the optimal experience, 5G RAN planning must be built on both accurate real-world data today and predictive models of the future.

But what are the prerequisites for futureproof RAN planning?

In this webinar, respected industry analyst Joe Madden, Founder & Chief Analyst at Mobile Experts, is joined by Regis Lerbour, VP Product & R&D, RAN Engineering at Infovista, to discuss the building blocks of effective LTE and NR RAN planning, including:

  • The role of accurate network behavior modeling to maximize the planning outcome
  • Automation to improve the efficiency of radio planning and optimization use cases
  • Innovation with AI/ML-based algorithms and Big Data, including crowdsourced user data to deliver user insights and adapt network planning to the live network
  • Integration of network planning into network lifecycle automation (NLA) processes – such as testing, assurance and operations – to optimize ROI
  • Cloud and why the future is native integration with the cloud infrastructure
Register for this webinar and receive a copy of the latest report from Mobile Experts.


Next-Gen Broadband APAC 2022: Pushing the Boundaries of Broadband
Date: 4/26/2022
Sponsors:
Huawei
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ConnecTechAsia, OMDIA and Light Reading Asia are teaming up for a special 90-minute digital symposium focusing on how communications service providers (CSPs) are leveraging FTTx and XGS-PON to compete in the Asia-Pacific market.

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


Is Today’s 5G MEC Delivering on the Low-Latency Hype?
Date: 4/26/2022
Sponsors:
Spirent
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With operators around the world launching 5G MEC services, the question on everyone’s mind is “how low is the latency?” But really that’s just one of the questions we should be asking. We need to know what use cases will drive early adoption of MEC and whether 5G MEC latency is low enough for those use cases. Join latency experts Darius Singh, Principal Consultant at STL Partners, Stephen Douglas, Head of Market Strategy at Spirent, and Rich McNally, Sr. Director of Mobile Service Strategy at Spirent as they shed light on these critical questions with real-world measurements of 5G MEC and public cloud latency, and insightful analysis of the latency needs of emerging use cases.

This webinar will discuss the following topics:

  • The use cases expected to drive early adoption of MEC services
  • What latency levels end users are demanding by use case and how that demand will be monetized
  • The latency of initial 5G MEC services and how it compares to public cloud latency based on measurements in the US, UK and Japan
  • How Edge latency performance can be optimized and SLAs managed


5G Transport Networks - Operators' Priorities and Survey Results
Date: 4/21/2022
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Heavy Reading has just published its 5G Network Strategies Operator Survey 2022 results, which includes key findings related to 5G transport networks. As 5G deployment drivers evolve, the shift to advanced 5G services has big implications for the supporting transport network, including fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul – collectively called "xhaul."

This webinar will not only discuss the 2022 survey results, but what operators have been requesting and prioritizing when assessing 5G transport network solutions to support their 5G evolution and future-proof their investments.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • Key 5G Transport takeaways from Heavy Reading’s 5G Network Strategies Operator Survey 2022
  • What leading mobile operators have been prioritizing when selecting 5G transport solutions
  • How network slicing support, scalability, openness, automation and other attributes are being taken into consideration in the design and planning of 5G transport networks
  • The potential of 5G transport solutions enabling broader 5G monetization


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Delivering IPTV in the Streaming Video Era
Date: 4/21/2022
Sponsors:
WISI, Akamai
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With cord-cutting of traditional pay-TV services still running rampant, cable operators and other providers are increasingly adapting by switching to IP delivery of video content and embracing streaming video services. In particular, small and midsized operators are making the switch to slash video content acquisition and distribution costs and meet the ever-growing consumer demand for streaming services.

How are operators carrying out this move? What hurdles are they encountering? Which strategies are working so far?

In this session, we will probe for answers to these questions and more.


Easing the Transition to Cloud-Native Communications
Date: 4/19/2022
Sponsors:
Ribbon Communications
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For many communications service providers, the journey to deploying a cloud-native environment is already underway. For others, the journey is just beginning. Unless you are implementing new workloads on a greenfield, cloud-native network, you will have to support the co-existence of virtual environments along with the new cloud-native environment. The ability to seamlessly weave virtualized workloads into your cloud-native infrastructure and processes will be critical to your success.

You need to know that your communications workloads will:

  • Come with the right automation tools and processes to avoid duplicated operations costs
  • Have the flexibility to align with your common cloud-native operations and services to accomplish frictionless integration
  • Ensure the unique attributes of real-time communications are accounted for in a cloud-native deployment


Driving IP Network Security Services From Router Silicon
Date: 4/14/2022
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Delivering DDoS protection and encryption of transport services directly from router silicon can help CSPs significantly reduce capex, opex and latency as well as generate new monetization opportunities compared with the traditional model of depending on multiple specialist platforms.

In this webinar, we focus on how security services driven from router silicon can help telecom operators to harden their customers' security posture and grow revenues while also reducing costs

Key topics include:

  • Heightened cyber risk and the pivotal role of CSPs in protecting our digital environment
  • DDoS protection services
  • Extending native end-to-end encryption capability to any IP transport service with ANYsec
  • Driving IP network security from router silicon rather than add-on specialist platforms

Download this report to learn more about Securing IP Services in Router Silicon


Managing your Gateways, the Cloud Way – Cloud Managing your Subscriber’s Experience
Date: 3/31/2022
Sponsors:
Zyxel
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Ensuring an excellent online experience starts with a robust in-home Wi-Fi router system. Wi-Fi routers offer fast, reliable performance and extended coverage to the growing array of connected devices in subscribers' homes. Remote management has always been a standard for any Internet provider offering broadband services, with solutions like TR-069 serving as the hallmark in our industry. However, the cost and maintenance of TR-069 may seem like a daunting task when managing Wi-Fi routers. In recent years, hosted, cloud-based solutions have streamlined the subscriber's Wi-Fi experience while reducing the provider's support resources.

By attending this webinar, you will have the opportunity to learn about managing your subscriber's Wi-Fi network in a hosted, cloud-based system. The session will cover:

  • How to provide an excellent online experience
  • Effortlessly onboarding new products
  • Ease of use with end-user facing apps
  • Protection within the home from outside online threats
  • Remote management with instant customer care and data analytics


Electronic and photonic building blocks for high-speed wireline transceivers
Date: 3/31/2022
Sponsors:
IMEC
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Traffic keeps growing exponentially inside the large data centers that underpin today’s cloud and internet infrastructure,. As a result, the industry is now looking at 800G- and even 1.6T-capable optical (pluggable) transceivers, and co-packaged optics with even higher capacities. Maintaining transceiver footprints requires significant advances in terms of energy efficiency, integration density and bandwidth of both the electronic and photonic components of next-gen wireline transceivers.

This webinar will address topics that are key to delivering these higher capacity optical solutions:

  • The use of SiGe BiCMOS to achieve beyond 100Gbaud operation as a more accessible alternative to compound semiconductors in analog electronic integrated circuits such as drivers and receivers.
  • The move towards 5- and even 3nm CMOS for next-generation ADCs and DACs.
  • Novel approaches for dense integration of electronic and photonic components with unprecedented integration density and manufacturing scalability.
  • Moving functionality from the electronic to the optical domain using new schemes such as optical domain equalizers.


The Carriers Speak: Best Practices at the Edge
Date: 3/30/2022
Sponsors:
HPE
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In this webinar, we will present and discuss the results of Heavy Reading's Q1 2022 Global Carrier Edge Survey, which investigates the decisions service providers are making today as they deploy edge computing solutions. We offer insights into the diverse challenges, both technical and organizational, that carriers face and how they are addressing those challenges. We investigate the features service providers are demanding in their edge computing platforms and how they are deploying those platforms e.g. in a hybrid cloud model with both private and public platforms or something else? We also examine the role of the partner ecosystem and how it is evolving for edge computing services. As the market overall shifts cloud focus to the edge, we discuss how the service providers are defining their edge, the workloads that will benefit most from an edge computing solution and how carriers will monetize those workloads and solutions


Transforming from Legacy Systems to an Agile, Cloud-based Approach Featuring AT&T
Date: 3/29/2022
Sponsors:
ServiceNow
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Communications Service Providers (CSPs) must transform to thrive in today’s digital economy. Yet, the path forward is full of challenges. Despite CSPs legacy system investment, they are still using siloed tools which makes adopting new business models difficult.

Attend this session to hear first-hand how AT&T has partnered with ServiceNow to lay the foundation for ongoing service and operations innovations, where tangible, quick wins and a single team approach are overcoming culture, operations, and IT barriers. Learn how a more agile, unified Cloud-based architecture for customer care, service delivery, and service assurance can bridge the old with the new.

Other topics to be addressed include:

  • Strategies to evolve to a cloud-based approach.
  • Cloud business opportunities and agility driven use-cases


How CSPs Can Unlock the Power of Location Data and Capitalize on Federal Funding Initiatives
Date: 3/23/2022
Sponsors:
Precisely
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Signed into law last November, the ambitious $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Act allocates $65 billion to expanding broadband to under- and unserved areas. Along with the substantial communications funding initiatives already in place, this monumental investment presents a tremendous opportunity for communication service providers (CSPs).

But obtaining federal funding and maintaining compliance is a complex and challenging process. To qualify, CSPs must be able to evaluate service requirements for a specific area and meet rigorous reporting standards.

Join our experts to explore how CSPs can use location information to analyze market serviceability, optimize network development strategies and fulfill the necessary regulatory requirements to maximize funding potential.

Check out this webinar to learn:

  • How to extract relevant, actionable location insights from address data
  • How to gain visibility into serviceable areas and validate federal compliance metrics
  • How CSPs are using location intelligence today to secure federal funding


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: DAA Duo: Flexing Both MAC and PHY
Date: 3/22/2022
Sponsors:
Red Hat, Viavi, Harmonic, Vecima
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Following years of trials and tribulations, cable operators and vendors are increasingly rolling out distributed access architecture (DAA) technology to shift key functions and equipment from the cable headend to the HFC access network, thereby expanding the network's capacity to deliver new, more advanced services and operate more efficiently and effectively.

Now, thanks to CableLabs' new Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) spec, industry technologists can freely choose among Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY, virtual CMTS and other DAA variants to meet their customer needs.

This webinar will explore the latest advances in FMA and other DAA tech standards, as well as look at where the industry stands with DAA trials and deployments now.


Better Together: Extended Detection & Response and Connected Security
Date: 3/16/2022
Sponsors:
Juniper
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As businesses move workloads to the cloud, data security becomes more pertinent. Data that is spread across cloud and on-premises environments exposes gaps and vulnerabilities. Security teams are challenged by too much data, too many tools and not enough resources. It’s time for a new way to unify security data, tools and teams. And there’s a strong need to tie everything together in one place, increasing the need for extended detection & response (XDR) tools and their synergy with connected security.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • Current market trends in XDR and the convergence of networking & security
  • Why Juniper and IBM choose to team up for security solutions
  • How Juniper Connected Security and IBM Cloud Pak for Security deliver modern, automated, intelligent security response for a hybrid, multicloud world


High Performance Virtual Service Routers: Towards a Cloud Native IP Edge
Date: 3/15/2022
Sponsors:
6 WIND
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Communication Service Providers (CSPs) are rapidly deploying virtual and cloud native IP edge networks to enable better resource utilization, faster service scaling, and more automated operations.

This webinar will investigate the performance and scalability of virtual services routers (VSRs) deployed on CSP edge infrastructure. With a focus on the provider edge (vPE), cell site routers (vCSR) and security gateways (vSecGW), the session will explain how VSRs can be deployed across diverse silicon, server hardware and software infrastructure platforms.

Among the other topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Importance of platform agnostic VSR applications
  • Deploying and operating VSRs in the public cloud
  • Integration between vDU and vCSR in mobile networks


Edge Computing Digital Symposium
Date: 3/8/2022
Sponsors:
RedHat; Kontron; Inseego
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The edge has become a crucial landscape for innovation in the ICT sector. Multi-access edge computing has launched new market opportunities across the ecosystem. Communications service providers (CSPs), the network vendors that support them, hyperscalers, and data center operators are all maneuvering for their place on the edge. In this digital symposium, we examine the changing business models that are redefining edge communications in 2022 and how the CSPs are helping to bring innovation to their services and their customers.

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

Unlock the $3.8 Trillion 5G B2B Opportunity With Better CX in BSS
Date: 3/8/2022
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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How do enterprises assess 5G’s value? It’s not according to speeds and feeds, but delivering quality, control and transparency. If CSPs want part of 5G’s expected $3.8 trillion payoff, they need a 5G-ready BSS that’s adaptable and scalable to new experiential demands. Understanding customer needs – and how CSPs should evolve the customer experience in BSS to empower both large and small enterprises – is the focus of this webinar.

Key topics include:

  • What enterprises want from 5G
  • Defining the 5G-ready BSS
  • The self-service imperative
  • How open APIs support new business models
  • Revealing the value of real-time insights


Untapping Value of Viewer Engagement: Liberty Global Case Study
Date: 3/2/2022
Sponsors:
Think Analytics
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Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading cable operators, is pushing the envelope on how advanced search and content discovery can impact the business through stronger viewer engagement. The company is proving how it helps differentiate its service and fully monetize content assets – beyond just video – through personalized experiences. As a leader for the super aggregator model, Liberty Global understands the need for viewers to have easy viewing for all the content they want in one place, available at any time, across linear TV, on-demand, catch-up content, and popular OTT apps. It does this across seven European countries and 15 languages.

Through this case study discussion, learn how ThinkAnalytics has helped enable these capabilities - at scale. The solution goes well beyond simple search and recommendations to include multi-language metadata / content understanding, advanced search capabilities combined with voice, AI techniques to deliver true personalization all with business control to maximize viewer engagement.

Join the discussion to learn more about:

  • Latest techniques that make search “advanced” like semantic search and voice
  • Success factors for an optimal universal content discovery experience for super aggregated services
  • Strategies to monetize viewer engagement and content discovery


How Superb Networks Boost Value for CSPs
Date: 3/1/2022
Sponsors:
ZTE
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This ZTE-sponsored webinar, with input from industry experts, explores how CSPs can unlock more value from their networks. With a focus on ZTE’s Superb Network Solution, the webinar showcases how best to prepare for efficient network rollout; ways to ensure optimal end-user experiences; and best practice when it comes to making the most of intelligent O&M and big data platforms. If CSPs are to achieve service revenue growth and enhance their brands in the eyes of customers, getting the network ‘right’ is vital.


50G PON Builds a Sustainable Development of Broadband Network
Date: 2/28/2022
Sponsors:
ZTE
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The copper-to-fiber transition in fixed broadband was already well underway before the global pandemic and is now accelerating. As bandwidth increases tenfold every five to seven years, it is generally accepted that 10G PON will take over GPON to continue the success of PON over the past decade. To meet the new requirements, ITU-T/FSAN and IEEE have already carried out research on the next-generation PON technology after 10G PON and achieved some results. ITU-T has released the 50G PON standard – the mainstream next-generation PON technology generally recognized by the industry, and all parties involved have been actively participating in the research of the key 50G PON technologies and the improvement of the 50G PON industry chain.

The webinar will focus on the development, key technologies, application scenarios, evolution and deployment of the next-generation PON standard after 10G PON. Industry analysts, operators, equipment vendors and partners will be invited to join the webinar for a discussion.


Where Are Smart General Managers Placing their Bets to Fuel Growth? 2022 Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Date: 2/24/2022
Sponsors:
Calix
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Is 2022 the year you challenge the status quo to fuel growth? Is it the time you will set your broadband service apart from the competition? Are you primed to break into new markets? Calix partnered with Heavy Reading to hear from industry-leading general managers about their biggest challenges and opportunities—and created the State of the Service Provider study. This report gives insight into which initiatives leading service provider executives are investing in to transform their organizations and meet new subscriber demands.

In this webinar, we discuss the results of the survey and show insights into how general managers plan to:

  • Increase network capacity to satisfy the growing demands of your subscribers
  • Deliver a differentiated subscriber experience
  • Grow revenue and market share in new ways


How Service Providers Can Leverage Lithium-Ion Batteries to back up 5G Telecom and EDGE Equipment
Date: 2/23/2022
Sponsors:
Green Cubes Tech
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Lithium batteries are being deployed in more stationary UPS and backup power applications and displacing lead acid batteries. But why are Lithium batteries growing in 5G telecom and EDGE deployments now? Advances in battery electronics, cell chemistry and regulatory guidelines have evolved so Lithium batteries need less floor/rack space, offer higher energy efficiency, provide longer life and are more cost-effective than incumbent technologies. This webinar will outline best practices for utilizing Lithium batteries to power your 5G telecom and EDGE equipment. These best practices are based on pre- and post-installation analysis of data center operations and highlight the qualitative benefits and quantified returns after installation of Lithium batteries. Join Green Cubes to get the truth on the adoption of Lithium batteries in 5G telecom and EDGE applications.

Key takeaways from this webinar will include:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of Lithium batteries for backup power
  • Deciding when Lithium batteries are the best choice for backup power
  • How Lithium batteries are affected by the current regulatory guidelines for back-up power
  • What unique benefits network operators can expect with Lithium batteries


Exploring real-world 5G use cases at the 5G Open Innovation Lab
Date: 2/22/2022
Sponsors:
Amdocs
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As 5G rolls out across the globe, the search is on for new ways to utilize this technology for real-life innovation.

The opportunities that 5G, cloud and edge computing present call for a collaborative approach to explore tangible outcomes.

The 5G Open Innovation Lab (5GOIL) provides a vibrant global ecosystem that brings together developers, enterprises, wireless carriers and technology leaders with startups to fuel the development of innovative applications, services and use cases.

Join this webinar to learn:
  • Practical applications explored including agriculture, driverless cars, rural connectivity, and Industry 4.0
  • Key benefits and KPIs achieved
  • How Amdocs solutions contributed to use case deployment, operations and monetization models
  • How AR applications leverage the dynamic network to speedup complex procedures


Shaping the Future of Open RAN
Date: 2/21/2022
Sponsors:
Tech Mahindra & Intel
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As the world steps into the Network of the future, we are going to witness the circulation of massive data streams, implementation of unprecedented IOT use-cases and highly immersive AR/ VR experiences. Virtual & Open RAN is a solution that transforms the access network from a proprietary hardware-based network to a software-defined network, making it more flexible, agile, and cost-effective while eliminating vendor lock-ins.

During this webinar, challenges will be addressed and apart from main stage conversations, the panel will seek to highlight perspectives on Next Gen RAN - Open, Flexible & Scalable on the below sub-topics:

  • Current Challenges: Virtualized, Automated & Programmable RAN
  • TPG Telecom’s journey in 2021 in rolling out innovative 5G network at scale
  • Open RAN ecosystem: starting at the silicon level and orchestrating end to end supply chain
  • Scalability: Roadmap for Open RAN in large scale commercial deployments, at scale & with high density
  • Managing Security Standards, and Interoperability specification & Testing
  • Network Economics: Diverse deployment models for CapEx and OpEx optimization


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Swimming Upstream: How to Boost Upstream Network Capacity
Date: 2/17/2022
Sponsors:
Vecima Networks, VIAVI, Teleste Intercept
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Faced with upstream traffic surges of 30% or more because of COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions, cable operators have been scrambling to boost their upstream capacity to handle the pandemic's lingering impact on their HFC networks.

With the aid of vendors, operators are focusing on both short and long-term relief measures, such as splitting more fiber nodes; deploying lower-gain amplifiers; executing mid-splits and high-splits; extending plant spectrum to 1.8 GHz and beyond; and leveraging technologies and techniques like Profile Management Application (PMA), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and dynamic upstream configuration management to expand their upstream capacity.

In this session, we will delve into the various upstream expansion maneuvers, the challenges involved and the ways to overcome those hurdles.


Enabling customer-driven ‘360° Assurance’ for the 5G Era: Key Use Cases
Date: 2/16/2022
Sponsors:
Infovista
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With the rapid emergence of 'programmable network' technologies such as 5G network slicing, today's network and service operations (NOC/SOC) teams are faced with multiple simultaneous challenges. In many cases, their existing customer experience, service and network monitoring, troubleshooting and assurance represent a constraint, rather than an enabler of progress:

  • Vertical and horizontal correlation: How to combine and correlate the performance data coming from multiple silo assurance systems, network layers and domains?
  • Customer-oriented operations: How to prioritize the analysis and resolution of problems based on the impact on the end-user's customer experience and revenue?
  • Enterprise 5G revenue stream enablement: How to enable the delivery of lucrative enterprise SLA guarantees at scale?
  • OPEX reduction through automation and AIOps: How to introduce greater levels of automation through advanced data correlation and AIOps techniques?
In this webinar, we explain the pre-requisites of a new, unified customer experience, service and network assurance capability that eliminates the silos of the past and enables the kinds of end-to-end business processes and holistic use cases that operators today need to generate the optimum return on investment (RoI) from their significant network modernization investments.

The live, interactive session will provide attendees an exclusive opportunity to ask Infovista's VP of Product for Operations, Renata Da Silva, about Infovista's new combined offering for customer experience, service and network operations.


The Future of the Cloud's Backbone: 800G High-Speed Ethernet
Date: 2/10/2022
Sponsors:
Spirent
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Hyperscalers are driving a rapid evolution in the Ethernet backbones that underpin the cloud. An insatiable demand for bandwidth and performance has driven the industry to launch 400G and now 800G technology in close proximity.

Join Sameh Boujelbene, senior research director for Dell'Oro Group, and Aniket Khosla, vice president of Product Management for Spirent's Cloud & IP Business, as they examine the enablers for the latest Ethernet technologies and how early adopters are influencing the current state of play for the high-speed Ethernet market, to answer the multi-billion dollar question: Where are things going next?

This webinar will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of the latest Ethernet technologies
  • The state of the Ethernet market, key trends and drivers
  • Timeline for adoption of various speeds
  • Challenges for the latest Ethernet technologies, including electrical and optical considerations
  • Best practices for validating high-speed Ethernet to ensure performance


Open Optical Networking and Disaggregation
Date: 2/10/2022
Sponsors:
Infinera
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In this Light Reading online two-day event, Heavy Reading optical analysts will lead a discussion among leading edge CSPs and network hardware and software suppliers to discuss the most significant trends driving optical networking in 2022 and beyond.

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


The Pluggable Optical Edge
Date: 2/10/2022
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In this Light Reading online two-day event, Heavy Reading optical analysts will lead a discussion among leading edge CSPs and network hardware and software suppliers to discuss the most significant trends driving optical networking in 2022 and beyond.

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


How to Target, Identify and Pre-Qualify Wireless Customers With Location Intelligence
Date: 2/9/2022
Sponsors:
Korem
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Mobile wireless data traffic in the US hit another record high in 2020, topping 42 trillion megabytes. That represents a 208% increase since 2016, according to industry trade group CTIA. As a result, mobile network operators (MNOs) are prioritizing network densification, which will increase the capacity of their networks, helping them deliver the consistent, reliable and speedy service that 5G has promised. In addition, the new infrastructure law recently passed by the US Congress has allocated $65 billion for broadband access, especially in underserved areas.

However, funding and planning broadband deployments is just the first step. Now the objective is to prioritize network deployments (pre-provisioning) and target existing or prospective customers who could benefit from the new services. For this to be successful, large-scale pre-qualification of known and potential customer locations is required so that targeted marketing can be executed efficiently. In this webinar we will discuss fully or semi-automated pre-qualification steps to confirm customers' eligibility for a specific service or product.

We will demonstrate a step-by-step process that includes:

  • Pre-provisioning - where the equipment is already installed
  • Adding equipment on premises for existing clients, such as installing an antenna to boost the signal
  • Post-provisioning where adding antennas for a new business customer is required or where the network capacity could be exceeded.
  • This includes a comparison between different products, such as fiber vs fixed wireless.

In this webinar, you will learn how to...

  • Prioritize network deployments (pre-provisioning)
  • Target existing or prospective customers who may benefit from the new service
  • Perform large-scale pre-qualification of known customer locations


Technology Discontinuity in Long Haul and Subsea Optical Networks
Date: 2/8/2022
Sponsors:
Fujitsu
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In this Light Reading online two-day event, Heavy Reading optical analysts will lead a discussion among leading edge CSPs and network hardware and software suppliers to discuss the most significant trends driving optical networking in 2022 and beyond.

This session will be moderated by Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

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DCI and Metro Connections in the Coherent Pluggable Age
Date: 2/8/2022
Sponsors:
Ciena
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In this Light Reading online two-day event, Heavy Reading optical analysts will lead a discussion among leading edge CSPs and network hardware and software suppliers to discuss the most significant trends driving optical networking in 2022 and beyond.

This session will be moderated by Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

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Harnessing the Edge
Date: 2/3/2022
Sponsors:
Multiple Sponsors
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The edge has become the epicenter of strategic focus in the ICT sector, opening up new market opportunities across the ecosystem. To understand the industry, technology and application evolutions driving edge computing, along with critical issues such as the timeline of adoption and the anticipated ROI for the CSPs, Heavy Reading conducted a survey with 82 CSPs who have launched edge computing solutions or are planning to do so within 24 months.

We wanted to understand how CSPs are selecting the platforms and systems that power a highly distributed edge. What are the architectures that can support the compute, storage and latency requirements of enterprise customers in a differentiated and competitive manner without stressing the CSP's budget? What are the management tools, security implementations, automation solutions and partnering strategies that enable an agile and flexible CSP and can be replicated across the vast edge frontier?

Join us as we present the highlights of our survey in this webinar and discuss topics such as:

  • How communication service providers are working with hyperscalers to deploy MEC and minimize their own near-term risk
  • Which vertical industries are using MEC today
  • The timeline of impact for edge computing use cases


Monetizing Private 5G with Edge Computing
Date: 2/2/2022
Sponsors:
Tech Mahindra & Intel
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The webinar will mainly revolve around identifying key monetization approaches for 5G Powered Private Edge Networks and in understand commercial specifics that are associated with new software business models.

During this webinar, the challenges will be addressed and apart from main stage conversations, the panel will seek to highlight perspectives on private 5G and edge computing on the below themes:

  • How can CSPS & Vendors/SI complement existing growth Engines with new approaches around 5G edge Private networks
  • What challenges CSPs face with monetizing 5G Edge Networks
  • How can industry monetize using New Private Edge Platforms along with hyper-scalers?


Safeguard Your Subscriber Relationships With a Holistic Loyalty Strategy
Date: 1/27/2022
Sponsors:
Salesforce
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Subscribers' desire to engage with their carriers through digital channels continues to grow, yet many of them have disconnected or poor experiences. And with more subscribers willing to switch service providers as compared to the early days of the pandemic*, it's important for CSPs to think about what actually drives loyalty with today's digital customers and what they can do to counter this growing risk.

Join Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder at Constellation Research, and Brad Pruner, senior director of communications at Salesforce's Digital Transformation Office, to learn:

  • The disruptive trends changing carriers' relationships with subscribers
  • How experience (vs. cost) can be both a differentiator and churn reducer
  • The evolution of subscriber loyalty and what service providers can learn from other industries
  • How service providers can think about bringing a loyalty strategy to life


Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level: Bringing it all Together
Date: 1/27/2022
Sponsors:
Wisi
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Bringing it all Together

Despite reports to the contrary, the video bundle is not dead. Rather, the bundle has simply shifted from the dwindling legacy pay-TV industry to the surging new streaming video industry. With more streaming services launching every month, consumers are increasingly building their own bundles, tacking on more services to fit their needs and tastes. But, unlike in the traditional pay-TV world, aggregating and managing multiple content services on the same platform can be a huge headache. How can this aggregation problem be licked? What solutions are in the works? Who will be the uber video aggregators of the future?

In this symposium, we will dig deep for answers.


The Time is Now To Add Cloud-Native Functions: for 4G and 5G Networks
Date: 1/26/2022
Sponsors:
F5
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Modern cloud-native network functions aren't only for large-scale service providers building for the future – telcos can make small- or midsized improvements today to refresh outdated technologies in IT or telco workloads. Cloud-native versions of key security functions (with built-in automation and resource allocation) provide fast, resilient and scalable network infrastructure now and in the future. In this webinar we'll share why we believe the time is now to make this investment in containerization to be agile and as powerful as possible to maximize capacity and compute.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How to support higher capacity (such as enhanced mobile videos) on your network with lower costs
  • Data plane offload and efficiency with Zero Copy Architecture
  • Generate more revenue from existing and future network infrastructure


Inventory Modernization with Data Integrity Assurance – the Key to 5G Network Automation
Date: 1/26/2022
Sponsors:
Amdocs & Atrinet
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Telecom networks are going through significant transformation, becoming highly dynamic and increasingly disaggregated. NFV, SDN, 5G, Open RAN and edge computing epitomize these changes. New versions of Virtualized and Cloud-native Network Functions are being deployed at an ever-increasing cadence. This is happening in tandem with the introduction of many new service types. For example, 5G network slicing will bring new monetization opportunities for operators. But to be profitable it will require a high degree of automation. To complicate matters, these exciting new technologies will still depend on legacy, physical network devices.

Service providers are increasingly realizing the key to automation is the modernization of their inventory systems. By doing this they can shield their fulfillment and orchestration platforms from the complexity of the underlying network infrastructure which is comprised of multiple generations of technology both physical and virtualized.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • What challenges CSPs are facing with data integrity in their network management
  • How to discover and manage network elements across today’s dynamic, hybrid networks
  • Why inventory with Auto-Discovery and Reconciliation capabilities is key to automating the service delivery lifecycle, assuring 5G networks and delivering on SLAs


5G Transport Evolution: Making Advanced Services a Reality
Date: 1/25/2022
Sponsors:
Ericsson, Fujitsu, Infinera & Nokia
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Heavy Reading survey data shows that operator deployment drivers for 5G networks are shifting as the focus moves beyond only faster speeds (primarily for consumer markets) to new markets and new services (heavily targeting enterprises). This is where the advanced 5G functions, defined in URLLC and mMTC use cases, come in to play. The coming shift beyond higher data rates to advanced 5G services has big implications for the supporting transport networks, including fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul – collectively called "xhaul."

In this special webinar, Heavy Reading will be joined by leading experts from Ericsson, Fujitsu, Infinera, and Nokia to unveil key findings from Heavy Reading’s 2021 global 5G Transport operator survey exploring transport network considerations and requirements to meet the challenges of the next phase of 5G services.

Topics addressed will include:

  • Operator plans for centralized RANs and cloud RANs
  • Addressing challenges for network-based timing and synchronization
  • Approaches to handling legacy CPRI in hybrid 4G/5G networks
  • White box routers for xhaul: DCSG and other options
  • Impacts of edge compute on transport networks, and vice versa


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Making Cable More Accessible
Date: 1/20/2022
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With millions of consumers dealing with vision impairment, hearing loss and other physical disabilities, cable operators and vendors have been making great strides in meeting the needs of these customers. Most notably, Comcast, Charter and Cox have all created special labs to design, develop and test new accessibility products and services. What have they come up with so far? What's in the works now? What else are they exploring?

In this session, experts will discuss the latest accessibility advances and the challenges they have had to overcome.


Accelerate Enterprise Insights: AI Use Cases for 5G Networks
Date: 1/19/2022
Sponsors:
Mavenir
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Every Generation of telecom networks beats out its predecessors in speed, performance, coverage, and bandwidth. 5G is a clear winner, providing 100 times more speed than 4G, lowering the latencies to under 1ms and offering a wide spectrum to accommodate large volumes of load. The power of 5G extends beyond communication service providers (CSPs) - enterprises are taking the opportunity to explore advanced AI solutions enabled by 5G that enhance performance and enable faster, smarter decisions.

The future of networks lies in the ability to gain instant insights that drive actionable intelligence. Join this webinar for insights on:

  • Real-world use cases taking advantage of the capabilities of 5G
  • How Intelligent Video Analytics and Industrial Internet of Things come together to enable innovative technologies such as autonomous mobile robots
  • Industry-specific benefits, including airports, manufacturing, retail, warehouses and mining


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

Key takeaways from this webinar will include:

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


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

Join this webinar to learn:

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


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

*This panel session was recorded in August 2021.


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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


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

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

11:00 AM Session One
Public Cloud Security

12:45 PM Session Two
Security and the Edge


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

This webinar will cover:

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


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

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

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

11:00 AM Session One

Open RAN Market Status and Outlook

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


12:45 PM Session Two

Service Management and Orchestration

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


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

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

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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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

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

11:00 AM Session One

Open RAN Market Status and Outlook

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


12:45 PM Session Two

Accelerating Open RAN Deployment and Scaling Operations

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

11:00 AM Session One
Programmable Convergence

12:45 PM Session Two
The Programmable Public Cloud


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

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


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

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

11:00 AM Session One
The Programmable WAN

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


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

This webinar covers the following topics:

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Our conversation will cover:

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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

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


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

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

Day One

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

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

Day Two

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Key topics to be discussed in this webinar include:

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


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

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

Topics addressed will include:

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


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

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

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

Watch this webinar to learn:

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


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

What you will learn in this webinar:

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

This symposium will be moderated by Heavy Reading.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Key topics include :

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


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

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

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


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

Our customers will discuss:

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


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

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

Topics to be discussed include:

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


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

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

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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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

Join this webinar to:

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Webinar attendees will learn:

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


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

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

In this webinar you will learn:

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


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

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

Key topics include :

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

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

Among the topics to be covered in this webinar:

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


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

Join Calix and ALLO to learn how you can:

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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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


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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

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

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


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

Among the topics to be covered in this webinar:

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

Among the topics covered in this session:

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

Key topics to be discussed in this webinar include:

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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

What will you learn on this webinar:

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


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

The webinar will cover:

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


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

Join this discussion to learn:

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


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

Key topics to be discussed include:

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


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

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

Key learning takeaways:

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


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

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

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


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

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

Session One

Session One - Optical Networks for the Service Provider Edge

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


Session Two

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

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


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

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

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

During the webinar, you will learn:

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


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

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

Session One

Session One - Metro Optical Architectures for the Future

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


Session Two

Session Two - Onboard Optics and Co-Packaged Switching

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


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

Topics addressed during this webinar will include:

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Key topics include:

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


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


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

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

Discussion topics:

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


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