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Rebuilding OSS for NFV and the Digital Era
Date: 11/29/2017 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
Sponsors:
Tata Consultancy Services
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Operational Support Systems are, frankly, a mess. They struggle to support a mish-mash of existing technologies let alone the coming wave of NFV. On top of that they are a roadblock to the much-needed digital transformation of the telecom business itself.

Accepting the need to change, where should CSPs start to rebuild the OSS? Big bang transformations are risky, expensive and frequently under deliver. Instead a more tactical approach is required. Drawing on real world experience of implementing OSS, this webinar will explore some of the key areas for OSS transformation that can unlock the most value in the shortest time frame:

  • Closed-loop Lifecycle Orchestration across Business processes (order management, product catalog), Services (policy, service catalog/inventory) and Resources (physical and virtualized).
  • Network discovery and inventory (real-time, accurate discovery of physical/virtualized, and logical resources across vendors, domains, technologies and layers)
  • Modernization of OSS systems themselves (cloud deployment in virtual machines and containers, rearchitecting for microservices, use of Open APIs, composability)
  • DevOps methodologies to make OSS, and the business it supports, more agile

By making tactical upgrades to OSS, CSPs can unleash the business innovation necessary to start driving top line growth.

GPUs Revolutionize Real-time Transcoding in the Cloud
Date: 11/30/2017 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) will become the processor of choice for real-time communications (RTC) in the cloud.

GPUs have already become the de-facto choice in the cloud to solve large compute-intensive tasks such as image processing, AI and machine learning. Media transcoding is one of the most compute-intensive operations for real-time communications, so as RTC migrates to the cloud, a match between compute need and a compute solution aligns perfectly.

Sonus understands how to successfully take advantage of GPUs to ensure real-time communication performance; it’s in their DNA. Listen to the experts explain how using GPUs achieves orders of magnitude performance improvement vs. CPU implementations and is now equivalent or better than most DSP-based solutions.

This webinar will provide the latest information on:

  • The state of the market for GPUs
  • GPU performance relative to DSPs and CPUs
  • GPU cost relative to DSPs and CPUs
  • An assessment of how GPUs perform for quality of service
  • A proposal for how to better support GPUs with OpenStack

Webinar participants will understand why Sonus is bullish on GPUs and why they are the future of media processing for real-time communications in the cloud.

10 Facts You Need to Know About Cellular-V2X
Date: 12/7/2017 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) is an important technology for improved road safety and the future of autonomous driving, and momentum continues to build around C-V2X with a broad ecosystem support. Following Audi, Ford, Groupe PSA and SAIC announcing their support of Qualcomm’s first C-V2X commercial solution, more news started to break about automotive Tier 1 suppliers using Qualcomm’s C-V2X solutions for testing and upcoming commercial implementations. Automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, mobile operators, semiconductor companies, test equipment vendors, telecom suppliers, traffic signal suppliers, road operators and municipalities are closely collaborating to accelerate C-V2X technology development and commercialization. The recent news from AT&T, Ford, Nokia, Qualcomm and McCain announcing the first US C-V2X trials in San Diego is just an example of this collaboration.

Why is C-V2X gaining traction and support from key automotive players?

Join our Qualcomm experts for this webinar to know why and get your facts straight about:

  • What are the design aspects that enable C-V2X to provide superior performance and reliability for automotive safety?
  • Can C-V2X be ready for commercial deployment in cars for 2020? How?
  • How does the C-V2X evolution to 5G address new complementary use cases, while maintaining backward compatibility?
  • What are the economic benefits that C-V2X brings to automakers, as well as infrastructure providers?

BSS and OSS Modernization – the Lynchpin of Telco Digital Transformation
Date: 12/13/2017 9.00 a.m New York / 2:00 p.m London
Sponsors:
ZTEsoft, Cerillion & Apptium
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What do mining companies, fashion brands and banks have in common? They are all talking about digital transformation. The telecom and financial services industries are ahead of most other verticals in their digital transformation though they remain well behind digital natives such as WhatsApp and Alipay. Just as “banks are now IT companies selling financial solutions” (to quote a Boston Consulting Group report), telecom operators are now IT companies selling connectivity and value-added services. And the core components of telecom IT are OSS and BSS. While the vast majority of telecom capex goes on network infrastructure, the IT systems which manage this infrastructure, and the customer-facing applications on top, are critical to transforming the business.

This webinar we will examine digital transformation in the telecom industry through the lens of Business and Operational Support Systems. The key aspects of OSS and BSS transformation we will discuss include:

  • Improving the customer experience – meeting customer expectations for ease of ordering and problem resolution; making personalized new offerings based on data analytics.
  • Accelerating time to market – turning operators into service aggregators (the platform play) for third parties (e.g., Netflix, Spotify, Deezer, financial services, utilities, etc.), similar to the app store concept for smartphones. The platform opportunity is not just about consumer services but also encompasses the myriad B2B2X opportunities that IoT entails.
  • Increasing the agility of operations – increasing automation and the ability to rapidly respond to new customer requirements.
  • Unleashing internal innovation – adoption of DevOps and a fast-fail mentality to unleash the creative potential within a telco's own workforce and provide an attractive environment for recruitment.
Are You Really Taking Care of QoE in Your Mobile Network?
Date: 12/14/2017 5pm London, 12pm New York, 9am San Francisco
Sponsors:
Rohde and Schwarz
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With operators under pressure to deliver ever-higher Quality of Experience (QoE) of services to their subscribers whilst ensuring opex and capex efficiencies, this webinar examines the role of drive testing and benchmarking to provide the reliable end-user insight needed for intelligent network investment decisions. Furthermore, it looks at the factors influencing accuracy and reliability of data acquisition and data analytics and how correct measurement equipment and technique can enable the efficient delivery of better services and higher quality to customers.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is network benchmarking from an end-user perspective and what are its applications
  • What factors influence the quality of data acquisition and data analytics
  • The role of network test in future networks compared to OSS data analytics and crowdsourcing
  • How to assess the quality of a mobile network during a drive test campaign
  • The path from drive test data to network insights for network investment decisions

This webinar is being offered at an additional time for your convenience.

Click here to register for this webinar on December 14th at 5pm London / 12pm New York / 9am San Francisco

Are You Really Taking Care of QoE in Your Mobile Network?
Date: 12/14/2017 10am London, 2pm Dubai, 6pm Singapore
Sponsors:
Rohde and Schwarz
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With operators under pressure to deliver ever-higher Quality of Experience (QoE) of services to their subscribers whilst ensuring opex and capex efficiencies, this webinar examines the role of drive testing and benchmarking to provide the reliable end-user insight needed for intelligent network investment decisions. Furthermore, it looks at the factors influencing accuracy and reliability of data acquisition and data analytics and how correct measurement equipment and technique can enable the efficient delivery of better services and higher quality to customers.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is network benchmarking from an end-user perspective and what are its applications
  • What factors influence the quality of data acquisition and data analytics
  • The role of network test in future networks compared to OSS data analytics and crowdsourcing
  • How to assess the quality of a mobile network during a drive test campaign
  • The path from drive test data to network insights for network investment decisions

This webinar is being offered at an additional time for your convenience.

Click here to register for this webinar on December 14th at 10am London / 2pm Dubai / 6pm Singapore

The Power of Big Data in Telco: Optimizing Margins with Actionable Insights
Date: 12/19/2017 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
SAP
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We all know that telcos have access to a lot of data, but how to leverage that to truly impact the business continues to be a challenge. In this webinar, you'll learn how starting with a modern data platform sets the stage for revolutionizing how the business is run. You'll also hear about specific use cases, including how smart data is being leveraged, today, to gain granular insights into revenue leakage points to optimize margins and drive overall profitability.

Sigma Systems' Guide to Transformation
Date: 1/11/2018 11am EST
Sponsors:
Sigma Systems
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A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to transformation, having led one herself at Tribold (acquired by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

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Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

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