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Game On: Enhance Your 5G Network to Support the Next Level of Service Experience
Date: 11/24/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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5G is about more than just speed and spectral efficiency in the RAN. It is a catalyst for the evolution to a cloud-native architecture throughout the mobile network. This functionality will not only handle rising traffic loads more efficiently but will also enable new service propositions. These could be novel, consumer-oriented digital experiences or private mobile network slices for the enterprise.

First class 5G performance will be key to the success of these new services. Operators will need to measure and assure the performance of everything from service activation on-demand to transport latency and edge compute availability. How will operators address the service assurance challenges of network slicing and private 5G networks?

Join James Crawshaw, Principal Analyst at Omdia, and Tom Foottit, VP Product Management at Accedian, for an interactive discussion on:

  • 5G technologies and private networks that MNOs and enterprises are implementing
  • New 5G cloud-native service assurance requirements
  • Key performance questions to answer as you prepare for 5G

From Cloud to RAN to Core: Opening, Orchestrating & Automating a Next-Gen 5G Network
Date: 12/1/2020 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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The world is moving full steam ahead toward 5G in pursuit of new experiences, services and business models. For operators to capitalize on 5G they will need to be able to deploy a network capable of adapting to the diverse needs of a new breed of services.

To gain this agility, operators are making the move to open architectures that foster innovation, accelerate service delivery and significantly reduce costs. As 5G services begin to be deployed, the need for advanced automation capabilities across these new, virtualized networks will be critical.

To address this need, some of the world’s most innovative operators have implemented advanced solutions that provide end-to-end automation of an Open RAN 5G solution, while offering zero-touch provisioning and orchestration across tens of thousands of cell sites.

The result is a truly open solution that produces savings across several areas and significantly accelerates the time-to-market of new service offerings. By embracing the latest, cloud-native, open solutions these innovative operators are providing a shining example of the potential of the next generation mobile network.

In this session you will learn:

  • How open and automated networks are spurring service delivery innovation for 5G
  • Lessons learned from operator adoption of Open RAN for 5G
  • How automation and orchestration are playing a role in new 5G deployments
  • How vendors are enabling a Telco Cloud architecture for new 5G networks

This is how AI is going to change our world
Date: 12/1/2020 2:00 p.m. New York, 11:00 a.m. Los Angeles
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a leading role in evolution of technology and forcing dramatic changes across industries. Given the rapid increase in connectivity, computing power and the explosion of data, AI is expected to join the rank of the steam engine, the electricity generator and the printing press to become another general-purpose technology that will significantly impact daily human life. AI computing will take up 80% of total workload in computing centers by 2025, compared to the current level of less than 10%. AI is one of the core technologies in the 21st century and will have a profound impact on the future of humankind.

Please join us for lively and informed webinar about how AI is going to change our world.

Making a Cutting-Edge Digital Transformation a Reality
Date: 12/2/2020 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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As operators begin or continue their complex digital transformation projects to get ready for 5G and the next generation of services, they will need to achieve numerous tasks along the path to their ultimate goal. This includes future proofing their IT systems for business growth, organizational alignment, buy-in from the C-suite and aligning transformation objectives with the long-term goals of the organization.

In this webinar, learn how Vodafone Hungary is moving to a multi-tenant, cloud-native full stack BSS/OSS platform, based on a best-in-suite solution, while reducing transformation costs and total cost of ownership in addition to measuring daily operational metrics against KPIs to ensure optimum results.

How Cox Communications' Automation Adoption Drives Business Outcomes
Date: 12/2/2020 11.00 a.m. New York / 4.00 p.m. London
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In a highly competitive market space, business agility and efficiency are top of mind for communications service providers. To meet fast-changing customer needs, these organizations must rapidly deploy new services and applications at scale throughout their infrastructures.

Join our special webinar where you will learn insights from Heavy Reading's recent case study of North American cable leader Cox Communications and its network automation journey. You'll learn how Cox has leveraged automation to transform interaction with its network and core business processes. Attendees will also hear how Cox Communications' forward-looking "HOPS" automation initiative and its strategic partnership with Cisco are achieving key business outcomes.

We'll share the real-world benefits that can be achieved from Cisco's closed-loop network automation and orchestration portfolio, including:

  • Improved network robustness, integrity, time and opex savings
  • Turn up of new applications within minutes
  • OS and software upgrades with greater precision
  • Smart zero-touch provisioning of network devices in near real time

Why e2e orchestration is key to win 5G enterprise business
Date: 12/3/2020 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
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Enterprise services, in Industry 4.0 transformation and retail for example, are interesting areas for communication service providers (CSPs) to work with to grow revenues. A highly dynamic competitor and partner landscape, including hyperscale cloud providers and operations technology vendors, is emerging. The question is who contributes with what in the ecosystem? CSPs must position themselves to deliver value beyond connectivity, by providing end-to-end visibility and control over the services, while maintaining openness.

This webinar focuses on what service providers need in order to become foundational players in providing enterprise solutions, what their challenges are and how they can overcome some of those challenges through enterprise service orchestration.

Key topics include:

  • The CSPs opportunities and role in a new vendor landscape
  • Key learnings from our studies & engagements with leading CSPs
  • The challenges CSPs need to overcome to deliver new enterprise solutions
  • Enterprise service orchestration – what is it and why start now?

How to Manage OTT Video QoE, Deliver Flawless Streaming Experiences and Capitalize on the Video Opportunity
Date: 12/7/2020 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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Video represents a critical opportunity for many operators. More than half now associate revenue with OTT video, or plan to do so within the next year. And why not? Video makes up 65% of today's network traffic, and will exceed 90% in 5G networks by 2024.

But failing to deliver a good video quality-of-experience could be costly. Operators know that poor video QoE is the leading driver of network-related churn. The trouble is, fixing quality issues is still a stubbornly difficult task, especially since half of the problems originate outside of operator networks and thus are out of their control.

With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the use of video, flawless video experiences have become a baseline expectation, especially as 5G comes online. Failure to properly manage QoE will impact operators' ability to capitalize on the opportunity that video presents.

In this webinar, Light Reading's Alan Breznick will discuss these issues in depth with Gorkem Yigit, Lead Analyst for the Cloud Infrastructure Strategies and Media Platforms at research firm Analysys Mason, and Ken Gold, Director of Test, Monitoring and Analytics Solutions at EXFO.

Join them as they review the current market trends for OTT video, discuss the key challenges in delivering better video QoE and explore how operators can take advantage of this lucrative service opportunity.

Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium Day One
Date: 12/8/2020 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
RedHat, HPE, JMA Wireless, Kontron, WWT and Viavi
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Day 1 of Light Reading's Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium will focus on the status of open RAN standards, technology and commercial activity. It will also look at how to scale the ecosystem for mass deployment. This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading.

Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium Day Two
Date: 12/10/2020 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Xilinx, CASA Systems, Dell, Mavenir and Parallel Wireless
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Day 2 of Light Reading's Open RAN Ecosystem Symposium will focus on two of the key technical aspects of open RAN: optimization of the radio chain from RU to DU and the introduction of software-driven operations to the RAN. This symposium will be moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading.

SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Dreaming of Streaming Video
Date: 12/10/2020 2:00 pm New York / 7:00 pm London
WISI, Active Video, Harmonic, TiVo
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Led by Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal and AT&T, some of the world’s largest media companies are now entering the booming streaming video space. For both pay-TV providers and legacy OTT video providers, this is making the video market even riskier and messier than before. But for cable, there may also be a silver lining here because of the potential opportunities that the increasingly crowded streaming space could provide. This webinar will explore the new avenues that may open up for the industry and the new ways that cable operators can reinvent their old pay-TV business models by playing in the streaming video market.

Service Provider Security Strategies for the Enterprise
Date: 12/15/2020 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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The adoption of Network functions virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) principles have reached critical mass and have transformed every layer of the network including the enterprise into a programmable cloud-based software domain.

As a result, the enterprise is poised to take the next evolutionary step enabling seamless integration of cloud-native security applications that in some cases are accessible via a SP hosted and orchestrated cloud-based marketplace.

This symposium will be led by Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst – Cloud and Security at Heavy Reading.

The Future of 5G
Date: 12/16/2020 9:00 a.m. New York / 2:00 p.m. London
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By the end of 2020, 5G networks in some regions of the world are expected to achieve adoption rates as high as 90% of those for 4G networks. And 5G adoption is expected to spike as compatible consumer devices grow in number and fall in price. Several vendors are expected to introduce 5G smartphones as inexpensive as US$150 by the end of 2020. According to GSMA, 5G could account for as many as 1.1 billion connections by 2025. By then, 5G networks are likely to cover one third of the world's population. The impact on the mobile industry and its customers will be profound. Clearly, the future for 5G networks appears bright. But what might that future look like in real life?

Join us for an insightful, thought-provoking discussion of "The Future of 5G." Featured speakers will include Dr. Mohamed Madkour, vice president of Wireless Networks Marketing & Solutions, and Paul Scanlan, CTO for the Carrier Business Group at Huawei Technologies. Longtime tech journalist David Pringle will moderate the talk between Paul and Mohamed to discuss how developments such as support for consolidated management, multiple legacy technologies and network convergence are helping carriers deploy 5G and deliver services to businesses and consumers more quickly and economically than ever. The panel will also highlight some of the impediments to the growth and evolution of 5G, and how these are being addressed. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in a live Q&A.

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