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Your RTC Services Are Better Off When They Are Cloud Native
Date: 9/21/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.


What Is the Role of AI in the 5G Future?
Date: 9/21/2021 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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


Bridging the CDN Capacity Gap With Near 400Gbit/s Video Delivery
Date: 9/22/2021 11:00 a.m New York / 4:00 p.m London
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


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Engineering the DOCSIS® 4.0 Network (FDX & ESD).
Date: 9/23/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.


Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level: Safeguarding Video Streams
Date: 9/28/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.


Voice over 5G: The future of voice services
Date: 9/29/2021 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
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


Number Portability – How important is it and why should I care?
Date: 9/29/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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


Fixed Wireless Finally Fixed: Broadband Service Providers Report on Tarana's Game-Changing Impact
Date: 10/6/2021 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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.


Maximum Benefits From Disruptive mmWave Technology for FWA Services
Date: 10/7/2021 11:00 a.m New York / 4:00 p.m London
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


5G Next Wave Digital Symposium
Date: 10/19/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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.


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Lighting Up Coherent Optics
Date: 10/21/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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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.


5G Transport Symposium - Next-Gen IP Backhaul Networks for 5G
Date: 11/2/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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


The Programmable Telco Symposium - Day 1
Date: 11/16/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
Sponsors:
STL, Juniper
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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
The Programmable Open Source Telco


SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: How to Test the Next-Gen Cable Network
Date: 11/18/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Ericsson, STL, Red Hat
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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


Asia Tech 2021 Digital Symposium - Unleashing the Potential of Disaggregated Transport Networks
Date: 11/23/2021 1:00 p.m. Singapore
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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.


Open RAN Digital Symposium - Day1
Date: 11/30/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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.


Open RAN Digital Symposium - Day2
Date: 12/2/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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.


Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level: Bringing it all Together
Date: 12/7/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.


Cable Next-Gen Business Services Digital Symposium
Date: 12/9/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
Sponsors:
Cisco
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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.


SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date: 12/16/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.


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