Upcoming Webinars
Preparing the Way for 800G: 100G Electrical and 800G Pluggable Optics
Date: 4/20/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
VIAVI Solutions
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This webinar will review the path to 800G class modules and show how currently available test and measurement solutions can be deployed to accelerate product development, evaluation and deployment for the first wave of 800G.

Silicon bandwidth continues to outstrip front panel bandwidth and density even with the emergence of 400G class pluggable optical modules. In fact, new applications such as AI and machine learning are only accelerating optical interconnect bandwidth demands.

Although 400G Ethernet remains the highest IEEE rate, other paths include 800G Ethernet consortium or applications which offer 2 x 400G module breakouts that try to scale with the latest silicon. At the same time, key enabling technologies, like 100G electrical signaling, are becoming available and proposals for 800G class modules based on both OSFP and QSFP-DD form factors are taking root.

Key points covered will include:

  • Review of 400G modules
  • Potential form factors for 800G
  • 100G electrical lane – PHY layer challenges
  • 800G class module test scenarios
  • Traffic test and validation for 2 x 400G, 4 x 200G and 8 x 100G

Optimize Your OSS/BSS Journey to the Cloud: Getting There Faster and With Lower Risk
Date: 4/21/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Red Hat
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When it comes to operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS), service providers are no longer looking for point solutions – they need flexible and secure platforms that enable seamless transitions to multi-cloud environments. New revenue streams like edge, automation and 5G are heavily dependent on being able to operate effectively in the cloud, and successfully navigating a multi-cloud strategy is heavily dependent on partnerships.

MYCOM OSI partnered with AWS and Red Hat to build out their cloud-based services assurance offering. They will share more about the motivations for partnership in their move to the cloud. Join us to learn more about how a robust ecosystem and thoughtful joint programs can help get you to the cloud quickly and with minimal risk.

Exceeding Expectations in 5G mmWave: How Far Can We Go?
Date: 4/22/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Qualcomm & Casa Systems
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5G mmWave spectrum offers wide frequency bandwidths with the ability to deliver Gigabit speeds to users in urban, suburban and rural, remote or hard-to-access locations. Previously held theories believed that 5G mmWave could deliver faster speeds at a limited distance, making it not suitable for FWA use cases. However, recent findings are proving otherwise.

In a series of tests with service providers across Europe, North American and Australia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Casa Systems have demonstrated impressive mmWave range and proven its suitability for fixed wireless access (FWA). With data connections reaching over 7 kilometers (4.3 miles), extended-range mmWave redefines perceptions that high-band spectrum is limited to urban and high-density deployment environments. This technology can help service providers expand their coverage and open the door for new possibilities that will bring 5G benefits to homes and business everywhere, from urban to rural communities.

This represents a monumental step forward in the potential for 5G mmWave, made possible by an innovative approach from both Qualcomm Technologies and Casa Systems.

In this webinar, Gautam Sheoran, senior director of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Peter Lewis, Casa Systems European technical account director, will discuss:

  • How these global tests were orchestrated to deliver significant speeds over ever-increasing distances
  • Where 5G mmWave's limitations still exist and how these can be overcome
  • What these new distance and throughput outcomes mean for operators planning to deploy 5G mmWave networks
  • Which use cases benefit most from improved real-world performance

Taking Streaming Video to the Next Level: Upgrading to ATSC 3.0 and Streaming Video
Date: 4/22/2021 11:00 am New York / 4 pm London
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This session will spell out what's different about ATSC 3.0 signals, explore the transition to IP-based transmission and discuss the technology options for providers to manage and distribute the new signals.

The Carriers Speak: Evolving the Virtualized RAN
Date: 4/27/2021 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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In this webinar, we will present and discuss the results of Heavy Reading's Q1 2021 Global Carrier vRAN Survey. The survey investigates how (and when) service providers are implementing RAN virtualization – the drivers and the inhibitors. It also examines how closely vRAN implementation is tied to 5G rollout as well as multi-access edge computing (MEC), open standards and the move from virtual machines to containers. Our presenters will discuss how vRAN fits into the overall move to virtualization by the carriers, where they are encountering challenges and where they see an opportunity for differentiation.

Join us for a lively discussion about the current and future state of vRAN.

Laying the Foundations for 5G Network Slicing Management
Date: 5/5/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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5G E2E slicing provides an efficient and cost-effective way for CSPs to deliver a multitude of new services and business models each with a diverse set of requirements (speed, latency, connectivity) across an interconnected, heterogeneous network. 5G networks will span multiple zones, including the RAN, edge, transport, core and public clouds traversing network layers including optical, microwave and IP.

As 5G and E2E slicing become a reality, it has become apparent that multi-domain service orchestration will be crucial to the successful deployment of these new services, automating provisioning and activation as well as end-to-end lifecycle management of services across multiple domain-level network orchestrators. The sheer number of services and network changes required to support this diversity makes transport optimization and automation critical to the success of a 5G rollout.

Join this webinar to learn from Amdocs and Sedona experts about:

  • The latest related industry standards
  • The key role of multi-domain service orchestration
  • The crucial part transport plays in E2E slicing
  • How to guarantee SLAs over network slices that utilize both L1/L3 slices and how to interface into NSMF slice manager

SD-WAN Digital Symposium
Date: 5/12/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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Into the Multi-Cloud

Over the past five years, SD-WAN has grown to become a key component of cloud connectivity solutions. In 2021, we are seeing SD-WAN broaden its reach into new markets and new use cases.

The Light Reading SD-WAN Digital Symposium investigates two of the most transformative developments in the SD-WAN market – the first being the rapid expansion of SD-WAN, connecting new categories of end-point locations. The second area of transformation is the surge in SD-WAN use cases – creating new opportunities for market participants but also many new challenges throughout the SD-WAN life-cycle in terms of management, security, automation and more.

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

ODIM - Simplifying Distributed Infrastructure Management in 5G Networks
Date: 5/13/2021 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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5G networks are being built using open source software running on commercial, off-the-shelf compute infrastructure from a variety of vendors. New network architectures are evolving into a hierarchy of distributed data centers, from core to edge, comprising many times more physical servers and switches than did prior generations of mobile networks.

Managing the underlying hardware infrastructure on such a large scale, with a mix of equipment from many vendors, can be a huge challenge, increasing the cost and slowing the pace of deploying new, revenue-producing services. In this webinar, we cover Open Distributed Infrastructure Management (ODIM), a Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) open source project that facilitates the management of distributed, multi-vendor infrastructure deployments.

Building on the industry-standard Redfish model, ODIM acts as an abstraction and aggregation layer, simplifying the tasks of configuring and managing the network's physical infrastructure and streamlining the rollout of new 5G-based services.

Agenda and key topics:

  • Telco industry challenges resulting from large-scale, distributed infrastructure deployments
  • ODIM – a framework for streamlining management of multi-vendor physical infrastructure
  • The LFN ODIM project – objectives and status

SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Fighting Fiber with More Fiber
Date: 5/20/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.

Optical Networking Digital Symposium: A New Age of Optical Networking - Day One
Date: 5/25/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
Cisco, Amdocs, Infinera, Fujitsu, Nokia
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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.

Optical Networking Digital Symposium: A New Age of Optical Networking - Day Two
Date: 5/27/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
Cisco, Amdocs, Infinera, Fujitsu, Huawei, 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.

5G Orchestration & Service Assurance Digital Symposium
Date: 6/1/2021 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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.

SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Putting Next-Gen PON to Work
Date: 6/17/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.

SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: 10G or Bust: HFC & the Future Access Network
Date: 7/15/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.

SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Tapping Into the Cloud
Date: 8/19/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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.

SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Engineering the DOCSIS 4.0 Network (FDX and ESD)
Date: 9/16/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
VIAVI, 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.

SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Lowering the Latency
Date: 10/21/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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With work-from-home collaboration tools emerging as critical during the pandemic and broadband customers increasingly using applications like video conferencing and multi-player online gaming, cable operators and vendors are looking to lower network latency levels to improve their subscribers' quality-of-experience (QoE). So cable technologists are now hard at work on ways to do just that. In this session, we will focus on technologies, techniques and tools that the industry is developing to measure, monitor and reduce latency, jitter, buffering and other network performance issues, review the progress that's been made so far and discuss what the future may hold.

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
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.

SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date: 12/16/2021 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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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