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Upcoming Webinars
Asia Tech Digital Symposium - Day 2
Date: 8/5/2020 Wednesday 11:00 PM ET / Thursday 11:00 AM Singapore
Sponsors:
Ciena, Huawei, ZTE
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5G Transport for Digital Enterprises
Date: 08/06/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SGT

Speaker: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

Operators are in the process of defining their long-term transport architectures to support the 5G rollout towards different industry verticals such as media, healthcare, government, construction, retail, transport, logistics, and manufacturing. Whatever the level of speed, latency or throughput demanded, the transport network is the bedrock upon which 5G networks are being built – powering the movement of all that data across fiber optic connections. And all the new 5G requirements from Telco’s enterprise customers will have a direct impact on the transport network. The session will look at use cases, business models and the role of transport network for digital enterprise in the 5G era.

Optical/NGON Symposium Day 1
Date: 8/10/2020 10:00 a.m.New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
CIG, Huawei, Infinera, VIAVI
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Moderated by Simon Stanley - Analyst-At-Large, Heavy Reading

Session One

Data Centre Connect – Optimising Metro & Regional DCI
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Platinum Sponsor: Infinera
Gold Sponsor: VIAVI
Gold Sponsor: CIG

Cloud service performance is dependent on a data centre network with the optimum optical connectivity. Pluggable modules and 7nm coherent DSPs are rapidly changing this market, increasing optical link performance, introducing new network capabilities and optimising costs. This session will cover the latest deployments & technology developments including 400ZR, ZR+, 800G and metro DWDM.


11:30 a.m – 11:45 a.m. ET – BREAK


Session Two

Optical Networks for the Post Covid Era
Time: 11:45 a.m. ET
Platinum Sponsor: Huawei

Covid-19 has changed the way people communicate. Online webinars, meetings, summit, and direct broadcasting become the new normal. However, online communication quality and efficiency is far from satisfactory due to low network connection quality. Problems such as disconnection, voice distortion, and video blurring frequently occur, seriously degrade customer satisfaction as well as business talks of enterprises. Such poor experience reflects a large room in network quality improvement, where indexes of reliability, delay, and packet loss rate is substandard. This session will deep into new innovations and practices in optical network architecture and private line businesses and will invite global operators to discuss how to build a solid, elastic, and innovative optical network to deliver guaranteed online connection experience and accelerate business transformation.


Optical/NGON Symposium Day 2
Date: 8/12/2020 10:00 a.m.New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Acacia, ADVA
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Moderated by Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

Session One

New Revenue-Generating Opportunities for Optical Networks
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Platinum Sponsor: ADVA

Much of the optics focus centers on lowering cost per bit but technology innovation enables a differentiated and brand-new types of services. Examples of these include SDN control, machine learning, and artificial intelligence software coupled with hardware innovations, like programmable DSPs, are all enablers for a new era of optical and packet-optical services. This session will cover the new business opportunities and their associated applications with the underlying innovations to make these opportunities possible.


11:30 a.m – 11:45 a.m. ET – BREAK


Session Two

Optics at the Service Provider Edge
Time: 11:45 a.m. ET
Gold Sponsor: Acacia

Edge computing promises new revenue opportunities for operators, but it also places new demands on networks, with the closer proximity of data and applications to the end user and for services to become more dynamic and on-demand. Networks need to be equipped to meet these capacity and agility demands with optics playing a central role to enable next-generation services. This session will cover how optical networks must evolve to support the coming edge – including both wireline edge and wireless edge-based applications.


AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 1
Date: 8/18/2020 11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time
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Session One

African Telecoms Outlook 2020
Date: 08/18/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

  • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
  • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
  • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
  • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
  • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM BREAK

Session Two

Exploring the Value of 5G in Africa
Date 08/18/20 @ 12:30 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

The majority of 5G in Africa is still in the testing stage. However, as operators prepare their networks for the technology jump, what strategies are they deploying to ensure they gain the full value that 5G can offer Africa? This digital symposium will give you an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s 5G rollout, with some country specific case studies unpacked.

  • How 5G-ready is African enterprise?
  • Is 5G a priority for in Africa, should it be? Or can operators and businesses focus on growing their 3G and 4G networks for enterprise instead?
  • What are the most significant enterprise business applications for 5G deployment on the continent, and where can 5G facilitate IoT applications?
  • Africa’s 5G readiness: infrastructure lag, transition from 2, 3 & 4G
  • Which development strategies are being implemented to bring 5G to the African enterprise markets?


AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 2
Date: 8/20/2020 11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time
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Session One

Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
Date: 08/20/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.

  • From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
  • Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
  • MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
  • Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
  • The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM BREAK

Session Two

Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
Date 08/20/20 @ 12:30 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.

  • Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
  • Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
  • Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
  • Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent


SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Closing the GAP on GAP
Date: 8/20/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Antronix, Intel
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Under an evolving SCTE/ISBE standard known as the Generic Access Platform (GAP), cable technologists are now working on a fiber-optic node initiative that will standardize the node housings and the interfaces for various service modules that can be plugged into the node like Lego bricks. Rather than having to deploy or rip down discrete, proprietary nodes from various vendors for FTTP, DOCSIS 3.1, WiFi, 5G, wireless backhaul and so on, cable operators could instead snap in one standardized node housing or discard the modules as needed.

This webinar will look at the emerging GAP standard, the promise that the modular node initiative offers, the initial use cases for it and the hurdles that still must be overcome.


Scaling Service Provider Business With DDoS-Mitigation-as-a-Service
Date: 8/27/2020 12:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
CloudFlare
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Service providers are regular targets of DDoS attacks – either directly on their network infrastructure or indirectly via attacks on their customer networks. Regardless, any attack on service providers has a direct impact on their uptime, availability, and therefore, revenue.

Hardware DDoS appliances and cloud-based ‘scrubbing centers’ have their own limitations in terms of costs, capacity and performance – all key considerations for service providers. Service providers need a way to offer a scalable, robust (and profitable) DDoS mitigation service to their customers that helps them secure their networks and grow their revenue.

Join this webinar to learn more:

  • Why hardware appliance-based DDoS mitigation won’t work anymore
  • How to increase revenue while offering best-in-class DDoS mitigation
  • How to get deeper insights into attacks on your network

Leveraging the Cloud in the New 5G Edge
Date: 9/10/2020 11:00 a.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Volta Networks
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Virtualization and the cloud have redefined computing and are key elements in the transformation of the service edge. 5G deployment is driving changes in the service edge, ushering in dramatically more cell sites and delivering 10 times or more bandwidth per user. 5G also enables a broad range of new applications from IoT to smart cities to manufacturing over an increasingly converged network.

The cloud at the edge is a new revenue opportunity for MNOs. Low-latency applications must run closer to the customer to achieve the needed response times. Telcos can also provide a platform to run network functions as virtualized software to help keep costs down.

In this webinar, we will look at the emerging application requirements and how the network and infrastructure can be implemented to support them. We will use MEC as a use case and consider the role of traditional cloud vendors and how that will impact MNOs. Finally, we look at the options to virtualize network functions and their impact on performance and cost.

This webinar will cover:

  • The role of latency in 5G networks
  • Options for edge computing
  • How virtualization enables new services

Automating Software Defined IP Transport Networks
Date: 9/15/2020 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Cisco
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Consumers and enterprises use more data every day. Meanwhile competition and commoditization are driving down the price of data. Service providers must find a way to serve more data at lower prices with fixed capital spending. This seems like an impossible task. Are they caught in a margin-crunching vise?

In this Webinar you’ll learn how Cisco can help Service Providers escape the vise with network automation and segment routing for more capital-efficient software defined IP transport networks. We will share how Service Providers can optimize bandwidth on existing network infrastructure using Cisco’s Crosswork closed loop automation, CX services, and security portfolio as part of a “better together” solution for full lifecycle management.

We’ll also share insights on how service providers can create new revenue streams with enterprise bandwidth on demand offers. This Webinar will include an overview and demo of the new Crosswork Network Controller, our turnkey solution for end-to-end provisioning and management of intent-based networks.


SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Getting Ready for DOCSIS 4.0
Date: 9/17/2020 11:00 a.m New York./4:00 p.m.London
Sponsors:
Antronix, Red Hat, Corning, Teleste
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Now that DOCSIS 3.1 is almost universally deployed, cable technologists are rolling up their sleeves again to craft yet another next-gen version of DOCSIS. Known as DOCSIS 4.0, this emerging set of specs will incorporate the features of both Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD), giving cable operators two different but complementary options for expanding their bandwidth capacity and delivering symmetrical speeds of 25 Gbps or more to broadband subscribers. In this session, we will delve into the details of DOCSIS 4.0, review the status of the emerging specs, discuss upcoming tests and trials and explore what the new specs will enable.


SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date: 10/22/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Amphenol, Red Hat, Harmonic & Intel
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Following a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own turf in the network virtualization space. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global and Cox, cable operators and their technology partners are particularly moving ahead with the virtualization of the cable access network to meet growing bandwidth demands, boost service delivery and performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market much faster. But much more work remains to be done. This webinar will assess cable's latest virtualization efforts, examine the early deployments and trials, explore what's working and what's not and look at where cable goes next.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Testing the Next-Gen Cable Network
Date: 11/19/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Harmonic, Red Hat & VIAVI
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Cable technologists love to expound about the potential of DOCSIS 4.0, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), Fiber Deep, network virtualization and the like. But, even as cable operators and their tech partners push ahead with HFC network upgrades and deployments of new technologies, they are also running into fresh challenges testing, monitoring and maintaining those next-gen networks. In this session, we will look at the core functions of measuring, monitoring and testing the next-gen cable network and see where those methods and techniques stand.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Dreaming of Streaming Video
Date: 12/10/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Sponsors:
Wisi
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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.
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