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The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead

10/18/2017
Mobile AI, the evolution of mobile broadband architectures and ways to make 5G a reality will all feature prominently at this year's Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) in London.
'Brutal' Automation & the Looming Workforce Cull

10/18/2017
As telcos try to emulate their Internet rivals, the industry looks set to set lose many of its current employees.
What Does Automation Mean to You?

10/17/2017
What does automation mean for the carrier community? We need to talk about this...
What to Watch for at Cable-Tec Expo

10/16/2017
Cable access will be a big topic again, with DAAs, virtualization and managed WiFi all on the Cable-Tec docket.
DT Preps CORD Effort to Slash FTTB/H Costs

10/16/2017
German operator's Access 4.0 project, if approved, could help it to reduce the expense of building higher-speed fiber networks.
NFV & SDN: What's Next for Cable?

10/16/2017
Now that CableLabs and ETSI have begun defining standards, interfaces and software-based network elements, how will the industry proceed with virtualizing the cable architecture?
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Colt's CTO on Connecting the Cloud
Colt CTO Rajiv Datta talks about the impact of SDN and NFV, how data centers are now at the core of the telecoms ecosystem and how network and services evolution is being built around enterprise demands.
How the NIA Aims to Advance NFV
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
The Computer Science Approach to Network Virtualization
The three biggest challenges facing the implementation of virtualization are interoperability, moving to a DevOps model and the complexity around management, according to Doug Tait, head of NFV Solutions for Oracle. In this video, he discusses the features of a 'well-enabled VNF' that Oracle has piloted with AT&T, China Mobile and Orange.
The Cloud Descends on OFC 2017
The annual optical fest that is OFC is about to open its doors at the LA Convention Center and, like most networking industry events, cloud cover is very evident.
Modernizing the Packet Core for Cloud and 5G
Jan Häglund, Ericsson's head of network analytics and control, discusses how the packet core must evolve to accommodate cloud-native applications and the rollout of 5G. At MWC, Ericsson's pavilion included solutions for network slicing, optimizing throughput and automating lifecycle management.
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The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Cisco
Dave Ward, Cisco's CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, outlines his vision for the future of virtualization.
The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Intel
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development for the Network Platforms Group for Intel, outlines her vision for the future of virtualization.
The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Oracle
Douglas Tait, global director of marketing for Oracle Communications, outlines his vision for the future of virtualization.
The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Ericsson
Ravi Vaidyanathan, Ericsson's Head of OSS/BSS Portfolio & Innovation, and Udaya Kumar, Global Head of Cloud Services, outline their vision for the future of virtualization.
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Upcoming Webinars
Wireless and Wired – Building a Converged Network
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London

5G is coming, and service providers are building extensive fiber access networks to reach small cells, radios with CRAN fronthaul and other wireless nodes at the network edge. Our previous webinar, "Network Convergence, the Future of Central Offices," looked at the consequences of convergence for the central office/headend network.

A fully converged access network supports all services offered to residential, enterprise and mobile customers. This webinar examines key issues to consider when planning and designing your access network. Building a 5G fiber foundation into existing networks requires making planning decisions regarding fiber capacity, locations, architectures, power and other aspects of the network – a difficult task when most of the required information may not be available. This webinar will provide you with ideas, insights and important questions to ask when planning a converged network.

Building a Virtualized Security Architecture – With VNFs That Truly Scale
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London

Whether it be for the protection of their own infrastructure, or extending premium security services to enterprise customers, a CSP's network security architecture needs to leverage the opportunities presented by virtualized network infrastructure. Flexibility in the way different network security applications like firewalls, malware detection and DDoS protection are deployed and scaled up is critical to providing optimal protection at optimal cost. This webinar will explain how a flexible virtualized security architecture can best be designed as well as what's required to ensure that security VNFs are able to scale up and down with as much flexibility as CSPs require.

Archived Webinars
The GDPR Challenge: How CSPs are implementing User Managed Privacy Today – Live Demo!
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. New York/ 2:00 p.m London

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) redefines the degree with which a user’s personal data must be protected. At the heart of this regulation lies the reality that privacy and consent management need to be managed at the individual user level. The challenge for communications service providers (CSPs) is that existing telecom systems and processes are designed around an account, device or an address. Individual user management, centered around digital identity, is a recent requirement and most CSPs will struggle to manage the privacy and consent settings of any user who consumes their services. Additionally, providing users with a central privacy dashboard including visibility and control of all their personal data is a tremendous challenge, since personal data is distributed across various data processing systems in a CSP network, e.g., billing, CRM, BI, marketing or external partner services.

In this webinar, UXP Systems and Light Reading will discuss the key challenges faced by CSPs when dealing with the GDPR and CSP use cases in the market today. The webinar will also include a live installation-ready, product demo that showcases how CSPs can become GDPR-ready now!

MoCA Access™: Multi-Gigabit and Beyond
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London

With data speeds accelerating across the globe, service providers are embracing gigabit-to-the-home as the mantra of their broadband access network design and implementation. However, there are numerous paths to the gigabit future and all the available technologies are all quite rich in their benefits and quite vulnerable in their deficiencies. The Multimedia over Coax Alliance, MoCA, best known as a home networking standards body, introduced MoCA Access in June 2017 so that operators can leverage the technology’s inherent and well-known performance, reliability and use of existing coaxial cabling, all of which have become key requirements for broadband access design and implementation.

This webinar will take a deep dive into the attributes and benefits of MoCA Access, while comparing and contrasting the new spec with other broadband access technologies. The competition is formidable, the demand is great and immediate and the winners are still to be determined. As in the home networking market, the broadband access space will likely end up supporting a combination of technologies that best serve customer use cases and operator requirements for reliable and robust networks.

Please join Light Reading and MoCA for a webinar on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. EST to learn details about MoCA Access and the benefits that it offers for the broadband environment. Cable operators, telcos, ISPs and anyone designing, installing and marketing broadband services will find this webinar a must-attend event. Questions and comments after the presentations are welcome and encouraged.

Cloud Native Mobile Core Networks
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

The initial steps for implementing Telco Cloud, such as the virtualization of the network functions, have definitely delivered improvements to network operations and end-user services. However, to realize the economic benefits of new and demanding services, the industry needs to take steps to leverage the full potential of cloud computing on telco applications. This will be enabled by applying cloud-native principles to service provider networks and software design.

In this session, Nokia will outline its vision for the evolution of the Core Networks towards a cloud-native architecture. We will cover the changes required on the network architecture, software design and network operations to build a cloud-native environment. In particular, we will also cover how the relationship between CSPs and vendors will have to evolve to enable the agility required by today's consumers and enterprises. Some topics to be covered:

  • - Cloud-native principles applied to telecom
  • - Application of a DevOps environment

Key Questions Answered

  • Why we need a cloud-native core
  • What it needs to do (key principles)
  • What it looks like
  • The main challenges

Please join Matthias Reiss, Nokia Head of Subscriber Data Management and Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading, to discuss the evolution to cloud-native core networks.

Piracy for the People- User-Friendly Technologies Enable “Mass-Market” Piracy of Video -- and Revenue Losses for CSPs
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

Fixed and mobile communications service providers (CSPs) are increasingly looking to video for revenue growth, by licensing or creating exclusive video content for distribution to subscribers. The proliferation of certain easy-to-use, inexpensive technologies has made piracy of live TV streams and on-demand video accessible to a "mass-market" of non-technical subscribers. Sandvine’s studies of network data show that the problem can easily become worth billions of dollars to a CSP. To avoid massive revenue loss, CSPs need tools to identify and quantify the problem, then take action to address it. During the webinar, Sandvine will discuss the results of its studies in the area as well as some of the network elements necessary to begin stemming revenue losses.

Make the Right Moves in Analytics to Gain the Network Automation Advantage
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:00 p.m.New York / 5:00 p.m. London

The journey to automation is existentially important to communication service providers (CSPs), which makes analytics strategic to the entire business. While network operations have an obvious need to quickly identify the root cause of issues to ensure network quality, the bigger need is to become a truly data-driven business. This is not just about tools but the right operational processes and organization structure that can integrate all various data sources effectively to run the business better. In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Sandra O’Boyle and experts from Kentik discuss how to build real-time network analytics that yield short-term value, look at real-world use cases, and explain what sets the stage for a sustainable journey into network automation.

Distributed Denial of Service: The Resource Conundrum
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

What do local car dealers, hospitals and banks all have in common? At first glance, not much. However, all of them have become recent hacker targets. Why now when other, much larger corporate entities have traditionally been targets? One word – resources. Their resources, both network and personnel, are stretched thin. With the increased complexity and length of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, it’s a struggle for all organizations, let alone small and medium businesses.

Join Radware's Louis Scialabba, Director of Carrier Solutions Marketing, to discuss:

  • Current technology trends and their impact on enterprise security requirements
  • Commercial examples of why enterprises are turning to service providers and adopting a cloud-based managed services model
  • An economic model Heavy Reading and Radware developed to benchmark and quantify the strong revenue streams that a managed DDoS service can deliver
  • The business case drivers as well as the ROI potential that service providers can commercially realize by offering a managed cloud DDoS service to their enterprise customers.

Innovator Insights: Best Practices for Today's NFV Deployments & the Journey to 5G
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:30 a.m. New York/ 4:30 p.m. London

The telecommunications industry has embraced cloud-focused technologies, such as network functions virtualization (NFV), as the path to accelerating new services introduction and as the only profitable means for meeting future demand. This webinar will provide insights from Ibrahim Gideon, CTO of Telus, Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, and Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks – two leading innovators who have been pioneers in the move to virtualized architectures. Moderated by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading, the session will offer perspectives on best practices and lessons learned from real-world deployments, and a look ahead at the critical requirements for identifying and delivering profitable 5G services.