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ETSI's 'Zero Touch' Group Issues Telco Automation White Paper

12/14/2017
ETSI gives birth to its Zero Touch Network and Service Management group and issues a telco-authored white paper on 'the necessity and benefit of automating network and service operation in next-generation networks.'
Eurobites: Gemalto Spurns Atos Bid

12/14/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre expands in Aberdeen; Ericsson sees bright future for microwave in backhaul; broadband over... wet string?
Vapor IO Is Virtualizing the Edge

12/13/2017
And it's made Chicago its first Kinetic Edge city.
Bell Canada Pioneers Production ONAP

12/12/2017
Network operator launches automated provisioning of data center customers based on ONAP open source software.
Cloudy With a Chance of Automation: Telecom in 2018

12/12/2017
What does 2018 hold in store for the telecom sector? We asked our own editors and analysts, and gathered up a few third-party forecasts as well.
WOW Nears 'Cap & Grow' for Virtualization

12/11/2017
Start the 12-month countdown.
Videos »
Debating the Common Information Model
LONDON, 11/3/2017 – At Light Reading's 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV' event in London, Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre talk common information models and automation.
Flirting With Automation
Automated back office operations is becoming a hot topic amongst major operators, including many of those at the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
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
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The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Oracle
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Are You Really Taking Care of QoE in Your Mobile Network?
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 5pm London, 12pm New York, 9am San Francisco

With operators under pressure to deliver ever-higher Quality of Experience (QoE) of services to their subscribers whilst ensuring opex and capex efficiencies, this webinar examines the role of drive testing and benchmarking to provide the reliable end-user insight needed for intelligent network investment decisions. Furthermore, it looks at the factors influencing accuracy and reliability of data acquisition and data analytics and how correct measurement equipment and technique can enable the efficient delivery of better services and higher quality to customers.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is network benchmarking from an end-user perspective and what are its applications
  • What factors influence the quality of data acquisition and data analytics
  • The role of network test in future networks compared to OSS data analytics and crowdsourcing
  • How to assess the quality of a mobile network during a drive test campaign
  • The path from drive test data to network insights for network investment decisions

This webinar is being offered at an additional time for your convenience.

Click here to register for this webinar on December 14th at 5pm London / 12pm New York / 9am San Francisco

Are You Really Taking Care of QoE in Your Mobile Network?
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10am London, 2pm Dubai, 6pm Singapore

With operators under pressure to deliver ever-higher Quality of Experience (QoE) of services to their subscribers whilst ensuring opex and capex efficiencies, this webinar examines the role of drive testing and benchmarking to provide the reliable end-user insight needed for intelligent network investment decisions. Furthermore, it looks at the factors influencing accuracy and reliability of data acquisition and data analytics and how correct measurement equipment and technique can enable the efficient delivery of better services and higher quality to customers.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is network benchmarking from an end-user perspective and what are its applications
  • What factors influence the quality of data acquisition and data analytics
  • The role of network test in future networks compared to OSS data analytics and crowdsourcing
  • How to assess the quality of a mobile network during a drive test campaign
  • The path from drive test data to network insights for network investment decisions

This webinar is being offered at an additional time for your convenience.

Click here to register for this webinar on December 14th at 10am London / 2pm Dubai / 6pm Singapore

The Power of Big Data in Telco: Optimizing Margins with Actionable Insights
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

We all know that telcos have access to a lot of data, but how to leverage that to truly impact the business continues to be a challenge. In this webinar, you'll learn how starting with a modern data platform sets the stage for revolutionizing how the business is run. You'll also hear about specific use cases, including how smart data is being leveraged, today, to gain granular insights into revenue leakage points to optimize margins and drive overall profitability.

Archived Webinars
BSS and OSS Modernization – the Lynchpin of Telco Digital Transformation
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9.00 a.m New York / 2:00 p.m London

What do mining companies, fashion brands and banks have in common? They are all talking about digital transformation. The telecom and financial services industries are ahead of most other verticals in their digital transformation though they remain well behind digital natives such as WhatsApp and Alipay. Just as “banks are now IT companies selling financial solutions” (to quote a Boston Consulting Group report), telecom operators are now IT companies selling connectivity and value-added services. And the core components of telecom IT are OSS and BSS. While the vast majority of telecom capex goes on network infrastructure, the IT systems which manage this infrastructure, and the customer-facing applications on top, are critical to transforming the business.

This webinar we will examine digital transformation in the telecom industry through the lens of Business and Operational Support Systems. The key aspects of OSS and BSS transformation we will discuss include:

  • Improving the customer experience – meeting customer expectations for ease of ordering and problem resolution; making personalized new offerings based on data analytics.
  • Accelerating time to market – turning operators into service aggregators (the platform play) for third parties (e.g., Netflix, Spotify, Deezer, financial services, utilities, etc.), similar to the app store concept for smartphones. The platform opportunity is not just about consumer services but also encompasses the myriad B2B2X opportunities that IoT entails.
  • Increasing the agility of operations – increasing automation and the ability to rapidly respond to new customer requirements.
  • Unleashing internal innovation – adoption of DevOps and a fast-fail mentality to unleash the creative potential within a telco's own workforce and provide an attractive environment for recruitment.
Expanding Service Provider Applications for Pluggable Coherent Optics
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Coherent technology continues to move into a broader range of applications as increasing bandwidth is required to support growing consumer demand. 100G coherent technology was initially adopted by carriers for long-haul dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks because of its spectral efficiency and reach compared to the previous generation of 10G (non-coherent) systems. More recently, through design optimization, pluggable coherent solutions have moved into metro applications where size and power are critical factors. Today, pluggable coherent solutions support a wide range of applications in a compact, CFP2-DCO form factor that is power efficient. As SDN and NFV become more prevalent, these coherent solutions are expected to become more widely adopted.

This Light Reading webinar explores the future of coherent technologies with a specific focus on service provider applications and benefits. Key topics in this webcast will include:

  • Latest coherent trends and architectures
  • How coherent pluggables improve the delivery of long haul, metro, DCI, Remote PHY, 5G and ZR applications
  • Features supported by pluggable coherent technology solutions

10 Facts You Need to Know About Cellular-V2X
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) is an important technology for improved road safety and the future of autonomous driving, and momentum continues to build around C-V2X with a broad ecosystem support. Following Audi, Ford, Groupe PSA and SAIC announcing their support of Qualcomm’s first C-V2X commercial solution, more news started to break about automotive Tier 1 suppliers using Qualcomm’s C-V2X solutions for testing and upcoming commercial implementations. Automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, mobile operators, semiconductor companies, test equipment vendors, telecom suppliers, traffic signal suppliers, road operators and municipalities are closely collaborating to accelerate C-V2X technology development and commercialization. The recent news from AT&T, Ford, Nokia, Qualcomm and McCain announcing the first US C-V2X trials in San Diego is just an example of this collaboration.

Why is C-V2X gaining traction and support from key automotive players?

Join our Qualcomm experts for this webinar to know why and get your facts straight about:

  • What are the design aspects that enable C-V2X to provide superior performance and reliability for automotive safety?
  • Can C-V2X be ready for commercial deployment in cars for 2020? How?
  • How does the C-V2X evolution to 5G address new complementary use cases, while maintaining backward compatibility?
  • What are the economic benefits that C-V2X brings to automakers, as well as infrastructure providers?

GPUs Revolutionize Real-time Transcoding in the Cloud
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) will become the processor of choice for real-time communications (RTC) in the cloud.

GPUs have already become the de-facto choice in the cloud to solve large compute-intensive tasks such as image processing, AI and machine learning. Media transcoding is one of the most compute-intensive operations for real-time communications, so as RTC migrates to the cloud, a match between compute need and a compute solution aligns perfectly.

Sonus understands how to successfully take advantage of GPUs to ensure real-time communication performance; it’s in their DNA. Listen to the experts explain how using GPUs achieves orders of magnitude performance improvement vs. CPU implementations and is now equivalent or better than most DSP-based solutions.

This webinar will provide the latest information on:

  • The state of the market for GPUs
  • GPU performance relative to DSPs and CPUs
  • GPU cost relative to DSPs and CPUs
  • An assessment of how GPUs perform for quality of service
  • A proposal for how to better support GPUs with OpenStack

Webinar participants will understand why Sonus is bullish on GPUs and why they are the future of media processing for real-time communications in the cloud.

Rebuilding OSS for NFV and the Digital Era
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London

Operational Support Systems are, frankly, a mess. They struggle to support a mish-mash of existing technologies let alone the coming wave of NFV. On top of that they are a roadblock to the much-needed digital transformation of the telecom business itself.

Accepting the need to change, where should CSPs start to rebuild the OSS? Big bang transformations are risky, expensive and frequently under deliver. Instead a more tactical approach is required. Drawing on real world experience of implementing OSS, this webinar will explore some of the key areas for OSS transformation that can unlock the most value in the shortest time frame:

  • Closed-loop Lifecycle Orchestration across Business processes (order management, product catalog), Services (policy, service catalog/inventory) and Resources (physical and virtualized).
  • Network discovery and inventory (real-time, accurate discovery of physical/virtualized, and logical resources across vendors, domains, technologies and layers)
  • Modernization of OSS systems themselves (cloud deployment in virtual machines and containers, rearchitecting for microservices, use of Open APIs, composability)
  • DevOps methodologies to make OSS, and the business it supports, more agile

By making tactical upgrades to OSS, CSPs can unleash the business innovation necessary to start driving top line growth.

Contextual Service Assurance for 5G: New Requirements, New Opportunities
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:30 a.m New York/ 3:30p.m. London

The range of 5G services now under development, from virtual reality, to production-critical automation, to massive-scale Internet of Things, has the potential to catalyze new value chains and operating models for every industry worldwide, and to underpin the long-term commercial future of network operators. To realize these benefits requires technology that will fundamentally change how networks are designed and operated, and how services are consumed.

To adapt to these changes, service assurance systems must evolve to meet the new demands introduced with 5G. This evolution will provide extended real-time analytic capabilities to allow the integration and processing of heterogeneous contextual information in order to trigger automated, closed-loop network healing and optimization processes. Operators implementing these capabilities will be able to meet demanding service level agreements across a range of dynamic and diverse service types in both consumer and enterprise markets.

Join Light Reading and TEOCO in this webinar to engage in a practical discussion about the service assurance evolution into a context-driven continued optimization process, and how machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) will help operators manage and operate the vast scale and diversity of services and network functions that characterizes 5G.

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.

Making MEC a Reality- Lessons Learned From a Multi-Party MEC platform Benchmarking Project
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

The potential of multi-access or mobile edge computing (MEC) is already well-established, converging IT and telco networks at the mobile edge within the Radio Access Network (RAN) and close to mobile consumer and enterprise subscribers who increasingly expect a better and lower latency user experience.

Designing MEC for the future entails strict requirements on hardware platforms, as well as a need to respect certain characteristics for the services/applications that will run on it.

In order to address these key points, an underlying hardware platform blueprint needs to be designed, implemented and tested iteratively with current and forthcoming new technologies and products kept in mind. The goal is to reach the most appropriate solution that fits and have its performance continually improved by means of tunings, benchmarking, updates and ease of serviceability. This webinar will cover the challenges of MEC deployments, the benchmarking parameters of hardware and software and the practical lessons learned for "next-step" development phases.

  • MEC realities – power, space and environmental conditions.
  • Diverse MEC site types and their use-cases for today and the future
  • What's missing? – abilities inherited from the past and vision for the future to overcome hurdles
  • MEC network fabric requirements – current issues and bottlenecks
  • Application characteristics and prerequisites at the mobile edge
  • Why Calico? – leading open source SDN community
  • An inside look at a standard, modular MEC converged platform
  • Talk about the "next round" of benchmarks

Real-Time Visibility & Analytics to Enable Actionable Intelligence & Network Automation
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London

The rapid migration of content (e.g. OTT video), applications (e.g. enterprise SaaS) and services (e.g. storage) to the cloud is driving network transformation. At the same time, the proliferation of IoT devices is driving exponential growth in the number of end points and 5G will enable mobile edge computing for low-latency applications. Continuously shifting traffic flows and network loads bring new challenges for service providers. Service providers need to respond rapidly to changing network conditions, or better yet, move proactively in anticipation of expected conditions. This drives the need for real-time visibility and analytics to help service providers deliver end-user quality-of-experience and security.

The solution is underpinned by four key building blocks:

  • A more capable data plane and highly instrumented network fabric
  • A simplified and fully programmable control plane
  • A unified network topology view based on multi-domain, multi-layer visibility
  • A big data analytics engine for real-time operational intelligence

Join Tony Kourlas, director of product marketing at Nokia; Stephen Collins, principal analyst at ACG; and James Crawshaw, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, as they discuss these issues and several key use cases that illustrate the benefits of insight-driven actionable intelligence and network automation.

To read the ACG whitepaper on “Intelligent IP and webscale networks: Secure, optimized, automated” please sign up here.