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Why Cable Is Getting Real About NFV & SDN

8/20/2018
Find out next month at Light Reading's annual NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver.
Taking the Pulse of NFV in the Mile-High City

8/16/2018
This year's NFV & Carrier SDN event will examine the industry's progress in monetizing virtualization efforts, but will also consider the impact of process automation, which is now positioned as a ubiquitous add-on to any technology.
Packet Carving New Niche at the Edge

8/15/2018
Industry veteran Ihab Tarazi helps lead company in providing IaaS at the edge of the network, offering bare metal compute as part of a larger edge computing ecosystem.
What's the Plan for Command & Control of 5G Networks?

8/15/2018
Operators will need full control over network and application performance if 5G services are to thrive.
Automation Makes Network Security a Much Bigger Priority

8/15/2018
Automation will help companies meet customer demand and stay competitive, but it also makes the security stakes that much higher. Here are some key ingredients for a comprehensive network security approach.
Casa Systems Shares Slide on Slashed Guidance

8/14/2018
Supplier says some cable operators have put off big capacity purchases as they finalize plans for new distributed access architectures.
Videos »
BCE 2018 Keynote: CenturyLink's James Feger
CenturyLink's VP of Network Virtualization, James Feger, looks at how the shift towards a software-centric network model and the automation of manual processes is impacting network operations.
Reliance Jio's BCE Keynote: A Disruptive Digital Transformation
At BCE 2018, Reliance Jio's president of Network, Global Strategy and Service Development, Mathew Oommen, describes how the operator has transformed the nature of mobile service delivery with its greenfield 4G network and, in doing so, changed the communications landscape in what is the second-biggest services market in the world.
Light Reading Hall of Fame 2018
Find out who's been welcomed into the Light Reading Hall of Fame this year.
Telstra: Automating From the Network Up
Without having a full automated network, you're not going to realize the potential of digital transformation, explains Telstra's director of Global Platforms, Jim Fagan, at Light Reading's Automation Everywhere conference in Dallas.
Come to BCE 2018: It's a Smart Move
Among the many great reasons to join us at BCE 2018 in Austin, Texas, are the educational workshops and panels. To find out more about Light Reading's Big Communications Event (BCE), click here.
Join Tier 1 Experts at Automation Everywhere
Want to know how major players such as Verizon, CenturyLink, Telstra, Windstream, PCCW Global and EdgeConneX are advancing their process automation strategies? Then get yourself to the Automation Everywhere event in Dallas on April 4.
MWC 2018: The Next Phase of 5G
Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown believes this year's MWC in Barcelona will witness a deep dive into 'Phase II' 5G tech developments such as network slicing.
MWC 2018: Time for a Reality Check
Ovum analyst Dario Talmesio says MWC 2018 is a great opportunity for a reality check on key technology developments and potential business cases related to AI, IoT, 5G and more.
Automation Workshop: Key Takeaways From Colt & Others
Industry experts from Light Reading's Automation & the New Carrier Network workshop shed some light on the event's key insights.
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
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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Archived Webinars
Why Time Matters: A Look at Precise Timing in Next-Gen 5G & Cable Networks.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 3:00 p.m. London

The rapid evolution of mobile and cable networks is creating challenges for operators. Next-generation service architectures – such as CRAN, vRAN, eCPRI, fronthaul, Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD), and DOCSIS 3.1 – rely on precise timing to enable reliable high bandwidth services. Operators need flexible, resilient architectures that readily support this changing environment.

This webinar will discuss the importance and the challenges of key aspects of timing and synchronization that mobile and cable operators must consider. The speakers will also explore why a gateway clock capable of supporting connectivity to legacy networks, as well as to the latest standards, is an essential element in network deployments for 4G, 5G and beyond.

Introducing In-Home Pressure Testing for Cable – Fill Two Needs With One Deed!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

In this webinar, we will cover the latest hot testing process for resolving cable shielding integrity and ingress/egress issues with -- in-home pressure testing. Using a roundtable discussion format, experts from Viavi Solutions will spell out the benefits of pressure testing the home network while the cable technician is in the home for either installation or service. While this quick, simple pressure test allows cable operators to tackle many issues, it is primarily focused on suppressing the impact of ingress on the network and the impact of LTE interference inside the home. Hence, fill two needs with one deed!

Protecting IP Networks Against DDoS Attacks with Multi-Dimensional Insight & Cloud Scale Routing
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London

In today’s networking environment when cybercriminals can leverage the cloud and the Internet of Things to unleash mayhem on ICT infrastructure, protecting against DDoS attacks is a critical requirement for internet and cloud service providers. Today's IP networks are part of the problem as they rely heavily on costly DDoS scrubbing centers and specialized network security appliances. Nokia's innovative approach flips this around by making the IP network part of the solution. By combining the forces of Deepfield cloud and network insight with the world's first 2.4 Tb/s network processor, FP4 routing silicon, Nokia delivers more effective DDoS protection at lower cost than traditional approaches.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The changing landscape of DDoS defense
  • Operator challenges of protecting their networks against volumetric DDoS attacks
  • The role and value proposition of Deepfield in quickly detecting and mitigating attacks
  • The role and value proposition of FP4 routing silicon to efficiently filter harmful traffic at the network edge without degrading service
  • The ROI achieved by deploying a smarter network fabric

To read the Heavy Reading whitepaper on “A new DDoS architecture for volumetric attacks” please

What’s Next for Cable Business Services
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Cable operators seeking to expand their presence in the $150 billion US commercial services market have reached a crossroads. On the one hand, they want to move upmarket and capture a greater share of enterprise business from the large incumbent telcos. But on the other hand, they need to protect their flank against inroads in the SMB market made by smaller, more nimble insurgents. And, in order to do so, operators must develop and deploy new disruptive technologies, retool their networks and operations, and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions.

How do cable operators plan to accomplish all this? In this webinar, Light Reading will delve into MSOs' strategies for maintaining their business services growth momentum. Drawing on exclusive research conducted by Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss, we will look at how cable providers are planning to shift their focus, transform their networks, introduce new products and services and overhaul their customer care operations.

Our panel will feature Strauss and leading executives from Mediacom, WOW, Ciena and Corning examining the new business services opportunities and challenges that cable operators face. This discussion will help you make smarter product, technology, marketing and sales decisions.