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Ericsson Joins the New IP Agency (NIA)

2/23/2017
Ericsson is the latest major name to join the NIA, an industry organization that's needed more than ever.
MANO Marriage: ECOMP, Open-O Converge as ONAP

2/23/2017
Two open source MANO groups combine forces, simplifying both names with yet-another acronym, albeit one that is shorter and hyphen-free.
Eurobites: Telefónica Trims Its Capex

2/23/2017
Also in today's regional roundup: Orange benefits from broadband investments; ADVA knocks its sales out of the park; Nokia's in it for the anyhaul; and Aria's AI code heads to China.
Telecom Embraces AI's Potential

2/22/2017
The combination of cloud, artifical intelligence (AI) and applications development could be very powerful for communications service providers.
Enterprise Cloud Requires Cloud-Like Carriers – Riverbed

2/22/2017
Carriers need to be able do deliver services that cross geographic boundaries, at the network core or on the edge, the vendor says.
My, Light Reading, How You've Grown!

2/21/2017
The Light Reading group is now much more than the mothership website and the Heavy Reading analyst group -- the family has grown to include the Telecoms.com news site, dedicated communities and wiki-style databases.
Videos »
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
Understanding the SDN-Driven IP and Optical Renaissance
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London

Today, we are seeing a resurgence in the application of IP+optical integration driven by a combination of significant advances in hardware and by revolutionary concepts in software control and management. Whereas, historically, IP+optical focused on physical integration of hardware, the new focus is on multi-layer and multi-vendor control and management enabled by SDN. This webinar will address both the technology enablers and the business opportunities and applications underlying the IP+optical renaissance.

Topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • What are the most compelling operator use cases for multi-layer IP and optical integration/interworking?
  • Which network operators are realizing benefits of IP and optical integration today?
  • What are the hardware innovations required to build dynamic optical layers?
  • Which SDN standards and technologies are most applicable for multi-layer integration?
  • How can operators migrate to multi-layer SDN while re-using as much of their existing hardware and software as possible?
  • Is there a role moving forward for physical layer IP and optical integration?

The webinar will draw on recent Heavy Reading operator research on the topic and present real-world examples of IP and optical integration in live networks.

Archived Webinars
Delivering Carrier Grade OCP for Virtualized Data Centers
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

The telecom industry's transformation from traditional networking infrastructure to virtualized data centers is driving increasing demand for open hardware solutions. The Open Compute Project (OCP) has provided basis for rack-scale integration of open compute, storage and networking resources in enterprise data centers. However, adapting the OCP model to the telecommunications industry must take into account new carrier requirements.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Simon Stanley and Radisys' Tushar Saxena will address the following:

  • Trends in the adoption of SDN and NFV in telecom networks, and how these trends are driving demand of open hardware solutions.
  • How OCP forms the foundation for rack-scale open compute, storage and networking resources required for virtualized networking solutions.
  • How OCP is adapting to address telecommunication industry needs to accommodate carrier-grade central office environments including Physical, Content/Workload, Management and Networking/Interconnect.
  • Industry initiatives, including the Central Office Re-Architected as a Datacenter (CORD), which provides a reference architecture for virtualized networking based on open source SDN and NFV software on open hardware.
  • Real-world examples of mobile operators deploying carrier-grade OCP equipment, pre-integrated with open source SDN and NFV software, to facilitate 5G service innovations and rapid service delivery using DevOps principles.

Implementing SD-WAN: The Differentiation Drivers
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

Within the past 12 months, software-defined wire area network (SD-WAN) has emerged as one of the hottest topics in networking because it offers enterprises a significant cost savings by enabling virtual private networks (VPNs) at a much lower cost than today’s operator-managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs. SD-WAN then presents a threat to service providers who generate revenue from the managed VPNs that SD-WAN could limit or displace.

So where is SD-WAN on the technology adoption lifecycle? How do operators perceive SD-WAN? What are their plans to support it? What are their requirements for a candidate solution?

To find out, we asked a group of leading global operators about their views on SD-WAN and their plans for deploying it. This webinar will draw from that Heavy Reading survey data and will address the following topics:

  • Gauging the relative strength of SD-WAN technical and business drivers
  • Documenting SD-WAN current implementation timelines – including support of a multi-service support model
  • Identifying SD-WAN implementation barriers
  • Assessing the differentiation impact of integrating advanced techniques such as policy control and orchestration into SD-WAN to facilitate zero touch programmable service chains
  • How to achieve service differentiation by leveraging SD-WAN to monetize a new managed services model with a broader range of services (e.g. SECaaS and distributed multi-tenant applications)
  • Insights from ADVA Ensemble on how to effectively deploy SD-WAN in a way that supports both enterprise and CSPs

Is 2017 the year where NFV will really happen at scale?
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. New York/5:00 pm.m London

The most recent FoV survey revealed that CSPs are making progress on virtualization—albeit more slowly than was originally anticipated. Moving from PoCs to production is proving to be complex, and new issues seem to arrive at each step in the process. The early adopters are serving an important role in exposing these issues so they can be addressed in order for the industry as a whole to benefit. A key question is whether enough has been done so that NFV can be deployed at scale this year.

Join Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, as she guides a discussion with leading industry representatives from Ericsson, Intel and Oracle about what their companies are doing to help their customers implement NFV more efficiently and effectively. They will also discuss the major challenges they and their customers are encountering, and how they plan to overcome them.

How Carrier SDN Is Making Tight Coupling of IP & Optical a Reality
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London

In order to thrive in the cloud era, communication service providers must deliver new dynamic network services while making the most efficient use of multi-layer network assets. This webinar assesses how the close coupling of IP and optical domains in automation, optimization and assurance has become a central theme in achieving these operator goals, and how multi-layer SDN has become the critical software enabler. The webinar will draw from the most recent Heavy Reading global operator survey data on the topic and will include perspective from a network operator on the leading edge of multilayer (IP/optical) carrier SDN.