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AT&T Intelligent Edge Blurs Lines Between Cloud, CPE

11/17/2017
Old distinctions lose relevance when intelligence can reside anywhere and every customer prem is connected to the cloud.
China Mobile to Deploy 10,000 5G Basestations by 2020

11/17/2017
Chinese service provider expects to have a commercial 5G network comprising 10,000 basestations in the market in 2020.
DT Is Not Going Radio Gaga About 5G

11/16/2017
Deutsche Telekom executive says 5G progress so far is largely about radio – and it shouldn't be.
Bell Canada Is Binning Black Boxes Before 5G Buildout

11/15/2017
Canadian operator is replacing traditional gear and turning central offices into data centers as it prepares for the introduction of 5G technology.
Efficiency Drive by Major Telcos Has Claimed 74K Jobs Since 2015

11/14/2017
Research carried out by Light Reading shows the scale of job cuts in the telecom sector during the last two years, as major telcos look to maintain sales with a smaller workforce.
MEF Goes Global With Its Latest Specs Effort

11/14/2017
Industry body's MEF 3.0 initiative goes beyond Carrier Ethernet specs to focus on how service providers interconnect to deliver next-gen offerings.
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 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
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.

Archived Webinars
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.

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.

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.