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Virtualized RAN: 4G/5G Strategies, Opportunities and Pitfalls
Date: 1/22/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Red Hat
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Are operators virtualizing their RAN? When, and with what goals in mind? Heavy Reading surveyed over 80 global operators to gain their perspective on deploying virtualized RAN solutions. In this webinar we share the results of that survey, sponsored by Red Hat. We focus on vRAN deployment opportunities and challenges; how existing 4G RAN infrastructure and planned 5G implementations influence deployment, and how emerging container and cloud native technologies impact vRAN plans. We also examine how the operators' desire to avoid vendor lock-in may require evolving platform solutions to simplify managing and integrating multi-vendor VNFs in an NFV environment.

Key topics include:

  • The VNFs operators are implementing today
  • Their plans for vRAN deployment
  • How these plans vary in relative to 4G and 5G roll-out
  • The choices operators are making in terms of vertical versus horizontal solutions
  • How the move to cloud native and containers will impact vRAN implementation.

The Edge Gets Real: Data Center Automation for Telco and Cloud Service Providers
Date: 1/23/2020 11 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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There has been a lot of talk about the edge, but generally, the industry is still in the process of transitioning from discussing the topic at conferences to deploying it in the field. One of the challenges is ensuring that specifically designed networking hardware and software can meet the requirements of constrained environments and highly distributed architectures. Retrofitting existing networking solutions designed for large centralized data centers results in high cost, complexity and compromise. Tune into this webinar to learn about how new hardware and software innovations purpose-built for these smaller distributed environments are transforming concepts of edge compute into reality.

Join Heavy Reading analyst Jim Hodges; Pluribus Networks CMO Mike Capuano and Vice President, Product Management Alessandro Barbieri; and Red Hat's Chief Technologist for Global Service Providers Ian Hood as they review multiple innovations for wireless and wireline telco operators, MSP/CSPs and even mid-market enterprise customers that are looking to automate small- and medium-sized, single- and multi-site data centers, including highly distributed edge compute environments.

Securing the 5G-Ready Telco Cloud
Date: 1/29/2020 10 p.m. EST (Thursday, Jan 30th- 8 a.m. India, 11 a.m. Singapore, 1 p.m. Brisbane)
Palo Alto
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The technological shift to dynamic and scalable architectures brings agility and flexibility to network modernization - reducing the time to bring new services to market while enabling rapid service deployment. In response, service providers are now building a highly-distributed telco cloud environment that spans across multi-vendor, multi-site cloud infrastructures, designed to meet the performance and scalability requirements that advanced 5G-enabled service offerings will require.

These evolving network architectural changes vastly impact security postures that mobile operators are required to adopt in their journey to 5G. As service providers prepare for building out 5G-ready telco clouds, they will need a resilient network with robust security mechanisms to support the diversity and performance requirements of 5G-enabled applications and services.

During this session, we will discuss:

  • Security implications of cloud adoption in telco environments
  • How to enforce cloud-agnostic security at scale across cloud architectures
  • • Ways to embed security in every stage of DevOps workflow to secure your container workloads

We will conclude the discussion by providing a five-step approach for building a proactive defense around your 5G-ready telco clouds.

SD-WAN Security Services: Implementation, Integration & Impacts
Date: 1/30/2020 11.00 a.m. New York / 4.00 p.m. London
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SD-WAN has come a long way in a very short period of time. Not only in terms of commercial adoption, but also in the scope of services supported.

One area that has undoubtedly fueled this growth is the integration of powerful security capabilities. In order to fully understand the impact of security services on SD-WAN implementation, in 4Q 2019, Heavy Reading, in collaboration with Amdocs, Fortinet, Lavelle Networks and Nuage Networks, created and fielded a comprehensive SD-WAN security-focused survey designed to provide granular insights into the state of SD-WAN security services.

This webinar will provide a readout of several key survey findings. Topics to be addressed include:

  • SD-WAN security service implementation timeline and anticipated growth metrics
  • SD-WAN security service integration models
  • Location preferences for deploying SD-WAN security services
  • Specific security service implementation priorities
  • Implementation challenges as well as service differentiation opportunities
  • Security VNF orchestration preferences
  • The role of analytics to enhance SD-WAN security service delivery

Control App Services To Be Agile: Network Transformation Strategies for Service Providers
Date: 1/30/2020 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
F5 Networks
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We're delivering the highest volume of data traffic in history, with mobile traffic projected to grow to 131 EB/month in 2024 (74% of which will be video). Service providers must be deliberate with their application services for fast adaptation, as they are challenged by telcos as well as nontraditional competitors, while simultaneously transitioning to 5G. Industry leader James Feger, general manager of service provider for F5, will lead this session on how to do so.

Join this webinar and learn how F5 is visualizing and preparing secure and distributed application services that support agile and automated network transformation.

What you will learn:

  • Key concepts for how to be more software-driven, leveraging multi-cloud strategies
  • Automation in the right places to enable changing customer needs
  • How to push edge compute as close to your customers as possible with webscaling

5G+AI: The Ingredients Fueling Tomorrow’s Technology Innovations
Date: 2/6/2020 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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5G and AI are two of the most disruptive technologies the world has seen in decades. While each is individually revolutionizing industries and enabling new experiences, the combination of both 5G and AI is going to be truly transformative. Applying AI not only to the 5G network but also the device will lead to more efficient wireless communications, longer battery life and enhanced user experiences. The low latency and high capacity of 5G will also allow AI processing to be distributed amongst the device, edge cloud and central cloud, enabling flexible system solutions for a variety of use cases. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are not only working on cutting-edge research for 5G and AI, but we are also exploring their synergies to realize our vision of the future.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how:

  • AI is making 5G better -- in the network and on the device
  • On-device AI processing is essential, and even more so in the 5G era
  • 5G is empowering a new computing paradigm: distributed learning over wireless

The Internet for the Future: Innovations to Redefine Service Provider Networking
Date: 2/11/2020 11.00 a.m. New York / 4.00 p.m. London
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$1 in CapEx consumed by service providers today does 11 times the work it did just a few years ago. Also, for each $1 in CapEx spent by operators, almost $5 in OpEx gets paid. This can’t continue unless we reinvent the rules.

Cisco is changing the economics of the Internet for the Future by powering service providers and web-scale operators to build a durable network foundation, created using breakthrough innovations. This interactive session will provide details on the innovations covering silicon, optics, software and systems. We will review why they help customers, with real-world examples, to implement new network architectures using these foundational technologies.

So mark your calendars and learn how you can benefit from building converged, cloud-enhanced and fabric-based network architectures that improve CapEx efficiency, OpEx utilization and time-to-service.

Orchestration & Automation for the Telco Cloud Era
Date: 2/13/2020 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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The communications industry is at a critical point in its transformation as innovations such as 5G and edge computing are being planned and progressively rolled out. Virtualization, and now the telco cloud, act as a foundational component of this transformation with the promise of enhanced service experience, complete resilience, operational agility and optimized capital expenditure. This is a radical departure from the traditional, single-purpose hardware appliance model. CSPs now have to design and operate their services across a web of data centers bridging physical and virtual ecosystems while enabling interoperability across competing vendors. Designing and managing services requires the coordination of multiple VNFs. An automated approach is needed that abstracts the multi-cloud complexity and removes tedious manual tasks to achieve network transformation and operational efficiency.

On this webinar you will learn about:

  • The state of MANO in the market and the transition from NFV to telco cloud
  • The growing need for cloud-first orchestration
  • Telco cloud orchestration capabilities and applications
  • VMware's recent announcement about Project Maestro

SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar: Making Way for DAA
Date: 2/20/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
SCTE, Harmonic, Vecima, VIAVI
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Following years of fits and starts, cable operators and vendors in both North America and Europe are finally starting to roll out various distributed access architecture (DAA) options for shifting key headend functions and equipment to the access network, thereby expanding the HFC network's capacity to deliver new, more advanced services and operate more efficiently and effectively. But, whether they are leveraging Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY or some other type of DAA, cablecos and their tech partners are finding that deploying DAA is even harder than expected. In this session, we will examine the latest DAA moves by operators and vendors, the strategies they are pursuing, the hurdles they are encountering and the early lessons they are learning.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar: Extending the Spectrum
Date: 3/19/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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In their never-ending pursuit of more bandwidth, cable technologists are now working on new DOCSIS specs that would raise the industry's RF spectrum ceiling from the current 1.2GHz limit to at least 1.8GHz. At the same time, they are exploring options to raise the ceiling to 3GHz in the near future and possibly as high as 6GHz later on. This webinar will focus of the options for extending the plant spectrum, the opportunities that those options will open up and the challenges that the effort will present.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Playing with PON
Date: 4/16/2020 11:00 a.m New York / 4:00 p.m.London
SCTE, Corning, VIAVI
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Even though DOCSIS may still have a long life ahead of it, PON is rapidly emerging as an important alternative transmission technology for cable operators as they install more fiber lines. Whether they are leveraging EPON, GPON, 10G EPON or the other various PON flavors, cablecos and vendors are increasingly deploying PON to meet their customers' bandwidth needs. How is the industry leveraging the different PONs? What are the requirements for deploying the technology? How can operators and vendors mesh PON and DOCSIS? This webinar will tackle questions like these and more.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Smart Pipes, Smarter Cities
Date: 5/21/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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As more and more cities move to improve service delivery and streamline operations by adopting Internet of things (IoT) technologies, a large new market is emerging for cable operators and vendors who can supply the equipment and software to support these next-gen applications. Whether the cities want to implement smart traffic lighting, smart parking, smart trash pickups, smart water meters or the like, they all require smart transmission pipes that deliver more broadband capacity than ever before. In this webinar, we will look at how cable operators and their tech partners are maneuvering to offer those smart pipes, the services they're offering, the challenges they're encountering and the lessons they're learning.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Tapping Into the Cloud
Date: 6/18/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Despite getting off to a relatively late start, the cable industry is now ardently pursuing a software-based strategy, seeking to shift various functions and services to the cloud. So far, operators and vendors are focusing on moving key functions of network firewalls, routers, set-top boxes and even CMTS chasses to the cloud as they look to boost their capacity, scale their operations, increase their network efficiencies and roll out new services. This session will explore cable's cloud strategy, look at where those efforts may lead and assess what the industry still needs to do.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: 10G vs. 5G
Date: 7/16/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Over the last couple of years, cable operators have embraced mobile as a key part of their product bundles. In the U.S., for instance, Comcast, Charter and Altice have all launched MVNOs with either Verizon or Sprint/T-Mobile. But now, with the rollout of fifth-generation wireless technology, the big question is whether cablecos can use their bold 10 Gigabit broadband initiative to trump or leverage 5G or will lose out to telcos harnessing the technology to deliver competitive services. In this session, we will focus on the opportunities and challenges that 5G presents for the cable industry as it pursues its 10G ambitions.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Closing the GAP on GAP
Date: 8/20/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Under an evolving SCTE/ISBE standard known as the Generic Access Platform (GAP), cable technologists are now working on a fiber-optic node initiative that will standardize the node housings and the interfaces for various service modules that can be plugged into the node like Lego bricks. Rather than having to deploy or rip down discrete, proprietary nodes from various vendors for FTTP, DOCSIS 3.1, WiFi, 5G, wireless backhaul and so on, cable operators could instead snap in one standardized node housing or discard the modules as needed. This webinar will look at the emerging GAP standard, the promise that the modular node initiative offers, the initial use cases for it and the hurdles that still must be overcome.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Getting Ready for DOCSIS 4.0
Date: 9/17/2020 11:00 a.m New York./4:00 p.m.London
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Now that DOCSIS 3.1 is almost universally deployed, cable technologists are rolling up their sleeves again to craft yet another next-gen version of DOCSIS. Known as DOCSIS 4.0, this emerging set of specs will incorporate the features of both Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD), giving cable operators two different but complementary options for expanding their bandwidth capacity and delivering symmetrical speeds of 25 Gbps or more to broadband subscribers. In this session, we will delve into the details of DOCSIS 4.0, review the status of the emerging specs, discuss upcoming tests and trials and explore what the new specs will enable.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date: 10/22/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Following a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own turf in the network virtualization space. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global and Cox, cable operators and their technology partners are particularly moving ahead with the virtualization of the cable access network to meet growing bandwidth demands, boost service delivery and performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market much faster. But much more work remains to be done. This webinar will assess cable's latest virtualization efforts, examine the early deployments and trials, explore what's working and what's not and look at where cable goes next.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Testing the Next-Gen Cable Network
Date: 11/19/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Cable technologists love to expound about the potential of DOCSIS 4.0, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), Fiber Deep, network virtualization and the like. But, even as cable operators and their tech partners push ahead with HFC network upgrades and deployments of new technologies, they are also running into fresh challenges testing, monitoring and maintaining those next-gen networks. In this session, we will look at the core functions of measuring, monitoring and testing the next-gen cable network and see where those methods and techniques stand.
SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Dreaming of Streaming Video
Date: 12/10/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Led by Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal and AT&T, some of the world’s largest media companies are now entering the booming streaming video space. For both pay-TV providers and legacy OTT video providers, this is making the video market even riskier and messier than before. But for cable, there may also be a silver lining here because of the potential opportunities that the increasingly crowded streaming space could provide. This webinar will explore the new avenues that may open up for the industry and the new ways that cable operators can reinvent their old pay-TV business models by playing in the streaming video market.
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