Upcoming Webinars
Open vRAN Promises to Change the Mobile Access Network From Procurement to Performance
Date: 9/29/2020 1pm Singapore, 1am New York
Red Hat
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Open vRAN is still in its early development stage, but it has already shown the potential to change mobile operators’ relationships with their vendors and expectations for network performance. This webinar discusses operators’ concerns with this new approach to building their radio access networks and what the future RAN could look like as the market matures.

In this session you will learn:

  • How the vendors on this webinar are addressing operators concerns over deploying Open vRAN based networks
  • How the radio network experience will change thanks to Open vRAN.

Turning Disparate Data Into a Market Growth Opportunity
Date: 9/29/2020 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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More than ever, communication service providers (CSPs) must find ways to holistically combine disparate data sets into data that can be utilized to unlock new market growth opportunities.

This webinar will share the analytics requirements to achieve this goal focusing on how TELUS, a Canadian CSP, met this requirement through the creation of an interactive dashboard-based market-sizing tool to grow subscribers and optimize network builds.

Working with OmniSci, the pioneer in accelerated analytics, TELUS built an interactive map for all of TELUS's communities, along with competitor speed information, wHSIA coverage layers, competitor cell sites, LTE coverage layers, household reference data, copper qualification, fiber eligibility and marketable base.

Topics to be addressed in this webinar include:

  • A Heavy Reading overview of the role that accelerated analytics plays in CSP market success
  • How OmniSci provides an intuitive and seamless way to analyze, visualize and power ML/AI workflows to meet the needs of CSPs' large and complex data sets
  • How TELUS uses OmniSci to maximize profit with an improved market sizing tool by layering spatiotemporal datasets to identify competitor coverage and where to build wireless services

Rewriting the FTTx playbook with Open and Disaggregated approach
Date: 9/30/2020 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sterlite Technologies
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The demand for a software-defined, converged, last-mile access infrastructure has grown significantly in the last few years. Experts' point of view is that large scale adoption of software-defined FTTx will pave the way for 5G Fronthaul transformation, Large scale IoT adoption, and will establish the use cases for Edge Cloud deployments. To tackle unforeseen events like the current pandemic it's highly imperative for service providers to build a network that can scale on demand and are future-proof to a large extent.

In this webinar, STL will focus on how service providers can build a flexible network with open standardized interfaces and disaggregated architecture.

Key topics to be discussed are:

  • Need for broadband access transformation
  • The shift towards open and disaggregated architecture
  • The transformation from traditional FTTx to cloud-native, software-defined FTTx
  • Possible deployment and integration architectures

IoT Innovation to Provide Social Good in Pandemic
Date: 9/30/2020 2:00 P.M. New York/ 7:00 p.m. London
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As of August 2020, COVID-19 has been confirmed as the cause of death of over 800,000 people globally, with the death toll still climbing – and the devastation is not limited to the death count. Many millions of have been afflicted directly by COVID-19 and have been ravished by the toll it has taken on their health. Still, many others (arguably much of the world) have been affected indirectly, suffering from job losses, isolation and a general decline in quality of life. Industry has also been deeply affected by the pandemic with huge disruptions to the labor supply, supply chain and a huge shift in what defines "business as usual."

As we face these challenges, it's inspiring meaningful innovation. Rather than sit idle, IoT players have been actively innovating to adjust to these strange times. Omdia is seeing a resurgence in interest in mHealth. Other innovators have sought to use drones and other autonomous delivery solutions to aid those in need of food and medicine without compromising the health of delivery people. Smart buildings are already reacting to how workers can be brought back to facilities safely while maintaining social distancing and ensuring proper hygiene.

This webinar seeks to explore how innovators are using IoT solutions for societal good.

Extracting the business value from cloud transformation – myths and realities of value generation
Date: 10/1/2020 9:00 am ET / 2:00 pm London
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There is a lot of discussion about migrating all network functions and applications to the cloud. This transformation needs a strategic approach to realise the business value that cloudification brings. It’s a journey and should be done with investment protection and deriving the cost benefits in mind.

This webinar will review some of the fundamental considerations related to cloud transformation including:

  • Industry trends and principal learnings to date
  • A case study of cloud transformation at du
  • Key technology enablers and factors impacting value realization

Cable Next-Gen Symposium Day One
Date: 10/6/2020 11:00 a.m New York./4:00 p.m.London
Ciena, Cisco, Corning, Hitron
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Back for the 14th straight year, Light Reading’s Cable Next-Gen Business Services conference will take place this year as a digital event focusing on the huge commercial services market and cable’s ever-growing role in that lucrative space. With US cable operators now generating more than $20 billion a year in business services revenues, the sector has emerged as one of the most profitable for the industry. But now cablecos face an unprecedented challenge in sustaining that momentum because of the economic meltdown wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. How badly is the novel coronavirus hurting cable’s commercial cash cow? How is the industry dealing with this challenge? What will the "new normal" environment be?

In day one of this digital symposium, Light Reading will examine the pandemic’s impact on the commercial services sector, cable’s response to that impact, the fresh hurdles that cablecos face and the new growth opportunities that could yet emerge.

Edge Computing in Telco Networks: Gaining the Competitive Edge
Date: 10/7/2020 11:00 a.m.New York / 4:00 p.m. London
F5, Schneider Electric, Wind River
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In this webinar we present and discuss the highlights of our 2020 global survey of communications service providers (CSPs) on their plans for edge computing – its drivers, use-cases and inhibitors. We examine the choices CSPs are making with their implementation – and how these implementations are evolving. The survey results demonstrate that service providers are now deploying, or planning for, edge computing solutions — they are no longer at the nascent stages. The direction has been chosen and CSPs are confident with their plans. However, it is evident from the responses that, although high-level drivers of edge deployments are understood, questions remain regarding the details of execution.

Among the topics to be covered include:

  • Which use-cases are driving edge computing?
  • How will service providers secure their edge deployments?
  • How will edge computing impact 5G rollout and vRAN?
  • How important is edge computing to telco business models?
  • What challenges are telcos seeing to full-scale edge deployments?

Cable Next-Gen Symposium Day Two
Date: 10/8/2020 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Red Hat, Technicolor, VIAVI
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With broadband traffic spiking to record heights because of the COVID-19 pandemic and telcos rolling out 5G mobile technology across the globe, cable operators face fresh network challenges on multiple fronts. In response, cablecos are scrambling to upgrade their HFC networks and expand their wireless assets to handle the heavier traffic loads and compete in the emerging 5G era.

On day two of this digital symposium, Light Reading will explore the wireline and wireless network moves that operators are making, the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are testing and deploying.

5G Core Security: Assessing Commercial Readiness
Date: 10/8/2020 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
A10, Ericsson, HPE, NetNumber
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After several years of product and standards development, the deployment of the 5G Core (5GC) is now transitioning to the commercial reality phase. While this will unquestionably propel the next service innovation cycle, there are a significant number of security considerations to be addressed.

To fully understand 5GC-related security implications and challenges, Heavy Reading, in collaboration with A10, Ericsson, HPE and NetNumber, recently created and fielded a detailed 5GC security-focused survey designed to provide granular insights into 5G security readiness and deployment trends.

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

  • Drivers that will trigger a 5G Non-standalone NSA (4G core) deployment to migrate to a 5GC SA deployment.
  • 5GC implementation timelines.
  • 5GC security general and network layer specific confidence levels.
  • Key attributes of an effective 5G core network security strategy.
  • The role of authentication-related functions in threat detection and mitigation.
  • The security impacts of network slicing.
  • The role of automation in securing the 5GC.
  • 5GC security feature and standards implementation timelines.

The 5G Platform – Using the Value Plane to Bridge Business and Network Empowering Next-Generation Monetization
Date: 10/12/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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With 5G radio networks rolling out all over the world, and as the first 5G cores begin to be deployed – the perpetual question remains – what about the 5G use cases? In other words, where is the money?!

With many discussions exploring emerging business models, partners and innovative use cases, CSPs must first understand how they can be ready – as a 5G platform – to quickly adapt and support any use case and business model and stay ahead of the competition. Furthermore, this approach calls for a new "value plane" – a seamless bridge between business, IT and network. This type of agility represents a step change for most operators, but it is crucial to be prepared for the 5G/IoT/cloud and edge era.

Indeed, if CSPs do not adapt and prepare for the challenge, they will remain in the same position of "connectivity/network providers" with alternative players reaping the revenue.

Join this webinar to hear some of the key factors CSPs must consider today, looking into the future. Topics covered will include:

  • How will the 5G network platform be consumed and monetized? – The value plane's key position in applying the cloud business model on the network
  • Why cloud-native, combined 5G charging and policy functions are key enablers of the value plane and the 5G platform
  • The importance of E2E, transparent user journeys for dynamic service consumption – B2C, B2B and B2B2X use cases

The state of SRv6
Date: 10/13/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Since 2017, SRv6 has gained strong traction in the industry and the ecosystem has grown unabated. As of today, SRv6 has been deployed in eight public, large-scale commercial networks and is largely backed up by the open-source community. Moreover, SRv6 standardization is well on its way with two mature proposed standards: RFC 8204 and 8754.

In this webinar, we will explore the state of SRv6 (SR with IPv6 data plane) and explain how it enhances all SR MPLS capabilities – simplification, resiliency, traffic engineering. We will also touch upon why SRv6 alleviates some of the limitations faced by SR MPLS by providing IP summarization and IPv6 header’s flow-label based built-in entropy. Another interesting concept with SRv6 is network programming that allows an end-to-end solution - all the way from the server through networks to clients - and makes it a perfect solution for 5G/ultra-scale networks.

Please join representatives from LightReading, Cisco and Bell Canada as we discuss:

  • SRv6 network programming
  • SRv6 use cases
  • SRv6 standardization

Distributing/Processing Next-Gen Streaming Video
Date: 10/15/2020 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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Distributing/Processing Next-Gen Streaming Video
11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Sponsor: Wisi

Thanks largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, video streaming traffic has increased exponentially across the globe this year as hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people have been forced to shelter at home indefinitely. At the same time, major new OTT services like Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi have launched, putting the streaming market into hyperdrive. While industry experts may have seen this growth curve coming eventually, few could have expected it to happen so quickly. Indeed, just a month after the pandemic hit the US with full force, OTT players reported already seeing about a year's worth of traffic growth. Given this explosive and unexpected traffic growth, how are OTT providers coping with the sudden surge in demand for their services? What steps are providers and their tech partners taking to scale up their networks rapidly and handle such unprecedented traffic spikes? And how are they working to prevent potentially catastrophic breakage in both the Internet and streaming infrastructures? This session will tackle such issues as video workflow, architectural strategies, multicast, ABR and delivery protocols as providers seek to scale up to meet the massive traffic demands.

The event is led by Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading.



11:00 - 11:05 AM Introduction & Overview: Light Reading
11:05 - 11:10 AM SVA Keynote
11:10 - 11:25 AM Video Provider Keynote
11:25 - 11:35 AM Platinum Sponsor Keynote
11:35 - 11:50 AM Fireside Chat: Video Provider
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Panel: Distributing/Processing Next-Gen Streaming Video with Audience Q&A


SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date: 10/22/2020 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Red Hat, Harmonic & Intel
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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
Harmonic, Red Hat & VIAVI
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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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