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Apple Looking to Cook 5G Test Devices

5/24/2017
An FCC request shows the vendor is interested in testing 5G on 28GHz and 39GHz, as Light Reading first reported in November 2016.
When Gig Speeds Alone Aren't Enough

5/23/2017
Bursty OTT traffic can cause a traffic bottleneck.
Eurobites: Telia Buys Into SME Cloud Services

5/22/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom proposes pain-free switching for mobile customers; French researchers find cure for WannaCry virus; Apple Pay on the march in UK; Ericsson monitors in Moscow.
Leading Lights 2017: Winners' Gallery

5/19/2017
Check out the pictures from this year's Leading Lights awards dinner.
Eurobites: MTN Goes LAA With Huawei & Qualcomm

5/17/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 splurges on small cells in London; Nokia trials public-safety innovations in Finland; Bouygues' numbers up.
Don't Miss Out on Being in Our T&M Survey

5/16/2017
Have your say now about which test and measurement vendors should be included in the upcoming Market Leadership Study.
Videos »
Viavi at OFC 2017
Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Craig Matsumoto reports from the Viavi booth at OFC and gets an update on the 400G testing market from Tom Fawcett, VP and GM of LAB & Production. At this year's event, Viavi won three awards from Lightwave magazine and showcased an interoperability demo with Ethernet Alliance and Finisar.
OrbTV: ETSI NFV ISG Plugtest Results
Diego Lopez, senior technology expert at Telefonica, and chair of ETSI NFV ISG, discusses the results of the organization's latest plugtest in Madrid.
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Simplification for VeEX
Ricardo Torres, VeEX's director of product marketing, on the upcoming trend of the telecom industry and what VeEX is doing to face the challenge.
John Hoadley of Sonus on Voice-over-LTE
Sonus's John Hoadley explains how his company's voice-over-WiFi solutions can help operators make the transition to voice-over-LTE.
Pierre Lynch of Ixia Shares Insights on Virtualization
Ixia's Pierre Lynch discusses the impact of virtualization on testing and more.
Assuring Network Quality in a Rapidly Changing Environment
As the rate of change and complexity increases in agile networks, the importance of introducing DevOps methodologies for integrating active test and assurance solutions throughout the full service lifecycle becomes critical to ensure that customers are experiencing the service quality they demand.
Meeting the Gigabit Challenge
Learn how Viavi is helping operators ensure reliable gigabit services.
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Upcoming Webinars
Battling Network Latency: How to Avoid the Impact of Delay on Your Business
Date: 6/7/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
EXFO
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Is Network Latency Hurting Your Business?

With the explosion of data services, one network metric has risen above the others as both cucial and difficult to manage: delay (i.e., latency). Reducing network latency has quickly become critically important as our industry undergoes a shift to a full on-demand model for services and applications. And as we move into the first phase of virtualization, achieving ultra-low latency is of paramount importance and vital to success.

Considering the asymmetrical nature of network congestion and services, unidirectional delay measurement is essential for delivering the best possible QoE, especially in the case of real-time services such as VoIP, video streaming and interactive applications. On the flip side, traditional methods for measuring accurate one-way delay are both complex and expensive. This webinar introduces an innovative approach that solves this challenge by leveraging virtual active service assurance. Discover how to deliver superior quality of experience while not compromising on accuracy, by gaining unidirectional and bidirectional visibility and pinpointing the source of service-impacting latency without using complex or costly external synchronization mechanisms.

Webinar attendees will learn:
  • Why performance monitoring has become so critical
  • The main KPIs from an IP transport perspective
  • The main cause of network delay and its impact on service performance, quality of experience and revenue
  • How to produce one-way and two-way delay metrics, as well as delay variation metrics, by leveraging standards-based methodologies (OAM/TWAMP), ensuring interoperability with all compatible devices
  • More about mobile backhaul performance assurance by deep-diving into a use case


Battling Network Latency: How to Avoid the Impact of Delay on Your Business
Date: 6/7/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
EXFO
More information and registration
Is Network Latency Hurting Your Business?

With the explosion of data services, one network metric has risen above the others as both cucial and difficult to manage: delay (i.e., latency). Reducing network latency has quickly become critically important as our industry undergoes a shift to a full on-demand model for services and applications. And as we move into the first phase of virtualization, achieving ultra-low latency is of paramount importance and vital to success.

Considering the asymmetrical nature of network congestion and services, unidirectional delay measurement is essential for delivering the best possible QoE, especially in the case of real-time services such as VoIP, video streaming and interactive applications. On the flip side, traditional methods for measuring accurate one-way delay are both complex and expensive. This webinar introduces an innovative approach that solves this challenge by leveraging virtual active service assurance. Discover how to deliver superior quality of experience while not compromising on accuracy, by gaining unidirectional and bidirectional visibility and pinpointing the source of service-impacting latency without using complex or costly external synchronization mechanisms.

Webinar attendees will learn:
  • Why performance monitoring has become so critical
  • The main KPIs from an IP transport perspective
  • The main cause of network delay and its impact on service performance, quality of experience and revenue
  • How to produce one-way and two-way delay metrics, as well as delay variation metrics, by leveraging standards-based methodologies (OAM/TWAMP), ensuring interoperability with all compatible devices
  • More about mobile backhaul performance assurance by deep-diving into a use case


GPON Is Mature but Interoperability Slows Mass Deployment
Date: 6/15/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
VeEx
More information and registration
The proliferation of connected devices (IoT) and increased demand for Internet video continues to drive fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment at an unprecedented pace. Whilst GPON remains the technology of choice to reach residential customers thanks to its simple architecture and tried and tested penetration worldwide, equipment interoperability is still a major challenge for service providers. At the transport layer, GPON equipment interacts well with others but in terms of managing and provisioning services, its a very different story, due in part to ITU-T standards allowing too much vendor interpretation in the way OLT and ONT devices can communicate.

This webinar will review fiber test practices recommended to verify physical network performance and examine the use of protocol analyzers to troubleshoot the ONU Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and PLOAM that a GPON uses to configure and manage the activation and service layers of the network.

GPON Is Mature but Interoperability Slows Mass Deployment
Date: 6/15/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
VeEx
More information and registration
The proliferation of connected devices (IoT) and increased demand for Internet video continues to drive fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment at an unprecedented pace. Whilst GPON remains the technology of choice to reach residential customers thanks to its simple architecture and tried and tested penetration worldwide, equipment interoperability is still a major challenge for service providers. At the transport layer, GPON equipment interacts well with others but in terms of managing and provisioning services, its a very different story, due in part to ITU-T standards allowing too much vendor interpretation in the way OLT and ONT devices can communicate.

This webinar will review fiber test practices recommended to verify physical network performance and examine the use of protocol analyzers to troubleshoot the ONU Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and PLOAM that a GPON uses to configure and manage the activation and service layers of the network.

Archived Webinars
Testing High Speed Data Center Interconnects With PAM4 up to 400G
Date: 2/8/2017
Sponsors:
Anritsu
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New high-speed interconnects are being introduced to cope with the huge growth in mobile, cloud and data center network traffic. Active Optical Cables (AOC), Direct Attached Cables (DAC) and Pluggable Optical Transceivers along with advances in fiber optic cable increase and extend data center networks capacity and speed. Recent enhancements to Top of Rack (TOR) switches drive higher density 25/50100Gbps ports as well as lower power consumption can be achieved with PAM4 modulation scheme as the base for 400G CFP8 transceivers. Optical network and module manufacturers demand test equipment to evaluate the next generation of high-speed interconnects to meet the market demand for increased data center bandwidth.

Test & Measurement: Five Hot Buttons for 2017
Date: 2/7/2017
Sponsors:
Ixia, Netrounds, VeEX and Viavi
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2017 will be a year of significant change for many operators. Efforts to virtualize network functions and increase levels of automation; projects to upgrade fixed and mobile networks with new access technologies; and the need to manage evolving types and patterns of traffic will all leading to significant infrastructure upheaval. Against this backdrop, operators still need to ensure customers are getting what they pay for, which means their test and measurement activities need to alter too. Meanwhile, the T&M industry itself is being subjected to some of these changes: for instance, replacement of hardware probes with virtual probes, and the automation of test procedures.

This webinar will look at hot themes in test and measurement in the coming year, and what these will mean for operators.

vE-CPE, Implementation and Test Strategies
Date: 12/20/2016
Sponsors:
Advantech
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While legacy enterprise networking solutions consist of proprietary and closed hardware-based appliances from single suppliers, network functions virtualization (NFV)-based vE-CPE allows for a logical and flexible separation of hardware and software. Vertical silos with vendor lock-in are transformed into a flexible mix-and-match approach that allows service providers to gain maximum efficiency and flexibility by procuring hardware and software optimized for target use cases.

However, in a fast-moving competitive environment, the time from service evaluation to development and final deployment needs to be accelerated. CSPs require the ability to correctly size the compute, offload, memory and network throughput needed to sustain changing CPE workloads and network traffic types in the white box vE-CPE devices that they will eventually deploy.

This webinar will address the drivers, vE-CPE architectures, key use cases such as SD-WAN and discuss the implementation and test strategies that are vital to achieve successful vE-CPE implementations.