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BT Tech Chief Makes Plea to 5G Chip Vendors

6/20/2017
BT's lead tech executive has issued a plea to the 5G chipset vendors to focus on global requirements and not go chasing after early but limited opportunities.
CENX Names Industry Veteran Kennedy CEO

6/20/2017
Ed Kennedy, a big name in the optical space, will take over the CEO slot at CENX, currently being filled by CFO Kim Butler.
Eurobites: Nokia Demos 10G PON for Mobile Fronthaul

6/20/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's new medical devices go on sale; Italtel wins 5G funding; Celine Dion in cake form!
Boeing: Productive VR Cuts Training Time by 75%

6/15/2017
The aircraft manufacturer uses VR to help with training and maintenance tasks, finding it is a far more effective medium than traditional manuals.
Eurobites: Roaming Rumpus Isn't Over Yet

6/15/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia's sheep project raises the baa on NB-IoT; Sky and Virgin collaborate on TV ads; BT's new woman in the Americas.
Eurobites: BT Soups Up Its Superchannel

6/13/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT trials SDN for broadcast networks; EE demos balloon-based 5G backhaul; Altice hopes to raise $1.4 billion from US IPO.
Videos »
The Path to DCI Transformation
Sophie Legault, Director, Transport & Datacom at EXFO, discusses the testing fundamentals for achieving more efficient DCI deployments.
EXFO: How to Boost Your Network’s IQ
CEO Philippe Morin tells us more about the smart path to virtualization.
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
SECaaS in the Carrier Cloud: How CSPs can Capture the SMB Opportunity
Date: 6/28/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Nominum
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Half of all SMBs are victims of cyberattacks. Of those that are attacked, 60% go out of business within months. For SMBs needing better cybersecurity for their employees, guests and all connected devices, the security as a service (SECaaS) model presents the perfect opportunity for CSPs to fill a growing need with a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy solution, while maintaining management of and visibility into all activities on the network.

When SECaaS is made available through the carrier cloud – as opposed to through a third-party provider – by leveraging a CSP's DNS infrastructure, service providers can ensure network performance remains at optimal levels, regardless of the traffic volume or issues caused by third-party cloud solutions. The SECaaS model also enables CSPs to provide the strongest level of protection against threats like phishing, ransomware and other malware – in a highly scalable way, at minimal cost – while creating a new revenue stream and strengthening brand loyalty.

Join this webinar, hosted by Jim Hodges of Heavy Reading, along with Nominum security experts, to learn:
  • Why SMBs are a key target of cyberattacks and how a SECaaS model presents new opportunities for CSPs
  • The benefits to CSPs and their SMB customers of offering a SECaaS solution through the carrier cloud
  • How the DNS infrastructure provides the best layer of protection and keeps network management and visibility with the CSP


Archived Webinars
Tackling the Challenges of Next-Generation PON Deployment
Date: 6/22/2017
Sponsors:
Viavi
Archived webinar available soon
Passive Optical Networks (PONs) are increasingly viewed as a key element of future high-capacity broadband networks. The transmission capacity of optical fiber presently provides adequate capability for delivery of high-speed services. However, PON standards and networks must evolve, in order to meet future capacity demands.

This session will look at the emerging XGS-PON and NG-PON2 standards, and the challenges associated with their deployment. It will discuss at their coexistence with existing GPON service, as well as migration paths from current to evolved PON standards and services. A key part of addressing the deployment challenges is understanding the new tool sets required for network build/construction, as well as turn-up and activation, in order to get the build right the first time, and to minimize risks of repeat truck rolls when activating a customer service. Finally, the webinar will explore appropriate use cases for service providers and contractors, exploring best practices in order to maximize efficiency and deliver a robust PON plant.

Network Convergence & the Future of Central Offices
Date: 6/21/2017
Sponsors:
Commscope
View archived webinar
C-RAN deployments are gaining momentum, and 5G is on the horizon. To maximize asset utilization and simplify infrastructure, service providers are considering the convergence of their wireline and wireless networks.

In addition, the development of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) may mean big changes for the Central Office. How big?

Explore the impact of network convergence and the approaching passive infrastructure challenges on your Central Office. Watch the webinar "Network Convergence and the Future of Central Offices." It's happening June 21 at 4:00 p.m. CET/3:00 p.m. GMT.

GPON Is Mature but Interoperability Slows Mass Deployment
Date: 6/15/2017
Sponsors:
VeEx
View archived webinar
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, it’s 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
Sponsors:
VeEx
View archived webinar
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, it’s 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.

Battling Network Latency: How to Avoid the Impact of Delay on Your Business
Date: 6/7/2017
Sponsors:
EXFO
View archived webinar
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
Sponsors:
EXFO
View archived webinar
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


Testing High Speed Data Center Interconnects With PAM4 up to 400G
Date: 2/8/2017
Sponsors:
Anritsu
View archived webinar
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
View archived webinar
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
View archived webinar
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.