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LTE-A the Key to Sprint's Path to 5G

9/21/2017
During Light Reading's MWC Americas breakfast event, speakers from Sprint, AT&T and elsewhere examined how the evolution of LTE-Advanced Pro and Gigabit LTE will prepare the ground for commercial 5G services.
Huawei Intros SDN/NFV Testing-as-a-Service

9/19/2017
The testing environment has become more complex and burdensome with the introduction of virtualization, so Huawei has developed a testing-as-a-service (TaaS) offer called TestCraft to pitch to operators.
Close the Loop to Automate Service Assurance

9/14/2017
The separation between obtaining service assurance data and acting on it is going away, letting the network automatically address issues.
Eurobites: DT Turns Its TIP Attention to mmWave

9/13/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Telefónica get it on for 5G; BT opts for Amdocs unit for billing overhaul; eir profits up 4% year-on-year; bump in the road for Fox/Sky deal.
5G Volume Knob Cranked to 11

9/13/2017
That's one louder than ten, folks, as the likes of Telefónica, Nokia, Qualcomm, KDDI, Ericsson, LG U+, Huawei, Mavenir, Intel, Keysight, Cavium and more serve up a slew of 5G announcements.
Eurobites: ADVA Lands South African Fiber Rollout Deal

9/8/2017
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTS sets up tech incubator program; Nokia cuts jobs in France; EXFO in talks to buy French optics specialist.
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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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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Archived Webinars
Open Innovation – the Key to Service Provider Network Security
Date: 7/25/2017
Sponsors:
Palo Alto Networks
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How can service providers open network security to innovation and agility, keep up with both network evolution and increased cyber threats while decreasing the number of dedicated security elements in their network?

Service providers, including mobile network operators, cable operators and fixed service providers, are responding to the expansion of mobile applications, new digital services, and the Internet of Things (IoT) by rapidly undergoing a fundamental transformation to all-IP networks with LTE-Advanced, flexible virtualized networks (NFV/SDN), Mobile Edge Computing and, in the near future, 5G multi-access converged networks. Cyber criminals are also evolving their skills, extending more and more automation and malicious capabilities to the service provider ecosystem.

Dynamic automated prevention is essential. It is vital that service providers take an automated, platform approach for network security. Network and subscriber protection are no longer separate problems and both data and signaling layer must be addressed through a dynamic, prevention-oriented platform that protects both the networks and subscribers. In addition, agility is required to maintain consistent security efficacy in environments that can include any combination of converged, fixed and mobile, physical and virtual architectures. To protect against rapidly evolving threats, this new platform-based security model must be able to leverage the entire security ecosystem – incorporating support security apps built by vendors, by third-party partners and even by service provider internally developed security applications.

In this webinar, we will discuss the major industry trends impacting service provider network security, including the game-changing evolution of IoT, the overall evolving threat landscape including mobile malware and botnets and the main challenges that are impacting both network service providers and their subscribers. Topics will include:
  • Service provider network security challenges and use cases
  • The security impact of virtualization, IoT, 5G and MEC
  • How a comprehensive platform with automation, complete visibility and automated security is required for service provider network security
  • An overview of Palo Alto Networks Application framework which supports and empowers this new security model


The Compelling Economics of DDoS Managed Security Services
Date: 7/11/2017
Sponsors:
Radware
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Cloud adoption demands new approaches for managing security risks such as DDoS. And it's not simply a technology issue, it's also a business issue since cloud security business models are also expanding to support a broader range of managed services. These are designed to address the needs of enterprises that are increasingly relying on third parties for protection from complex threat vectors.

Join Radware’s Mike O'Malley, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, and Heavy Reading Principal Analyst, Jim Hodges, to discuss 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.

Specifically, this webinar will address:
  • 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
  • The economic model Heavy Reading and Radware developed to benchmark and quantify the strong revenue streams that a managed DDoS service can deliver
  • Three easy ways Radware can help service providers deliver such an offering and realize market potential


Tackling the Challenges of Next-Generation PON Deployment
Date: 6/22/2017
Sponsors:
Viavi
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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.

GPON Is Mature but Interoperability Slows Mass Deployment
Date: 6/15/2017
Sponsors:
VeEx
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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.

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.