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April 2, 2019
Westin Times Square, New York, NY,
New York

Building the autonomous network

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About the event


At long last the telecommunications industry is approaching the end goal of delivering Autonomous Networks. Built on the foundation of next-gen technologies, autonomous networks diminish the need for human intervention and reduce the collateral damage of human error.  

However, automated network functions have a long way to go -- basic automation in SD-WANs is not good at dealing with anomalies and unexpected events and 5G deployments will present new challenges as millions of devices are connected. Automation is the only way operations teams will keep pace with the dynamic nature of virtualized networks, but many service providers are concerned that increased automation equates to less control of the network.

Despite these concerns, service providers must act fast in light of rising competition from OTT players moving at lightning speed with greenfield operations that are highly automated. To compete, telecom operators must shed the heavy weight of manual processes and monolithic B/OSS to cost-effectively meet customer demands.

Now entering its second year, Light Reading’s Telco Automation Everywhere brings together all the key players in the automation revolution -- communications service providers, systems integrators and OTTs. This forum provides attendees with the roadmap to deploy next-gen technologies (including virtualization, AI, machine learning, telemetry, RPA, analytics, automation middleware and security) as part of their automation strategy for production networks.  

Topics to be covered:

Key automation questions that will be addressed include:

  • How can we make SD-WAN services more autonomous (e.g. using AI/ML to handle anomalies and unexpected events) to meet enterprise customers’ evolving needs?
  • How can service providers reduce complexity and streamline their security processes (updating policies, running reports, analyzing results, finding hidden threats) while remaining in control?
  • How will network service lifecycle management automation (configuration, healing, onboarding, scaling, testing and verification, upgrading) adapt to enable the transition to 5G?
  • What are the challenges that operators face in their telco cloud deployments (e.g. badly designed VNFs, incomplete DevOps tooling) and what is being done to address them?
  • How can CSPs exploit AI to reveal new insights enabling operators to run their networks more efficiently and reliably (e.g. route optimization, capacity planning, traffic prediction and dynamic optimization)?
Event Hosts

James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst, CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading

Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading


Service providers/cable operators in attendance