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Apr 04
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8:00am - 9:00am 60 mins
Registration and Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am 15 mins
Introduction and Welcome

The autonomous network is here. Are you ready for it?

  • Speaker Steve Saunders - Founder, Light Reading
9:15am - 9:35am 20 mins
Heavy Reading Presentation

The Scope for Robotic Process Automation & Machine Learning in Telecom Operations

  • Speaker James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
9:35am - 10:00am 25 mins
Service Provider Keynote
  • Jim Fagan - Director, Global Platforms, Telstra
10:00am - 10:50am 50 mins
PANEL I: Enabling and Automating Next-Gen Networks with Intent-Based Modeling

Intent-based modeling could significantly reduce the time spent on design, implementation and testing a new service (such as SD-WAN) compared with traditional workflows. Intent modelling can also be applied to assurance in addition to fulfillment providing a feedback loop for self-healing networks. This panel will explore how CSPs can use intent-based-modeling for order management, provisioning, task management, and quality management in their next generation networks.

  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Kenneth Dilbeck - VP of Collaboration R&D, TM Forum
  • Panelist David Hughes - VP, IP Engineering, PCCW Global
10:50am - 11:05am 15 mins
Coffee Break
11:05am - 11:55am 50 mins
PANEL II: Autonomous Network Ingredients -- Maturity and Adoption

A vast array of technology ingredients is essential to make automation possible -- virtualization, AI, machine learning, telemetry, robotics, analytics, etc. This panel will discuss how mature solutions are for real world telecom operations and what is holding back operators from adopting them more aggressively.

  • Moderator Steve Saunders - Founder, Light Reading
  • Panelist Randy Levensalor - Leading Member, Network Virtualization Team, CableLabs
  • Panelist Kevin McBride - Principal Architect, SDN & NFV Technologies, CenturyLink
11:55am - 12:15pm 20 mins
Diamond Sponsor Keynote: Silver Peak
12:15pm - 12:30pm 15 mins
Service Provider Fireside Chat
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Speaker Srilakshmi Valisammagari - Senior Technologist & Strategist - SDN/NFV Innovations, Verizon
12:30pm - 1:30pm 60 mins
Lunch & Table Top Displays
1:30pm - 1:45pm 15 mins
Service Provider Fireside Chat
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Srilakshmi Valisammagari - Senior Technologist & Strategist - SDN/NFV Innovations, Verizon
1:45pm - 2:40pm 55 mins
PANEL III: What Telcos Can Learn About Automation from Other Industries

Automation means different things to different people. For industrial vendors, it's about the electrical and mechanical process automation on the production line. IT vendors see automation at
a higher level within a company's systems. This panel will explore what the telecom industry can learn from automation initiatives in other industries, in particular the reference architecture used to
define the degree of development for autonomous cars: from automated components (such as parking sensors) to macro-level autonomous systems (self-driving cars).

  • Moderator Steve Bell - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Edward Fox III - Vice President of Network Services, MetTel
  • Panelist Mike Lee - Automation Lead, America Sales, Cisco
  • Panelist Kevin McBride - Principal Architect, SDN & NFV Technologies, CenturyLink
3:00pm - 3:15pm 15 mins
Coffee Break
3:15pm - 4:05pm 50 mins
Panel IV: Closed Loop Automation for NFV

Closed-loop automation is the end goal for NFV. Current solutions are highly manual but with machine learning the network can detect or predict faults, know how to fix it (e.g., re-route traffic, spin up a new instance) and execute it without any human intervention. However, in the early days it may be perceived as a risky proposition and many CSPs will want tools that will let them confirm changes were handled correctly. The panel will discuss the state of play for closed loop automation in NFV and what needs to be done to make it a reality.

  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Srilakshmi Valisammagari - Senior Technologist & Strategist - SDN/NFV Innovations, Verizon
4:05pm - 4:20pm 15 mins
Super Platinum Keynote II
4:20pm - 4:35pm 15 mins
Service Provider Fireside Chat
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Jeff Brown - Director, Product Management & Marketing, Windstream
4:35pm - 5:30pm 55 mins
Panel V: Automation in the Carrier WAN

This panel will discuss software-based automation in the service provider (or carrier) WAN, which includes access, aggregation, metro core and long-haul/backbone networks. It will explore how
carriers can use automation internally to boost efficiency, and externally to improve existing services and enable new services such as bandwidth on demand, customer-facing portals and SDWANs
for branch office connectivity.

  • Moderator Steve Bell - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Jeff Brown - Director, Product Management & Marketing, Windstream
  • Panelist Jim Fagan - Director, Global Platforms, Telstra
5:30pm - 6:30pm 60 mins
Cocktail Reception & Tabletop Displays