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Monday - Wednesday, May 14 - 16, 2018
Austin Convention Center,
Austin, Texas

Virtualize. Automate. Distribute.

The leading event delivering fresh perspective on the rapid transformation of the telecom industry and the road ahead.

The Big Communications Event is Back!


Light Reading's flagship event is heading back to Austin, May 14-16 for its biggest and most exciting event yet!

The Big Communications Event is the must-attend event for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date the major challenges affecting the next generation communications industry and provides a unique opportunity to learn and network with industry experts. 

The two-day, 4-track conference, hosted by Heavy Reading's team of analysts, delivers world-class content covering the industry's most pressing topics, including; Automation, AI & Machine Learning, SD-WAN, Optical Networking and more. 

BCE IN NUMBERS

1,150+
Total Attendees
460+
Global Service Providers in Attendance
127
Inspirational speakers

Key Event Features and Highlights

COMPREHENSIVE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Get educated at our two-day four-track conference, with world-class content delivered by our Heavy Reading team of analysts, covering the industry’s most pressing topics.

KEYNOTES FROM LEADING SERVICE PROVIDERs

See keynote presentations from global service provider speakers including AT&T, Reliance Jio, Sprint Business, Spectrum Enterprise, Boingo, Verizon, Testra, BT, Vodafone, Colt and more.

FREE PRE-EVENT WORKSHOPS ON DAY ONE

Attend one of our four FREE pre-event workshops on May 14 led by leading industry organizations: CORD, The Linux Foundation, Open Compute Project and Women in Comms.


LEADING LIGHTS AWARDS

Should your company be recognized for innovation and excellence? Celebrate your greatest achievements at the Leading Lights Awards Ceremony at Brazos Hall on May 14. 

NETWORKING DRINKS & PARTY

Network with the Light Reading editorial team and Heavy Reading analysts at the legendary BCE Kickoff Party @ The Container Bar – “One of Austin’s Top 10 bars”. It’s no secret that we know how to throw a good party and enjoy a beer (or two)!

BROADBAND SUMMIT

Back for a second year, Light Reading has partnered with Telecompetitor for an exclusive Broadband Summit – but this year the summit gets its own track during the main event. Don’t miss your chance to get up to speed on ultra-broadband, G.fast and more. 

Topics on the agenda for BCE 2018

Advanced Security Strategies

The fundamentals of network security are being redefined. Driving this process are the changes inherent in the adoption of the cloud, open-source software, distributed low-latency reference architectures, and evolution of the enterprise service delivery model.

AI and Machine Learning

Looking beyond the hype around AI, operators see value in adopting embedded AI technologies including machine learning in customer care, network operations, policy and service assurance, etc. Goals include applying machine intelligence to drive predictive analytics, automate processes, cut costs, and improve customer experience. We look at the leading operator use cases of AI technologies and its potential to disrupt.

Automation

CSPs will ultimately face one stark reality: Automate or die. Rather than focus on virtualization and automation as solely a cost and efficiency strategy, operators need to understand that automated networks are an essential requirement to service the growing automation (software, robotics, drones, IoT, etc.) of industrial, enterprise, healthcare and government customers.

Cloud-Native Software

CSPs are moving to telco cloud networks for economies of scale and to run programmable networks on standard platforms in a data center. While virtualizing network functions was an important first step, few VNFs or its associated management software are cloud ready, let alone cloud-native. Without a plan to decompose into flexible micro services that can be orchestrated, scaled out and rolled back, it will be difficult for CSPs to get the full commercial benefits of cloud networks.

Intent-based networking

Intent is a new abstraction layer within the network management hierarchy. Interest in the intent paradigm has resurfaced as operators struggle to get to grips with the orchestration of NFV. But for intent to be useful to service providers it needs to be standardized so that every vendor’s network functions can be managed using the same intent abstractions.

Optical networking

Optical networks are in a perpetual state of transition as the ever-changing requirements of applications and services demand innovation in the underlying optical networks that support them. Conversely, optical networking advances enable next-gen applications and services. Looking forward, the optical industry has a three-fold mandate: support data center interconnection across the metro, long-haul, and submarine networks; build a fronthaul/midhaul/backhaul infrastructure for coming 5G; and adopt SDN-based automation to rapidly scale while dramatically lowering the costs of transport.

Telco Data Center

The delivery of services as mobile edge computing, enterprise cloud, IoT, big data and 5G depends on a highly reliable, distributed and software-defined data center infrastructure. This infrastructure includes software-defined connectivity and virtualized network functionality as well as new compute and storage architectures and a management and orchestration stack that can support the increasingly broad range of telco service requirements.

Video & Immersive Experiences

The transition to 4K UHD, the increase in streaming, and the growth of social video is driving an explosion in video volumes. And that’s not including the growth of Immersive Media Experiences (IME) such as virtual reality (VR), 360-degree video and Augmented Reality (AR). With four out of every five bits of network traffic expected to be video within five years, operators need to develop effective technological solutions to manage these experiences, and viable business strategies to monetize them.

SD-WAN

SD-WANs are the perfect example of the benefits of SDN-based programmability and automation applied to the enterprise WAN. Industry adoption has been rapid as traditional telecom network operators, competitive service providers, managed service providers and, most recently, cable operators have all seized on this promising new managed services opportunity. With the initial steps taken, service providers must now tackle the challenge of wide-scale rollouts that boost top line and bottom line revenues.

JOIN US FOR FREE PRE-EVENT WORKSHOPS

Monday, May 14

Join us on Monday, May 14 for special FREE pre-event workshops hosted by CORD, The Linux Foundation, Open Compute Project, and Women in Comms. All workshops are free to all BCE attendees.

The communications industry's leading awards program!

Join us at the Annual Awards program run by Light Reading on Monday the 14th May, 2018

CO-LOCATED WITH 5G NORTH AMERICA

Preparing you for tomorrow’s hyper-connected world

With the advent of 5G upon us, carriers will once again use 5G North America as a platform to announce new technological advancements and lay down their plans for hyper-connectivity across the continent. The eleventh edition of 5G North America will draw upon leading minds, business influencers and legendary C-Level executives who will discuss the evolution of LTE, early 5G field trials, the business case for 5G and the tech that underpins this transformative technology. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the conversation.