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Aamir Hussain

Service Provider Keynote: CenturyLink

CenturyLink

Lynn Comp

Super Platinum Keynote: Intel

Intel Corporation

Matt Beal

Service Provider Keynote: Vodafone

Vodafone

Carol Wilson

Service Provider Panel: The New Business Realities

Light Reading

Neil McRae

Service Provider Keynote: BT

BT

Philippe Morin

Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: EXFO

EXFO

Ed Chan

Service Provider Keynote: Verizon

Verizon

7:15 am 6:15 pm (660 mins)

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Registration

7:30 am 8:45 am (75 mins)

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Welcome Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am 8:45 am (15 mins)

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Greeting & Welcome

  • Presenter Steve Saunders - CEO/Founder, Light Reading

9:05 am 9:25 am (20 mins)

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Super Platinum Keynote: Intel

Transformation Execution: Your Network, Your Services, Your Business

Communications service providers have the potential to deliver new capabilities and services that are agile, performant and frictionless to deploy by adapting best-known methods and breakthrough software innovation from multiple domains and industries. Many other industries have faced the transformation challenges of rethinking hand-crafted, highly engineered and historically profitable execution models,  and those examples offer insights to apply to the journey of network transformation. Come hear how Intel Network Builders, a 270-plus member-strong ecosystem, combined with Intel's breadth of cross-industry expertise, continues to accelerate the application of transformational innovations inside the communications services industry.

  • Keynote Lynn Comp - Senior Director, CoSP Business Acceleration Team, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation

9:25 am 9:40 am (15 mins)

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Service Provider Keynote: Vodafone

  • Keynote Matt Beal - Director, Innovation & Architecture, Vodafone

9:40 am 10:30 am (50 mins)

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Service Provider Panel: The New Business Realities

Virtualization is intended to speed service delivery and enable operators to bring differentiated services to market more rapidly. For this to happen, however, the telecom industry first has to grapple with key functional aspects of SDN and NFV that need to be universal, including such things as onboarding of virtualized network functions and federation of software-defined networks. This panel will look at how that needs to happen and how quickly to prevent this key transformation process from being sidetracked.

  • Moderator Carol Wilson - Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
  • Panelist Dr. Ron Marquardt - Vice President, Technology, Sprint
  • Panelist Victoria Lonker - Executive Director, Network & Virtual Solutions, Verizon
  • Panelist Andrew Dugan - Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications
  • Panelist Derek Peterson - CTO, Boingo Wireless
  • Panelist Pascal Menezes - Chief Technology Officer, MEF

10:30 am 10:45 am (15 mins)

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Service Provider Keynote: BT

BT’s Take on 4K

From the action to the eyeball, deploy and launch UHD/4K in four months.

  • Keynote Neil McRae - BT Group Chief Network Architect, BT

10:45 am 11:05 am (20 mins)

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Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: EXFO

How to Boost Your Network's IQ

Is your network smart enough to deliver the promises of virtualization? The urgent need for more intelligent networks and on-demand, real-time services is a true paradigm shift. Yet, the same rule applies to the most basic or highly sophisticated service: If you can’t assure it, then you can't virtualize it – and you definitely can't scale it. So, what is network IQ and how does it give you a competitive edge? What can you do to make a smart network even smarter? This session explores the critical role of network intelligence, service assurance and real-time visibility from multiple dimensions, and presents a three-phase approach for a smooth, smart and scalable transition to NFV/SDN hybrid architecture.

  • Keynote Philippe Morin - Chief Executive Officer, EXFO

11:05 am 11:25 am (20 mins)

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Service Provider Keynote: Verizon

The Network of the Future in a Digital World

This presentation will focus on new demands emerging from the digital world of the future as well as articulate the types of network experiences needed to meet those needs. Discussed will be the key network technology trends Verizon is driving to deliver those experiences, such as massive bandwidth (NGPON2 and LTE Advanced Pro), software-driven development/automation (SDN/NFV), open source, intelligent mobile edge with compute capabilities, machine learning applications in network management, new shared/unlicensed spectrum wireless models for private LTE systems and 5G.

  • Keynote Ed Chan - Senior Vice President, Technology Strategy & Planning, Corporate Network & Technology, Verizon

11:40 am 12:30 pm (50 mins)

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Optical Networks in the New Age of "Open"

Cloud agility, virtualization and software-defined networking are fueling rapid change in today's transport networks. New open groups, standards and concepts (including open source models) are emerging throughout telecom and are rapidly filtering into optical transport networking. But what does "openness" mean in the world of optical networking and what does the future hold? This panel will address the openness topic specifically in the context of optical transport with a focus on opportunities, challenges, opportunities and threats. What is the role of open source in transport? What software functions should be open? What hardware functions (if any) need to be open moving forward? How do vendors differentiate if everything is open standard and open source?

  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Axel Clauberg - Vice President, Aggregation, Transport, IP & Fixed Access, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Panelist Michael Ritter - Vice President Technical Marketing & Analyst Relations, ADVA Optical Networking
  • Panelist Sean Long - Director, Sr. Architecture, Product Management, Huawei Optical Transmission Network

2:15 pm 3:05 pm (50 mins)

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The Role of SDN in Optics: Show Me the Money

Work on SDN for the optical layers has been going on for years, but translation from optical layer technical work into operator field trials and real-world deployments has been slow relative to other areas, such as in Ethernet and routing. This session moves beyond the hype to assess the real-world business benefits of combining SDN and optics. Topics addressed include: what are the most promising use cases for transport SDN today? After years of packet-optical integration, is SDN ushering in a new era of optical disaggregation in which functions are separated into different boxes and different vendors? Does SDN really breathe new life into Poetical integration or will the next decade look a lot like the last?

  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Mike Freiberger - Principle Member, Technical Staff, Optical Transport Network, Architecture, Design & Planning, Verizon
  • Panelist Scott Wilkinson - Senior Director, Portfolio Marketing, ECI Telecom
  • Panelist Roman Ptashka - Product Management, MRV Comunications
  • Panelist Robert (Bob) Brumley - Development CEO, Laser Light Companies

3:15 pm 4:05 pm (50 mins)

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Innovations Driving Metro Data Center

Cloud, web-scale Internet companies and surging data center interconnect requirements have forced a massive re-think in how metro networks and systems are architected and have ushered in a whole new wave of innovations across systems and sub-systems, management and control and even operations. This panel session will focus on the innovations – across all these areas – that will drive the metro DCI market forward over the next two years. Topics include: options for 200 Gbit/s data rates and higher? What is the status of 100G coherent CFP2 and CFP4 pluggable modules? What's the best solution – purpose-built DCI boxes, multi-applications DWDM systems or integrated systems with DWDM and switching/router combined? What is the expected impact of open source projects like the Telecom Infra Project and how are vendors and service providers responding?

  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Ken Kiser - VP, Telecom Strategy, Arista Networks
  • Panelist Mattias Fridström - Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier
  • Panelist Nagaraja Upadhya - VP of Fixed Network Product Solutions, Huawei

11:40 am 12:30 pm (50 mins)

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Edge Computing: Why It's Vital CSPs See Through the Fog

The virtual edge – the place at which the network meets the enterprise – provides new opportunities to create a continuum from the device/end point to the cloud. This will redefine network, data and IT architectures. For CSPs, it opens up new service possibilities and with them new revenue stream potential. However, they have to understand not only the local and global networking requirements of enterprise and industrial customers but also the latency requirements and interfaces of gateway capillary networks. There are other technical requirements around defining what is stored at the edge and how information is forwarded or acted on, as well as the role of analytics and the need for security. This panel will explore all these challenges and assess the industry's current status.

  • Moderator Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Cam Cullen - Vice President, Global Marketing, Procera Networks
  • Panelist Caroline Chan - Vice President & General Manager, 5G Infrastructure Division, Intel
  • Panelist Jeronimo Asmar - Senior Presales Solutions Partner, Orange Business Services

2:15 pm 3:05 pm (50 mins)

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IoT of the Future: Using AI, Automation to Deliver Security

We live in a world of DDOS attacks based on weaponized IoT bots. Can this be the opportunity for CSPs to provide managed security services built on AI and automation delivered at scale? What are the main attributes required to achieve a secure and reliable IoT network? This panel will cover topics including embedded device authentication, network verification and E2E security, data encryption (both in motion and stored), performance signatures, threat intelligence, standards and more.

  • Moderator Curtis Franklin - Security Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist Michael O'Malley - Vice President, Carrier Strategy & Business Development, Radware
  • Panelist Edward Fox III - Vice President of Network Services, MetTel
  • Panelist Ted Lehr - Data Architect, City of Austin
  • Panelist Derek Peterson - CTO, Boingo Wireless

4:15 pm 4:30 pm (15 mins)

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IoT and Smart Applications

This segment will present some of the latest Smart IoT applications and use cases from around the world and the benefits produced therein.

  • Presenter George Reed - Senior Vice President, Solutions & Marketing, Huawei Tech

4:30 pm 5:05 pm (35 mins)

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The Next-Gen Central Office/Head End

New technology options exist for the access network as operators seek to transform their facilities and network architecture to support the demands of a Gigabit society, cloud services and the need to integrate the last mile into SDN strategies. This panel looks at how today's edge facilities and access networks can be upgraded not only to support Gigabit broadband speeds but also to support the broader demands of a smart city, the Internet of Things, enterprise cloud services and service automation.

  • Moderator Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading
  • Panelist Bill Walker - Director of Network Architecture – SDN, NFV, Cloud, CenturyLink
  • Panelist Nermin Mohamed - VP Solutions and Marketing, Huawei
  • Panelist Robert Conger - VP of Cloud and Portfolio Strategy, ADTRAN
  • Panelist Raman Abrol - Senior Vice President, Head of North & South America, Tech Mahindra

11:40 am 12:30 pm (50 mins)

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The Composable Telco

Telecom network operators increasingly see virtualization as a process of allowing individual components to be selected and assembled in various combinations to satisfy different requirements in a cloud-native fashion. The enablers of this approach include micro-services software development, open APIs, metamodels (such as TM Forum's ZOOM and MEF's Lifecycle Services Orchestration) and data-modeling – but these aren't deployed in common fashion today. For telcos to embrace composability, they need open integration mechanisms that enable them to use software components developed in-house or by third parties. This panel looks at how far the industry has moved in this direction and what still needs to happen.  

  • Moderator Sandra O'Boyle - Senior Analyst – CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Doug Nassaur - General Manager, AT&T and Lead Principal Technical Architect, Technology Design and Architecture, AT&T
  • Panelist Steve Marsh - CTO, North America, Intraway Corporation
  • Panelist Sridhar Appakondu - Senior Manager, Product Line Management, Service Provider Business Unit, Netscout
  • Panelist Hassan Ahmed - Chairman & CEO, Affirmed Networks

2:15 pm 3:05 pm (50 mins)

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Is NFV-I (Finally) Ready For Prime Time?

Recent Heavy Reading research reveals that NFV has reached the tipping point where a majority of telcos are starting to execute on their NFV strategies. That suggests that the NFV-I platform that will be responsible for running virtualized network functions are to the point where production workloads can be supported. However, telcos continue to express concerns about performance, scale and management. This session will discuss the work that has been done to date on delivering a stable NFV-I, including that of the OPNFV project. It will allow participants to debate where we are today, and what the best way forward will be.

  • Moderator Roz Roseboro - Senior Analyst, Telco Data Center, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Charlie Ashton - Senior Director of Business Development, Wind River
  • Panelist Jim Sabey - Head of USA BT Connect & Compute Sales Specialists, BT Americas
  • Panelist Matt Goldberg - Vice President, Global Strategic Solutions, SevOne
  • Panelist Prayson Pate - Chief Technical Officer, Ensemble, ADVA Optical Networking
  • Panelist James Hopson - Product Manager, Luxoft Technology Strategy Center

3:15 pm 4:05 pm (50 mins)

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The Ubiquitous Core

The adoption of cloud computing and distributed software will drive a fundamental shift in how a core network is demarcated. On some level, it's clear that the notion of a standalone core network with a formal boundary is no longer relevant. However, this does not mean that the core is redundant and no longer a valid network construct, but rather that core network functions such as vIMS, vAS, vSBCs and even vDSCs, especially in the age of microservices, can be deployed in a more distributed and reusable fashion anywhere. This panel will discuss ubiquitous core network drivers, use cases, market timing and challenges.

  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst – Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Art Nichols - Vice President of Network Architecture and Technology, Windstream
  • Panelist Colin Kincaid - CTO, Service Provider, Cisco

4:15 pm 5:05 pm (50 mins)

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Virtualizing Business Services: SD-WAN & Beyond

vCPE was an early business case use for NFV, but has hit some speed bumps as enterprises ponder the real costs of virtualizing the edge. That is driving some service providers to explore how much they can deliver from the cloud or the edge of their own network. This panel explores the progression of business services based on NFV, including the rise of SD-WAN as a popular option. 

  • Moderator Carol Wilson - Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
  • Panelist Eitan Schwartz - Vice President, Service Provider Line of Business, North America, RAD Data Communications
  • Panelist Victoria Lonker - Executive Director, Network & Virtual Solutions, Verizon
  • Panelist BIll Beesley - Principal Solutions Architect, Packet Optical Networking, Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.
  • Panelist Kelly Ahuja - CEO & President, Versa Networks

11:40 am 12:30 pm (50 mins)

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Are We There Yet? Delivering On-Demand Services

Network service providers are working hard to make their business services on-demand to match cloud offerings, offering business customers easy-to-use portals and letting them turn up and turn down services as needed on a pay-as-you-go model. Ultimately, that process needs to be automated through the network and its operating systems – something that isn't easily done today. This panel looks at how far the industry has moved in this direction and what remains to be done.

  • Moderator Carol Wilson - Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
  • Panelist Roman Pacewicz - Senior Vice President, Offer Management & Service Integration, AT&T Business Solutions
  • Panelist Tim Naramore - Chief Technology Officer, Masergy Communications
  • Panelist Madhusudhan Mysore (Madhu) - Chairman & Managing Director, Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS)

4:15 pm 5:05 pm (50 mins)

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Implementing Predictive Analytics

Driven by the realization that the cloud will require real-time network insights on a much greater level that even traditional IP telecom-based networks. Accordingly, the discussion is now shifting to a full-on integration of analytics into the cloud to enable the network to predict service, scale and security requirements and apply policies based on these anticipated requirements. This session will perform a deep dive on predictive analytics, documenting benefits, implementation realities and challenges, as well as vendor solution readiness.

  • Moderator Sandra O'Boyle - Senior Analyst – CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Ray Watson - Vice President, Global Technology, Masergy
  • Panelist Patrick Ostiguy - President & Chief Executive Officer, Accedian
  • Panelist Ted Lehr - Data Architect, City of Austin
  • Panelist Alex Henthorn-Iwane - Vice President, Product Marketing, Kentik

12:30 pm 6:30 pm (360 mins)

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Demo Hall Open

2:15 pm 3:05 pm (50 mins)

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Connecting the Data Center: 25G, 100G and 400G+

Server performance and data center network traffic are growing dramatically. The traditional data center network architecture is being challenged by innovative approaches using both standardized and proprietary interconnects between servers and switches, and within the systems. New technologies becoming available include advanced modulations, high speed copper interconnects and silicon photonics. New 25G, 50G, 100G, 200G and 400G solutions, including 100G single lambda, are becoming availableped to support low cost links up to 2km and within systems. Components are a critical part of the solution and this session will cover the latest developments, including data center architectures, interconnects and switching.

  • Moderator Simon Stanley - Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Sophie Legault - Director, Transport & Datacom Business Unit, EXFO
  • Panelist John D'Ambrosia - Chairman; Senior Principal Engineer, Ethernet Alliance
  • Panelist Mark Gustlin - Principal System Architect, Xilinx
  • Panelist Eric Frazier - North America Sales Operations, Agema Systems

3:15 pm 4:05 pm (50 mins)

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From Sensors to Servers: NFV Collaboration Within the ARM Ecosystem

In a heterogeneous value chain from sensors to edge to cloud, a wide range of use cases and workload-optimized solutions are required to realize the vision of a converged virtualized infrastructure. Those within the ARM ecosystem discuss the critical need to make it easier for developers to find diverse building blocks and expert integration services to get to deployment efficiently, and with the TCO return expected. Attendees will hear about innovative collaboration initiatives within the ARM ecosystem that help achieve this.

  • Moderator Simon Stanley - Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Raj Singh - Vice President & General Manager, Network & Communication Group, Cavium
  • Panelist Sam Fuller - Head, System Solutions, Digital Networking Group, NXP Semiconductors
  • Panelist Bob Monkman - Enterprise Segment Marketing Manager, ARM
  • Panelist Elsie Wahlig - Director, Product Management, Qualcomm
  • Panelist Adrian Leufvén - Senior Vice President, Software Sales, ENEA

3:05 pm 3:20 pm (15 mins)

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Break

3:15 pm 4:05 pm (50 mins)

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Millimeter Wave and New Opportunities in Multi-Gigabit Wireless Broadband Access

Advances in radio performance, availability of next-generation equipment and lower deployment costs are driving a strategic re-evaluation of fixed wireless access technologies. This expert panel will discuss how operators have an opportunity to inject growth into maturing wireline and mobile businesses using new wireless access technologies covering both millimetre wave and low-band spectrum. This panel will address the questions: Why millimeter wave? Why now? Other topics covered include: progress in advanced new antenna technology; deployment and trial activity across the US; and critical success factors for deployment.


  • Moderator Gabriel Brown - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist John Naylon - CTO and founder, CBNL
  • Panelist Edward Fox III - Vice President of Network Services, MetTel

4:05 pm 4:15 pm (10 mins)

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Break

7 pm 10 pm (180 mins)

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