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Aamir Hussain

Service Provider Keynote: CenturyLink

CenturyLink

Carol Wilson

Service Provider Panel: The New Business Realities

Light Reading

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 8:50 am (20 mins)

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Greeting & Welcome

  • Presenter Steve Saunders, CEO/Founder, Light Reading

9:10 am 9:30 am (20 mins)

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Super Platinum Keynote: Intel

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

9:30 am 10:20 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 Andrew Dugan, Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications

10:20 am 10:40 am (20 mins)

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Service Provider Keynote: Comcast

10:40 am 11 am (20 mins)

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Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: EXFO

  • Keynote Philippe Morin, Chief Operating Officer, EXFO

11 am 11:20 am (20 mins)

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Service Provider Keynote: Verizon

  • 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

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 Zeev Draer, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, MRV Comunications

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

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

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

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

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Smart Cities: The Service Provider Play

Cities are gearing up on their own to get smarter in networking public safety and traffic management, public utilities and many other municipal services both to improve quality of life and reduce overhead and costs. In some cases, they are partnering with service providers while in others they are working directly with applications developers and integrators. This panel will focus on what savvy service providers are doing to build a business plan in this space and what others can do to merit a piece of the pie.

  • Moderator Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

4:15 pm 5:05 pm (50 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Communications Technology Innovation Ecoystem

3:15 pm 4:05 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

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

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Communications Technology Innovation Ecoystem

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

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Break

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

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Break

7 pm 10 pm (180 mins)

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BCE Kickoff Party @ The Container Bar - "One of Austin's Top 10 Bars"