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May 16
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7:30am - 9:00am 90 mins
Welcome Breakfast & Networking. Demo Hall Opens
9:00am - 9:05am 5 mins
Kickoff & Welcome Back
  • Speaker Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading
9:05am - 9:25am 20 mins
Info
Service Provider Keynote: Changing Landscapes: When Technology Is Only Half the Answer
  • Phil Meeks - EVP & President, Spectrum Enterprise

Phil Meeks, EVP & President of Spectrum Enterprise, will discuss the changing business landscape and critical access and experience gaps that need to be closed across the industry to help clients and our digital economy grow.

9:25am - 9:45am 20 mins
Info
Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: Leveraging the Power of SDN to Transform Carrier Networks
  • Steven Shalita - Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Pluribus Networks

The promise of SDN and NFV has the power to change everything for the carrier network. But how realistic is it to actually deploy and operate these next-generation architectures? SDN has to deliver carrier-class scale and move beyond new protocols to enable the automation, programmability and reliability needed. We will explore the evolution of SDN architectures and some real-world use cases for leveraging SDN in a carrier environment. We will examine how SDN can deliver both operational efficiency and enable new IP services for your customers, including dynamic network slicing, EPC virtualization, modernizing DCI, scaling multi-tenant and direct-connect architectures, improving IT data center operations and even automating your labs.

9:45am - 10:05am 20 mins
Info
Service Provider Keynote: Operational Aspects to Virtualization
  • James Feger - Vice President of Network Virtualization, CenturyLink

The migration from a hardware-centric to a software-centric network is creating fundamental changes within the network operating model as IT and architecture teams develop new processes and tools for implementing virtualization. The new operational aspects around processes, automation and organizational structures are critical for effectively managing services and delivering a positive end-user experience.

10:05am - 10:55am 50 mins
Info
Service Provider Panel: Why Vendors Won’t Get Paid Per Box Anymore
  • Moderator Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading
  • Panelist David Amzallag - Strategic Advisor, Industry Start Ups
  • Panelist Mike Frane - Vice President of Product Management, Windstream
  • Panelist Mirko Voltolini - Head of Network On Demand, Colt
  • Panelist Charlie Ashton - Director of Business Development at Wind River, Division of Intel, Intel

Legacy business models based on a price-per-box plus extra fees for OSS tools and maintenance support are creaking at the seams, as more and more network elements become cloud-native software functions. How will network operators buy the technology they need in the near future? And how will this impact the supply chain and procurement teams? Or will legacy models persist and be adapted to a cloudified, software-oriented ecosystem?

10:55am - 11:15am 20 mins
Info
Service Provider Keynote: The Role of 5G in Connecting People, Places and Things
  • Jan Geldmacher - President, Sprint Business

Over the next ten years or so, successive waves of innovation will ultimately create a “low latency economy” where advances in hyper-reliable networks, artificial intelligence, robotics and the processing of unimaginable amounts of data from billions of connected devices will unleash a fourth industrial revolution. A key part of this will be the emergence of the next generation of Internet of Things. Jan Geldmacher, president of Sprint Business, will deliver a keynote on connecting people, places and things and the role 5G plays at the center of it all.

11:15am - 11:30am 15 mins
COFFEE BREAK
11:30am - 12:20pm 50 mins
Info
Life on the Edge Track
Converting COS to Data Centers
  • Moderator Mari Silbey - Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading
  • Panelist Jeff Finkelstein - Executive Director of Advanced Technologies, Cox Communications
  • Panelist Udayan Mukherjee - Intel Fellow, Network Platform Group and Chief Technologist, 5G Infrastructure Division, Intel
  • Panelist Troy Saulnier - Strategy and Architecture Network Transformation, Bell Canada
  • Panelist Jeff Sharpe - Director, Product Strategy and Business Development, Network and Communication Solutions, ADLINK
  • Panelist Bill Walker - Senior Director, Network Architecture – SDN, NFV, and Cloud, CenturyLink

Telecom operators are viewing their network facilities as the new frontier of cloud infrastructure, poised to deliver low-latency and real-time processing required for a range of new applications including IoT and connected cars, among others. But how easily can existing facilities be converted to house data center infrastructure, and offer the power, environmental conditions and security required? Are the costs to build out this edge astronomical, as some have claimed? With multiple industry initiatives tackling this challenge, this panel explores the key issues that must be resolved.

11:30am - 12:20pm 50 mins
Info
Automation, Analytics & Assurance Track
Service Assurance: Cloud-Native & Decomposed
  • Moderator Denise Culver - Online Research Director, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Jim Greene - Sr. Industry Marketing Manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel
  • Panelist Eyal Harari - Chief Operating Officer and North America CEO, Radcom
  • Panelist James Hopson - Product Manager, Digital Enterprise, Luxoft
  • Panelist Jim McEachern - Principal Technologist, ATIS
  • Panelist Satya Parimi - Group Vice President of Data Products, Spectrum Enterprise

As service providers deploy more cloud-native network functions, many are examining new approaches to delivering more automated service assurance in tandem with cloud-native VNFs. Where should CSPs start in re-thinking their approach to service assurance in virtualized networks? This panel will examine which aspects of service assurance need to be re-designed and what new approaches are needed for telco clouds -- including service provisioning, active test and monitoring, service quality measurement, root cause analysis, SLA management and KPIs -- and where to begin.

11:30am - 12:20pm 50 mins
Info
The New Service Horizon Track
Enabling Automation with Intent-Based Orchestration
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst – CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Mike Freiberger - Senior Manager of Network Service Abstraction SDN Technology, Architecture, & Planning, Verizon
  • Panelist Randy Levensalor - Leading Member, Network Virtualization Team, CableLabs
  • Panelist Carly Stoughton - Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Apstra

While not a new concept, intent-based networking (IBN) is making a resurgence as a potentially promising way to advance self-configuration and automation in the network. IBN use cases are currently more focused on automating data center operations, but this technology could be a boon to service providers' goals of simplifying their complex networks. How soon can operators realistically deploy IBN on a wider scale and will this technology live up to the marketing hype? This session looks at current intent-based networking platforms, efforts by standards development organizations and the open source community, and the potential challenges to implementing the intent paradigm in the management and orchestration of software-defined, virtualized networks.

12:20pm - 2:15pm 115 mins
Networking Lunch in the Demo Hall
2:15pm - 3:15pm 60 mins
Info
Next-Gen Network Architecture Track
The Impact of 5G on the Control Plane
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst – Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Kishore Raja - Vice President, Engineering Strategic Programs, Boingo Wireless
  • Panelist Cagatay Buyukkoc - Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T

Even though the 5G reference architecture is significantly different from previous generations of wireless technologies, there is still a need to support a signaling control plane to manage session setup and tear-down. This panel will consider the control modifications necessary to manage a 5G network including the impacts of fallback and roaming scenarios.

2:15pm - 3:15pm 60 mins
Info
Automation, Analytics & Assurance Track
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence for Network Performance
  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst – CSP IT & Automation, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Edward Fox III - Vice President of Network Services, MetTel
  • Panelist Patrick Ostiguy - President & Chief Executive Officer, Accedian
  • Panelist Mirko Voltolini - Head of Network On Demand, Colt

The use of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) promises to reveal new insights in network telemetry and flow data, and generate new methods to operate and optimize service provider networks. From anticipating and scaling capacity demands, to improving customer experience, to enabling new services, ML adds a layer of "intelligence" to today’s state-of-the-art network management and automation toolsets. Panelists will examine current use cases for applying ML and AI to high-performance networks and discuss how these technologies will be the foundation of next-generation service assurance and network optimization.

2:15pm - 2:25pm 10 mins
Info
Broadband Summit
Fireside Chat
  • Alan Breznick - Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
  • Jamie Panagos - Senior Director, Charter Communications
2:25pm - 3:15pm 50 mins
Info
Broadband Summit
Building the New Last Mile
  • Moderator Mari Silbey - Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading
  • Panelist James Childs - VP Strategy, North America, CBNL
  • Panelist Murat Erkam - Senior Product Development Manager, Crown Castle
  • Panelist Joe Fasone - Founder & CEO, Pilot
  • Panelist Jaimie Lenderman - Senior Analyst, Ovum
  • Panelist Dave Pratt - Consulting Solutions Engineer, Calix
  • Panelist GS Sickand - VP Chief Technology Officer - Regional Carriers, Ericsson

Massive fiber buildouts, cable plant upgrades and spectrum optimization are all colliding in the race to improve last-mile network performance. In this panel session we'll discuss broadband's new last mile, including how wired and wireless services are converging, what network operators are doing to increase capacity and latency, and how virtualization will both enable new services and upend traditional business models. We'll also look at the new power players in the industry -- from tower companies to data center operators to municipalities – and how their efforts are poised to disrupt the status quo.

3:15pm - 3:25pm 10 mins
CONFERENCE CLOSES
7:30am - 9:00am

Welcome Breakfast & Networking. Demo Hall Opens

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9:00am - 9:05am
Kickoff & Welcome Back
Info

Kickoff & Welcome Back

  • Speaker Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading
More
9:05am - 9:25am
Info

Service Provider Keynote: Changing Landscapes: When Technology Is Only Half the Answer

Phil Meeks, EVP & President of Spectrum Enterprise, will discuss the changing business landscape and critical access and experience gaps that need to be closed across the industry to help clients and our digital economy grow.

  • Phil Meeks - EVP & President, Spectrum Enterprise
More
9:25am - 9:45am
Info

Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: Leveraging the Power of SDN to Transform Carrier Networks

The promise of SDN and NFV has the power to change everything for the carrier network. But how realistic is it to actually deploy and operate these next-generation architectures? SDN has to deliver carrier-class scale and move beyond new protocols to enable the automation, programmability and reliability needed. We will explore the evolution of SDN architectures and some real-world use cases for leveraging SDN in a carrier environment. We will examine how SDN can deliver both operational efficiency and enable new IP services for your customers, including dynamic network slicing, EPC virtualization, modernizing DCI, scaling multi-tenant and direct-connect architectures, improving IT data center operations and even automating your labs.

  • Steven Shalita - Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Pluribus Networks
More
9:45am - 10:05am
Info

Service Provider Keynote: Operational Aspects to Virtualization

The migration from a hardware-centric to a software-centric network is creating fundamental changes within the network operating model as IT and architecture teams develop new processes and tools for implementing virtualization. The new operational aspects around processes, automation and organizational structures are critical for effectively managing services and delivering a positive end-user experience.

  • James Feger - Vice President of Network Virtualization, CenturyLink
More
10:05am - 10:55am
Info

Service Provider Panel: Why Vendors Won’t Get Paid Per Box Anymore

Legacy business models based on a price-per-box plus extra fees for OSS tools and maintenance support are creaking at the seams, as more and more network elements become cloud-native software functions. How will network operators buy the technology they need in the near future? And how will this impact the supply chain and procurement teams? Or will legacy models persist and be adapted to a cloudified, software-oriented ecosystem?

  • Moderator Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading
  • Panelist David Amzallag - Strategic Advisor, Industry Start Ups
  • Panelist Mike Frane - Vice President of Product Management, Windstream
  • Panelist Mirko Voltolini - Head of Network On Demand, Colt
  • Panelist Charlie Ashton - Director of Business Development at Wind River, Division of Intel, Intel
More
10:55am - 11:15am
Info

Service Provider Keynote: The Role of 5G in Connecting People, Places and Things

Over the next ten years or so, successive waves of innovation will ultimately create a “low latency economy” where advances in hyper-reliable networks, artificial intelligence, robotics and the processing of unimaginable amounts of data from billions of connected devices will unleash a fourth industrial revolution. A key part of this will be the emergence of the next generation of Internet of Things. Jan Geldmacher, president of Sprint Business, will deliver a keynote on connecting people, places and things and the role 5G plays at the center of it all.

  • Jan Geldmacher - President, Sprint Business
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11:15am - 11:30am

COFFEE BREAK

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12:20pm - 2:15pm

Networking Lunch in the Demo Hall

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3:15pm - 3:25pm

CONFERENCE CLOSES

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