The emergence of the NFV ecosystem: Laying the foundation for a new way to run mobile networks
Virtualization will change the way mobile operators run their networks and the way the mobile ecosystem works. In this webinar we will explore how the transition to virtualized networks with NFV will happen – what has happened to date, what are the choices and challenges that operators face, and what are the stages in an evolutionary process that will take time, but has quickly gained momentum.
Monica Paolini, Senza Fili, will discuss with Jeff Mucci, RCR Wireless News, a recent report on NFV and the interviews with the report sponsors, Hitachi, Intel, JDSU, Juniper, Mavenir Systems, Metaswitch, Ruckus and SpiderCloud Wireless. In our conversation, we will touch upon the tradeoffs that operators and vendors face along ten dimensions:
• SDN/ NFV
• Physical / Virtualized
• Continuity / Change
• Telco / IT
• Functions / Orchestration
• Centralized / Distributed
• RAN / Core
• User plane / Control plane
• TCO / Agility
• Optimize / Monetize
The growing demand for connectivity everywhere continues to push operators’ networks to the limit, exposing holes in their coverage and capacity, especially in dense, urban areas. By 2020, cellular data traffic in the U.S. will exceed available macro capacity by almost 90%. This increased traffic shows no sign of receding.
Forecasts predict a 10x growth in mobile data traffic between 2013 and 2019, pushing network operators to quickly increase network capacity.
There are three ways for network operators to expand capacity: address spectral efficiency, add more spectrum, or increase the number of cells/sectors in the current network. Historically, when looking to increase capacity, operators have increased the number of cells/sectors, often through the deployment of small cells. But the practice has been challenging, owing to strict zoning requirements that limit placement.
Please join Philip Sorrells, Vice President of Wireless Marketing for CommScope, as he presents “So You Want to Go Small,” practical considerations for adopting a small cell approach to add capacity.
Workplace diversity is an issue that affects everyone, and we all miss opportunities when our workplaces cannot accommodate people with disabilities. This webinar will explore inclusion through the lens of a company that is on the forefront: AT&T. AT&T’s Director of Global Public Policy will discuss new Department of Labor requirements, IP transitions and what it means to have a “culture of inclusion.”
Also hear from the national president of one of AT&T’s Employee Resource Groups about how companies can better support workers, and we will talk with an AT&T Mobility director about mobile apps and devices that are empowering people with disabilities even though they may not have initially been designed for that purpose.
What you will learn:
1. What are federal requirements regarding employment of people with disabilities?
2. What is the role of an Employee Resource Group and how can it help with retention?
3. How are mobile devices and apps empowering people with disabilities?
Who should attend:
HR managers, people with disabilities, and everyone who works in an organization that values diversity
LTE is just starting its evolution and will be the main mobile network technology for many years to come, providing the base for next generation networks and so-called 5G. But before next generation networks can be deployed, several aspects of the current LTE networks need to be considered.
This webinar will examine the changes needed to the current LTE networks and the characteristics of a successful migration to next generation networks. Operators that wait too long to prepare for macrocell site overlay work will find themselves at a serious disadvantage in the race to be first with next generation LTE networks. Specifically, the webinar will discuss:
• Market drivers for next generation networks – why do we need them?
• Correcting structural issues – Tower load is one of the biggest barriers to rapidly launching next-gen network technology. If a structure is overstressed, it cannot safely support any new equipment.
• Making backhaul improvements – The tremendous demand for mobile data services has shown a deficiency in the backhaul delivery system and significant investment will likely be required in the next few years.
• Redesigning power solutions – Today, most cell sites are equipped with 200 amp servers. However, it remains to be seen if this will be enough to support the additional HVAC and 5G equipment requirements.
• Acquiring strategic cell properties – Although small cell deployments help bring service closer to customers, it is clear that new towers will have to be built to ensure seamless coverage across the country.
• Securing skilled crews – Recent studies point to an industry unprepared to handle the explosive growth it will experience. There are approximately 4,000 experienced and trained tower climbers in the US, which is estimated to be one third of the number needed to handle the work that must be done to implement next generation technologiesRegister
Please join ABI Research and Corning for the 2015 Outlook for Indoor Wireless Technologies, which will include highlights of ABI Research’s study: “DAS Rises to the Small Cell Challenge.”
During this webinar, the panelists will discuss the benefits of fiber optics and converged DAS, Wireless LAN and Passive Optical LAN – specifically the space, installation time and cost savings.
In addition, the speakers will cover:
• General telecom trends, wireless predictions and how they impact DAS
• How to plan for future requirements and avoid ripping and replacing the infrastructure
• Why convergence makes sense for LAN and WLAN and future developments
• Reduction of CAPEX and OPEX in verticals through converged optical infrastructures
• Highlights of healthcare and public venues Corning case studies with focus on convergence
Nick Marshall, Research Director, ABI Research
Jason Greene, Strategic Sales Director, Corning Optical Communications
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