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The communications industry is used to the occasional technology metamorphoses - think circuit to packet, or fixed to mobile - but that isn't what's happening now. Today, we see an earthshaking reshaping of the competitive dynamic, which has helped spawn a tsunami of technology innovation. Both are ripping through the communications landscape. Virtualization, open source, New IP, IoT, 5G, telco cloud - these trends combined create an innovation wave that, by the end of this decade, will pivot the entire communications industry on its axis, producing an unprecedented shift in the fortunes of companies, for good and ill. Even more complex than the technologies involved, however, is the shift in competitive dynamic, which pits incumbent network operators against a wider range of competitors from the massive Webscale players to the nimble applications and software developers. Each of these potential disruptors is prepared to reap the real value of ubiquitous broadband connectivity, for both the business and consumer markets, in the fixed and mobile network realms. Their success puts the future of incumbent players at significant risk.

VENUE LOCATION

Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin Texas,

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

David Amzallag

As the Director for Core and Transport David is leading the Vision, Strategy, Design and the Architecture for the entire Core and Transport Networks at Vodafone. In addition, David is leading the E2E Transformation for SDN and NFV for the Vodafone Group. In this role, he is responsible for developing Vodafone's vision, strategy, End-to-End Architecture and worldwide deployment for Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), in close co-operation with the group functions, with the operating companies, regional engineering and operation teams. Prior to Vodafone, David served as the Vice President for Virtual Telecommunications & NFV in Alcatel-Lucent where he designed the first company-wide vision and strategy for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In addition, David was the CTO of CloudBand, responsible for the entire technology vision, strategy and architecture of ALU's NFV Management & Orchestration as well as for the positioning of CloudBand as an industry leader. Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, David served as the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Vice President at Amdocs. In this role he was responsible for planning and developing Amdocs' technology vision as well as Amdocs' future strategy, architecture and roadmap of the entire product portfolio. Prior to Amdocs David served as the Chief Scientist of 21st Century Network (21CN) of BT, where he was responsible for designing, planning, and optimizing solutions in BT networks, architectures and infrastructures in more than 100 countries and 250 networks worldwide. David has over 20 years of unique experience in Telecommunications in leading, developing, and executing strategies, transformations, technological innovation, and advanced solutions in very large Operators, Software Vendors and Network Equipment Vendors. David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in coping with computationally-hard optimization problems.

AGENDA

May 23   

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM WIC LUNCH AND NETWORKING

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM WIC REGISTRATION

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM WIC PANEL 1: WOMEN IN COMMS -- A GUT CHECK Women in comms are in the spotlight more than ever and, we admit, we are far from the only event focused on how to empower, recruit and support women. This panel will go beyond the basics and get into the nitty-gritty of how to spark real, sustainable change. We'll focus on practical ways to encourage more young women to explore STEM, how to recruit talented women and retain and promote them and ways that women in the industry can work with their employers to structure careers that allow for flexible periods when they are needed. Women in Comms: Sandy Motley Moderators: Mari Silbey

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM WIC PANEL 2: THE SERVICE PROVIDER POINT OF VIEW: DIVERSITY, COMPANY CULTURE & MALE ALLIES The need for a diverse employee base is more acute at service providers, as they are customer-facing companies that need to mirror their diverse customer bases. This panel will address the steps to take to mandate diversity and change company cultures. It will also touch on how to bring men into the conversation as allies and why it all matters. Keynote Speakers: Margaret Chiosi Speakers: James Feger Women in Comms: Derek Peterson

May 24   

7:15 AM - 6:00 PM REGISTRATION

7:15 AM - 8:30 AM WELCOME BREAKFAST & NETWORKING COMPONENTS BREAKFAST LOUNGE

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM GREETING & WELCOME Moderators: Carol Wilson

8:40 AM - 8:55 AM WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

8:55 AM - 9:20 AM SERVICE PROVIDER KEYNOTE: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG Keynote Speakers: Axel Clauberg

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM KEYNOTE: CISCO

9:50 AM - 10:05 AM SERVICE PROVIDER KEYNOTE: MASERGY

10:05 AM - 10:55 AM KEYNOTE PANEL: THE BUSINESS OF CHANGE Virtualization and the move to cloud services is changing basic business relationships between communications service providers and their customers, and between CSPs and their technology vendors as well. How both services and technology are bought and sold is shifting, and new aspects of sales relationships are gaining value even as old ways of establishing long-term contracts become less relevant. Open source technology development is having its own impact, as the concepts of ongoing support and responsibility are examined in a new light. This panel of experts will look at the broad and dynamic landscape of commercial relationships in telecom and explore what’s next for the industry as a whole. Moderators: Carol Wilson

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM KEYNOTE: INTEL

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM COFFEE BREAK

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MOBILE NETWORKS: VIRTUALIZING THE MOBILE CORE The mobile core was an early target for virtualization, as many saw the Evolved Packet Core and IMS as places where NFV would have a meaningful impact. This panel will look at how those early efforts have played out and look at whether the dynamic cloud infrastructure envisioned for mobility is evolving, what the prospects are for new services and what unexpected roadblocks have presented themselves. Moderators: Gabriel Brown

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM NETWORK ORCHESTRATION: SERVICE LIFECYCLE ORCHESTRATION Realizing the importance of end-to-end management of customer-facing services, the industry is bringing together service orchestration and assurance into a single critical approach. This panel will look at where this is being applied beyond its origins in the transport/VPN domain and explore the different models that have emerged from industry groups and how they might be aligned, as well as the impact of next-gen operational automation and the application of analytics. Moderators: Caroline Chappell

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM OPTICAL NETWORKING: IP+OPTICAL INTEGRATION FOR A CLOUD & SDN-DRIVEN WORLD Multi-layer, multi-domain and multi-vendor interoperability are key needs for operators building packet-optical transport networks to meet the requirements of the cloud. Greater flexibility and elasticity at all of the layers are crucial. This panel will explore the technology, architecture and standards options available to operators that will help them migrate their networks from a static and proprietary past to a flexible and interoperable future. Throughout the panel, we will seek to define the role of SDN in this future architecture. Speakers: Chris Emmons Moderators: Sterling Perrin

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM ULTRA BROADBAND/IoT: IT'S A GIGABIT WORLD The race to deploy gigabit services is engaging telecom and cable network operators, as well as equipment vendors on the fiber, coax and copper sides, not to mention fixed wireless technologies. This panel will look at the Docsis 3.1, G.fast and PON technologies that are enabling this race to a gig. Moderators: Ray LeMaistre

12:20 PM - 2:15 PM HALL OPENS; NIA'S NFV INTEROPERABILITY DEMO & LUNCH

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM NEW IP AGENCY UPDATE Moderators: Steve Saunders

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM COMPONENTS: INTRODUCTION & HEAVY READING MARKET OVERVIEW Simon Stanley, Heavy Reading Analyst at Large and will share Heavy Reading’s perspective on the latest component developments. Moderators: Simon Stanley

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM MOBILE NETWORKS: LOW-POWER WIDE-AREA NETWORKS Low-power wide-area networks are essential to the success of IoT, but will mobile network operators be the providers of these networks? 2016 will see a race between alternative technology startup LPWA providers, the traditional network vendors and mobile operators. Sitting in the wings are some interested players that are keen to re-enter the wireless market or to cut out the middle man in connecting capillary sensor networks to the cloud. Moderators: Steve Bell

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM NETWORK ORCHESTRATION: THE COMPOSABLE TELCO In the push to become more nimble and innovative, CSPs are trying to be more application-driven and to look at approaches such as containers and microservices as a means to focus resources more quickly on delivering end products that meet user demands. This panel looks at the variety of technology options growing up around composing and decomposing applications and services from reusable virtualized resources. Moderators: Caroline Chappell

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM OPTICAL NETWORKING: THE FUTURE OF METRO DATA CENTER INTERCONNECT Web-scale players and the emergence of cloud networking are changing the communications landscape dramatically and providing tremendous new growth opportunities in optical networking. On the one hand, web 2.0 giants, such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo, are becoming large buyers of DWDM equipment as they connect their massive data centers across cities and countries. On the other hand, traditional telcos are buying and building out data centers themselves and need to connect them via high-speed optics. This session looks at the future of metro data center interconnect primarily from the telcos’ perspective. What lessons can be learned from the webascale service providers? What should telecom operators do differently to interconnect their data centers? Speakers: Don MacNeil Moderators: Sterling Perrin

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM COMPONENTS: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

2:50 PM - 3:05 PM COMPONENTS: SPONSORED KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

3:05 PM - 3:15 PM BREAK

3:15 PM - 4:05 PM COMPONENTS: WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE: VIRTUALIZATION & 4G/5G This session will focus on infrastructure developments for 4G and 5G wireless networks and the shift to virtualized networks using SDN and NFV. 5G networks will use a mix of technologies to provide the coverage and bandwidth that is needed to meet subscriber expectations. Small cells, Cloud RAN and LTE Advanced features such as carrier aggregation and high-order MIMO are quickly becoming essential for new wireless deployments. At the same time virtualization is changing the way service providers plan, deploy and manage networks. This panel will discuss the latest component and platform developments and the benefits for carriers and equipment manufacturers. Speakers: Sunil Kar Moderators: Simon Stanley

3:15 PM - 4:05 PM MOBILE NETWORKS: SMALL CELLS, BIG IMPACT The much-anticipated small cell era has begun in earnest. With the rapid growth of smartphones and mobile data traffic and the emergence of 4G/LTE (and soon-to-come 5G) networks, mobile network operators are scrambling to install compact femto, pico and micro cells to support that growth, boost their coverage and capacity and improve the quality-of-service (QoS) for their subscribers. This panel will chart their progress and address the numerous technological, operational and economic challenges of small cells and explore the swiftly evolving small-cell backhaul. Speakers: Ran Hysler Moderators: Alan Breznick

3:15 PM - 4:05 PM NETWORK SECURITY: SERVICE PROVIDER SECURITY STRATEGIES As cyber attacks grow more sophisticated, network operators have to adopt more intelligent security strategies. This panel will explain the state of the art both in threats and in approaches to distributed, intelligent security strategies, including comprehensive guidance on key principles, processes and technologies for protecting operators' networks and their customers' experience. Speakers: Dave Larson Moderators: Patrick Donegan

3:15 PM - 4:05 PM VIRTUALIZING THE NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPING AN NFV-I – BEST OF BREED OR INTEGRATED SOLUTION? Industry players are taking different approaches to the critical question of an NFV infrastructure. This session will look at those approaches and their key goals and their challenges, providing insight into which strategy is best for specific network operators. Speakers: Gagan Puranik Moderators: Roz Roseboro

4:05 PM - 4:15 PM BREAK

 

4:15 PM - 5:05 PM COMPONENTS: DATA CENTER INTERCONNECTS: DELIVERING 25G TO 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. 25G, 50G, 100G, 200G and 400G solutions are being developed 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, technologies and components. Moderators: Simon Stanley

4:15 PM - 5:05 PM MOBILE NETWORKS: FUTURE MOBILE NETWORKS Even as some mobile operators make plans for 5G deployment in two to three years, it's not clear how developments in the radio access network come together with those in the rest of the networking community, which could delay 5G deployment in the same way that voice over LTE was delayed. This panel will look at future mobile network evolution in the broad sense and what network operators should expect. Moderators: Gabriel Brown

4:15 PM - 5:05 PM NETWORK SECURITY: SECURITY IN THE ERA OF VIRTUALIZATION Network virtualization poses both new challenges for network security and new opportunities for doing it better, and the industry is leaning heavily toward the latter half of that value proposition. Here's a look at how virtualization supports an intelligent, distributed, dynamic approach to network-wide security that offers new efficiencies. Speakers: Michael O'Malley Moderators: Patrick Donegan

4:15 PM - 5:05 PM VIRTUALIZING THE NETWORK: INFRASTRUCTURE EVOLVING THE CONTROL PLANE TO SUPPORT VIRTUALIZATION As NFV networks scale and 5G comes online, the control plane must evolve or once again become a bottleneck. This panel will examine the changes that will be necessary to the control plane to ensure that it evolves with network demand. Speakers: Christos Kolias Moderators: Jim Hodges

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM DEMO HALL, NIA'S NFV INTEROPERABILITY DEMO & DRINKS RECEPTION

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM BCE KICKOFF PARTY OPEN TO ALL BCE ATTENDEES!

May 25   

7:15 AM - 4:45 PM REGISTRATION

7:15 AM - 8:30 AM WELCOME BREAKFAST & NETWORKING COMPONENTS BREAKFAST LOUNGE

8:30 AM - 8:35 AM OPENING Moderators: Steve Saunders

8:35 AM - 9:00 AM SERVICE PROVIDER KEYNOTE: AT&T Keynote Speakers: Margaret Chiosi

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM KEYNOTE: RED BISON ADVISORY Keynote Speakers: Bill Owens

9:20 AM - 9:45 AM CLOUD PROVIDER KEYNOTE

9:45 AM - 10:05 AM KEYNOTE: BROCADE

10:05 AM - 10:55 AM KEYNOTE PANEL: SERVICE PROVIDER TRANSFORMATION: WHAT WILL THE CSP OF TOMORROW LOOK LIKE? Traditional telecom operators have been adopting new ways of doing business from the IT sector and emulating webascale companies in their technology adoption. Are these strategies succeeding? A panel of operators from all sectors will engage in a frank discussion about how their companies are evolving and the challenges they still face. Speakers: James Feger Moderators: Carol Wilson

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM SPONSOR KEYNOTE

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM COFFEE BREAK

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM DATA CENTERS AND CLOUD SERVICES: USING OPEN SOURCE: A REALITY CHECK Telecom embraced open source in its move to the cloud and has been increasingly active in the open source community as participants and contributors, even creating some of its own open source organizations to address telecom-specific issues. This panel will offer a reality check on how the process is working, what issues still need to be resolved and whether standards bodies are perhaps the better way forward for CSPs. Moderators: Roz Roseboro

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM OPTICAL NETWORKING: DELIVERING ENCRYPTION AT THE OPTICAL LAYER Optical layer encryption has existed quietly for years but is now coming front and center as a key pillar in network operators' security plans (particularly in the

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