FIERCETELECOM BLITZ WEEK
JUNE 15 - JUNE 18 | FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
ABOUT FIERCETELECOM BLITZ WEEK
FierceTelecom is excited to announce FierceTelecom Blitz Week, the first of its kind digital event series across our network. Through a series of live video roundtables, fireside chats, and keynotes featuring top speakers from AT&T, Verizon, Windstream, and more, attendees will be able to access top notch industry panels, without having to travel! It’ll be a one-of-a-kind series, that you don’t want to miss.
MONDAY, JUNE 15
STRATEGIES FOR SD-WAN 2.0
The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is no longer the newcomer on the technology block. We’re now into SD-WAN 2.0, which primarily focuses on managed SD-WAN. But it’s still fresh enough that there are technological considerations to perfect, such as security, for example. And what is managed SD-WAN? How are SD-WAN vendors or enterprises working with multi-cloud providers to connect? Are operators using SD-WAN to expand beyond their footprints?
MONDAY, JUNE 15
THE FUTURE OF ACCESS NETWORKS
Telecom backbone networks, together with the global networks of the big cloud providers, deliver internet traffic around the world. But the weak link is still the last mile to the home or business. While this presents a challenge, it also provides a big opportunity for telcos and cable companies that own this last-mile connection. What’s the status of innovation in access networks in terms of fiber-to-the-home, Docsis 4.0 and even fixed wireless access (FWA)? Are telcos and cablecos pursuing software strategies to innovate in the access network? Can these last-mile networks solve for the problem of asymmetric capabilities between the downlink and the uplink?
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
HOW ARE WIRELINE SERVICE PROVIDERS USING OPEN SOURCE TO VIRTUALIZE THEIR NETWORKS?
Wireline CSP’s have worked with open source groups such as the Linux Foundation and the Open Networking Foundation. But what’s the current status of their implementation of platforms such as OpenStack, ONAP and the Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD)? Have telcos and cable companies picked up on the transition from virtual machines to containers? Which vendors are helping them to virtualize their networks, or are they trying to do everything in-house?
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
NEXT GEN OPTICAL – 400G, 800G, AND BEYOND
Vendors have been gearing up for 400G for several years. Now that the equipment is starting to become available, how will hyperscale providers, telcos and cable operators trial and deploy 400G this year, and what are their plans for 800G? The move to 400G requires new switches, Ethernet ports, optics and testing before it hits the mainstream. There are also different approaches for 400G, including dual carrier, single carrier and 400 Gigabit Ethernet. What approach will find the most traction this year and into 2021?
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
TELCO CLOUD TRANSFORMATION: A DEEP DIVE
Telecom and cable operators have been modernizing their networks to make them look more like data-center-type architectures. They’re enlisting the help of certain vendors to mimic the big webscale companies, creating fully-automated infrastructure of compute, networking and storage. What are things that have to be special about telco clouds? Are service providers taking the expertise from modernizing their networks and offering it to their enterprise customers who also need to update their IT systems? What’s the deal with all the telco/webscale partnerships such as Amazon/Verizon?