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FIERCETELECOM BLITZ WEEK

JUNE 15 - JUNE 18 | FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
 

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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.

June 15

MONDAY, JUNE 15

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
Strategies for SD-WAN 2.0

2:00PM-3:15PM ET:
The Future of Access Networks

June 16

TUESDAY, JUNE 16

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
How are Wireline Service Providers
Using Open Source to
Virtualize Their Networks?

June 17

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
Next Gen Optical –
400G, 800G, and Beyond

June 18

THURSDAY, JUNE 18

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
Telco Cloud Transformation:
A Deep Dive

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Google Cloud
IBM
Inseego
ONF

AGENDA
MONDAY, JUNE 15

 

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
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?

SPEAKERS

Rupesh Chokshi

KEYNOTE

Rupesh Chokshi

Assistant VP, Edge Solutions Product Marketing Management
AT&T

Roy Chua, AvidThink

MODERATOR

Roy Chua

Principal and Founder
AvidThink

Michael Wynston

PANELIST

Michael Wynston

Director Global Network Architecture
Fiserv

Mirko Voltolini, Colt

PANELIST

Mirko Voltolini

Global Head of Network on Demand
Colt Technology Services

Pascal

PANELIST

Pascal Menezes

Chief Technology Officer
MEF

AGENDA
MONDAY, JUNE 15

 

2:00PM-3:15PM ET:
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?

SPEAKERS

Erik Gronvall

KEYNOTE & PANELIST

Erik Gronvall

VP Strategy and Business Development
CommScope

Moderator | Jeff Heynen

MODERATOR

Jeff Heynen

Senior Research Director, Broadband Access and Home Networking
Dell'Oro Group

Jeff Finkelstein

PANELIST

Jeff Finkelstein

Executive Director Advanced Technologies
Cox Communications

Gordon Mansfield

PANELIST

Gordon Mansfield

Vice President, Converged Access & Device Technology
AT&T

AGENDA
TUESDAY, JUNE 16

 

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
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?

SPEAKERS

Bhanu Krishnamurthy

KEYNOTE

Bhanu Krishnamurthy

Executive Director, Software Development & Engineering
Comcast

Kyle Forster, Google

KEYNOTE

Kyle Forster

Director, Product Management, Anthos Services
Google

Timon ONF

MODERATOR

Timon Sloane

VP, Marketing & Ecosystem
ONF

Beth Cohen

PANELIST

Beth Cohen

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff – NFV/SDN Product Strategy
Verizon

Kevin McBride

PANELIST

Kevin McBride

Principal Architect
CenturyLink

Marisa Viveros IBM

PANELIST

Marisa Viveros

Vice President, Strategy and Offerings, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment
IBM

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

 

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
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?

SPEAKERS

Buddy Bayer

KEYNOTE

Buddy Bayer

Chief Network Officer
Windstream

Linda Hardesty | Fierce Wireless

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

Linda Hardesty

Editor-in-Chief
Fierce Wireless

Jimmy Yu

MODERATOR

Jimmy Yu

Vice President and Analyst for Optical Transport Market
Dell'Oro Group

Aaron Werley

PANELIST

Aaron Werley

Chief Technology Officer
Zayo

AGENDA
THURSDAY, JUNE 18

 

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
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?

SPEAKERS

David Shacochis CenturyLink

KEYNOTE

David Shacochis

VP of Hybrid IT Management
CenturyLink

Bill Lambertson

KEYNOTE

Bill Lambertson

Global Director for Cloud, 5G Network and Edge Computing
IBM Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment Industry

Inbar Lasser-Raab

PANELIST

Inbar Lasser-Raab

Chief Marketing Officer
DriveNets

Jim Poole

PANELIST

Jim Poole

Vice President, Business Development
Equinix