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TT Poll: Faster Provisioning of NFV Services & Applications Carry the Day
Mike Robuck  
10/17/2017   9 comments
Survey results of a recent Telco Transformation poll rated faster provisioning and automation as the biggest NFV factors in 2017.
Heavy Reading's Brown on Deployment Arc of 5G
The Digerati  
10/17/2017   6 comments
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown lays out the roadmap and challenges for 5G deployments.
Bill Walker's Transformation Insights
Telco Transformation Video  
10/13/2017   2 comments
Bill Walker, CenturyLink's director of network architecture, shares his insights on why training isn't enough for IT employees and traditional telco employees, the importance of "fast pivot" versus "fast failure," and why service providers need to re-think how they sell their products and services to their end customers.
HR's Brown: Longtime Coexistence for LTE & 5G Core Networks
The Digerati  
10/12/2017   3 comments
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown maps out how LTE and 5G core networks will lead a life of coexistence for some time to come.
Huawei Tops 560 SDN/NFV Projects
Conversations with Huawei  
10/12/2017   1 comment
Huawei released its NFV/SDN commercial deployment numbers at this week's 2017 SDN NFV World Congress.
MEF & ONAP Strike Up Collaboration Effort
Mike Robuck  
10/11/2017   6 comments
ONAP and MEF have agreed to collaborate on open source implementations and standards.
OSM Stays in Its MANO Lane
Mike Robuck  
10/10/2017   4 comments
Open Source MANO, which is on its third release, is staying focused on NFV orchestration.
Level 3's Richter on Cloud Security Evolution
The Digerati  
10/9/2017   18 comments
Level 3's Chris Richter talks about bringing the IT department of the 'Jurassic' era up to speed with new cloud-based security.
BT's Sabey: NFV Is Changing the Conversation With Vendors
Telco Transformation Video  
10/6/2017   7 comments
DENVER, 10/6/2017 – Jim Sabey, head of connect and compute sales specialists at BT Americas, talks about how virtualization has changed the telco's relationships with its vendors.
AT&T's Anschutz: How Open Source Attacks Opex
Mike Robuck  
10/4/2017   15 comments
Open specification hardware and open source software are two key elements for service providers lowering opex.
Level 3's Ewert on Customer-Defined Networking
Mike Robuck  
10/3/2017   5 comments
By tapping into SDN, orchestration, automation and analytics, Level 3 is offering its customers programmability for a more-defined user experience.
Level 3's Adaptive Network Security Expanding to APAC, Africa
Joe Stanganelli  
10/2/2017   3 comments
Level 3 announces additional gateways in new regions for its virtualized cloud security platform, Adaptive Network Security.
The Future of Virtualization: Spending
Infographics  
9/29/2017   10 comments
With renewed confidence in NFV, service providers are willing to spend more on virtualization projects.
The 3 'A's of NFV's Open Source Success
Joe Stanganelli  
9/28/2017   11 comments
Industry experts weigh in with Telco Transformation on the keys to NFV success with open source technologies.
Verizon's Oliveira: Orchestration Drives NFV, VNF Automation
The Digerati  
9/27/2017   12 comments
In the conclusion of this two-part Q&A, Verizon Fellow Fred Oliveira links the orchestration challenges of NFV innovation and deployment to the realm of NFV-driven VNF automation.
Verizon's Oliveira: NFV Needs Orchestration, Openness
The Digerati  
9/26/2017   20 comments
Verizon's Fred Oliveira discusses the state of NFV innovation, both internally at the telco and within open source groups.
Key to NFV Is Organizational Buy-In – BT's Sabey
The Digerati  
9/25/2017   41 comments
Educating both customers and employees is crucial for NFV adoption, according to BT's Jim Sabey.
BT's Sabey: NFV Drives Automation & Service Agility
The Digerati  
9/22/2017   14 comments
BT's programmable network is quickly provisioning services at the customer premise using SDN, NFV and cloud.
Orange's Isch: NFV Needs to Include Moving From Global to Local Networks
The Digerati  
9/22/2017   8 comments
NFV's full potential is realized when global networks inter-operate with local networks aided by APIs.
Level 3's Ewert: Why Automation Is a Boon to Employees
The Digerati  
9/20/2017   49 comments
Level 3's Travis Ewert espouses the benefits of NFV automation to both the organization and the worker – assuming IT gets the culture piece right.
CenturyLink's Walker: Communication Is Key for NFV
The Digerati  
9/19/2017   18 comments
Bill Walker addresses key issues for deploying NFV, including the need for both IT and telco employees to come to terms on common goals.
CenturyLink's Walker on NFV: Just Do IT
The Digerati  
9/15/2017   26 comments
Walker offers advice on how to implement NFV and talks about how SD-WAN is a doorway to SDN.
Despite Security Concerns, CEOs Big on Digital Transformations
Mike Robuck  
9/12/2017   18 comments
Despite CEOs' confidence in digital strategies, barriers such as security remain.
OPNFV's Kirksey: Open Source Network Automation – Virtual, Yet Human
Joe Stanganelli  
9/7/2017   16 comments
In a recent Upskill U course, OPNFV's Heather Kirksey evangelized about the importance of virtualized automation that also includes human input.
Sprint Beefs up Virtualization with NFV
Mike Robuck  
9/5/2017   8 comments
Sprint is using NFV to prep its virtual core for new services and applications.
Telus' Gedeon: Don't Create New Silos With Virtualization
The Digerati  
9/4/2017   7 comments
Telus CTO Gedeon talks about why carriers need to avoid creating new silos as part of using SDN and NFV for their virtualization efforts.
Report: EPC Market Rebounds in Q2
Mike Robuck  
9/1/2017   4 comments
A report by Dell'Oro Group said service providers were ramping up their virtualization efforts, which includes migrating to vEPC, to prepare for 5G.
Telus' Gedeon: SDN Key for Automation of New Functions & Features
The Digerati  
8/31/2017   7 comments
SDN is just one part of the transformation to virtualization; it also includes a human element, according to Telus' Ibrahim Gedeon.
What Can SDN Do for You? – Level 3's Saenger
The Digerati  
8/30/2017   10 comments
Level 3's Adam Saenger shares what he and his company have learned about ensuring that an SDN deployment is successful.
Level 3's Saenger: SDN a Gateway to Automation
The Digerati  
8/29/2017   5 comments
An adaptive networking approach to SDN, taking into account a variety of variables and the roles they can play, is what makes for good network virtualization, says Level 3's Adam Saenger.
Level 3's Saenger: SDN Takes a Village
The Digerati  
8/28/2017   7 comments
Level 3's Adam Saenger talks about the important roles that both employees and customers play in creating SDN success for both enterprise customers and network carriers alike.
Networks Need Telemetry – BT's McRae
The Digerati  
8/24/2017   10 comments
With networks becoming more complex, service providers need to work on their telemetry game plans, according to BT's Neil McRae.
NTT's Okoshi on Enabling Cloud-Based Digital Transformations
Joe Stanganelli  
8/24/2017   13 comments
NTT Communications guides customers through complex network decisions.
AT&T's Gilbert: The Goal of AI Is Automation
The Digerati  
8/22/2017   64 comments
AT&T views artificial intelligence as the means to do data-powered automation.
SDN Controls the Smart City Labyrinth
The Digerati  
8/22/2017   20 comments
Smart cities need software-defined networking to unify networks, data and services.
The Future of Virtualization: Deployment Phase
Infographics  
8/21/2017   15 comments
Heavy Reading provides a look at communications service providers' deployment plans for virtualizing their networks.
Verizon's Hornby: Cloud Benefits from Web-Scale Principles
The Digerati  
8/18/2017   10 comments
Verizon is achieving improved efficiencies in its cloud operations by implementing web-scale operations.
TT SDN Poll a Dead Heat
Mike Robuck  
8/18/2017   10 comments
SDN has evolved from its early days of inception, which is reflected in this Telco Transformation poll.
BT's McRae: Common Service Models Aid Automation
The Digerati  
8/17/2017   27 comments
McRae talks about how BT is tapping into common service models and machine learning.
Standardization Key to SDN Growth: Orange's Isch
The Digerati  
8/16/2017   12 comments
Orange is working with Colt, AT&T, TM Forum and MEF to standardize SDN for interoperability across networks.
BT's McRae: SDN Is All About Automation
The Digerati  
8/16/2017   6 comments
BT's chief network architect talks about how SDN is a critical piece of his company's automation plans.
Orange's Isch: SDN Drives Automation
The Digerati  
8/15/2017   7 comments
Orange is using SDN to enable automation on its networks.
IHS Markit's Howard: Automate Everything
Mike Robuck  
8/14/2017   17 comments
Analyst Michael Howard spoke about the benefits of automation during a recent Telco Transformation radio show.
Verizon's Hakl: SDN Creates Virtualized World
The Digerati  
8/11/2017   8 comments
Infusing SDN into cybersecurity, Verizon's SDN strategy aims to bring better security, more intelligent automation and lower costs to the latest in network-infrastructure demands.
OCP's Carter: Open-Source Agility Begets Web-Scale Agility
The Digerati  
8/10/2017   6 comments
OCP CTO Bill Carter talks about the agile environment needed to realize web-scale IT initiatives, what telcos can learn from enterprise IT on web scalability and more on the importance of web-scale IT.
Security Ownership a Concern for IoT – Report
Mike Robuck  
8/9/2017   10 comments
A report by Canonical found that various IoT entities were reluctant to take ownership of IoT security issues.
Business Service Applications Tops TT Poll
Mike Robuck  
8/4/2017   4 comments
Business service applications were the hands-down winner in a poll on web-scale services and applications.
Cognitive AI: Humanizing Network Apps
Kishore Jethanandani  
8/3/2017   40 comments
Cognitive AI will pose new challenges for service providers with its exponentially higher data volumes susceptible to spikes.
Red Hat's Hood on Web-Scale IT's Impact on IoT & 5G
The Digerati  
8/2/2017   16 comments
Web-scale IT offers improved efficiencies for carriers' IoT, 5G and LTE services and applications.
AT&T's Malhotra: The Evolving World of Enterprise Connectivity
Manish Malhotra  
8/1/2017   5 comments
With ever-changing bandwidth needs, enterprises need to have a flexible WAN design in place that includes SDN, NFV and SD-WAN.
Comcast Joins the ONAP Band
Mike Robuck  
7/31/2017   13 comments
In addition to Comcast, the Open Network Automation Platform also added networking vendors to its growing roster.
IDC's Hicks: Digital Transformation a Must
The Digerati  
7/28/2017   18 comments
IDC's Hicks discusses the need for telcos to transform themselves en route to offering support for services such as autonomous vehicles and virtual reality.
IDC's Hicks: Digital Transformations Are About More Than Technology
The Digerati  
7/26/2017   58 comments
Digital transformations aren't just the technologies, they also include the business cases.
Red Hat's Hood on Perpetuating SD-WAN Success
The Digerati  
7/26/2017   8 comments
Red Hat is helping service providers with their SD-WAN deployments.
AT&T's Fuetsch: Edge Computing Is on Deck
Mike Robuck  
7/25/2017   29 comments
AT&T is tuning up edge computing to enable self-driving cars, virtual reality and augmented reality.
Windstream, EarthLink Unite Over SD-WAN
The Digerati  
7/24/2017   10 comments
EarthLink and Windstream's SD-WAN services will be more tightly integrated starting in late July.
Improving Web-Scale Networks With Software-Driven Flexibility
Kishore Jethanandani  
7/21/2017   7 comments
Web-scale networks automate operations while speeding up responses with predictive algorithms.
MEF Takes On SD-WAN Standardization
Mike Robuck  
7/20/2017   9 comments
The MEF is working with vendors and service providers on common SD-WAN use cases and definitions.
AT&T's Anschutz Discusses Web-Scale's Impact on Telcos
The Digerati  
7/18/2017   23 comments
Anshutz also talks about how AT&T is looking at containers and microservices as part of its virtualization efforts.
Verizon's Hakl on SD-WAN Evolution
The Digerati  
7/13/2017   11 comments
As Verizon grows its SD-WAN strategy, the company sees a network evolution in both technological capabilities of network autonomics and business use cases that drive outcomes for enhanced agility.
Colt's Coppens Talks Industry Automation
The Digerati  
7/12/2017   8 comments
Colt is working with AT&T, Orange, MEF and the TM Forum on orchestrating services across each other's networks.
Event-Driven IT Is a Priority for CIOs
Mike Robuck  
7/11/2017   23 comments
Event-driven IT is a key element for businesses' digital transformations.
Building the Pervasive Network: The Road to an Innovation Renaissance
The Digerati  
7/11/2017   19 comments
Despite some progress, communications service providers are facing challenges when it comes to making the pervasive network a reality.
Verizon's Hakl: SD-WAN Delivers a Multitude of Benefits
The Digerati  
7/10/2017   9 comments
According to Verizon's Shawn Hakl, SD-WAN and SDN offer tremendous organizational and technological benefits.
Comcast Business’s Lewis: SD-WAN Evolves From Boxes to Integrated Services
The Digerati  
7/6/2017   6 comments
Comcast Business is taking a long view of SD-WAN as part of its integrated SDN platform.
Sprint's Briscoe: SD-WAN a Cure for Hybrid Networks
The Digerati  
6/30/2017   6 comments
Sprint's customers are looking at SD-WAN for dynamic traffic steering, lower-cost bandwidth and reducing complexity.
Is AI Everybody's Job, or Nobody's Job?
Joe Stanganelli  
6/30/2017   37 comments
While the benefits of AI are often touted, there are some concerns, including hiring and training employees.
Variable Performance of SD-WAN Drives Its Transformation
Kishore Jethanandani  
6/29/2017   13 comments
Optimization, machine learning and artificial intelligence can pinpoint problems and improve SD-WAN efficiencies.
Orange Business Services' Isch: SD-WAN Complements the Cloud
The Digerati  
6/28/2017   15 comments
Orange Business Services' Isch talks about educating customers on their SD-WAN needs.
Sky Italia's Gandino Talks OTT Challenges, Viewing Trends & AI
The Digerati  
6/27/2017   24 comments
Davide Gandino, OTT and cloud processing & delivery manager of technology at Sky Italia, discusses the role of analytics and AI in its OTT video strategy at the Red Hat Summit.
Orange's Isch: Carriers Key to SD-WAN Play
The Digerati  
6/26/2017   5 comments
Isch says that SD-WAN as a service is a better bet than an over the top overlay of SD-WAN.
NTT Lays Claim to Biggest SD-WAN Footprint
Mike Robuck  
6/20/2017   10 comments
NTT says it is using its SDN network to deliver premises-based and cloud-based SD-WAN services to customers across the world.
Level 3 Launches Premises-Based SD-WAN
Joe Stanganelli  
6/20/2017   12 comments
Level 3 expands its WAN offerings with a premises-based SD-WAN solution.
SD-WAN: Welcome to the Boomtown
Mike Robuck  
6/20/2017   22 comments
Cloud-based SD-WAN subscriptions from vendors came out on top of a recent Telco Transformation poll.
Cloud Foundry's Davis on Open-Source Multi-Cloud
The Digerati  
6/19/2017   14 comments
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right-sized cloud.
Climbing the SDN/NFV Mountain
Infographics  
6/16/2017   6 comments
While telcos recognize the value and importance of NFV and SDN, many are still in the early stages.
OCP's Carter Gets Real on Open Hardware
The Digerati  
6/16/2017   1 comment
Carter discusses the benefits disaggregating hardware and the future prospects of OCP.
Davis: How Cloud Foundry Helps Create Digital Businesses
The Digerati  
6/15/2017   13 comments
Cloud Foundry enables automated cloud infrastructure to increase agility and conquer complexity for its customers.
CL's Lane Talks Drivers for AI, VR, Gaming
The Digerati  
6/14/2017   12 comments
AI, VR and gaming are collectively putting pressure on networks, but CenturyLink is constantly planning ahead.
Colt's Sabir Talks APIs, OSS Transformations
The Digerati  
6/13/2017   9 comments
Colt is upgrading its SDN- and NFV-based Novitas platform to better serve enterprise customers.
Carter: OCP Seeks to Broaden Reach at OpenStack
The Digerati  
6/12/2017   4 comments
OCP is giving telcos flexibility when it comes to mixing hardware and software options.
ONAP Embraces More Members
Mike Robuck  
6/8/2017   20 comments
ONAP forges ahead with new members; plans to merge ECOMP and OPEN-O.
AT&T's Zeto: IoT Evolution Runs on Parallel Paths
The Digerati  
6/7/2017   7 comments
Whether it's street lighting, smart cities or military bases, IoT has the use cases covered.
Level 3's Saenger: Virtualized Cloud Binds AI, Big Data
The Digerati  
6/1/2017   34 comments
Virtualized cloud eases the complexity of big data, AI and automation.
AT&T's $119M Plan to Modernize Centers for Disease Control
Carl Weinschenk  
5/26/2017   27 comments
AT&T was recently awarded a $119 million contract by the US General Services Administration to modernization the CDC's communications infrastructure.
TM Forum's Piva on Creating a Common Smart City Framework
The Digerati  
5/25/2017   21 comments
TM Forum's Carl Piva explains how to build on the foundation of IoT and data platforms to create a common smart city framework.
BCE Keeps Austin Awesome
Slideshows  
5/19/2017   19 comments
BCE 2017 featured a disco-themed awards party, Tex Mex and powerful insights from the communication industry's thought-leaders.
How BT Learned to Love 4K
Aditya Kishore  
5/18/2017   18 comments
BT's chief architect shared the operator's journey into the world of sports broadcasting, and its adoption of 4K at Light Reading's Big Communications Event.
Facebook's Schmidtke on TIP & the New Connectivity Paradigm
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
5/17/2017   11 comments
Facebook's Hans-Juergen Schmidtke explained new developments in TIP and driving a global, connected ecosystem.
Linux's Cohn: Simplifying Big Data Analytics With Open Source
The Digerati  
5/11/2017   6 comments
The Linux Foundation's Marc Cohn explains how the PNDA open source platform simplifies analysis of big data.
AT&T's Jason Porter on Leveraging Big Data Analytics to Bolster Cybersecurity
The Digerati  
5/8/2017   7 comments
AT&T's Jason Porter examines the use of big data analytics and algorithms to mitigate new cybersecurity threats.
GTT's Desai on Strategies for SD-WAN
The Digerati  
5/5/2017   6 comments
In this Telco Transformation Q&A, GTT's Samir Desai addresses GTT's new Managed SD-WAN services and the future of its MPLS business.
TT Poll: Live Streaming Just Needs the Right Technology
Aditya Kishore  
5/5/2017   21 comments
Nearly half of respondents to a recent Telco Transformation poll believe that live streaming can scale – it just needs the right technological approach.
Level 3's CTO on the Difference Between AI & Machine Learning
The Digerati  
5/4/2017   12 comments
In Part 2 of a two-part Q&A, Level 3's Andrew Dugan examines the challenges and opportunities of utilizing artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics in streamlining the network.
Linux, MEF Take Cohesive Approach to Speed NFV & SDN
The Digerati  
5/3/2017   6 comments
The Linux Foundation and MEF are trying to bring some order to what can be perceived as chaotic efforts to move the industry forward faster in NFV and SDN adoption.
A Deep Dive Into Intent-Based Network Management With Level 3's CTO
The Digerati  
5/2/2017   3 comments
Level 3 CTO Andrew Dugan examines how AI and machine learning can be utilized in the network to improve automation, security, network performance and more.
ETSI OSM Group Advances NFV Interoperability With Release TWO
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
4/27/2017   4 comments
ETSI Open Source MANO group has issued Release TWO, which includes improvements to interoperability, performance, stability and security.
AT&T's Chris Rice on ONAP's Key Challenge
The Digerati  
4/27/2017   6 comments
Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, isn't expecting VNF onboarding to be child's play, but he is hoping for simple processes that can be automated and replicated.
Equinix Expects 'Massive' Scaling of Interconnection Model
The Digerati  
4/24/2017   12 comments
Equinix is preparing for the future by looking to massively scale its interconnection capabilities, and participating in open source processes and testing solutions such TIP.
CenturyLink on Simplifying the Path to Virtualization
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
4/20/2017   14 comments
During this Telco Transformation radio show, CenturyLink's Adam Dunstan will talk about the service provider's approach to making its network less complex while adding flexibility and automation.




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On-the-Air Thursdays Digital Audio
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Software-defined networking (SDN) is a key component of services providers' virtualization game plans and AT&T and Level 3 Communications have been at the forefront of its adoption.

In this webinar, Andrew Dugan, CTO of Level 3 Communications, and Amy Wheelus, Vice President of Cloud and D2 Platform Integration at AT&T, will discuss how their companies have leveraged SDN within their networks, services and applications. Some of the key areas that will be covered include:

  • Automation, APIs and lifecycle service orchestration
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