AUSTIN, Texas -- Big Communications Event (BCE) -- Light Reading's BCE was held deep in the heart of Texas this year in Austin, which, of course meant Texas-sized portions of BBQ, live music, networking, keynotes by industry leaders and technology panels.
The action in Austin got underway with the well-attended Women in Comms event on Monday, which was followed that evening by the sometimes raucous Leading Lights Awards at the Ella Hotel in Austin.
Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders kicked off BCE on Tuesday morning with his keynote address, and was followed on stage by Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg. Clauberg spoke about the need for communications service providers to replace their legacy OSS/BSS systems, and to break out of the current "vendor prison."
It was definitely not all work and no play in Austin. The BCE party Tuesday night featured an open bar, live music and delicious Mexican food at the Container Bar in Austin.
Check out this Telco Transformation slideshow from Austin to see some of the action at this year's event.
10/16/2017 Huawei Network Transformation SeminarThe adoption of virtualization technology and cloud architectures by telecom network operators is now well underway but there is still a long way to go before the transition to an era of Network Functions Cloudification (NFC) is complete.
In this Telco Transformation radio show, IHS Markit's Michael Howard will talk about the network domains that carriers are targeting for SDN, the top SDN services that are driving revenues and the deployment barriers this year. Howard will also address whether carriers are embracing open source or using vendor-specific implementations.
MEF is working to define, deliver, and certify dynamic communications services that are orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized and interconnected networks. In this radio show, MEF CTO Pascal Menezes talks about the challenges and the solutions that his organization is working on and provides a preview of the MEF17 conference in November.
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
The continued evolution of SDN-based solutions and SDN in networks, including SD-WAN, dynamic cloud connections and scalable Ethernet and security solutions.