Cable operators are big proponents of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as a way to virtualize key network functions while at the same time reducing network operations costs.
Specifically, cable operators will be able to use SDN and NFV at the customer premises where CPE functions such as set-top boxes and home gateways could be virtualized making it possible to change services on demand. Similarly, an MSO that is delivering Ethernet services to businesses could use SDN to adjust bandwidth, add ports or make other changes on the fly.
But upgrading to SDN and NFV presents some challenges because cable operators already have millions of homes connected and millions of CPE devices deployed.
Comcast has already indicated that SDN and NFV is part of its long-term network vision and other MSOs are likely to follow Comcast’s lead. While it’s still early days for SDN and NFV, a recent Dell’Oro study predicted that a number of large SDN projects will get underway in the next 12 months.
This FierceCable and FierceTelecom event will look at how cable MSOs plan to deploy SDN and NFV. How is CableLabs leveraging the work of existing standards bodies such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Open Daylight Initiative? How will SDN and NFV be impacted by DOCSIS 3.1? What impact will it have on business and residential services? What are the OSS/BSS challenges in migrating to SDN and NFV? What are the real cost savings benefits?
Join FierceTelecom Editor, Sean Buckley, and a distinguished panel of experts as they discuss this and more in New Orleans.
Sean Buckley is the senior editor of FierceTelecom. He joined the FierceTelecom staff in July 2009 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the wireline section of the telecom industry. Before joining the FierceTelecom staff, Sean most recently served as the Editor-in-Chief for Telecom Engine from 2006 to 2009 overseeing both the former print publication Telecommunications Magazine Americas and its transition to a web-based publication. Sean returned to Telecommunications in July 2006 after a brief one-year stint covering the public sector IT and mobile network infrastructure trends as a senior analyst at Current Analysis. In addition to writing about wireline industry trends, Sean enjoys playing with his two sons, reading history books, watching the Celtics, and listening to Grateful Dead concerts on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Jeff Finkelstein is the Executive Director of Strategic Architecture at Cox Communications in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff and team have made significant contributions to the access network design and deployments at Cox, and he now has the new role of being responsible for future technology planning of backbone, metro, access, and home networks. His current focus is on the application of SDN and NFV in the service provider network. Jeff holds degrees in Education and began his career working on UNIX kernel development focusing on scheduling and virtual memory. In 1996 he began working in the cable industry deploying pre-DOCSIS data services and began working with DOCSIS in 1999.
Andrew Smith is a Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Architect for Cable MSO Networks at Juniper Networks. In his role he advocates for technical, service and business innovation in partnership with Juniper's cable customers. Mr. Smith has operational, architectural and engineering experience in the complete end-to-end cable network ecosystem, including core IP/MPLS systems, Ethernet edge, and DOCSIS access networks. Mr. Smith was previously with Cisco where he was a member of the architecture team for major MSO customers. He holds two active CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certifications, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and an Executive Master's in Technology Management degree, a joint program from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School of Business.
Manish Jindal is responsible all technologies, solutions, strategy and business development for Ericsson’s Broadband and Media Accounts Customer Unit. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing technology solutions for Ericsson customers including regional wireless and wireline service providers, cable operators, utility service providers and other businesses. With more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry, Jindal has held multiple responsibilities in Product Development, Product Management, Solution Development and TechnologyManish holds a BS in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology in Mesra, India, and a Masters in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of Missouri.Manish holds a BS in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology in Mesra, India, and a Masters in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of Missouri.Manish holds a BS in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology in Mesra, India, and a Masters in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of Missouri.
Justin Paul is the Head of the Network Marketing team at Amdocs, based in Bath, UK. He has worked in telecommunications for 18 years in product marketing and product management roles for leading telecommunication companies specializing in bringing new technologies to market. At Amdocs he is responsible for marketing Amdocs’ evolution of OSS to address new technology areas such as Internet-of-Things, HetNets, NFV and SDN. Within this role he is responsible for marketing Amdocs’ NFV solutions as part of a wider Network strategy.
Yes, discounted special event valet parking is available to all attendees ($10 per vehicle) at the Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.
Yes, a full buffet breakfast will be served from 7:00am-7:30am.
Attendee substitutions may be made on or before October 7, 2015. Please submit a written request by email to [email protected].
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