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AUGUST 12-14, 2014 | THE RIO - LAS VEGAS

Agenda

We are currently developing an amazing educational program for Software Telco Congress Las Vegas. In the meantime, please feel free to peruse the program from our event from Santa Clara conference.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:30-8:30am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Continental Breakfast / Vendor Tables Open
X-01
8:30-8:45am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Welcome / Conference Kick-Off
X-02
Rich Tehrani
CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief
TMC
8:45-9:15am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  Keynote Presentation by Metaswitch
The Software Telco? I Always Said So.
STK-01
Steve Gleave
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Metaswitch
J.B.S Haldane, the British geneticist, biologist and physiologist, has been quoted as saying that theories have four stages of acceptance: From “worthless nonsense” to “I always said so.” For network operators that have long ordered and deployed their control and application logic bundled tightly with proprietary hardware, the path to becoming softwarecentric can be viewed as more challenging than exciting. Conversely, over the top and “postcarrier” operators have known no other way than to build their core communications services in the public cloud – costeffectively generating new sources of revenue while obliterating legacy markets. Can traditional operators really adapt, and compete? Can a private or public cloud really host the brains of a realtime, programmable communications services? What will the softwarecentric architecture actually look like? And how soon will it be before traditional operators embrace this new network paradigm and utter the words, “The software telco. I always said so”?
9:15-9:45am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  Keynote Presentation by Alcatel-Lucent
NFV: Making It Real
STK-02
Cassidy Shield
Vice President, Marketing Platforms Business Division
Alcatel-Lucent
Network functions virtualization is more than just virtualization of network functions. To make the promise of NFV a reality and deliver network services in their new form reliably, at scale, and with a different cost structure, new challenges need to be overcome. Some questions the industry faces include: How to achieve high reliability when using low cost commodity hardware? How to manage and optimise distributed cloud sites placed in PoPs? How to effectively use automation and open source to drive costs down? These questions are answered through a new segment of solutions called “NFV Platform.” This session will discuss the key attributes that are needed to build such a platform and include lessons learned from AlcatelLucent’s own journey toward NFV as well as insights from NFV projects around the world.
9:45-10:00am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Refreshment Break
X-03
10:00-10:40am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Panel Discussion - From Legacy to Virtual: First Steps Toward a Software Telco
ST-01
Christos Kolias
Sr. Research Scientist
Orange
Dave Reekie
GM Open Source & Security/Interconnect
Metaswitch
Cassidy Shield
Vice President, Marketing Platforms Business Division
Alcatel-Lucent
Rich Tehrani (Moderator)
CEO
TMC
For any carrier looking to make such a significant change to its infrastructure as the move from dedicated appliances to virtualized serverbased applications, the question is bound to be, “How do I begin designing a telco in a cloud environment?” This session address the questions every telco should ask when beginning its move to NFV, including which cloud environment is most appropriate, how to ensure interop with existing infrastructure, how will a fully virtualized telco impact power requirements, management, what tools are needed to manage NFV and cloud apps, and more.
10:40-11:20am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Panel Discussion - NFV and SDN: Friend or Foe?
ST-02
Curt Beckmann
Principal Architect
Brocade
Paula Bernier (Moderator)
Executive Editor
TMC
Mark Durrett
Director of Marketing
Overture
Chris Koeneman
Vice President, Bluesocket Business Division
ADTRAN, Inc.
Imran Yusuf
Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Alliances
Qosmos
From its introduction, there have been questions about how NFV relates to SDN. This session answers those questions. What is the relationship between SDN and NFV? Is each dependent upon the other for maximum benefit? Can the benefits of NFV be realized without SDN? Can SDN enhance performance, simplify deployments, and reduce costs of moving to a softwarebased telco network?
11:20-11:30am
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Break
X-04
11:30am-12:15pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Security, Resiliency, and Other Challenges
ST-03
Glen Gerhard
VP Product Management
Sansay
Erik Linask (Moderator)
Group Editorial Director
TMC
Security and privacy concerns have inhibited more aggressive cloud and virtualization adoption in the enterprise. Now that network operators are moving towards virtualization of their networks, what additional security requirements will they face as they seek to protect subscriber data and privacy? And how will they ensure their new virtualized networks are sufficiently resilient to both hardware and software failure and outages?
12:15-1:00pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  Keynote Luncheon
Telco Business Dilemmas, Analytics and Lessons Learned
X-05
Dr. Craig Farrell
VP and Chief Technology Officer, Global Telecom Industry
IBM
Analytics for Telecommunications service providers have been studied, refined and published for some time. In this presentation we will focus on some case studies and actual experiences in using analytics to decide between several common Telco business strategy dilemmas.
1:00-2:20pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Vendor Tables Open
X-06
2:20-3:00pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Panel Discussion - Is Open Source the Key to NFV Success?
ST-04
Paula Bernier (Moderator)
Executive Editor
TMC
Kevin Isacks
VP of SBC Product Line
Sonus Networks
Dave Reekie
GM Open Source & Security/Interconnect
Metaswitch
Steve Teitzel
Global Solution Executive
IBM
Open source has become the latest “secret sauce” to reducing costs, as opposed to the traditional development of largescale networks on bespoke hardware. What impact does this have for software telcos? Can they build highly scalable networks on standard servers – even desktop machines – using freely available open source code? How can telcos take advantage of the open source trend to compete with OTT providers?
3:00-3:40pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Panel Discussion - Getting it Right: Performance Testing and Limitations of COTS
ST-05
Sharon Barkai
Co-Founder
ConteXtream
Leslie D'Souza
Sr. Principal Consultant
Tech Mahindra
Erik Linask (Moderator)
Group Editorial Director
TMC
Kevin Riley
Vice President of Platform Engineering and Engineering Fellow
Sonus Networks
The issue for telcos is always ensuring network reliability and performance. When moving to a software model, how can telcos ensure their NFV solution functions properly for its customers and service delivery needs? What are the performance limitations of COTS hardware and how do hypervisor limits and media and signaling capabilities play into their planning? Can telcos achieve a necessary level of scalability with partial virtualization, or will they need to virtualize all network functions? What are the implications for wireless networks?
3:40-3:50pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Refreshment Break
X-07
3:50-4:25pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Keynote Presentation by Genband
STK-03
Paul Miller
Vice President of Technology and Strategy
Genband
4:25-5:00pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Keynote Presentation by Lemko
STK-04
Norman D. Fekrat
Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer
Lemko
5:00-7:00pm
Wednesday - 11/20/13
  
Networking Reception / Vendor Tables Open
X-08
Thursday, November 21, 2013
7:30-8:30am
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Continental Breakfast / Vendor Tables Open
X-09
8:30-9:00am
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Keynote Presentation by Adtran
STK-05
Chris Koeneman
Vice President, Bluesocket Business Division
ADTRAN, Inc.
9:00-9:30am
Thursday - 11/21/13
  Keynote Presentation by Cisco
NFV Business Justification
STK-06
Josh Bottum
Service Creation Manager
Cisco
This briefing reviews the business justifications for deploying NFV solutions. It analyzes the revenue and cost impacts of deploying NFV solutions. The discussion reviews how NFV helps Service Providers become the low price producer and innovation leader. Although the talk is designed for general and product management executives, it is appropriate for R&D, operational and engineering titles as well.
9:30-9:45am
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Refreshment Break
X-10
9:45-10:25am
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Panel Discussion - Monetizing NFV
ST-06
Sekhar Banerjee
Principal Product Strategist
Openwave Mobility
Josh Bottum
Service Creation Manager
Cisco
Craig Matsumoto (Moderator)
Managing Editor
SDN Central
While the theoretical benefits of moving to a software model seem selfevident, the underlying question is always, “How can we monetize? What’s the business justification?” By leveraging NFV, service providers are able to transform their businesses into low risk, high return, innovation leaders, who are able to maximize their technology investments to drive subscriber satisfaction and loyalty, reacting quickly to changing requirements, rather than having to predict the future and gamble on one or two products for the future.
10:25-11:05am
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Panel Discussion - Adapting BSS/OSS to a Software Telco World
ST-07
Paula Bernier (Moderator)
Executive Editor
TMC
Andriy Zhylenko
CTO
PortaOne, Inc.
Migrating to a softwarebased network will allow telcos to more rapidly deliver new services, applications, and capabilities to market. One of the traditional telco challenges has been the inability of OSS/BSS systems to keep up with the pace of change. Now that telcos are looking to significantly reduce their time to market with new services, how will BSS/OSS systems need to change in order to accommodate the virtualization of networks?
11:15am-12:00pm
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Software Telco and Real-time Communications
ST-08
James Gledhill
Chief Solutions Architect
Dialogic Corporation
Mike Lambert
Solutions Director for Advanced Business Communications
Alcatel-Lucent
Clint Peck
VP of Technology
Alianza
Virtual Telecom Infrastructure can increase the quality of a communication session by integrating rich media and natural voice interfaces. And when the communication infrastructure is placed in common cloud datacenters, and all the functionality can be scaled up and down fluidly on demand, and even function as a variable operational expense vs. a fixed capital expense, the economic models – the ‘cost per minute of rich communication session’ makes the above scenario very achievable. This session will take a look at the use case and various virtualized technologies that make this possible.
12:00-1:00pm
Thursday - 11/21/13
  Software Telco Live Demos
Keynote Luncheon - Featuring Software Telco Show and Tell
X-11
1:00-2:00pm
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Vendor Tables Open
X-12
2:00-2:30pm
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Keynote Presentation by Saisei
STK-07
Bill Beckett
Founder & CEO
Saisei
2:30-3:10pm
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Panel Discussion - Software Developer and Virtual Appliances: A New Ecosystem
ST-09
Paula Bernier (Moderator)
Executive Editor
TMC
Glen Gerhard
VP Product Management
Sansay
Andy Huckridge
Director, Service Provider Solutions
Gigamon
It has long been questioned as to how long network operators will be able to survive without finding more effective ways of monetizing their networks. The virtualization of network functions not only allows them to build massive developer ecosystems, but creates a brand new market for virtual appliances and a new breed of OSS, that will encourage competition, collaboration, interoperability and innovation in a race to develop new revenue streams at low risk levels.
3:10-3:50pm
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
OpenADN: Service Chaining of Globally Distributed VNFs
ST-10
Raj Jain
Professor
Washington University in Saint Louis
Most of the discussion about interconnecting VNFs and service chaining has been in the context of inside a data center or via traditional leased lines between data centers. In this presentation we describe OpenADN Open Application Delivery Network which allows multiple providers to chain both applicationlevel and networklevel services via VNFs distributed globally on several private/public clouds. The providers can dynamically instantiate services anywhere globally and steer traffic dynamically and optimally depending upon the demand and current state. Because this is possible with complete privacy of payload, the technology also opens a new business opportunity for carriers by allowing them to offer application delivery services to other enterprise customers using carrier supplied or customers’ own VNFs, i.e., middleboxes, in a massively distributed and dynamically changing deployments.
3:50-4:30pm
Thursday - 11/21/13
  
Keynote Panel - Looking Forward: What will the Software Telco Look Like in Three Years?
ST-11
Steve Gleave
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Metaswitch
Chris Koeneman
Vice President, Bluesocket Business Division
ADTRAN, Inc.
Erik Linask (Moderator)
Group Editorial Director
TMC
This closing panel will consider the lessons learned from the Software Telco discussions to extrapolate how the telco landscape will evolve in the next three years, and how telcos, cloud providers, virtualization vendors will collectively change the way telcos operate. What new markets will the software telco drive Mobility as a Service, Cloud Services Trading, etc.?