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Thought Leadership Council Reports

Our Partners and companies with upgraded listings have the option of purchasing a report generated by the Thought Leadership Council (TLC), a unique research initiative. TLC is a select group of 140+ communications service providers (CSPs) with network-level expertise.

Council members take part in surveys and interviews about key communications trends and technologies. TLC circumvents traditional industry hype to ascertain how service providers are really responding to important industry happenings. What makes this initiative so unique is that participants discuss issues in a completely anonymous forum, enabling them to share insights and express business realities that otherwise could not be shared.

Following are examples of key TLC reports that address trends in automation:

This vendor-sponsored report indicates that service assurance is a key factor to CSP automation plans.

This TLC report indicates that CSPs already have started automating networks, despite that they don't have master plans in place to do so.

Automation Exchange Editorial Calendar

Check back for new products, provoking thought leadership and other exciting news from the Companies and Industry Organizations that partner with Automation Exchange! Contact us today to learn how your company can create research, white papers, webinars, videos and more that reflects Automation Exchange's Editorial Calendar:

Q4 2018 – Network Automation
Q1 2019 – Virtualization & Automation: The Impact of NFV, SDN and Cloud Native
Q2 2019 – Automation & Security
Q3 2019 – Performance/Service Assurance & Automation
Q4 2019 – Automation in the Era of AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain & Emerging Technologies
Q1 2020 – Monetizing Automation

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Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Others Put $13M Into Blockchain Startup Clear
The venture money for Israel-based startup Clear underscores not only the opportunity surrounding blockchain in the telecom space but also operators' interest in the technology.
Nokia Offers 5G Automation With Next Gen OSS
Finnish vendor dishes up cloud-native network operations software designed to help automate 5G network management processes.
Inside Samsung's 5G Factory for AT&T
Top Samsung and AT&T executives lay out the details of their efforts to showcase 5G technology in a factory setting.


How to build a better 5G?
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London

5G is happening faster than 4G, and is being deployed in a totally different way to previous mobile generations. For the first time, operators have a faster way to deploy nationwide 5G coverage, increase bit rates, and evolve to 5G standalone, efficiently leveraging existing mobile infrastructure. The new approach offers tremendous value for consumers and enterprises in terms of coverage, performance and low-latency use cases.

Ongoing nationwide 5G deployments are the foundation for a smooth 5G standalone introduction. In this webinar we will share experiences from 5G live networks in South Korea, the US and Europe, and the latest trials of 5GC.

Key topics include:

  • Reuse of spectrum, sites and mobile infrastructure
  • Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, 5GC and Orchestration
  • Migration to 5G standalone
  • Cloud NFVi platform
  • Breaking the energy curve

Automating Multi-Vendor Networks: A Practical Approach in Telefonica’s Network
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 11.00 a.m. New York / 4.00 p.m. London

Globally, service providers are wrestling with several major challenges including exploding traffic growth, increasingly complex technologies, opex barriers to profitability, and increased pressures from the business to compress time to value. The next generation of mass-scale networks must make operations just as important as functionality. Network automation is becoming increasingly more important to telecommunications companies as the demand for more services and faster deployment increase.

Join our special webinar where you will learn insights from Heavy Reading's recent case study of how leading global telecom operator Telefónica is transforming its multivendor networks through the deployment of an automated, intent-based IP network.

In addition, attendees will hear:

  • How Telefónica's forward-looking R³ automation initiative and strategic partnership with Cisco are improving network robustness and reliability.
  • The real-world benefits expected from Telefónica's selection of Cisco's Crosswork Automation portfolio for multivendor network orchestration with closed-loop automation.

2020 Optical Networking Digital Symposium Series - Day 2
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London


11:00 a.m. The Coherent 400 Gbit/s Revolution
400 Gbit/s is a crucial inflection point for optical networking and up until now, the industry has used small form factor, pluggable modules for client-side interfaces and larger, proprietary coherent cards for line-side transmission. At 400 Gbit/s, the client side and the line-side meet, and, for the first time, optical vendors are building pluggable, coherent 400 Gbit/s modules that meet the space and power requirements of client-side modules.

This session will delve into the coherent 400 Gbit/s revolution and all of its implications.

12:30 p.m. Open and Disaggregated Optical Networks: Reality Test
After several years of hype, how is disaggregation progressing in optical networks? From Heavy Reading operator surveys, we know that one area of interest is open and disaggregated line systems in which systems and optical terminals are supplied by different vendors and managed under a common software control. Hyperscalers are pioneers in open line systems, but we are also seeing interest in traditional telecom. The Open ROADM MSA, which is supported by tier 1 operators including AT&T, Orange, and SK Telecom, specifies a high degree of disaggregation and interoperability. Separately, groups including TIP and ONF are promoting open and disaggregated packet-optical systems aimed at 5G transport, DCI, and other applications. This session will put disaggregation in optical networks to the reality test: What is working? What is not working? Which operators are leading the disaggregation charge?

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