Light Reading Introduces 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV: Evolution vs. Revolution' Event in November in London

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Light Reading (, the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, today launched 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV: Evolution vs. Revolution' ( ), which will take place on Thursday, November 6 in London.

The deployment of NFV and SDN presents major new opportunities and threats to telco OSS. NFV and SDN could transform the economics of OSS, creating a more agile, responsive, and lower-cost operational environment. But achieving these goals presents formidable organizational and technological challenges. This event will examine all the vital issues facing telcos as they plan to implement networks that incorporate NFV and SDN.

"The emergence of SDN and NFV technology is poised to revolutionize carrier OSS and profoundly change the way service providers manage their networks," said Graham Finnie, chief analyst at Heavy Reading.  "This event will provide attendees with a solid overview of the industry drivers that are pushing network operations to the top of the telco agenda, as well as the implications for the transition from legacy to next-generation OSS."

The event will:

  • Explore the new operational capabilities telcos will need to put in place

  • Identify the points of co-existence with current physical network functions and their management systems 

  • Pinpoint the real opportunities for driving cost out of network operations 

  • Debate the virtues of abstraction and modeling 
  • Determine change requirements for operational processes and systems 

  • Ask how operators can minimize conflicts between network architects and operations staff

In addition to Heavy Reading analysts, the event's roster of keynotes includes:

  • Chris Bilton, Director of Research & Technology, BT
  • Klaus Martiny, Senior Project Manager, Deutsche Telekom
  • Simon Farrell, OSS Architect, Colt Technology Services

Gold sponsors include Comptel, NetCracker Tail-F and UBIqube.

The Women in Telecom breakfast event ( will be co-located with OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV: Evolution vs. Revolution from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  The event celebrates the influential group of women in telecom and provides a forum for the discussion of important industry issues, as well as an informal setting for women in the industry to meet, exchange ideas and network. Shivvy Jervis, Editor and Presenter, Technology and Innovations, Telefonica; Annie Turner, Editorial Director, TM Forum; and Jane Rygaard, Head of CEM, Core, and OSS Marketing, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nokia, will join Caroline Chappell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading and Light Reading editor at large Carol Wilson, and Senior Editor Sarah Reedy, to discuss key industry trends and issues.

In addition, Light Reading will offer the 'Future-Proofing Your Next-Generation BSS/OSS Infrastructure' workshop preceding the event ( on Wednesday, November 5 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Ari Banerjee will lay out the key building blocks of next-generation BSS/OSS infrastructure which will be essential for CSPs focusing on service enablement, service innovation, customer experience management and monetization in the era of LTE/4G and SDN/NFV. This session will also deconstruct the critical role that service assurance, customer experience management, big data & advanced analytics will play in the context of end-to-end service management.

To register to attend OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV: Evolution vs. Revolution, the Women in Telecom breakfast event and the Future-Proofing Your Next-Generation BSS/OSS Infrastructure workshop, visit

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