Innovation From the Edge to the Core – How Regional ISPs Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
 
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The digital divide in North America is leaving millions without adequate broadband. Incumbents operate in “islands” of connectivity, serving densely populated areas and, at a national scale, perpetuating the digital divide in the gaps in between their service footprints. Regional ISPs have a clear role in closing that gap.

These regional ISPs operate in a highly fragmented landscape, including smaller wireless and FTTH incumbents, satellite ISPs, electric co-ops, tribal communities, and municipalities in public/private partnerships. These regional ISPs face the same cyber threats and operational challenges as their Tier 1 counterparts, but with far fewer resources and revenue-generating population density. As a result, many regional ISPs have developed highly innovated business models for access and core technology, partnerships, financing and services.

The discussion will cover:

  • Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
  • Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
  • How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

Speakers:
Jim Hodges, Research Director – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bio Terry Young, Director of Service Provider Product Marketing | A10 Networks | bio
 

Jim leads Heavy Reading's research on the service assurance and security impact of the virtualized cloud on the control plane and application layers, both in the fixed and mobile core and at the enterprise edge. Jim focuses on the security impacts that cloud-based technologies such as 5G introduce from a cyber-threat detection perspective, as well as billing and service assurance transformation implications. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Terry Young is Director of Service Provider Product Marketing at A10 Networks. Terry has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including AT&T (mobile and fixed businesses), where she developed market strategy recommendations for new business initiatives for AT&T. As a principal analyst for a syndicated market research company early in the 3G technology introduction, her 3G/4G market analysis and forecasts were published by the UMTS Forum. She also previously held positions with several start-up mobile infrastructure and software vendors, including Infoblox and Palo Alto Networks. Terry has an MBA from Arizona State University and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Alan covers the cable, broadband, and video technology and infrastructure markets, including cable networks and services. In particular, he tracks the markets for new cable, video, and broadband access technologies, including DOCSIS 3.1, Full Duplex DOCSIS, CCAP, DAA, Fiber Deep, FTTH, Coherent Optics, IPTV, OTT video, Gfast, NG-PON, Wi-Fi, and 5G. Formerly a contributing analyst at Kinetic Strategies and One Touch Intelligence, Alan has covered the cable, telecom, broadband, media, and consumer electronics industries for more than 25 years. As a business technology journalist, he previously worked for Crain’s New York Business, Cable Digital News, Communications Daily, Multichannel News, Cable World, and Communications Technology magazine, among others. A New York native, he is now based in the Toronto area.

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Mr. Richard is the SVP of Business Development for the Mears Group, supporting OSP construction and Broadband infrastructure services. Todd has expert knowledge of fiber long-haul and FTTX design and implementation.

Mr. Richard has technical knowledge of Data Center Infrastructure requirements and has been developing telecommunication networks for more than 20 years.

Successful in providing fiber optic network solutions that help expand client's revenue streams and working to deliver network solutions that allow the customer to accelerate program schedules.

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Atsuo Kawamura joined NEC Corporation in April 1986. His career started as a software engineer for the development of digital telephone switching system for global communication service providers. In 2012, he became General Manager of Carrier Services Division, responsible for overall network services and solutions for telecom carriers. In 2014, he became Senior Vice President and headed the SDN /NFV business which is the core technology for next generation carrier network. In 2017, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and head of Telecom Carrier Business Unit, supervising the provision of a wide range of end to end telecommunication products and solutions. In 2018, he was assigned to the head of Network Service Business Unit, responsible for network service business to various enterprise customers as well as telecom operators. In 2021, Global 5G business was assigned as his additional responsibility.

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Rich Loveland is the Director of Product Line Management for Vecima’s Passive Optical Networking (PON) for fiber-to-the-premise products.

With more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Rich has held various marketing, product management, business development and engineering roles at Ciena, Ipitek, Pliant Systems Inc., Nortel Networks, Nokia (Formerly Alcatel-Lucent) and now Vecima Networks Inc.

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The digital divide in North America is leaving millions without adequate broadband. Incumbents operate in “islands” of connectivity, serving densely populated areas and, at a national scale, perpetuating the digital divide in the gaps in between their service footprints. Regional ISPs have a clear role in closing that gap.

These regional ISPs operate in a highly fragmented landscape, including smaller wireless and FTTH incumbents, satellite ISPs, electric co-ops, tribal communities, and municipalities in public/private partnerships. These regional ISPs face the same cyber threats and operational challenges as their Tier 1 counterparts, but with far fewer resources and revenue-generating population density. As a result, many regional ISPs have developed highly innovated business models for access and core technology, partnerships, financing and services.

The discussion will cover:

  • Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
  • Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
  • How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

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