Zeetta Networks has been invited to present its NetOS®, its Network Virtualization and Slicing technology at the “Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualisation” workshop, taking place on the HMS Belfast this Wednesday 21st June in London.
The workshop is organised by the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA), the association of alternative network providers (‘Altnets’) who are building new fibre networks in urban and rural areas across the UK in competition with BT. INCA members such as CityFibre, Hyperoptic, and GigaClear use their own commercial investment to rollout brand new fibre networks and establish close relationships with the communities they serve.
Over the last decade BT/Openreach failed to deliver gigabit fibre-optic connectivity across Britain, with the UK now lagging behind most European and Asian countries in terms of ‘full-fibre’ development. Recent studies have shown that almost half of the UK businesses are still operating with a connection slower than 24 Mbps and less than three per cent of British buildings have a direct fibre connection, compared with 83 per cent in Spain.
Over the past six months there has been a visible shift amongst UK policy makers towards backing INCA’s resounding call for a full-fibre future, paved by a new, future-proofed, digital infrastructure. From the Chancellor’s announcement of a new multi-million-pound investment fund in November’s autumn statement, to March’s budget which outlined its first steps, it seems that the future is looking brighter for the nation’s Altnets.
It is therefore very timely that the SDN/NFV workshop was organised by INCA to address the pivotal role of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) in delivering the Altnets’ “Gigabit Britain” vision.
Vassilis will be joined by David Tomalin from CityFibre and Carlos Bock from Hyperoptic to discuss how Altnets can benefit from these open networking technologies which enable the virtualization and slicing of the networkaccording to customer demand, improve management of heterogeneous vendor environments, and create new revenue opportunities. This seminar will introduce key concepts, opportunities and operator implementations.
Speaking about the event, Vassilis Seferidis said:
“It is very encouraging to see the UK Government refocusing the UK’s full-fibre rollout programme on Altnets as a way to achieve the Gigabit Britain vision in the shortest possible time. Most importantly, Altnets recognise that network virtualization and slicing can play a pivotal role in this context by enabling a dynamic and efficient management of their fibre network. This workshop will give us the opportunity to discuss some of the most pressing implementation issues and establish a reference framework for future policy. “
More information about the event can be found here.
The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) INCA is a membership based association geared to the needs of businesses, local authorities and community organisations working on next generation broadband issues in the UK. INCA organises regular seminars on key topics of current and strategic interest to its constituency, and so has an administrative requirement to manage memberships, events, communications, and contacts.
Learn more about INCA here: http://www.inca.coop/