As an early adopter of software-defined access, cloud and virtualization, Orange Business Services uses the empowering technology to accelerate change and foster agility across its own infrastructure, and improve its revenue through margin-rich, sticky services that retain enterprise customers' loyalty across its expanding European footprint.
Leading these initiatives is John Isch, practice director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services -- and he will join Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana and Light Reading Executive Editor Mitch Wagner on Feb. 14, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. UK on BBWN Radio. Register here.
Unscrambling the Alphabet of Virtualization
Orange Business Services' John Isch talks software-defined access and other techs close to his heart.
This Valentine's Day appearance is not the first time Isch has shared his experiences with BBWN. It is, however, a particularly busy time: In late January 2019, for example, Weener Plastics chose Orange Business Services' Flexible SD-WAN to improve operational flexibility as it expands globally to ensure a presence in each country in which it operates. Fully automated Flexible SD-WAN is an "intelligent network with on-demand, virtualized services, centrally orchestrated for end-to-end performance and control," according to the French service provider.
This is the kind of simplicity and integrated interface enterprises want from service providers, Isch believes. During the IP radio broadcast, audience members can share their questions via BBWN, and hear Isch's thoughts and Orange Business Service's strategies in areas such as:
What are some of the major benefits the service provider sees from SD-WAN and related broadband infrastructure changes?
Do end-customers still have any misconceptions about cloud, virtualization or software-defined access?
How about service providers?
Is this a ubiquitous technology, in that it's suitable for providers of all sizes and geographies?
The role of fiber -- which executives credit for much 2018 revenue growth of broadband and services -- in Orange Business Services' network infrastructure design and support?
In fact, total IT and integration services kept a growth trajectory of plus 4% year-on-year during Orange's third-quarter earnings report, for the period ending last October. Cloud business increased more than 10%, said Ramon Fernandez, deputy CEO of finance and performance in Europe, during that period's earnings call.
Join John Isch, practice director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services -- and BBWN's Alison Diana and Light Reading's Mitch Wagner on Feb. 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. UK by registering here! Bring your real questions and coffee. Alison and Mitch will bring an endless supply of virtual cake (no calories).
More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun — and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
In a new report and searchable database, Broadband Now discovered fiber is the is the least expensive technology powering subscribers' connections. But the poorest, most rural residents pay the most for connectivity, regardless of underlying infrastructure.
As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
Register and post your questions for Maria on BBWN Radio's easy-to-use chat board. We will get to as many questions as possible. Please post questions before and during the broadcast. Once you've registered, you will be led to the chat board page. Talk to you on April 23!
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
How to prepare their networks for the future – whatever it may hold.