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Understanding the Software Defined Wave.

Confirming internationalization

The 20th Edition of the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress, to be held 10/13 April 2018 in Paris, will once again gather major actors of service providers and enterprises networks evolution.

A strong presence of service providers (45% of the +1500 participants) as well as a growing internationalization (65 countries represented) will confirm the Paris World Congress as the first worldwide event in the MPLS SDN & NFV area.

SDN/NFV: hype or real? - the 1st Day General Debate

Some think SDN/NFV is "emperor's new clothes" from day one. They underline that there are a lot of talks and lot of trials but few real deployments on mass scale.

The debate, chaired by Roy Chua (co-Founder, SDxCentral) will gather service providers. They will bring answers to this controversial question.

The Agenda: Automation, Segment Routing, CORD

A lot of contributions were centered this year on the automation concept. Experts will demonstrate that although progress is being made there is still a lot of basic misunderstandings about the process of getting there.

Next April we will be following the latest developments and deployments in the CORD/ONAP, Segment Routing and IPv6 areas through testimonies from Google, Telefonica, AT&T, DT, Turk Telecom, Alibaba, Thomson Reuters, Bell Canada, ERNW, Microsoft and Reliance JIO.

5G and Network Slicing

A large session will be dedicated to the 5G impact. Experts will discuss new requirements like Control and User Plane Separation, virtualization, low latency apps, Massive IOT, Cloud RAN, etc.

In particular, they will underline the need to provide network slicing in mobile transport networks, specifically for IP/MPLS networks.

Other sessions will cover EVPN, FlexEthernet, Hybrid Networks, Blockchain and Containers.

Don’t miss testimonies from Orange, BT, Colt, Telus, Rostelecom, Vodafone and Telia.

AI Net 2018: Towards Self Driven Networks

The AI Net conference, co-located with the Congress, demonstrates that the rise of two recent paradigms: Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Analytics (NA), will facilitate the adoption of Machine Learning and AI techniques in the context of network operation and control.

The event gathers a set of renowned experts coming from the research side (Inria, Tokyo City University, Cataluna University), from operators (BT, Orange, Expedia) industrials (Juniper Networks, Huawei, Cisco, Nokia, Aria Networks, Adva Optical, Packet Design) and software companies (HPe, Brocade, CA).

What are the requirements and expectations for AI Networking? Learn how to evolve towards Self Driven Networks.
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The Exhibition

The Multi-vendor Interoperability Test

The European Advanced Networking Test Center and Upperside Conferences will invite once again interested vendors to a public multi-vendor interoperability test and showcase at the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress 2018.

Core topics for the 2017 edition were:
  • Segment Routing, BGP-LS and new TEAS (Traffic Engineering Architecture and Signaling) developments
  • MPLS Ethernet VPNs (EVPNs) and VXLAN
  • SDN in the WAN: PCE (including newer extensions) and NETCONF with Yang models for VPN services and for LDP
  • Flexible Ethernet and other optical transport concepts integrating with packet networks
  • Clock synchronization advances for LTE and 5G backhaul
2017 Participating Companies
Arista Networks
Aviat Networks
Juniper Networks
SIAE Microelletronica
Spirent Communications

Download the 2017 showcase white paper here

Participant Profile

With representatives from the EU (55%), followed by North America (14%), Middle East (13%), Russia/Eastern Europe (9%) and Asia (5%), the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress can claim to be the First International Event in this realm.