NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 26, 2016) -  Upskill U, a free online forum that focuses on delivering must-have education on the overall business transformation occurring in the telecommunications industry, is focusing its next round of lectures on the economic and technological impact of gigabit broadband deployments. During these courses, lecturers from Orange, Comcast and US Ignite will examine how service providers can identify the right architectures to support gigabit speeds, migrate from legacy infrastructure to newer equipment and plan for future upgrades.

Upskill U is a unique online community hosted by Light Reading in association with Cisco Systems, where service provider and enterprise decision makers can crowdsource the mission-critical intelligence they need to formulate business technology strategies, and gain the know-how required to architect and monetize next-generation, all-IP networks.

Upskill U's curriculum is always built around the hottest topics in the industry. This new four-part series on Gigabit includes the following lectures:

  • Gigabit 101 (Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1:00 p.m. ET): Will Barkis, Senior Technology Analyst, Orange, delivers a high-level overview of the gigabit technology landscape, and the challenges and the benefits of each technology.
  • Gigabit & the Great Migration (Friday, Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m. ET): Robert Howald, Vice President, Network Architecture, Comcast, and co-presenter Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, examine gigabit broadband deployments, roadmaps for future technology development and the best ways to manage ongoing network operations efficiently and cost effectively.
  • Gigabit & Smart Cities (Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m. ET): Joe Kochan, COO & Co-Founder, US Ignite, covers smart city transformations underway today, what that transformation looks like from the network side and what the future holds as technology continues to evolve.
  • Gigabit & DOCSIS 3.1 (Friday, Oct. 7, 1:00 p.m. ET): Ty Pearman, Director, Access Architecture, Comcast, with co-presenters Saifur Rahman, Engineer, Comcast and Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, delve into DOCSIS 3.1 and where cable is headed with SDN/NFV, software-based networking and other new technologies.

Each Upskill U course is a 45-minute session where students can ask questions, interact with other students with similar business and technological challenges and expertise and download a wealth of additional learning materials. Courses are archived, and online educational discussions take place 24 hours a day.

Weekly Upskill U courses will continue to highlight some of the biggest names in the industry. Register for our current courses and upskill yourself today.

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