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Light Reading's Upskill University Kicks Off Open Source Classes

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 2, 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 role of open source in communications network transformation. During these courses, lecturers from LinkedIn, OpenDaylight, Telstra and Heavy Reading will examine how telecom is addressing the challenges and opportunities service providers face as they seek to successfully implement open source software as the network moves more toward virtualization.

Upskill U is a unique online community hosted by Light Reading in association with Cisco Systems Inc., where service providers 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 open source series includes the following lectures:

  • Telcos & Open Source 101 (Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1:00 p.m. ET): Phil Robb, Senior Technical Director, OpenDaylight, examines how service providers can make the shift from the traditional standards processes, how the open source process is tackling a new role of competing at the higher levels of the software stack and provides understanding in open source licensing and managing R&D processes.

  • The Role of Open Source in NFV (Friday, Aug. 12, 1:00 p.m. ET): Jim Fagan, Director, Cloud Practice, Telstra, addresses the impact open source is having on NFV platforms and what it means for vendors and operators.

  • Using Open Source for Data Centers and Cloud Services (Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1:00 p.m. ET): Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, examines the use of open source for cloud services in the telecom space, what issues still need to be resolved and whether standards bodies are perhaps the better way forward for CSPs.

  • Open Source for White Box Networks (Thursday, Aug. 18, 1:00 p.m. ET): Saikrishna Kotha, Global Infrastructure Architect, LinkedIn, explains the importance of open source software to the white box transformation and how virtualization and evolving standards will impact that transformation overall.

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.

For the complete Upskill U schedule, visit our website:

About Light Reading

Light Reading ( combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. is the ultimate source for telecom analysis for more than 400,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events and focused one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile and wireline executives across five continents.

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