Breakout Session Topics Include:

Whole Home Managed Wi-Fi  |  Cloud Services  |  IoT    

SD-WAN  |  FTTH Gateways  |  SIP End Points  |  Enterprise VoIP Solutions

Printable Agenda Coming Soon

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
12:00 PM - Registration Opens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free Cyber Wise Management Training Workshop (co-located with NTCA's IP Vision)
Join your colleagues for a free half-day workshop focused on what every rural telco should know about cyber risk assessment and mitigation, as well as strategies for threat response and recovery. Gain a deeper understanding of how to utilize the sector-specific guidance in the NTCA Cybersecurity Bundle to improve cybersecurity readiness at your company. The workshop is free, but requires advance registration at
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Welcome Reception
Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration Open
8:15 AM - 8:50 AM STAR Opening Session
Come hear CSSA’s latest initiatives for “Keeping You in Gear” as we begin the day with an Association update and pre-view topics featured during the New Orleans STAR Technology Conference.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ESI- Where the Future is NOW!
Come see the latest in new products from ESI to help you close more business including a new color display digital phone and a new color display gigabit phone. These phones have the appearance of the ESI E Phone 4 for Cloud PBX, so your customer now will get the same great phone regardless of what system they choose.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Changing the Way You Think About Managed Wi-Fi Routers
TP-Link is the world's #1 provider of consumer Wi-Fi networking devices, shipping products to over 120 countries and hundreds of millions of customers. By leveraging their market leadership, TP-Link is disrupting the carrier managed router market by setting a new price-to-performance ratio. This session will introduce the new carrier-grade managed routers as well as other Wi-Fi access gear available from TP-Link.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Vendor Showcase Open
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM The Patton Cloud
The Patton Cloud can help transform operations and reduce Opex costs through deployment of services like touch-less provisioning, floating license management, network and device health monitoring in a virtual setting. Reduce truck rolls and maximize valuable technical resources while increasing customer satisfaction with state-of-the-art cloud-based services.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM The Power of Fixed Wireless
This session will explore the next-generation of fixed wireless solutions now available from Mimosa Networks. Mimosa’s solutions reach rural areas with broadband internet service using Hybrid Fiber-Wireless delivering high-speed internet access with speeds more than 300 Mbps.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Vendor Showcase Open
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Take the Polycom Growth Challenge!
In this session, Polycom takes us down memory lane to see how the past and present help us project the future. It is an encouraging story intended to motivate and encourage the CSSA community to ‘get into UC while it’s hot’! Polycom’s speaker, Darren Knapp, is a former owner of a $20M/yr ISP/ITSP and combined with his tenure at Polycom brings a unique and valuable perspective of how to get started in or accelerate your UC business.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Broadband Forum:“Understanding the SD-WAN Opportunity”
Software defined networks are changing the telecom service provider market. SD-WAN can provide flexibility, business continuity and opportunity to address the need for lower total cost of ownership allowing you to better deliver cloud applications to your customers. Join CSSA and Multapplied Networks to learn about SD-WAN, Survey data and a better understanding of the SD-WAN Opportunity.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Vendor Showcase Open
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Business Sales Forum:“Offloading Voice Services To The Cloud”
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM New Gateways for New Revenue Streams
In this session, Zyxel presents their next-generation of multi-WAN gateways as well as MoCa adapters and their new managed mesh Wi-Fi solution. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the new Multi-WAN Gateway with the ability to offer xPON, Active Ethernet, Broadband and DSL. In addition, discover the new Managed Wi-Fi Mesh technology from Zyxel. Zyxel's new Managed Wi-Fi Mesh solution improves the wireless coverage issues and provides your subscribers the ability of self-help with a mobile app.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Networking Event at BB King's Blues Club in the Heart of the French Quarter
Friday, April 27, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Avaya Connect
Avaya announces the R11 software release. Come and see the new Avaya Vantage series SIP sets, New IP sets and Equinox UC client offerings.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Managed Wi-Fi Requires More
As more and more Service Providers offer managed Wi-Fi for a monthly fee, the details are making and breaking the experience. This session will introduce HARMONY, a next-gen technology by Comtrend to deliver the Integrated Whole-Home Wireless Solution. In conjunction with an advanced ACS from Fine Point, Service Providers can determine how hands on or hands off they wish to be. Minimum results should be less truck rolls, optional self-installs, reduced Wi-Fi-based support calls, advanced analytics on customer usage, and happier, silent, customers.
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Break
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Mitel- Enabling Digital Transformation!
Come learn how Mitel Cloud-Link provides the path to a cloud-enabled future.
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM FLIR Surveillance Solutions Update
Join FLIR, a leading provider of SMB and Residential video surveillance solutions, for an update on the latest solutions available to rural service providers. The session will review the newly released 4K cameras and VNR’s as well as the new Fisheye and Wi-Fi cameras. FLIR will also discuss their merger with Dahua.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM You Tell Us Closing Forum (for Broadband Service Providers)
This open forum session is designed to provide the association staff with feedback on solutions presented during the conference, guide future conferences and discuss what products and/or services CSSA should be developing that can help our industry and Membership.

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