Solutions Take the Stage

In only its second year, Innovation Theater is a refreshing oasis for the technology thirsty—a steady flow of insights about where the industry is headed. Live and in person, top industry thought leaders demonstrate technological advancements and solutions and define steps for deployment. A place where you can get the facts first and firsthand, the 150-seat Innovation Theater is a prime, multimedia setting for doing your deal-making homework to improve business operations.

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2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

Ethernet Mid-Mile Aggregation Architecture Enables You to Get More From Your HFC Network

In today’s intense, competitive environment, cable operators have a competitive advantage— the HFC Network. Designed to provide 1 GHz of bandwidth to the home, the HFC network has been carrying video, voice, and data services for decades. With new platforms and technologies like virtual CCAP and DOCSIS® 3.1, these fiber-rich networks will have the ability to transport 1 Gbps to the home. However, there is a problem lurking on the horizon. As cable operators drive fiber deeper into their networks, they cannot lose sight of the fact that eventually all of their new fiber access lines will need to be aggregated. This presentation will explore how cable operators can leverage the Ethernet mid-mile aggregation architecture and the statistical multiplexing benefits of Ethernet switching to cost effectively aggregate their commercial and residential networks onto their metro cores and beyond.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

Navigating America's Coming Broadband Cybergeddon

Fiber is the next frontline in the battle to enable ever greater Internet speeds and capacity. As demand for ubiquitous connectivity increases, cable operators are faced with multiple, increasingly complex architectural choices. Synergies among DAA, R-PHY, FTTH, deep fiber deployments, and adjacent services in an “unlimited” broadband world are creating new challenges. Corning and ARRIS will bring clarity and suggestions for a cleaner approach to smart infrastructure design and deployment. Panel to be Moderated by: Light Reading Sponsor: ARRIS, Corning

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

CALA Chapter Presentation

Come hear about the development and vision of the Cala Chapter and how we will spread knowledge and standardization among the Latin Americas.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

Why Virtualize Cable Access Now?

Headends and hub-sites are space and power constrained, and MSOs face the daunting question, “How to efficiently increase network capacity and agility to accommodate data demand and introduce new services?” Through network virtualization, MSOs can take control of network scaling, opening doors to innovative services while also improving the customer’s experience. Intel and Comcast will show how moving to a virtual CCAP is not only technically feasible, power efficient, and highly scalable but will also enable deployment of new edge-based applications at a faster pace with lower cost, lower power, and greater efficiency. MODERATOR: Michael O'Hanlon, Principal Engineer–Architecture & System Engineering of Intel's Network Platforms Group Nagesh Nandiraju, Senior Director of Network Architecture in the Technology & Product Group at Comcast Sponsor: Intel

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

Accelerating Cable Applications With Cloud, Containers & Culture

As OTT streaming options increase in quality and numbers, the video landscape is transforming rapidly. The success of streaming has been largely a result of the speed with which companies like Netflix can build and deploy customer-facing applications. Driving this speed and the fierce competition it is creating has been adoption of cloud services and devops practices that enable fast delivery of hyper-tuned software and experiences. Now, cable companies are undertaking a similar transformation as they build, deliver, and host consumer video software applications to keep pace with an unprecedented rate of change and innovation. This panel will feature top cable operator executives discussing the state of cloud technologies in cable operations, including public and private cloud infrastructure services, container- and PaaS-based application development, and the growing devops movement. MODERATOR: Matt Haines, Fellow, IBB Consulting SPEAKER: Jake Perlman, Vice President, Software Engineering & Architecture, Charter Randy Levensalor, Lead Cloud Architect, Cable Labs Sponsor: ibb consulting group

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

Understanding Service Assurance in an Agile On-Demand Service Delivery Environment

As cable/MSO networks evolve to support new services, new challenges arise. Most pressing is the need to understand the user experience. With the move toward more agile networks through virtualization, software-defined, and self-optimizing networks, maintaining visibility and understanding end-to-end performance become even more difficult. With the rapid growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and an explosion in the number of devices and sensors attaching to a network, the challenge only grows more complex and makes a Service Assurance strategy immediately imperative. Dr. Saksena will look at the challenges operators face with service assurance in this new, hyper-converged world of networking and share how cable/MSO operators can “stay ahead of the curve.” SPEAKER: Dr. Vikram Saksena, Office of the CTO, NETSCOUT Sponsor: Netscout

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11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

Amdocs Entertainment Experience

Experience how consumers will engage with the digital world using augmented reality. Enabled by Amdocs Digital and Entertainment solutions and experienced via Microsoft HoloLens, consume personalized and contextual digital content, manage services in multiple locations, create and manage user profiles, purchase on-demand digital services, and much more. SPEAKER: Jonathan Shmukler, Customer Experience Innovation, Amdocs NewTech Lab Sponsor: Amdocs

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

American Cable Association

ACA – Where TECH Meets DC Moderator: Matt Polka, President and CEO of the American Cable Association Panelists: Ross Lieberman, SVP of Government Affairs for the American Cable Association; Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye and Warren; Barbara Esbin, Partner, Cinnamon Mueller The ACA team will discuss recent legislative and regulatory developments affecting the industry. With respect to broadband, the update will cover the status of the proceedings related to Internet freedom and pole attachments. Regarding video, the panel will discuss the FCC’s items concerning ATSC 3.0, local TV ownership rules, repacking of TV stations, and expanding flexible use of the C-band, and the recently adopted FCC Order modernizing the cable TV technical rules.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

Leveraging Virtual Security Infrastructure to Secure Your Cable Clouds & Clients

As our industry transitions into the cloud-connected era, which is enabling billions of devices and end users to be connected to the Internet, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)- based platforms and applications are gaining traction. This is because they provide game-changing ways for service providers to ease the ever-growing bandwidth demands of greater functionality, improve service delivery and consistency, cut operational costs, and slash time to market for new services and applications. However, as cable operators shift to software-based, virtualized infrastructure, security is a key element. They will need to ensure the security of their own networks while providing greater security to their end users as well. This presentation will explore next-generation virtual security architectures and examine how cable operators can leverage a virtual security infrastructure to secure their virtual environments and deploy new managed security services in their networks as well. SPEAKER: Kevin Hutchins, SVP, Strategy & Product Line Management, Juniper Networks Sponsor: Juniper

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

A Discussion of Strategies to Meet Broadband Demand Today…& in the Future

As service providers consider the ROI for network upgrades designed to provide increased broadband performance, they seek creative ways to extend capital dollars. Construction investment should be leveraged to get the most out of the time spent in the field. This presentation will discuss ways to grow today’s deployed plant while leveraging installations to position future growth as well. New products and techniques allow today’s OSP installation to be leveraged throughout the continuum of a network’s evolution. Our discussion focuses on how OSP installations can provide the connectivity needed initially and may also position future growth strategies. Future network topologies can be more cost-effectively addressed by ensuring that the investment necessary today may be leveraged to avoid costly rework of the same network route in the future. PRESENTERS: Tim Cooke, Director of Global Engineering, Cable Solutions Group, Amphenol Broadband Solutions Mike Grice, Senior Vice President of Technology, Fiber Solutions Group, Amphenol Broadband Solutions Guest Speaker: John Williams, Vice-President Outside Plant Engineering and Architecture Charter Communications Sponsor: Amphenol

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

The Future of Analytics-Driven Networking

The amount of data generated by today’s networks is massive, constantly growing, and highly valuable. How should business and networking leaders be planning and investing to harness the power of big data and advanced analytics for service creation, customer experience, cost reduction, and powering software-defined, virtualized, and cloud-enabled network and service infrastructure? How do data-driven organizations differ culturally from others? And how do you build such an organization? This session will feature thought leaders from the industry as well as from network analytics software and OTT providers. SPEAKERS: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Heavy Reading Avi Freedman, CEO, Kentik Technologies Sponsor: Kentik

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

IP Challenge

Sponsored by Cisco Systems SCTE•ISBE IP Challenge, cable professionals skillfully show off their IP IQ by competing in a blended-style Jeopardy match that includes traditional questions, router and CMTS configuration, and hands-on activities. Hundreds of cable professionals have competed in two pre-Expo online virtual qualifier matches earlier this year. The top finalists will appear live and in person in Innovation Theater to seek the title of IP Challenge champion.

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Exhibit Hall - Innovation Theater

CED Wireless Live!

Wireless Live! brought to you by Wireless Week and CED. Wireless companies providing cable. Cable companies jumping into wireless. Oh my! These days it sometimes feels like the cable and wireless industries are coming together at the speed of light (fiber optics, get it?!). But while cable and wireless may be looking at many of the same themes, the industries are still speaking very different languages. Enter Wireless Live! On-site at SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo to bridge the gap, translating wireless technologies for your cable mind. LEARN MORE

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