Pre-Conference Symposium

DOCSIS® 3.1 and Wireless Symposium

The DOCSIS® 3.1 and Wireless pre-conference symposium will take place on Monday, Sept. 22 and provide valuable resources specific to these hot-topic technologies. During this one-day pre-conference Symposium gain knowledge of how DOCSIS 3.1 and Wireless technologies are significant to the success of cable operators and play an important role in the future of the customer experience. The pre-conference symposium is presented in partnership with CableLabs®.

Monday, Sept. 22
9:00 am–4:30 pm
Four Seasons Ballroom
Separate registration required

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In the first half of the symposium, engineering and operations professionals will gain an awareness of how cable operators are looking to progress the Wi-Fi experience, promote operator requirements, and explore wireless analytics. Proactive Wi-Fi diagnostics and management, recent updates on Wi-Fi standards, and the latest Wi-Fi infrastructure components will also be discussed.

In the second half of the symposium, learn what operators can do today to ready themselves to take advantage of what DOCSIS 3.1 has to offer. Hear how to maximize bandwidth strategies that may be deployed from day one on current networks and what that means in real numbers. In addition, a comparison to the advances in the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, which extend network capacity to truly unprecedented levels, will be discussed along with a view into the integration and operational challenges and benefits.


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Schedule of Events:

9:00–9:15 am   Welcome and Introduction
9:15–9:45 am    

Carrier Grade Wi-Fi
The IEEE, WFA and WBA have active work items that address Carrier Wi-Fi, which is a recent industry movement to promote operator requirements for managed Wi-Fi networks. Carrier Wi-Fi scenarios target dense AP deployments with numerous device associations, community Wi-Fi where public and private SSID’s coexist on the same AP, transparent mobile data off load as well as customer experience, device requirements and network management on par with licensed cellular technologies. This session will provide an introduction to the carrier Wi-Fi initiative in the industry and progress to date.

Mark Poletti, Lead Wireless Architect, CableLabs

9:45–10:30 am  

Wi-Fi Analytics, Cloud and Radio Resource Management
Gain insight into proactive Wi-Fi diagnostics for proactively detecting concerns as well as rectifying them. Proactive diagnostics for both Carrier Wi-Fi and standard in home service will be shared. In addition, measuring and improving install quality for preventative management will be covered in this session.

Scott Helms, Vice President of Technology, ZCorum

10:30–10:45 am   Break
10:45–11:30 am  

Community Wi-Fi
Many service providers across the globe are deploying community Wi-Fi (e.g. Homespot) networks to complement their public hotspot and other wireless networks. The community Wi-Fi networks, while similar in nature to public hotspot networks in many aspects, have some unique challenges and requirements. This session will provide an introduction to the community Wi-Fi network architecture and implementation considerations.

Vivek Ganti, System Engineer, CableLabs

11:30 am–Noon  

Wi-Fi Antenna Design and Surveying
Wi-Fi, which only a few years ago was considered an overlay technology, has now become at least a peer, if not outright replacement for the wired LAN edge. Handheld devices (tablets/smartphones) are increasing as the primary network connection for users and as a result IT administrators and WLAN consultants must rethink their wireless designs. Architectures that worked perfectly well for laptop connections are unsuccessful when trying to support the explosion of untethered devices, which place more stringent RF demands on the wireless infrastructure. This presentation will discuss how Wi-Fi infrastructure components, including antenna design, available spectrum, radio power, capacity planning and even new 11ac requirements impact predictive and/or active surveys.

Kowshik Bhat, Director, Product Marketing, Xirrus

Noon–1:00 pm   Lunch
1:00–1:30 pm  

DOCSIS 3.1: Current Status and Schedule
Hear the latest breaking news on the DOCSIS 3.1 specification and the timeline for continued development. The current lab certification status and a look into the proverbial crystal ball for prognostication on deployment timings will also be discussed.

Jorge Salinger, Vice President, Access Architecture, Comcast Cable and Belal Hamzeh, Director and Principal Architect, CableLabs

1:30–2:15 pm  

Bandwidth Opportunities for DOCSIS 3.1
Cable operators are getting ready to deploy the next generation of higher-speed DOCSIS equipment. The new DOCSIS3.1 system makes advancements in physical layer modulation, forward error correction, reduced latency, and improvements in proactive network maintenance. The use of OFDM modulation, along with low density parity-check code forward error correction, higher orders of modulation, and customized modulation profiles will allow the networks to carry more data at higher speeds, both upstream and downstream. The system is designed to increase data rates for existing plant and further extend data rates as the plant is upgraded. In this session, we will analyze capacity gains in typical HFC channels obtained by transitioning from DOCSIS 3.0 to DOCSIS 3.1

Belal Hamzeh, Director and Principal Architect, CableLabs

2:15–2:30 pm   Break
2:30–3:15 pm  

DOCSIS 3.1 Profiles: Customizing Bandwidth
DOCSIS 3.1 provides the ability to expand the capacity on cable networks well beyond today’s limits. The reality of much higher modulation rates is real with the advent of 2K and 4K QAM.  Some plants can handle higher orders of modulation while others cannot. This is where DOCSIS profiles come in and allow operators to define and/or configure a set of profiles on a per cable modem basis. Learn how profiles were introduced and understand implementation examples.

John Chapman, CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, Cisco Systems, Inc.

3:15–4:00 pm  

DOCSIS 3.1 Operational Integration and Proactive Network Maintenance Tools
With all the changes in DOCSIS 3.1 there are sure to be many challenges with integration in to cable operations. During this session, learn about implementation obstacles and how operators can best prepare for the successful introduction of 3.1 and take advantage of the vast features 3.1 offers, no matter the state of the network. But hang on, 3.1 introduces a whole host of new and improved proactive network maintenance tools that cable professionals surely do not want to miss.

Brady Volpe, President and Founder, The Volpe Firm

4:00–4:30 pm   Audience Q&A, Summary and Wrap-up



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