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2021 FALL TECHNICAL FORUM

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The 2021 Fall Technical Forum Was Brought To You By The Society Of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), CableLabs® And NCTA.

Presentation files and video recordings are organized by Fall Technical Forum Topics.

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CLOUD & VIRTUALIZATION

The “Cloudified” CMTS: A Tale About Time

A Cloud-Based Application for DOCSIS Timing Service for 5G
By Roy Sun
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Considerations for Moving Your Access Network to the Cloud (and Back)
By Eric Heaton
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Unleash the Power of Cloud Computing for CMTS
By Tong Liu
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MAC and MEC: Using the Edge

Flexible MAC Architecture in the Cloud: Architectures for a virtual world
By Douglas Johnson
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Distributed multi-layer infrastructure management for multi-access edge computing services
By David Bainbridge
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Diagnosing Plant Health from the Cloud

Node Health within Cox ACOE’s Service Health Framework Mission: Improve the health and quality of HFC services through predictive analytics
By Shane Yates
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Rapid and Automated Production Scale Activation of Expanded Upstream Bandwidth
By Rob Thompson
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Monitoring and Troubleshooting at Scale with Advanced Analytics
By Asaf Matatyaou
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HFC Crystal Ball: Methods to Predict Traffic Patterns of Broadband Networks

Software Reliability Engineering: Scaling the Cloud with Automation
By Brian Gray
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Cluster-based Network Traffic Prediction Pipeline for Big Data Time Series
By Wei Cai
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CONVERGED NETWORKS AND MOBILITY

Close to the Edge: How Latency-Sensitive Apps are Defining the Network

Edge Computing Architecture
By Achari Kakinada
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Exploring Multi-Access Edge Compute in Converging Access Networks
By Andrii Vladyka
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Is Fiber the Key to Transport Convergence?

On The Road to 10G – Converged Access Platform for HFC & Ultra Long (+60km) NGPON2
By Harj Ghuman
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Universal Aggregation for Service Convergence: Residential, Mobility & Business
By Michael Wang
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Delivering Access Beyond 10G – Coherent Subcarrier Aggregation as Backhaul for Next-Generation R-OLT, RMD, and Wireless
By Colin Howlett
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Solving for 5G over DOCSIS

How vCMTS paves the way for 5G over DOCSIS
By Ed Dylag
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5G Fronthaul Over DOCSIS
By Mark Grayson
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Adventures in Wireline + Wireless Convergence: HFC, Meet Your New Bestie, 5G!

Evolved MVNO Architectures for Converged Wireless Deployments
By Omkar Dharmadhikari
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Cable and Wireless Subscriber Management Convergence – a common approach to identity management
By Pablo Stalteri
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Greenfield Mobile Network Considerations
By Ravi Guntupalli
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Who’s Best Situated to Haul 5G Wireless Traffic? (Hint: The Wired….)

Overlaying Mid-Band Spectrum Backhaul/Fronthaul onto HFC: A Symbiotic Convergence of Cable & Wireless
By John Ulm
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Small Cell Deployment Strategies for Broadband
By Toby Peck
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Network Slicing and Multi-Access Edge Convergence: Coming Soon to an Access Network Near You!

A converged edge for fixed and wireless broadband
By Juan Rodriguez
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Convergence of services using network slicing: A practical implementation
By Fernando Villarruel
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ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY ON THE ROAD TO 10G

What’s Smart About Smart Power?

Optimal Electric Load Forecasting and Shaping: Charging Electric Vehicles and Batteries with Renewable Energy Sources
By Frank Sandoval
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Modernizing the Power Grid and HFC Networks: Power Outage Notifications and Advanced Sensing
By Robert Cruickshank
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Edges + Microgrids + Analytics = The Smart Path to Powering 10G

Reliable Power Monitoring is Critical to Successful 10G Deployment
By Tim Cooke
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Powering the Future: Microgrids for 10G
By Dan Middelton
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How to Tidy Up your Headends and Data Centers: The Benefits of Proactive Asset Decommissioning

Proactive Asset Decommissioning in Critical Facilities to Accelerate Energy Management and Sustainability on the Road to 10G
By Mike Gala
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Leaving the Analog HeadEnd for the Digital Broadband Future Facility
By Benjamin Strunk
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The Power’s Out: Making the Most Out of Those (Vital!) First 72 Hours

Ensuring HFC Network Resiliancy During Extended Utility Outages
By Toby Peck
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Tools for the Trade for Supporting Critical Communications of Last Resort
By Derek DiGiacomo
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INTERNET OF THINGS, HOME NETWORKING, SMART CITIES, AND EMERGING SERVICES

Real-World Examples of IoT Deployments

End to End Telehealth Architecture: A Cable Industry Perspective
By Sudheer Dharanikota
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Improving Pedestrian Safety using Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Data Analytics
By Parmjit Dhillon
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Technologies and Architectures of IoT Part 1: With Protocols and Power, Less is More!

Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) for IoT Devices: Less is More
By Sweety Bertilla
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A Comparison of the Energy consumption Properties of Wi-Fi backscatter and Bluetooth Devices as it relates to sensor and asset tracking solutions.
By Arun Ravisankar
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Technologies and Architectures of IoT Part 2: Applications for Humanity

Metadata support from Cable Operators to address Telecom for Healthcare opportunity
By Sudheer Dharanikota
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How Working and Schooling from Home has now driven a change in how we view Home Connectivity and Networking
By Charles Cheevers
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Rural Broadband: Takin’ it to the…. Farms!

Cable and Rural Broadband: How Cable Plays a Critical Role in Closing the Digital Divide
By Kevin Noll
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Wireless IoT for Rural use cases
By Joerg Ahrweiler
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SECURITY & PRIVACY

Quantum Security and You!

Hitchhikers Guide to Quantum Key Distribution
By Vaibhav Garg
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Enabling Encryption and Algorithm Revocation for Post-Quantum DOCSIS Certificates
By Max Pala
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Navigating the Post-Quantum World
By Chujiao Ma
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Open Source Security: What’s in Your Code?

Hidden Risk of Unpopularity in Open Source
By Chujiao Ma
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xGitGuard: I Know What You Leaked Last Summer
By Bahman Rashidi
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Hostile Traffic Mitigation: Protecting Your Customers

Creating Confidence Among Subscribers Faced with Growing Cyberthreats
By Bruce Van Nice
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Detecting and mitigating distributed denial of service attack with Transparent Security
By Randy Levensalor
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Beating the Bad Actors: Leading Security Through the Evolving Threat Landscape

Shadows to Transparency – Security is a Fair Share Game in Digital Era: Are Tips, Hacks and Risk Indicators Enough?
By Casandra Bowes
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Security Strategies in the wake of Nation State Attack Evolution
By Nancy Davoust
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Securing Modern Infrastructure After the Perimeters Are Missing or Gone

SASE and SD-WAN Security
By Charuhas Ghatge
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5G Security challenges & Protection Framework
By Vasu Dalal
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OPERATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

Advanced Analytics 1 of 3: Cable and “Digital Twins”

Machine Learning and Proactive Network Maintenance: Transforming Today’s Plant Operations
By Brady Volpe
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Seeing Double: Network Digital Twin
By Guy Meador
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Advanced Analytics 2 of 3: Advanced Tools for Plant-wide Data Implementation

RF Anamoly Identification using Machine Learning Techniques
By David Virag
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Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence Approaches for Inventory Synchronization
By Salvatore Torrente
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Using AI in Network Planning and Operations Forecasting
By Petar Djukic
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Advanced Analytics 3 of 3: Proactive and Predictive Maintenance

Right Technician at the Right Time: Using Machine Learning to Predict Network Maintenance Issues
By Anastasia Vishnyakova
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Reducing the Cost of Network Traffic Monitoring with AI
By Maryam Amiri
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What It Takes to Automate Operations at Scale

Coupling Strategic Growth Analysis with Automated Methods for Real-Time Scalable Network Planning
By Richard Brown
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Having the Whole Company in a Bag: Mediacomm”s Real-World Use of Automated Access Network Design and Optimization Technology
By Ian Oliver
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Why Scale Needs Unity: One Operator”s Journey
By Elizabeth Riley-Wasserman
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Optimizing the CMTS

Humanoids Optional: Deploying vCMTS at Scale with Automation
By Bhanu Krishnamurthy
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Optimizing DOCSIS 3.0 Configuration in the Upstream Through Applied Reinforcement Learning
By Kevin Dugan
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How to Give Your Upstream a Makeover Without Leaving Scars!

Spectrum Planning in the Age of COVID
By Keith Rothschild
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How Network Topology Impacts RF Performance: A Study Powered by Graph Representation of the Access Network
By Maher Harb
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Execute the Upstream Makeover without Leaving Scars
By Rob Howald
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Hands-Free Operations: Welcome to the Autonomous Network

Up Your Uptime with Network Automation
By Nancy McGuire
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The Evolution Towards Autonomous Networks
By Claudio Righetti
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How Cox Communications Implemented an Expert System for Service-First Autonomous Operations
By Dave Norris
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Operational Innovations in Ticketing and Issue Tracking

Helm: Self-Service Customer Data Platform
By Sriharsha Gangam
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The Zen of Ticketing
By Missy Wood
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The Dennis Bot-man Story: A Tale of Next-Level ChatOps
By Michael Winslow
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Advancements in Operational Tooling

The Tooling Abyss
By Joann Shumard
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It’s 9:00 AM and Your Fiber is Still Dark
By Justin Riggert
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Strategies for Customer Focused Continuous Deployment at Scale
By Quincy Iheme
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VIDEO SERVICES

IPTV As a Young Adult: Maturation Tips and Techniques

How to Optimize TCO and QoE in a Cloud Environment Using a Context Adpative Delivery Solution
By Patrick Gendron
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Fostering of Patent Pools Covering Cable Technology: Lessons From VVC Pool Fostering
By Carter Eltzroth
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Enabling Automation for Mapping Linear Channel Feeds into DASH Structures
By Alex Giladi
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IPTV: “And Now, A (Targeted) Word from Your Sponsor”

Transitioning Advertising to IP Video
By Jim Owens
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Use SCTE 224 to Increase Advertising Revenue
By Gregg Brown
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WIRELESS ACCESS NETWORK

Come Together, Right Now: Wi-Fi / Cellular Coexistance from the Customer’s Point of View

Optimizing Value from Service Provider Wi-Fi in a Converged World
By Mike Darling
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Opensource Implementation of a Private-LTE / Private-5G Network-in-a-Box Solution
By Joerg Ahrweiler
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Wi-Fi 6 Tricks: What You Need to Know (Plus a Wi-Fi Happiness Index!)

The Wi-Fi Happiness Index (WHIX)
By Krithika Raman
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Unlocking the True Potential of WiFi 6 Through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence
By Bill McFarland
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Why 6GHz Standard Power is the Game Changer for Residential Wi-Fi Use in the US
By JR Flesch
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The Wireless Future: Adventures in Fixed Wireless Architectures and the Terahertz Band

ORAN: THe Future of WIreless Architectures
By Bill Beesley
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Terahertz Spectrum: Challenges, Potential and Applications (Solving the Data Hunger with Large Bandwidth and Spectrum Abundance)
By Lakhbir Singh
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5G Architecture and Services: Private Networks, Multi-Access Edge Computing, Ultra-Low Latency and More

Private Wireless Networks and Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC)
By Muhammad Khan
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New Service Paradigm with 5G Private Network
By Curt Wong
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WIRELINE ACCESS NETWORK

The Road to 10G: Beneficial Maps, Playbooks & Decision Trees

Developing the DOCSIS 4.0 Playbook for the Season of 10G
By Robert Howald
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DOCSIS 4.0 – A Key Ingredient of the 2030’s Broadband Pie
By Zoran Maricevic
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So Many More Control Knobs! Optimizing Upstream Performance with DOCSIS 4.0

Preparing for DOCSIS 4.0 Upstream
By Nadar Foroughi
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Leakage Detection in a High-Split World: Industry Progress Towards a Viable Solution
By Rex Coldren
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Improving Upstream Efficiency
By Karthik Sundaresan
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About OFDMA For the Upstream Path

OFDMA Predistortion Coefficient and OFDM Channel Estimation Decoding and Analysis
By Alberto Campos
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Upstream OFDMA Anamoly Detection and Triaging
By Jay Zhu
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Upstream Echo Cancelation: Could It Be Even Better Than We Thought? (Answer: Yes.)

The Scheduler and the Tap: The Odd Infrastructure Couple – A 100 Gbps Coaxial Future Story
By Alberto Campos
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10G Full Duplex DOCSIS Implementation Exceeds Expectations
By Rich Prodan
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How to Compete with Fiber-to-the-Home Offerings While On the Road to 10G

The Road to 10G: Migrating Today”s HFC Network to Meet Tomorrow”s Demand
By Michael Cooper
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Maximizing Returns to the Path to DOCSIS 4.0: An Operator Perspective
By Mike Darling
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Tales from the Field: Lessons Learned from Distributed Access Architecture Deployments at Comcast

Solving the Mysteries of the Distributed Access Architecture
By Matthew Stehman
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Lessons from Operating Tens of Thousands of Remote PHY Devices
By Jorge Salinger
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New Tricks in Proactive Network Maintenance – Like Finding Water in Drop Cables (Before It Impacts Customers). What!?

Water Can Run, But it Can”t Hide: PNM Finds Soaked Cables
By Katherine Fox
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Practical Implementation of Profile Management Application (PMA) to Improve Data Throughput in the Presence of Impairments
By Brady Volpe
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Backhaul over DOCSIS; It’s About Time (Literally)

Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) Usage for DAA and Mobile X-Haul Over DOCSIS
By Chris Zettinger
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DOCSIS Time Protocol Proof of Concept
By Roy Sun
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Living in CIN: The Inevitable Path to Ethernet Between Hubs

Modernizing Cox Communication”s Access and Aggregation Network for PHY Deployment
By Deependra Malla
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The Path to 50 Gbps DAA Nodes
By John Chapman
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E-CIN: A Remote Head-End Network Design Solution for Space Re-Allocation in CIN Deployment
By Deepa Phanish
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The Lag-Buster That is Low Latency DOCSIS (LLD): Details and Current Events

Configuring and Deploying Low Latency DOCSIS Networks
By Greg White
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Fastest Path to Low Latency Services: How Can Cable Operators Deliver Consistent Latency by Following an Efficient and Future-Proof Design Path?
By Sebnem Ozer
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In the Blink of an Eye

Tracking Round Trip Time Latency in the MSO Network
By Michael Overcash
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A Latency Measurement System Using STAMP
By Karthik Sundaresan
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Fiber to the Home: The Other Path to 10G

10G and FTTH: Drivers, Considerations and Strategies
By Michael Scardina
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FTTx PON Architecture Considerations Distributed Optical Taps
By Brian Yarbough
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The Distro on Distributed Access Architecture (DAA): Lessons Learned on the N+0 Journey

Distributed Access Architecture is Now Widely Distributed – Delivering on its Promise
By Robert Howald
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A Common Remote PHY Software Stack for All Remote PHY Devices?
By Michael Robinson
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: From Integrated CCAP or CCAP + RPD to FMA with E-MACPHY
By Colin Howlett
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New Techniques to Model Advanced Broadband Networks

It “Hertz” Not to be Able to Measure DOCSIS 3.1 and 4.0 Capacity
By Claude Bou-Abboud
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When Physical Layer Stimulation Gets Real: Next-Gen Network Modeling
By Ramya Narayanaswamy
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WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE/WORKFORCE OPERATIONS/LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Executing in Today’s Digital Realms: New Tools in Remote Learning, Customer Journeys and Construction Know-How

Turning on a Dime: The New Landscape of Learning
By Shiloh McCoy
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How Cable Wins Using AI in Customer Experience: The Do”s and Don”ts of Applying Artificial Intelligence
By Rachel Knaster
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Don”t Throw Away Your Shot: Rise Up to Change the Narrative for Construction Management
By Mindy Kang +
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