SCTE® Cable-Tec Expo® 2021
Enjoy our on-demand library of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021 sessions and events.
SCTE® Cable-Tec Expo® General Session SpectacularTuesday, October 12, 2021: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
SCTE® Awards CeremonyWednesday, October 13, 2021: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
SCTE® L&D Experience – Limitless Learning for the Future of WorkTuesday, October 12, 2021: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
2021 L&D Experience Chair:
Nancy Murphy, Executive Director Learning and Workforce Capability, Cox Communications
2021 L&D Experience Sponsors:
CSG • Urbint • Wave Broadband • Power & Tel
Vice President, Learning & Leadership Research Leader
Deloitte Consulting – Human Capital Research & Sensing
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM ET
Disruption is radically altering the nature of work, the notion of what it means to have a “job,” and—ultimately—a company’s value proposition. In response, organizations are rushing to execute strategies, generate value, and develop new lenses for appraising and developing workers.
Too many organizations, however, are coping by redoubling their emphasis on skills acquired through training, experience, and exposure. But what if the pace of change in the market and the speed at which these skills lose viability become too great? The answer involves widening the focus to include more than skills. In this session, we will
• Explain why organizations must adjust their approach to talent to include a focus on the human capabilities that will enable workers to adapt quickly and continuously to disruption.
• Explore how leaders and HR can develop, nurture and amplify these attributes in the flow of work
• What it means to be a learning organization (and how it isn’t about the L&D department)
• Identify the importance of cultivating a learning culture for the future of work
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM ET
Moderated by Agnes Francis Adolphine, Cox Communications
Hear from industry leaders how disruptions have impacted their organization and what they did to overcome the challenges. This engaging panel will discuss how the pandemic affected them, though this is not the only disruption that has impacted organizations. Learn what your organization do to prepare for the next disruption.
Sr. Director, Human Resources
Maria Alejandra Molina
Strategy Learning Manager
Vice President Business, Head of FIeld Services Management
Signature Event Featuring Jim Kirkpatrick
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Getting to Kirkpatrick® Levels 3 and 4: Creating Believable Value Keynote
Training is still “on trial,” charged with incurring expenses in excess of the value it provides to the organization. Training must reinvent itself and transcend the classroom. Attend this thought-provoking session to learn how to structure initiatives so they enhance on-the-job performance and impact the bottom line. Learn directly from the creators of the Kirkpatrick Model the newest way to implement the four levels. This program will focus on tactics at Levels 3 and 4 and provide ideas that any professional can implement in their own organization.
Virtual Networking Event
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET
Do not miss the opportunity to build relationships and learn a little because you are experiencing Expo virtually. Join this event where you get to learn, laugh and have fun, while networking with your peers across the industry in a virtual environment.
SCTE® Standards: Examining What Business Continuity Means for the Cable IndustryMonday, October 11, 2021: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
In this year’s NOS WG 3 Cable-Tec Expo 90-minute session the team of experts will be looking at what business continuity means for the cable industry. Past sessions have demonstrated the criticality of having a solid plan, examined the specific needs of hurricane preparedness and of most recently, how the industry is continuing to perform at high levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s important sessions will discuss the concepts of the growing importance of network reliability and resiliency, regulatory influences, and corporate responsibility through BCP. These concepts will be addressed by discussing the following three case studies:
- Working with the US Government
- Public safety planned shutdowns of the power utility grid in specific markets
- The importance of runtime in the face of continued climate change pressures
- Outline solution sets of how approaching the above problems gets addressed
Concluding these presentations will be roundtable discussion where the team encourages you to bring your own business continuity questions to help you in your own continuity needs.
Senior Director, Energy Management Program & Business Continuity
SCTE® a subsidiary of CableLabs®
Business Continuity Specialist
Senior Director Services
Business Continuity Specialist
Cox Communications, Inc.
Senior Director, Government Affairs
SCTE® Standards – Energy 20/20 Program UpdateTuesday, October 12, 2021: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
In the face of increasing extreme weather events and demand for electricity, the aging electric grid is challenged in providing broadband operators and society at large with safe, low-cost, reliable power. We’ve seen this movie before: The grid is rapidly transitioning from 1-way to 2-way (with content creation at the edge), customers have to call to declare outages, and “how many electric vehicles can I hang off this transformer” is akin to “How many modems can I hang off this node.” Just as the Cable industry revolutionized television, high-speed Internet, and landline phone—by bringing technology to industries that were quickly developing in a technological way—Broadband is poised to help manage burgeoning technical developments that are shaking the foundations of the electric grid.
In our second half of our Energy 20/20 update, join this exciting panel of Gridmetrics™ speakers who are using the broadband network to improve the reliability and resiliency of the grid and microgrids by implementing technologies that modernize grid monitoring/communications and minimize outages and energy costs—while ensuring a safe transition to clean renewable energy.
10G and Convergence: A Perfect UnionMonday, October 11, 2021: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT
This year we will be featuring the latest developments on 10G network evolution, as well as how well the cable industry is situated to offer converged networks and services. There will be four keynotes and four panel discussions covering topics such as:
• DOCSIS 4.0 FDX and ESD deployment challenges
• The 10G pillars of speed and capacity, low latency and security
• Planning and deployment of mid-split and high-split access networks
• How 10G will provide the foundation for mobile convergence
• Services driving 10G infrastructure, especially wireless/IoT
The Road to 10G: Beneficial Maps, Playbooks and Decision TreesMonday, October 11, 2021: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
This powerhouse workshop, featuring well-known engineering leads from the nation’s largest operators and equipment provider, will illuminate and clarify several important considerations along the road to DOCSIS 4.0 (which is considered a central steppingstone to 10G.) First, Comcast Engineering Fellow Rob Howald, with collaborative input from Charter’s VP of Engineering & Architecture, John Williams, will provide a unified view on the rapidly approaching cycle of D4.0 upgrades — spanning both Full Duplex DOCSIS (“FDX”) and Extended Spectrum (“ES”) — and including common use cases, variables, and impacts. Next, CommScope’s Zoran Maricevic, will detail why Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) is expected to cost 6-7X that of DOCSIS-based deployments with a comparison of operating expenses across full FTTP and DOCSIS 4.0 ESD using Distributed Access Architectures/DAA – with a view toward minimizing upfront CAPEX while maximizing the longevity of DOCSIS investments.
Tech Innovation Stories – Oral History CompilationMonday, October 11, 2021: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Here is a selection of 11 clips from our Hauser Oral History Collection that talk about various aspects of engineering innovation in the industry, past and present. We have Dave Fellows on early internet service; Tonya Adams on cloud and AI; Joe Gans on shotgun ice removal from antennas; Jim Chiddix on HFC networks; Bill Riker on coffee can amplifiers; Charlotte Field on cloud and virtualization; Gene O’Neil on LANcity modems; Louis Williamson on lasers over fiber; Robert Cruickshank on cable modem RFPs; Rouzbeh Yassini on the broadband big picture; and Robert Gessner (audio only) on the industry’s innovation legacy.
Mythbusters: Innovation EditionMonday, October 11, 2021: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Are entrepreneurs responsible for the majority of groundbreaking innovations? Are most innovations the result of that “light-bulb” moment? Are innovators born or made? Watch Jana Henthorn, Cable Center president and CEO, and Janice Silver, Cable Center Vice President of Intrapreneurship Academy, as they examine 6 common innovation beliefs– à la MythBusters style– to determine if they’re fact or fiction, and how intrapreneurship can be your key to success.
5G: Cable Friend or Foe?Tuesday, October 12, 2021: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Now that the major telcos have rolled out 5G wireless services across North America, the big question facing cable is: How will it adapt to this new era? With Comcast, Charter, Altice and other cable operators all deploying and expanding their own wireless services, mobile is rapidly emerging as a major new opportunity and battleground for the industry.
How can cablecos take advantage of 5G technology to play even bigger roles in the mobile market? How can they leverage 5G technology and new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and C-band spectrum to compete in the fixed-wireless space? How can they use the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and other new federal funding programs to extend their broadband reach even further?
In this second-day SCTE Cable-Tec Expo breakfast forum, we will focus on the opportunities and challenges that wireless technology and network convergence present for the cable industry and explore the possibilities and pitfalls of the fresh CBRS and C-band spectrum, as well as RDOF and other new federal broadband programs. Leading cable and wireless technologists will examine the new mobile environment, review the latest MSO moves in the market and discuss where the industry is heading.
- Telco 5G Plans & Deployments
- Cable 5G Plans & Pilots
- Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and other new federal broadband programs
- Cable’s CBRS Plans
- Cable’s C-Band Plans
- 5G Capabilities & Limits
- 5G Applications & Services
- 5G Requirements—Fiber, Backhaul & Power Needs
- 5G Technology & Competitive Challenges
Broadband Speeds and NeedsTuesday, October 12, 2021: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
As cable operators deploy a mix of technologies to satisfy consumer needs for broadband service policy makers and advocates are often confused about the attributes and benefits of the various technologies deployed. This section will cut through the jargon to examine why network operators deploy particular technologies in particular situations and the benefit to consumers and subscribers. We will also examine the proper role of online speed tests and crowdsourced data.
The Path to 10GTuesday, October 12, 2021: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
The services and applications that we use to live, work, play and learn are evolving to require faster speeds and lower latency. To accommodate this inevitable growth, 10G is a central network technology.
By advancing network performance to stay ahead of consumer demand, 10G will provide a myriad of new immersive digital experiences. Join Phil McKinney, Mark Dzuban and Michael Powell to find out how these experiences and technologies may be developed in the coming year.
Transforming the Cable HFC NetworkTuesday, October 12, 2021: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
With the growth of traffic over their broadband pipes still surging due to COVID-19, cable operators are now accelerating moves to upgrade their hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) infrastructure with such transformative technologies as network virtualization and distributed access architecture (DAA). Indeed, both network virtualization and DAA are picking up speed as operators seek to expand the capacity and boost the efficiency of their networks, roll out new products and services, and slash space and power needs and costs.
But this transformation to next-gen networks is far from a simple task as cable technologists must overcome several major hurdles to bring network virtualization and DAA to light. In particular, tech experts are grappling with network reliability, scalability and powering issues as they make the upgrades from a centralized architecture with physical appliances to a distributed network with software-based functions in the cloud.
In this special SCTE Cable-Tec Expo forum leading up to the show’s opening general session, top cable technologists will tackle these topics, exploring how the cable HFC architecture is swiftly evolving to meet the demands of the new decade. In particular, our team of experts will discuss the industry’s latest DAA and virtualization initiatives, the hurdles they are encountering, the solutions they are trying out and the lessons they are learning from the field.
TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED INCLUDE:
- Network virtualization
- Cloud-based software
- Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
- Flexible MAC (FMA)
- Remote PHY
- Remote MAC/PHY
- Virtual CCAP
The Cable Center: Fireside Chat with Jana Henthorn and Lou BorelliTuesday, October 12, 2021: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
In their lively Fireside Chat, Cable Center President and CEO, Jana Henthorn, and NCTC CEO, Lou Borrelli, discuss how the industry’s agility keeps the world running— even in an unprecedented pandemic. During their discussion, Lou also dives into how NCTC takes on the urgent challenge of providing broadband to rural areas, and how they will continue to fight the digital divide in the future.
Presented by Fiber Broadband Association, LATAM CHAPTER
LATAM MSOs Embracing FTTH as Strategy for Network Evolution
Tuesday, October 12, 2021: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
FTTH LATAM market has been growing in terms of HHP and HHC at double digit rates year over year. And this is not just because of the wide adoption in service providers moving from legacy copper technologies but, also due to the acceleration of FTTH in the MSOs market, mainly for greenfield areas but also pursuing future proof infrastructures to support the upcoming convergence in brownfield.
In this presentation we will be covering some mega Technologic and Market trends driving the adoption of FTTH in the Latin America region and will address some efficient approaches not just deploy in greenfield, but also to evolve from legacy technologies, considering time to market and the TCO of the network.
ACAC | Washington’s Big Broadband Push: The Backstory and Future ImplicationsTuesday, October 12, 2021: 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM EDT
IoT: desafíos y casos de uso – in partnership with TVC – Wesco/AnixterTuesday, October 12, 2021: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
IoT e IIoT están transformando la forma en que las empresas están obteniendo una visión digital de sus operaciones comerciales e industriales, así como creando soluciones innovadoras que tienen un impacto real en el ROI. Esta presentación discutirá lo que compone una solución de IoT y cuáles son algunos de los casos de uso típicos. También abordará desafíos técnicos comunes, consideraciones de tecnología inalámbrica, estándares emergentes e identificará varios protocolos de IoT.
Los datos generados a partir de miles de sensores de dispositivos deben verse y actuar sobre ellos mediante el uso de paneles y análisis. Los proveedores de servicios tienen una posición única de posiblemente poder usar IoT para mejorar sus operaciones, así como revender conexiones de IoT a Internet de la misma manera que proporcionan conectividad celular inalámbrica.
The Road Beyond the FrontlineWednesday, October 13, 2021: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Networks are changing, how do we ensure that our talented, diverse and technical workforce change with it? Join Comcast as they expand on the future of our network and our commitment to reskilling frontline workers to engineering roles.
Join Shane Portfolio- Senior Vice President, Reliability Engineering, Eric Eide- Executive Director, Learning & Development for Comcast University and Gregory Otto, Executive Director and Product Engineering, as they expand on the future of Comcast’s highly reliable, self-healing network of unprecedented scale which uses extensive automation and hear how they have developed a framework to identify the key skills the future workforce must possess. Plus, learn more about Comcast Grows to Code – a career path program for frontline employees to learn coding skills and launch into entry-level software engineering roles.
The industry is ever changing. What better way to meet our customers’ needs than by preparing our frontline workers to take advantage of a changing industry.
A case study in investment, learning and talent development. Session moderated by Monique Manners, MVPD Sr Operations Manager and Karolyn Maynard, Senior Manager, Technology Audit.
Hosted by the Comcast BENgineers – a technology resource group for black technologists at Comcast.
Making Wi-Fi and Mobile Networks Work Together
Wednesday, October 13, 2021: 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
In this session, Ike Elliott, President and CEO of Kyrio and 35-year industry veteran, presents best practices for leveraging software innovation to finally solve the problem of making Wi-Fi and 4G/5G networks work together for better customer experiences and lower operator costs. Kyrio, a CableLabs subsidiary, will be announcing details of its solution and product roadmap.
Is Your Network Ready for the Next Big Thing? Sponsored by TVC
Wednesday, October 13, 2021: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
The huge surge in broadband demand over the last year has led to increased focus on the resilience and scalability of infrastructure. So what now?
Corning and TVC Communications partner to bring you this Innovation Theater presentation with tips for making sure your wireline access network is up-to-speed, ready to scale to the demands of the future, including IoT and the continued increase in mobile data consumption. Additional discussion will encompass looking at a fiber network project from start to completion, including planning considerations, what the infrastructure bill may mean to you, what the bandwidth expectations from users will be, and how new fiber technology will allow for simpler, more cost and time-effective deployments.
In this session you will learn:
- How to plan, design, and build a secure, efficient and scalable fiber network.
- Learn about advances in cost-effectively integrating DWDM channels into the network to dramatically increase capacity.
- How to choose the right partners who will look at each project holistically and help speed your deployment
CableLabs® Best Common Practices for Gateway Device Security
Wednesday, October 13, 2021: 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EDT
The Gateway Device Security initiative provides a Best Common Practices (BCPs) document that will serve as an industry metric for retail and leased devices including cable modems and gateways. The BCPs are focused on operational security and covers manufacturing process, hardware and software supply chain, hardware and firmware configuration and software execution and upgrade processes. The BCP document normalizes the individual requirements across operators and manufacturers and provides a consistent benchmark for the industry.
This session will discuss the motivation for the initiative and the benefits it provides to end users and operators as well as the manufacturers. The panelists will present their views on how the initiative benefits them as well as discuss the next steps for the initiative.
Light Reading: What’s Next for Cable Broadband TechWednesday, October 13, 2021: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Faced with the technical and competitive challenges of a new era, cable operators are now exploring and executing a myriad of measures to prepare their HFC architecture for future growth. Besides deploying DAA and weighing the new DOCSIS 4.0 spec, cablecos are installing more fiber lines, splitting more fiber nodes, investing in next-gen PON, virtualizing key network functions in the cloud, automating network systems, deploying artificial intelligence (AI) and embracing the new Wi-Fi 6 spec, among other moves.
What difference will these various next-gen technologies make? What challenges must be overcome to realize their promise? How will cablecos incorporate all these technologies in their existing plant?
In this Innovation Theater session will sort through the various options and spell out their strategies for upgrading the cable architecture. The session will highlight the results of a comprehensive new study, conducted in tandem by Light Reading and SCTE, focusing on the next-gen broadband tech plans of cable operators.
TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED INCLUDE:
• Next-gen PON
• Fiber Testing
• Artificial Intelligence
• Network Virtualization
• Wi-Fi 6
Leveraging the Professional Pivot – Presented by WICTWednesday, October 13, 2021: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Career pivots come in many forms. Sometimes we initiate a shift in direction, proactively reshaping our careers to stay relevant and competitive. Other times, unforeseen circumstances or crises require a pause or a backup plan. Whether you’ve hit your stride, are looking for fresh challenges or you’re facing industry upheaval, career transitions have become more commonplace. During this panel, you’ll get top executives’ unique perspectives on strategically navigating the professional pivot and course-correcting for the “she-session” occurring in the workforce.
Conundrums of the Distributed Edge presented by CiscoWednesday, October 13, 2021: 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM EDT
Business growth is driving Cable operators to build out an edge network. Cisco technical experts, Michael Lally, Matt Gillies, and Vaughn Suazo discuss how different edge network architectures might look in a cable operators network. Discussion points include defining the edge, impact of new technologies (5G and routed optical networks), considerations for the edge, need for full stack observability and network performance.
MSO Adoption of Multi-Layer Solutions… Been there done that? Think again! – Presented by RibbonWednesday, October 13, 2021: 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM EDT
Those of us who have followed the cable industry over the years have heard the promise of IP/Optical multi-layer solutions come and go. While many infrastructure vendors have a story, impressive demos, marketing campaigns, and even released products with some use cases… I think we would all agree that as an industry, it never really got there.
In this session we will:
• Have a friendly discussion of why IP/Optical multi-layer lost its way over the years.
• Discuss why the compelling economic planets have aligned, and why this should motivate cable operators to take a fresh look at the value proposition of IP/Optical multi-layer solutions as part of cable access, commercial services, metro, regional and backbone architecture evolution.
• Learn what it really takes to achieve the benefits we all know are there (optimization, simplification, resiliency, etc.).
Impacto de la tecnología Wi-Fi 6 en una Red Empresarial manejada por Inteligencia Artificial – in partnership with TVC – Wesco/AnixterWednesday, October 13, 2021: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Diversity as a Catalyst for Digital TransformationWednesday, October 13, 2021: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
The ability to rethink today’s reality, intensely valuing and enhancing each other’s contribution by building a holistic DE&I initiate, is critical for every organization. This practice must become mainstream to create a cognitive flexibility throughout leadership, and become a catalyst to a transformational change to business strategy, operations and technology deployment and adoption.
The scope of digitalization has been immense across different industries but especially impactful on the cable and telecom industries. As technologies actively shape business practices, leveraging a diverse workforce and promoting a more inclusive work culture is an innovation propeller.
How are DE&I efforts being applied to promote a different work culture and help the business transformation?
What Did We Learn Over the Past Year and Where are We Going?Thursday, October 14, 2021: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Sponsored by the Comcast BENgineers, the Black engineer technology resource group at Comcast.
A cross-industry panel of Black executives will discuss the many lessons learned over the past year regarding the cable plant and why 10G is needed. In addition, this dynamic group of leaders will discuss the current state and future of Construction, Engineering, Operations, Customers and DEI.
Una red 10G, construyendo y apoyando una red convergente: HFC, PON, 5G y otros – in partnership with TVC – Wesco/AnixterThursday, October 14, 2021: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Los cambiantes requisitos y demandas de las aplicaciones están transformando la excelencia de la entrega de conectividad, ya no solo con más ancho de banda, sino en servicios más deterministas y flexibles. La transformación digital de las sociedades, aún más acentuada en 2020, transformando el retail, la solicitud de transporte, los servicios de soporte y el consumo de contenidos en más digitales que nunca están requiriendo nuevas redes flexibles, integradas, orquestadas, inteligentes, donde el foco ya no es, el tecnicismo de las redes y qué tecnología se entregará sino el negocio, utilizando CUALQUIER infraestructura debajo, HFC, PON, Wi-Fi, 4G, 5G, abstracta, convergente y automatizada. El enfoque de esta presentación es mostrar matices de consideraciones importantes que conducirán a una plataforma de proveedor de servicios digitales más inteligente, convergente, escalable y rentable.
On the Road to 10G: Where Are We?Thursday, October 14, 2021: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Lindsay Next-Gen Wireless – “TIP OpenWifi & OpenRoaming”Thursday, October 14, 2021: 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM EDT
PNM Live! 2021Thursday, October 14, 2021: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Cable-Tec Expo is virtual again but proactive network maintenance (PNM) is going live!
The format will be similar to last year with tons of content and fun. Once again, a panel of PNM experts will present and discuss field demonstrations of PNM. They will find and solve real impairment and service problems and demonstrate methods that identify the most important problems to fix. Learn some new methods that take proactive efficiency to a new level. Join the live panel to watch short videos capturing reality from the field and join the discussion about the efficient application of these methods to network operations. This year we plan to squeeze in a few more examples than last year and talk about what we know about each type of network problem. We’ll show how field ops can be fun and profitable for the operators who use PNM tools and techniques on their HFC plant.
If you attended PNM Live! last year, you know you don’t want to miss it this year!