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Fall Technical Forum 2020 Virtual Workshops

The 2020 Fall Technical Forum is brought to you by the Society Of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Along With Its Global Brand, The International Society Of Broadband Experts (ISBE), CableLabs® And NCTA.

Sessions will be conducted during SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2020, which will take place Monday, October 12-Thursday, October 15. The SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2020 Program Committee is co-chaired by Ed Marchetti of Comcast and Tom Monaghan of Charter.

The 2020 Fall Technical Forum Targeted Key Areas:

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Critical components of a connected community for managing a public health crisis
  • How NOCs and customer-facing teams can collaborate more effectively
  • Maintaining a workforce’s focus on network performance during a crisis
  • How home and business connectivity is a lifeline during a crisis
  • Shifting capacity for an at-home population
  • The importance of creating business continuity plans, before the crisis
  • Future pandemics with a 10G network
  • Implications for telehealth and telemedicine
  • Smart Cities and future global health pandemics
  • IoT for patient tracking and patient management
  • IoT for capacity and asset tracking in hospitals
  • Connectivity and limiting disease transmission points
  • Supporting an aging population with connected devices

Wireline Access Network

  • 10G Big picture
  • 10G Low Latency
  • 10G DAA @ RPHY Update
  • 10G FDX Optimization and Progress
  • 10G and Beyond: Converged FDX & ESD
  • Overview of DOCSIS® 4.0
  • DOCSIS® Profile Management Application: deployment results
  • Real world OFDMA and/or high split
  • vCMTS update
  • Hybrid fiber shelf
  • Spectrum expansion strategies: ESD, upstream splits, FDX, new amplifier and tap technologies
  • Operationalizing remote-PHY and FMA
  • Coherent optics in the access network
  • Passive optical networking
  • Maximizing OFDM performance in HFC networks
  • Flexible MAC architecture
  • Wavelength flexibility in access networks
  • DAA: R-PHY and FMA
  • Generic Access Platform

Wireless Access Network

  • Optimization of in-home Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 6: features, benefits, deployment plans and timing
  • Wi-Fi quality, reliability, latency: approaches to improve the in-home experience
  • Wi-Fi troubleshooting strategy
  • Mid-band spectrum opportunities and challenges: C-band, CBRS, BRS-EBS
  • Current spectrum technology and policy issues
  • mmWave opportunities and challenges
  • Backhaul/fronthaul opportunities/challenges
  • Impact of 5G on Broadband
  • 5G challenges and opportunities: optical node overlays with 5G radios, etc
  • WLAN and LTE coexistence
  • Wireless network engineering and operations
  • HetNets: seamless and ubiquitous interoperability between various multi-coverage protocols
  • Where can wireless compete with wired access to the home
  • Leveraging unlicensed spectrum for private LTE network deployments

Converging Access Networks

  • Wired/Wireline convergence requirements
  • Fixed Mobile Convergence: best strategies and technologies for operators converging their networks
  • Converged 10G network: fiber, coax, wireless
  • 10G & 5G strategies and deployments
  • Distribution of 10G in the home
  • Interference analysis between wireline and wireless networks
  • Edge compute architectures and addressable services

Powering 10G

  • Power reliability and availability
  • Power sustainability
  • Power monitoring and management
  • Practical powering for next-gen access networks

Internet Of Things

  • IoT security and network requirements
  • Aging in Place/Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • Smart City services and deployments
  • Implications of creating a robust “gaming” network
    • Home, network, back office
    • Lag, throughput, endpoints
    • Economics, SLAs
  • If the cable industry builds the IoT infrastructure, will IoT services and customers come?

Operational Transformation

  • How digital transformations can support new business models and operations models
  • Product self-healing
  • Automated notifications
  • Proactive customer outreach
  • Software revolution of field meters
  • Taking care of the plant with PNM
  • PMA deployment results
  • PNM Prioritization and 2020 update
  • Measuring and optimizing end-to-end reliability
  • Human factors on network reliability
  • Augmented operations: leveraging analytics and automation to make operations more efficient and effective
  • How automation benefits the customer experience
  • Disaster recovery
  • Grounding and bonding
  • Operational best practices for a programmable access network
  • Inventory of HFC plant, RF/optical
  • Addressing unrelenting growth in backbone and core systems
    • Aging systems
    • Fiber shortages
    • Technology comparisons

Network Operations 2.0

  • Evolution of network monitoring techniques: Component level vs. service level monitoring
  • Data driven network operations: correlation, modeling, trending and anomalies. Explore what role Business Intelligence play in Network Operations
  • The role of Continual Service Improvement (CSI) in Network Operations: Real world examples of successful use of the 7 step CSI models to reduce network impacts and the role of data analytics
  • The role of Automation in NOC/Network Operations
  • Efficient Work flows through standardization and automation (both HFC and Network work flows): Dissect the role of the NOC through to Fix agents and explore examples of automations for each step

Workplace of the future/Workforce Operations/Learning & Development

  • Leveraging AR/VR in the workforce for operational efficiency
  • Skills and talents required for the future of cable, and how to transform our workforce to meet these demands in an increasingly competitive environment
    • Training required to re-skill the existing workforce and attract new entrants into the workforce

Cloud & Virtualization

  • Evolution of the hybrid cloud strategy in the cable industry for streamlined application deployment and resiliency
  • Services agnostic networks: enabling software-controlled network access that enables services ubiquitously (i.e. unbinding services from access technologies)
  • Virtualization: when and why does it make sense
  • Delivering virtualized services at scale and peak performance
  • Fundamentals of building a cloud
  • Orchestration of smart nodes/amps and CIN
  • Virtualization of packet cores
    • Tunnels, prioritization, QoS
    • EVPN, MPLS, VxLAN
  • Leveraging distributed VNFs and Edge compute in cable
    • Application in SD-WAN for business services
    • Application in Flexible MAC for residential services
    • Application for mobile in 5G

Security & Privacy

  • Cyber Security & Privacy
  • Growing risks and vulnerabilities are increasing network service providers responsibility and obligations for residential and commercial customers — how to respond and create confidence among our consumers
  • Managing connectivity, device and data management, data integrity, and security in IoT networks
  • End-to-end security
  • 3rd party security; security as a service (SaaS)
  • Extending cable industry security tools to business customers
  • Security of open source software
  • Securing the customer’s premise
  • Security threat trends
  • Encrypted DNS:
    • DNS over TLS (DOT)
    • DNS over HTTPS (DOH)
  • Use of Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI)
  • GDPR, CCPA, and other privacy issues and trends
  • Blockchain security frameworks for content distribution

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Data Analytics

  • How will AI/ML/DA enable the future of cable (from network management to customer experience and operations)
  • AI/VR/AR, immersive environment at home and in cable ops
  • Big Data and cable: PMA, PNM, streaming telemetry, smart amps and nodes
  • Deep learning to classify MER patterns
  • Evolved communications services and personal assistants
  • Using AI/ML to pivot from being component to service focused:
    • Driving operational excellence with AI/ML
    • The journey from “white paper” to realizing value from operationally focused AI/ML
    • Mistakes, Learnings, and Successes from AI/ML journey to realize operational excellence
    • The journey of Operational Excellence using AI/ML
    • From “concept” to driving operational excellence with AI/ML

Video Services

  • Advances in interactive and immersive video
  • Evolution of user generated content
  • Impact of ATSC 3.0, retransmission considerations, business opportunities and challenges
    • Current broadcast and CE deployment plans and timing
    • Carriage of native 3.0 over cable systems
  • What is required to convert headends to IP video? Implications for ad insertion, regional blackouts and PEG channels
  • Virtualized video headends
  • Delivering video over DAA
  • Reinventing legacy video, an important element in the cable bundle

Business Services

  • Service Convergence: Residential / Mobile / Business
  • Leveraging and optimizing the network for both residential and business service requirements
  • What opportunities does network slicing provide for the future of cable networks?
  • Impact of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G on the business environment
  • The opportunity for SMB Mobility
  • The emerging SD-WAN market
  • Managed business service offerings