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FALL TECHNICAL FORUM

Introducing the 2022 Workshop Tracks

Fall Technical Forum

The 2022 Fall Technical Forum is brought to you by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, CableLabs® and NCTA. Sessions are conducted during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, PA on Monday, September 19 through Thursday, September 22, 2022.

The Fall Technical Forum program committee has organized the technical workshops into thirteen tracks to help you customize your experience.

Meet the 2022 Program Chairs

David Watson
President & CEO
Comcast Cable

Michael Fries
Vice-Chairman & CEO
Liberty Global

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Fall Technical Forum Cable-Tec Expo 2022 Tracks:

Wireline Access Network

Wireless Access Network
Converged Networks and Mobility
Security & Privacy

Operational Transformation

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Cloud and Virtualization
Energy Management and Sustainability on the Road to 10G

IoT, Home Networking, Smart Cities, and Emerging Services

Video Services

Workforce Learning & Development

Software Development, Automation, and Tooling

DevOps and Agile

Wireline Access Network

  • The Path to DOCSIS® 4.0 and Multi-gig Services: Migration strategies to maximize the network’s future potential
  • Enabling and operationally managing DOCSIS® 3.1 in the Upstream
  • How to leverage High Split, Midsplit, and DAA and what each element/approach offers for tactical and strategic planning
  • Preparing the network for DOCSIS® 4.0 technology which includes DCA and OFDMA
  • An update on DOCSIS® 4.0 technologies, including FDX nodes and amplifiers, 1.8 GHz nodes, actives, and passives
  • How to Measure Utilization in a DOCSIS® 3.1 and 4.0 World: Mixed modulation and DAA architectures offer new challenges and opportunities to standardize how we measure contention and utilization of our service groups. Papers should address best practices and caveats to look out for
  • Improving DOCSIS® Performance – new innovations continue to emerge which allow us to optimize our plant and resolve issues before they become customer impacting. The latest on latency reduction methods and improvements
  • FTTH Evolution – With new emerging FTTH technologies (XGS-PON, 10G EPON, and others) cable operators have new options for service delivery and performance. But how do you support self-install? Is Wi-Fi 6E a key part of the solution? What standards for build and install are emerging domestically and internationally?
  • Passive Optical Networks (PON). Operators are building FTTP solutions in greenfield and now even considering brownfield applications, both in residential and business services. Transitioning to PON entails at least some of these perspectives:
    • Efficiency vs Latency for PON and HFC
    • Comparison of HW and SW dynamic Bandwidth Allocation (DBA)
    • Comparison of centralized vs distributed OLT architectures, for both Cable and Telco operators.
    • Lifecycle cost analysis of PON vs HFC deployments
    • Comparing the new PON standards: 25G EPON and 25GS; 50G PON; 100G CPON
    • Deployment tips for PON in RDOF
  • Migrating to advanced access networks – full duplex, extended spectrum, FTTH, Coherent optics, etc.
    • Mixing technology and optimizing markets.
  • Virtualization of the CMTS, including the platform as well as the actual CMTS

Wireless Access Network

  • Optimization of in-home Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi Quality, Reliability, Latency: Approaches to improve the in-home experience
  • Wi-Fi 6, 6E, 7. Use cases, user experience, adjustment to change
  • Impact of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G on the business services environment.
  • Fixed Wireless Access using CBRS or C-Band
  • Disruptive wireless technologies – comparisons to fiber & HFC performance
  • Improving the In-Home Experience – how are operators dealing with self-install, self-serve, Wi-Fi performance issues, convergence of wireless/wireline in the home

CONVERGED NETWORKS AND MOBILITY

  • Convergence: Why and when? What is the business case?
  • Implications of mixing access path options, the new reality
    • Support & maintenance
    • OSS/BSS
  • Network and hosting infrastructure to support 5G wireless opportunities
  • MVNO options- pros & cons, considerations
  • Killer Apps: What will drive the need for higher capacity in networks?
  • The same 5G as everyone else, or do cable operators deploy and operate differently?
  • The Role of CIN (Converged Interconnect Networking) in supporting HFC and FTTH architectures and Fixed Mobile Convergence.
  • Deployment opportunities/challenges/strategies for serving rural populations
  • Deployment opportunities/challenges/strategies in the 3.1-3.55, 3.7 and 6 GHz bands
  • Update/outlook on spectrum availability, issues and concerns for 2022 and beyond
  • Update on 3GPP activities
  • Advanced antenna systems technology
  • C-Band Implications: opportunity and risk
  • One 10G Network, Building and Supporting a Converged Network: HFC, PON, 5G, and others
  • The Evolution of the Core Network: The latest on backbone and regional architecture, routing, and optics
  • What is the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)? Getting rural communities connected.
    • Challenges and strategies for broadband build-out in the context of RDOF.
  • Strategies for serving customers in rural environments – Fixed wireless, Remote PHY, FTTH, Combinations, etc. – balancing and stratifying options.
  • Fixed Mobile Convergence: Best strategies and technologies for operators converging their networks
  • Killer Apps: What will drive the need for higher capacity in networks?
  • Mobility Services: Offering services to customers wherever they are
  • The opportunity for SMB Mobility
  • The evolution of the “edge” – converged access, greater compute and memory, greater reliability
  • Leveraging and optimizing the network for both residential and business service requirements
  • Using GAP in the overall edge-compute, vRAN architecture
  • What opportunities does network slicing provide for the future of cable networks?
  • Universal Aggregation for Service Convergence:
    • Residential, mobility, business services
  • Methodology of Network Slicing:
    • Flex Ethernet – Segment Routing
    • Automation of path compute engines
  • Low latency technologies for wireless backhaul applications
  • Network as a Service (NaaS) – what does it mean to the cable industry?
  • Emerging Enterprise Commercial Solutions: SDN, security, localized datacenters, etc.
  • SD-WAN: A good opportunity to expand footprint
  • Strategies and techniques for ensuring network reliability for enterprise customers
  • Interference analysis between wireline and wireless networks
  • Edge compute architectures and addressable services

Security & Privacy

  • Quantum key distribution.
  • Securing the distributed access network.
  • Security in the modern work environment.
  • 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.
  • Evolving privacy regulations.
  • Managing cybersecurity as an enterprise risk issue.
  • Supply Chain Security.
  • The overwhelming world of security solutions, and yet never enough.
  • 3rd party security; security as a service (SaaS).
  • Impacting economics of ecosystems using distributed ledgers.
  • The security of open source software.
  • Privacy concerns of broadband services.
  • Trusted boot on evolving architectures.
  • New identity management solutions.
  • Multi-ecosystem trust solutions – how does Cable trust and enable IoT solutions?
  • Evolution of cryptography and how that may impact cable.
  • New approaches to scalable and secure software updates of cable infrastructure.
  • Security of the core – advances in security BGP and DNS.
  • Model driven architecture and telemetry – are there new security concerns?
  • Mobile and cable convergence – is there a common approach to identity management?
  • Transparent Security.
  • Privacy: KPIs, compliance, and market differentiation.
  • Supply chains and global politicization of security.
  • Software Bill of Materials (SBoM) and embedded security threats in deployed devices.
  • Traffic management, DNS over HTTPS, route hijacks, route advertising and trust.
  • Dynamic Security in Customer Owned Devices: technical, regulatory, and legal challenges to trust management.

Operational Transformation

  • Self-installation innovations.
  • How digital transformations can support new business models and operations models.
  • Advancing construction and drop technology to keep up with extreme demand while lowering the largest cost factor.
  • Operational automation (both AI and non-AI).
  • New normal – COVID is not the last pandemic – impact of significant increase in work from home as a permanent change and its impact on operations, especially in the field.
  • Operational Risk and Transformation – leveraging people, technology, data, processes, and controls to address operational risks and drive performance.
  • Top 5 steps to better network quality
  • Real world high-split operational reliability
  • Demand vs. perception: Do we reengineer an entire system for 1% of customer need?
  • The operational impacts of supporting cloud-based services
  • Integrating technological advances into CARE, IT, sales, other supporting groups
  • Measuring and optimizing end-to-end reliability
  • Human factors on network reliability
  • New tools, techniques, best practices for improving network resiliency and continuity.
  • Data driven network operations – correlation, modeling, trending, and anomalies –explore what role business intelligence plays in Network Operations
  • Implementing secure access service edge (SASE) solutions in (work from home) multiple points of presence scenarios.

NEW FOR 2022

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING

  • How will artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analysis enable the future of cable (from network management to customer experience and operations)
  • Using AI/ML to pivot from being Component to Service Focused
  • 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
  • AIML use cases currently in trials or deployment
  • Advances in Data Analytics
  • Industry 4.0, Edge computing and IoT
  • 5G and AI Optimization
  • Explainable AI
  • AI enhanced Video Compression
  • Anomaly detection and Catching fraud with AI
  • Machine Learning applications in AR/VR
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) Applications
  • Video Analysis and Recommendations
  • Mobile and Connectivity applications
  • Telemetry and Data Governance
  • MLOps – Machine Learning Operations
  • Enhancements to Streaming Video
  • Data Privacy in AI
  • AI in Telehealth

Cloud & Virtualization

  • How do we move almost everything to the cloud?
  • Virtualization of access network functions such as CCAP
  • Compelling Reasons for Migrating to the Cloud:
    • What is the role of CableLabs® and SCTE® in this migration?
  • Software defined networking for cable.
  • 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).

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY ON THE ROAD TO 10G

  • Smart grids and microgrids.
  • Access Network Efficiency.
  • Power reliability and availability.
  • Power sustainability.
  • Power monitoring and management.
  • Practical powering for next-gen access networks.
  • New powering business opportunities for cable operators (e.g. EV fleets).
  • Impacts of cooling technologies on power demands.

INTERNET OF THINGS, HOME NETWORKING, SMART CITIES,
AND EMERGING SERVICES

  • 10G use cases and pragmatic roadmap to enabled service offerings.
  • Update on “connected community” services and infrastructure (for example community Wi-Fi, operator sponsored shared workspaces, phase 1 Smart City applications).
  • IoT security and network requirements.
  • Emerging IoT services in telehealth, remote learning, connected home, etc.
  • The future of home networking and customer experience.
  • Fitness, health and wellness enhanced by connectivity.
  • What services will operators deploy, and when? Update on the operator’s IoT field trials/proofs of concept.
  • Evolution of managed home Wi-Fi, SmartHome needs.
  • Equity in technology (accessible and unbiased implementation).
  • What Metaverse and Web 3.0 mean to the future of the cable industry.

Video Services

  • Cable perspective on the new video CODEC landscape: VVC, EVC, LC-EVC, GRAND, etc.
  • AR/VR as a substitute for lack of mobility, and for live simulation.
  • AI/VR/AR, Immersive Environment at Home and in Cable Operations.
  • Current broadcast and CE deployment plans and timing.
  • Latest on ATSC 3.0 and carriage over cable systems.
  • What is required to convert headends to IP video; Implications for ad insertion, regional blackouts, and PEG channels.
  • Virtualized video headends.
  • High Dynamic Range video.
  • Advances in advertising.
  • Optimizing OTT video service performance.

Workforce Learning & Development

  • With the evolving world, how do we prepare the workforce for the future
  • After two years of the pandemic, how do we re-engage people to learning.
  • With the great resignation taking place over the last year, how do organizations adapt to new talent, loss of talent, gaps in knowledge.
  • We’ve learned to produce remotely. How do we transition from solely remote to a hybrid workforce?
  • Steps/actions/ activities to improve Learner Experience
  • Technology to improve learning experience
  • With the last two years of disruption, how do organizations reinvent themselves to ensure growth and a competitive edge.
  • Methodologies to improve learner results
  • SCTE career path journeys
  • Leveraging AR/VR in the workforce for operational efficiency

NEW FOR 2022

Software Development, Automation, and Tooling

  • Emerging Trends in CI/CD
  • Operational automation (both AI and non-AI)
  • The human role in automation: skills shifting
  • The role of automation in the NOC & Network Operations
  • Big Data and Cable: PMA, PNM, streaming telemetry, smart amps, and nodes
  • APIs/Model Driven Telemetry (MDT) for OSS:
    • Should this be something CableLabs® standardizes?
    • What APIs are needed?
    • Restful APIs versus MDT. Pros and cons. Do we pick one or both?
    • What is the role for Model Driven Telemetry MDT in the Cable market? Note that MDT is being used for RPHY and RMACPHY
  • Open source benefits and risks

NEW FOR 2022

DevOPs and Agile

  • How to practice Agile in a non-Agile organization
  • Agile tools and best practices in your organization
  • Agile Leadership: Project and Product Management
  • AIOPs
  • DevOPs success stories/lessons learned/collected metrics
  • DevOPs applied to emerging cable technology projects

Explore the 2021 Fall Technical Forum Papers and Presentation Proceedings.

The Fall Technical Forum committee believes that innovation is powered by diverse perspectives and experience. We encourage and support representation and inclusivity of all people. Our Call for Papers reflects our goal to include submissions from across our industry’s diverse expanse of professionals, and we commit to considering all entries equally.