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INNOVATION THEATER

Cable’s Tech Clout Takes Center Stage at Expo Innovation Theater

The manifold impact of cable innovation– on mobile services, Smart Cities, the economy and beyond – will be explored when Innovation Theater returns to the SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® show floor next month, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) announced today.

More than a dozen panels and presentations by operators, vendors and a cross-section of industry associations will tackle key technical and business issues on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 2. On Thursday, Oct. 3, the industry and Smart Cities organizations will team up for a dedicated “Smart Cities Day.”

Watch live streams from the Innovation Theater at Cable-Tec Expo

 

INNOVATION THEATER HOST:


ALEX SWAN

Cable TV Pioneer

Tuesday, October 1

10G After the Launch: So Here’s What You Might Have Missed

Tuesday, October 1
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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It’s been a fast 10 months since the industry announced its 10G Initiative at the 2019 Consumer Electronics show – a lot has happened since then and we’re going to fill you in! In this 10G-focused Innovation Stage opener, you’ll meet the architects behind the brand, the story, and the ongoing promotional drumbeat as they bring you up to speed on the why, what and when around broadband’s next great leap. This entertaining and informative update offers a complete look at the 10G vision and sets the stage for an exciting series of updates and announcements from those making it happen.

MODERATOR:
Leslie Ellis, Cable Pioneer, Founder at Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com

PANELISTS:
Rachel Beisel, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, CableLabs
Brian Dietz, SVP, Strategic Communications, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Building a 10G Network

Tuesday, October 1
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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In the next three years, it is estimated that each person in North America will have over a dozen connected devices, and while there is no single device today that needs a multigigabit connection, the significant increase in connected devices per home will demand unprecedented levels of capacity in the future. That’s where 10G comes in. 10G is not just an idea but a technical roadmap that Comcast and other industry leaders are already putting into place, enabled in part, by distributed access architecture and virtualization within our core network. The development of the fastest, highest capacity network to date requires innovation across our technology and operating tools that will give us insight into the network at a moment’s notice. In this presentation, we will discuss the technology necessary to create a new level of connectivity that allows for life-changing technologies such as connected health and augmented and virtual reality while providing reduced latency, enhanced reliability and better security.

SPEAKERS:
Jan Hofmeyr, EVP & Chief Network Officer, Comcast Cable
Elad Nafshi, SVP, Next Generation Access Networks, Comcast Cable

10G and Low Latency: Improving the Mobile Experience

Tuesday, October 1
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Low latency is one of the 4 main pillars of cable’s 10G platform. In the 10G era, as we increasingly move into cable-mobile convergence, one aspect of low latency clearly stands out as a key enabler for cost effective mobile deployment – that’s Low Latency Xhaul (LLX). LLX brings sub-5msec latency to DOCSIS for the mobile backhaul/fronthaul (collectively known as xhaul) use case to make it 5G ready. In this panel, we would like to hear from some key figures behind this CableLabs led innovation – we will have pioneers in adoption from both vendor and operator side to discuss what sort of promise they see in this technology and what the adoption roadmap ahead looks like.

MODERATOR:
Shahed Mazumder, Principal Strategist, CableLabs

PANELISTS:
Damian Poltz, VP Technology Strategy and Network, Shaw Communications
Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs
John Chapman, CTO Cable Access & Cisco Fellow, Cisco
Ben Lin, CTO/Co-Founder, Sercomm

NetScout: Visibility for the Borderless Network

Tuesday, October 1
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Networks are rapidly evolving with new cloud technologies that render traditional service assurance tools blind. While Network Operations and Engineering need visibility to new virtualized and cloud infrastructure, they really need a common view for any network, any service and any subscriber to deliver seamless, service assurance continuity. Hear how NETSCOUT delivers a borderless visibility solution for cable operators.

SPEAKERS:
Ryan Eccles, Director of Systems Engineering, Netscout
Vikram Saksena, Chief Solutions Architect, Netscout

Intel – Closing the GAP to HFC Network Densification

Tuesday, October 1
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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GAP (Generic Access Platform) is going to revolutionize the service delivery network topology for the cable industry. By standardizing on a COTS platform that delivers compute and data storage closer to the end user, GAP will allow Service Providers to deliver faster and richer broadband and multi-access edge services to their residential and business customers. Come hear from the industry experts (Cisco, Charter, Intel, ATX, Silicom, and AOI) who are making GAP a reality. They will share the status of the standards specification work, how they are working together to produce commercial solutions and commercial opportunities GAP will create for the industry.

SPEAKERS:
Ed Dylag, Market Development Manager, Intel
Elad Blatt, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Silicom LTD
Jay Lee, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Broadband Access, ATX
George Goncalves, Business Development Director, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
Matt Petersen, Vice President of Access Architecture, Charter
Sean Welch, Vice President & General Manager, Cable Access, Cisco

Report from the Front Lines: The Real Real About Virtualization

Tuesday, October 1
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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With the largest CCAP customer base in the world, CommScope has the clearest view of cable service provider strategies worldwide. In this edition of Innovation Theater, the provocative Leslie Ellis pries the truth about virtualization out of Tom Cloonan and Chris Busch from CommScope’s Office of the CTO. Because virtualization is a vital upgrade option for service providers. And, unlike other upgrade cycles, you’re only going to get one shot to get it right.

INTERVIEWER:
Leslie Ellis, Cable Pioneer, Founder at Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com

PARTICIPANTS:
Tom Cloonan, Cable Pioneer and CommScope Chief Technology Officer, Network Solutions in the Office of the CTO
Chris Busch, CommScope Engineering Fellow in the Office of the CTO

A New Customer Interaction Model

Tuesday, October 1
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Comcast’s Chief Experience Officer Charlie Herrin will present on how the company is using new interactions and artificial intelligence to transform their customer experience. Comcast is building a platform that uses AI and ML to streamline all of their data points into one decision engine that determines a customer’s needs at any point and can recommend next best action. This new platform serves as the backbone of the Xfinity virtual agent, and all employee tools, ensuring consistency across customer channels. Charlie will outline how this changed model has resulted in increased customer satisfaction and improved financial metrics.

PRESENTER:
Charlie Herrin, Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Comcast Cable

Leading Ladies: Climbing the Corporate Ladder as a Woman in Technology

Tuesday, October 1
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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At last year’s Expo, Jana Henthorn talked to women CEOs. This year Jana has assembled a panel of rising women leaders to discuss their experiences. Jana will talk to them about their challenges, their successes, and what they are doing to help the industry grow, as well as what must be done to recruit and retain young women in the media/tech industry. Panel:

MODERATOR:
Jana Henthorn, President and CEO of The Cable Center

PANELISTS:
Kukis Moran, Sr. Director, XOC Network Service Desk, Comcast West Division
Tonya Adams, Executive Director Business Services Operations, Comcast
Holly Hinze, Senior Director, Product Management Voice Services, Charter Communications
Sara Winegardner, Senior Editor, Access Intelligence

Wednesday, October 2

ACA Connects Discussion on Network Management and Growth for Mid-Size and Small Operators

Wednesday, October 2
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Please join Matt Polka, President and CEO of ACA Connects-America’s Communications Association, on the show floor at the Innovation Stage as he leads a discussion about broadband deployment in rural America. Matt will be joined by leading CTOs and former CTOs that are now assisting companies deploying broadband. They will discuss the economics of deploying broadband in hard-to-reach areas and what works and doesn’t work as companies try to extend broadband beyond their footprint. Matt and the panelists will take a hard look at the pros and cons of new products and services, such as whole-home Wi-Fi, 4k and security and the impact they have on the network. Don’t miss your chance to hear from tech experts in the trenches of network buildout, maintenance and best practices for Tier 2 and Tier 3 broadband providers.

MODERATOR:
Matthew Polka, Pres/CEO, ACA Connects

PANELISTS:
Cash Hagen, COO, Evolution Digital
Ken Johnson, SR VP Technology Services, Cable One, dba Sparklight
Tom Williams, VP Engineering & Technology, Schurz Communications
Josh Barstow, EVP, Corp Strategy Bus Dev, OpenVault

TVC w/Corning – Emergency Preparedness: Planning and Design Tactics to Minimize Downtime in your Network

Wednesday, October 2
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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As the world we live in becomes even more connected, uptime is more critical than ever. Are you ready for an emergency? In this session, you will learn what are the major causes of unplanned outages in addition to severe weather emergencies; how to build in redundancy and preventative measures in the engineering and design phases of your network builds; what a comprehensive communications plan looks like during an outage; and, how your supply chain partners play a key role in getting your network back up and running quickly.

SPEAKERS:
Mark Dzuban, CEO/PRES, SCTE•ISBE
Michael LaPierre, MSO Market Development, Corning
Frank McCullough, TVC Communications, SVP/GM, US Broadband

Canoe Ventures – This Ad’s For You: Enabling Linear Addressable Advertising Across a National Unified Cable Footprint

Wednesday, October 2
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Television remains the most powerful advertising platform to reach audiences, and its quality and engagement with viewers is unparalleled. In order to ensure its continued growth and relevancy to advertisers, however, television must embrace data, targeting, measurement and attribution as fundamental capabilities on all forms of television – including linear TV – and do so across a well-coordinated, national footprint. This panel of esteemed industry veterans will walk us through the ecosystem contemplated to enable national linear addressable advertising and discuss some of the critical issues, including SCTE standards, audience segmentation, and distribution methodologies.

MODERATOR:
Ed Knudson, VP, Product & Strategy, Canoe Ventures

PANELISTS:
Sid Gregory, VP, Internal Services, Canoe Ventures
Gerritt Niemeijer, Ampersand
Steve Reynolds, President, Imagine Communications
Jason Manningham, General Manager, BLOCKGRAPH

CSG – Preparing Field Service for the Future

Wednesday, October 2
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Connectivity and mobility have elevated your customers’ expectations to an unprecedented level and the coming advancements will continue to apply pressure on service. Reshape and reimagine the possibilities for your field team by creating an ecosystem that gets ahead of the pace of change with emerging technologies like 5G and IoT.

SPEAKER:
Jason Kuhn, Executive Director of Field Service Management, CSG

Plume – Winning through consumer experience in the highly competitive smart home

Wednesday, October 2
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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As consumers engage ever more frequently with over-the-top (OTT) solutions, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) risk relying solely on speed and price to gain and retain subscribers– leading to a proverbial race to the bottom. By leveraging direct relationships with subscribers, there is a huge opportunity for ISPs to pivot and embrace a sustainable growth model based on connected experiences.  Join senior executives from leading ISPs, along with Tyson Marian, Chief Commercial Officer at managed Wi-Fi provider Plume, for an exposé that will provide unique insights into how ISPs are harnessing the explosion of the smart home for operational advantage.

The panel will address the following:
-What strategies exist for ISPs beyond speed and price?
-Why managed Wi-Fi is central to building a smart home platform
-How can a services-based approach enable ISPs to win customers?
-What are the key technical issues with current Wi-Fi and how are they being addressed?
-What roles do cloud and Artificial Intelligence play in service delivery.

PRESENTERS:
Leslie Ellis, Owner, Ellis Edits Inc.
Tyson Marian, Chief Commercial Officer, Plume
Michael Scardina PE, Director of Network Strategies and Technologies, Armstrong

Thursday, October 3 – Smart Cities Day

Smart Cities Opening Keynote

Thursday, October 3
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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MODERATOR:
Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Tom Adams, EVP Field Operations, Charter
Bill Varga, VP Technology, Liberty Global

US Ignite – Cable and the Smart City – Partnerships Happening Now

Thursday, October 3
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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What role do cable companies have to play in the smart city movement? This session pairs executives from some of the nation’s largest cable providers with leaders from partner communities to examine joint efforts underway today, and the opportunities available on the horizon. Learn where smart city needs overlap with innovative cable solutions, and how municipalities and cable companies are successfully working together to spur growth and improve quality of life.

MODERATOR:
Mari Silbey, Director of Communications, US Ignite

PANELISTS:
Dominic Papa, Arizona Institute for Digital Progress
Susan Anable, VP of Government & Public Affairs, Cox Communications
Alison Barlow, Executive Director, St. Pete Innovation District
Satya Parimi, Group VP, Enterprise Data & Smart Cities, Spectrum Enterprise
Bill Maguire, Consultant, ConnectedCom LLC

Smart Cities Council – The Smart City Opportunity – Transforming the City-Citizen Relationship through Connectivity

Thursday, October 3
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Facing growing populations, aging infrastructure, and increasingly tech savvy residents and local businesses, cities are turning to technology to create a better community for their residents. What types of projects are cities planning? What challenges do they face as they seek to become smarter cities? We’ll explore how MSO’s can help community leaders make their communities smarter and more efficient

MODERATOR:
Jason Nelson, Smart Cities Council

PANELISTS:
Jack Hanley, Telensa
Jacob Peters, Columbia Parc

US Ignite: CIO & CTO Chat: New Orleans Speaks Out on Smart Cities

Thursday, October 3
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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Join us for a sit-down with the CIO and CTO of New Orleans to hear how they think about connectivity, the city’s infrastructure, and the ways that technology can improve civic services. The discussion will cover challenges the city faces, but also how its leaders are making decisions about priorities, working to bridge the digital equity gap, and what partnerships and projects are delivering results.

MODERATOR:
Mari Silbey, US Ignite

PANELISTS:
Kimberly Walker LaGrue, CIO & Head of the Office of Information Technology and Innovation, City of New Orleans
Jonathan Wisbey, Chief Technology Officer, City of New Orleans

Improving Organizational Productivity with Building Automation Systems

Thursday, October 3
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Exhibit Hall – Innovation Theater

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This session will present the finding of a $150,000 research project completed by the National Research Council (NRC), entitled “Improving Organizational Productivity with Building Automation Systems”. This research synthesized existing data which will enable decision-makers to benchmark their buildings against others on multiple organizational productivity metrics. This presentation will provide guidance concerning how to use this information to make strategic building decisions for their organizations for the benefit of the organization and its employees.

PRESENTOR:
Greg Walker, Research Director, Continental Automated Buildings Assoc (CABA)

Innovation Theater 

Tuesday, October 1-Thursday, October 3
Innovation Theater

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