FALL TECHNICAL FORUM WORKSHOP TRACKS

The annual Fall Technical Forum at Cable-Tec Expo® brings leading technologists, developers, and engineering experts together to learn about the latest advancements in digital media technology.

Produced by CableLabs, NCTA and SCTE•ISBE, the 2019 Fall Technical Forum is a conference within a conference during Cable-Tec Expo® 2019

The Cable-Tec Expo®program committee has organized the Fall Technical Forum workshop tracks into eleven tracks to help you customize your experience.

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WIRELINE ACCESS NETWORK

  • Planning fiber deep deployments for 10G
  • What needs to change in the network to support 10G
  • PON and HFC intermix strategies for 10G and commercial
  • Distributed access architectures, FDX DOCSIS®, and extended spectrum DOCSIS®
  • Full spectrum bandwidth characterization, design, and performance of FDX DOCSIS® networks
  • Real-world implications for FDX DOCSIS® deployments
  • Implementation review or case study of DOCSIS® 3.1 Profile Management Application (PMA)
  • Operationalizing remote PHY or operationalizing remote PHY in a rural environment
  • Analysis and business case for DOCSIS® 1.8 GHz spectrum expansion or extended spectrum DOCSIS®
  • Automated wavelength mapping, fault detection and PNM opportunities for passive optical networks
  • Cost optimizations for coherent optics in the access network
  • DWDM and muxing design considerations in the access network
  • Using DOCSIS® 3.0 PNM to facilitate DOCSIS® 3.1 and FDX plant readiness and coexistence testing
  • Examination of present and future low latency applications
  • Techniques for improving HFC network reliability
  • Use of advanced mapping (GIS) to improve network design and reliability
  • Practical powering for next-gen access networks
  • Generic Access Platform
  • DOCSIS® 3.1 OFDMA in the return
  • Improving upstream capacity of an HFC network
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WIRELESS ACCESS NETWORK

  • Analysis of advanced Wi-Fi technology including Wi-Fi 6 and resulting applications
  • Explanation, analysis and implications of licensed-assisted access (LAA) forWi-Fi-5G coexistence
  • Mid-band spectrum opportunities and challenges: C-band, CBRS, BRS-EBS
  • Spectrum technology and policy issues and spectrum strategies for wireless product deployment
  • Wireless network engineering and operations
  • mmWave opportunities and challenges
  • Backhaul/fronthaul opportunities/challenges
  • 5G—cable’s role (enabler or player), unlicensed opportunities and threats
  • Improving wireless networks in the home Wireless network business models—a comprehensive look at the options cable operators have, and the business models behind them, for wireless services and networks
  • Impact of 5G on the core network
  • Where can wireless compete with wired access to the home?
  • Using spectrum sharing to deploy 4G/5G capable wireless networks
  • 5G in the enterprise and industrial applications
  • CBRS OnGo wireless broadband ecosystem evolution status, use cases, and deployment experiences
  • Leveraging unlicensed spectrum for private LTE network deployments
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CONVERGING ACCESS NETWORKS

  • What does network slicing mean for cable networks, fixed, mobile, and converged—the technology, services, economics, and operations?
  • The singularity of next-generation access—a unified virtual access network, defined based on big data and machine learning, a unified and dynamic access layer, self- organized, self-configured, and self-regulated to enable singularity between the user and the network
  • Fixed mobile convergence, the convergence of 5G/DOCSIS®/Fiber—how next-generation access technologies come together—architectures, technologies, economics, and operations
  • Edge compute architectures and addressable services
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INNOVATION ACROSS TECHNOLOGIES

  • Evolving into partnership ecosystems—how are cable operators currently establishing, and could establish, partner value networks to move further away from being a “connectivity provider”?
  • Emerging technologies and their impact on the cable industry
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INTERNET OF THINGS

  • Cable’s role in enabling a ubiquitous network (home gateways to out-of-home)
  • If the cable industry builds the IoT infrastructure, will IoT services and customers come?
  • Massive IoT—leveraging cellular networks for LPWA
  • IoT services for businesses and universities
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OPERATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

  • How digital transformations can support new business models and operations models
  • How FDX will impact field operations including meters and troubleshooting techniques
  • Skills and talents required for the future of cable and how to transform our workforce to meet these demands in an increasingly competitive environment along with training required to re-skill the existing workforce and attract new entrants into the workforce
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VIRTUALIZATION & CLOUD

  • Services-agnostic networks—enabling software-controlled network access that enables services ubiquitously (i.e., unbinding services from access technologies)
  • Fundamentals of building a cloud
  • SDN and automation
  • Virtualization: when and why does it make sense?
  • Virtualization of the edge network (CCAP) and CPE
  • Delivering virtualized services at scale and peak performance
  • VMs or containers? Pros, cons, performance and deployment speed tradeoffs
  • Headend re-architected as a datacenter (HERD) and its operational impacts
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SECURITY

  • Growing risks and vulnerabilities are increasing the network service provider’s responsibilities 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
  • Third-party security; security as a service (SaaS)
  • Extending cable industry security tools to business customers
  • Security of open source software
  • Securing the customer’s premises
  • Security threat trends
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, MACHINE LEARNING & DATA ANALYTICS

  • How will AI/ML/DA enable the future of cable (from network management to customer experience and operations)?
  • Evolved communications services and personal assistants
  • Augmented operations—leveraging analytics and automation to make operations more efficient and effective
  • How automation benefits the customer experience
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BUSINESS SERVICES

  • 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
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VIDEO SERVICES

  • Impact of ATSC 3.0, retransmission considerations, business opportunities and challenges
  • 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

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