Innovation Theater Schedule
Experience What’s Next in Cable Telecommunications
If you want some insight into where the industry is headed, then this is the place to park your tech thirsty brain. Check the presentation schedule, block your calendar, and grab a seat at this 200 plus seat stage at the center of the exhibit hall. The industry’s top minds gather to demonstrate new tech and talk about the next steps for telecommunications and broadband service. Innovation really happens here and you can be the first to know about it. Learn about the innovations and technology of tomorrow from leading industry organizations.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
1:00pm-1:45pm | Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremony
SCTE/ISBE officially opens Cable-Tec Expo 2016 with a ribbon cutting at the exhibit hall entrance and a Philly-style fanfare procession down Innovation Avenue. This kick-off culminates at Innovation Theater where the Opening Session, hosted by SCTE/ISBE, will set the stage for the innovative presentations taking place throughout the show.
HOST and MODERATOR: Brain Baumley
PANELISTS: Chris Bastian, SVP/CTO, SCTE/ISBE, Zoran Stakic, Executive Vice President and CTO, Shaw Communications, Expo 2016 Program Chair, and Bill Warga,Vice President, Technology, Liberty Global
1:45pm-2:15pm | Revolutionizing L&D through SCTE/ISBE’s Innovative Expert Development System
Traditional learning only stimulates a small portion of the neurons in the brain at a single point in time. What if there was a way to excite more neurons on many different levels repeatedly over time to increase learning effectiveness?
Employing the latest in cognitive research, SCTE/ISBE brings together multiple learning opportunities to energize more of the brain, more often in order to nurture subject matter expertise.
Combine that with our exclusive industry technical know-how, cable community network, and the ability to track and report progress toward business goals and you have by far the most comprehensive and adaptable learning and development system available.
This innovative system is revolutionary and truly a game changer for the way your technical workforce develops and advances in their career. Learn how this innovative system can change the way you learn and how an enterprise partnership can drive business results for your organization.
PRESENTERS: Reni Gorman, VP, Learning & Development, SCTE/ISBE and Deighton Liverpool, Information Technology, SCTE/ISBE
2:30pm-3:00pm | Coming Home in the Near Future…
In the near future our homes will require fast networks with multi-gigabit speeds. Phil will Illustrate next generation services enabled by high speed low latency networks. Make no mistake – the technologies profiled are under development today, and coming to us in the near future.
PRESENTER: Phil McKinney, President/CEO, CableLabs
3:15pm-3:45pm | Building Open, Programmable Networks with SDN and NFV
As a cable operator, you are continually looking to find ways to increase your subscriber base and roll out new, revenue generating services as quickly as possible. SDN and NFV are simplifying these tasks and opening a world of new opportunities for the cable industry. During this session we will explore how SDN and NFV can be used to automatically provision new subscribers, reduce time to market for new services, and facilitate customer self-service using vCPE for residential and business customers. You will also see how open technologies eliminate vendor lock-in and enable agile, best-of-breed networks. During this session, we will reduce a vendor-neutral, SDN and NFV-enabled network to practice using ADTRAN’s revolutionary MOSAIC Software-Defined Access Services Architecture. Our demonstration will illustrate how quickly and easily subscribers and new services can be provisioned in this flexible network architecture. See in person how this new open, programmable, scalable infrastructure that is technology, media and vendor agnostic can help you build the future network. Learn more at adtran.com/mosaic
PRESENTER: Christopher Tucker, Manager Cable MSO Solutions and Technology, ADTRAN
4:00pm–4:45pm | Hiring Military Talent for the Technology Sector
To underscore and affirm the cable’s industry’s commitment to hire, develop and retain military talent, SCTE/ISBE is pleased to present a Military Talent for the Tech Sector panel at the Expo The event, hosted Bob Langol, Sr. Director, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast, NBCUniversal and Lindsay Johnston, SVP, Operations & General Counsel, SCTE/ISBE, will address the many valuable technical skills that U.S. military members bring to our industry. There will also be an inspiring panel of veterans discussing their personal experience as they transitioned into the technology sector.
PRESENTER: Lindsay Johnston, SVP, Operations & General Counsel, SCTE/ISBE
MODERATOR: Bob Langol, Sr. Director, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast, NBCUniversal
PANELISTS: Jackie Chang, Patrick Dunn, Derek Brown, and Shane Portfolio
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
11:15am–12:00pm | HDR Panel: TV of the Near Future
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio brought together more than 11,000 world-class athletes from 206 nations competing in 306 events in 28 sports for 16 days. Consistent with the Olympic athlete’s spirit of ever striving to stretch limits and make history, NBC Olympics graced its audiences with HDR, 4K, immersive audio, and record-setting amounts of live streaming. As a catalyst of its own for achieving new heights, SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2016 will welcome HDR proponents, vendors, and operators to talk about HDR with a moderator from a cable operator. This is a pre-planned, open discussion where each panelist will talk about his or her solutions, visions of the near future for television in the context of why we all care about HDR, and how operators can operationalize/deploy HDR.
MODERATOR: Mark Francisco, Fellow, Comcast Innovation Labs, Comcast
PANELISTS: Craig Todd, SVP/CTO, Dolby Laboratories, Alan Stein, Fellow and Vice President, Technology Development and Standards, Technicolor, Thierry Fautier, VP, Video Strategies, Harmonic, Inc., Jim Morrison, Principal Engineer, Rogers Media, and Skip Pizzi, Senior Director of New Media Technologies, NAB and Chair of the System Requirements and Program Management Subcommittee of Technology Group 3 of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, ATSC
No presentations due to SCTE/ISBE Awards Luncheon, Terrace Ballroom (ticketed event)
2:00pm–2:30pm | Technology Options for the Access Network over the Next 15 Years: From Garden Hose to Fire Hose
Attendees will be treated to a lively discussion as the panelists give their viewpoints on the following five questions about cable networks:
- What are the biggest challenges you foresee in the 2016-2020 time-frame?
- What technologies do you foresee being used to tackle those challenges?
- What are the biggest challenges you foresee in the 2020-2030 time-frame?
- What technologies do you foresee being tackle those challenges?
- Do you foresee any other exotic technologies making their way into your or other service providers’ networks by 2030?
PANELISTS: Tom Cloonan, CTO of Network Solutions, ARRIS, Dr. Rob Howald, Vice President of Network Architecture,
Comcast, and Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Access Architecture, COX Communications
2:45pm–3:15pm | Bridging the Gap Between Wired and Wireless Networks
The telecommunications industry is very meticulous when it comes to the installation and maintenance of wired networks, but when addressing the wireless aspect of it, there is a lot of confusion about best practices. Whether it be a lack of knowledge, a shortage of useful tools, or misinformation in the marketplace about how to optimize your wireless network, it seems as though many people are lost in the world of Wi-Fi. Questions about how many access points to install, where the best placements are, what channels to choose, what is causing interference, etc. are big question marks and technicians are resorting to the “spray-n-pray” plan; put them everywhere and hope for the best! You, as a service provider, are promising a certain quality of experience to your customers and may be doing your business a disservice over the last leg of your network – the wireless portion. After all, if we can’t see it, how can we characterize it, right? Wrong! There is no reason to guess when you can measure with ease. Come find out how you can get real-time measurements with heat maps shown over floor plans, recommendations on how to optimize your wireless network, and accurate data about how your network is performing and what you can do to make it better.
PRESENTER: Feras Khouri, Product Manager, Greenlee Communications
3:30pm–4:00pm | Strategies for NFV: How MSOs can Benefit from Network Virtualization
In this session, attendees will learn how network virtualization can be used to reduce CAPEX and OPEX infrastructure costs, and enable greater operational agility so MSOs can accelerate time to market with service offerings like home security, IPTV and more. By transitioning to a virtualized infrastructure, MSOs are able to dynamically provision services with significantly more ease, and deliver on demand services which will enhance the customer experience.
PRESENTER: Bryan Beal, Senior Director, NFV, VMware
4:15pm–4:45pm | Methods and Technologies to Reduce Energy Consumption in HFC Networks and Attain APSIS/Energy 2020 Targets
Many devices involved in the transmission of signals consume energy and generate heat to varying depending upon technologies and system architectures deployed. In addition to demands placed on the power grid, unnecessary energy consumption also increases overall operational costs and total cost of ownership of individual power consuming products used in a cable system.
Technetix’ presentation will focus on energy savings in the network and headend where more than 80% of power consumption occurs according to an SCTE/ISBE Energy 2020 analysis. The presentation will highlight Technetix discoveries in this area through its research and collaboration with several MSOs. It will address the entire network from headend signal processing and combining to optical and electrical distribution, as well as the passive network—and discuss powering challenges to consider as networks migrate to fiber-deep and DOCSIS® 3.1 architectures. This presentation will also introduce energy-saving concepts, methods, and specific products that can be employed in current and future architectures and environments to help operators achieve APSIS/Energy 2020 objectives.
MODERATOR: Jan Ariesen, CTO, Technetix
PANELISTS: Gerrit Boskaljon, Technical Director – Headend, Technetix and Jürgen Hatheier, Business Unit Director Headend and Access, Technetium, and Gary Mitchinson, Head of Access Engineering, Virgin Media
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
9:30am–10:00am | Achieving High Network-Energy Performance
High energy performance targeting reduced network energy consumption is now becoming a critical requirement on communication infrastructure in general and 5G networks in particular. It enables reduced total cost of ownership, facilitates the extension of network connectivity to remote areas and provides network access in a sustainable and more resource-efficient way. Achieving high energy performance requires a fundamental change of design principles and implementation practices within the communication industry.
PRESENTER: Dr. Ylva Jading, Senior Specialist, Network Energy Performance, Ericsson Research
10:15am–10:45am | Programmable Forwarding Silicon and Software in Modern Routers and Switches
In the service provider and cable networking space, there is much talk about merchant and custom silicon, programmability, SDN, and how to build networks that can both create value and operate efficiently. In this talk, Juniper Networks will explore the state of the art of programmable forwarding silicon and software in modern routers and switches. Topics covered will include the benefits of programmable silicon, a compare and contrast among various router architectures, and an examination of features enabled through programmability. Real world use cases will be presented and demonstrated from the MPLS, SDN and emerging advanced IPv6 architectures. This session will use Juniper technology as a reference but is broadly applicable across any cable or service provider environment.
PRESENTERS: Andrew Smith, Chief Architect, Cable, Juniper Networks, and John Leddy, Senior Vice President, Network Engineering, Comcast Cable Communications
11:00am–11:30am | FTTx Panel: Delivering Reliable Service at the Speed of Light
Operators are deploying various optical architectures in the access network, offering the next generation of services and creating new business models at gigabit speeds. Learn the features, benefits and impact of utilizing the latest fiber architectures in the cable network from leading industry experts who have effectively deployed and educated the workforce on FTTx. This interactive discussion will help operators examine the pros, cons, architectures, and technologies for evolving to a top performing fiber network.
MODERATOR: Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director, Advanced Access Architectures, Cox Communications
PANELISTS: Kevin A. Noll, Principal Engineer, Charter Communications and Steve Harris, Senior Director, Advanced Technologies & Instruction, SCTE/ISBE
12:15pm–12:45pm | Washington Update
Come hear an NCTA update on the latest cable industry happenings from a regulatory and legislative perspective. Discover how NCTA supports the industry’s interests through analysis and evaluation of the technical issues being considered by public policymakers. Learn the congressional and regulatory hot topics that have technical implications for cable and what NCTA is doing to position the industry for success.
PRESENTERS: Dr. William Check, Senior Vice President, Science & Technology and Chief Technology Officer, NCTA and Lindsay Johnston, SVP, Operations & General Counsel, SCTE/ISBE