ATLANTA, Ga., and EXTON, Pa. -- Cox Communications, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and SCTE’s global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), today announced that they have partnered on a training program that is designed to provide Cox with a highly-skilled coax splicing workforce to support implementation of its fiber-deep strategy.
Cox and SCTE•ISBE have collaborated to create a Coax Splicing Boot Camp that integrates existing SCTE•ISBE training with Cox needs to create a Cox-specific training program for new splicers. The four-day course provides the knowledge and skills bases needed for field personnel capably to re-splice taps, passives and nodes as part of an upgrade of the access network. The course was delivered to an initial class of Cox field engineers in Phoenix in conjunction with a multiweek Cox onboarding boot camp, to be followed by an additional class in California.
Topics covered in the program include: field safety; signaling and transmission in cable networks; system design; coaxial cable; coaxial cable connectorization; powering an HFC and fiber deep system; aerial construction; underground construction; and activation with testing. Key learning objectives include the following abilities: to compare current and new system maps, to establish power to fiber deep nodes; to understand RF signal flows, particularly to the customer; and to successfully perform a fiber deep node cut-in within a given time frame.