Cable Tec-Expo 2023: Onward, DOCSIS 4.0!

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner, Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman and Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick preview the hot topics and key themes as SCTE Cable-Tec Expo gets underway in the Mile High City.

Jeff Baumgartner, Jaimie Lendermanand 1 more

October 13, 2023

At a Glance

  • A preview of Light Reading's breakfast events on the evolution of HFC and convergence (1:00)
  • Major themes expected to emerge at this year's show (4:05)
  • Exploring Xumo's new streaming pitch to cable operators (10:15)

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2023 is set to get underway next week in Denver as the industry gathers to discuss and debate critical topics and technology advancements. And they'll be raising a glass or two to celebrate the show's big 40th anniversary.

This year's show will feature a wide range of topics, spanning the evolution of the hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network, the bigger role passive optical networking (PON) is taking in cable network strategies, the emerging use cases for AI, the increasing importance of cybersecurity, how open radio access network (RAN) technology is intersecting with the cable industry, plus discussion about service and network convergence.

Industry giant John Malone will make a special appearance at Tuesday's general opening session. What packets of wisdom will he drop during his sit-down with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries?

Ahead of the big event, Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner, Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman and Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick assemble to preview the show, discuss the key themes and topics they expect to be at the forefront of the event and highlight some items that will be on their respective dance cards.

For a lightly edited transcript, please click the caption button in the video toolbar.

Here are a few topics we cover:

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  • A preview of Light Reading's breakfast events on the evolution of HFC and convergence (1:00)

  • Major themes expected to emerge at this year's show, including progress on DOCSIS 4.0 products and operator deployment plans (4:05)

  • Will the industry find more common ground around the two flavors of DOCSIS 4.0 – Full Duplex and Extended Spectrum? (5:45)

  • Is it time for the industry to upgrade its 10G initiative? (9:30)

  • How Xumo, the Comcast-Charter national streaming joint venture, is expected to use the show to pitch its platform to cable operators outside the JV (10:15)

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

Jaimie Lenderman

Senior Analyst, Omdia

Jaimie Lenderman provides support and insight to key audiences, with quarterly market share analysis, annual forecasts, vendor profiles, and specialized consulting projects. Jaimie's key research topic areas include FTTx PON, DSL, Gfast, CMTS/CCAP, DOCSIS, DAA and next-generation capabilities. Jaimie joined Ovum in May 2017. She previously worked at IHS Markit and held roles in the public policy and new home construction sectors.

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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