EXTON, Pa. -- Marcus Weldon, CTO of Nokia and president of Nokia Bell Labs, will deliver the keynote remarks when the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), host the opening general session of SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Weldon, whose clarity, depth and breadth of vision have made him a telecommunications industry luminary, will share insights into the future of communications networks, including observations from his recent book The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective. His remarks will help to set the tone for three days of Expo thought leadership around next-generation technologies that can drive new growth opportunities for cable system operators and technology partners.
"Marcus Weldon is a visionary whose unique perspective on the power and evolution of networks transcends any specific company or technology," said John Schanz, executive vice president and chief network officer of Comcast Cable and chairman of the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 Program Committee. "His views on IP migration, services, the opportunities for wireless networks and the impact of virtualization and the cloud are fascinating and will have broad application for the SCTE/ISBE Expo audience."
Weldon has earned a reputation for his ability to pick the right technological disruptions and opportunities, from vectoring for copper access, to the evolution to LTE overlay and Small Cells, to the emergence of virtualization and SDN as profound industry-changing forces and the movement toward edge cloud architectures.
"Telecommunications providers worldwide face a new technological revolution defined by the digitization and ubiquitous connectivity," said Weldon. "Our challenge is to create 'cloud integrated networks' that will help us achieve the 100-fold or more improvement in network scale, flexibility, programmability and cost per bit that the revolution will require."
Weldon holds a B.S in Chemistry and Computer Science from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University. In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division. He won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials.
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