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SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Fiddling with Fixed Wireless

As cable operators and rival providers gear up to deploy DOCSIS 4.0 and next-gen PON over their wireline networks, fixed-wireless access (FWA) is swiftly emerging as a major new platform for delivering broadband service to rural, exurban and other markets that can’t be reached cost-effectively any other way. In particular, small and midsized cablecos are increasingly rolling out FWA in their regions.

Alan Breznick

March 21, 2024

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Date: Mar 21, 2024

Time: 12:00 EDT

Duration: 1 Hr

But deploying FWA is much easier said than done because of geographical, spectrum, technical, regulatory, cost and other knotty obstacles. When does it pay for cablecos to go the FWA route? What conditions are the most favorable? What obstacles must be overcome? In this session, leading industry technologists will assess the pros and cons of FWA.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan covers the cable, fiber, broadband, and IP video markets for Heavy Reading. In particular, he tracks new cable, broadband, and video technologies and standards, such as DOCSIS 4.0, FTTP, DAA, XGS-PON, 10G EPON, streaming video, network virtualization, business services, Wi-Fi 6, and ATSC 3.0.

Paul RodriguesSCTE Director, Field Education

Paul has over 30 years of experience in telecommunications and has worked for multiple industry leaders, including AT&T and Comcast. He joined the SCTE in 2017. He leads a team that designs, develops, and implements SCTE training programs and certifications. These programs leverage interactive technologies, including 3D simulations, eBooks, and games, to improve the learner experience and retention.

Throughout his career, Paul has had many positions in the industry, including Information Technology, Management, and Learning and Development. Before joining SCTE, he was a part of the Comcast University team as a Sr. Technical Trainer. He was responsible for developing and delivering training programs for multiple departments, including technical operations, leadership, sales, and workforce management.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree from Kean University. He is also a Certified Wireless Network Trainer for the CWNP and holds the CWS, CWT, CWNA, CWAP, CWISA, and CWDP certifications. His other certifications include the CompTIA Network +, Security +, Six Sigma, and the Comcast Sr. Trainer.

With a strong background in both business journalism and technology research, Alan has covered the cable, telecom, broadband, media, and consumer electronics markets as an editor and analyst for more than 30 years, including the past 17 years for Light and Heavy Reading. A New York City native, Alan is now based in Ontario, Canada.

About the Author(s)

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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