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A Forum in Philly Explores the Cable Industry’s Future

The promise of our industry is connection. After two years of virtually connecting, we will fulfill that promise live and in-person at SCTE® Cable-Tec Expo® 2022 this September 19-22 in Philadelphia, PA. Every day, all of us are creating infinite possibilities for our members, customers, partners, and communities. When we assemble as a community, we have a unique opportunity to envision the future together – the future of 10G, the future of ideas becoming reality, and the future of connectivity.

Expo is known across the industry and beyond as the preeminent venue for thought leadership, engineering innovation, and networking within the broadband telecommunications industry. Expo will be chaired in 2022 by industry leaders Comcast President and CEO David Watson and Liberty Global Vice-chairman and CEO Michael Fries.

DIVERSE EXPERTISE FOR IN-DEPTH LEARNING

This year, more than ever before, we are excited to share the latest technology advances and trends during Fall Technical Forum. Our Expo program committee has organized 57 sessions and 126 speakers into 13 tracks. By exploring any one of these sessions, you will learn more about how we are leveraging the technology we have developed to bring us closer, advance our goals, serve our communities, and manifest our dreams.

Ten tracks are returning from last year’s Expo with all new content. Three new tracks have been added for 2022: “Software Development, Automation and Tooling,” “DevOps and Agile,” and “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,” which returns as a dedicated track in response to popular demand. The returning sessions are listed here:

    1. Wireline Access Network
    2. Wireless Access Network
    3. Converged Networks and Mobility
    4. Security & Privacy
    5. Operational Transformation
    6. Cloud and Visualization
    7. Energy Management and Sustainability on the Road to 10G
    8. IoT, Home Networking, Smart Cities, and Emerging Services
    9. Video Services
    10. Workforce Learning & Development

We kick off Expo 2022 with several concurrent sessions on Monday, September 19 at 5:30 pm, and continue networking and learning through Thursday morning. There will be plenty of opportunities to not only learn about what’s new in the cable industry but also how our technology experts are meeting the needs of our communities and advancing capabilities on the road to 10G.

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES FOR EXPANDING OUR NETWORKS

There are a multitude of ideas being presented during the 57 sessions. Descriptions for all workshops are available at expo.scte.org. Participants can plan their Expo activities by perusing the sessions and downloading the “Cable Tec Expo” app from the App Store the weekend prior to Expo, available for IOS and Android by September 15. Expect to be fully engaged from the beginning to end. The sessions run the gamut of today’s technologies, but there are several that crystallize what’s happening today in the industry.

For example, Field Operations, part one of two on Monday evening, demonstrates how artificial intelligence (AI) is improving the technician's experience like never before and enhancing intelligent field operations. In this session, Charter’s Jing Qing will discuss the pipeline architecture, use cases of automated call disposition, and trend analysis of call topics that drive new features. Comcast’s Hongcheng Wang will look at practical case studies from IoT, content discovery and RDK-B. Moderated by Charter's Veronica Bloom, “Field Operations” will also review how machine learning can help manage the release by quickly identifying when a gap occurs with partial rollout.

We know that network reliability is crucially important to the customer experience and that issue will be the focus for Network Reliability = Happy Customers on Tuesday morning at 8 am. In this session, we’ll look at how to sustain business continuity through the user experience by ensuring that the network is reliable. Comcast’s Hari Palaiyanur will moderate, while Comcast colleague Dhirendra Kashiwale will share strategies and techniques to enhance the network reliability for enterprise customers within the present state of networks. And CableLabs’ Jason Rupe will address how cable operators reconcile service reliability with network reliability, with a roadmap of reliability in both realms for the cable industry.

Also on Tuesday morning, Blinded by the Light describes how the next evolution of fiber is a game-changer. Ciena’s Fernando Villarruel will moderate the chat that is bound to touch on the speed of photons and how they go faster in free space than through glass. We have a full roster of fiber expertise with Tibit Communications’ Edward Boyd giving an overview of the 25GS-PON MSA standard, its available bandwidth and expected latency. Comcast’s Venk Mutalik will introduce Hollow Core Fibers and the cutting-edge work being done to reduce latency and enhance capacity at the same time.

CommScope’s Charles Cheevers will moderate Moving Wi-Fi Forward on Wednesday morning. This Wi-Fi-centric session will explore new Wi-Fi versions and the promise they bring to power new capabilities. With development of a new standard underway, SCTE’s Paul Rodrigues will be leading a deep dive on Wi-Fi 7, exploring features and the impact Wi-Fi 7 will have on everything from edge computing to public Wi-Fi access and Smart Cities networks. Comcast’s David Urban will be talking about use cases for multiuser Wi-Fi technology and the theory behind multiple user techniques. CommScope’s Matt Brooks plans to analyze empirical testing within a home using typical Wi-Fi clients.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges of Expo will be deciding which session to attend. As an example, you’ll need to decide between the Wi-Fi session and Agile Learning through Virtual Learning and Machine Learning, also on Wednesday morning at 8 am. With SCTE’s Jill Banks moderating, this workshop will offer a keen assessment of virtual training environments and the benefits of leveraging machine learning in our education programs. Abbie O’Dell of Charter Communications will reveal findings from her study into how trainers perceive the relationship between an immersive Virtual Training Environment (VTE) and the post-training confidence of learners. Mike Baker of Comcast will share what they learned from cohort-based programs looking at how machine learning (ML) leverages internal subject matter experts (SMEs) as adjunct faculty and mentors.

In Powering Our Way to the Future on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, moderated by Ryan Capone of Comcast, we’ll see just how bright the future looks for managing our power responsibly. Cable operators will be at the fore of understanding next-generation technologies that promise to reduce greenhouse gases and our carbon footprint with the clear-sky insights offered by Rogers’ John Dolan. Toby Peck of EnerSys will map the power consumed along the network from the utility connection through the last active, as well as identify areas of waste where the energy spent provides no value. This session reminds us that reducing energy use occurs in both the inside and outside plant.

Every session at this year’s Cable-Tec Expo will provide learning, networking, and the opportunity to fulfill the infinite possibilities of the cable industry. Join SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022 and be part of a quality experience that leverages the technology we have developed to bring us closer, advance our goals, serve our communities, and manifest our dreams. Learn more at expo.scte.org,/a>. See you in September!

Chris Bastian is senior vice president and chief technology officer for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE®), a subsidiary of CableLabs®. With three decades of leadership in advanced cable and network security technologies, Chris is responsible for all areas of technology and engineering to ensure that SCTE maintain a leadership role in standardizing and operationalizing advanced technology, including the SCTE Standards Program and the SCTE Engineering Committee – as well as groundbreaking efforts such as SCTE’s Energy 20/20 program.

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