Playing Smart in the Smart Home Market
Date / Time: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
sponsored by
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Michael L. Giobbi, Chief Technology Officer, Armstrong

Adam Hotchkiss, Co-founder and VP Product, Plume

Simon Poljsak, Manager - Television, Internet and Fixed Telephony Products, Melita

As the battle for the smart home intensifies with services decoupling from the broadband ‘pipe’ and as new entrants compete over-the-top, this webinar will address the key issues that service providers are facing, and the strategies and technologies that they are adopting to stay ahead.

We’ll look at the prime factors causing today’s Wi-Fi home networking bottleneck:

  • Growth of IOT devices in the home
  • Increased congestion
  • Security threats
  • Lack of support tools

We’ll focus on key technologies that are being deployed to address home networking issues:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cloud
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Predictive maintenance and support tools

We’ll then explore how service providers can go beyond the home networking issue and leverage Wi-Fi as a platform to create a host of new services and boost ARPU, increase NPS and importantly, reduce churn.

The session will feature speakers from both North American (Armstrong) and European (Melita) service providers. Executives from both companies will explain their strategies, results and insights, designed to ensure that they play smart in the rapidly expanding smart home market.


Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan Breznick has tracked the media, telecommunications, broadband, and consumer electronics industries for more than 20 years. Before switching over to Heavy Reading in 2007, he was the original editor of Light Reading Cable Website and founding author of Heavy Reading's Cable Industry Insider. At Heavy Reading, he primarily focuses on cable/MSO services, technologies, and networks, as well as IPTV infrastructure. Alan was formerly a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence. He previously reported for Communications Daily, Cable World, Multichannel News, Broadband Daily, Crain's New York Business, and Genuine Article Press, among other publications.

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Michael L. Giobbi, Chief Technology Officer, Armstrong
Mike is a forty-two-year veteran of the Cable Industry, all with Armstrong. Mike began his career as an installer, service technician, and fifteen years as System Technician. Mike has been at Armstrong Corporate Office over twenty-five years. He has been Chief Technology Officer since 2006. Mike’s team is responsible for Innovation and Technology covering all areas of architecture covering WAN, Core, Metro, and last mile IP Networks, both wired and wireless. He spent many years as Vice President of Engineering & Technology responsible for Armstrong’s first Cable Modem network in 1995. Mike holds a BSEET from Penn State University and SCTE Emeritus BCE Certification.

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Adam Hotchkiss, Co-founder and VP Product, Plume
An expert in networking and big data, Adam is responsible for shaping Plume’s cloud-delivery platform and services proposition. He was previously Vice President of Products at Menara and held management positions at Qtera and Nortel, delivering high speed services for both residential and data center networks. Adam holds over 11 published or pending patents and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.

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Simon Poljsak, Manager - Television, Internet and Fixed Telephony Products, Melita
Simon is responsible for the portfolio and go-to-market leadership of Melita’s residential television, Internet and Telephony products. His role includes driving best-in-class user experience and competitive positioning to ensure that the company stays ahead in delivering profitable and highly relevant consumer technology. Most recently Simon was responsible for launching StellarWiFi, Melita’s initiative to revolutionise its approach to-in home Wi-Fi services. He previously held sales and marketing positions with Bwin and leading Slovenian entertainment provider ProPlus. Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in International Business, both from the University of Ljubljana.

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