SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar: Making Way for DAA
Date / Time: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Following years of fits and starts, cable operators and vendors in both North America and Europe are finally starting to roll out various distributed access architecture (DAA) options for shifting key headend functions and equipment to the access network, thereby expanding the HFC network's capacity to deliver new, more advanced services and operate more efficiently and effectively. But, whether they are leveraging Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY or some other type of DAA, cablecos and their tech partners are finding that deploying DAA is even harder than expected. In this session, we will examine the latest DAA moves by operators and vendors, the strategies they are pursuing, the hurdles they are encountering and the early lessons they are learning.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader - Light Reading

Jim Walsh, Solutions Marketing Manager, VIAVI Solutions

Jon Schnoor, Lead Architect, CableLabs

Asaf Matatyaou, Vice President of Solutions and Product Management, Harmonic

Colin Howlett, VP Architecture, Vecima

Rob Wilmoth, Chief Architect, North America Service Providers, Red Hat

Dennis Brown, Director of Engineering Training, SCTE•ISBE


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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Jim Walsh, Solutions Marketing Manager, VIAVI Solutions
Jim has over 20 years of technology experience serving in a variety of roles primarily in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries, and is currently a Solutions Marketing Manager for VIAVI Solutions. Previous roles at VIAVI include Product Line Management positions covering HFC Monitoring portfolio and overall Software & Services portfolio. Jim has been a frequent panelist at SCTE Cable-Tech Expo and other international cable events. Prior to VIAVI Jim held various Engineering and Quality Management positions at Intel and Delphi Automotive Systems. Jim holds both undergraduate and MBA degrees from Purdue University, is a Six-Sigma Black Belt, and the holder of 6 US Patents.

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Jon Schnoor, Lead Architect, CableLabs
Jon Schnoor is a Lead Architect for CableLabs’ Wired Technologies team, focused on the Distributed CCAP Architecture (DCA) Program, including Remote PHY (R-PHY) and Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) technologies. He leads the R-PHY and FMA projects developing specifications, solutions and championing the cable industry toward Distributed Access Architectures of the future. Jon works closely with cable operators and technology partners to develop and deliver new innovative concepts, designs and strategic initiatives for the cable industry.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Jon was Director of Advanced Solutions Engineering for Ubee Interactive’s Advanced Wireless Gateway Organization. In his role he provided high-level engineering support for customers, direction for the Advanced Solutions Engineering team, facilitated new business development initiatives and supported product management in defining requirements for new cable technologies with customers.

Previous to Ubee Interactive, he was Director of Technical Marketing at Hitachi Communications helping lead the cable industry’s effort with EPON and the DPoE specification. He was a contributing engineer with the DPoE group at CableLabs helping to develop the industry’s first fiber homerun requirements.

With more than 25 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry, Jon spent a majority of his career in the operator space with various engineering groups. At Comcast, he helped design, test and deploy their provisioning and CPE support systems. Jon led voice deployments across markets for Charter Communications, including field network readiness and provisioning and was the technical lead for the Charter Home Networking product line.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado.

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Asaf Matatyaou, Vice President of Solutions and Product Management, Harmonic
Asaf Matatyaou is Vice President of Solutions and Product Management for the Cable Access Business at Harmonic. In this role, Asaf is responsible for product management, strategy and solution architectures, including Harmonic’s virtual cable access solution, CableOS®. Asaf has over 20 years of experience as an engineer and executive in the cable industry, including roles where he led development of CMTS products and helped drive industry specifications. Asaf earned his BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

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Colin Howlett, VP Architecture, Vecima
Colin Howlett is responsible for defining overall technology strategy at Vecima and an active participant in industry standards development at CableLabs and SCTE in the areas of DOCSIS and Distributed Access Architectures. Colin holds multiple patents in cable broadband access, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Rob Wilmoth, Chief Architect, North America Service Providers, Red Hat
Rob Wilmoth is the Chief Architect for the Red Hat North American Telco/Service providers team. Rob works closely with customers and our partners in solving challenges that range from regulatory compliance and general IT, to changing the way that they view their business problems in the network and content delivery spaces. He has been with Red Hat for thirteen years in various Solutions Architecture roles supporting accounts including; AT&T, Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, TIAA Bank, and the utility industry.

Rob is an Appalachian State Grad with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems.

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Dennis Brown, Director of Engineering Training, SCTE•ISBE
Dennis has 25+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Dennis has worked as an installer, service, and system tech in the access network. After ten years in the field, Dennis changed gears and became an instructor in technical and safety. Dennis has worked for Cox, Primestar, Cablevision, Charter, Time Warner, and Ericsson.

Rob is an Appalachian State Grad with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems.

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