SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Making the Most of DOCSIS OFDMA
Date / Time: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Now that North American and European cable operators have deployed DOCSIS 3.1 across both continents, cable operators and vendors are turning their attention to squeezing more juice out of the spec. In particular, they are working on using technologies and techniques like Profile Management Application (PMA), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and dynamic upstream configuration management to expand their upstream capacity in the face of traffic spikes produced by COVID-19 lockdowns. In this session, we will explore these various next-gen methods, discuss the issues they raise and learn how much capacity they can add to their D3.1 networks.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Rob Wilmoth, Chief Architect, Service Provider Team, Red Hat North America | bio
Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales, Learning & Development, SCTE | bio Robert Flask, Head of Product Line Management, Cable and Access Instrument Solutions, VIAVI Solutions | bio
Jason Miller, Technical Marketing Engineer Cable Access, Cisco | bio Rex Coldren, Principal Access Architect, Office of the CTO, Vecima | bio

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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Rob Wilmoth is Chief Architect for the Red Hat North America Service Provider Team. He works closely with customers and partners advising and assisting with challenges ranging 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 architecture roles supporting the service provider industries.

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Steve is a respected international subject matter expert and thought leader in telecommunications, high technology and information technology systems engineering.

At SCTE•ISBE he is responsible for training content that can lead to increased revenue for cable system operators, resolution of business challenges and enhanced subscriber experiences. He has been integral to the development of ~800 modules of SCTE•ISBE training, as well as boot camps and certification programs for more than 100,000 telecommunication professionals.

SCTE•ISBE training supports the cable workforce in such areas as Fiber Deep, DAA, FTTx, DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, routing, switching, virtualization, cloud, IPv6, Ethernet, Business Services, Cybersecurity, MPEG, Linux, Critical Facilities, installation services, EPON and outside plant/HFC.

A holder of more than 40 industry and instructor certification, Steve has been a leader in conducting MSO IPv6 training; serves as lead instructor of the SCTE/ISBE and SMPTE Cisco Academy virtual classroom and works with international telecommunications companies to develop ADDIE-compliant career path and training programs.

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Robert Flask is a 25-year veteran of the communications test industry. He leads the Cable and Access Instrument solution business within VIAVI Solutions and has responsibility for P&L, and overall roadmap and strategy. His focus has been working with operators around the world to successfully transition to 1 Gigbit/s and DOCSIS3.1. He has both engineering and business background with deep understanding of the technologies and their implications to the industry. He has been a regular speaker and contributor to articles throughout his career. Rob has held diverse leadership roles, including product and program management and engineering.

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Jason Miller lives outside New Orleans and is a Technical Marketing Engineer with Cisco’s Cable Access Business Unit where he supports cable operators around the world.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette. Following college, he worked ten years with Shell Oil Company as a Communications Engineer before joining Cisco in 1999 as a Systems Engineering working with Service Providers in the Gulf coast area.

Although he worked with a variety of networking technologies, he developed expertise in routing protocols and access networks. In 2003, he expanded his role and began to specialize in technologies associated with DOCSIS and Cisco’s CMTS products. Today he works directly in the Cable Access Business Unit helping customers deploy new technology like OFDMA.

Jason holds several Cisco network certifications including the top certification of Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) as well as SCTE DOCSIS Engineering Professional (DEP).

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Joined Vecima in 2020

Previously with Nokia/Gainspeed (2016-2020), Bell Labs Consulting (2014-2016), Alcatel-Lucent, Lucent, AG Communication Systems, GTE Communication Systems, ITT.

In cable since 1998.

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