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SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: What's New with DAA & Flexible MAC
Date / Time: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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After years of trials, cable operators and vendors are increasingly rolling out distributed access architecture (DAA) technology to shift 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. Now, with the release of CableLabs' new Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) spec, industry engineers can freely choose among Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY, virtual CMTS and other DAA variants as they seek to meet their customer needs. This webinar will examine FMA and other advances in DAA technology and standards, as well as look at where operators and vendors stand with DAA deployments now.

Speakers:
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Jim Walsh, Solutions Marketing Manager, VIAVI Solutions | bio
Asaf Matatyaou, Vice President of Solutions and Product Management, Harmonic | bio Dean Stoneback, Senior Director of Engineering and Standards, SCTE•ISBE | bio
Eric Heaton, Platform Solutions Architect, Intel Corporation – DPG/NPG | bio Colin Howlett, VP Architecture, 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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Jim has over 25 years experience in telecommunications and semiconductor industries serving in primarily engineering, product line management, and marketing roles. He is currently a Solutions Marketing Manager at VIAVI Solutions focusing on HFC and fiber broadband service delivery with previous experience at Intel and Delphi. Jim received both undergraduate and MBA degrees from Purdue University, holds 7 US patents, and is a six-sigma black belt.

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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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Dean Stoneback is the Senior Director of Engineering and Standards at SCTE•ISBE and is responsible for the development of standards and operational practices for the broadband communications industry. Specific targets include reducing energy usage through the Energy 2020 program; assuring that networks are ready for DOCSIS 3.1 deployments; enabling advanced and IP video services and digital advertising; developing Internet of things (IoT) deployment methods; and supporting the migration of networks from coax to fiber delivery.

Prior to joining SCTE/ISBE in 2014, Dean spent 26 years with the Jerrold division of General Instrument, Motorola and ARRIS. As a senior manager with ARRIS, he most recently was responsible for systems analysis and architecture development for transmission products for the cable industry, including optics, RF, Ethernet and PON products. During his career he has focused primarily on fiber optic, RF and PON transmission systems and has experience in systems engineering, hardware design, and system integration and test.

Dean was editor of and a contributor to the Third Edition of the NCTA Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television Systems in 2002 and the secretary and a contributor to the SCTE Measurement Recommended Practices for Cable Systems, Fourth Edition in 2012. He co-authored a book on the return path entitled, “Broadband Return Systems for Hybrid Fiber/Coax Cable TV Networks.” A longtime participant in the SCTE Standards Program, he was the recipient in 2012 of the SCTE Excellence in Standards award. Dean received a B.S.E.E. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1988 and his M.S.E.E. degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1993.

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Jean Macher is Business Development Director of SaaS Solutions for Harmonic where he drives the marketing effort for next-generation video solutions in the Americas. Macher joined Harmonic as part of the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in MPEG-related solutions and digital television implementation. Macher holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Institut Supérieur d'Électronique in Paris.

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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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