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SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Fighting Fiber with More Fiber
Date / Time: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Fighting fiber with fiber seems to be the cable industry's mantra these days. Even as they complete their rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 and start gearing up for DOCSIS 4.0, cable operators are scrambling to put more fiber in their ever-evolving HFC networks. That’s because fiber continues to be the biggest enabler of most—if not all—of the technological, financial, operational, and competitive gains that operators are seeking. Yet, even as they invest more heavily in fiber, operators still face critical questions about how to leverage those investments to the fullest. This webinar will explore where cablecos and vendors are going with fiber, examine the challenges they face and discuss the implications.

Speakers:
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales, Learning & Development, SCTE | bio
Douglas Clague, Solutions Marketing Manager, VIAVI Solutions | bio Jason Morris, Marketing Manager, Corning Optical Communications | bio
Vijay Raman, Vice President of Product Management, 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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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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Doug has over 20 years of experience in test and measurement with a primary focus on Fiber Optics and Cable technologies, supporting the Telecommunications industry. Prior to VIAVI, Doug held positions as manufacturing engineer, solutions engineer and business development manager. Doug has participated on numerous industry panels around Fiber and Cable technology trends. He attended Brunel University in London and graduated with a honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering.

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For the past eleven years, Jason Morris has been involved in industries at the forefront of technology. As a marketing manager for Corning Optical Communications, Jason is responsible for marketing strategy that includes being the subject matter expert on Corning products and industry standards.

Jason has a Bachelor of Geography, GIS specialization from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has been a member of SCTE since 2014.

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Vijay Raman is a Vice President of Product Management, joining Vecima when they acquired Nokia’s DAA & PON Gainspeed Cable Business Unit in August 2020.

Before serving as Nokia’s Head of Product Management & Global Field Support, Vijay held senior field and product leadership positions at Gainspeed (Nokia), Overture/Hatteras Networks (ADVA), Aruba Networks (IPO), Avici Systems (IPO), FORE Systems (Marconi).

Vijay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from NC State University and has completed post graduate studies at Harvard Business School.

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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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