SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Lighting Up Coherent Optics
Date / Time: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Coherent optics is a long-standing long-haul technology that cable engineers are now exploring to vastly increase the amount of data delivered over HFC access networks, offer much higher speeds to customers and boost the optical performance of fiber links without overhauling the entire cable plant. With cable operators facing surging consumption of streaming video and ever-growing demand for bandwidth especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, coherent optics promises to be a powerful way to ease the mounting capacity loads very efficiently.

But how easily can this long-haul optical technology be adapted for cable access networks? What major challenges must still be overcome?

This webinar will focus on the great promise of coherent optics, the work that cable technologists are doing with it and the hurdles that they are seeking to scale.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Zhensheng (Steve) Jia, Ph.D. Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs | 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 Jia is a Distinguished Technologist on Optical Technologies at CableLabs, focusing on future optical access network architectures and emerging broadband wired and wireless converged technologies. Dr. Jia has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers, 1 book titled “Coherent Optics for Access Networks” by CRC Press and 10 book chapters. He holds more than 80 US and international patents. Dr. Jia has been the Technical Lead of CableLabs’ Point-to-Point Coherent Optics specifications development and coherent transceiver interop testing. He is currently heading the effort of coherent passive optical network (CPON) project for next-generation 100G single-wavelength PON. Dr. Jia is a Technical Editor of IEEE Network and an Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Journals, and he is serving as Subcommittee Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) 2022.

He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Department of Electronic Engineering from the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and a Ph.D. degree in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

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As President and CEO of ActiveVideo, Jeff Miller brings long-term vision and strategic thinking to address the technology and business requirements of service providers, content aggregators and app developers. He builds talented teams that drive technological change, most recently introducing ActiveVideo AppCloud - combining the power, independence, and diversity of the Android ecosystem with ActiveVideo’s industry leading virtualization technology and experience.

Jeff joined ActiveVideo in 2000 as vice president of engineering, responsible for an architectural transformation to increase scalability, functionality and cost-effectiveness. During his tenure as president and CEO since 2005, he has guided ActiveVideo through multiple large-scale virtualization deployments with operators including Charter, J:COM and Liberty Global.

Prior to ActiveVideo, Jeff co-founded RISQ Modular Systems, an embedded computer manufacturer. Jeff holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

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Liam Bresnahan is the Senior Director of Product Management for Footprint at TiVo. With more than 12 years of experience in product management and technology, Liam drives success in creating products and partnerships for PayTV Operators that results in next-generation solutions for easily accessible content across multiple device platforms. Previously, Liam worked within Ericsson and Microsoft where he was responsible for Solution Architecture in EMEA, focused on Mediaroom, Mediaroom Reach and Mediafirst.

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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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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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