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SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date / Time: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Despite getting off to a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own claim in the network virtualization space. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global, Cox and Shaw, cable operators and their technology partners are particularly moving ahead with virtualizing the cable access network and edge-computing initiatives to meet growing bandwidth demands, boost service delivery, enhance network performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market quicker. But much more work remains to be done. This webinar will review cable's latest virtualization moves, assess the industry's early progress, examine what's working and what's not and look at where cable goes next.

Speakers:
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Ben Bekele, Director Product Management, Cisco | bio
Rob Wilmoth, Chief Architect, Service Provider Team, Red Hat North America | bio Dean Stoneback, Senior Director of Engineering and Standards, SCTE | bio
Thuy Nguyen, Cable Segment Lead, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation | 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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Ben Bekele is a Director of product management for Cloud and Automation products within the Cisco cable business unit. Ben is responsible for delivering innovative products like Cisco's virtualized CMTS - the Cloud Native Broadband Router and applications to automate the management of the cable Distributed Access Architecture(DAA). Ben is also responsible for delivering solution to address the service providers migration to a software and cloud centric disaggregated and distributed architecture.

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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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Dean Stoneback is the Senior Director of Engineering and Standards at SCTE 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 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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Thuy Nguyen leads the Cable Segment for Intel's Network Platforms Group (NPG). Intel is focused on helping cable MSO's and the cable partner ecosystem transform HFC networks to meet the ever growing demand for more broadband bandwidth. Thuy supports the Intel team developing access network solutions enabling Network Functions Virtualization to help Cable MSO's scale their HFC networks for the next decade of growth and network transformation.

Prior to Intel Corporation, Thuy has spent more than 20 years working in the Cable broadband industry where he previously served Comcast as GM & VP of Engineering. Thuy has worked in Network Engineering capacities for Rogers Cablesystems, @Home Network ([email protected]), Comcast, and Charter. Thuy has also worked for Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and startup companies developing cable broadband and wireless solutions.

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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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