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Cable's Fiber Outlook – DAA and CIN Strategies
Date / Time: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
Overview:
 
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As part of Light Reading's latest annual Fiber Outlook survey, Ciena sponsored a section focusing on the cable industry's Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) and Converged Interconnect Network (CIN) strategies and progress. The study's key takeaways include:

  • Nearly one third of respondents (31%) said the pandemic has either "somewhat" or "significantly" accelerated their company's plans to shift to a DAA approach
  • An overwhelming majority of respondents (87%) said their company intends to converge at least two types of services over a common CIN infrastructure
  • Close to one half of survey participants (48%) said 5G is a key driver for their company's DAA and CIN rollout strategies
Light Reading's Alan Breznick will discuss key findings from the 2020 Fiber Outlook survey with a panel of industry experts to glean their views, experiences and insights about cable's adoption of DAA and CIN technologies.

Speakers:
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Fernando Villarruel, Chief Architect, MSO Practice, Ciena | bio
Jack Burton, Principal, Broadband Success Partners | bio John Dickinson, President, Just Digital Transformations | 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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Jack Burton is a principal of Broadband Success Partners, a consultancy dedicated to addressing the go-to-market, sales enablement and technology needs of service providers and vendors in commercial and residential cable and fiber. Prior to co-founding the group, he was Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Altice USA and Cablevision Systems. His telecom career spans more than 35 years and includes service as Chairman of the CableLabs Packet Cable Certification Board and prior roles at Lightpath, MTV Networks, Tribune/United and Warner/Amex.

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Proven technical leader with 30+ years of expertise in driving innovation and new product launches with advanced network technologies which enable new services that establish revenue generation and produce cost reductions. Focused on maximizing value of technology, utilizing SDN automation including virtualized network platforms and cloud native ecosystems for service providers. Leverage emerging technologies to improve service performance and the customer experience. Able to attract and retain industry leading engineers, leading to successful new product launches, many of which were first in the telecommunications industry.

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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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