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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
Robert Kuse, Sr. Director, Access Engineering, Cox Communications, Inc. | bio Tom Williams, Chief Technology Officer, Schurz Communications | 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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Robert leads the Cox access engineering team that manages the technical deployments for Cox FTTH builds for both residential and commercial customers. Robert previously led the Cox commercial services engineering that built a national Cox Business services backbone and metro access network. He started his career at BellSouth and later AT&T. He was part of the product management team that launched DSL services as well as the initial fiber-to-the-cell site builds. He is a former board member and treasurer of the Metro Ethernet Forum.

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Tom Williams is Chief Technology Officer with Schurz Broadband Group. Tom began his career in the cable industry as an R&D engineer at Scientific-Atlanta developing and deploying the first digital set-top boxes. He moved into consulting with KPMG and later joined Comcast as the Regional Director of Engineering where he was first to deploy new technologies for the company including the VOD, HD-DVR, CHSI, HDTV and more. In 2006 Tom joined ARRIS as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, where he won 2 AMY awards and implemented a company-wide brand transformation and management strategy. Tom returned to consulting, as a Managing Partner with Brightset Consulting specializing in global marketing and communications strategies for technology companies. He joined the Schurz Communications leadership team in 2016 where he drives technology strategy for the company.

Tom is a long-standing member of SCTE, CTAM, NCTC and WICT. He enjoys mentoring young people interested in technology and advanced video related careers. He has served as a Board member on the Baltimore County Technology Council and the Technology Board for the University of Maryland driving technology solutions to serve students and faculty of the college. Tom was inducted into the prestigious Cable TV Pioneers in 2019.

An active participant in his hometown of Atlanta, he enjoys coaching youth sports teams, serving on community technology boards and supporting local and military-owned business growth. Tom is a member of the American Legion and a United States Marine Corps veteran. He is a member of the Marine Corps Memorial Association that educates and connects others on the history of the Corps and the sacrifices of those who serve.

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