How Low-Latency DOCSIS Can Be a Game-Changer
Date / Time: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Many Internet applications require better Internet connections. Not necessarily faster, but better! Better means consistently low latency or low lag. Online gaming, video conferencing, even streaming video are examples of latency-sensitive applications that are used by Internet users on a daily basis. In addition to latency, jitter or choppiness in network lag is also an important metric that significantly affects the performance of these applications.

CommScope has pioneered the low-latency space through participation in and contributions to the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.1 committee that created the Low Latency DOCSIS (LLD) specifications. LLD can reduce cable latency to sub-10 milliseconds and jitter to sub-milliseconds, which yields high-performing Internet connections that dramatically improves delay-sensitive applications.

In this webinar, the CommScope team will describe how network lag impacts Internet applications, show examples of typical network lag encountered over cable connections and describe the business impact associated with latency and jitter. This introduction is followed by a high-level overview of the LLD technology and a real-world gaming demo using an end-to-end CommScope LLD system that shows how Low Latency DOCSIS is indeed a game changer!

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Kevin Wirick, , Vice President, Business Development, CommScope | bio
Tushar Mathur, Staff Systems Engineer, CommScope | 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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Kevin Wirick leads the CommScope Strategic Business Development team. His team is responsible for analyzing markets, working with new technologies, and developing future product strategies and customer engagements. Previously, Kevin led the CommScope Network Intelligence business where his team addressed network management needs of service providers customers with cloud-based software solutions. In prior roles, he was General Manager for IP set top products, Video Systems Product Marketing, and Product Marketing for the company’s initiative in IPTV.

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Tushar Mathur is a Staff Systems Engineer in the Chief Technology Office –Broadband Networks at CommScope, where he has been working for the past five years on defining the architecture of the company’s centralized and distributed CCAP/CMTS systems. His current areas of interest are QoS and Distributed Access Architecture in cable broadband networks. He has issued and pending patents and has authored several papers on emerging broadband technologies. Prior to working at CommScope, Tushar has worked as a Software Engineer at Motorola Solutions Inc. Tushar holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Miami University.

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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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