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SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Swimming Upstream: How to Boost Upstream Network Capacity
Date / Time: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Faced with upstream traffic surges of 30% or more because of COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions, cable operators have been scrambling to boost their upstream capacity to handle the pandemic's lingering impact on their HFC networks.

With the aid of vendors, operators are focusing on both short and long-term relief measures, such as splitting more fiber nodes; deploying lower-gain amplifiers; executing mid-splits and high-splits; extending plant spectrum to 1.8 GHz and beyond; and leveraging technologies and techniques like Profile Management Application (PMA), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and dynamic upstream configuration management to expand their upstream capacity.

In this session, we will delve into the various upstream expansion maneuvers, the challenges involved and the ways to overcome those hurdles.

Speakers:
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Jim Walsh, Solutions Marketing Manager, VIAVI Solutions | bio
Steve Condra, Director, R&D and Product Management, Teleste Intercept | bio Rex Coldren, Principal Access Architect, Office of the CTO, Vecima | bio
Dean Stoneback, Senior Director of Engineering and Standards, SCTE | 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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Jim has over 20 years of technology experience serving in a variety of roles primarily in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries, and is currently a Solutions Marketing Manager for VIAVI Solutions. Previous roles at VIAVI include Product Line Management positions covering HFC Monitoring portfolio and overall Software & Services portfolio. Jim has been a frequent panelist at SCTE Cable-Tech Expo and other international cable events. Prior to VIAVI Jim held various Engineering and Quality Management positions at Intel and Delphi Automotive Systems. Jim holds both undergraduate and MBA degrees from Purdue University, is a Six-Sigma Black Belt, and the holder of 6 US Patents.

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Steve Condra has more than 30 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry. He spent 16 years with AT&T, Bell Labs, and Lucent Technologies primarily in outside plant design, manufacture, and installation. In addition, he has spent 18 years in the Cable TV industry with Scientific Atlanta, Cisco, and currently he works with Teleste Intercept primarily in HFC infrastructure including R&D and Product Management.

Steve earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri .

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Rex Coldren Joined Vecima in 2020. Rex was previously with Nokia/Gainspeed (2016-2020), Bell Labs Consulting (2014-2016), Alcatel-Lucent, Lucent, AG Communication Systems, GTE Communication Systems, ITT. In cable since 1998.

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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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Rich Loveland is the Director of Product Line Management for Vecima’s Passive Optical Networking (PON) for fiber-to-the-premise products.

With more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Rich has held various marketing, product management, business development and engineering roles at Ciena, Ipitek, Pliant Systems Inc., Nortel Networks, Nokia (Formerly Alcatel-Lucent) and now Vecima Networks Inc.

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