Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies:
Taking the Next Leap

Thursday, March 27, 2014 • Denver, CO

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  • A tightly focused one-day event exploring the new technologies, services, and strategies that the cable industry is developing and deploying, including DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, IP video, RDK, network DVRs, Ethernet, EPON, EPoC, DPoE, WiFi, SDN, and remote PHY

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About the Event

Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies: Taking the Next Leap is a one-day conference that will take a comprehensive look at the cable industry's efforts to develop and deploy new technologies, products, and services. The live event will explore cable's continued deployment of DOCSIS 3.0, as well as the industry's development of such next-gen access architectures and technologies as DOCSIS 3.1, converged cable access platform (CCAP), IP video, cloud-based services, reference design kit (RDK), multi-screen video, EPON, remote PHY, SDN, NFV, EPON protocol over coax (EPoC), and DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPoE). The conference will also examine cable's latest wireless broadband initiatives, including its ambitious WiFi forays and the partnership between Verizon Wireless and four leading MSOs.

Why You Should Attend

  • Learn about the latest cable broadband, video, IP, and other technologies that cable engineers are testing and developing.
  • Hear about the new broadband, video, IP, and other products and services that cable operators are testing and deploying.
  • Explore the market opportunities that these new cable services and products present.
  • Discuss the industry's strategies for developing and deploying these new products and services.
  • Examine the challenges that the industry faces in developing, deploying, and monetizing these new products and services.
  • Learn the new broadband, video, IP, and other products and services that cable's rivals are deploying and developing.
  • Assess the cable industry's competitive prospects in the swiftly evolving IP era.
 

Who Should Attend

  • MSO technologists and engineers
  • Cable vendor technologists and engineers
  • MSO marketers and business development strategists
  • Cable vendor marketers and business development strategists
  • Cable trade group technologists and researchers
  • Telco and satellite TV technologists and engineers
  • Telco and satellite TV marketers and business development strategists
  • OTT video provider technologists and engineers
  • OTT video provider marketers and business development strategists
  • Industry and financial analysts
  • Industry financial and marketing consultants
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Schedule

 
7:30 – 8:45am

Sponsored by:

Special Breakfast Session – Next-Generation Optical Networks

Traditional DWDM networks using the ITU grid strand fiber capacity in the guard bands between channels. Emerging optical transport platforms will use a flexibly defined channel allocation plan (flex-grid) that will allow this bandwidth to be recovered. Most cable operators today are deploying 100G transport waves, but growing demand for more capacity is driving the industry to 400G or 1000G transport waves. These will typically be implemented as super-channels comprised of several tightly packed waves within the super-channel. Photonic integration, which monolithically integrates multiple optical transmitters or receivers on a single chip, provides an optimal approach for implementing super-channels. In this session, we’ll take a look at super-channels and their underlying technology, and explore how photonic integration can accelerate the deployment of super-channels while delivering up to 24 Tb/s of capacity on a single fiber pair.
Moderator: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Heavy Reading
Panelists: Gaylord Hart, Director, MSO Market Segment, Infinera

 
8:00 – 9:00AM
Registration & Breakfast
 
9:00 – 9:15am
Introduction – The Mile-High View

Over the past six years, cable operators have steadily deployed DOCSIS 3.0 throughout the world while rolling out WiFi and other IP-based wireless broadband technologies. But with Verizon, AT&T, Google Fiber, CenturyLink, and others building powerful fiber networks, cable providers are still scrambling to match or exceed the pace of their chief rivals. So they’re pumping up downstream speeds, boosting upstream capacity, adding new broadband products like home security and automation, accelerating their WiFi rollouts, developing DOCSIS 3.1, deploying CCAP, testing EPON, and exploring new technologies like SDN. This big-picture outlook will paint the competitive landscape for cable in the broadband space.
Moderator: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Heavy Reading

 
9:15 – 10:15am
Panel I – DOCSIS 3.1: Next Steps

Now that CableLabs has released its DOCSIS 3.1 specs, this panel will dig deeper into the new cable wideband standard and see what it all means. Senior cable technologists will delve into the key aspects of D3.1, including its higher upstream and downstream capacities, greater spectral efficiencies, shift to orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) subcarriers, and embrace of higher orders of QAM modulation. Panelists will compare and contrast the new cable standard with other proposed wideband specs, such as EPOC. Panelists will also discuss how the new specs will be implemented; when cable modems, wireless gateways, CMTSs, and other gear will be produced and tested; and how and when the first D3.1 equipment will be deployed.
Moderator: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Heavy Reading
Panelists: Jorge Salinger, VP, Access Architecture, Comcast
Gerry White, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Marty Davidson, VP, Engineering and Network Operations, SCTE
Dan Rice, SVP, Network Technology, CableLabs
David Keane-Mirajkar, Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Casa Systems
John Holobinko, Independent Business Transformation Consultant

 
10:15 – 10:45am
Keynote – More with Less: One Network, One Topology, One Cloud & One Ops Model ...and yet defying Moore’s & Shannon’s Laws!

Speaker: Shamim Akhtar, Architect & Sr. Director, Network Strategy, Comcast

 
10:45 – 11:00am
Break
 
11:00 – 11:15am
PRESENTATION - CCAP Update

Known as the father of CCAP, Salinger will offer a fresh update on where the next-gen access architecture spec stands, spell out Comcast's latest deployment plans, and discuss where the Converged Cable Access Platform is heading.
Panelists: Jorge Salinger, VP, Access Architecture, Comcast Cable

 
11:15am – 12:15pm
Panel II – Beyond CCAP: Evolving the Cable Network

Currently, cable access networks rely on a centralized head end to perform DOCSIS access functions, manage subscriber state, and aggregate network traffic. But this monolithic model may well lead to capacity and space headaches, compromise network services, and limit potential revenue, due to the huge growth in high-speed data services, the embrace of IP video delivery, and the desire to roll out new services at an ever-faster clip. In this provocative session, top cable technologists will discuss and debate the various proposed solutions to these coming cable network challenges, including distributed networks, remote PHY, software-defined networking (SDN), EPON, EPOC, and network functions virtualization (NFV). (three sponsors, one invited guest)
Moderator: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Heavy Reading
Panelists: Steve Vogelsang, VP, Strategy & CTO – IP Routing and Transport Business Division, Alcatel-Lucent
Ony Anglade, Sr. Access Architect, Cox Communications
Gerry White, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Andrew Smith, Chief Architect, Cable MSO Networks, Juniper Networks
Shane Eleniak, VP, Advanced Broadband Solutions, Commscope

 
12:15 – 12:40pm
Super Platinum Keynote - Maximizing Customer Experience and Assuring Service Delivery in an IP World

As cable networks become increasingly more complex with carrier WiFi, business services, and TV Everywhere, MSOs need a holistic perspective of their service delivery environment to understand the complex interactions among services, networks, subscribers, and their devices in a way that enables all stakeholders to act proactively and decisively within their service delivery domains. New technology, network consolidation, the transformation to all IP, and an increase in customer traffic growth are presenting MSOs with an array of challenges as they deliver new and innovative services to their customers. They need a far broader and more unified strategy to successfully orchestrate IP service delivery if they are to improve service innovation and service velocity and compete effectively. MSOs must be capable of proactively managing performance, availability, and quality of service to meet expectations through the use of rich analytics and operational intelligence, which allow them to better understand service and usage trends, make smarter business decisions, and improve the profitability of services delivered.
Speaker: Steven Shalita, VP, Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc.

 
12:40 – 1:35pm
Lunch & Tabletop Displays
 
1:35 – 2:00pm
Keynote – Going Digital: How quickly are consumers dumping DVDs and adopting digital movies?

Consumers are transitioning from physical media ownerships, such as DVDs and video tapes, to digital media, including iTunes and UltraViolet movies. How much are consumers already using digital movies and how fast is the transition likely to proceed in the future? What opportunities are there for operators in this change? Leveraging brand new data from a survey of 1000 U.S. broadband users, we will look at consumer ownership of digital photos, music, movies and home videos and use this data to forecast how quickly the digital movie market will evolve. We will also see just how quickly consumers are adopting new services like cloud storage and social media to store all of this digital media. We will also see how quickly these digital libraries are likely to grow in the future. There is also a special section that focuses on behaviors of the millennnials (aka Gen Y.)
Speaker: Colin Dixon, Founder & Principal Analyst, nScreenMedia

 
2:00 – 3:00pm
Panel III – The Great IP Video Transition: What Now?

Now that cable operators have embraced IP video, the big question is how they will make the transition to full IP video delivery without overwhelming their already strained networks. When will MSOs start running IP simulcasts, and how much extra bandwidth will these simulcasts consume? How will MSOs leverage the cloud to deliver user interfaces, programming guides, network DVRs, multiscreen video, and other new IP services? What roles will headed and headless gateways play? How will MSOs connect with connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, smartphones, and other devices? How will operators adapt to adaptive streaming? This session will tackle such tricky issues.
Moderator: Craig Leddy, Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading Cable Insider
Panelists: Steven Shalita, VP, Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc.
Conrad Clemson, VP, Business Development, Cisco Systems
Tom Gonder, Chief Architect, Time Warner Cable
John Dickinson, Senior Director of Network Strategy & Architecture, Bright House Networks
Allen Broome, VP, IP Video Engineering, Comcast Cable
David Helfrick, Partner, IBB Consulting

 
3:00 – 3:30pm
Special Presentation – Service Assurance: Lessons From the Mobile World

As cable operators upgrade to IP service delivery and roll out more advanced products and features, they are discovering that customer quality of experience (QoE) can be a key competitive differentiator. So they're taking a fresh look at customer service assurance and performance management tools and techniques. In this special presentation, industry experts will examine the customer service lessons learned from the mobile world and see how they can be applied to the cable space.
Panelists: Steven Shalita, VP, Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc.
Speaker: Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

 
3:30 – 3:40pm
Break
 
3:40 – 4:20pm
Panel IV – The RDK Revolution

Cable’s budding reference design kit (RDK) program promises to accelerate the pace of innovation and development for hybrid and IP-only set-tops and gateways, as well as create an IP set-top standard for the entire industry. Initially developed by Comcast and now backed by Time Warner Cable and other MSOs, RDK is already being deployed by Comcast in its X1 and X2 IP video gateways. In this session, leading MSO and vendor technologists will explain the technology behind RDK, explore the opportunities it opens up for the industry, and examine the obstacles in its way.
Moderator: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Heavy Reading
Panelists: Jaison Dolvane, co-founder, Espial
Bob Hunt, Principal & Strategic Advisor, BroadbandBuzz
Nicholas Nielsen, Principal Architect, CTG, Time Warner Cable
Steve Calzone, Director, Video Applications Development, Cox Communications
Conrad Clemson, VP, Business Development, Cisco Systems

 
4:20 – 5:10pm
Panel V – Making the Most of Multiscreen & OTT Video

Nearly five years after Comcast, Time Warner, and Cablevision Systems introduced the concept, scores of cable operators, other service providers, and content providers are now distributing their video services to tablets, game consoles, smartphones, and other screens. Cable operators are looking to home media gateways and advanced set-tops as two prime ways to connect in-home devices to broadband. Plus, several providers are starting to integrate over-the-top (OTT) video into their premium fare. Yet precious few providers are making much money off their multiscreen offerings, even though some potential revenue models exist. In this session, we will explore the various monetization options, the opportunities they raise, the challenges they pose, and ways to overcome them.
Moderator: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Heavy Reading
Panelists: John Childress, Director, Product Management, Residential, WideOpenWest
James Cahall, CTO, Toon Goggles, Inc.
Alison White, Senior Business Development Manager, Pandora
Ed Lee, VP, Content Acquisition, Roku
Michael Martinez, Director, Sales Engineering, QuickPlay Media

 
5:10 – 5:20pm
Analyst Wrapup

Moderator: Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
Panelists: Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Craig Leddy, Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading Cable Insider
Colin Dixon, Founder & Principal Analyst, nScreenMedia

 
5:20 – 6:30pm
Cocktail Reception & Tabletop Displays
 
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Speakers & Moderators

Moderators


Alan Breznick
Alan Breznick
Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Craig Leddy
Craig Leddy
Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider


Speakers


Shamim Akhtar
Shamim Akhtar
Architect & Sr. Director, Network Strategy, Comcast
Ony Anglade
Ony Anglade
Sr. Access Architect, Cox Communications
 


Allen Broome
Allen Broome
IP Video Engineering, Comcast Cable
James Cahall
James Cahall
Chief Technical Officer, Toon Goggles, Inc.
 


Steve Calzone
Steve Calzone
Director, Video Applications Development, Cox Communications
John Childress
Director of Product Management, Residential, WideOpenWest
 


Conrad Clemson
Conrad Clemson
VP Business Development, Cisco
Marty Davidson
Marty Davidson
VP Engineering & Network Operations, SCTE
 


John Dickinson
John Dickinson
Senior Director, Network Strategy & Architecture, Bright House Networks
Colin Dixon
Colin Dixon
Founder & Principal Analyst, nScreenMedia
 


Jaison Dolvane
Jaison Dolvane
Co-Founder, Espial
Shane Eleniak
VP, Advanced Broadband Solutions, CommScope
 


Leslie Ellis
Leslie Ellis
Owner, Ellis Edits Inc. & Translation-Please.com
Gaylord Hart
Gaylord Hart
Director, MSO Market Segment, Infinera
 


Bob Hunt
Bob Hunt
Founding Principal, BroadbandBuzz LLC
Bob Hunt
Tom Gonder
Chief Architect, Time Warner Cable
 


David Helfrick
David Helfrick
Partner, IBB Consulting Group
John Holobinko
John Holobinko
Independent Business Transformation Consultant
 


David Keane-Mirajkar
David Keane-Mirajkar
Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Casa Systems
Ed Lee
Ed Lee
VP, Content Acquisition, Roku
 


Michael Martinez
Michael Martinez
Director, Sales Engineering, QuickPlay Media
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Nicholas Nielsen
Principal Architect, Converged Technology Group, Time Warner Cable
 


Dan Rice
SVP, Network Technologies, CableLabs
Jorge Salinger
Access Architecture, Comcast Cable
 


Steven Shalita
VP, Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc.
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Chief Architect, Cable MSO Networks, Juniper Networks
 


Steve Vogelsang
Steve Vogelsang
VP, Strategy & CTO – IP Routing and Transport Business Division, Alcatel-Lucent
Alison White
Alison White
Senior Business Development Manager, Pandora
 


Gerry White
Gerry White
Distinguished Engineer, CTO Group, Cisco Systems
 
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Venue Information

Hotel Westin

Room Block: The Westin Denver Downtown

1672 Lawrence St | Denver CO 80202
(800) WESTIN1 (937-8461) | *Request Light Reading room block.

The Westin Denver is a just a short (7 mile/13 minute) taxi ride from The Cable Center. For the event, we are able to offer a group rate of $185 per night. The group rate is available until February 24, 2014 and subject to availability—book today!


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Event Venue

THE CABLE CENTER DENVER
2000 Buchtel Boulevard
Denver, CO 80210
720-502-7500


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Super Platinum Sponsor

Netscout

NetScout Systems, Inc. is the market leader in Unified Service Delivery Management enabling comprehensive end-to-end network and application assurance. For over 25 years, NetScout has delivered breakthrough packet-flow technology that provides trusted and comprehensive real-time network and application performance intelligence for the network, applications and users. These solutions enable IT staff to predict, preempt, and resolve network and service delivery problems while facilitating the optimization and capacity planning of the network infrastructure. NetScout nGenius and Sniffer solutions are deployed at more than 20,000 of the world's largest enterprises, government agencies, and more than 148 service providers, on over one million network segments to assure the network, applications, and service delivery to their users and customers.

 

Platinum Sponsors

Cisco

Service providers are at the intersection of the Internet of Everything, positioned to tap into massive amounts of intelligence in their infrastructure today, to create amazing experiences and increase revenues. Amazing things happen when you connect the unconnected. Cisco helps you make the most of tomorrow's opportunities. TOMORROW starts here.

 

Breakfast Sponsor

Infinera

Infinera provides Intelligent Transport Networks to help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and data center connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology to deliver large scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and the application of PICs to vertically integrated optical networking solutions that deliver the industry’s only commercially available 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels. Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solutions include the DTN-X, DTN and ATN platforms. Learn more at www.infinera.com.

 

Gold Sponsors

Alcatel-Lucent

Cable networks are being transformed to meet the emerging demands of anytime, anywhere, IP-based services. A trusted partner of service providers around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products, and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost R&D organizations, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. A leader in fixed and mobile broadband, IP, and optical technologies, Alcatel-Lucent provides cable operators with the tools to build a fully converged, scalable, multiservice network that enables the delivery of competitive next-generation services. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/solutions/cable-mso

 

Casa Systems

Casa Systems has defined a new category of network edge devices based on disruptive technologies to target the growing market opportunity in interactive digital video and broadband IP services. Casa Systems provides leading edge DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS products as well as universal EdgeQAM and intelligent video processing solutions for broadcast and unicast services. For more information, please visit us at www.casa-systems.com.

 

Commscope

CommScope (www.commscope.com; NASDAQ: COMM) has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructureour customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.

 

Espial

Espial is a leading supplier of digital TV and IPTV software and solutions to cable MSOs and telecommunications operators as well as consumer electronics manufacturers. Espial’s middleware, video-on-demand, and browser products power a diverse range of pay-TV and Internet TV business models. Over 35 million licenses of its patented software are in use across the world.

 

Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks' innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Quickplay Media

QuickPlay Media is the leading provider of managed service solutions for the distribution of premium video to IP-connected devices. Successfully used by the world’s largest communications and media companies, QuickPlay’s cloud-based OpenVideo platform provides the most scalable and secure way for companies to deliver engaging multiscreen entertainment experiences. For more information, please follow QuickPlay Media on Twitter at @quickplaymedia or visit us on the web at www.quickplay.com.

 

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