Wireless companies providing cable. Cable companies jumping into wireless. Oh my! These days it sometimes feels like the cable and wireless industries are coming together at the speed of light (fiber optics, get it?!).
Tomorrow on the Innovation Stage in the Innovation Theater during SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo, Wireless Live!, brought to you by Wireless Week and CED magazines, will aim to bridge the gap between cable and wireless. They’ll be translating wireless technologies for your cable mind with a stellar lineup of speakers and topics.
Moderating the half-day panel sessions, 9 am-noon, is Roger Entner, founder and lead analyst of RECON Analytics. Entner is one of the most respected telecom experts globally.
Tomorrow’s sessions and speakers include:
9:00 AM-9:45 AM: IoT: The Future Is Sooner Than You Think
IoT has largely been a mobile operator play until now. In 2016, SCTE•ISBE created an IoT Working Group indicating that cable companies take this space seriously. How can leading IoT players help cable companies close the gap and become impactful IoT providers to business and consumers alike?
Panelists: George Reed, SVP of Marketing and Solution Sales, Huawei; Ram Sridharan, MSO CTO Office, Nokia
10:00 AM-10:45 AM: Fiber and Backhaul: The Indispensable Foundation of Today’s Networks
Cable companies have some of the best and ubiquitous right-of-ways in the United States, passing more than 95% of dwellings. As TV moves rapidly toward 4K, usage explodes not only on cable but also on the fixed and mobile Internet. This makes cable companies one of the most sought after backhaul providers. How are vendors helping cable companies to upgrade and expand their fiber and backhaul opportunities?
Panelists: John Chamberlain, Director, Office of the CTO, CommScope; Kara Mullaley, global fiber-to-the-home marketing manager, Corning Optical Communications; Shane McClelland, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Head of Transport, Ericsson North America; and Jaime Fink, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Mimosa Networks
11:00-11:45 AM: Virtualization: Increase Flexibility and Capabilities at Lower Cost
While large telcos have taken the lead when it comes to Software-Defined Networks, the promise of network function virtualization (NFV) is valid for every network. As cable networks are expanding in scope and capabilities, how are vendors helping cable companies to make their networks more flexible and adaptive?
Panelists: Joe Baeumel, VP of Partner Strategy and Business Development for KPGCo; Ryan Eclles, Director, Systems Engineering, Service Provider Group, Netscout; and Arvinder Anand, Chief Solution Architect, Ericsson North America