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SCTE to host course on fixing digital video networks

Wed, 08/06/2008 - 8:25am
Brian Santo

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and IneoQuest Technologies will offer a course on “Troubleshooting Digital Video, SDV and MPEG Video in the HFC Network.”

The course is designed to provide knowledge and expertise in digital video technology, a new method of IP video transport that will help cable operators reclaim network bandwidth.

The six-week course is one of the SCTE’s Virtual Classroom offerings and begins Aug. 18. Part of the SCTE Professional Development (PD) menu of services, SCTE Virtual Classroom (formerly SCTE Distance Education) courses bring the learning to participants so they can stay on top of the latest technology without leaving their workplaces. They watch pre-recorded, narrated presentations at their convenience and participate in scheduled, live coaching sessions for direct interaction with the instructor.

This specific course targets technical operations managers, IT managers, IP engineering managers, transport managers, cable Network Operations Center (NOC) managers, and mid- to senior-level maintenance and headend technicians. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the technology, network architectures, common troubleshooting techniques and maintenance issues found in a digital video, switched digital video (SDV) and MPEG video network.

“The enabling technology behind SDV and MPEG video is quite complex, and SCTE relishes its role in coming alongside technical personnel in our industry who require a greater understanding and working knowledge of progressive products and services,” said Hugh Brydges, SCTE’s director of advanced network technologies program development.

The course will explore the components and architectures that make up an SDV network, give real-world examples of how it works, and explain how digital video and MPEG video are being integrated within the HFC network. Attendees will also have access to trouble isolation and resolution techniques, as well as best practices for troubleshooting digital video, SDV and MPEG video – both in the test lab and live in the field.

IneoQuest, a specialist in video quality management, is a global provider of advanced quality, service and revenue assurance solutions for IP video. The company has worked with several top cable MSOs as they design, refine and prepare their SDV networks for deployment and has compiled real-world best practices on SDV troubleshooting.

“IneoQuest’s experience with SDV design, implementation, management and maintenance, as well as its commitment to providing hands-on educational opportunities, was the reason SCTE selected us to work on this unique blended learning course,” said Gino Dion, vice president of strategic solutions for IneoQuest. “We look forward to helping SCTE educate its members and the industry on this important new technology.”

Individuals interested in enrolling in the “Troubleshooting Digital Video, SDV and MPEG Video in the HFC Network” SCTE Virtual Classroom course can find more details and can register at the SCTE’s Web site.

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