SCTE: First Canadian Summit a hit

Mon, 02/09/2009 - 7:55am
Mike Robuck

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said on Friday that its first SCTE Canadian Summit attracted more than 600 attendees to the Toronto Congress Centre last week.

The exhibit hall of vendors sold out late last year before the two-day event started on Tuesday of last week, according to the SCTE. In addition to the technical sessions, there were 40 vendors manning tables at the event.

The event focused on the impacts of integrating new technologies into existing cable infrastructures and helped attendees to understand the opportunities and the pitfalls – all to maximize customer satisfaction and gain operational efficiencies. The Summit’s program committee chairman was Dermot O’Carroll, senior vice president of network engineering and operations with Rogers Cable Communications.

O’Carroll and some of his colleagues spoke on the event’s first panel, “Internet Capacity Management and Fiber-Rich/Fiber-Deep,” which was well attended. (For more on the panel, click here.)

The Summit also featured the presentation of the inaugural Young Canadian Engineering Professional of the Year Award. Boris Culum, 34, was the honoree and received his award at the luncheon on Tuesday. He is manager of voice network planning with Rogers. The award was sponsored by Aurora Networks and was made possible by and the SCTE.

The new annual award recognizes an engineering professional under the age of 35 who has demonstrated outstanding achievement within the Canadian cable telecommunications industry.

The week’s event also marked the debut of new SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban, who spent his first day on the job traveling to the Summit and later spoke at the award luncheon on Tuesday.

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