OPEN MIC: Raising the Summit
The SCTE is hoisting its Canadian Summit to new heights in 2010. After a sterling debut for the event in February 2009, the 2010 event is poised for greater success due to the tireless efforts of our volunteer program committee.
Perceiving and meeting needs
The inaugural SCTE Canadian Summit was a huge success, attracting more than 600 attendees. Featuring key presenters from across the industry, attendees participated in two days of technical sessions and exhibits at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto. The feedback from attendees, both MSO and vendor, was uniformly positive. A huge benefit expressed by all was the opportunity to network with peers in the Canadian industry and exchange information about ongoing programs, challenges and opportunities. This kind of Canadian networking opportunity has been missing for some time, and the Canadian Summit is the ideal venue.
Expanding upon last year, the Canadian Summit in 2010 again will bring together a host of Canadian engineering professionals to explore engineering issues specific to the Canadian market. They will focus on the impact of integrating new technologies into existing cable infrastructures. The event will provide attendees with an understanding of opportunities and pitfalls – all geared toward helping these professionals maximize their operational efficiencies and serve their customers more effectively. It will all take place March 9-10 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.
The Summit’s purpose is to enable the industry’s technical professionals in the Canadian market to broaden and deepen their awareness and knowledge during two days of exhibits, technical breakout sessions, general sessions and networking opportunities.
What’s new at Summit 2010?
The SCTE Canadian Summit exhibit hall will again display hands-on technologies from numerous companies operating within the cable telecommunications industry with interests in addressing the needs of Canadian operators. Exhibitors will interact with attendees in an up-close, personal atmosphere. In addition, the number of exhibitors is likely to double this year, and their booths will be larger, enabling them to connect with more attendees. Last year’s 40 or so exhibitors were limited to tabletop displays; however, our move to the Metro Centre provides us with more space to better accommodate both attendees and exhibitors.
The SCTE Innovation Showcase is a new feature in 2010. It will highlight new-and-improved engineering advances from five industry vendors: Arris, Kindsight, Motorola, Sandvine and Vecima. Fresh products and ideas include an HD DVR, an identity theft protection service, the latest on the delivery of transparent differentiated usage management policies and an MDU gateway.
Also new this year is a special pre-conference event exclusively for Canadian cable operators’ frontline professionals. The SCTE Frontline Reception is specifically geared toward customer-interfacing personnel and will take place the evening of March 8. The operators’ installers, technicians and customer service representatives will see and touch the equipment being used in cable system networks and interact with vendors that supply the equipment prior to the start of the Summit.
In response to first-year attendee feedback, the timing of the Summit’s sessions will also be improved. Last year, sessions were offered only once. This year, several of the most requested topics will be offered on both days.
Additionally, the 2010 Summit has added a keynote address. We are pleased to announce Israel (Sruki) Switzer, a renowned cable technology pioneer and advocate and a 2009 Canadian Telecommunications Hall of Fame inductee.
The SCTE’s Mark Dzuban marked his first day as SCTE president/CEO at the inaugural Canadian Summit. This year’s Summit bears his stamp as he brings a sharper engineering leadership focus to the SCTE mission. We also will present the second SCTE Young Canadian Engineering Professional of the Year Award.
I was privileged to chair last year’s Summit, and this year’s chair is Bruce Marshall of Shaw Cablesystems G.P., Shaw Hamilton. Joining the two of us on the Summit’s Program Committee for 2010 are F. Scott Atkinson of Shaw Cablesystems; Rob Bazilewich of Westman Communications Group; Bruce Bondar of Access Communications Co-operative Limited; Tony Faccia of Rogers Cable Communications; Steve Irvine of EastLink Cable Systems; Chris MacFarlane of Cogeco Cable; Jonathan James Newman of Power & Tel, Canada; Pam Nobles of the SCTE; Greg O’Brien of Cartt.ca; Paul Osmond of Canadian Cable Systems Alliance; Marco F. Petraglia of Motorola Canada; Stephen Quinn of TVC Canada; and Wayne Rabey of Capella Telecommunications.
Session topics will include the likes of “Converged Media Applications – My Content, Anytime, Anyplace, on Any Device” and “RFoG – A Sensible and Economical Approach for Fibre to the Premises Deployments, Plus a Unique Canadian Customer Perspective.”