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Cable-Tec: Big guns aim at 'Digital Consumer'

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

The opening session at Cable-Tec Expo will be a technology roundtable featuring Steve Reynolds, senior vice president of customer premises equipment and home networking for Comcast; Jay Rolls, senior vice president of technology for Cox; Mike Hayashi, executive vice president of architecture, development and engineering for Time Warner Cable; and John Chapman, Cisco Fellow.

The speakers will discuss how cable network evolution can keep pace with the needs of the "Digital Consumer," the impact of Internet Protocol technology on the cable landscape, and how operators can migrate traditional linear and on-demand video to IP for unified presentation to subscribers.

The first half of the program will be a session on ways that cable can enable content to be delivered to a wide range of devices in the networked home. The session will explore the tools available to cable system operators – including new home networking standards and management tools – that can optimize quality of experience and minimize operational expenditures in the network of the future.

Presenters will include Jean-Christophe McKeown, managed digital home lead for Accenture; Robert Howald from the CTO Office at Motorola; Edmond Shapiro, vice president of project delivery for the Americas for NDS; and industry consultant and CED columnist Walt Ciciora. The session will be moderated by Larry Socher, global lead in Accenture's Network Practice, Communications & High Tech Operating Group.

"Cable operators, programmers and vendors alike are being immersed in a new world in which the digital consumer can communicate, work, manage and play from any device in any location," said Cox's Rolls, chairman of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2010 Program Committee. "Our goal for the Opening Session – and, indeed, for Cable-Tec Expo in general – is for the industry's technologists to leave the show with more clearly defined options that can help them to address those needs on a scale of millions of customers."

Intended to address the vast potential of such standards and solutions as DLNA, MoCA, CableHome and others when integrated into the home networking environment, the Opening General Session also will serve as a gateway to three days of Cable-Tec Expo educational sessions.

Expo 2010 workshops will address such varied issues as holistic content delivery networks, DOCSIS 3.0 and associated access network challenges, home networking, IP video, 3-D video, upstream channel bonding, application development, switched digital video, service quality measurement/monitoring/management, adaptive streaming, extension of Ethernet services, energy management, and BSS and OSS for business services.

Cable-Tec Expo 2010 is set for Oct. 19-22 in New Orleans.

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