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Contestants gear up for round 2 of SCTE IP Challenge

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 2:37pm
Mike Robuck

Starting this weekend, prospective combatants in the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ IP Challenge can start gearing up for the challenge with online practice.

It’s the second year for the SCTE IP Challenge, which is a competition that was designed to test knowledge and heighten understanding of Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. The finals of the competition will take place during this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

“Over the past few years, there has been a tremendous demand for more and better IP-related Professional Development activities,” said Steve Harris, senior director of advanced network technologies program development for SCTE and creator of the SCTE IP Challenge. “Cisco’s support has been vital in helping us to build the IP Challenge as a tool for driving knowledge of IP technologies and the IPv6 standard.”

The eight SCTE members who finish highest in the qualifying rounds will be eligible for the finals, where they will compete against each other and against the defending 2011 SCTE IP Challenge winner, Steven Callahan, senior network engineer for Time Warner Cable.

Practice rounds will be held May 19-25; qualifying rounds will begin June 3 and will continue through June 23. The finals of the SCTE IP Challenge will combine a fast-paced “Jeopardy”-style question format, router and CMTS configuration, and hands-on activities – all before a live audience on the eve of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo – from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. Information and registration are available on the SCTE’s website.

“IP technology has become vital to cable’s day-to-day operations,” said Mark Palazzo, vice president and general manager of the Cable Access Business Unit at Cisco. “The SCTE IP Challenge is designed to advance the education our engineering and operations professionals need to continue our industry’s success in the future.”

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