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SCTE, CableLabs cozy up on technology initiatives

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:28am
Mike Robuck

CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that they would work in tandem to accelerate the worldwide development and deployment of new cable network technologies.

The cable industry’s support organizations, which also include the NCTA, have become more aligned over the past few years at the behest of the cable operators that they serve.

The deeper relationship between CableLabs and the SCTE was designed to enable the innovation of CableLabs and the applied science, engineering and training capabilities of SCTE to be brought together in a clearly defined, collaborative way. 

“As greater demands are placed on cable networks, it’s important that the industry’s two leading technical organizations work together in the most efficient manner possible,” said Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs.  “By working more closely with SCTE, we believe we can help the industry to accelerate deployment of solutions that universally will benefit operators, programmers, advertisers and most importantly, consumers.”

It also created a framework that will enable parallel development of new technologies and supporting training resources by SCTE and CableLabs, including DOCSIS training and certification that begins this month, as well as educational activities at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this week.

“The good working relationship between SCTE and CableLabs has helped to foster the development of a wide variety of technologies,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE.  “With the natural synergies between our areas of focus, the leadership of both organizations felt that an approach that maximizes communication and sharing of information would expedite the ubiquitous availability of new technologies, products and solutions for the industry.”

 Among the key components of the enhanced relationship will be alignment on standards and training programs that were designed to drive workforce readiness as new innovations come to market. Examples of the collaboration between the two organizations include partnerships on such projects as:

• A DOCSIS Engineering Professional Certification (DEP) that certifies the knowledge of the interface requirements and operation for the deployment of DOCSIS devices over cable networks;

• A training course that is designed to address such areas as Architecture, DOCSIS Layering, DOCSIS Network Operations and DOCSIS Technology Enablement in preparation for the DEP certification examination; and

• Today’s joint symposium on DOCSIS 3.1 Engineering at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

The SCTE and CableLabs have worked together with the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to develop the educational program for the Spring Technical Forum at The Cable Show in May.  They also are scheduling quarterly strategic meetings and other activities that are supposed to improve communications.

“CableLabs and SCTE each play important and complementary roles” said Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast.  “By increasing integration of their core competencies, both organizations can enable the industry to capitalize on innovation faster and more efficiently.”

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