The implementation of IP technologies will be a key area of focus at the 2010 edition of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the organization announced.

Other topics on the schedule include advanced networking, 3-D video, DOCSIS 3.0 and home networking.

The focus on IP should be no surprise. The SCTE has been signaling its intent to make IP a major area of focus for more than a year, which it says is largely at the behest of the major MSOs. The society hired an expert in IP technologies – Dan Howard – as its first CTO earlier this week, specifically to help it with its IP agenda.

Cable-Tec workshops, announced today, include:

  • Holistic CDNs: Expanding the Library and Devices Served
  • IP Video Migration and Architecture
  • Taking DOCSIS 3.0 Back to the Future: Optimizing Whole-Home Networking and Migrating to Higher-Speed Upstream
  • Understanding, Installing and Troubleshooting In-Home MoCA, Wi-Fi and IP Networks

Other workshops also will address such varied issues as 3-D video; upstream channel bonding; service quality measurement, monitoring and management; adaptive streaming; extension of Ethernet services; energy management; and BSS and OSS for business services. The complete list of workshops is available on the SCTE's website.

"The availability of and demand for new services are accelerating the ability of cable operators today to differentiate product bundles, attract and retain subscribers, and generate new revenue," said Jay Rolls, chairman of the Program Committee for the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2010 and senior vice president of technology for Cox Communications. "The IP technologies that are on the agenda for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo are at the forefront of enabling the industry to cost-effectively capitalize on those opportunities."

The holistic CDN and IP video workshops will address how hybrid content delivery systems can provide content to both traditional CPE and IP devices, as well as the ability of IP video to enable seamless multi-device services, flexible delivery and a converged infrastructure.

Among the sessions will be: "Open Content Delivery Networks for Managed Video Delivery to Multiple Screens," "Managed CDNs – Optimizing the Behavior of Hierarchical VOD," "A Comparative Analysis of Different Paths from Today to a Pure IP Video Architecture" and "Death of the Headend: How IP Video Will Transform Cable Services."

In the DOCSIS 3.0 and home networking sessions, panelists will explore how DOCSIS 3.0 can effectively be distributed within the home; how MSOs can boost upstream capacity to meet new demands; and how MoCA, Wi-Fi and other technologies are being adopted for such new services as multi-room DVR, high-speed home networking for IP-based video services, and remote user interface services.

Sessions will include: "Rewriting the Book of Return – A New 10-Year Plan," "Delivering DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Speeds over the Home Network," and presentations that provide overviews of various home networking technologies, lessons learned from field deployments, and remote troubleshooting and monitoring guidelines.

Cable-Tec Expo is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The theme of this year's Expo is "Playing Cable's Technology Tune," reflecting the ability of cable networks to provide compelling and diverse services to the customer.

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