The keynoter for the opening session of Cable-Tec Expo 2016 was announced today: Marcus Weldon, CTO of Nokia and president of Nokia Bell Labs. Weldon reportedly will offer insights into the future of communications networks, including observations from his recent book, “The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective.”

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts, is hosting the confab in Philadelphia, Sept. 26-29. The opening general session is set for Tues., Sept. 27.

“Marcus Weldon is a visionary whose unique perspective on the power and evolution of networks transcends any specific company or technology,” John Schanz, EVP and chief network officer at Comcast and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 Program Committee, says. “His views on IP migration, services, the opportunities for wireless networks and the impact of virtualization and the cloud are fascinating and will have broad application for the SCTE/ISBE Expo audience.”

Weldon’s known for his ability to spot technological disruptions and opportunities from vectoring for copper access, to the evolution to LTE overlay and small cells, to the emergence of virtualization and SDN as profound industry-changing forces and the movement toward edge cloud architectures.

“Telecommunications providers worldwide face a new technological revolution defined by the digitization and ubiquitous connectivity,” Weldon notes. “Our challenge is to create ‘cloud integrated networks’ that will help us achieve the 100-fold or more improvement in network scale, flexibility, programmability and cost per bit that the revolution will require.”

Before the show, three two-day boot camps will be available on DOCSIS 3.1, FTTx and wireless on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. Expo conference sessions, exhibits and other activities will take place Sept. 27-29.

Information on registration options for SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo and the boot camps is here. The early bird attendee discount rate offer expires June 21.