Expo: MSO execs to talk access network evolution

Sept. 12, 2018
At the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta in October, Cox Communications' Jeff Finkelstein, Comcast's Rob Howald, and Buckeye ...

At the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta in October, Cox Communications' Jeff Finkelstein, Comcast's Rob Howald, and Buckeye Broadband's Richard Walker will be featured speakers in a closing-day conference, "Evolution of Access Networks: Deployment Strategies and Use Cases" in partnership with ADTRAN (NASDAQ:ADTN).

Finkelstein, executive director, advanced technologies. for Cox; Howald, vice president, network architecture, for Comcast; and Walker, vice president, engineering and information technology and services, for Buckeye; will offer operator-level insights regarding access technologies, evolution of the network with fiber and data center techniques, and strategies to address enterprise and MDU/MTU market opportunities.

Scheduled for noon on Thursday, Oct. 25, the closing-day conference will include four panels:

  • Seeing the Light: Is your Fiber ready for PON? including how to operationalize PON fiber installations and key considerations for trouble-free implementation
  • Evolution of Next-Gen Network Access: Leveraging Fiber Technologies, SDN, & Virtualization, including discussion of HERD architectures, applications of Distributed Access Architectures to DPoE and the R-OLT and next-generation fiber evolution
  • Making Business Sense: Enabling the Enterprise Market with PON, including deployment considerations, optimization of design processes and economics, utilization of xPON as a CMTS offload for SMB, and other issues
  • How to be Dense: Addressing the MDU/MTU Market, including comparison of FTTLU (living unit) and FTTB (building) options, design implications for SMB and SME service offerings, and needs when servicing MDU/MTU environments

"ADTRAN is helping provide a forum at Cable-Tec Expo for leading cable operators to discuss important next-gen DAA, fiber deep, SDN/NFV solutions and applications as access networks become more disaggregated and open," said Hossam Salib, ADTRAN associate vice president of cable and wireless strategy. "As a leader in 10G-EPON and Software-Defined Access solutions, ADTRAN fully understands the challenges cable operators face and believes this discussion will provide tremendous value to all attendees who have questions about how to transform their network."

Other speakers for the event are expected to include: Chris Bastian, senior vice president, engineering and CTO, SCTE/ISBE; Kevin Bourg, director, optical network architecture, Corning Optical Communications; and Dean Stoneback, senior director of engineering and standards, SCTE/ISBE; as well as ADTRAN's Alan Brown, senior strategist; Salib; and Kevin Schneider, chief scientist. Additional speakers will be named in the near future.

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