Monday, April 16, from 5 – 7:30PM
Trade Show & Seminars
Mississauga Convention Centre
Exhibitor Set Up: Monday, April 16, between 1 – 7PM
Exhibitor Entrance to Trade Show: 10AM daily
Exhibitor Tear Down: Wednesday, April 18, 4 – 7PM
Show Dates: Tuesday, April 17 & Wednesday April 18, 2018
Welcome Reception: Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 4:30PM
Registration Opens: 7AM daily
Seminars & Workshops: From 8AM daily
Trade Show Hours: 11AM – 4PM daily
Live Demos: From 1PM daily in Trade Show
Seminar & Workshop Schedule
20-Minute Demos At-The-Booth Schedule,
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Available February 2018
|1 – 7PM||EXHIBITOR SETUP|
Mississauga Convention Center
|5 – 7:30PM||Awards Gala|
|7 am - DAY ONE||REGISTRATION OPENS|
Registration & Coffee/Tea service
|12noon - DAY 1||LUNCH - SPONSORED BY POWER & TEL|
Can a Fixed Wireless last 100m connection compete with a wired connection – and will 5G enable this opportunity?
Speaker: Chris Busch, Engineering Fellow-CTO Networks, ARRIS International Plc (view bio)
Chris Busch is currently Engineering Fellow with the CTO Networks organization of ARRIS. He is responsible for guiding ARRIS orchestration and virtualization technology helping CCAP operators achieve their distributed architecture goals. Chris has previously held positions at ARRIS in Assurance software architecture and as CTO Incognito Software where he actively led development in CableLabs, Broadband Forum, and TMForum provisioning and activation systems. Chris has been an invited speaker at SCTE and TMForum events on a variety of industry topics including Wi-Fi management, IPv6 implementation, IPTV, Commercial Services, and OSS Orchestration Convergence.
Attendees will learn about:
• The opportunity for Fixed Wireless Access using sub 6 GHz technologies like Wi-Fi, LTE and new Shared Spectrum solutions like those in the CBRS band
• Which mmwave solutions are emerging pre 5G to take advantage of these new big highways of spectrum
• Whether or not 5G has to be a dual or triple PHY technology to allow for the non-determinism of Line of Sight solutions with the more deterministic Non Line of Sight sub 6 GHz solutions
• Some of the economics of the ‘base station’ and the ‘terminal’ device – and the cost/bandwidth/reliability factors of single PHY and dual PHY solutions
• If 5G is an outdoor 100m technology or if there is also a 5G in the home solution
The presenter will cover the physics, architectures, and ergonomics of Fixed Wireless Access solutions for MSOs.
Geospatial Technology in Utilities: Past, Present, and Future
Speaker: Douglas Estok, Business Development Manager, USA, OEC - Oakville Enterprises Corporation (view bio)
Mr. Estok has worked in GIS for utilities for three decades, serving in virtually every role. From conversion, to application development, system integration, training, documentation, to rollout and implementation, and business development.
He has worked for utilities, vendors, and engineering firms, and formed his own firm, Estok Consulting, since 1995.
Having an understanding of the history of the GIS industry facilitates the appreciation of where we are now, and how to make the most of it, both in daily activities, as well as moving forward. Even though the industry has matured and been widely adopted, there are lessons to be learned, and new opportunities abound.
This presentation will look at the industry---particularly as it pertains to utility stakeholder distribution networks---from its roots to present day, and the many changes in between. Included are several bits of "inside baseball" info that many folks don't realize. Further, it will attempt to address and predict the developments in the pipeline over the next several years.
Key Factors for a Successful FTTH Deployment
Speaker: Barry Walton, Solutions Architect, Corning Optical Communications (view bio)
Barry Walton serves as Solutions Architect for Corning Optical Communications. Barry joined Corning after 37 years at Bell Aliant where he championed the deployment of FTTH, providing the strategy and planning for over 1 million homes passed. His expertise lies in business case creation, large-scale network planning, and deployment for successful access networks.
An Operator's Perspective on Evolution of the HFC Access Plant
Speaker: Vasile Jerca, Senior WAN Planner, Rogers (view bio)
Vasile has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Vasile pioneered CATV in Romania. In 1995 he came to Canada and was first employed with Sentrex Communications until 1996 when he joined Rogers.
All these changes bring challenges to the MSOs, from headend to the end of line of the coaxial part of the HFC plant.
This session will explain all the details around this RF spectrum migration from an operator’s perspective.
"Virtual Segmentation" drives 10Gbps deep into existing coaxial networks using Remote PHY deployments.
Speaker: Ron Huinink, Technical Manager Broadband, Telonix Communication (view bio)
Ron’s career in the CATV industry began 25 years ago in construction, for a local cable company. He joined Cogeco Cable in 1998 as a Service Technician, gaining exposure to the MSO’s interdependence of maintenance, construction, headend/data departments, and planning.
Ron has been a member of SCTE for 14 years and in 2013 he was elected to the Ontario Board. He served as President for two years. Recently Ron joined Telonix as Technical Manager Broadband. His main role is supporting the company’s RF products.
Operators must accommodate this expansion, but large investments are necessary to keep up with speed and capacity demand. Various technologies are available to fulfil this demand including fiber deep, node split and distributed architectures, these technologies segment networks into smaller service groups.
Typically, fiber has been part of the solution. Unfortunately, driving fiber deeper in to the network can mean long lead times to obtain regulatory approvals for civil work. Furthermore, high costs are involved due to the labor costs for physical fiber installation.
Virtual Segmentation (VS) can avoid these drawbacks, using an existing single coaxial cable to feed different Remote PHY/CCAP devices and segmenting the network into smaller service groups without installing fiber.
The VS solution is easy to install, is compatible with existing equipment and accommodates more than one mile of coax. VS provides a high-bandwidth, low-latency pipe via 10G SFP+ connections at each end.
Operators can make savings in labor installation time and costs by using the existing coaxial network; this enables a significant decrease in time to market and operators can meet customer demands with greater ease.
This presentation will explain VS technology and how to implement it in the network.
The second part of the presentation will incorporate a high-level comparison between upgrading the coax network vs doing a fiber build. This confirms the benefits of VS and the continued improvements possible using DOCSIS 3.1 architecture compared to a new fiber build.
Latest Developments in Canadian MDU FTTx Plug and Play Deployments
Speaker: Atikem Hailemariam, VP Marketing, Opterna (view bio)
Atikem is CMO for Opterna, a supplier of fiber optic solutions to networks.
Prior to Opterna, Atikem held a variety of positions including: PLM at Finisar, and marketing manager of optical fibers for access/premises markets at Corning.
Atikem has a BSE and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Fiber Deep, Distributed Access and FTTx Architectures
Speaker: Steven Harris, Sr. Director Education, SCTE ISBE (view bio)
Steve is a respected international subject matter expert and thought leader in telecommunications, high tech and information technology systems engineering with a proven track record of success. Success that has facilitated increased revenue for cable service providers, solved business challenges and enhanced the subscriber experience. At SCTE·ISBE he is responsible for the tremendous growth of training content, boot camps and certification programs for over 100,000 telecommunication professionals in the areas of Fiber Deep, DAA, FTTx, DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, routing, switching, virtualization, IPv6, Ethernet, Business Services, MPEG, Linux, Headend, installation and outside plant/HFC. His signature skill is a dynamic, personable and enthusiastic approach to the delivery of highly complex technical content from the boots to suits for fast-paced companies.
Upgrading the HFC Network to Support Scalable 10G Optical Transport for Remote PHY
Speaker: Mohamed Elmosaly, Product Marketing Manager, FONEX (view bio)
Mohamed Elmosaly is the Product Marketing Manager at FONEX data systems and over the past 15 years, he has held several key positions at FONEX. Currently, he is responsible for multiple product portfolios focusing on vertical markets that include Service Providers, Transportation and Utilities.
Mohamed has a strong knowledge base and experience in Optical and Carrier Ethernet networks with focus on Service Assurance, Cyber Security and SDN/NFV which helps to direct the FONEX sales force to determine the best approach to a customer’s purpose-built solution. Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Concordia University and a Master of Business Administration from the John Molson School of Business.
their HFC access networks. In the short-term, many have just begun the investments on “Fiber
Deep” node splitting.
However, the medium-term and long-term plan for many MSOs will be to migrate to Remote
PHY capable nodes that will set the foundation for virtualizing the headend CCAP functions and
more. Current optical solutions deployed by MSOs are ill equipped to handle the scale of 10G
optical transport that will be required to enable Remote PHY.
This presentation will focus on describing the “10G Scaling” problem and will describe the
requirements for a next-generation optical transport infrastructure for HFC access networks
Affordable, settop less OTT for Tier 2,3 Operators
Speaker: Stephen Sacks, Principal Consultant, MDL Communicatons Inc (view bio)
Stephen is an accomplished senior-level Sales/Marketing executive in the broadband and video telecommunications industries, with proven strategic & tactical capabilities in providing leading-edge technology solutions to those industries since 1984.
Stephen received his Professional Engineering degree (Mechanical & Aeronautics) at the University of Toronto in 1973, and his Masters of Business Administration (majoring in Marketing & Buyer Behavior) at Schulich in 1977 in Toronto.
Stephen was the founder of MDL COMMUNICATIONS in 2006, one of Canada’s top VARs and Design/Consulting Firms. He works with his partners (Boris Eventov, Vincent Garneau, Collin McIntyre, Ron Polsky, Darren Richer, and Rita Sacks) and continues to provide laser-targeted, cost-effective solutions to the communications industry.
Here’s the facts:
• Consumers feel they pay too much for TV.
• Cable TV customers are becoming internet-only customers, obtaining video via their own devices.
• Your revenues are declining, while IP backhaul charges are increasing.
It’s here… the anyVid-Complete System
• Using customer-owned equipment (streamers, tablets & smartphones), with no costly Operator-supplied set tops.
• Using the easiest-to-use Guide you’ve ever used, for a TV-like experience.
• Using your existing Video Content (Live & VoD & off-air), so your Customers can access anything, anytime. No System combines all this content as easily!
• Avoiding in-home CAT-5E wiring costs, and migrating away from spectrum wasteful QAMs.
anyVid-Complete - is set-up & installed quickly, affordably, and includes the following equipment (that you will own):
• Transcoding, HLS Packaging, secure-encryption CDN
• Pay, Premium, VOD tier support
• Customer management, and Guide Data
• anyVid-Complete APP (for Amazon, Android & Apple devices).
• Your branded logo.
Plan your Success with us!
• Grow your ISP business, and your video business will grow within it.
• Be market-ready to keep and attract, cable video ‘cord cutters’.
|11 am||Panel Discussion|
The Impact of "Intelligent Communities" in Canada
Speaker: Moderated by: Rob McCann, President, Clearcable Networks (view bio)
Rob McCann is the President of Clearcable Networks. He works with service providers providing technology, integration, and business practices required to effectively operate voice, video, and data services. Rob is a board member of ICF Canada, was named CITA 2016 Supplier of the Year, and holds degrees in Mathematics and Economics.
Speaker: Chris Gould, COO, Bluewater Regional Networks Inc.
Speaker: Sarnia Lambton, Intelligent Communities Initiatives
Speaker: Government Representative (TBA)
Speaker: Andrea McKinney, the Chief Digital Officer for the City of Hamilton
Disaster Recovery & the Importance of Backup Battery Power
Speaker: Alex Rawitz, Business Development Manager, Servato (view bio)
Alex Rawitz joined Servato in 2015 with years of sales, operations, and project management experience. Alex covers the Southeast and Midwest for Servato while also spearheading business development, marketing, and other operational efforts. Alex holds a BA in History from Cornell University.
Optimizing network demand in remote and low use areas – Managing deployment build time and end user infuence strategies to make rural deployment economical
Speaker: Brody Todd, VP-Product Development, Fresnel Software Corporation (view bio)
Brody has spent the last three years leading teams focused on software product development, sales and consulting, providing services to energy companies, enabling them to assess, optimize and focus on corporate strategies, with a specific product focus on developing a technical modeling environment to address unconventional oil and gas planning. Brody has studied and researched the fiber optic deployment industry for the since 2006. Brody has successfully delivered software solutions in academics, construction, business operations and network infrastructure and is a PhD candidate in Engineering Management from the University of Alberta.
The Latest Advances in Drop Hardening in the Digital and Analogue Network.
Speaker: Telonix Communications and Effigis
Navigating the pitfalls of Utility Coordination and permiting during large or small Telecom projects
Speaker: Steve Murphy, Senior Utility Coordinator, T2 Utility Engineers (view bio)
Steve is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (1984) and just retired as Supervisor Development Construction for The Regional Municipality of York. He is currently Senior Utility Coordinator at T2 Utility Engineers and a member of the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Directors Board, Co-Chair of the OPWA Right of Way Management Committee and TAC – Public Utility Management Subcommittee. He is also a member of the CSA Z247 Technical Committee and the American Public Works Utility and Public Right of Way Committee. Steve has obtained a vast amount of knowledge throughout his 25 year career at York Region in a variety of design and construction positions. For the past 10+ years Steve’s has focused primarily on the utility design review and approval, utility construction inspection, utility relocation coordination for Region Capital Road, Environmental Services and Bus Rapid Transit projects as well as negotiating utility agreements.
|7am - DAY TWO||REGISTRATION OPENS|
Registration & Coffee/Tea service
|12noon - DAY 2||LUNCH SPONSORED BY ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS|
Competitive Advantages of HFC Networks for wireless convergence
Speaker: Tom Leblanc, Market Development Director, CommScope (view bio)
His current focus is on providing innovative connectivity solutions for Wireline networks that serve the Wireless networks of today and the Network Convergence and Densification that will be necessary to serve the 5G networks of the near future.
The next wave – Building tomorrow’s network today
Speaker: Roger Vaughn, Solutions Engineer, OFS (view bio)
Roger Vaughn has an extensive background in fiber optic cabling, connectivity, and hardware and in the past several years worked with customers deploying FTTx. As Solutions Engineer for OFS, Roger works with customers defining solutions for deployment of optical networks from the central office to the subscriber and in the home. Roger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University.
The next wave will continue the trend of merging wired and wireless networks together in preparation for 5G wireless and beyond, and will require fiber to be even more ubiquitous, potentially to small cell sites no more than a football field apart.
In order to prepare for these networks, new fibers, cables, and components are being developed today to prepare for these networks. An overarching theme of these networks is they will require significant amounts of fiber in smaller spaces in order to deliver the massive amounts of bandwidth to power tomorrow’s networks.
This presentation will survey today’s and tomorrow’s communications trends and translate these trends into real-world network solutions, highlighting new fiber-based tools that will ultimately be used to build these networks.
MPO Testing: Is Inspecting and Cleaning Good Enough?
Speaker: Guylain Barlow, High Speed Transport PLM, Viavi Solutions
Changing the Game in Network Planning Using Machine Learning and Automated Design
Speaker: Ian Oliver, President, Versant Solutions Group Inc. (view bio)
Ian Oliver has built a career on his ability to pull order out chaos, to have a really good idea of what’s going to happen next, and to cut trail for others to follow. He has developed and sharpened his abilities over a 35 year run in the television, broadband, and telecom industries in North America and overseas.
Ian excels in the planning and execution of large, complex initiatives, typically involving disparate stakeholder contingents, rapidly evolving technology, numerous vendors/integrators, and complex contractual situations. He has a finely honed ability to distil the truly fundamental factors in complicated circumstances, then to develop and implement both strategic and tactical approaches for obtaining the business objectives. As importantly, Ian knows how to combine talented people and powerful data-centric tools to achieve exceptional results.
Leveraging Low-cost SIPV to Free Up 80% of Spectrum for Multi-Gigabit DOCSIS
Speaker: Stan Koukarine, CTO, Adara Technologies Inc. (view bio)
Stan co-founded Adara Technologies in 2006 and is currently Chief Technology Officer where he provides leadership on technology strategy and engineering and is key to all strategic business decisions.
Prior to co-founding Adara, Stan enjoyed 5 years with Rogers Cable as a key member of their Engineering team where he was instrumental in building the digital TV platform that now boasts over 3 million set-top boxes and where he spearheaded the deployment of Switched Digital Video.
Prior to joining Rogers, Stan spent 3 years with Scientific-Atlanta (now Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group) where he was instrumental in launching their state-of-the-art digital TV platform which now manages tens of millions of digital set-tops on behalf of video service providers and cable operators throughout North America and around the world.
Stan has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia’s top technical university.
“Band-aid” efforts such as analog reclamation, MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 conversions, and plant upgrades alleviate bandwidth issues only temporarily and are also costly, disruptive and take long to implement
The constant tug-of-war for RF bandwidth allocation between video and broadband is more apparent now than ever. As such, a low-cost, easy-to-deploy solution is vital.
Switched IP Video (SIPV) enables operators to quickly and inexpensively free up as many as 50 or more video QAM channels in as little as 90 days for DOCSIS 3.0, 3.1 and FULL DUPLEX expansion.
SIPV leverages multicast, so it does not “blow up” like unicast streaming does when everyone tunes in to watch the Superbowl. Lastly, SIPV is “codec-aware” enabling it to facilitate an easy introduction of UHD/4K.
SIPV was derived from Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology, but their use cases make them very different; SDV’s use case being to enable more long-tail content, and SIPV’s use case being to expand broadband.
Increasing Revenue with Smart City/Smart Building Automation
Speaker: Dennis Troxel, Principal Sales Engineer, Graybar (view bio)
Dennis Troxel is a Senior Systems Sales Engineer for Transition Networks.
Dennis’ career in the telecommunications industry began 35 years ago, when he joined a distribution provider of Data and Telecommunications equipment in Florida. He worked as a member of the Technical Support Tier 3 team and was a full time Technical Training Instructor. His migration led him to join the Sales staff and has worked as a Sales Engineer for the last 13 years to present.
Dennis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with majors in Electronics and Computer Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Speaker: Dennis Brown, Dir of Engineering Training, SCTE (view bio)
Dennis Brown has been in the Cable industry more than 20 years and has a background in the access network and headend world working for companies like Charter, Time Warner, and Ericsson. When not thinking about cable Dennis enjoys the outdoors by mountain biking or fishing with his son Jake.
Planning for the Distributed Access Network
Speaker: Mark Ridgeway, Senior Solutions Architect, Casa Systems (view bio)
Mark Ridgeway is a Senior Solutions Architect at Casa Systems with over 20 years of experience in cable. Mark helped launch some of the first DOCSIS systems and has continued to design and implement DOCSIS, IP, QAM video, IP Video over DOCSIS and Distributed Access Architecture solutions.
In this seminar, we will look at some rules of thumb service providers can consider based on Casa Systems’ experience with implementing DAA.
First, a general migration path in which fiber nodes are replaced with remote nodes will be presented. Along this path, choices about which services to cut over first, the order of service cut over and pros and cons will be discussed (DOCSIS, EQAM, OOB). Second, specific cases will be reviewed, including rules of thumb for how to plan a distributed architecture in node split scenarios, hub consolidation scenarios, and greenfield scenarios. Finally, the session will conclude with a set of considerations service providers should take as they plan the virtualization of their networks in conjunction with DAA.
Is Remote Line Power Ready for Routine Deployment
Speaker: Satheesh Hariharan, Product Manager - Outside Plant Solutions, Alpha Technologies (view bio)
Satheesh Hariharan is a Product Manager for Outside Plant Solutions at Alpha Technologies Limited. He has over 18 years of experience in the Telecommunications, Cable Broadband, Public Safety & Security, ITS, Mining & Industrial Power sectors, having worked extensively in Applications Engineering and Product Management roles at Alpha Technologies Ltd. Satheesh holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electronics from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Pragmatic Marketing Certification and a Lean Sensei Blackbelt Certification in lean strategy and deployment.
This presentation describes how intelligent power distribution works and the benefits of deploying this architecture. It provides an overview of the wealth of information available for maintenance and planning engineers, and explains how to ensure compliance with the company’s IT department. Lastly, it tackles the issue of how to retrofit an existing network to ensure all the power equipment in the office is intelligent.
In-Home Wi-Fi Optimization
Speaker: Arris Speaker/TBA
Addresses all major triggers of Wi-Fi help-desk calls - to improve customer satisfaction and drive down opex for service providers
DOCSIS 3.1 Testing
Speaker: Darie Marza, Application Engineering Manager, TVC Canada (view bio)
Application Engineering Manager, TVC Canada
30+ years of CATV experience in Canada and overseas
Strong theoretical and hands-on knowledge of CATV, DOCSIS & Networking
Extensive customer support and training activity
Challenges and best practices for R-PHY roll outs
Speaker: Jimmy Gagnon (view bio)
Jimmy Gagnon has been working for EXFO in fiber optics and telecommunications for over 14 years holding different positions, gaining valuable experience in making his way up to Product Line Manager as a BDM for the Optical business. Jimmy has been supporting and developing optical test solutions for fiber characterization, specializing in FTTH/POL and MSO markets. Besides this direct experience in telecommunications, Jimmy worked for three years as a major account manager for a Quebec company in electronics, acquiring important skills in project management and customer relations. Jimmy holds a technical degree in Electronics from Limoilou College, Quebec City.
We will analyze R-PHY network diagrams, study use cases, look at real field results from test instruments and present the recommanded tools and solutions to efficiently deploy such networks.
Recent Advances in SOC Splice on Connectors and Fusion Splicers
Speaker: Steven Sun, Technical Sales Manager, Telonix Communications (view bio)
National Sales Engineer
B.Sc Degree in Microwave Technology from Shanghai
University of Science & Technology
Sales Engineer of test and measurement/OSP products
Telecommunication/CATV industry since 1991
8 years experience of repair and field support for FITEL
fusion splicers, cleavers & connectorization
Member of SCTE since 2007
Myth Buster connector inspection and cleaning
Speaker: Gwenn Amice, Subject Matter Subject, Physical layer and monitoring, EXFO (view bio)
Gwenn Amice currently holds the position of Subject Matter Expert, Physical layer with EXFO in charge of technical seminars, trainings, support and technical advices to EXFO’s customers.
Mr. Amice is a member of the FTTH councils Americas Technology Committee