Show Schedule

Golf Tournament:

Quilchena Golf & Country Club
Transportation, 7:45AM – prebook necessary
Tuesday, May 30 – 9AM Shotgun Start
Registration opens – 7:45AM
Awards & Prizes Reception – approx. 3PM
(Note: Restaurant opens at 8:30AM)

Trade Show & Seminars:

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Exhibitor Set Up: Tuesday, May 30, between 3 – 7PM
Exhibitor Tear Down: Thursday, June 1, 4PM – 7PM
Show Dates: Wednesday, May 31 – Thursday, June 1, 2017
Registration Opens: 7AM daily
Seminars & Workshops: From 8AM daily
Trade Show Hours: 11AM – 4PM daily
Exhibitor Only Entry to Trade Show: 10AM daily
Live Demos: From 1PM daily in Trade Show
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GOLF TOURNAMENT, EXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATION - TUESDAY MAY 30
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7:45amGOLF TOURNAMENT

GOLF TOURNAMENT - QUILCHENA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

7:30am Registration Opens
9am Shotgun Start - Scramble format
2:30pm approx - Appetizers, Prize Presentations
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3 to 7pmEXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATION

EXHIBITOR SETUP - SHERATON VANCOUVER AIRPORT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

DAY 1 SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
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7 AM - DAY ONEREGISTRATION OPENS

Registration & Coffee

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8 AMSeminar

(1-1) Legacy Migration, the Efficient and Secure Way

Speaker: Mohamed Elmosaly, Product Marketing Manager, FONEX Data Systems Inc. (view bio)

Bio:

lunch & learn

While many service providers have already migrated their networks to packet technologies in order to lower costs and support IP-based services, there remains an enormous installed base of devices that use legacy TDM, analog or low speed data connections. Carriers are continuously being faced with the dilemma of how to economically maintain their packet-based network while still offering and maintaining those legacy services.

Today, carriers and private operators are facing many challenges:
• Maintaining legacy equipment that are no longer supported
• Increased OPEX in servicing the new packet-based network as well as the legacy network
• Reduced service revenue by not capitalizing on new service rollouts to legacy customers

This session will address how network migration can be achieved cost-effectively and how carriers can continue to maintain their legacy infrastructure for the customers who are still not ready to migrate their services to packet. In addition, this session will also address the inherent security concerns that arise from upgrading the network and introducing packet-based devices throughout the network. We will discuss how carriers can grow their network and enhance service in a secure and future-proof manner.

Finally, this session will demonstrate migration scenarios starting from a mixed TDM and Packet environment towards a full scale Carrier Ethernet communication network.

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8 AMSeminar

(1-2) Time Shifted TV Viewing Is the New Default

Speaker: Scott Meyer, Marketing Director, Innovative Systems (view bio)

Bio:

As the Marketing Director for Innovative Systems, Scott is responsible for assisting their service provider customers to better promote and sell enhanced voice and video services to their end users.

When it comes to TV viewing, consumers are increasingly living in the past, but not the distant past. This session will lay out the different time shift viewing options and how they can impact your business model.
Attendees Will Learn:
• The most current survey results on time shifted viewing
• The most popular Timed Shifted mediums being used by consumers today
• A detailed look at how service providers across North America are offering Time Shifted video to their customers
• Tips on how to use Time Shifted video to reduce cord cutting
Consumer binge watching is at an all-time high! Time shifted viewing options like OTT, DVR, Restart TV and VOD are crucial! Learn how these time shifted viewing options can impact your business model.
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8 AMSeminar

(1-3) Last Mile Technology Update

Speaker: Jeff Woodman, SSO, Viavi Solutions (view bio)

Bio:

I have worked in the Telecom industry for over 30 years in both outside and inside positions.  I started out as an installer and then splicer at Nevada Bell.  After 10 years I had the opportunity to move into cable repair and then inside as an OSP Engineer.  Working in Nevada gave me some great experience due to the miles of open wire and lead cable that was still very much in use at the time.  I have been fortunate to experience the evolution of the copper world transition from low-end voice frequencies into xDSL/G.Fast, high frequency service over my career and making lifelong friends along the way.
Last Mile speeds are increasing yearly, Viavi Solutions will give an industry update on copper and coax deployments, including testing. DOCSIS 3.1 completely changes the way DOCSIS works, increasing data capacity up to 50% and speeds up to 10 Gbps on the downstream and 2 Gbps on the upstream—rates that rival fiber. GFast XG-GFast - Key aspects of both technologies. Where to deploy fiber to the most economical point in your network.
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9 AMSeminar

(1-4) Designing Wireless Networks for Speed and Reliability

Speaker: Joel Crane, Technical Trainer, MetaGeek (view bio)

Bio:

An all-purpose geek who loves to teach, Joel takes care of training and customer education for all of MetaGeek. He helps people learn how to properly troubleshoot, maintain, and deploy, fast and reliable wireless networks, and whether it takes a keyboard, a soldering iron, or torque wrench, Joel enjoys fixing broken stuff.
Wi-Fi has become absolutely critical in the modern world. In the workplace, employees rely on it for the constant stream of communication and information to complete their jobs, and they require mobility as they move from meeting to meeting. Wi-Fi is just as important in the home: virtually no internet connection is without some kind of wireless networking, with individuals and families everywhere using Wi-Fi for gaming, social media, and media consumption. Wi-Fi is even expected in public venues. Customers expect Wi-Fi to be available in hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and coffee shops, just like they expect elevators, bathrooms, and trash cans.

When it comes to Wi-Fi, users want two things: They want the network to be fast, and they want the network to be reliable. As technicians and engineers, it’s our job to deliver that, so how do we do it? We deliver fast and reliable networks with good, intentional, and informed network design.

Whether you’re tasked with deploying fast and reliable Wi-Fi in a single-family home, a large apartment complex, or a place of business, proper network design requires and understanding of the underlying protocol. It demands a strong understanding of exactly how 802.11 (the protocol that drives Wi-Fi) operates. Using that understanding, we can intentionally, confidently, and purposefully design the entire network from the ground up, factoring in the type of backhaul communications to use, what hardware to use, where to place hardware, and how to configure everything for the best performance.
The first important concept to understand about Wi-Fi is it’s half-duplex nature. Technicians and engineers everywhere are familiar with ethernet, which is a full-duplex technology. Full duplex means that we can send network traffic in two directions at the same time on the same ethernet cable. Wi-Fi on the other hand is half-duplex, which means that it’s more like a one-lane highway, where traffic can only flow in one direction at a time.

But wait! It gets worse! This half-duplex limitation doesn’t apply to just one access point and one client, it applies to every single device that shares the channel, creating co-channel interference. The concept of co-channel interference trickles down to virtually every design aspect of Wi-Fi, including what types of access points to use, where to deploy them, and how to configure them.

Coverage must be considered as well. Too little, and client devices and access points won’t be able to communicate. Too much, and too many devices will be able to hear each other and thus will have to take more turns talking. It’s a delicate balancing act that must be addresses in intentional network design.

It’s also important to consider the capabilities of the client and access point. Typically, we have quite a bit of control over the access point: in a commercial environment, we’re usually able to select exactly what hardware we’d like to design with. In a residential environment, our options are a bit more limited, but we can at least direct the customer to use a 3rd party device with expanded capabilities.

Client devices can be a bit more challenging, particularly in which frequency bands they support. Many inexpensive and older clients only support the crowded 2.4 GHz band, while relatively few devices support the greener pastures of 5 GHz, where we can find a lot more capacity, and a lot more throughput. It’s important to keep client device limitations in mind when designing a network.

There’s also the issue of device roaming. Since the client device always decides when and where to roam, it’s absolutely critical that networks are designed to encourage clients to make good roaming decisions. Roaming is affected by AP placement and transmit power settings, so careful consideration must be taken to avoid “sticky client” issues.

Whether you are an ISP technician or campus-wide wireless network engineer, your understanding of proper network design is critical to the success of your network. Network design doesn’t have to be a mystery, you can design fast and reliable networks!
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9 AMSeminar

(1-5) Safe Installation of Outside Plant Fiber Optic Systems

Speaker: William Graham, Director/Master Instructor (view bio)

Bio:

William Graham has taught Fiber Optic training courses and other Industrial Skills courses, across Canada the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean for more than 20 years. His customers include Community Colleges, Trade Unions, The Canadian Military, Utilities and the general public. Mr. Graham is certified by AT&T, Siecor Corporation and a Director and Master Instructor with The Fiber Optic Association.

This session will be of interest and benefit to all those who install and maintain outdoor Fiber Optic Communications systems. These are the systems feeding Cell Tower transmitters, as well as the increasing fiber to the home and office installations.
In Canada we have more diverse conditions than many countries. Conditions of soil and temperature at least are considered. Despite this, our installations must be installed, safely, securely and with competitive cost.
The potential for injury and even loss of life, equipment damage, destruction and unnecessary costs and delays can be reduced with proper understanding and adherence to safe installation practices.
In Canada we have conditions of weather ranging from normal to -50 deg C. and colder. We have soil conditions ranging from sand, clay to miles of solid granite. These are all conditions dictating different rules, tools, materials and requirements for safe installations.
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9 AMSeminar

(1-6) Infrastructure Risk Management for Damage Prevention

Speaker: Kris Philpott, Director, GIS Services Planview Utility Services Ltd. (view bio)

Bio:

Kris has been involved in damage prevention for 12 years and has managed and implemented solutions for Electric, Gas, Municipal and Telecommunication infrastructure owners throughout North America. Having worked directly with several One Call Centres, locate service providers and infrastructure owners, Kris has developed a strong understanding of how mapping can improve business efficiencies and damage prevention.
Imagine if you could prevent a damage to your infrastructure before it happens. Everyday excavators accidentally damage underground infrastructure, including critical communication assets.

We have a proven approach to reduce the most costly damages and save telecommunication companies on damage repairs and loss of customers due to service interruptions.

Damage prevention is all about managing risk. Every excavation site has associated risks with varying probability of a damage occurring and varying impacts if a damage did occur.

Infrastructure owners can calculate these risks for each locate request and act accordingly to the risk; a high risk excavation deserves more attention than a low risk site.

By managing risks, we have seen customers reduce their damage rate by 20% and the average cost of damages by nearly half.


This presentation will arm attendees with an understanding of risk management and how it can be applied to protecting infrastructure.
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10 AMSeminar

(1-7) New Physical Aspects of DOCSIS 3.1

Speaker: Dr. Lamar West, Ph. D., Instructor, SCTE/ISBE (view bio)

Bio:

Lamar West has forty years of experience in the telecommunications industry.  Dr. West is cited as inventor on 45 US patents and numerous international patents.  He has published 21 papers and articles in the field of CATV and HFC engineering.  Dr West has participated in numerous conferences and symposia.

The DOCSIS 3.1 standard promises to provide significantly higher network data throughput than that available with previous versions of DOCSIS. This is accomplished through a suite of new technologies and enhanced capabilities.

This presentation examines many of the key technological innovations that have been incorporated into DOCSIS 3.1. These technologies include orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA). The RF characteristics or OFDM and OFDMA will be explained in detail. Other innovations, including higher order QAM modulation and low density parity check (LDPC) forward error correction will be described. It will be shown how all of these technologies provide significantly improved tolerance of many network impairments including impulse noise and ingress.

The capabilities for expanded spectral usage, including new two-way frequency splits will be described. The use of modulation profiles to maximize the data throughput to and from each individual cable modem will be explained. Finally, the tools that are imbedded in DOCSIS 3.1 that enable proactive network maintenance (PNM) will be discussed.
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10 AMSeminar

(1-8) The Intelligent Community Movement in Canada

Speaker: Rob McCann, President, Clearcable Networks (view bio)

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.

The Intelligent Community Forum is a global network of cities and regions with a think tank at its center. Its mission is to help communities use information and communications technology (ICT) to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich their quality of life. Canada is well represented globally with 31 cities and regions achieving the Intelligent Community designations awarded through an annual evaluation process. In 2015, the first “Nationally” based chapter, ICF Canada, was launched. This session will introduce the ICF movement, the Intelligent Community Indicators, and Canada’s Intelligent Communities.
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10 AMSeminar

(1-9) Proactive Network Maintenance 2.0 - Full Band Capture & DOCSIS 3.1 Readiness

Speaker: James Medlock, Founder & CEO, Akleza Inc. (view bio)

Bio:

James Medlock, founder and CEO of Akleza, a PNM solutions provider, is a cable industry technologist contributing to various CableLabs specifications including PacketCable Multimedia, IMS, and PNM. Previously he was a co-founder of Camiant, a supplier of PCMM solutions, and CTO at OpenVault, an IPDR based subscriber management solution

This session will provide an introduction and update on the latest advances around DOCSIS Proactive Network Maintenance. Recent support for Full Band Capture (FBC) added to DOCSIS CPE equipment allows modems and set top boxes to be used as remote spectrum analyzers. Combining this capability with sophisticated analysis software lets cable operators automatically identify and locate network impairments that might affect both internet and video services. FBC impairment detection can be used to perform continuous forward spectrum sweeps highlighting issues such as Suck-outs, Tilt, Wave, Roll-off and Ingress Noise.
In this session, we will discuss:
• Brief history of PNM technology
• What’s new, Full Band Capture using existing DOCSIS equipment
• Embedded devices for Complete Spectrum Capture (5MHz – 1GHz)
• How best to deploy a PNM solution
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11 AMSeminar

(1-10) Converging Wireless Fronthaul/Backhaul & FTTH Networks

Speaker: Craig Culwell, Manager, Product & Customer Support Engineer, CommScope (view bio)

Bio:

Craig Culwell is in market development at CommScope, responsible for key Service Provider accounts in North America. The solutions include connectivity for Central Offices, MTSO’s, Data Centers, Outside Plant and Cell Sites/Small Cell. He also works on SDN/NFV and the value of utilizing AIM solutions.

With C-RAN deployments gaining momentum and 5G on the horizon, fiber is being recognized as a strategic asset to support wireless cell densification. Large incumbent service providers have both wireline and wireless operations, so converging onto a single network and maximizing asset utilization makes excellent business sense. For smaller operators, addressing multiple market segments with a unique FTTH network limit their risks and maximizes the return on investment.

In this address, we will propose technical solutions and architectures which will help you plan the evolution of your fiber infrastructure and prepare for converged networks.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-11) Testing and Cleaning of Fibre

Speaker: Gwennael Amice, Subject Matter Expert, EXFO (view bio)

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
What is the "number one" action you need to perform on a patch-cord prior to connection? You would think "cleaning", but what if the connector is damaged, or already clean? Well, cleaning will be waste of time and money...So the right answer is "Inspection". Indeed connector inspection is the most critical action that needs to be performed before connecting any fiber. In this seminar we will cover the different solutions available in the market for cleaning as well as the different standards for fiber inspection. We will use real examples of fiber inspection results to demonstrate the impact of various impairments on insertion loss and reflectance.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-12) FTTH Testing, Splicing and Troubleshooting Techniques

Speaker: Steven Sun, Technical Sales MAnager, TELONIX Communications (view bio)

Bio:

National Sales Engineer TELONIX Communications B.Sc Degree in Microwave Technology from Shanghai University of Science & Technology Sales Engineer of test and measurement/OSP products (Anritsu/Sumitomo/Yokogawa/Agilent/FITEL) in Telecommunication/CATV industry since 1991 8 years experience of repair and field support for FITEL fusion splicers, cleavers & connectorization Member of SCTE since 2007

This workshop will focus on testing, splicing and troubleshooting the FTTH network. It will be a comprehensive discussion and demonstration of how to work with FTTH architecture and applying practical solutions in the field. It will address working with various fiber types, connectors and testing to make sure the network runs smoothly. This is a hands on workshop with equipment and materials on hand.
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12noon - DAY 1LUNCH - SPONSORED BY POWER & TEL

LUNCH - Sponsored by Power & Tel

DAY 2 SESSIONS - THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017
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7:00 AMREGISTRATION OPENS

Registration & Coffee

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8 AMSeminar

(2-1) Demystifying NFV and Offering NFaas

Speaker: Mohamed Elmosaly, Product Marketing Manager, FONEX Data Systems Inc. (view bio)

Bio:

Mohamed Elmosaly is the Product Marketing Manager at FONEX data systems and over the past 16 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.

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has been a growing topic of interest for service providers and manufacturers in the Telecom field. While NFV concepts are simple, making your network NFV-ready is a complex undertaking, involving many aspects and crossing multiple departments in your organization. Add to this the ongoing debate on the best approach for NFV deployment models, within service providers, equipment vendors and system integrators.
NFV replaces dedicated network hardware with software running on standard servers or virtual machines. This means that when a provider needs to add an appliance, a vendor-specific hardware or proprietary device is no longer required. This presents multiple benefits to service providers that include faster time to market, improved economics and simplified operations.
There are various NFV deployment models that are being discussed and considered today:
• Centralized NFV – Where all the virtual network functions (VNFs) are centralized in the network (cloud).
• NFV at the customer edge – Where all the VNFs are located at the customer edge.
• Distributed NFV (D-NFV) – Where VNFs can be located in the network and/or at the customer edge.
The centralized NFV approach is the easiest to conceptualize as all the VNFs are residing on the service providers’ servers located in the network. All the intelligence and required resources are therefore located in the cloud while carriers can deploy low-cost basic devices at the customer site. However, with the NFV at the customer edge model, VNFs need to be deployed on equipment located at the customer premises (CE), therefore the requirement for a smart device that can offer the capability to host multiple virtual functions. Some providers are implementing this today using a virtual CPE (vCPE) running on an vendor-specific intelligent customer demarcation device, while others are exploring the deployment of a non-vendor specific appliance, or a universal customer equipment (uCE), where any vendor can offer their VNFs on this uCE without the service provider being locked into expensive proprietary appliances.
The third approach is a distributed model that promotes placement of VNFs wherever they may be most effective and least expensive. In some cases, the customer premises are often the most suitable location for some functions such as traffic monitoring, QoS and security; while other VNFs would be more suitable if deployed in the cloud, such as application-awareness and WAN optimization.
Regardless of the NFV deployment model you choose, NFV will enable you to offer new and enhanced services that you couldn’t otherwise with a traditional network. These new service offerings are presented in the form of Network Function as a Service (NFaaS). NFaaS allows the service provider to offer traditional network services as virtual functions that at the customer site or in the cloud. These virtual functions can be running on a server, a uCE or vCPE.
In this presentation, we will review the NFV concepts and present it in a simplified manner, while highlighting the benefits to offering NFaaS to both, the service provider and the customer. We will also go through the different approaches a service provider can quickly implement and launch NFaaS without the need of having a full SDN (Software Defined Network) and NFV strategy in place.
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8 AMSeminar

(2-2) New Last Mile Fiber Delivery Options for Every Build Priority

Speaker: Kevin Kress, Application Engineer, Cleafield Inc. (view bio)

Bio:

Kevin Kress is a certified project manager with his PMP.  Kevin utilized this certification first as a project manager for Ericsson and then as Implementation Manager for Cincinnati Bell Wireless and Cincinnati Bell Telephone.

Ultimately, Kress spent over 30 years with Cincinnati Bell honing his industry skills in positions ranging from field splicer / installer, to team lead positions, director of technical support/training and finally, serving as a Director for OSP maintenance and Hi-Cap Construction Engineering.

While fiber access is serving many communities throughout the country, getting to the last connection point, that last mile, which turns on the home, business or apartment building can be challenging. Network design at the last mile requires the service provider to address various factors influenced by location – rural versus urban; ground type – is there rock, soil, clay or sand. For instance, digging in the trenches isn’t the same in every community – there may be sand in Florida, clay in Virginia and silt in Alaska. Each individual characteristic, including first build cost preferences; network operations and maintenance will also indicate the architecture that is best suited to deliver fiber. When planning at FTTH deployment, service providers should consider which element is deemed the top priority.

Considerations may include:
• Cost factors - first-build and long term;
• Ease of restoration after disruption;
• Environmental concerns; and
• Configuration flexibility.

Without a thorough understanding of these and other requirements for the fiber build, a service provider will run into roadblocks. Many service providers are not able to make the business case for fiber-to-the-home delivery due to the high labor, design and inventory costs associated with the last mile connection. However, with a race to capture subscribers, providers must identify ways to reduce the time and capital required to roll out FTTH networks. To ensure success, it is imperative for service providers to have a solution that is capable of aligning first-build initiatives across multiple network architectures regardless of the environment. Each individual characteristic will indicate the architecture that is best suited to deliver fiber.

In this session, Clearfield will discuss the best practices to ensure a FTTH deployment is malleable and capable of navigating varied FTTH network terrains.
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8 AMSeminar

Tower & Antenna Safety

Speaker: Nicholas Kyonka, Program Manager, The Structure, Tower & Antenna Council (view bio)

Bio:

Nicholas Kyonka is the Program Manager for the Structure, Tower & Antenna Council (STAC) – Canada’s only organization dedicated to the safety of the communications tower industry. As program manager, Nick is responsible for working with STAC Members to address their safety concerns, for sharing and promoting industry best practices, and for administering STAC committees and their related projects.

The Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) helps ensure communications antennas in Canada continue to be constructed with the highest regard to safety. STAC is a non-profit council of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, representing and providing a collaborative forum for Canadian communications tower owners and the contractors, engineers and suppliers who help support their sites.

This session will provide an overview of STAC, including the council’s mandate, members, activities and operating structure. It will identify common hazards in the tower and antenna industries and discuss actions STAC’s committees and project teams have taken to mitigate or otherwise address those hazards. Among others, some of the issues that will be addressed during this session include the proper use of personal RF monitors, tower engineering questions, electrical grounding protection, and working at heights training.

This session will also include discussion of the different types of resources that STAC makes available to its members, including STAC-designed products such as best practice manuals, training guidelines, and safety alerts. Among other topics, the session will touch on the collaborative approach to developing these documents, starting with at the hazard identification stage and continuing until a project’s completion.

Finally, this session will also review STAC membership opportunities and the benefits of membership to different types of companies, including contractors, engineers and equipment suppliers.
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9 AMSeminar

(2-4) Wi-Fi Troubleshooting with Spectrum and Packet Analysis

Speaker: Joel Crane, Technical Trainer, MetaGeek (view bio)

Bio:

An all-purpose geek who loves to teach, Joel takes care of training and customer education for all of MetaGeek. He helps people learn how to properly troubleshoot, maintain, and deploy, fast and reliable wireless networks, and whether it takes a keyboard, a soldering iron, or torque wrench, Joel enjoys fixing broken stuff.
In Wi-Fi, reliability is key, and it can be a real headache when it doesn’t work. Fortunately, with a solid understanding of how 802.11 (the underlying protocol that practically is Wi-Fi) works, some tools, and a little common sense, Wi-Fi is fixable.

The first step is getting a good understanding of how 802.11 works. Most of us are familiar with ethernet, which has the advantage of being “full-duplex”, bringing the ability to send traffic in two directions at the same time on the cable. Wi-Fi is significantly different though, being “half-duplex”, meaning that it functions more like a 1-lane road, where traffic has to take turns being sent one direction at a time. Even worse, this “half-duplex” nature doesn’t apply to just one client and one access point; it applies to any Wi-Fi device that is on the same channel, and within hearing distance.

With that in mind, we can know unwrap the 3 core types of interference in Wi-Fi, the first being “co-channel interference”, which occurs when AP’s and clients take turns, which is basically all of the time. “Adjacent-channel interference” occurs when networks are on partially overlapping channels, and causes devices to just talk over each other instead of politely taking turns. Finally, non-Wi-Fi interference occurs when non-802.11 devices try to use the same frequency space as your network, and typically, they don’t have the same politeness mechanisms built in that Wi-Fi does.

The first step in Wi-Fi repair is to avoid these types of interference. You can do it with a simple Wi-Fi scanner, which will help you avoid adjacent-channel (top priority) and co-channel interference to some degree. The next step up from a Wi-Fi scanner is a full spectrum analyzer, a special piece of hardware that shows all of the raw radio frequency activity in your environment, which can reveal how often each channel is being used by Wi-Fi, as well as any non-Wi-Fi interference.

If a spectrum analyzer reveals non-Wi-Fi interference, then you’ll continue to use that tool to identify, locate, and remove the interference. On the other hand, if the spectrum analyzer reveals problematic Wi-Fi utilization, then it’s time to move from “layer 1” to “layer 2”, the packet layer. At this layer, you’ll look at the demodulated data that is being transmitted between wireless stations to view their conversation flows. At this point, we make the transition from looking at raw radio frequency utilization (a measurement of how often the channel is being used) to wirless frame airtime, e.g. how much time on the air each transmission is reserving for use.

With packet analysis the engineer can gain a deeper understand of who is using the most airtime, who is talking fast, who is talking slowly, and who is spending all of the time on the channel resending failed transmissions.

The next step in Wi-Fi troubleshooting is signal strength, which is generally given to use in “dBm” or decibels in relation to a milliwatt. dBm is a pretty confusing measurement for two reasons. First, it’s expressed in negatives. Second, dBm is a logarithmic measurement (as opposed to linear), so a 3 dB jump is actually double the signal strength, and a 3 dB drop is half the signal strength. Knowing how to read a signal strength chart isn’t enough either, what is a good signal strength? In reality, it comes down to a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), but a good rule of thumb for reliability is about -65 dBm, depending on the application, AP’s, and client devices.

There are many other types of wireless problems to resolve, such as roaming problems due to “sticky clients” - client devices that stubbornly refuse to roam to new access points as the user moves around. There are also many devices that don’t support the greener pastures of 5 GHz, instead being stuck in the interference-laden 2.4 GHz band. Single-band and “sticky client” issues must be resolved with interference avoidance and mitigation, as well as careful access point placement and transmit power configuration.
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9 AMSeminar

(2-5) Impact of NBase_T On Your Network

Speaker: Bob Matthews, Principal Field Application Engineer, Commscope (view bio)

Bio:

Bob Matthews joined CommScope Solutions in February 2010 as a Field Engineer supporting Wireless, Infrastructure and Intelligent systems. Bob has an education in Electronics (Telecom) and Management studies, and several years of experience working for Service Providers on Wireless (including In-Building and Microwave), Wireline and Intelligent Infrastructure projects.

 

802.11ac Wave 1 wifi has opened the door for discussion whether wireless should be the primary means for users to access network resources. Right on the heels of wave 1 comes wave 2 with backhaul speeds of up to 6.8 Gbps. This presentation will examine the impact of
802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax on network access as well as the construct of the Ethernet network. New strategies for network access such as NBase-T are being deployed to provide sufficient backhaul data rates to support the new wireless speeds. Finally, what is the impact on the cabling infrastructure required to support the multigigabit switches?
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9 AMSeminar

(2-6) FTTH/GPON: Work Faster, Not Harder

Speaker: Gwenn Amice, Subject Matter Expert, Physical Layer and Monitoring, EXFO (view bio)

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

Fiber to the home deployment in Canada is at 35% of completion, using mostly GPON technology.
We need to pass more houses and MDUs, faster and this will be enabled by being more efficient, focus on process that matters and using the right tools.
In this seminar we will describe step by steps, several process optimizations that will save you time and money.
The subjects covered in this presentation are:
Technology evolutions:
• G657 fiber: impact on MOP, handling
• Multifibers connectors MPO/MTP/Optitip : Inspection , cleaning
• Mechanical splices, pre-polished connectors: risk and evolutions
Testing required in Fiber deployment:
• from CO/HE to FDH
• FDH to Multiport
• Drop testing
• MDU: From Basement to apartment
Turn up and troubleshooting.
Time:Description:
10 AMSeminar

(2-7) More Fibers in Less Space-Continuing Advances in Fiber Density

Speaker: Mark Boxer, Applications Engineering Manager, OFS (view bio)

Bio:

Mark Boxer is Applications Engineering Manager for OFS. He assists customers deploying fiber in a variety of network scenarios and analyzes trends in telecommunications markets that drive product innovation. Mark has a BME degree from Georgia Tech, and has spent his 25+ year career in the fiber industry.

The global buildout of fiber everywhere continues at strong pace, driven by demand for bandwidth for all types of services, both wired and wireless.
The demand is driving higher fiber counts in many network builds. Where only recently the highest fiber count requirement for many cables was 864 fibers, many network operators are turning up service so fast, that they’re requiring cables with fiber counts as high as 1728, 3456, and higher.
However, higher fiber counts typically mean larger diameters, which can be a problem if the cable is larger than the space available in a duct.
The fiber optic cable industry is responding to this challenge with new fibers and cables to meet the challenge of fiber density. Although the fiber industry in general has continuously improved, new technologies are being introduced at a very fast pace to meet this demand.
This presentation will highlight some relatively new applications for high fiber count cables, specifically for metro datacenter-type applications. The presentation will also introduced new tools that are available to network designers to enable more fiber in smaller spaces. Some of the basic building blocks to be discussed include bend insensitive fibers, 200 micron fibers, rollable ribbons, and microcables.
Time:Description:
10 AMSeminar

(2-8) Best Practices for Fiber Optics Testing Using Fiber Microscope and OTDR

Speaker: Patrick Noel, Sales Solutions Consultant, Viavi Solutions (view bio)

Bio:

Patrick Noel has been involved in the telecom industry for the past 22 years; he started his career at Videotron in network engineering.  For the past 15 years, his main focus has been in supporting service providers with technologies for test & measurement of their networks.
Contaminated connectors are the #1 cause for troubleshooting in optical networks. Maintaining best practices with an Inspect Before You Connect workflow is essential, but without the right tools, it is difficult and time consuming.Now with smarter OTDR, eliminate setup errors and maintain results consistency. One-touch operation and a single results window ensure fast and easy measurements, while robust wireless connectivity options increase productivity anywhere.
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10 AMSeminar

(2-9) Network Telecom Facility Energy Analysis Exercise

Speaker: Pan Sciore, Technical Consultant, Independent Energy and Telecom Consult (view bio)

Bio:

Pan Sciore, CET, has 33+ years of experience in the telecom industry, in Planning, Standards, and Design. The disciplines include Network Telecom Topologies of various eras, and Network Energy, Space
As we are entering a more energy conscious phase within the industry, it is imperative that proper analysis for energy, space usage be carried out within ANY style of telecom facility. These telecom facility types can include:
- Data Centres
- Central Distribution Offices (Vintage, intermix, or Greenfield)
- Small scale Point’s of Presence
- Colocation
Where the telecom industry, including cable companies to a degree) have difficulty is clearly defining the risks, or more so, the financial pitfalls of failing to provide adequate means of conserving energy. The energy dispensed as related to the services that are rendered is not properly monitored, nor is it properly defined. Services rendered to these customers include:
- Conventional Telephony (dial tone)
- Analog Television services
- Lo Speed Data ( up to 1.5Mb/s)
- Intermediate Data Services ( 1.5 to 6Mb/s)
- Hi Speed Data Service (Fractional Gig E)
- Digital Streaming Television
- Wireless VoLTE
- Wireless Data
- App Homing and Dispense
- Cloud Storage
A contentious issue: telecom company real-estate becomes a premium, what steps does a company take with regards to what type of service is energy efficient for the type of facility it is housed in? Do we sell portions of the property becoming a viable option? When do we move off copper medium for wireline? Can we provide same service bundled on fibre optic, or segregate on Wireless?

A site energy analysis will give a baseline indication of telecom site performance, and correlate that with the types of services/revenue that site is capable of. Many within the telecom industry take energy acquirement, be it electrical Network Power, Network Space, or the energy requirements of Network cooling for granted. If a site cannot be properly ‘exercised’ to achieve its baseline Power Usage Efficiencies (PUE), how does anyone know what condition that site would be in?

This presentation shall give Planning, Design and Building Telecom Maintenance teams the tools to develop space/power baseline PUE’s for site specific telecom locations. It will also dealve into the concepts of service types, why they are necessary, and what opportunities exist to morph into another technology for similar service types. It will give snapshot of overall power usage, for network power and network HVAC cooling.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-10) Everything You Need to Know About OTDR

Speaker: Gwennael Amice, Subject Matter Expert, Physical Layer and Monitoring, EXFO (view bio)

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

OTDR measurements are the most important test that you could perform on a fiber. Over the years the OTDR became more and more user friendly but OTDR traces still need to be interpreted. In this training/seminar we will cover every aspect of the OTDR from the selection of the acquisition parameters to the interpretation of the trace. Subject explained in this presentations are: Pulse selection guide, acquisition time impact on trace noise, dead zones explanation,dynamic range vs resolution, fiber break, macrobend and stress detection, real time acquisition mode, IOLM multi-pulse analysis and benefits. We will spend spend some time analyzing some actual OTDR traces and compare the different acquisition modes (real time, OTDR averaged and Multi-pulse acquisition).
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-11) Building an Access Platform for Future Growth

Speaker: Daniel Edmans, Sales Engineering Director, Technetix Inc (view bio)

Bio:

Daniel Edmans is Sales Engineering Director at Technetix Americas based in Denver, where he supports the design and implementation of HFC networks. Dan has extensive experience providing technical support for RF/microwave and fiber-optic component products in the datacom and telecom markets. He is a member of the IEEE and the SCTE and has a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from RPI and an MBA.

Technetix will deliver a presentation that covers the challenges faced by every MSO in the need for continued investment in bandwidth, which is principally consumed by OTT services that don’t generate revenue.

Since 1995 when records registered sixteen million users on the internet, we have today an impressive 3,675 million users, representing over fifty percent of the world’s population.

Video content accounted for an impressive 64% of all the world's internet traffic in 2014 and we are due an explosion in consumption in the coming years. According to market studies, online video will be responsible for four-fifths of global Internet traffic. The statistics for the United States are even more impressive, totalling 85%. The dramatic increase will not only be driven by the increased popularity of OTT video streaming services, but also by the sheer number of us that will be connected by 2019.

CATV operators must react to this ever increasing demand, but making the right decision is not easy – mixed network architectures are being created via increasingly complex networks combined with mass integration in the CATV arena.

Tough architectural decisions must be made today to prepare for long-term bandwidth demands, while also carefully managing budgetary constraints. Many technologies are either available or emerging, such as 1.2GHz, RFoG, Multi Diode Receiver, Remote-PHY, Full Duplex DOCSIS and aspirations to move to N+0 architectures and fiber deep solutions. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ technology, it is important to evaluate the pros and cons of each to ensure that no future architectures are blocked by decisions made today.

CATV MSOs need to invest in DOCSIS 3.1 to ensure higher bandwidths can be delivered to customers, this coupled with tough decisions on the right architecture and limited annual capex, means solutions need to be found that deliver a roadmap to these new technologies within their financial constraints – not an easy challenge whilst ensuring legacy infrastructure is still maintained and any new solutions are interoperable.

The big advantage of cable operators is that they can often implement upgrades to existing customers in a significantly shorter space of time than their Telco incumbents, choosing the right technology platform is therefore critical to exploit new technologies like DOCSIS 3.1 providing bandwidth capabilities of 10 Gbit/s downstream and 1 Gbit/s upstream using 4096 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation).

Our presentation will demonstrate that it is possible to deploy an access platform that allows MSOs to achieve additional longevity from their CAPEX investments, while allowing cost-effective integration of a range of new technologies in the future. It summarizes relevant technologies and identifies considerations and decision points that may affect their eventual integration into the network.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-12) Locating on Autopilot: How Technology Can Help Make Your Locates More Efficient

Speaker: Colin Ward, Marketing Coordinator, Norscan Instruments (view bio)

Bio:

Colin Ward is a marketer with four years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in Touchless Locating and Outside Plant management solutions. With published work in Damage Prevention Professional and ISE Magazine (formerly OSP Magazine), Colin has a passion for helping organizations better manage their Outside Plant with innovative technology.
In everything we do, technology helps us work smarter and faster. Why should locating be any different?

Traditional locating practices require a technician to access a manhole or handhole to set up and take down their portable transmitter. But by using innovative locating technology, such as Touchless Locating, we can eliminate the need for a portable transmitter and all the work that comes with it.

With Touchless Locating technology, a centralized transmitter is permanently installed at the Central Office/Headend. To activate the locate signal, a technician simply makes a call, selects their line, and they’re ready to locate. With no messing around setting up and taking down a portable transmitter, you’re able to cut your locating time and costs in half (or more)!
Time:Description:
12 noonLUNCH - Sponsored by TELUS

LUNCH - Sponsored by TELUS

Time:Description:
1 PMWORKSHOP

WORKSHOP: Future-Proofing Your Network: Modular & Scalable Solutions for Today & Tomorrow

Speaker: Ron Huinink, Sales, Telonix Communications (view bio)

Bio:

Ron’s career in the CATV industry began 25 years ago in construction, executing work for the local cable company.

Ron joined Cogeco Cable in 1998 as a Service Technician, where he was exposed to the interdependence of Maintenance, Construction, Headend/Data departments, and Planning within Cogeco, building the knowledge vital to the success of a cable MSO.

Ron has been a member of the SCTE for 14 years, was elected to the Ontario Board in 2013, and served as President for two years.

In Feb 2017, Ron joined Telonix as Technical Manager Broadband.  His main role is supporting the company’s RF products.

Speaker: Daniel Edmans, Sales Engineering Director, Technetix Inc (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Daniel Edmans is Sales Engineering Director at Technetix Americas based in Denver, where he supports the design and implementation of HFC networks. Dan has extensive experience providing technical support for RF/microwave and fiber-optic component products in the datacom and telecom markets. He is a member of the IEEE and the SCTE and has a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from RPI and an MBA. 

This hands-on workshop, features a modular access platform manufactured by Technetix that enables an amplifier to be converted to a fibre node in minutes without a forklift upgrade using field upgradeable modules. Known as DBx, this platform will also incorporate Remote PHY and Full Duplex DOCSIS® in the future. Digital adjustments can be made to this 1.2GHz, DOCSIS® 3.1-ready platform electronically via a USB connection from a smart phone or tablet—or remotely through an optional DOCSIS® transponder. Consistent with the SCTE’s Energy 2020 initiative, this platform uses less power than other commonly used equipment for a potentially significant reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO). The workshop will also briefly cover solutions for reducing MER across the network to create additional “headroom” needed as higher-modulation data carriers like 4K QAM and OFDMA are deployed.