Show Schedule CommTech West

Golf Tournament

Valley Ridge Golf & Country Club
Tuesday, May 15 – 9AM Shotgun Start
Transportation, 7:00AM – prebook necessary
Registration opens – 7:30AM
Awards & Prizes Reception – approx. 3PM

Trade Show & Seminars

Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
Exhibitor Set Up: Tuesday, May 15, between 3 – 7PM
Exhibitor Tear Down: Thursday, May 17, 4 – 7PM
Show Dates: Wednesday, May 16 & Thursday, May 17
Welcome Reception: Wednesday, May 16, 3 – 4PM
Registration Opens: 7AM daily
Seminars & Workshops: From 8AM daily
Trade Show Hours: 11AM – 4PM daily
Exhibitor Entrance to Trade Show: 10AM daily
Live Demos: From 1PM daily in Trade Show

Seminar & Workshop Schedule

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Available February 2018

GOLF TOURNAMENT, EXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATION - TUESDAY MAY 15
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7:45am Registration opensGOLF TOURNAMENT

GOLF TOURNAMENT - VALLEY RIDGE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

7:45am Registration Opens
9am Shotgun Start - Scramble format
2:30pm approx - Appetizers, Prize Presentations, Pay bar
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3 to 7pmEXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATION

EXHIBITOR SETUP - COAST PLAZA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

DAY 1 SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018
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8:00 AMSEMINAR

(1-1) Optical access networks testing: What, when, why and where?

Speaker: Gwennaël Amice, Subject Matter Expert, Physical Layer, 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 "everything" would have been another good title for this seminar. Fiber to the premise, the curb, the node, the tower, the antenna, the home, the building, the business, the desk… more than 3.5 Billion of kilometers of optical fiber have been installed worldwide and the pace is accelerating. And we all know the reason for that: BANDWIDTH.
In this seminar, EXFO will share with you the new testing methodologies that were developed in the last few years to keep up with this never-ending hunger for fiber deployment.
For each innovative technology deployed we will explained the new challenges and the appropriate response from a testing point of view: Multifiber connectors, Next Gen PON, 5G, RemotePHY, CWDM, C-RAN.
As an example we will explain that cleaning blindly an MPO connector is the worst thing to do...
Attendees will learn how to modify their Methods and procedures to efficiently deploy the above technologies and reduce cost of deployment.
Time:Description:
8 AMSEMINAR

(1-2) Planning for the Distributed Access Network

Speaker: Mark Ridgeway, Senior Solutions Architect, Casa Systems (view bio)

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.

To meet bandwidth demands, MSOs are moving to distributed access architecture (DAA) as a way to overcome strains on centralized (head-end and hub) facilities. DAA offers MSOs significant additional advantages over existing centralized architectures, including keeping data and video signals in digital format as long as possible, extending deep into the network before converting to analog.
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.
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8 AMSEMINAR

(1-3) Fiber: Who's Got Game?

Speaker: Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield (view bio)

Bio:

Kevin Morgan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Clearfield, Inc., the preferred supplier specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communication service providers.   Morgan has served in various senior marketing positions since 1996 at ADTRAN, Inc. where he gained extensive experience in advanced communications technology, fiber optic systems, and business product marketing. Before that, he spent nearly a decade at telephone operating company BellSouth, now a part of AT&T, where he worked as the lead product evaluations resource of broadband technologies in the Science & Technology department. Morgan also served in various leadership positions with the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Americas, including as a regular Board Member 2011-16 and Chairman of the Board in 2015.

 Morgan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama.

Fiber services is one of the fasting growing segments for the telecom market, with carriers from the largest, multinational carriers to the smallest rural operators offering services. In fact, the economic benefit, both the consumers and the providers, is so great that WISPs, Utilities and Municipalities are getting into the game. Everyone wins with fiber. But delivering fiber presents a range of challenges from right-of-way, single-family units to MDUs, to ground type, to a wide variety of factors that can complication the last mile, and even the last several feet of connection. In addition to these new entrants, MSOs are looking at fiber deep strategies to regain ground in this market. This session will present a variety of case studies from each of these three high-growth segments for fiber deployments:
oWireless Internet Service Providers
oUtilities
oMunicipalities
oMSOs
Time:Description:
9 AMSEMINAR

(1-4) Laying the foundation for 5G

Speaker: Craig Culwell, Manager, Product and Customer Support, Commscope (view bio)

Bio:

Craig Culwell is 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, with additional emphasis on service providers transitioning to SDN/NFV, and the value of utilizing Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) solutions.

Commercially, 5G wireless will come to market around 2020. But there is still so much to be done behind the scenes to prepare; it will take years to be ready. Wireless networks need a lot of “wired” assets in the access to effectively deliver fiber backhaul, front haul and other connectivity to the core and edge. We will see solutions built around converged networks to do this and offer.
Time:Description:
9 AMSEMINAR

(1-5) DOCSIS 3.1 Testing

Speaker: Darie Marza, Application Engineering Manager, TVC Canada (view bio)

Bio:

Darie Marza

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

By deploying new DOCSIS 3.1 services, operators can maximize the utilization of existing plants benefiting from the unprecedented flexibility and capability of the new technology, but in order to ensure successful implementation, they also need to address the new challenges faced by maintenance and installation technicians. The paper presents a review of DOCSIS 3.1 technology and best practices for measuring, analyzing and troubleshooting it.
Time:Description:
9 AMSEMINAR

(1-6) In-Home Wi-Fi Optimization

The solution combines innovative hardware and software for Service Providers to optimize wireless home network performance.
Addresses all major triggers of Wi-Fi help-desk calls - to improve customer satisfaction and drive down opex for service providers.
Time:Description:
10 AMSEMINAR

(1-7) Optimizing network demand in remote and low use areas

Speaker: Brody Todd, VP-Product Development, Fresnel Software (view bio)

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.

There is ever-growing tension between smaller or rural communities and Network Owners regarding local network installation, when the economics do not appear to support the case for deployment. Brody Todd’s research provides a model for managing the variables of deployment pace and various end user influencing tactics to plan and deploy fiber networks with consistent strong economic return.
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10 AMSEMINAR

(1-8) Affordable, Settop-less OTT for Tier 2,3 Operators

Speaker: Stephen Sacks, Principal Consultant, MDL Communications (view bio)

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 continues to provide laser-targeted, cost-effective solutions to the communications industry.

We’re terrified by the growing exodus of millions of paying cable TV customers from our systems, knowing that no Operator in this room can survive this storm. So, we designed a system so advanced & different, that it will help you retain your subscribers and help grow your business!

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’.
Time:Description:
10 AMSEMINAR

(1-9) Amplifying the Subscriber Experience to Support the Connected Home and Monetize Gigabit Broadband

Speaker: Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, ADTRAN (view bio)

Bio:

Kurt Raaflaub leads ADTRAN’s strategic solutions marketing, and has more than 20 years’ experience in telecom. He has global solutions marketing responsibility for the areas of SDN/NFV, Gigabit Broadband, and Customer Connectivity directed at the residential, enterprise and mobile access markets. Prior to his current position, Raaflaub was responsible for directing ADTRAN’s Broadband, Carrier Ethernet and Packet Optical solutions marketing activities within ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. In 2006, he joined ADTRAN from Nortel where for over a decade, he held various roles focused on marketing and managing new disruptive market opportunities.

In this session, attendees will learn how service activation microservices provide a cohesive end-to-end service activation workflow through straightforward open API’s and operational logic. Common challenges faced by service providers, including human error, manual operations, pre-provisioning across multiple organizations, tightly coupled systems that are not easily modified, lengthy installation times and customer service issues can all be alleviated, resulting in a multitude of benefits that enhances the subscriber experience. Pre-provisioning tasks are almost completely eliminated, fewer skilled personal are required and the time to revenue is hastened. Not only does this make installation faster and less expensive, it also improves the quality of the installation. Service and equipment inventory is 100 percent accurate and technicians are empowered to impress subscribers.
Additionally, ADTRAN will explore how this same microservices architecture provides the opportunity for network operators to develop and/or integrate applications that provide a big data view of the network via predictive analytics and cognitive computing. These features dramatically improve business operations, enabling service providers to reduce operational costs, drive new service adoption and decrease customer churn.
Time:Description:
11 AMPANEL DISCUSSION

(1-10) The Impact of "Intelligent Communities" in Canada

Speaker: Moderator: Rob McCann (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.

Speaker: Barb Scully, Connected Communities Program Manager, Parkland County (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Barb Scully has been working in the community economic development space for almost a decade. In 2015 she got the opportunity to lead the Smart Parkland program for Parkland County. Unsure at first what broadband and community building had to do with each other, she was quick to realize the answer was everything. Without better broadband in rural communities there is less chance for communities to thrive. Since 2015 she has continued to add to the broadband infrastructure in her community as well as create, facilitate and organize over 75 programs and projects to create an innovative culture through the use of broadband.

Speaker: Mitch Thomson, Executive Director, Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Mitch Thomson is the Executive Director of the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development. A community owned and volunteer driven not for profit in Alberta that is focused on community economic development. Mitch is charged with helping the community reach its goal of becoming the small to medium sized enterprise capital of the province. Olds is entrepreneurial. It has differentiated itself by being innovative and creating successful social enterprises that continue to spur new development. Mountain View Power is a boutique retailer of electricity, natural gas and green energy. The Olds Connected Community Network is Canada’s first 100% community owned fibre optic broadband network. O-NET is an ISP that offers a triple play package that includes Canada’s fastest internet speeds. Mitch is actively engaged in these initiatives, developing community capacity and quality of life for the residents of Olds and region.

Canada boasts 36 communities that have achieved one of the Intelligent Community Forum’s “Intelligent Community” designations that are awarded through an annual international competition. Most will be likely competitors in Infrastructure Canada’s “Smart Cities Challenge” which is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. This session will bring together some of Canada’s Intelligent Communities, services providers, and government officials to explore what it takes to be “Smart” and discover how successful strategies are being implemented today for real tangible outcomes. 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.
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11 AMSEMINAR

(1-11) NEW! Challenges and best practices for R-PHY roll outs

Speaker: Gwennaël Amice, Subject Matter Expert, Physical Layer, 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

Speaker: François Marcotte, Subject Matter Expert, EXFO (view bio & pic)

Bio:

François Marcotte is a senior engineer currently working for EXFO in Montreal, Canada. With more than 28 years in the telecommunication industry, François, a graduated electrical engineer from “Ecole Polytechnique” of Montreal, began his career at Bell Canada as an installer and technician. François has developed expertise on Ethernet, service assurance and optical transport testing. He is working with clients for network test procedure and training. He is a regular speaker in various seminars in North America.

The deployment of remote PHY will change the way traditionnal HFC networks are deployed, tested and troubleshooted, especialy from an optical layer point of view. This session will highlight the main challenges such as a high count of new fibers to be rolled out, MPO connections, dealing with multiple optical wavelengths and ethernet services validation. Minimize turn-up faillures and troubleshoot quickly by following the industry's best practices for fiber characterization, troubleshooting and Ethernet service validation.

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.
Time:Description:
11 AMSEMINAR

(1-12) Fiber to the Distribution Point Minus the Fiber

Speaker: Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, ADTRAN (view bio)

Bio:

Kurt Raaflaub leads ADTRAN’s strategic solutions marketing, and has more than 20 years’ experience in telecom. He has global solutions marketing responsibility for the areas of SDN/NFV, Gigabit Broadband, and Customer Connectivity directed at the residential, enterprise and mobile access markets. Prior to his current position, Raaflaub was responsible for directing ADTRAN’s Broadband, Carrier Ethernet and Packet Optical solutions marketing activities within ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. In 2006, he joined ADTRAN from Nortel where for over a decade, he held various roles focused on marketing and managing new disruptive market opportunities.

Re-using existing copper pairs for backhauling can dramatically reduce the cost and time to market for G.fast deployments. In this presentation, we discuss the results of our comprehensive studies on the requirements for G.fast backhauling capacity, and show that these can be realized over bonded copper in nearly all cases. We also prove that with the 2nd generation of G.fast chipsets, along with new bonded 35b CPE chipsets, it is actually becoming practical to enable Gigabit Services without the need for laying fiber at all.
Time:Description:
12noon - DAY 1LUNCH - SPONSORED BY POWER & TEL

LUNCH - Sponsored by Power & Tel

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1 PMWORKSHOP

(1-13) StrataSync – A Useful Tool to Manage all Field Instruments and Test Data

Speaker: Patrick Noel, Sales Solutions Consultant, VIAVI Solutions / Telonix Communications (view bio)

Bio:

Patrick has been involved in the telecom industry for 22 years, starting his career at Videotron in network engineering.  For the past 15 years, Patrick’s key focus has been supporting service providers with technologies for test & measurement of their networks.

StrataSync by Viavi provides automated asset management, configuration management, and test-data management of Viavi instruments as well as asset tracking of non-Viavi instruments. StrataSync automates many of the current manual – or impossible – tasks associated with attempting to collect test data results across a fleet of field instruments. This workshop will be a hands-on review of the many features of StrataSync.
Time:Description:
1 PMWORKSHOP

(1-14) Myth Buster connector inspection and cleaning

Speaker: Gwennaël Amice, Subject Matter Expert, Physical Layer, 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

This workshop is about cleaning & inspection fiber optic connectors, what must be done when manipulating connectors. Should we inspect, clean only…do both? Should I use alcohol or air pressure on my connectors? We will go over the different standard for inspection but also the best practices for cleaning connectors. We will have real cases to show you, real measurement, real situations and real impact cleaning and inspection on your networks. Multifiber connectors inspection and cleaning will be explained
DAY 2 SESSIONS - THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
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7 AMREGISTRATION OPENS
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8AMSEMINAR

(2-1) The Next Broadband Battleground: The Subscriber Experience

Speaker: Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, ADTRAN (view bio)

Bio:

Kurt Raaflaub leads ADTRAN’s strategic solutions marketing, and has more than 20 years’ experience in telecom. He has global solutions marketing responsibility for the areas of SDN/NFV, Gigabit Broadband, and Customer Connectivity directed at the residential, enterprise and mobile access markets. Prior to his current position, Raaflaub was responsible for directing ADTRAN’s Broadband, Carrier Ethernet and Packet Optical solutions marketing activities within ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. In 2006, he joined ADTRAN from Nortel where for over a decade, he held various roles focused on marketing and managing new disruptive market opportunities.

As availability of Gigabit services increases across cities and communities nationwide, service providers are realizing speed is becoming less of a competitive differentiator. Service providers must focus more on delivering a simple, intuitive service experience to win and retain subscribers all the while challenged by Wi-Fi connectivity issues leading further to a poor broadband experience. As network operators migrate service control and network management away from multiple disparate element management systems to a common, open SDN-based controller, the opportunity presents itself to fundamentally improve subscriber experience and service velocity though the use of advanced analytics, software-centric operations and virtualized service delivery. Topics to be covered include:
• State of multi-vendor, multi-domain SDN-based controllers and SD-Access architectures
• Software tools that streamline network operations and content marketing
• Self-healing technologies to optimize the broadband experience
• Big data, predictive analytics and machine learning for proactive troubleshooting
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8 AMSEMINAR

(2-2) SD-WAN: Challenge and Opportunity

Speaker: Mohamed Elmosaly, Product Marketing Manager, FONEX (view bio)

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.

Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is gaining traction and adoption amongst global service providers. While SD-WAN promises subscribers' lower costs and more control, service providers are still debating the benefits and considering it as a threat to their existing service offerings. However, the majority recognizes the benefits and is embracing the new technology.
SD-WAN utilizes SDN and NFV to interconnect remote locations. SD-WAN's main driver is to lower transport costs and separate management control from the hardware, for a simpler, centralized, configuration and administration. In essence, SD-WAN offers a virtual network overlay, that runs on top of the Internet and VPN connections, taking advantage of SDN and NFV technologies. While not mandatory, it is important that carriers looking to adopt SD-WAN need to have a SDN/NFV strategy as well.
In this presentation, we will introduce SDN and NFV concepts while discussing various deployment strategies. We will introduce SD-WAN benefits while highlighting the challenges. Even though some carriers consider SD-WAN a threat, the majority is realizing the opportunity and getting ready to implement the technology.
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8 AMSEMINAR

(2-3) Prefab Cables - or Not

Speaker: William Graham, Director/Master instructor, The Fiber Optic Association (view bio)

Bio:

William Graham, President, Grounding Techniques, Director of the Fiber Optic Association
A Master Electrician and past Toronto Metro Contractor, William Graham has taught Fiber Optic training courses and other Industrial Skills courses, across Canada the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean for 25 years. His customers include Community Colleges, Trade Unions, The Canadian Military, Utilities and the general public Mr. Graham was a Senior Skills Instructor for Atomic Energy Of Canada where he developed and taught skills upgrading programs. Mr. Graham is certified by AT&T, Siecor Corporation and The Fiber Optic Association as a Fiber Optic Installation and Splicing Specialist. He is also a Certified Master Fiber Optic Instructor through the FOA.

Fiber Optic Systems can be installed in a multitude of ways. Some companies encourage the customer to have the systems made to order and they only have to install them with no termination and no splicing. Other companies advise against this practice. Some sales arguments are valid and cost effective, however the customer must be educated adequately in order to make the right decisions. Many decisions must be made in order to ensure the choice between Pre terminated cables versus the method of installing the cable and installing the terminations separately. The designer, customer and technicians must understand all the necessary requirements in order to ensure the system is installed to pass testing and to be built within budget.
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9 AMSEMINAR

(2-4) High Speed Migration and Service Delivery

Speaker: Bob Matthews, Principal 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, Wireline and Intelligent Infrastructure projects.

As more devices attach to our networks, more data is being gathered and disseminated. USERS are looking for faster responses from the network to their queries. Latency is not acceptable and must be minimized. How do we build our network infrastructure to minimize latency and be flexible to accommodate advances in PHY technology to higher data rates. This session will introduce High Speed Migration building blocks and how to plan for the future.
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9 AMSEMINAR

(2-5) “Virtual Segmentation” drives 10Gbps deep into existing coaxial networks using Remote PHY deployments

Speaker: Ron Huinink, Technical Sales Manager, Telonix Communications / Technetix (view bio)

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.

Internet services expand constantly with new services demanding large amounts of data.
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.

Time:Description:
9 AMSEMINAR

(2-6) C-RAN technology overview and best practices

Speaker: François Marcotte, Subject Matter Expert, EXFO (view bio)

Bio:

François Marcotte is a senior engineer currently working for EXFO in Montreal, Canada. With more than 28 years in the telecommunication industry, François, a graduated electrical engineer from “Ecole Polytechnique” of Montreal, began his career at Bell Canada as an installer and technician. François has developed expertise on Ethernet, service assurance and optical transport testing. He is working with clients for network test procedure and training. He is a regular speaker in various seminars in North America.

Mobile systems are changing rapidly and in preparation for 5G, network operator are migrating to a Centralized radio access network (C-RAN).
C-RAN technology will be explained, and real architecture discussed.
The attendees will learn how to install and troubleshoot effectively C-Ran type networks and will be able to proactively modify their Methods and procedures to guaranty excellent quality of service.
Subjects covered during this presentation: CPRI and OBSAI, Ethernet Backhaul testing, optical RF, Fiber testing, Fronthaul monitoring
Time:Description:
10 AMSEMINAR

(2-7) Critical Facilities

Speaker: Dennis Brown, Director of Engineering Training, SCTE/ISBE (view bio)

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.

This presentation covers the critical systems in a facility like power, cooling, electrical, and security. Attendants of this presentation will be able to evaluate their training and processes that tie into these systems and make changes so, their networks have better reliability.
Time:Description:
10 AMSEMINAR

(2-8) The Race to Gigabit Broadband

Speaker: Patrick Noel, Sales Solutions Consultant, VIAVI Solutions and Telonix Communications (view bio)

Bio:

Patrick has been involved in the telecom industry for 22 years, starting his career at Videotron in network engineering.  For the past 15 years, Patrick’s key focus has been supporting service providers with technologies for test & measurement of their networks.

With new speed records set over copper in labs and Full duplex transmission extends the reach of 2 Gbit/s and 10 Gbit/s over copper. This presentation will provide an update on Access markets trends and drivers, as well as technology trends. Also a look at installation and troubleshooting best practices will be addressed.
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10 AMSEMINAR

(2-9) Increasing Revenue with Smart City/Smart Building Automation

Speaker: Dennis Troxel, Principal Sales Engineer, Transition Networks (view bio)

Bio:

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.

This seminar will instruct the audience on the components of these Smart Technologies and how to increase revenues by offering services to support Smart City and Smart Building Automation. The seminar agenda will consist of providing an Overview of the Technology - what is Smart City/Smart Building technology , Identify the Components and Services used to support this technology - Equipment that is used to provide and support the Smart Services, sensors, LED lighting, security and access and environmental control, How it is Implemented on a per Service basis - describing the complete workload of the implementation, What Network Infrastructure is required - this will highlight the multiple types of infrastructure used such as Wireless, WiFi, Fiber connectivity, Copper and POE and their requirements.
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11 AMSEMINAR

(2-10) Fiber Deep, Distributed Access and FTTx Architectures

Speaker: Stephen Harris, Sr. Director Eduction, SCTE/ISBE (view bio)

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.

Capacity demands from our residential, commercial, and wireless customers continue to grow rapidly, putting pressure on existing infrastructures like the hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) service delivery network. The cable operators are shifting their attention to new architectures like fiber deep, distributed access architectures (DAA) and fiber to the x (FTTx). These architectures improve network performance, reliability and enhance the customer experience. FTTx architectures similarly move fiber closer to the customer premises, perhaps to the curb (FTTc), business (FTTb), or home (FTTh). Performance-based fiber deep and FTTx architectures may operate over a centralized access architecture (CAA) where the cable modem termination system (CMTS), dense video edge QAM modulator, and physical networking are all located at the headend or hub. A CMTS and edge QAM modulator may use a converged cable access platform (CCAP) as well. Another appealing network modification operators are considering in the service delivery network is the DAA. In DAA, the physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layers of a converged cable access platform (CCAP) may be split between the headend and an access network optical node. Many HFC architectures use analog optics, while future approaches leverage digital and coherent optics. This session will explain all the details around these deployment architectures, how they differ from the HFC and changes that will happen in the upstream and downstream portions of the network.
Time:Description:
11 AMSEMINAR

(2-11) Competitive Advantages of HFC Networks for wireless convergence

Speaker: Tom LeBlanc, Market Development Director, COMMSCOPE (view bio)

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.

As the telecommunications industry discusses wireless/wireline convergence, the MSOs have been converging HFC fixed wireline service with Wi-Fi wireless service for years. In addition, with the recent enactment of MVNO licenses, and the interest in spectrum auctions, the MSOs move into a wireless mobility play.
Time:Description:
11 AMSEMINAR

(2-12) Disaster Recovery & the Importance of Backup Battery Power

Speaker: Eric Hedlund, VP of Sales, Servato (view bio)

Bio:

Eric Hedlund is responsible for all Sales efforts for Servato’s products and services. Eric has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and product development in both telecom and technology-driven markets. Prior to joining Servato, Eric was the Vice President of Carrier Sales for Encell Technologies, where he drove sales and channel development activities for Encell’s Battery Management Platform (Sentinel). Prior to Encell, Eric served as VP of Marketing and Product Management at Sagamore Systems, a venture-backed telecom solutions company. Prior to Sagamore Systems, Eric was Director of Technical Marketing at Turnstone Systems, a venture-backed company, where he was instrumental in growing revenues to over $200M in 3 years and supporting a successful IPO in 2000. Prior to Turnstone, Eric served in a variety of product management, architecture and engineering roles at Inrange Technologies and GTE Government Systems. Mr. Hedlund holds a BS in Computer Sciences from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a MS in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.

Are you confident you are as prepared for power outages as you should be? Whether your answer is ‘yes’ or’ no’, learn how technology is allowing providers to be proactive and save money while making their network more resilient. Battery management empowers providers to handle storms and outages with confidence rather than scrambling to react. Routine, preventative maintenance can be cut in half through automation, and major frustrations can be avoided by knowing what to expect before you open the cabinet door or step foot inside a hut. Invest in reliability today, so you don’t have to pay for it tomorrow.
Time:Description:
12 noonLUNCH - Sponsored by TELUS

LUNCH - Sponsored by TELUS

Time:Description:
1 PMWORKSHOP

(2-13) Navigating the pitfalls of Utility Coordination and permiting during large or small Telecom projects

Speaker: Steve Murphy, Sr. Utility Coordinator, T2 UTILILTY ENGINEERS (view bio)

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.

This workshop is a must for all telecom planners, Engineers, Owners and construction managers. You will learn initial steps to navigate the pitfalls of utility coordination and permitting. This workshop will be interactive and allow the audience to participate in the UC UR process and have a understanding of all parties that are impacted. The participants will be able to take lessons learned from previous project examples and apply the principles of UC UR and SUE to there current program of telecom builds or relocations.
Time:Description:
1 PMWORKSHOP

(2-14) The Latest Advances in Drop Hardening in the Digital and Analogue Network.

Speaker: Flavio Marcon, Technical Support Coordinator, Effigis Geo Systems / Telonix Communications (view bio)

Bio:

Flavio has been part of the cable and broadcast industries for over 30 years. His introduction to cable was in 1984 with Videotron in Montreal as a service technician. This was followed by long-term stints with Incospec Communications (Cable and Broadcast VAR) and Sunrise Telecom (Test Equipment). His role throughout his career has always been dedicated to technical and field support. Flavio joined Effigis GeoSolutions in November 2014 as a Technical Support Coordinator for the CPAT division’s Ingress and Egress monitoring solutions.

 

He is an Electronics Technology graduate from the DeVry Institute of Technology.

Effigis has a unique solution to insure the house drop is installed properly and free from ingress or egress. Using a portable signal generator and receiver any leakage faults can be quickly identified and repaired. This will be a hands on presentation simulating a house drop with a fault.