Show Schedule

Trade Show & Seminars:

Mississauga Convention Centre
Tuesday, April 4 – Wednesday April 5, 2017
Registration Opens: 7AM daily
Seminars & Workshops: From 8AM daily
Trade Show Hours: 11AM – 4PM daily
Live Demos: From 1PM daily in Trade Show
CTAM Marketing/Research Track: Day 1 April 4, 1-4PM
Welcome Reception: Day 1, Tuesday, April 4 from 3:30-5PM in foyer
WICT Ice Cream Social:Day 1, Tuesday April 4 from 5PM to 6PM
Fiber Broadband Association Seminar Track: Day 2, Wednesday April 5 from 1-4PM

Seminars & Workshop Schedule:
Both Days

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20-Minute Demos At-The-Booth Schedule:
Both Days

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CTAM Marketing / Research Track:

Day 1, 1-4pm:

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Welcome Reception
Day 1, 3:30-5pm

Sponsored by the Fiber Broadband Association

Fiber Broadband Association Seminar Track:

Day 2, 1-4pm

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EXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATION - MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
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3 pm – 7 pmEXHIBITOR SETUP

Mississauga Convention Center

DAY 1 SESSIONS - TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
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7 am - DAY ONEREGISTRATION OPENS

Registration & Coffee/Tea service

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8 AMSeminar

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

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

Bio:

Mohamed has been with FONEX for over 16 years, holding several key positions. 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.

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) 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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8 AMSeminar

(1-3) Converging Wireless Fronthaul/Backhaul and FTTH Networks

Speaker: Wes Oxlee, Diresctor, CCS Business Development, Connectivity Solutions, Commscope (view bio)

Bio:

Wes Oxlee has 32 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry with a primary focus on optical fiber external plant networks. He is also a certified FTTx professional and has been an integral part of CommScope’s team in projects throughout the world.

 

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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9 AMSeminar

(1-4) 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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9 AMSeminar

(1-5) More Fibers in Less Space - Continuing Advances in Fiber Density

Speaker: John George, Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS (view bio)

Bio:

John has served with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and OFS in systems engineering, applications engineering, marketing, and manufacturing for 30 years.  He currently directs the Solutions and Professional Services group for OFS’s optical fiber, cable, connectivity, and solutions business.  John has published and presented over 30 papers on fiber optics and FTTH in trade journals and industry forums. As an active member of IEEE, TIA, ISO, and IEC John facilitated the development of numerous standards including 10 Gb/s Ethernet, Ethernet in the First mile, OM-3 optical fiber, and small form factor optical connectivity. John has been an active member FTTH Council from its start. John has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering plus a Master of Science in Engineering Administration and Marketing, and 5 patents.

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.
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9 AMSeminar

(1-6) New Last Mile Fiber Delivery Options for Every Build Priority

Speaker: Kevin Kress, Application Engineer, Clearfield 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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10 AMSeminar

(1-7) Designing Wireless Networks for Speed and Reliability

Speaker: Joel Crane, Training, 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. Whether it takes a keyboard, a soldering iron, or torque wrench, Joel enjoys fixing broken things. In addition to his passion for Wi-Fi, Joel also enjoys electronics, 3d printing, mountain biking, and his family
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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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) Launch Cables-How to Use Them Properly

Speaker: Keith Foord, Product Manager, Greenlee Communications (view bio)

Bio:

Keith Foord is a Product Manager at Greenlee for fiber-optic test instrumentation with over 25 years experience working in the design and development of fiber-optic test instrumentation. OTDR technology expertise includes handheld and laboratory instruments that are conventional pulsed technology and those that employ photon counting techniques with millimeter resolution

Technicians are tasked with making OTDR measurements so that they can properly characterize and troubleshoot the test fiber. If a launch cable is not used the resulting measurement will not be accurate and key features and data will be missed. Not measuring events due to the OTDR probe pulse masking them will result in a fiber link that will compromise speed and bandwidth requirements.
Typically two launch cables are used in the fiber qualification process. One launch cable on the input connector and the other on the output connector. This allows the technician to measure the insertion loss and return loss of both connectors. Without the effects of the OTDR deadzone.
When troubleshooting a fiber link the technician will use one launch cable suppressing the OTDR bulkhead pulse sufficiently so that any events at the beginning of the fiber are measureable. If a technician does not use a launch cable during troubleshooting they might miss events that are located near the bullhead. This will result in improper fault analysis and repeating the troubleshooting process.
As longer fibers are measured a wider probe pulse is necessary to inject sufficient energy into the fiber so that the OTDR receives enough reflected signal back for analysis. The wider pulse width will cause the deadzone to increase proportionally which results in the probability of more events being obscured.
Contaminated and or damaged connectors on the launch cable, lead-in cables and the OTDR bulkhead could cause a large reflective event which emphasizes the importance of cleaning and protecting all ferrules and bulkheads. If the launch cable connectors become damaged they will need to be re-polished or replaced so that when the launch cable connector is mated with the fiber under test the resulting event is minimized.
The length of the launch cable is determined by the width of the OTDR probe pulse so that the entire fiber link and launch cable is measured and displayed with sufficient backscatter after the bulkhead event. Using too short of a launch cable will not allow the OTDR probe pulse to settle to a baseline value thus impeding the OTDR from having sufficient backscatter to accurately measure the input connector quality. Using too long of a launch cable will result in the resolution of the measurements to be compromised.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-10) In-Home Wi-Fi Readiness

Speaker: Steve Harris, Sr. Director Advanced Network Technologies, SCTE/ISBE (view bio)

Bio:

As a subject matter expert and sought-after speaker in the telecommunication and information technology industry, Steve develops engineering technical curriculum, adult learning content, industry certifications, career progression programs, operational practices, symposiums, webinars and other technical resources at the SCTE/ISBE. He is responsible for industry networking, and outreach; strategic business development, academy and corporate partnerships; instructor-led vendors and instructional delivery across all disciplines. He has written a number of articles for industry trade magazines, moderated various technical panel discussions and participates at ANGA in Europe, along with Jornadas in South America.

Prior to his current position, Harris was responsible for the development of adult learning curriculum and customized technical content for regional and national markets of Comcast. At Comcast, he evaluated the effectiveness of training programs, provided experienced leadership for growing technical training initiatives which led to his distinction of being the inaugural recipient of the SCTE/ISBE Excellence in Cable Telecommunications L&D Award.

Prior to joining Comcast, Harris spent more than thirteen years in higher education, serving as a continuing education professor, adjunct faculty, curriculum developer and network administrator, for Camden County College and Rowan University. In his early years he worked in the field of electronics at a small TV repair shop.

Harris holds a degree electronics and telecommunications. In addition, Harris holds more than 45 industry and instructor certifications, such as the CCIP, CCNP, CWNA, Motorola, Linux, IPv6 and Business Services. Harris is top 10% of Certified Cisco Academy Instructors (CCAI) globally. He has extensive experience FTTx/PONs, broadband installation, DOCSIS, headend, IP, video, RF HFC access networks and wireless technologies. He is also is an alumnus of the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth and the SCTE-Georgia Tech Management Executive Development Program.

Delivering a seamless Wi-Fi experience for a residence or commercial subscriber is quickly becoming the de-facto standard when judging an MSO’s services. The MSO’s are shifting their attention to the Quality of Experience (QoE) and a Carrier Grade of Wi-Fi when it comes to In-Home Wi-Fi readiness, making sure that the customer’s data, video, voice services along with Internet of Things (IoT) will run smoothly long after the technician has gone. This session will go through the challenges with In-home Wi-Fi interoperability, operational practices to not only identify the QoE throughout the home, but also characterize ways to improve that user experience when expectations are not met.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-11) 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.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-12) 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

A similar presentation was done in Calgary CommTech June 1, 2016, Telecom Network Space. This presentation carries the concepts forward, but will give the tools necessary to perform a site 'space exercise', to develop power usage efficiency baseline. It will also assist in correlations of telecom services, why they are necessary, and what can be moved to another facility for energy efficiency considerations. A reference presentation document for the previous symposium listed above shall be provided in the technical paper reference section of this application
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12noon - DAY 1LUNCH
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12:15PMLUNCH & LEARN WORKSHOP

(1-13) 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: Gerrit Bosklajon, Technical Director, Technetix (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Gerrit Boskaljon has over 30 years’ experience in the broadband cable industry, he specializes in developing innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by broadband cable service providers.

After studying Electronics, Management and Marketing, Gerrit worked for the Royal Dutch Air force on RF projects covering communications, navigation and jamming equipment. In 1982, he moved to an R&D engineering role at Tratec where he developed RF and video products for the CATV market. Having set up the Production department, Gerrit transferred to Technical Sales and later Product Marketing as Product Manager, Headend Equipment.

In his current role as Technical Director at Technetix, Gerrit develops new products and systems for the headend. He is the originator of various Technetix headend services management systems such as RPM, FPM, Matrix, Octos and the Technetix narrowcast insertion solution.

 As well as being a valued member of the Technetix team, Gerrit is an innovative engineer who likes to share his skills and ideas, making him a respected speaker at congresses around the world. His long experience enables him to contribute a great deal to the improvement and evolution of broadband networks.

This hands-on workshop, sponsored by TELONIX, 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.

Ron Huinink, Technical Manager – Broadband for Telonix, and Gerrit Boskaljon, Technical Director at Technetix, will lead the discussion. TELONIX is a national value added reseller (VAR) providing broadband and fiber optic hardware, software and training solutions to the Canadian telecommunications industry since 1993. Technetix provides products and services through the entire HFC network from headend to home. The company is a tried, tested and trusted supplier to 2,000 customers in 75 countries for more than 26 years.
DAY 1 – CTAM MARKETING / RESEARCH TRACK, TUESDAY, APRIL 4
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DAY 1 – 1 TO 4PMTopic 1

Millennials and the adoption of OTT in Canada

Speaker: Gord Hendren, President & CEO, Charlton Insights (view bio)

Bio:

Gord’s client experience ranges across many industry categories including telecommunications, sports broadcast, financial services, automotive, petroleum, airline, retail, athletic equipment and others. As a result, Gord has a detailed understanding of today’s media landscape and how it has evolved. Gord is recognized as a leader in how consumers are engaging with media and consuming content (conventional Pay TV, OTT, social media, etc).

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Topic 2Seminar

Time Shifted TV Viewing

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

Bio:

A 1977 graduate of Brown Institute, Scott has been involved in radio, television, sales and marketing for 30 years. Scott’s most interesting position was that of Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from 1998 to 2000. Scott was also involved in a start up fiber build with Black Hills Fibercom from 2000-2004 that went from 0 to 25,000 access lines during that time. Scott is currently the Marketing Director for Innovative Systems responsible for assisting their Telco customers to better promote and sell their enhanced voice and video services to their end users.

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Topic 3Seminar

Demand for “skinny bundles” and MVPD’s entrants/trends in the U.S.

Speaker: Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Company (view bio)

Bio:

Jonathan Hurd’s Bio and photo attached:

Jonathan Hurd has more than 30 years of consulting and industry experience in communications, media and related technology sectors.  Since 2006 he has been a Director at Altman Vilandrie & Company (AV&Co.), a 120-person strategy consulting firm focused on technology, media, and telecom.

Jonathan has recently been leading AV&Co.’s unique proprietary consumer survey and simulation techniques to analyze the impact of “skinny bundles” of TV channels.  He has worked with video distributors on product design and pricing of traditional and “over-the-top” services, and has also been advising broadcast and cable TV networks on product and pricing strategy.

DAY 1 - WELCOME RECEPTION
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3:30 to 5PMHors D'eourves & Cocktails

WELCOME RECEPTION

Join us for the CommTech / Fiber Broadband Association Welcome Reception in the Foyer.
DAY 1 - WICT ICE CREAM SOCIAL
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5 TO 6PMNetworking & Refreshments

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

YOU'RE INVITED!
Enjoy networking and refreshments while you learn more about WICT.

Everyone welcome!

SCTE and WICT are proud supporters of numerous STEM education and career initiatives in the United States, including WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative at the annual SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo®, and we are bringing these first-rate programs and access to the WICT network to the Canadian market.
DAY 2 SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
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7am - DAY ONEREGISTRATION OPENS

Registration & Coffee/Tea service

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8 AMSeminar

(2-1) Tower and Antenna Safety - The Structure, Tower & Antenna Council

Speaker: Nicholas Kyonka, Program Manager (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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8 AMSeminar

(2-2) 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)!
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9 AMSeminar

(2-4) Building an Access Platform for Future Growth

Speaker: Gerrit Boskaljon, Technical Director - Headend, CTO, Technetix Inc (view bio)

Bio:

Gerrit Boskaljon has over 30 years’ experience in the broadband cable industry, he specializes in developing innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by broadband cable service providers.

After studying Electronics, Management and Marketing, Gerrit worked for the Royal Dutch Air force on RF projects covering communications, navigation and jamming equipment. In 1982, he moved to an R&D engineering role at Tratec where he developed RF and video products for the CATV market. Having set up the Production department, Gerrit transferred to Technical Sales and later Product Marketing as Product Manager, Headend Equipment.

In his current role as Technical Director at Technetix, Gerrit develops new products and systems for the headend. He is the originator of various Technetix headend services management systems such as RPM, FPM, Matrix, Octos and the Technetix narrowcast insertion solution.

 As well as being a valued member of the Technetix team, Gerrit is an innovative engineer who likes to share his skills and ideas, making him a respected speaker at congresses around the world. His long experience enables him to contribute a great deal to the improvement and evolution of broadband networks.

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.
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9 AMSeminar

(2-5)The Path For 400Gig Network

Speaker: Francois Marcotte, Subject Matter Expert Transport-Ethernet, 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, has developed expertise on Ethernet, optical transport and IPTV. Francois is working with clients to improve test process. He is a regular speaker in various seminars in North America.

The demand for bandwidth by consumers and enterprises is exponential. Data center and MSO have no choice but to upgrade to high speed to be competitive and performant. The technology is changing for 100Gig and 400Gig is around the corner. It will be challenging. In this seminar we will discuss the evolution of network toward 100G and 400G and the interconnection between network and data centers.
Time:Description:
9 AMSeminar

(2-6) 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?
Time:Description:
10 AMSeminar

(2-7) Wi-Fi Troubleshooting with Spectrum and Packet Analysis

Speaker: Joel Crane, Training, 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.
Time:Description:
10 AMSeminar

(2-8) 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.
Time:Description:
10 AMSeminar

(2-9) Demystifying Optics

Speaker: Dan Maynard, VP Sales, Integra Optics (view bio)

Bio:

Dan Maynard has spent over 25 years in various sales and leadership positions within the telecommunications/technology industry. His career has been spent with growth companies where he focused on the professional development of his employees and on creating healthy cultures in which they were able to excel. His professional career began with the Rochester Tel enterprise sales team (RCI/Rotelcom) and then moved into the higher education marketplace selling administrative and student voice and data services. He went on to lead highly productive sales teams for companies like Citizens Communications, PAETEC Communications (Chicago), and tw telecom. Maynard specializes in sales strategy, leadership development, and sales coaching. He is an active member of Vistage International, a peer-to-peer advisory group focused on helping its members successfully grow their businesses. Dan is a graduate of Lafayette College where he studied Biology and became drawn to the pace of technology.

Dispel the top 5 myths around the use of optics in a network . If you’re looking for options to increase the speed of network deployment and reduce capital expense without sacrificing network quality this talk is for you.

Not all optics are created equal- there are significant differences in performance and reliability based on the components, coding and customization of optical transceivers . In this session you will learn about these differences and how to utilize them better to compliment your platform. We will demonstrate results with customer case studies.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-10) Infrastructure Risk Management for Damage Prevention

Speaker: Kris Philpott, Director, GIS Services, Planview Utility Services (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 accidently 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.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-11) 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.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-12) 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.
Time:Description:
12 noonLUNCH
DAY 2 - FIBER BROADBAND ASSOCIATION - FIBER TO THE HOME DRIVERS, TECHNOLOGY & DEPLOYMENT - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
Time:Description:
1PM - 4PMTopic 1

Drives for FTTH Canada

Speaker: Heather Burnett Gold, President/CEO, Fiber Broadband Association (view bio)

Bio:

Heather is the President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (formerly FTTH Council Americas), a non-profit organization established to help its members plan, market, implement and manage fiber to the home, to the business, to everywhere solutions. Council membership includes entities that deliver services over direct fiber optic connections as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Gold holds BA (magna cum laude) and MA degrees in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis. Gold also completed the General Management Program of the Harvard Business School. She was honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of its 2010 Women Who Mean Business and was recognized by Fierce Telecom as one of its Women in Wireline for 2013.

An overview of the statistics and drivers for fiber to the home in Canada
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Topic 2

Fiber Networks - Where we've been and where we're going

Speaker: Luigi Bernucci, Senior Sales Engineer, Calix (view bio)

Bio:

Luigi Bernucci, Eng. is a senior sales engineer with Calix. He has 15 years of experience in a sales engineer role with various companies in the telecommunications industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a Telecommunications specialization from Concordia University. He is also a member of the ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

This presentation will cover the evolution of fiber networks and how optic technology advancements continue to stay a step ahead of consumer bandwidth demand. Focus on the "Customer Experience" is driving service providers to deploy services that delight customers and differentiate them from their competition.
Calix will also provide a "sneak peek" into the trends and technology that provide the Customer Experience of the future.
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Topic 3

FTTH Design Network Architecture Evolution

Speaker: Joe Jensen, Corning (view bio)

Bio:

Joe Jensen P.E. serves as the North America Market Development Manager for Corning Optical Communications.  Joe has 18 years in the telecommunications industry with roles in engineering, product management,  product development, and business development for access networks.   

As operators look at new markets to deploy FTTH the network designs which worked for dense urban network may not apply to a suburban or rural market. This presentation will include a look at alternative architectures and pathways to cost effectively deploy FTTH services new non-dense or suburban environments.
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Topic 4

New Solutions to Reach Fiber Subscribers in Homes and Buildings

Speaker: Roger Vaughn, Solutions Engineer, OFS (view bio)

Bio:

Roger Vaughn has an extensive background in fiber optic cabling, connectivity, and hardware and in the past several years worked with customers deploying FTTx. As Solutions Engineer for OFS, Roger works with customers defining solutions for deployment of optical networks from the central office to the subscriber and in the home. Roger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University.

There are well understood methods of pulling cable and fishing walls within existing homes and buildings. New fiber technologies, cables, and small form factor components are enabling faster more profitable deployments using these existing techniques. However, such deployment inside walls is often not possible or cost prohibitive. Additional new technologies and deployment methods are enabling even faster, lower cost deployments without disturbing the décor, whether indoors or external to the structure. This presentation will show comparisons between SFU and MDU deployments and describe the latest new fiber deployment technologies and techniques.
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Topic 5

Fiber Management - Density vs. Accessibility

Speaker: Brian Schrand, Director of Application Engineering, Clearfield (view bio)

Bio:

As an industry veteran with 23+ years of telecommunications industry experience, Brian is the company’s technical expert responsible for working with Clearfield’s customers to help them achieve the most cost effective deployments of FTTP networks. Previously Brian was Senior Specialist for Network Engineering, Construction and Operations at Cincinnati Bell Telephone (CBT) where he held various management positions, including Outside Plant Construction, Installation, Information Technology (IT), and Outside Plant Staff. Prior to CBT, he assisted in engineering and constructing the City of Cincinnati’s first fiber network.

With today’s demand for more and more fiber, providers are pushing for more density in terminations.
Density and accessibility both have their own place in the network but there are a few factors that one must keep in mind.
1. How will churn affect the fiber terminations and jumper management?
2. Is there adequate room for all the jumpers being installed?
3. Is there adequate fiber management?
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Topic 6

SD-Access: Building a Broadband Network for Web-Scale

Speaker: Barry Derrick, Strategic Solutions Marketing MAnager, Adtran (view bio)

Bio:

Barry Derrick is part of the ADTRAN strategic solutions marketing team, and has more than 15 years’ experience in technical marketing. He has global solutions marketing responsibility for the areas of SDN/NFV, Next Generation and Gigabit Broadband directed at the residential, enterprise and mobile access markets. Previously at ADTRAN, Barry focused on the company’s highly successful cloud connectivity line of products, which include: NetVanta and Total Access IP Business Gateways, NetVanta access routers, and eSBC. In 2010, he joined ADTRAN from General Electric where he held various roles in product marketing and marketing communications.

As operators adopt user-driven service models to reduce operational costs while improving the customer experience, they are looking to apply SDN-based architectures. This is allowing them to operate at web scale by transforming their broadband network that connects the datacenter to the device. Data center networking principles are being leveraged by progressive broadband access service providers to enable rapid services growth and unlock massive operational efficiencies. During this session we will explore the open, programmable, and scalable services framework inherit within a software defined access (SD-Access) architecture and why without it service virtualization benefits cannot be fully realized.
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Topic 7

Network Planning Challenges of Rural Deployments

Speaker: Xavier Smet, Consultant, Comsof Americas (view bio)

Bio:

As FTTx design consultant, Xavier assists Comsof’s customers with planning and designing FTTx networks. Comsof’s aim is to automate the network design process, integrating tailored design tools in the customer’s business process.

Speaker: Kevin Wynne, Sales Manager, Americas, Comsof Americas (view bio & pic)

Bio:

We will talk about the considerations around the specific needs of rural roll out in term of Network planning and how GIS planning software solutions can address these challenges: • Cost to connect everybody in rural environments with FTTH • Impact of different cable deployment options on total cost • How to save more costs in rollout by optimizing the architecture of the network • Analyzing the importance of adoption/pre-engagement of the customers to connect to the network

In this session we will talk about the considerations around the specific needs of rural roll out in term of Network planning and how GIS planning software solutions can address these challenges.
On the agenda:
• The cost to connect everybody in rural environment with FTTH.
• Impact of different cable deployment options on total cost.
• How to save more costs in rollout by optimizing the architecture of the network.
• Analyzing the importance of adoption/pre-engagement of the customers to connect to the network
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Topic 8

Impact of Next Generation PON System on FTTH Network Testing

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

Bio:

Gwenn Amice   currently holds the position of Subject Matter Expert, Physical layer and monitoring with EXFO inc, which he joined in 2001. His main responsibilities consist of giving technical seminars, trainings, support and technical advices to EXFO’s customers.After 2 years in the French Navy, Mr. Amice began his professional career in 1994 as an optoelectronics developer with a French subsidiary of Italian-based Pirelli Cavi Group. During 6 years at Pirelli Optical System (now part of CISCO group) he was heavily involved in the WDM technology development, acting as Product Engineer, and project manager for DWDM deployment in Europe, Americas and Asia.He left Europe for Canada in 2000, where he joined the Network Engineering Department at Videotron Telecom before joining EXFO in 2001.Mr. Amice holds a university degree in electrical engineering and industrial computing and he is a member of the Fiber Broadband Association Technology Committee

The deployment of fiber to the home is ineluctable because of the ever growing demand for more bandwidth mainly driven, by HD and UHD Video, Over the Top content “OTT”, proliferation of smart devices and the emerging of IoT.
While home internet connection speed of 2.5Mbps was good enough ten years ago the average need today is between 25 and 100Mbps.
Operators are already proposing Ethernet services up to a full GigE to the Home.
During this presentation we will explain why the deployment of new technologies such as XG-PON, XGS-PON and NG-PON requires specific testing during construction, turn up an maintenance.
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Topic 9

End-to-End Fully-Integrated FTTx Deployment: Reducing Working Capital, Increasing Margin, and Driving Schedule Reliability, While Working at Scale

Speaker: Bryan McIver, President and CEO, Fresnel Software Corporation (view bio)

Bio:

Bryan McIver is the CEO of Fresnel Software. Founded in 2016, Fresnel Software is focused on developing an enterprise class, cloud based, software platform enabling network owners and EPC vendors to manage their fiber access network deployment programs in a fully-integrated, end-to-end, GIS enabled and mobile empowered environment. Prior to founding Fresnel Software, Bryan spent 3 years as SVP, Engineering & Construction Services at AFL Canada, where he led a team of over 400 engineers, project managers, and field staff, responsible for deploying brownfield FTTP networks, passing more than 300K premises.

This panel will share with Network Owners and EPC vendors, how to successfully achieve large scale deployment of local access fiber while minimizing working capital, improving margins and delivering schedule reliability.