Show Schedule CommTech East

CommTech East

Mississauga Convention Centre
75 Derry Road East, Mississauga, ON
APRIL 7-8, 2020

Trade Show, Seminars, Demos and Networking

  • Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up: Monday, April 6, Between 3-7PM
  • Exhibitor Entrance to Trade Show: 10AM daily
  • Exhibitor Tear Down: Wednesday, April 8, 4-7PM
  • Attendee Registration: April 7-8, 7AM
  • Event Hours:
    – DAY 1 – Tuesday, April 7, 8AM-4:30PM
    – Lunch sponsored by POWER & TEL, 12-1PM
    – DAY 2 – Wednesday, April 8, 8AM-4PM
    – Lunch sponsored by ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS, 12-1PM
    – Trade Show Hours: 11AM to 4pm daily
    – Seminars & Workshops: April 7, 8AM-12PM, April 8, 8AM – 4:30PM
    DON’T MISS Canada’s largest gathering of 5G Professionals!
    – Live Demos daily – in Demo Area
  • Networking Events:
    – Welcome Reception on Trade Show Floor, Sponsored by the Fiber Broadband Association: Tuesday, April 7, 3-4PM
    NEW: CommTech Connect Dinner Show: Day 1, Tuesday, April 7, 5-8PM

Seminar Schedule

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EXHIBITOR SETUP - MONDAY, APRIL 6

TIME:EVENT:
1 – 7PMEXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATIONVIEW DETAILS»

Mississauga Convention Center

DAY 1 SESSIONS - TUESDAY, APRIL 7

TIME:EVENT:
7 am - DAY ONEREGISTRATION OPENSVIEW DETAILS»

Registration & Coffee/Tea service

8am (1-1)Seminar: Fiber Deep - Construction & Maintenance including XGS PON/CWDM/DWDMVIEW DETAILS»

Fiber Deep - Construction & Maintenance including XGS PON/CWDM/DWDM

What's new with PON technologies. Are you looking to upgrade from your legacy PON services to 10G PON (XGSPON, 10GEPON, NGPON2, 100GEPON, etc.)? There is a lot of new standards coming and are you ready to deploy them. What are the challenges that you will be facing to test. Do you have the tools required to test multi-wavelengths systems (1578nm, 1260nm,1490nm,1310nm) CWDM, DWDM. What changes to your network architecture will be required to support distributed access architecture DAA. This seminar will answer these questions and any that you may have will be answered.

Speaker: Patrick Noel, System Engineer, Viavi Solutions

To Come

8 am (1-2)Seminar: Overcoming the challenges of troubleshooting FTTx networks, from the head-end to the subscriberVIEW DETAILS»

Overcoming the challenges of troubleshooting FTTx networks, from the head-end to the subscriber

Join Tatianna Wawrzynski, Sales Application Specialist with AFL’s Test and Inspection division, for a presentation of test methods required for today’s P-To-P and PON FTTx networks. A review of current challenges and solutions available to overcome them, cost studies related to troubleshooting and a live demonstration of different solutions.

Speaker: Tatianna Wawrzynski, Sales Application Specialist, AFL Telecommunication

Tatianna Wawrzynski is a sales applications specialist for the test and inspection division of AFL. She is a certified Fiber Optic Installer and Outside Plant Technician. A seasoned presenter in the industry, she regularly offers BICSI workshops and trainings on fiber optic equipment. She works with technicians from different industries and has helped troubleshoot problems in many environments.

8AM (1-3)Seminar: Planning For 5G - Are You ReadyVIEW DETAILS»

Planning For 5G - Are You Ready

5G is coming and in many places is here. Are you prepared? Do you understand the amazing technological advances that will come with 5G?. If not, this seminar is for you.

Speaker: William Graham, M.S. Ed, CFOS/I, Director of the Fiber Optic Association

William is a Master Electrician and a Director and Master Instructor with the Fiber Optic Association, teaching Fiber Optic training courses and other Industrial Skills courses, across North America, Europe and the Caribbean. His clients include Community Colleges, Trade Unions, Canadian Military, Utilities plus the general public. He has certified over 7,000 technicians.

9 am (1-4)Seminar: Reimagining Broadband to the MDU, Delivering Efficient and cost-effective Gigabit ServicesVIEW DETAILS»

Reimagining Broadband to the MDU, Delivering Efficient and cost-effective Gigabit Services

When delivering a service, operators need to ensure existing network access to buildings, interoperability with legacy equipment and infrastructure, growing demand for more bandwidth and reliability… which all drive the cost of connected users. In this presentation, we will explore G.hn technology and how it can be used to answer such requirements.
Compared to G.fast, G.hn constantly deliver superior bandwidth over copper or coax that is dynamically adjusted based on traffic conditions. It is designed to leverage existing wiring in the MDU without the cost and complexity to install fiber in the building. We will explore how operators can take advantage of G.hn to simplify their networks and reduce cost by delivering a highly scalable, Ethernet-like technology, while lowering cost and increasing revenues.

Speaker: Mohamed Elmosaly, Product Marketing Manager, Fonex

Over the past 18 years, Mohamed has held several key positions at FONEX. Currently he is responsible for the managed business services portfolio focusing on vertical markets that include Service Providers and Utilities. Mohamed has a strong knowledge base and experience in Carrier Ethernet networks with focus on SDNN/NFV, service assurance, legacy migration and cyber security.

Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Concordia University and MBA from the John Molson School of Business.

9am (1-5)Seminar: Cybersecurity, Modern Hackers, & Penetration Testing for the Cable IndustryVIEW DETAILS»

Cybersecurity, Modern Hackers, & Penetration Testing for the Cable Industry

The Internet has evolved into a vast array of interconnected networks with expediential growth. For service providers securing the network for integrity and resilience has emerged a top priority. The boundless telecommunication experiences enabled in the future with new and evolving technologies will require secure devices for delivery. This session will discuss the real story of modern hackers, cybersecurity, penetration testing, and the relationship to the cable industry. Several service elements of the modern network will be presented; public key infrastructure (PKI), Internet of Things (IoT), wireless/Wi-Fi and popular layer-2 specifications. Finally, the relationship of organizations like the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre), European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA); and U.S. Cyber Command will be discussed.

Speaker: Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales and L&D, SCTE

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.

9am (1-6)Seminar: 5G and Small Cells Made for Each OtherVIEW DETAILS»

5G and Small Cells Made for Each Other

Small Cells is a Key enabler of 5G Ultra Dense Networks. 5G will be utilizing Large Unused BW of mmWave and advanced technologies like Beamforming. As user traffic continues to grow rapidly, today's largely macro cell networks will evolve into dense and ultra-dense Heterogeneous networks. Soon, these Ultra Dense Heterogeneous Networks are expected to cover both indoor and outdoor areas in most of the Urban centers. Infrastructure hosting antennas may include, Towers, streetlights, traffic lights, utility poles and, in some locations even street furniture like kiosks, Dustbins and Manholes all these Small Cells will be part of UDN.
How do we control costs while enhancing User Experience.

Speaker:Prasad Bhandaru, Program Manager with Cyient

Prasad Bhandaru is the Wireless Program manager at Cyient. He lives in Reston, Virginia, and has around 15 years of experience in the field of RF Engineering, Sales and Operations with major wireless carriers across US.
Prasad’s team is responsible for 4G/5G communications projects and Customer relationships in this space. In-sync with sales and delivery, they are responsible for solutions

10 am (1-7)Seminar: Building a 21st Century Municipal InfrastructureVIEW DETAILS»

Building a 21st Century Municipal Infrastructure

This presentation will speak to the activities of YorkNet, a dark fibre company owned by the Regional Municipality of York. York has been investing in dark fibre network to connect parts of its operations and those of its Municipal partners. In 2017, YorkNet was incorporated as a separate entity to expand the network and its mandate. YorkNet works with private sector to develop expansion into underserved areas and opportunities to facilitate fibre into those areas. YorkNet will be growing to 800 km covering all Local Municipalities within the region.

Speaker:Laura Bradley, General Manager, YorkNet

To Come

10 am (1-8)Seminar: Using Leakage Detection for Improved Customer ServiceVIEW DETAILS»

Using Leakage Detection for Improved Customer Service

Operators have generally taken care of leakage through the low band frequency from 108 Mhz- 138 Mhz. As cable plants have evolved over time, most operators have not evolved their leakage monitoring platforms to match their cable plant. As new modulations, higher bandwidths, and LTE interference is occurring, cable operators need to evolve their leakage platforms.
It is also proven that 80-90% of ingress/egress issues occur in the home. Using an “In Home Certification” strategy and solution will also allow operators to ensure that they are clearing up problems in the home before they become an issue.
This presentation will look at changes in technology and various solutions for leakage and ingress to mitigate customer service issues.

Speaker:Ron Huinink, Broadband Manager with Telonix

To Come

10 am (1-9)Seminar - Fiber Broadband AssociationVIEW DETAILS»

Fiber Broadband Association - TBA

TBA

Speaker:Lisa Youngers, Director

11 am (1-10)Seminar: IPTV TOPICVIEW DETAILS»

IPTV TOPIC

To Come

Speaker: TBA, Rogers Communications Technology Team

To Come

11 am (1-11)Seminar: Deploying better FTTH, faster, for lessVIEW DETAILS»

Deploying better FTTH, faster, for less

Internet service providers are deploying Fiber to the home at full steam. The time is now to optimize the cost of installation per subscriber.
Over the last decade EXFO have developed solutions in cooperation with the worlds ISPs leaders in order to install FTTX faster, cheaper and more importantly: better.
In this seminar we will cover 3 areas where ISP could improve: Workflow automation, centralized testing and simplified MOP.

Speaker: Gwenn Amice, Senior Member of Technical Staff with EXFO

Gwenn Amice currently holds the position of Subject Matter Expert with EXFO, focusing on next generation optical network in charge of technical seminars, trainings, support and technical advices to EXFO’s customers.
Mr. Amice holds a university degree in electrical engineering and industrial computing.
He is a member of the Broadband Forum Americas Technology Committee

DAY 2 SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

TIME:EVENT:
7am - DAY TWOREGISTRATION OPENSVIEW DETAILS»

Registration & Coffee/Tea service

8 am (2-1)Seminar: Low Latency DOCSIS: Concept & Experimental ResultsVIEW DETAILS»

Low Latency DOCSIS: Concept & Experimental Results

The online gaming industry is on a rapid growth path & has become an exciting mainstream revenue source. Online gaming industry is projected to be a $300 Billion+ industry by 20251. It is estimated that in 2019, eSports viewership will grow to 454 million with revenues of $1 Billion+2. With an increasing demographic that uses YouTube & Twitch for streaming gameplays & cloud gaming services such as Google Stadia & Apple Arcade, that are bringing the online gaming experience closer to the consumers, the MSOs will need to deliver the best QoE by ensuring high bandwidth & low latency support. By enhancing the user experience, the MSOs have an opportunity to generate a new revenue stream. Welcome to the world of Low Latency DOCSIS! This talk will focus on LLD architecture basics & discuss the experimental results from our lab studies using the concept of an ASF, constituent Low Latency & Classic Service Flows & the Proactive Grant Scheduling.

Speaker: Tushar Mathur, Staff Systems Engineer with CommScope

To come

8 am (2-2)Seminar: Premises Installation Best PracticesVIEW DETAILS»

Premises Installation Best Practices

Getting the INstallation Right: Preventative quality assurance focused on cable shielding integrity. Training and equipping technicians to get the installation right is paramount in turning customers into lifelong clients. This starts with adding a critical step as part of their installation routine: tracking potential cable shielding integrity issues. By having installation technicians make sure no existing impairment will eventually degrade their cable network on the one hand, and using the best quality passive equipment for installations on the other hand, MSO,s can be confident that their subscribers will get what they yearn for: reliability, speed and above all satisfaction of their services.

Speaker: Julio Sanchez, Field Sales Technical Support with Effigis

To Come

8 am (2-3)Seminar: 5G Lab to Field, Importance of antenna alignment in 5G NetworksVIEW DETAILS»

5G Lab to Field, Importance of antenna alignment in 5G Networks

With the rollout of 5G networks, the industry is facing new challenges. 5G will be largely deployed in a small cell format, using high-band millimeter-wave (mmW) frequencies. To develop network plans, mobile operators use 5G NR modeling software with advanced propagation models, complex antenna array and full multi-technology capacity simulators. Failure to install per planned specification will lead to sub optimal 5G network performance. Similarly, failure to identify nearfield RF obstacles (not identified by the 5G modeling software) may render the cell unusable. In this presentation we will introduce different solutions to achieve accurate antenna alignment during installation, detect near-field obstacles, generate reliable line-of-sight surveys, and remotely monitor alignment to optimize 5G networks.

Speaker: Joey Villamil, Product Line Manager, Viavi Solutions

To Come

9 am (2-4)Seminar: Operational Practice for Home Wi-Fi DeploymentVIEW DETAILS»

Operational Practice for Home Wi-Fi Deployment

The world of consumer devices is now a Wi-Fi world, with many devices using the technology for communications today. The Wi-Fi home network is quickly evolving to address the capacity, reliability and bandwidth demands for telecommunication subscribers. There is no longer a difference between Wi-Fi and wired telecommunication services. In this session, you will be able to explain the current deployment models and features of Wi-Fi; overcoming the challenges faced by operators; along with enhancements like mesh operation. In addition, the session will discuss the key points of the new SCTE·ISBE standard (255) Operational Practice for Home Wi-Fi Deployment. Finally, a perspective on the planning and preparation required to unlock the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 to provide the best customer experience.

Speaker: Steve Harris, Executive Director, SCTE

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.

9 am (2-5)Seminar: Method to mitigate Fresnel reflection in path protected bi-directional DWDM systemsVIEW DETAILS»

Method to mitigate Fresnel reflection in path protected bi-directional DWDM systems

To Come

Speaker: Vasile Jerca, Principal HFC and optical access designer with ROGERS Communications Canada

Vasile has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering.  Vasile pioneered CATV in Romania.  In 1995 he came to Canada and was first employed with Sentrex Communications until 1996 when he joined Rogers.

9 am (2-6)Seminar: Testing the 5G Architecture: Challenges and Lessons LearnedVIEW DETAILS»

Testing the 5G Architecture: Challenges and Lessons Learned

As the 5G race heats up, it is essential for mobile network operators, fixed-line/cable operators, network service providers, and other market leaders to know how to best prepare for the advent of 5G. This webinar explores the challenges and opportunities that the 5G architecture presents and the key test areas and solutions to ensure successful 5G network launches. An expert panel will share important lessons learned in getting networks ready for 5G plus near- and long-term obstacles as our network infrastructure transforms on a fundamental level.
Key Topics for Discussion:
• 5G architecture aspects, challenges, and opportunities
• Key test areas and solutions in 5G preparation
• Important lessons learned from working with Tier-1 operators
• Answers to audience questions during live Q&A

Speaker:Gwennael Amice & Francois Marcotte, Subject Matter Experts, EXFO

10 am (2-7)Seminar: Super-PON NetworkVIEW DETAILS»

Super-PON Network

Super-PON is an evolved access solution aimed at enhancing the spatial scalability of PONs by extending the reach and increasing the number of subscribers per fiber strand through wavelength division multiplexing. This allows serving more customers at greater distances from fewer central offices using less outside plant infrastructure.

Speaker: Jhon Guarin, Network Deployment and Operations Lead, Google Fiber

Jhon Guarin received his B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Medellin, Colombia in 2000, he joined Google Fiber San Antonio in 2015, and is currently the Technical Operations Lead responsible for the FTTH network planning, implementation, installation & maintenance, Jhon has been managing the network implementation of the Super-PON system; prior Google Fiber, Jhon worked 7 years with Rogers Communication where he worked on FTTx, FTTH – GPON & RFOG deployments.

10 am (2-8)Seminar: Network Implications of Wireline and Wireless ConvergenceVIEW DETAILS»

Network Implications of Wireline and Wireless Convergence

In the last decade, the communications industry has rapidly built next-generation communications capability. The world’s largest carriers have executed 3G wireless, 4G wireless, and FTTH deployments; cable operators have shifted to “fiber deep” technologies; and owners of hyperscale data centers have increased their capabilities and global footprint. All of these network types have one thing in common: they are increasingly optical. More importantly, the growth and innovation in the industry is accelerating. Carriers are now evaluating 5G technologies to achieve ambitious goals and service requirements such as higher mobile data rates (100 Mb), low-latency services (1 ms), and massive connectivity though the Internet of Things. As networks evolve toward 5G, the number of antenna sites and amount of spectrum will scale with service-level requirements, driving optical fiber even deeper into the network. The deployment of 5G networks will create a new wave of optical fiber demand for antenna densification. However, the network architectures will vary greatly. Areas with high spectrum costs and low density will have vastly different architectures as compared to geographies with low spectrum costs and high density. Innovation in network infrastructure solutions can simplify network architectures, enable lower-cost installation, and create multiuse networks with new fiber access platforms and innovative pathway creation methods.

Speaker: Barry Walton, Solution Architect, Corning

Barry Walton serves as Solutions Architect for Corning Optical Communications. Barry joined Corning after 37 years at large Tier 1 Canadian telecom company where he championed the deployment of FTTH, providing the strategy and planning for over 1 million homes passed. His expertise lies in business case creation, operations planning, large-scale network planning, and deployment strategy for succ

10 am (2-9)Seminar: Powering Outdoor Small Cell & 5G NetworksVIEW DETAILS»

Powering Outdoor Small Cell & 5G Networks

Siting, permitting, and backhaul are well-known issues in the deployment of outdoor small cells. But a fourth infrastructure issue – power – is often forgotten. Most people assume power is available when and where needed. However, access to the electrical grid is not always readily available. And the utility’s construction project for providing a connection to the grid can jeopardize both the budget and the timeline.

As a result, many network builders are turning to remote power, a means of controlling their destiny by using traditional twisted pair copper or coax lines to deliver power to the small cell site. A single centralized power source requires one connection to the grid, a 10:1 reduction in many applications. From that central power hub, electricity is delivered over existing twisted pair or coax lines to energize the remotely deployed small cells. When copper facilities are not available, providers deploy new twisted pair copper alongside the fiber backhaul, an economic and simple way to ensure power and backhaul are pulled at the same time.

Whether existing or new facilities, remote power lowers the total cost of ownership for the project. As importantly, it minimizes the time to completion, ensuring new revenues start sooner. This presentation describes the current problems with powering 5G small cells. It discusses how remote power works, the general design guidelines and how it minimizes pole attachment fees. The presentation concludes with an overview of existing applications that successfully utilized the remote power technique.

Speaker: Mike Burkhalter, Sr Director Emerging Technologies with EnerSys Energy Systems

Michael Burkhalter is the Senior Director for Emerging Technologies for EnerSys Energy Systems Americas. He is leveraging his strong expertise in telecommunications, wireless, and power to lead the EnerSys’ leadership in power and backhaul for 5G and small cell networks. His team provides consultation key MSO, Wireline, and Wireless partners by developing solutions that facilitate faster project completion, increased partner revenue and long-term strategic advantages.

11 am(2-10)KEYNOTE: Digital Privacy & Security in Canada: A view of Current and Future NeedsVIEW DETAILS»

Digital Privacy & Security in Canada: A view of Current and Future Needs

To Come

Speaker: Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., Executive Director, Founder & CEO at Global Privacy & Security by Design Formerly Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontarios

To Come

1-4pm5G Track - Sponsored by SCTEVIEW DETAILS»

5G Track - Sponsored by SCTE

TO BE EXPANDED SHORTLY

1-1:30pm (T1) - Topic TBA, Jason Lowe / Clearcble Networks, SCTE Ontario Director

1:30-2pm (T2) - Lessons Learned : Testing 5G networks, Viavi Solutions

2-2:30pm (T3) - Powering Outdoor Small Cell & 5G Networks , Alpha Technologies

2:30-3pm (T4) - Virtualized disaggregated 3Gpp 5GRAN and small cell, Cyient

3-3:30pm (T5) - Backhaul, Fronthaul, midhaul transport architectures, EXFO

3:30-4pm (T6) - Joint Fiber-Backhaul and Wireless Access Network Planning for 5G Small-Cell Deployments, Comsof

4-4:30pm (T7) - Placing Infrastructure, Fiber, Hardware (TBC), Corning