Show Schedule CommTech East

CommTech East

Mississauga Convention Centre
75 Derry Road East, Mississauga, ON
NOVEMBER 24-25, 2020

Trade Show, Seminars, Demos and Networking

  • Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up: Monday, November 23, Between 3-7PM
  • Exhibitor Entrance to Trade Show: 10AM daily
  • Exhibitor Tear Down: Wednesday, November 25, 4-7PM
  • Attendee Registration: November 24-25, 7AM
  • Event Hours:
    – DAY 1 – Tuesday, November 24, 8AM-4:30PM
    – Lunch sponsored by POWER & TEL, 12-1PM
    – DAY 2 – Wednesday, November 25, 8AM-4PM
    – Lunch
    – Trade Show Hours: 11AM to 4pm daily
    – Seminars & Workshops: Both Days, November 24, 8AM-12PM, November 25, 8AM – 4:30PM
    DON’T MISS Canada’s largest gathering of 5G Experts!
    – Live Demos, Afternoons daily – in Demo Area, Both days
  • Networking Events, Tuesday, November 24:
    – “MEET & GREET” ON THE FLOOR: Day 1, Tuesday, November 24, 3-4PM, Sponsored by the FIBER BROADBAND ASSOCIATION, TELONIX COMMUNICATIONS and AXIOM CONNECTIVITY

Seminar Schedule

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There have been some changes in the seminar lineup due to travel restrictions. Please check back before the show to note any seminar changes.

EXHIBITOR SETUP - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23

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

MISSISSAUGA CONVENTION CENTRE

DAY 1 SESSIONS - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24

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; by Gwenn Amice, Subject Matter Expert,EXFO

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.

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; by Arun Jain, AFL

The presentation will review today’s challenges of working on a Fiber-to-the-x network. Network standards will be reviewed, followed by ways of improving testing effectiveness, reducing costs and limiting the need to troubleshoot.

The presenter will also review recommended tests by the industry and what network owners should expect from their contractors building their network. On the matter of troubleshooting, specialized methods will be reviewed and an overview of different techniques technicians should use will be presented.

Real-life problems will be presented along with suggested solutions for both point-to-point and PON networks in greenfield and brownfield applications.

Finally, a live demonstration will be performed to showcase the topics discussed during the presentation.

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

Planning For 5G - Are You Ready; William Graham, of the Fiber Optic Association

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.

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; by Mohamed Elmosaly, Product Marketing Manager, Fonex

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.

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

Cybersecurity, Modern Hackers, & Penetration Testing for the Cable Industry; Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales and L&D, SCTE - Society of Cable Technicians Engineers

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.

10 AM (1-6)The Future of FiberVIEW DETAILS»

The Future of Fiber; by Lisa Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

TBA

10 AM (1-7)CANCELLEDVIEW DETAILS»
10 AM (1-8)Seminar: Using Leakage Detection for Improved Customer ServiceVIEW DETAILS»

Using Leakage Detection for Improved Customer Service; by Ron Huinink, Broadband Manager with Telonix Communications

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.

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

5G and Small Cells Made for Each Other; by Prasad Bhandaru, Program Manager, Cyient

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.

11 AM (1-10)Seminar: CancelledVIEW DETAILS»
11 AM (1-11)Seminar: Deploying better FTTH, faster, for lessVIEW DETAILS»

Deploying Better FTTH, Faster, for Less; by Gwenn Amice, Senior Member of Technical Staff, EXFO

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.

DAY 2 SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25

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7 AM - 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; by Tushar Mathur, Staff Systems Engineer with CommScope

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.

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

Premises Installation Best Practices, Julio Sanchez, Field Sales Technical Support with Effigis

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.

8 AM (2-3)Seminar: Getting Ready for 400G Deployment VIEW DETAILS»

Getting Ready for 400G Deployment ; by François Marcotte, Subject Matter Expert, EXFO

EXFO will present in this seminar the 400G technology, the market trends, various 400G interfaces and Flex-E. This presentation will show the impact of 400G over the different sections of the network (core, DWDM, datacenter). It will explain how FlexE will become an important technology to slice the network and help in service segmentation for 5G; the required optical and transmission testing to optimize the 400G system, and finally, where we go after 400G

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

Operational Practice for Home Wi-Fi Deployment; by Steve Harris, Executive Director, SCTE/ISBE

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.

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; by Vasile Jerca, Principal HFC & Optical Access Designer, ROGERS Communications Canada

In this session, Vasile will discuss useful information for optical access planners and designers.
He will cover:
• Typical uni-directional path protected DWDM fibre access application
• Optical switch operational principle
• Bi-directional DWDM application
• Fresnel reflection description
• Optical switch in normal Bi-Directional applications
• Optical switch in Bi-Directional applications – Fibre cut
• Fresnel reflection mitigation
• Labe test results

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

Testing the 5G Architecture: Challenges and Lessons Learned, by Gwennael Amice & Francois Marcotte, Subject Matter Experts, EXFO

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

10 AM (2-7)Seminar: Overcoming the Challenges of Troubleshooting FTTx Networks, from the Head-end to the SubscriberVIEW DETAILS»

Seminar: Overcoming the Challenges of Troubleshooting FTTx Networks, from the Head-end to the Subscriber, Arun Jain, Director, Product Marketing, AFL

The presentation will review today’s challenges of working on a Fiber-to-the-x network. Network standards will be reviewed, followed by ways of improving testing effectiveness, reducing costs and limiting the need to troubleshoot.
The presenter will also review recommended tests by the industry and what network owners should expect from their contractors building their network. On the matter of troubleshooting, specialized methods will be reviewed and an overview of different techniques technicians should use will be presented.
Real life problems will be presented along with suggested solutions for both point-to-point and PON networks in greenfield and brownfield applications.
Finally, a live demonstration will be performed to showcase the topics discussed during the presentation.

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

Network Implications of Wireline and Wireless Convergence; by Barry Walton, Solution Architect, Corning

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.

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

Powering Outdoor Small Cell & 5G Networks; by Mike Burkhalter, Sr Director Emerging Technologies with EnerSys Energy Systems / Alpha Technologies

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.

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; by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., Executive Director, Founder & CEO at Global Privacy & Security by Design

It was only a few years ago that being a privacy-sensitive organization was considered cutting-edge and maybe even risky. Now, it’s become a critical part of doing business safely, ethically, and well. In this essential talk, author and privacy expert Dr. Ann Cavoukian guides you through exactly what your organization needs to do to tackle the pressing issues of privacy, security, and big data. If you build privacy into your operations and technology—if you embrace privacy by design—you prevent privacy harms and data breaches, you develop a trusted relationship with your customers, you save money, and you gain a competitive advantage. “I want you to view privacy as a positive,” says Dr. Cavoukian. “It breeds innovation [and] it builds trust.”

DAY 2 – CANADA'S 5G TRACK - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020

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1 PM (T-1)Seminar - 5G What Is It and What Can It Really DoVIEW DETAILS»

5G What Is It and What Can It Really Do, Jason Lowe, VP, Professional Services, Clearcable Networks; SCTE Ontario, Board of Directors VP

The wireless industry is quickly moving down the 5G deployment path. The technology promises much higher speeds and dramatically lower latency than today’s 4G deployments. This presentation will cover what 5G promises, what it can deliver in the near and long term, why is it important to both the wireline and wireless industries and how it can impact other industries like manufacturing and automation.

The sub 6 GHz (FR1—Frequency Range 1) 5G deployments happening today offer an improvement in potential performance over the existing 4G networks but they do not offer all the game changing performance the marketing promises. To reach these goals the industry will need to deploy mmWave technology operating in the FR2 spectrum above 20 GHz, this will present a new set of challenges to network operators and even municipalities. Higher Densities, Massive MIMO and Beamforming all become important parts of a real-world 5G deployment.

A large part of the 5G specification is low latency. Low latency is an important requirement for automation in our connected society including self-driving cars and manufacturing. The presentation will touch on why automation is driving the need for low latency and how 5G can fill this need.

The wireless industry is deploying 5G today, it is no longer the next network technology, it is today’s network technology.

1:30 PM (T-3)Seminar - Virtualized Disaggregated 3Gpp 5GRAN and Small CellVIEW DETAILS»

Virtualized Disaggregated 3Gpp 5GRAN and Small Cell, Prasad Bhandaru, Program Manager, Cyient

5G networks will cost a fortune to deploy. To minimize TCO, networks need to be shared between multiple types of users, with varied requirement of latency, throughput and availability operating in an application-driven environment.
Features like Unified RAN, Shared infrastructure, HW Decomposition (RU/CU/DU) Functional Decomposition (UP/CP Split, more functional splits in RAN), Edge user Radio resource management is more needed than ever. New 5G or 4G Networks must adopt basic vRAN system architecture principles. future networks need to support UE-centric 5G world and this needs Software Centric Approach that comes only from Virtualisation.
Virtualization comes with Functional Splits, Shared Infra, integration of different radio access technologies. Software implementation of the RAN functions helps to decompose from the hardware and allows a multivendor approach. Above it will bring down TCO while reducing deployment timelines and enhancing user experience.

2 PM (T-4)KEYNOTE: Generic Access Platform Support for 5GVIEW DETAILS»

Generic Access Platform Support for 5G, Chris Bastian, SVP and CTIO, SCTE/ISBE

SCTE•ISBE formed the Generic Access Platform (GAP) Working Group to accelerate innovation by defining common interfaces within node housings that support plug-in modules conforming to the GAP’s physical, thermal, mechanical and electrical specifications.
The GAP initiative is designed to enable MSOs to work with best-of-breed vendors to add new functions and services to access nodes through simple, in-field, module or software upgrades.
This open, modular and standardized approach allows cable operators to accelerate technology updates, deliver multiple services utilizing a single node platform, facilitate the migration to an edge-computing model, reduce inventory and increase service velocity.
The GAP enclosure will support 5G modules. Come to this session to see how the cable industry is supporting the 5G rollout based on GAP.

2:45 PM (T-5)Seminar - Backhaul, Fronthaul, Midhaul Transport ArchitecturesVIEW DETAILS»

Backhaul, Fronthaul, Midhaul Transport Architectures, Gwenn Amice and Francois MarcotteEXFO

The deployment of 5G antennas could use a plethora of fiber architectures.
In this seminar, we will cover different architectures that could be deployed to feed the 5G networks as well as their challenges,
1. Deploying 5G over XGS-PON and NG-PON2 to avoid duplication of fiber deployment with FTTH
2. CWDM vs DWDM: how to test in the field
3. Remote OLT and hybrid architectures

3:30 PM (T-6)Seminar: Joint Fiber-Backhaul and Wireless Access Network Planning for 5G Small-Cell DeploymentsVIEW DETAILS»

Joint Fiber-Backhaul and Wireless Access Network Planning for 5G Small-Cell Deployments, Kevin Wynne, Manager Americas, Comsof

The aim of wireless operators is to design the most efficient, lowest cost 5G network while ensuring
that the highest quality is maintained. In order to accomplish these goals, radio planning of small cell
sites has to be done considering the fiber backhaul constraints (especially when existing fiber
infrastructure is available in the area). This requirement becomes more crucial with the expected 5G
densification as it has a major impact on CAPEX and OPEX. Prudent planning, therefore, will enable
operators to significantly reduce the cost of connecting small cells to the backhaul network.
Previously, the (conventional) isolated approach was considered in planning tools: wireless access
networks are designed independently from the fiber backhaul constraints. As a result, the number of
selected small cells is obviously the most optimal (the smallest if we consider a constant cost for all
the small cells to be connected with fiber). Nevertheless, the fiber backhaul deployment costs can be very expensive. If the design is done jointly (e.g. consider the fiber backhaul constraints in the wireless
access design), the cost savings can be significant. This strategy can be also called fiber infrastructure aware
design of 5G wireless access network.

4 PM (T-7)Seminar - Placing Infrastructure, Fiber, HardwareVIEW DETAILS»

Placing Infrastructure, Fiber, Hardware, Barry Walton, Solution Architect, Corning

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 hyper-scale 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 are 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 through the Internet of Things. As networks evolve toward 5G, the number of antenna sites and the 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.

Key Points:
• The evolution of wireless networks to 5G will be disruptive and will create a new wave of optical fiber demand
• Infrastructure requirements will drive the necessity of either sharing among service providers or multiuse service capability
• Understanding of spectrum availability, service requirements, and geography will drive network architectures
• Innovation in network infrastructure solutions can accelerate installations and reduce total cost of ownership