Show Schedule CommTech West

Trade Show & Seminars

Best Western Premiere Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
Exhibitor Set Up: Tuesday, May 28, Between 3 – 7PM
Exhibitor Tear Down: Thursday, May 30, 4 – 7PM
Show Dates: DAY 1, Wednesday, May 29  &  DAY 2, Thursday, May 30
Welcome Reception: Wednesday, May 29, 3 – 4PM
Registration Opens: Exhibitors only – May 28, between 3-7PM; Attendees: 7AM daily
Seminars & Workshops: From 8AM daily
Trade Show Hours: 11AM – 4PM Wednesday; 11AM – 3PM Thursday
Exhibitor Entrance to Trade Show: 10AM daily
Live Demos: From 1PM daily in Trade Show

Seminar & Workshop Schedule

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EXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATION - TUESDAY MAY 28
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3 to 7pmEXHIBITOR SETUP & REGISTRATION

EXHIBITOR SETUP - BEST WESTERN PREMIER CALGARY PLAZA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

DAY 1 SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
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8:00 AMSeminar

(1-1) Estimating Your Fiber Optic Project

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

Bio:

A Master Electrician and a Director and Master Instructor with the Fiber Optic Association, William Graham has taught Fiber Optic training courses and other Industrial Skills courses, across Canada the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. His customers include Community Colleges, Trade Unions, The Canadian Military, Utilities and the general public having certified over 7,000 technicians.

For any communications cabling contractor, being able to effectively estimate the proposed Fiber Optic system is critical to the companies survival and growth. Many companies fail because they know their skills well but do not understand how to effectively estimate the project. Our program covers the many facets of the estimate The fewer the variable - the lower the risk and the more accurate the estimate. Thus, the more predictable will be the profit. Isn't that the purpose of the whole exercise - to make profit? Making profit is not a bad thing.
Note: This is not intended to be a course in basic estimating. We will assume that you already know how to estimate the standard job. (If there is such a thing as a "standard" job). I will, however, talk about many of those things that are different with the fiber optics portion of the job that you might wish to consider.
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8 AMSeminar

(1-2) MPO Testing: More than just Fiber Inspection

Speaker: Patrick Noel, Solution Sales Engineer, VIAVI Solutions (view bio)

Bio:

Patrick has been involved in the telecom industry for 25 years, starting his career at Videotron in network engineering.  For the past 18 years, Patrick’s key focus has been supporting service providers with technologies for test & measurement of their networks.

MPO connectors have been in existence for many years, but their proliferation has been exponential in the last couple years. You can find them in Datacenters, Head Ends, CO's, Cell Towers, core optical transport equipment as well as PON access outside plant. What are the standards and how to effectively test them? How to do End Face Inspection, Insertion Loss, length & Polarity? Can you use an OTDR? This session includes all you need to know about MPO technology and how to deploy, test, and maintain them effectively.
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8 AMSEMINAR

(1-3) The Telecom Convergence and How it Affects Municipalities

Speaker: Roel Coert, Smart Cities Telecom Manager, GNEC (view bio)

Bio:

Roel worked for major Information Communications Technology firms throughout Europe. He led a team, in engineering, designing, building and operating the first open access optical fibre network (QNet) for the city of Coquitlam in British Columbia.  He implemented the open access business case (BridgeNet) for New Westminster and  CR Advantage for Campbell River’s Municipal Broadband Network.

The Urbanization, the knowledge economy, wireless 5G network, IoT and big data will affect the foundations of the city.
This is a great opportunity for the cities to ready themselves for the years to come and keep in charge of their infrastructure.
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9 AMSeminar

(1-4) DAA – It’s not just for DOCSIS – How Remote PHY and EPON Come Together

Speaker: Chris Busch, ARRIS/CommScope Engineering Fellow (view bio)

Bio:

Chris Busch is currently Engineering Fellow with the CTO Networks organization of ARRIS. He is responsible for guiding ARRIS orchestration and virtualization technology helping CCAP operators achieve their distributed architecture goals. Chris has previously held positions at ARRIS in Assurance software architecture and as CTO Incognito Software where he actively led development in CableLabs, Broadband Forum, and TMForum provisioning and activation systems.

Are you thinking about deploying Remote PHY with the new 10G network that enables DAA services and wondering how to also deploy EPON Remote-OLT with the same infrastructure?
In this presentation we will discover how automation for the Converged Interconnect Network that provides 10G Ethernet at the edge has common onboarding and software systems supporting the introduction of EPON Fiber at the same time as Remote PHY DOCSIS offering Cable operators the best of breed solution for their customers.
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9 AMSeminar

(1-5) Rethinking the Evolution of Cable Networks – A Hybrid Approach

Speaker: Doug Blue, Director of Field Marketing – Cable Operators, CALIX (view bio)

Bio:

Doug Blue is Director of Field Marketing for Calix. Doug has over 20 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing, and business development in the telecommunications industry.

At Calix, Doug is responsible for all go to market activities associated with the cable industry. Prior to joining Calix, Doug held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Atlantic Engineering

Strong competition and new subscriber demands are forcing cable operators to rethink their approach to HFC network evolution. Node + 0, remote PHY and PON-based technologies offer new paths to higher network capacity as operators make moves to support bandwidth-intensive applications and unicast video with a QoE that will meet ever increasing subscriber expectations. But cable operators are faced with selecting which technology will deliver the most value in their respective serving areas. Interestingly, the traditional approach to node segmentation, deploying more efficient DOCSIS technologies, and deploying a fiber deep strategy may not be the single and best approach.

Calix has conducted a detailed study and analysis providing a comprehensive cost analysis comparing Node + 0 and PON architectures. This analysis revealed that FTTH is the best upgrade choice for low- and medium-density serving areas, with lower CAPEX and OPEX to that of a fiber deep solution. The best choice was less clear in high-density serving areas. Here, Node + 0 offers much lower rollout costs than FTTH.

But as operators move toward an IP based video offering, the right technology and architecture choice may be less obvious. A more unorthodox hybrid approach leveraging both Remote PHY and PON architectures may provide the most cost effective and efficient network evolutionary path. In this session, Calix will review the results of the PON and Node +0 study while providing additional details that illustrate a hybrid approach which can save operators anywhere from 45% - 65% vs. an “all in approach” to either technology.
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9 AMSeminar

(1-6) DOCSIS 3.1 and OFDM Technology and Testing

Speaker: Tony Holmes, Field Applications Engineer, VeEX (view bio)

Bio:

Tony Holmes serves as Field Application Engineer for VeEX. He is responsible for technical support and training. Prior to joining VeEX he served as Applications Engineering Manager for Trilithic and also spent over 18 years with CATV operators providing engineering management. He was the founder of Donovan & Associates which specialized in network engineering.

Consumers are demanding faster and faster broadband access. Over-the Top (OTT) video utilization is on the rise. Today’s typical household will have multiple devices requiring simultaneous online access.
Broadband-only subscribers are the customers of the future. Competition for that “Broadband Only” customer is increasing. Faster throughput speeds are needed to keep up with this ever growing demand.
This seminar will help answer the question “Are You Ready for DOCSIS 3.1”. You will be introduced to the DOCSIS 3.1 technology and learn some basic concepts. You will learn how DOCSIS 3.1 will give you more throughput in your existing network by using an OFDM carrier and LDPC.
You will gain an understanding on how to use the tools to properly identify issues. You will learn about Profile usage and how to make the measurements. In addition, there will be a discussion on how to migrate from your current technology to DOCSIS 3.1.
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10 AMPANEL

(1-7) How can we Effectively Build Sustainable Smart Cities?

Speaker: Moderator: 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.

Speaker: Roel Coert, Smart Cities Telecom Manager, GNEC (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Roel worked for major Information Communications Technology firms throughout Europe. He led a team, in engineering, designing, building and operating the first open access optical fibre network (QNet) for the city of Coquitlam in British Columbia.  He implemented the open access business case (BridgeNet) for New Westminster and  CR Advantage for Campbell River’s Municipal Broadband Network.

Speaker: Stephen Bull, Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Alberta (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Originally from the UK, Steve immigrated to Canada in 1996 and has worked for both the private and public sector. In his role of Assistant Deputy Minister – Provincial Telecommunications and Registries in Service Alberta he has responsibility for a wide range of things including Alberta’s First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS), SuperNet and work to improve telecommunications across the Province.

Speaker: Barney Barnowski, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Tektelic Communications Inc. (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Barney Barnowski is TEKTELIC’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development, primarily focused on growing the business in North America, South America, Asia and Asia-Pacific. Barney has over 25 years of experience in various technical and sales roles in the telecom industry, including prominent positions at Nortel, Telus and now TEKTELIC. Over the past 4 years, Barney has been an influential voice in the promotion, growth and development of the LoRaWAN technology and has become a subject matter expert in helping users understand the benefits of this technology versus available alternatives, and how end users can reduce OPEX and accelerate ROI with the implementation of a LoRaWAN solution.

 

Barney holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Calgary

How can cities apply smart solutions to help them become more sustainable and environmentally friendly, even moving towards carbon neutral – and what are the key KPIs to monitor?
How the IoT can be used to help cities achieve their Sustainability Development Goals?
Cities need to be growing smarter and more sustainable in balance, will it reach a point where the KPI’s for these two are mutually exclusive?
Estimating how energy management will reduce wastage and cut global emissions in areas such as electricity, water and waste management vs. monitoring actual outcomes.
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10 AMSeminar

(1-8) Cyber & Securing a Cable Network

Speaker: Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales and L&D, SCTE/ISBE Association (view bio)

Bio:

Steve is a respected international subject matter expert and thought leader in telecommunications, high tech and information technology systems engineering with a proven track record of success, 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.

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.
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10 AMSeminar

(1-9) Cable's Role in the 5G Evolution

Speaker: Bob Matthews, Principal-Field Application Engineering, CommScope (view bio)

Bio:

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

For years, mobile network operators (MNOs) have tried to deploy small cells to boost coverage and increase capacity, but deployments have been limited because of the costs involved in putting sub-5-watt radios everywhere, and they end up going back to the macro site and increasing capacity there. The cost issues involve power, backhaul, and real estate. MSOs are in a very strong position to deliver network services for the densification that MNOs will require for 5G.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-10) Super-PON Network

Speaker: Jason Bone, Engineering and Operations Lead, Google Fiber (view bio)

Bio:

Jason Bone received his B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Houston in 2001, he joined Google Fiber San Antonio in 2016, and is currently the Engineering and Operations Lead responsible for FTTH network planning, engineering, operations and maintenance of the San Antonio Super-PON network. Prior to Google Fiber, Jason worked at En-Touch Systems in Houston where he managed both the inside and outside engineering of a network consisting of several types of deployments, including telephony (twisted pair), RF and FTTH.

Speaker: Liang B. Du, Network Architect, Google Fiber (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Liang B. Du received his B.E. and B.Com degrees majoring in electrical engineering and finance respectively from Monash University, Victoria, Australia,  in 2007, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Monash University in 2011. 

He was a research fellow at Monash University from 2011 to 2013, focusing his research in next generation optical transmission systems, including fiber nonlinearity compensation and superchannels. In 2013, he joined Google Fiber, Mountain View, CA, USA as a Photonics engineer designing next-generation access networks where he helped build the Super-PON system.

Consolidation of local and regional offices brings new requirements to the subscriber access infrastructure, to support longer distances and more customers on the optical distribution network. Building upon the operational experience of current passive optical network (PON) technologies, 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. At its November 2018 plenary, IEEE 802.3 approved the formation of a task force to standardize the Super-PON technology.

This talk will introduce Super-PON and will summarize the on-going industry efforts to make it widely available.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-11) FTTH basics and Network Design

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

Bio:

Roger has an extensive background in fiber optic cabling, connectivity, and hardware and in the past several years worked with customers deploying FTTx. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University and holds 13 patents in fiber optic cable and connectivity.

The goal of this session is to provide a broad background of the topic of FTTH so the attendee will be better able to appreciate content in later sessions in the conference. In this session, we discuss the drivers behind the insatiable demand for bandwidth. We’ll then talk about the role of fiber in today’s network. From there, we’ll give definitions and details about the components of a typical fiber to the home network. We then discuss typical installation techniques. Finally, we discuss tradeoffs for different network architectures.
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11 AMSeminar

(1-12) Small Cells for 5G

Speaker: Prasad Bhandaru, Program Manager, Cyient Inc. (view bio)

Bio:

Mr. Bhandaru is the Program Manager Cyient at for Wireless and Emerging Accounts with over 15 years of Engineering, Sales and Operations experience in the wireless Industry. Prior to joining Cyient, Prasad was associated with companies like Sprint, Verizon, Samsung, Alcatel, TTM and Spirent.

At Cyient, Prasad is responsible for managing NAM’s wireless communications projects and Customer relationships. Working in sync with sales and delivery teams, his team is responsible for developing innovative solutions, pre sales activities and on-time project delivery.

Prasad holds MBA from University of Maryland and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington.

Imagine an ultra dense network (UDN) environment with Cellular antennas on every lamppost, indoor antennas placed within 10m of each other and cell edge data rates of <100 Mbps to everyone. With an ultra low latency (>10ms) and seamless handoff's between licensed and unlicensed spectrum these networks are designed to maximize User QoE.
As user traffic continues to grow rapidly, today's largely macro cell networks will evolve into dense and ultra dense Heterogeneous networks. By 2020, Industry experts expect UDN has to cover indoor and outdoor areas of most of the Urban centers.
In this presentation we try to cover different type of deployments, planing challenges and how we can over come them.
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1PMWorkshop

(1-13) Navigating MPO Waters: -“How to Inspect & Analyze MPO Fibers under 12 seconds”

Speaker: Gary Correia, Account Manager, Telonix Communications & Viavi Solutions (view bio)

Bio:

Gary’s career in the Telecommunication began 17 years ago in Commissioning & Testing Field Services.  In 2001 Gary held a Field Technician position for 3 years and progressing up into a sales role for a local contractor for the next 9 years, executing work for the local cable/wireless companies. In the past 5 years Gary moved into the Test & Measurement Equipment Sales currently with Telonix Communication as Product Manager covering Canada, notably with Viavi Solutions Inc as the Account Manager Ontario Region and has had great success in this market.  Gary has been a member of the SCTE for 5 years.

Speaker: Patrick Noel, Solution Sales Engineer, VIAVI Solutions (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Patrick has been involved in the telecom industry for 25 years, starting his career at Videotron in network engineering.  For the past 18 years, Patrick’s key focus has been supporting service providers with technologies for test & measurement of their networks.

The FiberChek Sidewinder is the industry’s first “all-in-one” handheld inspection and analysis microscope for multifiber connectors such as MPO. The latest addition to VIAVI’s award winning FiberChek family delivers a completely automated solution to inspect and analyze every fiber of an MPO or other multifiber connector with industry-leading reliability and speed.

Industry’s fastest MPO inspection workflow
As MPO connectivity continues to grow in adoption, maintaining MPO end faces is more important than ever. Managing clean MPO connections requires systematic and proactive methods that many technicians may find troublesome, confusing and time-consuming. Sidewinder eliminates these challenges by fully automating every detail of the MPO inspection workflow to ensure fast and reliable results.

Automatic test results fibers in less than 12 seconds
Nothing comes close to the speed, reliability, and intuitive operation that Sidewinder delivers for MPO inspection and analysis. Simply insert it into the bulkhead, press a button, and the Sidewinder will provide automatic results for all 12 MPO fibers in fewer than 12 seconds! Eliminate hassles with manually adjusting controls to focus, scan, or count which fiber you are on and turn minutes into seconds for testing each connector.
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1 PMWorkshop

(1-14) WORKSHOP: Installation and Maintenance of Ethernet over DWDM for R-PHY and C-RAN

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

Bio:

Gwenn Amice served 2 years in the French Navy before joining the Opto-electronic R&D telecom industry in 1995 aboard a startup that became the CISCO DWDM transport platform pillar. As the development of new high-speed technologies evolved, he introduced new DWDM transport platforms in industrialization, production, customer demonstration and field deployment in Europe, Asia and Americas until he moved to Canada in 2000.

After a quick experience as outside plant Engineer for Vidéotron in Montréal, he joined EXFO in 2001 as Subject Matter Expert, focusing on next generation optical network. His main responsibilities consist of giving technical seminars, trainings, support and technical advices to EXFO’s customers.

Mr. Amice holds a university degree in electrical engineering and industrial computing and he is a member of the Broadband Forum Americas Technology Committee

Wavelength Domain Multiplexing technologies like DWDM have been deployed in backbone networks since the mid 90's. With the exponential bandwidth demand on both wireless and residential, operators do not have the choice to maximize their distribution network fibers feeding their Remote-PHY, Centralized-RAN, Remote DSLAM, G-FAST nodes, etc. Deploying DWDM in the field requires a good understanding of the technology and new testing /troubleshooting solutions and methodologies.

In this workshop we will demonstrate several tests that could be used to verify an installation, certify a service and troubleshoot problems on various applications including R-PHY, C-RAN, FTTN. We will test Ethernet services through routers, optical MUX and DEMUX, troubleshoot fibers issues such as Macro bends and dirty connectors.
DAY 2 SESSIONS - THURSDAY, MAY 30
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7 AMREGISTRATION OPENS
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8AMSeminar

(2-1) How to Deploy 1GE to the Home, to the Suite, and to the Business

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

Bio:

Gwenn Amice served 2 years in the French Navy before joining the Opto-electronic R&D telecom industry in 1995 aboard a startup that became the CISCO DWDM transport platform pillar. As the development of new high-speed technologies evolved, he introduced new DWDM transport platforms in industrialization, production, customer demonstration and field deployment in Europe, Asia and Americas until he moved to Canada in 2000.

After a quick experience as outside plant Engineer for Vidéotron in Montréal, he joined EXFO in 2001 as Subject Matter Expert, focusing on next generation optical network. His main responsibilities consist of giving technical seminars, trainings, support and technical advices to EXFO’s customers.

Mr. Amice holds a university degree in electrical engineering and industrial computing and he is a member of the Broadband Forum Americas Technology Committee

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

Bio:

François Marcotte is a senior engineer currently working for EXFO in Montreal, Canada. With more than 28 years in the telecommunication industry, François, a graduated electrical engineer from university of Montreal, began his career as an optical-RF engineer and has developed expertise on transport-ethernet testing over the years. He is a regular speaker in various seminars in North America.

The recent technologies evolutions, like R-PHY, DOCSIS 3.1, GFAST, XGS-PON and NG-PON2 are enabling residential and business customers are now ordering 1Gigabit internet services, but it is not cheap, and customers want to get an excellent quality of service for that price. A few minutes after the installation completion your customers will rush to their computers and launch a dozen of “speedtest”. Are you ready to educate your customers?
In this seminar we will provide guidance regarding the test and validation that should be performed during installation and activation to guarantee an excellent quality of service.
The two presenters will share with you their field experiences and expertise for each of the technologies namely: DOCSIS, DSL, Wireless and FTTx.
On the testing side: Simple tricks like connector inspection, macrobend detection can save you time and money but how will you prove to your customer without any doubt that the service delivered is 1000Mbps or more?
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8 AMSeminar

(2-2) Bringing DAA to Life – How to Automate Everything

Speaker: Chris Busch, ARRIS/CommScope Engineering Fellow / Trispec Communications (view bio)

Bio:

Chris Busch is currently Engineering Fellow with the CTO Networks organization of ARRIS. He is responsible for guiding ARRIS orchestration and virtualization technology helping CCAP operators achieve their distributed architecture goals. Chris has previously held positions at ARRIS in Assurance software architecture and as CTO Incognito Software where he actively led development in CableLabs, Broadband Forum, and TMForum provisioning and activation systems.

Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) enables the evolution of cable networks by decentralizing and virtualizing headend and network functions. DAA extends the digital portion of the head-end or hub domain out to the fiber optic node and places the digital to RF interface at the optical-coax boundary in the node. Replacing the analog optics from the head-end converts the fiber link to a digital fiber Ethernet link, increasing the available bandwidth improving fiber efficiencies (wavelengths and distance), and directional alignment with NFV/SDN/FTTx systems of the future.
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8 AMSeminar

(2-3) FTTX - Alternative Design Options

Speaker: Bob Matthews, Principal-Field Application Engineering, CommScope (view bio)

Bio:

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

Traditional PON design using Centralized splitting leads to higher deployment costs due to higher fiber counts and more splicing. This session will focus on providing alternative design methodologies which can help reduce the overall deployment costs, by reducing fiber counts, reducing splicing cost, improving speed of delivery, and providing improved flexibility and reduced troubleshooting/ repair time. This session will introduce Fiber Indexing as a method to quickly deploy FTTX services and provide a flexible, scalable and future proofed solution .
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9 AMSeminar

(2-4) Remote PHY

Speaker: Guylain Barlow, PLM - Metro, VIAVI Solutions (view bio)

Bio:

Guylain Barlow has been involved in the telecom industry for 30 years; he started his career at IBM and Nortel in product design and network engineering. For the past 17 years, his focus has been in developing and launching new products and technologies in the test & measurement industry. Guylain has authored several technology papers; his experience includes international assignments to Australia

Remote PHY provides an architectural strategy to push physical RF interfaces further out to the edge of the cable network. As a result, the core network infrastructure can leverage digital technology based on well-established Ethernet/IP techniques which creates new challenges in deploying and operating Hybrid Fiber Coax networks. This presentation explores the core networking test considerations particularly in the aspects related to DWDM and optical fibers, Ethernet circuits and synchronization using the Precision Time Protocol (PTP).
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9 AMSeminar

(2-5) Transforming HFC to DAA for Terabits in the Access

Speaker: Fady Masoud, Solutions Marketing, Infinera / FONEX (view bio)

Bio:

Fady Masoud is a Principal in the Product and Technology marketing team at Infinera.

His area of expertise focuses on the architecture and requirements of next-generation optical networking infrastructure. During his more than 22 years in the telecommunications industry, Fady has held various positions in the optical networking domain at Nortel, Ciena and now Infinera. He started as a hardware test engineer on the first OC-192 (10 Gbps) systems and then as a Systems engineer on optical metropolitan products, all combined with hands-on experience.

Fady holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University (Quebec City, Canada) and a master’s degree in systems technology (simulation of optical networks) from the Superior School of Technology (Montreal, Canada). He has written numerous publications, including books, on next-generation optical networking, including 100G, Data Center Interconnect, intelligent network evolution strategies and architecture, and on many other key topics.

The relentless demand for more subscriber bandwidth has necessitated fiber be as close as economical possible to paying consumers. Demand and competition for the subscriber has required that the HFC infrastructure be transformed to a Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) based on Data Center principles and technologies. This presentation will consider the mechanisms for transformation and overcoming 3 new challenges intrinsic to DAA.
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9 AMSeminar

(2-6) FTTH for Greenfield and Brownfield Implementation

Speaker: Barry Middlebrook P.Eng, President, Middlebrook Engineering (view bio)

Bio:

An Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, Barry Middlebrook has been working in the cable and satellite industries for over 35 years.

Mr. Middlebrook went into private practice in 2005 and is responsible for advising many companies on their technology strategy regarding broadband technology.  Prior to starting private practice, he worked for Shaw Cablesystems in a senior technical role regarding their digital and broadband technology serving residential and business customers.  Before Shaw, he worked as a Senior Systems Engineer with SED Systems Inc., an aerospace company, designing communications products and systems including some of the first VSAT and DBS equipment anywhere.

Mr. Middlebrook is a registered Professional Engineer, a member of SCTE, IEEE, SMPTE and a member of CableLabs.  He is also a licensed radio amateur and enjoys designing, building and operating his own radio equipment.

With customers now taking less traditional TV channels and doing more on-line content services, it means that CATV services is primary broadband internet and video services are secondary. So why not provide fiber GPON to the home instead of traditional HFC for all new builds? The implementation and costs of FTTH vs traditional HFC will be contrasted and the operational implications to a cable TV operator discussed.
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10 AMSeminar

(2-7) Fusion Splicing – Do it Right the First Time

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

Bio:

Keith Foord is the Fiber-optic Product Manager at Greenlee Communications with over 30 years experience in the design of OTDR’s, OLTS’s and other fiber-optic instrumentation. OTDR technology expertise includes handheld and laboratory instruments that are conventional pulsed technology and millimeter resolution with >100dB dynamic range that employ photon-counting techniques.

Best practices and fusion splicing theory will be presented so that the technician is well versed in the basics of fusion splicing and knows how to use their splicer properly so they will be able to meet demanding schedules by avoiding costly mistakes.
Fusion splicing provides the lowest loss and lowest reflectivity connection which is critical for the high speed services. If mechanical connectors are used, the quality of the fiber link may be compromised especially the long term performance. Splice on connectors will be discussed, showing the cost benefit and long term reliability.
Fusion splicers are precision instruments and the technician needs to protect their investment so that optimum performance is attained. Industry standard best practices such as ARC calibration and cleaning the cleaver and splicer will greatly improve splicing results and minimize fiber link rework.
Core alignment fusion splicers provide the best performance for difficult splicing requirements such when splicing dissimilar fibers. Active clad splicers outperform traditional V-Groove technology splicers and are the splicer of choice for the new fibers deployed today in Passive Optical Networks. Key manufacture specifications will be reviewed explaining what is important in deciding which splicing technology they should select for their particular application.
Once a splice is completed the insertion loss and reflectivity should be validated with an OTDR. The insertion loss displayed by the splicer is just an estimate and OTDR validation of the fusion splice quality will give high confidence on the fiber link being able to successfully transmit bandwidth intensive applications.
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10 AMSeminar

(2-8) Troubleshooting Future RF Deployments

Speaker: Ron Huinink, Technical Manager Broadband, Telonix Communications (view bio)

Bio:

Ron’s career in the CATV industry began 25 years ago in construction, for a local cable company. He joined Cogeco Cable in 1998 as a Service Technician, gaining exposure to the MSO’s interdependence of maintenance, construction, headend/data departments, and planning.

Ron has been a member of SCTE for 14 years and in 2013 he was elected to the Ontario Board.  He served as President for two years. Recently Ron joined Telonix as Technical Manager Broadband.  His main role is supporting the company’s RF products.

Speaker: Patrick Noel, Solution Sales Engineer, VIAVI Solutions (view bio & pic)

Bio:

Patrick has been involved in the telecom industry for 25 years, starting his career at Videotron in network engineering.  For the past 18 years, Patrick’s key focus has been supporting service providers with technologies for test & measurement of their networks.

Services expand constantly with new requirements demanding large amounts of data.
Operators must accommodate this expansion, but large investments are necessary to keep up with speed and capacity demand. Various technologies are available to fulfil this demand including fiber deep, node split and distributed architectures, these technologies segment networks into smaller service groups.
What exactly are these choices that face the cable operator and how might the cable plant continue to evolve in the coming years? Remote PHY, Remote MAC-PHY, Full duplex, ESD, Docsis 3.1, and Virtual Segmentation. What do they mean and how do they work?
Operators have a very large network to manage. Each technology gives a unique solution that presents different benefits and challenges.
This presentation will explain each technologies and the pro’s and con’s of the different options available.
Time:Description:
10 AMSeminar

(2-9) Big Data Solutions for 5G

Speaker: Prasad Bhandaru, Program Manager, Cyient Inc. (view bio)

Bio:

Mr. Bhandaru is the Program Manager Cyient at for Wireless and Emerging Accounts with over 15 years of Engineering, Sales and Operations experience in the wireless Industry. Prior to joining Cyient, Prasad was associated with companies like Sprint, Verizon, Samsung, Alcatel, TTM and Spirent.

At Cyient, Prasad is responsible for managing NAM’s wireless communications projects and Customer relationships. Working in sync with sales and delivery teams, his team is responsible for developing innovative solutions, pre sales activities and on-time project delivery.

Prasad holds MBA from University of Maryland and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington.

While enabling pinpoint precision in identifying network trouble, next-generation service assurance, with advanced telemetry capabilities, will generate vast amounts of data. In the advanced telemetry era, the challenge is to find the under performing network item in this data. Big data tools are designed to quickly ingest massive quantities of event data and support low-latency queries of the data.

The new big data analytics approach will need to detect network performance anomalies, and machine learning will be needed to identify network deficiencies and predict future deficiency scenarios. Advanced telemetry may mean a vast number of scenarios sound the alarm, so advanced correlation techniques will be required to distill these down to the root cause of the problem. The next-generation service assurance tool will have an advanced dashboard display to rapidly deliver insights on the network.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-10) DOCSIS 3.1, Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Distributed Access Architectures (DAA)

Speaker: Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales and L&D, SCTE/ISBE Association (view bio)

Bio:

Steve is a respected international subject matter expert and thought leader in telecommunications, high tech and information technology systems engineering with a proven track record of success, 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.

The hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) access network and hub sites are quickly evolving to address the capacity and bandwidth demands from our residential, commercial, and wireless customers. The tools of the past like adding more bits per hertz (bits/Hz), increasing spectrum, and increasing node splits are not as effective nor a total solution to solve the challenges in the network. This session will explore the key technologies required for the next evolution in the access network and the hub sites - DOCSIS 3.1, Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and distributed access architectures (DAA). In addition, what is needed from a planning and preparation perspective to unlock the benefits of DAA to provide the best customer experience.
Finally, the session will discuss a few of the challenges and timing concerns with this evolution, offering some ideas around early solutions.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

(2-11) 5G and the Future of Things

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

Bio:

François Marcotte is a senior engineer currently working for EXFO in Montreal, Canada. With more than 28 years in the telecommunication industry, François, a graduated electrical engineer from university of Montreal, began his career as an optical-RF engineer and has developed expertise on transport-ethernet testing over the years. He is a regular speaker in various seminars in North America.

Learn about the 5G technology and the consequence over services. This new wireless system will revolutionize not only the mobile network but also the residential and commercial customers. Understand the 5G wireless concept without no limitation and how it will change our way of consuming data. All device or things such as phone, car, home automation, refrigerators, tv, clock radio, etc will be able to communicate between each other and exchange data. Millions of millions of new connections.
This presentation will provide a market portrait and update on the 5G. The evolution of the wireless up to 5G. What is the 5G technology and what it offers. The 5G architectures, challenges and applications will be presented.
Time:Description:
11 AMSeminar

Network Implications of Wireline and Wireless Convergence

Speaker: Barry Walton, Solutions Architect, Corning (view bio)

Bio:

Barry Walton serves as Solutions Architect for Corning Optical Communications. Barry joined Corning after 37 years at Bell Aliant 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 strategies.

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.
Time:Description:
1 PMSeminar

(2-13) What's New in Ethernetland?

Speaker: Guylain Barlow, PLM - Metro, VIAVI Solutions (view bio)

Bio:

Guylain Barlow has been involved in the telecom industry for 30 years; he started his career at IBM and Nortel in product design and network engineering. For the past 17 years, his focus has been in developing and launching new products and technologies in the test & measurement industry. Guylain has authored several technology papers; his experience includes international assignments to Australia

This presentation will cover the topic of Ethernet evolution, present related use cases and some of the test implications. The Ethernet ecosystem is constantly evolving not only to new higher line rates to carry additional bandwidth but also with new intermediate rates serving specific needs such as in data centers, for mobility or core applications. Key requirements are driving this expansion such as 1GE evolving to 2.5GE/5GE, 10GE evolving to 25GE, and all the new rates spanning from PAM4 techniques such as 50GE/200GE/400GE. In addition, Flexible Ethernet (FlexE) provides an additional networking alternative.