Show Schedule CommTech West

CommTech West VIRTUAL 2020

OCTOBER 6-7, 2020 – Mountain Time


Trade Show, Seminars, Demos and Networking

  • Event Hours:
    – DAY 1 – Tuesday, October 6  8AM-4PM
    – DAY 2 – Wednesday, October 7  8AM-4PM
    – Trade Show, Seminars & Demos: 8AM to 4PM daily

Seminar Schedule

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8:00 AM MT (1-1) - VIRTUAL LIVEClosing the Digital DivideVIEW DETAILS»

Closing the Digital Divide

Across North America, next-generation broadband deployments have been taking place at a rapid pace as incumbent service providers build out Fiber to the home (FTTH) to the metropolitan cites. Smaller communities have become very versed in the value and necessity of having next-generation broadband service. Communities are becoming ever more impatient, the government is allocating funding programs to assist with bringing next generation broadband to communities .
This presentation will cover a wide range of topics for deploying FTTH that will provide the attendee information and guidence:
• Value to the community
• Why FTTH
• Services to consider
• Success stories
• Business case considerations
• Marketing
• Operations
• Design overview
• Managing quality
• Building the network

Speaker:Barry Walton, Solution Architect, Corning Optical Communications

8 AM MT (1-2) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDTroubleshooting Future RF DeploymentsVIEW DETAILS»

Troubleshooting Future RF Deployments

Operators are expanding and deploying various new Technologies. These new technologies are introducing new challenges and different ways to maintain the network.
What exactly are these changes 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, and Docsis 3.1. What do they mean and how do they work? What are some of the differences and what will be some of the tools needed to properly troubleshoot any issues that may occur?
Operators have a very large network to manage but will need to ensure that their technicians are properly trained and using the correct equipment.
This presentation will look at some of the different technologies and the proper techniques and tools that will be needed.

Speaker:Ron Huinink, Technical Sales Manager

9:30 AM MT (1-4) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDDeploying 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 has developed solutions in cooperation with the world's 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:Gwen Amice, Subject Matter Expert, EXFO

9:30 AM MT (1-3) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDNetwork Performance & Optimization Workflow Solution VIEW DETAILS»

Network Performance & Optimization Workflow Solution

CSPs need a single and seamless view of the network for various business groups—Management, sales, planning, field survey, construction, operations and maintenance & support teams. CSPs have to collate the inputs from these groups to process real-time updates for the back office and provide an environment for faster networks. The main challenge for the Communications Service Providers is to complete the Network Rollouts cost effectively at a rapid pace. To achieve these CSPs need to define comprehensive frameworks that can effectively manage the complex end to end processes
Network Planning & Optimization (NPO), which inter-connects all network and business operations of a CSP, addresses the challenges, giving complete visibility and control over its network at a click of a button The Solution is a lightweight application that inter-connects all network and business operations of a CSP. It is a comprehensive solution seamlessly integrated with disparate underlying technology systems and provides the unified view of the network elements on its platform. It is a single application to initiate tasks, share it across multiple teams, get the task approved and then effectively complete the project life cycle. This solution has a framework to manage human resources, business processes, and network infrastructure and integrates with OSS/BSS connecting end-to-end operations for telecom service providers. The solution is accessible to all the stakeholders involved, to enable the real-time seamless exchange of information across the organization.

Speaker:Murali Krishan Vindla, Lead Solution Consultant, Cyient

11 AM MT (1-5) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDBest Practices for Maintaining Fiber Connector Endface QualityVIEW DETAILS»

Best Practices for Maintaining Fiber Connector End Face Quality, Brian Teague, Product Line Manager, Senko Advanced Components for Alliance Corporation

Endface contamination is a common issue encountered with fiber optic interconnects. This technical presentation will share best practice recommendations network technicians and engineers can use for creating processes to avoid the problems caused by endface contamination. The presentation will share insights and tips for being efficient and highly effectively inspecting and identifying different types of endface contamination. The presentation will also share common sources of contamination and cover different techniques for effectively eliminating the problems.

11 AM MT (1-8) - VIRTUAL LIVERemote PHY Distributed Access ArchitectureVIEW DETAILS»

Remote PHY Distributed Access Architecture, by Dr. Ali Mohamed Ahmed, Sr. Director of Network Technology with Trispec Communications

Service Providers need to keep evolving their existing networks to meet ever-changing customer demands for new services and higher bandwidth. To keep up with these demands, Service Providers have multiple architectural choices each with their implications including cost to deploy and time to market.

This Seminar will focus on Remote PHY Distributed Access Architecture and how it can be deployed using technologies available today and what benefits it brings to Service Providers including:
- Increased bandwidth capacity to offer higher speeds by maximizing DOCSIS 3.1 Channel capacity.
- Increased reach and lower cost through the use of digital optics vs. analog optics
- Simplified outside plant operations through increased SNR with shorter RF paths.
- Improved operating headroom to compensate for changes in the RF network components as they heat and cool throughout the year.
- Reduced requirements on power and space in the Headends/Hubs.
- Bringing the Service Providers closer towards SDN/NFV architecture.
The seminar will benefit all MSOs interested in evolving their existing cable network architecture to meet customer demands while maintaining lower capital and operational expenditures.

1 PM MT (1-7) - VIRTUAL LIVEEnabling the Digital FieldVIEW DETAILS»

Enabling the Digital Field: Learn how industry leaders are digitally bridging the field data gap to create a safety culture that improves worker safety, creates operational efficiencies and lowers costs, Cameron Barrett, CEO, Field Safe Solutions

Learn how industry leaders are digitally bridging the field data gap to create a safety culture that improves worker safety, creates operational efficiencies and lowers costs
Field Workers represent a variety of industries but they all share a common challenge… capturing and relaying data from the field to head office quickly and efficiently to enable a strong safety culture.

Historically, field workers have used manual processes to complete documents. This process is time-intensive, error-prone and creates redundancies. Additionally, the inability to communicate in real-time negatively impacts safety and limits THE head office’s ability to make informed decisions.

In this session, Field Safe will share how our clients (together with partners like IBM and Telus) are driving a safety culture by digitizing operations and making field worker’s jobs safer, easier and more efficient. We will also show two ROI scenarios to evidence how a digital solution combined with improved workflows:

• Improves corporate decision making and creates field worker and administrative efficiencies.
• Increases employee safety.
• Prevents fines for regulatory non-compliance.
• Minimizes incidents.
• Improves employee retention.
• Advances management of certifications and safety program performance.
• Enables real-time reporting.

Attendees will come away with ideas they can immediately apply to start their organization on the path to a digital, data-driven safety culture.

1 PM MT (1-11) - VIRTUAL LIVEThe Future of FiberVIEW DETAILS»

Fiber Deployment and Responding to a Pandemic Reality, Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, The Fiber Broadband Association

The COVID 19 emergency of 2020 has shined a bright light on how consumers rely on quality, future-proof broadband technologies for remote work, school, telehealth and continued social interactions. The numbers bear out our new reality on how much of daily life we are conducting remotely or from home. The pandemic has also highlighted where disparities remain. Not everyone has access to the connectivity they need for our new digital normal. This conversation will bring forward lessons learned during the pandemic and how deployment of fiber broadband to consumers, communities and anchor institutions can help to keep Americans connected and bridge the digital divide. From 5G, smart cities and IOT, fiber is the necessary 21st century infrastructure for next-generation communications, technologies and applications.

1 PM MT (1-6) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDUsing 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.

2 PM MT (1-13) VIRTUAL LIVETopic TBA - Little Giant LadderVIEW DETAILS»

Topic TBA - Jeff Spackman, Senior Director of Sales - Cable & Telecom SectorLittle Giant Ladder Systems



DWDM in Access Networks, Dag Hauge, Solutions Specialist, Viavi Solutions

Whether it’s for new commercial services, 5G Xhaul or a Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) in support of Remote Phy (RPHY), the demand for bandwidth is driving service providers to invest in their fiber networks. As fiber pushes deeper and deeper into the network, technologies that were primarily used in the Core and Metro are now also migrating to the Access. Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) is one of those technologies originating in the core in the early 2000’s, then migrating to the Metro about a decade later and now entering the Access Network. It provides a way to add multiple virtual lanes to an existing fiber thus increasing the amount of data that can be transmitted over it as well as wavelength routing for distribution.

While DWDM provides a cost-effective, scalable solution for delivering services, the procedures and test equipment are very different than other fiber-based technologies.

In this session we provided an overview of DWDM, and discussed the various stages of deployment and test solutions to ensure success.

Highlights included:

• Review of DWDM and its components
• Implementing the best practices for installing and maintaining DWDM networks
• How to overcome common testing challenges associated with DWDM networks
• Understand the testing tools required for DWDM installation and maintenance


8 AM MT (2-2) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDED Geospatial Solution for CSPs - 5GIPVIEW DETAILS»

Geospatial Solution for CSPs - 5GIP, Kyle Mayhew, Senior Director for Global Strategy, Marketing, and Business Development, Cyient

Cyient’s 5G Inventory Planning (5GIP) solution is a cloud-based platform that uses multiple imagery data sources and Machine Learning to identify the location (latitude/longitude) and attribute information of “poles” and assets.

5GIP helps Communication Service Providers understand what poles exist in a particular AOI with 30cm level accuracy and supports initial cluster identification and RF simulation planning for small cell and 5G initiatives.

It is easily accessible from multiple devices and remote locations. Data can be downloaded, uploaded, modified, and enhanced with multi-user inputs.

8 AM MT (2-1) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDLow Latency DOCSIS: Concept & Experimental ResultsVIEW DETAILS»

Low Latency DOCSIS: Concept & Experimental Results, 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, which 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 MT (2-10) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDInspecting and testing MPO Multifiber Ribbon CablesVIEW DETAILS»

Inspecting and testing MPO Multifiber Ribbon Cables, Peter Desmarais, & Jeff Harmon, Solutions Engineers, Viavi SolutionViavi Solutions

VIAVI delivers the industry’s most complete portfolio of test solutions for MPO Fiber Inspection. Learn about our P5000i, FiberCheck Probe, SideWinder, FVAm Benchtop scope, and SmartClass Fiber MPOLx Loss Test Set. Learn how to select the right tool for the right job, and learn tips and tricks to use it in the right way.
Presentors: Peter Desmarais & Jeff Harmon
As I said the 3rd one is a work in progress but here is the title and description:
3- PON Deployment: What needs to be tested so you don’t have to return to complete the work?

We will discuss how these new tests and a new comprehensive workflow process help Viavi's customers to reduce PON activation and service deployment costs and maximize their investment.

This seminar will go through PON Deployment Test Options as well as PON Roll-out Challenges and a Workflow Overview.

9:30 AM MT (2-3) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDED5G and Small Cells Made for Each Other VIEW DETAILS»

5G and Small Cells Made for Each Other, by Prasad Bhandaru, Program Manager with 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.

9:30 AM MT (1-9) VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDDOCSIS 4.0 with Tap Conditioning ExamplesVIEW DETAILS»

DOCSIS 4.0 with Tap Conditioning Examples with Rob Crowe Field Applications Engineer

Antronix field engineer and industry expert Rob Crowe will discuss DOCSIS 4.0 and its dual verticals.  He will also address Full Duplex and Frequency Division Duplexing, and how tap conditioning assists regardless of the approach selected.

Speaker:Rob Crowe Field Applications Engineer

9:30 AM MT (2-4) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDCybersecurity, Modern Hackers, & Penetration Testing for the Cable Industry VIEW DETAILS»

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

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 technology and how it can be used to answer such requirements.
Compared to, 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 to simplify their networks and reduce cost by delivering a highly scalable, Ethernet-like technology, while lowering cost and increasing revenues.


Viavi Solutions - TBA


11 AM MT (2-6) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDCutting Edge Control and Management Tools for Accelerating your Network DeploymentsVIEW DETAILS»

Cutting Edge Control and Management Tools for Accelerating your Network Deployments, Bill Mueller, Senior Manager Edge Enablement Services, Calix

Operators deploying fiber and access systems to support smart grid, premises systems, and broadband initiatives will leverage both internal deployment teams and outside contractors to bring infrastructure to a state of readiness. The orchestration of those resources from project start to final quality review can be complex and subject to inefficiencies and cost overruns without consistent standards and communications tools. Communication and operational inefficiencies increase costs and slow down time-to-market with inside plant and outside plant projects, so what are the ways operators are addressing this. In this session, we’ll talk about innovative approaches that streamline and automate the control, management, and quality assurance for improving productivity on large scale network and premises deployment projects.

11 AM MT (2-7) - VIRTUAL LIVEReimagining Broadband to the MDU, Delivering Efficient and cost-effective Gigabit Services VIEW DETAILS»

Reimagining Broadband to the MDU, Delivering Efficient and Cost-effective Gigabit Services, by David Boisseleau, Product Marketing Manager, Fones & Pierre Trudeau, President & CTO, Positron Access Solutions, 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 technology and how it can be used to answer such requirements.
Compared to, 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 to simplify their networks and reduce cost by delivering a highly scalable, Ethernet-like technology, while lowering cost and increasing revenues.

11 AM MT (2-9) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDWhat your Guys should know about our GuysVIEW DETAILS»

What your Guys should know about our Guys, Arturo MartinezPreformed Line Products (Canada) Ltd.

• Understand the engineering principles that drive PLP’s Helical Products

• How PLP’s helical products provide greater protection to the cables they are installed on.

12 PM MT (2-12) MSA Safety TopicDEMO - MSA Safety Topic - TBAVIEW DETAILS»

MSA Safety Topic - Skyler Cook tbc / Charles Jones Industrial


1 PM MT (2-8) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDOperational Practice for Home Wi-Fi Deployment VIEW DETAILS»

Operational Practice for Home Wi-Fi Deployment, by Steve Harris, Executive Director, SCTE-ISBE / Society of Cable Technicians & Engineers

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.



1 PM MT (T-1) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDTesting the 5G Architecture: Challenges and Lessons LearnedVIEW DETAILS»

Testing the 5G Architecture: Challenges and Lessons Learned, Gwennael Amice & Francois Marcotte, 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

2 PM MT (2-11) VIRTUAL LIVEDEMO - Little Giant LadderVIEW DETAILS»

DEMO - Jeff Spackman, Senior Director of Sales - Cable & Telecom Sector, Little Giant Ladder / Dura-Line


2:30 PM MT (T-4) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDBackhaul, Fronthaul, Midhaul Transport Architectures VIEW DETAILS»

Backhaul, Fronthaul, Midhaul Transport Architectures, Gwennael Amice & Francois Marcotte, EXFO

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

2:30 PM MT (T-3) - VIRTUAL PRE-RECORDEDVirtualized, Disaggregated 5G RANVIEW DETAILS»

Virtualized, Disaggregated 5G RAN, 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.