SCTE to increase tradeshow technical workshops by 36%


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said it will increase the number of technical workshop presentations at its trade show this year to 98, up 36% from last year’s tally of 72.

This year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is slated for Oct. 17-20 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Workshops will address the convergence of HFC and wireless networks; Full Duplex DOCSIS; deep fiber networks; cloud-based virtualization; 5G development and deployment; network security; the SCTE’s “Energy 2020” program; and many other topics. 

The workshops are a collaboration between the SCTE, cable industry tech consortium CableLabs, and industry lobbying org NCTA.

With CableLabs now juggling wireless technologies, and NCTA no long producing its own annual trade event, there seems to have been a will and a way to increase the gravity of Cable-Tec Expo this fall. 

“From our program chairs right on through experts like Comcast’s Mark Hess, Liberty Global’s Bill Warga, Shaw’s Zoran Stakic, and Altice USA’s Pragash Pillai, our committee was clear on the technologies that will drive our industry forward,” said Chris Bastian, senior VP and CTO of SCTE, in a statement. “The scope and direction of this inaugural Fall Technical Forum is designed to help operators, technology partners, and the cable workforce as a whole to achieve real, measurable success.”

“Every day we see how ultra high-speed networks are evolving to deliver new generations of services,” added Mark Bell, VP of industry affairs at NCTA–The Internet & Television Association.  “The educational content of the Fall Technical Forum is part of a broader SCTE educational structure that is designed to ensure that the cable workforce is prepared to deploy new technologies as soon as they become available.”