Comcast's Werner To Keynote SCTE Canada Confab


Comcast chief technology officer Tony Werner is scheduled to speak about the promise -- and peril -- of broadband-delivered video at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Canadian Summit 2011 next month.

Werner will deliver his keynote, titled "Broadband Video: Challenge or Opportunity," at the March 8-9 conference at the Toronto Congress Centre.

In a statement, Werner said, "Such topics as the evolution of next-generation video architectures, the transition to IPv6 and support for business services all are truly global in scope... Forums like SCTE Canadian Summit are a critical part of the learning process for engineering and operations professionals from North America and abroad as they deploy technologies that can improve the customer experience, reduce costs and increase revenue."

In an interview with Multichannel News last year, Werner said the MSO was focused on delivering IP video to devices like tablets. Apple's iPad is "probably the second-highest video consumption device, after the television. Yet there's not enough video for it -- consumers are hungry for video," he said.

Werner joined Comcast in December 2006, after serving as CTO with Liberty Global. He has also held technology management roles at Qwest Communications, Aurora Networks, Tele-Communications Inc. and AT&T Broadband, Rogers Communications and RCA Cablevision Systems.

SCTE held its first conference in Canada in 2009, and reprised the confab last year in Toronto.