In keeping in with a recent cable industry trend for business conference, the SCTE looked outside the cable industry for its 2019 Cable-Ten Expo keynote, enlisting Preetha Vijayakumar, VP of enterprise network and communications services for FedEx.
According to the Society of Cable Technology Engineers, in a session titled “Delivering the Future,” Vijayakumar’s “customer-centric insights will articulate how powerful new technologies—enabled by cable’s 10G initiative—are unlocking new opportunities for FedEx delivery systems. Vijayakumar’s operational area is responsible for optimizing capabilities of the data centers, networks and field service organizations that connect FedEx’s vast web of transportation services.”
The announcement comes as cable industry tech consortium CableLabs is reinventing its closed Summer Conference into an open June technology event that brings in technologists from a broad sector of industries, all showcasing applications for next-generation networks.
Notably, last year's Cable-Tec Expo was keynoted by Cox Communications chief Pat Esser — a pretty typical top speaker selection in prior campaigns.
“This is pretty cool stuff—not the industry talking to the industry, but more of a what-it-means discussion from the point of view of the customer,” an SCTE spokesman told MCN.
This year’s Cable-Tec Expo is set for Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The event is produced each fall by the SCTE and its sibling org, the International Society of Broadband Engineers (ISBE).
“FedEx’s keen grasp of the connective power of telecommunications has played a pivotal role as it has revolutioned essential delivery of goods,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE•ISBE. “Today’s cable technology and the transformative capabilities of our 10G networks are unparalleled in enabling high-speed, robust, low latency and highly secure communications backbones that can drive service excellence and business results for companies such as FedEx.”