SCTE And CableLabs Make a Deeper Connection

‘Enhanced Relationship’ Aims To Accelerate Technology Advances, Including Joint Focus on DOCSIS

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and CableLabs aren’t merging, but the two cable technology organizations are now more intertwined following the formation of an “enhanced relationship” that, they say, will accelerate the global development and deployment of new cable network technologies.

The new collaboration will team the innovation of CableLabs and the applied science, engineering and training capabilities of SCTE, and create a “framework” for the parallel development of new technologies and training that, beginning this month, will encompass DOCSIS training and certification and other education activities at this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

Other pivotal components” of the new agreement will be alignment on standards and training programs that include:

- A DOCSIS Engineering Professional Certification (DEP) that certifies the knowledge of the interface requirements and operation for the deployment of DOCSIS devices over cable networks;

- A training course that will address architecture, DOCSIS Layering, DOCSIS Network Operations and DOCSIS Technology Enablement in preparation for the DEP certification examination; and,

- The joint, day-long symposium on DOCSIS 3.1 engineering that gets underway today (October 21).

 “As greater demands are placed on cable networks, it’s important that the industry’s two leading technical organizations work together in the most efficient manner possible,” said Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs, in a statement.  “By working more closely with SCTE, we believe we can help the industry to accelerate deployment of solutions that universally will benefit operators, programmers, advertisers and most importantly, consumers.”

“CableLabs and SCTE each play important and complementary roles” added Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast.  “By increasing integration of their core competencies, both organizations can enable the industry to capitalize on innovation faster and more efficiently.”

 “With the natural synergies between our areas of focus, the leadership of both organizations felt that an approach that maximizes communication and sharing of information would expedite the ubiquitous availability of new technologies, products and solutions for the industry,” said SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban.