SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Opener to Spotlight Network Ops

Comcast’s John Schanz to Lead Panel Comprised of Top Tech Execs from Cablevision, Cox, and TW Cable
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Network operations will be the hot topic at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta this fall when five top cable tech executives get together to head up the event's opening general session.

To kick it off on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. ET, Comcast Cable chief network officer and executive vice president John Schanz will moderate a panel comprising Yvette Kanouff, executive vice president, corporate engineering and technology, Cablevision Systems;  Guy McCormick, vice president, engineering, Cox Communications; Matthew Stanek, senior vice president of core, regional, metro and network operations, Time Warner Cable; and Marwan Fawaz, partner with Sarepta Advisors and the former head of Motorola Home.

They’re on tap to chat about how engineering and operational issues are affecting the industry, including how MSOs can more rapidly and seamlessly rollout services, and discuss steps operators can take to prep for technologies that are on the horizon.

“As advances in network technology open the gates to new services, it’s essential that cable engineering and operations professionals prioritize approaches that optimize network efficiency and performance,” said Schanz, in a statement.  “Our panel’s collective insights will help to clarify the industry’s vision of the future and to ready our workforce for the opportunities ahead.”

The show is set for Thursday, Oct. 21-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. 

Attendees will need to put on their thinking caps from the get-go. SCTE and CableLabs are teaming on pre-show symposium focused on the emerging DOCSIS 3.1 specs, which are targeting downstream speeds up to 10 Gbps and upstream capacities of greater than 1 Gbps. That gets underway at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 21.