SCTE Opens Its Doors in Orlando

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Bandwidth management, the all-digital conversion, video-on-demand, HDTV and the triple lay will take center stage this week in Orlando, Fla., as the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers opens its annual Cable-Tec Expo (June 15 to 18).

A CEO panel opens the show June 16, featuring OpenTV Inc. chairman and CEO Jim Chiddix, of Open TV; Brian McFadden, president, optical networks at Nortel Networks Inc.; Robert Miron, president and chairman of Advance/Newhouse Communications, and Carl Vogel, president and CEO of Charter Communications Inc. Moderator is industry columnist Paul Maxwell.

Industry analyst (and Broadband Week columnist) Leslie Ellis will moderated the ensuing chief technical officers’ panel, featuring Chris Bowick, senior vice president of engineering and CTO at Cox Communications Inc.; William Check, vice president of science and technology at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Wayne Davis, senior vice president, engineering and technical operations at Charter; Marwan Fawaz, senior vice president of engineering and technology and chief technology officer at Adelphia Communications Inc., and Ken Wright, chief technology officer at C-COR.net Corp.

Those two panels will be followed by the SCTE’s annual awards luncheon.

Over the next two days, the conference will tackle a host of engineering issues, including the conversion to an all-digital network. One panel will feature Ran Oz, CTO and co-founder of BigBand Networks Inc., and Kip Compton, vice president of video and media architecture at Comcast Cable Communications Inc. They’ll address “Digital Simulcast Transition to the All-Digital Network.”

At another all-digital panel, Charter Communications Inc. director of digital engineering Pragash Pillai will present that MSO’s view, including data on its early simultrans platform in Long Beach, Calif.

A scaling VOD workshop will feature papers from Broadbus Technologies vice president of engineering George Kajos, and Mark Jancola, vice president of advanced products and technology at MidStream Technologies.

A panel on rolling HDTV will feature Adelphia video-systems engineer Basil Badawiyeh and Sylvain Riviere, director of product marketing at BigBand .

Other panel sessions will address bandwidth management, the migration to Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 2.0, upstream performance, home networking, voice-over-Internet protocol, commercial services and OSS. Each panel session will be offered on both June 17 and 18.

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