SCTE's Dzuban: Cable-Tec Expo Will Keep Fall Slot

Association Chief Says Timing Works Well With Other Industry Events

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers recently evaluated moving its flagship Cable-Tec Expo back to its traditional June dates, but concluded that early fall is the optimal time for the conference given the timing of other industry events, president and CEO Mark Dzuban said.

“In the spring, it’s tough,” Dzuban said, noting that other industry conferences in that timeframe include the NCTA’s Cable Show and ANGA Cable in Germany. “What we ended up doing was, we said, ‘Let’s keep it in the fall.’ We wanted to make sure everybody is aligned.”

This year’s Cable-Tec Expo is set to run Oct. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla., with a preconference symposium on the digital home to be held Oct. 16. Orlando also will host the CTAM Summit earlier in the week.

Dzuban pointed to the attendance in Atlanta for last year’s Expo, which attracted more than 10,000 industry professionals. “It was well-supported with the understanding that we needed to separate these events, to give vendor communities and cable operators time between events,” Dzuban said.

The 2013 Cable-Tec Expo is scheduled to be in New Orleans from Sept. 18-20. The following year, the trade show will be in Denver in early fall: “We want to get ahead of the snow,” Dzuban said, alluding to the 2009 Expo when a snowstorm disrupted travel plans for conference-goers.

Attendance for next week’s Expo is tracking well, Dzuban said, adding that this is the “crunch week” when late registrations come in.

Dzuban called out SCTE’s ongoing collaboration with CableLabs as among the highlights at the upcoming Expo. SCTE is the “applied science” partner to the CableLabs R&D initiatives, he said.

At Cable-Tec Expo, the two groups will jointly present a special session, “DOCSIS 3.1 Specification and Standard Development,” that will include speakers from CableLabs and MSOs about the next iteration of the cable broadband specification. The discussion will provide an overview of network preparedness and training from SCTE with respect to DOCSIS 3.1. 

In addition, CableLabs and SCTE are teaming for an opening general session discussion between Dzuban and CableLabs president and CEO Phil McKinney, along with NCTA chief of staff K. Dane Snowden. Dzuban also noted that CableLabs chief technology officer Ralph Brown is joining the SCTE board effective Oct. 16.

“We’re continuing to crisp this up [with CableLabs],” Dzuban said. “We were somewhat ships in the night when I started three years ago.”