Suddenlink CTO Cordova To Chair 2011 Cable-Tec Expo


Suddenlink Communications chief technology officer Terry Cordova will serve as program committee chairman for next year's installment of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Cable-Tec Expo.

The 2011 Cable-Tec Expo is scheduled to run Tuesday, Nov. 15, to Thursday Nov. 17, in Atlanta, in a temporary departure from the weeklong clusters of cable industry events. Attendance at SCTE's flagship event has dropped in the last two years, from a peak of 11,000 in 2008 to 8,200 last month in New Orleans.

Cordova will lead the Cable-Tec Expo program committee's development of content designed to help cable system operators and programmers cost-effectively and reliably deliver new services that generate revenue and enhance customer satisfaction.

"Terry Cordova has been one of the industry's leaders in positioning cable for the next generation of service delivery," SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban said in a statement. "We're grateful for his willingness to share that vision as we expand on the forward thinking that was evident in our panels, in our workshops and on the show floor at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2010 in New Orleans."

"Cable-Tec Expo has become a focal point for SCTE's increased emphasis on education, particularly around new IP-based technologies that are reshaping cable telecommunications," Cordova commented. "As we look toward Atlanta, the Program Committee and I will capture and expand on those elements that worked this year, and solicit from the operator, programmer and vendor communities new ideas that can help to move the show forward as an educational resource for the industry."

Cordova joined Suddenlink in 2003 after serving as division vice president of engineering for Charter Communications' Southeast Division. At Suddenlink, Cordova's projects have included overseeing Project Imagine, a bandwidth-reclamation effort to support new product and service deployment through 2012. The project will increase significantly the number of the operator's HD channels, expand VOD services and enable faster broadband speeds, including the recently introduced 107-Megabit-per-second service. 

Cordova also has played an integral role in launching Suddenlink's Careerlink initiative, designed to boost knowledge and skills of the company's technical staff, and to assist them in achieving SCTE certifications. Suddenlink and SCTE earlier this year announced that Suddenlink had achieved 100% certification of technicians and installers with more than 90 days of service, resulting in millions of dollars of savings due to meaningful reductions in repeat service calls and customer churn.