CableLabs Member Forum

Exponential is a CableLabs member forum and is part of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia. The forum is designed exclusively for CableLabs members to exchange insights and connect with experts to discuss current and emerging technologies, technological implications and strategies for success. This full day of interactive sessions will explore a range of topics for today, tomorrow and beyond. Register for this member-only day on September 19 and then attend SCTE Cable-Tec Expo on September 20-22.

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Complimentary full-access passes to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo are available to CableLabs members. Please note: You must register for Exponential and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo separately.

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September 19th
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Opening Session

September 19th
8:30 am - 10:00 am
8:30 am - 9:45 am
Today, Tomorrow and Beyond Featuring Craig Moffett

General Session: Beyond

September 19th
3:15 pm - 4:10 pm
4:00 pm - 4:10 pm
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Session Details

Today: Breakout A

Insights on Broadband Usage & Its Future Growth | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Jacob Malone, CableLabs | Katelyn Chavez, CableLabs

In this interactive session, we will discuss network planning to address emerging trends. Learn about the highlights from the recently reformatted and updated Bandwidth Usage Report, hear a CableLabs member perspective on peak bitrate growth on their network and explore how different scenarios around emerging demand for metaverse, VR/AR, cloud gaming and blockchain could impact network forecasting models.

Comparative Network Economics & Last Mile Strategies: Technology Strategy | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Chris Stengrim, CableLabs | Jacob Malone, CableLabs | Ron Reuss, CableLabs | Todd Bryan, CableLabs

Discover and discuss the recent CableLabs models that compare the network economics of hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. DOCSIS 3.1 technology provides the tools and capabilities to support organic growth in bandwidth demand through 2030. As consumers demand multi-gigabit speeds and telco competitors deploy FTTH, cable operators must consider both the economics and strategy of upgrading their network with DOCSIS 4.0 technology or even overbuilding with fiber in their own networks. This interactive discussion will include the game theory approach to responding to FTTH overbuilding considering capital, network operating experiences and broadband revenues.

Today: Breakout B

DOCSIS® 4.0 Technology: Successful Network Evolution | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Damian Poltz, Shaw Communications | Robert Howald, Comcast Communications | Ed Shrum, Cox Communications

Throughout the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, you will hear about many new innovations and technologies to advance the cable industry, including the DOCSIS 4.0 technology. The DOCSIS 4.0 specification was designed to deliver greater choice in deploying technologies that take full advantage of your unique fiber and coax infrastructure. In this session, we will discuss how technology executives might evaluate how successful their access network strategy has been in two or more years. Members will share how they plan and measure success of their technology adoption. How will you measure your plant investment decisions?

Passive Optical Networking: The Other 10G Technology | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pao Lo, Midco | Jason Combs, Comcast Communications | Pablo Alberto Castillo Brizuela, Grupo Televisa | Robert Kuse, Cox Communications

While we hear a lot about the upcoming DOCSIS 4.0 technology, cable operators are also actively deploying passive optical networking (PON) solutions to reach the 10G goal. This collaborative session will focus on the nuts and bolts of PON technology and deployments, including the technology roadmap, integration with current and future back-office provisioning methods, and the real-world challenge of transitioning to PON in an HFC world.

Tomorrow: Breakout A

The Future of Converged Networks | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sanjay Patel, CableLabs | Belal Hamzeh, CableLabs | Matt Schmitt, CableLabs | Manish Jindal, Charter Communications

Join us for an interactive discussion on the future of converged networks—and why exactly a converged network strategy is a critical element of future growth. CableLabs members will share their intended and realized benefits and use cases of convergence.

The Road to 10G: Cloud Native Architectures for a Converged Tomorrow | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Israel Madiedo-Luna, Izzi | Chris Burke, Charter Communications | Ana Pinheiro, Comcast Communications | Randy Levensalor, CableLabs | Mark Bridges, CableLabs | Paul Fonte, CableLabs | Carmela Stuart, CableLabs

The Road to 10G is being paved but the vision is continually growing. During this session, CableLabs and some of its members will provide perspectives on building the future architecture by carefully considering and deeply understanding the challenges of deploying virtualized infrastructure and how to convert the challenges into a new opportunity. Participants will be invited to partner with CableLabs to further shape the future of converged networks, including the expansion of lab capabilities and growing the supporting ecosystem.

Tomorrow: Breakout B

Fiber Access Network Technologies & Use Cases | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Chris Stengrim, CableLabs | Steve Jia, CableLabs | Harj Ghuman, Cox Communications | Venk Mutalk, Comcast Communications

As consumers demand multi-gigabit speeds and telco competitors deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), cable operators must consider both the economics and strategy of evolving their networks to Distributed Access Architectures (DAA) with DOCSIS technology or even overbuilding with fiber in their own networks. This session will focus on optimizing the existing fiber in cable access networks and exploring future fiber access technologies, both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint passive optical networks (PON). It will also consider the PON technology road map from 10G to 25G/50G/100G in designing access networks for co-existence of mixed access technologies, as well as use cases for high-density and extended reach broadband services and network aggregation of wireless access networks.

Beyond: General Session

10G Your Way to Light Fields | 3:15 pm - 3:25 pm

Debbie Fitzgerald, CableLabs

We know the science behind light fields and immersive experiences. Forget whether it’s coming—light field experiences are here, albeit in an early stage. This session will update you on the industry developments, early adoption in the market and how light field technology will drive 10G demand for cable operators of all sizes. Be ready to join the immersive experience movement!

Quantum: The Future of Secured Networks | 3:25 pm - 4:00 pm

Jing Wang, CableLabs

The emergence of quantum computing presents significant threats to the data security of modern telecommunication systems. Today’s cryptographic systems are built on the computational complexity of intractable mathematical problems. Deemed unsolvable by classical computers, these problems can be solved in polynomial time by a quantum computer, leading to the breach of public key exchange systems. Instead of computational security, quantum key distribution offers absolute security during the key exchange, guaranteed by quantum mechanics. This session starts with an introduction of the threats from quantum computing, followed by the operation principles of quantum key distribution, then a survey of its deployment strategies. The takeaway for cable operators would be why QKD can secure their data and how to deploy quantum networks to enable a future secured network with global coverage.

Meet the Speakers

Carol Ansley

Sr. Strategic Architect, Cox Communications

Mark Bridges

VP Future Infrastructure Group, CableLabs

Todd Bryan

Principal Strategist, CableLabs

Chris Burke

Principal Engineer III, Charter Communications

Pablo Alberto Castillo Brizuela

Manager of Innovation Technology, Grupo Televisa

Katelyn Chavez

Strategist, CableLabs

Jason Combs

Principal Architect, Comcast Communications

David Debrecht

VP of Wireless Research and Development, CableLabs

Debbie Fitzgerald

Principal Architect & Director of Advanced Technology Group, CableLabs

Paul Fonte

Product Manager, CableLabs

Harj Ghuman

Principal Architect, Cox Communications

Belal Hamzeh

SVP, Chief Technology Officer, CableLabs

Robert Howald

Comcast Fellow, Comcast Communications

Steve Jia

Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs

Manish Jindal

GVP Wireless, Charter Communications

Robert Kuse

Director Cox Business Network Engineering, Cox Communications

Randy Levensalor

Principal Architect, CableLabs

Pao Lo

Vice President of Network Engineering, Midco

Israel Madiedo-Luna

Director, Innovation & Technology, Izzi

Jacob Malone

Principal Strategist & Director of User Behavior & Economics, CableLabs

Phil McKinney

CEO & President, CableLabs

Craig Moffett

Senior Managing Director, MoffettNathanson

Venk Mutalk

Executive Director, HFC Architecture, Comcast Communications

Sanjay Patel

Senior Director, Strategy, CableLabs

Ana Pinheiro

Senior Director, Comcast Communications

Damian Poltz

SVP, Wireline Technology & Strategy, Shaw Communications

Josh Redmore

Principal Architect, CableLabs

Ron Reuss

SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, CableLabs

Matt Schmitt

Principal Architect, CableLabs

Ed Shrum

Vice President Engineering, Cox Communications

Chris Stengrim

VP of Technology Strategy, CableLabs

Carmela Stuart

Director of Future Infrastructure, CableLabs

Colleen Szymanik

Distinguished Engineer, Comcast Communications

Jing Wang

Principal Architect, CableLabs