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CableLabs Envision Vendor Forum 2021: Optical and HFC

Join Us at Envision

CableLabs Envision will take place September 23-24, 2021, 9:00-11:30 a.m. MDT on both days.  

Envision Vendor Forum 2021: Optical and HFC will be unlike any other event in the network operator industry. It is dedicated to executives, senior technologists and strategists who are creating next-generation service offerings that will not only deliver unique and seamless user experiences but will do so more efficiently, more cost-efficiently, and of higher quality than today. In this short and easily consumable  virtual event, you’ll hear directly from thought leaders in both the operator and vendor communities. You’ll also learn the latest updates on CableLabs projects and initiatives that will shape the specifications of the products and deployments that operators are just beginning to plan. Best of all, Q&A sessions will enable you to pose questions to people in the know.   

Soon, operators will have more choice than ever on how they move forward. This event provides a laser focus on the wired aspects of infrastructure, including next-generation passive optical network (PON) architectures, as well as next-generation hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) solutions such as DOCSIS® 4.0 technology.   

Be Part of the Conversation!  

  • Hear firsthand from senior leaders of operator companies about real challenges and concerns as they plan for their next-generation deployments.  
  • Find out about CableLabs’ updated optical and HFC strategies to align and empower our community and the industry toward this important transformational change. 
  • Learn how you and your company can leverage CableLabs and its community of operators to drive mobile and convergence success.  
  • The event format offers panel discussions and presentations, followed by live Q&A.  


Registration is open and is good for the full 2-day event. Each person must register separately. The event is FREE–there is no cost to attend.  

Company email address is required to register.   

This event is closed to outside press, media and analysts.

Online registration deadline is September 20, 2021.  


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    Date and Location

    Date: September 23-24, 2021
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. MDT
    Location: Virtual Event

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    Who Should Attend?

    This event is closed to outside press, media and analysts. 
    Are you a senior strategist, product line manager, senior technologist/architect, C-level executive or D-level executive? If so, this event is designed just for you.

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    Registration Fees

    Registration is complimentary.
    Company email address required to register.

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    • 9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome/Introduction

      Speaker: Mariam Sorond, CableLabs
    • 9:10-9:40 a.m. Bright Future, Part 2: A Vision for Optical Access
      In this follow up from last year, CableLabs presents a vision of how optical technologies in access networks will evolve.

      Speaker: Curtis Knittle, CableLabs
    • 9:40-9:50 a.m. Coherent PON (CPON) Technology Development Update
      CPON will change expectations about optical connectivity with its longer reach and high-split ratios, not to mention higher speed. CPON will enable a re-architecting of the access network, and support network traffic aggregation as well as the next generation of higher bandwidth customer applications such as healthcare, the workplace, social interactions and the way we interact with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The project kicked off this year and this session will give an update on roles, goals and progress.

      Speaker: Steve Jia, CableLabs
    • 9:50-10:40 a.m. Operator Perspectives on Future Optical Access
      Operators face unique challenges when considering strategies for optical technologies in their networks–cost, capacity and extensibility, to name just a few. Join this session at Envision to hear experts from both telco and cable industries talk about their perspectives on the future of optical access.

      Moderator: Curtis Knittle, CableLabs
      Venk Mutalik, Comcast
      Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon
      Gavin Young, Vodafone
    • 10:40-10:50 a.m. Break
    • 10:50-11:20 a.m. Vendor Perspectives on Future Optical Access
      Strategic direction for vendors often aligns with operator strategies. This session comprised of vendors will discuss their own thoughts about the future of optical access and will provide reactions to what they heard from operators in the previous session.

      Moderator: Stephen Alexander, Ciena
      Ed Boyd, Tibit
      David Welch, Infinera
    • 11:20-11:30 a.m. Optical Reflections – A Fireside Chat
      CableLabs CRDO Mariam Sorond and an industry special guest compare notes and outline key takeaways from the day.

      Moderator: Mariam Sorond, CableLabs
      Speaker: Jeanie York, Virgin Media O2
    • 11:30 a.m. Adjourn
    • 9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome

      Speaker: Mariam Sorond, CableLabs
    • 9:05-10:00 a.m. CableLabs Wired Technology Roadmap
      At CableLabs, the wired technology activities continue to focus on enabling the 10G Platform to provide solutions for hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC), optical and converged networks that increase speed, reduce latency and improve reliability and security. Join this session to learn more details about what work is underway, what the future holds and how you can get involved.

      Moderator: Curtis Knittle, CableLabs
      Steve Burroughs, CableLabs
      Doug Jones, CableLabs
      Jason Rupe, CableLabs
      Matt Schmitt, CableLabs
      Jon Schnoor, CableLabs
      Karthik Sundaresan, CableLabs
      Jay Zhu, CableLabs
    • 10:00-10:10 a.m. Break
    • 10:10-10:20 a.m. Kyrio Services Update
      Kyrio is excited to announce our new customer-facing portal for remote access to our lab equipment, automation and technical staff. We’ve found a new way to expedite manufacturers’ and service operators’ device and system launch schedules. Now, with our state-of-the-art lab, you can be in the driver’s seat!

      Speaker: Jason Lauer, Kyrio
    • 10:20-11:00 a.m. Insights into Recent Government Policy Changes that Affect Broadband Services
      Over the past 18 months, the pandemic has made clear the central role broadband service plays in the economy, education, healthcare, and social connection. In response, governments and the public, more generally, are pushing for increased broadband performance and for greater broadband deployment and adoption. In this session, we’ll explore recent government policy developments to help incentivize and drive toward improved broadband outcomes.

      Moderator: Mark Walker, CableLabs
      Speaker: Lisa Hone, National Economic Council
    • 11:00-11:20 a.m. Connecting it all Through Convergence
      What are the steps in creating a seamless user experience across different networks that will differentiate your networks and enable new services?

      Moderator: Matt Schmitt, CableLabs
      Andy Smith, Amazon Web Services
      Iyad Tarazi, Federated Wireless
    • 11:20-11:25 a.m. Closing Observations and Acknowledgements
      CableLabs CRDO Mariam Sorond and VP of Wired Technologies Curtis Knittle sum up key takeaways from the day and from the event.

      Mariam Sorond, CableLabs
      Curtis Knittle, CableLabs
    • 11:25 a.m. Adjourn