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DAA - Headend Considerations Before the First Remote Unit is Turned Up
Date / Time: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Michael Bangert, Senior Product Manager for Ethernet and Transport Testing, VIAVI Solutions

Dr. Rei Brockett, Director, Product Management, Distributed Access Architecture, ARRIS

Chris Tucker, Director of Business Development and Technology, Cable and Emerging Markets, Nokia

There has been much discussion about the turn-up process for the actual distributed access nodes and what can go wrong at this step. But what has been conspicuously absent is dialogue about the preparation required in the headend and transport network. Much of the complexity (and challenges) in DAA deployments come from re-architecting the headend/hub and transport network before the first field DAA unit is ever turned up. The challenges in these areas are both technical and organizational – it is not always well thought out who owns the issues with the new interfaces that Distributed Access Architecture brings. In this session, we will go over a few architecture options in play today and focus on the crucial fiber and transport areas, including fiber characterization and testing, Ethernet testing (including PTP timing) and recommended service testing.



 

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan Breznick has tracked the media, telecommunications, broadband, and consumer electronics industries for more than 20 years. Before switching over to Heavy Reading in 2007, he was the original editor of Light Reading Cable Website and founding author of Heavy Reading's Cable Industry Insider. At Heavy Reading, he primarily focuses on cable/MSO services, technologies, and networks, as well as IPTV infrastructure. Alan was formerly a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence. He previously reported for Communications Daily, Cable World, Multichannel News, Broadband Daily, Crain's New York Business, and Genuine Article Press, among other publications.

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Michael Bangert, Senior Product Manager for Ethernet and Transport Testing, VIAVI Solutions
 

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Dr. Rei Brockett, Director, Product Management, Distributed Access Architecture, ARRIS
Dr. Rei Brockett has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and cable industries, focused on the development and deployment of new technologies for access networks. She joined ARRIS through its 2016 acquisition of Pace, where she oversaw the Aurora Networks Node QAM solution. Prior to her stint at Pace and Aurora Networks, Rei was part of the founding team and Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at GoBackTV, which produced a pioneering cable IPTV solution encompassing time-shifted TV, cloud-based middleware and CMTS Bypass. She joined the cable industry via Com21 as Senior Product Manager for Com21's line of DOCSIS cable modems.

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Chris Tucker, Director of Business Development and Technology, Cable and Emerging Markets, Nokia
Chris Tucker has over 15 years of experience in cable, pay television and telecommunications. Chris currently serves as Nokia’s director of business development and technology for cable and emerging markets, providing consultation on cable network architectures, technologies and solutions. In this capacity, he systematically identifies and delivers solutions to overcome cable operators’ unique technical and operational challenges. Prior to Nokia, Chris worked closely with tier one MSOs as manager of cable MSO solutions and technology for ADTRAN. He also has extensive hands-on experience in senior systems engineering roles supporting cutting-edge service delivery solutions. Chris has deep technical knowledge on NFV, DOCSIS, IP voice and network management systems, and also serves as Vice President of the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology with an emphasis in embedded systems and networking from Purdue University.

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