SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series: Closing the GAP on GAP
Date / Time: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Under an evolving SCTE/ISBE standard known as the Generic Access Platform (GAP), cable technologists are now working on a fiber-optic node initiative that will standardize the node housings and the interfaces for various service modules that can be plugged into the node like Lego bricks. Rather than having to deploy or rip down discrete, proprietary nodes from various vendors for FTTP, DOCSIS 3.1, WiFi, 5G, wireless backhaul and so on, cable operators could instead snap in one standardized node housing or discard the modules as needed.
This webinar will look at the emerging GAP standard, the promise that the modular node initiative offers, the initial use cases for it and the hurdles that still must be overcome.
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bioDean Stoneback, Senior Director of Engineering and Standards, SCTE•ISBE | bio
Paul Rodrigues, Director, Field Education, SCTE•ISBE | bioRob Wilmoth, Chief Architect, Service Provider Team, Red Hat North America | bio
Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales, Learning & Development, SCTE/ISBE | bioEduardo Donatelli, Head of Technology & Video Platforms, Millicom | bio
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.
Dean Stoneback is the Senior Director of Engineering and Standards at SCTE•ISBE and is responsible for the development of standards and operational practices for the broadband communications industry. Specific targets include reducing energy usage through the Energy 2020 program; assuring that networks are ready for DOCSIS 3.1 deployments; enabling advanced and IP video services and digital advertising; developing Internet of things (IoT) deployment methods; and supporting the migration of networks from coax to fiber delivery.
Prior to joining SCTE/ISBE in 2014, Dean spent 26 years with the Jerrold division of General Instrument, Motorola and ARRIS. As a senior manager with ARRIS, he most recently was responsible for systems analysis and architecture development for transmission products for the cable industry, including optics, RF, Ethernet and PON products. During his career he has focused primarily on fiber optic, RF and PON transmission systems and has experience in systems engineering, hardware design, and system integration and test.
Dean was editor of and a contributor to the Third Edition of the NCTA Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television Systems in 2002 and the secretary and a contributor to the SCTE Measurement Recommended Practices for Cable Systems, Fourth Edition in 2012. He co-authored a book on the return path entitled, “Broadband Return Systems for Hybrid Fiber/Coax Cable TV Networks.” A longtime participant in the SCTE Standards Program, he was the recipient in 2012 of the SCTE Excellence in Standards award. Dean received a B.S.E.E. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1988 and his M.S.E.E. degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1993.
Paul Rodrigues has over 27 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. He joined the SCTE•ISBE in 2017 to be their Director, Field Education and is responsible for developing and maintaining all the field training and certification for the SCTE•ISBE. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree from Kean University.
Paul has experience in multiple areas in the industry, including Information Technology, Technical Operations, Management, and Learning and Development. Over half of his career has been focused on Learning and Development. Where he has leveraged his experience to design and deliver training programs targeted for diverse audiences such as technical operation, sales, and senior leadership.
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Rob Wilmoth is Chief Architect for the Red Hat North America Service provider team. He works closely with customers and partners advising and assisting with challenges ranging from regulatory compliance and general IT, to changing the way that they view their business problems in the network and content delivery spaces. He has been with Red Hat for eleven years in various Solutions Architecture roles supporting accounts including; AT&T, WarnerMedia, Charter Communications, Comcast, TIAA Bank, and the utility industry.
Rob is an Appalachian State Grad with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems.
Steve is a respected international subject matter expert and thought leader in telecommunications, high technology and information technology systems engineering.
At SCTE•ISBE he is responsible for training content that can lead to increased revenue for cable system operators, resolution of business challenges and enhanced subscriber experiences. He has been integral to the development of ~800 modules of SCTE•ISBE training, as well as boot camps and certification programs for more than 100,000 telecommunication professionals.
SCTE•ISBE training supports the cable workforce in such areas as Fiber Deep, DAA, FTTx, DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, routing, switching, virtualization, cloud, IPv6, Ethernet, Business Services, Cybersecurity, MPEG, Linux, Critical Facilities, installation services, EPON and outside plant/HFC.
A holder of more than 40 industry and instructor certification, Steve has been a leader in conducting MSO IPv6 training; serves as lead instructor of the SCTE/ISBE and SMPTE Cisco Academy virtual classroom and works with international telecommunications companies to develop ADDIE-compliant career path and training programs.
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