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SCTE•ISBE Live Learning Webinar Series™: Virtualizing the Cable Access Network
Date / Time: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Following a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own turf in the network virtualization space. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global and Cox, cable operators and their technology partners are particularly moving ahead with the virtualization of the cable access network to meet growing bandwidth demands, boost service delivery and performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market much faster. But much more work remains to be done. This webinar will assess cable's latest virtualization efforts, examine the early deployments and trials, explore what's working and what's not and look at where cable goes next.

Speaker:
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Krithika Moorti, GM Cable and Fixed Broadband Access – Intel | bio
Randy Levensalor, Principal Architect, CableLabs | bio Asaf Matatyaou, Vice President of Solutions and Product Management, Harmonic | bio
Rob Wilmoth, Chief Architect, Service Provider Team, Red Hat North America | bio Steve Harris, Executive Director, Technical Sales, Learning & Development, SCTE/ISBE | 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.

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Krithika runs the Fixed Networks business within the Network Platforms Group at Intel focusing on the Cable segment. She is a Product Marketing and Business Development professional with a strong focus on Software Defined Infrastructure and the proliferation of the Distributed Data Center. She started her career at Intel in 2011 and is passionate about fostering innovation, finding the right network solutions for her customers and solving their pain points. Since she joined Intel she has worked in several different business units including the Desktop Group, Mobile Communications Group and Client Communications Group. She enjoys leading teams through challenging issues, encouraging risk taking and adding structure to ambiguity. Prior to Intel she worked in the telco space at Ericsson, Alcatel and AT&T. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Surat in India and earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Business

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Randy Levensalor is a lead architect at CableLabs, a non-profit research & development lab funded by the global cable industry. As a principal member of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) team, he is responsible for creating the NFV infrastructure reference platform and progressing orchestration capabilities based on service providers’ needs. Randy also leads the Software Defined Networking NFV Application development Platform and Stack project, or SNAPS®, a CableLabs initiative to accelerate and ease the adoption of network virtualization.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Randy gained extensive experience leading R&D, DevOps, and product management across several Hewlett-Packard divisions focusing on successfully delivering its public cloud, Linux and converged management solutions.

Randy is actively involved in OPNFV, OpenStack and OpenDaylight and contributes to key industry standardization efforts including ETSI NFV. A subject matter expert, he has spoken on a broad range of topics at several conferences including the Open Networking Summit, OpenStack Summit, OPNFV Summit, Big Communications, SCTE Cable Tech Expo, NFV World Congress, SDN World Congress, Linux Conference Australia, Automation Everywhere and many more. Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.

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Asaf Matatyaou is Vice President of Solutions and Product Management for the Cable Access Business at Harmonic. In this role, Asaf is responsible for product management, strategy and solution architectures, including Harmonic’s virtual cable access solution, CableOS®. Asaf has over 20 years of experience as an engineer and executive in the cable industry, including roles where he led development of CMTS products and helped drive industry specifications. Asaf earned his BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

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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.

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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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