A Light Reading event in partnership with SCTE•ISBE
Light Reading is hosting a two-part digital symposium covering some of the hottest topics in cable today – next-gen cable architectures, network virtualization, 5G and cable business services – and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on each of them.
In this special digital symposium, held on Tuesday Oct. 6 and Thursday Oct. 8, leading MSO CableLabs, SCTE • ISBE and vendor technologists will discuss the opportunities and challenges that all these technologies and services present for the industry, as well as looking at how cable operators can leverage and profit from the new offerings.
The symposium will be led by Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick, who directs Light Reading’s coverage and analysis of the cable, video and broadband technology markets.
Tuesday Oct 6: Cable Next-Gen Business Services
Back for the 14th straight year, Light Reading’s Cable Next-Gen Business Services conference will take place this year as a digital event focusing on the huge commercial services market and cable’s ever-growing role in that lucrative space. With US cable operators now generating more than $20 billion a year in business services revenues, the sector has emerged as one of the most profitable for the industry. But now cablecos face an unprecedented challenge in sustaining that momentum because of the economic meltdown wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. How badly is the novel coronavirus hurting cable’s commercial cash cow? How is the industry dealing with this challenge? What will the "new normal" environment be? In day one of this digital symposium, Light Reading will examine the pandemic’s impact on the commercial services sector, cable’s response to that impact, the fresh hurdles that cablecos face and the new growth opportunities that could yet emerge.
Thursday Oct 8: Cable Next-Gen Network Architectures and 5G Friend or Foe
With broadband traffic spiking to record heights because of the COVID-19 pandemic and telcos rolling out 5G mobile technology across the globe, cable operators face fresh network challenges on multiple fronts. In response, cablecos are scrambling to upgrade their HFC networks and expand their wireless assets to handle the heavier traffic loads and compete in the emerging 5G era. On day two of this digital symposium, Light Reading will explore the wireline and wireless network moves that operators are making, the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are testing and deploying.
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Key Panel Sessions
Coping with COVID-19
With many businesses cutting back and others closing down because of the pandemic, the commercial services sector is suddenly no longer the shining star of the cable industry. Indeed, after two decades of strong growth, cable stands poised to see commercial revenues fall this year. Yet the coronavirus outbreak is also opening doors for new commercial services, such as dedicated broadband offerings for home workers. In this opening panel, we will look at how cablecos are grappling with the impact of the virus on their SMB and enterprise customers.
Beyond Ethernet: Tapping the Hot New Tech & Services
Picking up where Ethernet left off, SD-WAN and other next-gen technologies and services are now taking hold in the commercial space. Besides SD-WAN, these offerings include edge computing, tele-health, managed security, video monitoring/surveillance, managed WiFi, industrial
IoT, small cells and 5G wireless. Which new technologies and services show the most promise for the post-pandemic world? How are cable operators seeking to leverage them? What results are they seeing so far? Our experts will explore the potential and pitfalls of the next wave of business services.
Upgrading the Cable Architecture
With COVID-19 accelerating the surge of broadband traffic growth, cable operators are now investigating myriad ways to upgrade their HFC networks. Cablecos are expanding the capacity of their core and regional networks, installing more fiber in their access networks, splitting more fiber nodes, adopting distributed access architecture (DAA), raising RF spectrum limits, exploring spectrum mid-splits and high-splits, virtualizing key network components, automating network systems, deploying artificial intelligence (AI) and examining the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs, among other things. How are operators progressing with these upgrades? Which ones are showing the most promise? What kinds of challenges are they encountering? What lessons are they learning? How will the post-pandemic landscape look different? In this panel, we will examine these questions and more as we focus on what the “new normal” will mean for cable.
5G Friend or Foe
Now that the big telcos have started rolling out fifth-generation wireless services across the globe, the big question for cable is what will 5G mean for the industry? With Comcast, Charter, Altice and other MSOs deploying their own mobile services, can cablecos take advantage of 5G technology to play even bigger roles in the mobile space? Can they tap into 5G and new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and C-band spectrum to extend their broadband reach and compete against their telco MVNO partners for mobile customers? Or will they mainly play more modest backhaul support roles? In this panel, we will tackle these and related questions.